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Mastervolt Ultra Series
Lithium Ion Batteries
Master volt’s new range of 2500Wh
four cell 12 volt, and 5000Wh eight cell
12 and 24 volt batteries offer significant
primary advantages over lead acid batteries
including up to three times as many charging
cycles and up to 70% in volume and weight
Designed to be recharged in less
than an hour, each Master volt Ultra Li-ion
battery includes an integrated Battery
Management System (BMS) designed to
automatically monitor and compensate
for any detected imbalance between cells.
The BMS ensures that the available stored
energy is automatically shuttled from higher
charged cells into the lesser charged one
resulting in extremely quick charge times.
This improved efficiency of the batteries
guarantees a constant high voltage capacity
and outstanding performance to ensure a
longer battery lifespan that offers repeated
discharge to 80% of the batteries capacity to
over 2000 cycles without ill effects.
2500Wh four cell 12 volt RRP $5,894.00 .
BLA – bla.com.au
PRODUCT & INDUSTRY REVIEW
A message on alcohol and boating from
Les Libbesson, Managing Director, Guardian
I have been involved in alcohol breath
testing for the last 20 years. Since returning
to boating, I have observed people on their
boats on marinas, enjoying their time with
their friends, and the ever-present glass of red.
Similarly, the day out fishing in the runabout is
often accompanied by the ever-present tinnies.
In both situations, there isn’t a lot of
movement by drinkers in boats, and this can
lead to a lack of absorption until the drinker
becomes active. Hence the runabout team is
highly vulnerable to a BAC offence on the water,
and once on the land, they become vulnerable
to a similar offence on the road.
So what can we do? First, make a plan –
plan how you intend to travel (by boat/car) after
drinking. This will give you an objective that
will assist. The next thing is to be active and
move around as much as you can so that you
improve metabolising. Consider intermixing
low alcohol beer/wine among your drinks – a
rule of thumb is that a stubby of light beer is a
‘standard drink’ while a stubby of full strength
beer is more than a standard drink. Look at
the alcohol values on the container
and you will see what I mean.
Another method is to purchase
a personal alcohol breath tester,
but be careful. In my experience,
claims of accuracy and self-calibration don’t
really mean much. Look for a fuel cell based
tester, and one that is certified to the Australian
Standard. This certification means that the
device has been independently tested to
validate the maker’s performance claims.
There are many cheap devices advertised, and
most of these haven’t been calibrated since
arriving in Australia, and the sensors don’t
hold their calibration if they aren’t regularly
used and tested.
If you have a breath tester, just be a little
careful. Wash your mouth out with water before
testing, and then repeat the process after ten
to fifteen minutes. This will tell you whether
your BAC is rising or falling. Don’t drive while
it is still rising, and give yourself a good leeway
if it is falling.
Hope this helps and enjoy boating.
Guardian Interlock Systems, Alcohol
Counter Measure Systems and Breathalyser
Hire & Rental – 1300 881 005
Rusted bolts busted with
new can of cures
We’ve all been faced with the
challenge of trying to undo a
heavily corroded bolt at some
point in time.
Now Reducteur H-72 has
been given a new lease on lifeand
repackaged with the brand graphics
Buster’ on the label, to better demonstrate its
powerful rust dissolving properties.
Simply scrape away excess corrosion on
rusted bolts with a screwdriver or wire brush,
then spray on Reducteur H-72 Bolt Buster.
Wait for 30 seconds for the chemical reaction
to work, then turn with a spanner. When you’re
ready to reassemble, first spray the threads with
Reducteur H-72 so you won’t have the problem
when you need to pull it all apart again.
Developed in Europe, Reducteur H-72
has been proven in Australia for over 35 years
across a range of extreme industrial situations
for its ability to free rusted bolts in corrosive
Reducteur H-72 – available at Bunnings,
Blackwoods or Whitworths. For your nearest
stockist email firstname.lastname@example.org
I know when I’m OK to drive ...
See-Blitz 3 Tracker
The Tracker is the latest evolution of the
SEE-BLITZ survival strobe / Distress maker.
It is currently used by Racing Yachts, AMSA,
Defence and professional SAR organisations
The new fixed light feature enables aircraft/
helicopter pilots and crew of small boats to
maintain sighting to recover survivors without
losing spatial perception caused by the intense
The fixed light comes on immediately
overlaid by the strobe for rapid location.
See-Blitz – available from chandleries and
outdoor and safety equipment suppliers
Shorelog – the online boat log
Shorelog.com is a comprehensive cloud-
based logbook for all types of boats. It is
designed to improve your experience of buying,
insuring, maintaining compliance and selling
your boat. Complete the details once then
simply update on line and on the go.
If you are a racing yacht or commercial
vessel in survey Shorelog.com will help you to
be prepared for annual inspections and audits.
Fill in the compliance form once only and be
reminded in advance as items are approaching
expiry, replacement or service dates.
Easily upload photos, receipts and
warranty records for equipment purchases and
maintenance and repair costs.
Shorelog.com will keep a permanent record
of products you use and any kit you install.
This information is instantly available wherever
you have internet coverage. A well-managed
Shorelog boat is a safer boat.
Shorelog – www.shorelog.com for a free trial
or call 1300 301 687.
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