Festive season operating hours

PLEASE TAKE NOTE

Our festive season operating hours are as follows:

  • DAY
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday
  • DATE
  • 24 December 2016
  • 25 December 2016
  • 26 December 2016
  • 27 December 2016
  • 28 December 2016
  • 29 December 2016
  • 30 December 2016
  • 31 December 2016
  • 1 January 2017
  • OPERATING HOURS
  • 8h00 – 14h00
  • CLOSED
  • CLOSED
  • CLOSED
  • 8h00 – 17h00
  • 8h00 – 17h00
  • 8h00 – 17h00
  • 8h00 – 14h00
  • CLOSED

We are able to assist after hours, on public holidays and Sundays in case of emergencies, however clients will be charged an additional fee for our services as we will have to pay our staff extra to work over time.

We thank you for your understanding.

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An unparalled marine propulsion system

Unparalleled safety, control and fun

Introducing Zeus — the world’s most advanced marine propulsion system. Mercury Marine is proud to offer an unparalleled level of performance, safety and vessel systems control. With SmartCraft innovation throughout, Zeus provides a seamless approach to propulsion technology, marine electronics, and on-board information management that makes boating safer and more enjoyable than ever.

Docking without fear

Never worry again about wind and current when you approach the dock. Our advanced joystick control system is incredibly intuitive and can be operated with a simple turn of the wrist. One hand controls it all – from sideways tracking, to spinning on a dime, to precise speed control. Whether at the dock or backing down on a blue marlin, the total authority and maneuverability is simply unmatched.

Electronic steering

The new Zeus “drive-by-wire” steering system gives the captain unmatched directional control and response. The new self-centering helm helps give Zeus-equipped boats sports car-like performance.

Skyhook electronic anchor

Imagine having the ability to pull up to a busy dock and ready your fenders and lines by yourself without having to constantly tend to your controls to stay in place. Or imagine fishing a jetty by yourself without ever stepping to the helm. With the touch of a button, the Skyhook Electronic Anchor feature maintains your vessel on a fixed heading within a tight area, even in strong current and windy conditions.

Using GPS and an electronic compass system, Skyhook pinpoints its position and operates the boat’s shifting, throttle and steering automatically to keep the boat in a locked position, regardless of wind, tides or current. Auto Heading and Waypoint Sequencing features allow the system to be used to bring boats back into the dock – helpful in tight situations.

Launch and retrieve bookings

Book your launch and retrieve for this festive season!

December is an extremely busy time of year for us. That’s why it’s so important for you to tell us when we can schedule your launch and retrieve. If you don’t – we can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to help you when you need us.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE

  • We cannot launch a water vessel without valid river/canal licences.
  • New licences will not be provided without a valid COF.
  • We will not be doing any COFs after 15 November 2016.
  • No launches and retrieves to be booked on Sundays.
  • We are happy to help on public holidays, but our services will be provided at an additional fee.

First come, first served ladies and gents – so please book your launch and retrieve by filling out the form below.

Book your launch and retrieve today!

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Spring start-up boating checklist

Spring has sprung and for many SA boaters, that means it’s time to take their boats out of winter storage and put them in the water. For many boaters, annual preparation and cleaning projects are necessary rites of spring that help prevent problems that could keep them off the water once the season is underway.

Below is a detailed spring start-up boating checklist to make sure that your boat is spring ready!

Fuel system

  • Inspect the fuel system for leaks or damage and be sure to pay special attention to fuel hoses, connections and tank surfaces.
  • Evidence of a damaged fuel hose includes softness, brittleness or cracking.
  • Replace components when necessary and verify all fittings and clamps are properly secured.
  • Ensure the engine, exhaust and ventilation systems are all functioning properly.
  • Look before you pump. Don’t fill your tank with fuel that contains more than 10% ethanol (E10) as it will damage your engine.

Belts, cables and hoses

  • Check belts, cables and hoses because they can become brittle and may crack during winter storage.
  • Belts should fit tightly around pulleys to prevent slipping.
  • A worn belt may leave a black residue near the pulley and will fit loosely.
  • Cracks or swells on the outer jacket of throttle, shift and steering control cables may be of internal corrosion and immanent failure.

Electric system

  • Inspect all electrical connections for clean, tight, corrosion-free connections. Corroded connections can be dangerous.
  • Remove corroded terminals and use a wire brush to clean them, along with all cable ends.
  • Charge your battery and have it tested to ensure it can hold a charge.
  • Electrical systems should be regularly inspected by a qualified technician.

Propellers and hulls

  • Inspect propellers for dings, pitting, cracks and distortion.
  • Damaged propellers can cause unwanted vibration and damage to your drive train.
  • Make sure the propeller is secured properly, and replace bearings when needed.
  • When inspecting the hull, look for blisters, distortions and cracks. Be sure to clean the hull, deck, and topsides using an environmentally safe cleaning solution.
  • Also, make sure the drain plug is securely in place before every launch.

Safety gear

  • Check your life jackets to ensure they are in good condition and that there are enough on board for all potential passengers.
  • Be sure all onboard fire extinguishers are the correct class for your vessel, and are fully charged and stowed in the proper place.
  • For any enclosed or semi-enclosed area, ensure you have at least one properly installed and working carbon monoxide detector.

 

Cash back with Lowrance HDS GEN3

Get up to R3 150 CASH BACK when you buy any HDS GEN3 fishfinder/chartplotter.

How to qualify and redeem your cashback offer:

  1. Purchase a qualifying product between 1 September 2016 and 31 October 2016.
  2. Wait 14 days.
  3. Complete the claim form here. All claims must be submitted before 30 November 2016 in order for you to be eligible to receive cashback. No claims after this date will be accepted. If you would prefer to claim by post, please click here to download the postal claim form. All postal forms must be received by 30 November 2016.

Qualifying products include:

  • HDS-12 GEN3 ROW NOXD (cash back of R3 150)
  • HDS-9 GEN3 ROW NOXD (cash back of R2 370)
  • HDS-7 GEN3 ROW NOXD (cash back of R1 580)

To qualify for a claim, please ensure that you meet the following criteria:

  • You are the owner of the chartplotter.
  • You have purchased your qualifying chartplotter between 1 September 2016 and 31 October 2016 from an eligible retailer.
  • You are claiming at least 14 days after purchasing your chartplotter.
  • You have digital copies of your purchase invoice(s)/receipt(s) ready for uploading during the claim process.
  • You have your bank details ready to be entered during the claim process.
  • You consent that Navico and the retailer from where you purchased your product may discuss details of your purchase to confirm if products have been returned. Information will be used to detect fraudulent claims only and not used for any other purpose.
  • You have fully read and accept the Terms & Conditions of this promotion.

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Uncommon causes of boating injuries

While spending time near water or on a boat can be an enjoyable way to spend a summer day, some dangerous conditions can exist if you are not properly equipped and prepared to deal with them. Two uncommon and avoidable causes of serious injury include being struck by a propeller and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning

CO is a poisonous gas that is a by-product of the gasoline/diesel engine combustion process. Carbon monoxide exposure is possible on any boat that is equipped with an engine or a generator, including outboard engines. Certain heating systems can produce CO gas as well. The gas is invisible and odourless and can be deadly without warning. For this reason, CO detectors are typically required by authorities to be installed on boats with enclosed accommodation compartments.

Other things to consider include:

  • Purchase marine-grade CO detectors.
  • CO detectors should be placed in any enclosed areas where people congregate or sleep.
  • Recognise the symptoms of CO poisoning, including dizziness, drowsiness, headaches, blurred vision and nausea.
  • If anchored with or rafted together with other boats, be cautious about their engine and generator exhaust reaching your vessel.
  • CO poisoning can occur outside of enclosed spaces, such as swim platforms, cockpits or fly bridges. Exposure can occur in a number of ways, including back drafting of exhaust when the boat is under way or if it is idling with the engine or generator running, or even when it is moving at slow speeds.
  • It is advisable to keep engines turned off when at anchor or at the dock. If using a generator, ensure that the exhaust is properly vented and that all passengers stay away from the exhaust ports – especially those who are swimming near the boat.
  • Be sure to inspect the exhaust system on your boat to ensure it is leak free, in good condition and properly connected.
  • Make sure your exhaust ports are free and clear. Blocked ports can cause CO to back up and accumulate in the cabin or other areas of the boat.

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Propeller strikes

Boating and swimming go hand-in-hand. But before anyone gets in the water to enjoy some liquid leisure, be sure the motor on your boat is turned off and the propeller has come to a complete stop. These tips can help your passengers stay safe while swimming near your boat.

  • The engine should remain off when getting in and out of the boat or swimming near the boat. All passengers should be made aware of where the propeller is located.
  • Before starting the engine make sure no one is in the water near your boat.
  • If you have to approach someone in the water, do so head on. Do not approach in reverse. When you reach the person, turn off the engine before bringing them on board.
  • Consider installing propeller guards.
  • Stay alert for people in the water, especially when in an area with water-skiing, scuba diving (watch for diving flag), beaches or when near other boats at anchor, mooring or at dock.
  • Be sure to wear your kill switch lanyard whenever you are operating the boat.

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Lowrance HOOK series

For Any Angler. Anywhere.

Lowrance has introduced the HOOK™ series of fishfinders, chartplotters and combos.

Lowrance HOOK models represent a radical approach to the basics. No gimmicks, no skimping or shortcuts. Just the basics the way they were meant to be: reliable, well-made and perfectly suited to your lifestyle. All at a price that’s honest and makes good sense.

The essential features from Lowrance’s legendary leadership in marine electronics are built in to every Lowrance HOOK model. The brightest displays, the easiest-to-use interface, the quick-release bracket and multiple mounting options, as well as CHIRP sonar for the best target separation and minimal clutter.

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Key features of the Elite Ti

Featuring 7-inch and 5-inch touchscreen fishfinder/chartplotter combos, the Elite-Ti series has a simple, easy-to-use interface, proven Lowrance navigation technology and support for TotalScan™, an all-in-one Skimmer® transducer that provides all your sonar – Broadband, CHIRP and StructureScan® HD with SideScan and Downscan Imaging™ – with only one transducer install. The Elite Ti also features wireless connectivity that allows you to download software updates and Insight Genesis® custom maps – for immediate use.

Key features

  • High resolution display: Lowrance-exclusive, high-resolution, LED-backlit color display
  • Easy-to-use touchscreen: Touchscreen provides fast, fingertip access to all Elite-Ti features
  • CHIRP Sonar, StructureScan® HD with DownScan Imaging™: Top-of-the line sonar technologies provide the best possible view of the environment beneath your boat. StructureScan HD requires an optional TotalScan™ transducer.
  • TrackBack™: Scroll back through your sonar, SideScan or DownScan history to review structure or fish targets and mark the location with a waypoint.
  • SmartSteer™: SmartSteer™ control of MotorGuide® Xi5 Trolling motor with PinpointGPS, and the Lowrance® Outboard Pilot.
  • Internal GPS antenna: Highly accurate, built-in GPS antenna.
  • Built-in wireless connectivity: Provides access to the GoFree™ Cloud where you can shop, purchase, download and immediately use Insight maps, and third-party maps from GoFree partners.
  • microSD card slot
  • Quick Release bracket

The Elite Ti has your fishfinding needs covered… and then some. Contact us to get your hands on one today!

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Launching at a shallow ramp

On launch ramps with steeper inclines — say around 20 degrees or more — getting the boat off the trailer is relatively easy. Yet not all ramps are user-friendly. What about ramps with more gradual slopes? Getting the trailer in deep enough for the boat to float can also put your tow vehicle in dangerously deep water. The task turns even more difficult when launching single-handedly or on slippery pavement. Here are five ways to deal with launching on shallow ramps.

Get a roller trailer

On very shallow and unimproved ramps, a roller trailer might prove the only way to launch. Unlike bunk trailers, roller trailers let you slide the boat off when there’s not enough water to float it off. The boat also loads more easily, as it literally rolls up onto the trailer as you crank it forward with the trailer winch.

The same characteristics that ease launching also make it more likely that a boat will roll off the trailer at the wrong time. So it’s doubly important to secure the boat until the trailer is well into the water. Your boat may slide off a roller trailer and bounce on the pavement. To avoid this, don’t rely solely on the bow strap (which might snap under sudden pressure); secure a safety chain to the bow eye as well.

Take the plunge

When loading the trailer on a shallow ramp, where dragging the drive or prop on the apron is a concern, you might want to walk the boat onto the trailer and then attach the winch strap and winch it into place. Unfortunately, this means getting wet. While many trailer boaters take pride in never getting their feet wet, it may be the only way to get the job done on a shallow ramp.

Use a finger dock

It might pay to go out of your way a little and use a ramp with a finger dock, especially if single-handed. Back the boat down close to the finger dock. Secure long lines between the dock and boat so that, once it floats off the trailer, it won’t float away. Then pull the trailer away. Your boat will be waiting for you at the dock.

Float and pull forward

Experts use this single-handed launch technique with bunk trailers on medium-shallow ramps without finger docks. Before backing into the water, you can unfurl from the trailer winch about 10 to 15 feet of strap, but keep it hooked to the boat’s bow eye, with the winch in forward gear. Then back down far enough to float the boat off the trailer while gently pulling the trailer forward a bit. This allows you to tippy-toe down the trailer tongue, clamber over the bow, start the engine and unhook the bow strap. A platform that attaches to the trailer tongue can make this maneuver a bit easier.

Use four-wheel drive

If your vehicle has four-wheel drive, engage it before launching or loading. Don’t wait until the wheels start spinning. This is particularly important on an unimproved ramp where the rear wheels might sink into the mud or sand. Once that happens, four-wheel drive might not be able to help you.

This post originally appeared on boatingmag.com.

Public holidays

We have decided to take a break on Freedom Day (27 April 2016) as well as on Workers Day (1 and 2 May 2016). Please note that we will be closed  and will not be scheduling any launch and retrieves on these public holidays. Any emergency call outs on these days will include an additional overtime fee.

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