2011 PS Honda Marine – Bass Fishing Team

Honda recently announced the team that will compete in the 2011 BETT SA Championships. Chad Anassis and Barry Devenish will enter as the Portable Shade and Honda Marine officially backed ‘PS Honda Marine Team’.

Related to Brad Anassis, founder of the ultra successful Anassis Superbike Racing Team, Chad Anassis seemed the obvious choice. The result convinced Honda that team Anassis will be a winning combination to partner with. Passion, performance and proven results on the track by brother Brad Anassis has set the bar high for the Bass team to match, but they are adamant that they have it in them to bring home not only the silver-wear but the right approach towards the marketing efforts of Honda SA.

Chad Anassis has commissioned the skills of Vernon Sheahan from Fiber Panels to design and build a purpose built 16 foot Sniper bass boat. Matched with a Honda BF150HP outboard, the PS Honda Marine Bass Team is set to win in the most economical, reliable and environmentally friendly way possible.

Coming from a humble, but passionate fishing background, this isChad’s first attempt at fishing professionally. If the pre-season results are anything to go by then this partnership will be a long and fruitful relationship.  Look out for Team PS Honda Marine on MNET Supersport.



As Soichiro Honda once said, “Racing Improves the Breed” and hence Honda’s longstanding and deep-rooted involvement in all forms of Motorsport.

Isle of Man TT Races

At the recent Isle Of Man TT Races, Honda managed to win 5 out of the 7 main race categories which was quite outstanding. John McGuiness won both the Senior TT and the Dainese Superbike TT races on a Honda CBR1000, Bruce Anstey and Gary Johnson, both on CBR600’s won the Supersport Races 1 and 2 respectively, and Klaus Klaffenbock and Dan Sayle won the Sure Sidecar Race 1 on a 600cc powered Honda machine. Not a bad couple of weeks for the Honda riders on this 60.7km circuit which with over 200 bends is the epitome of the natural road course.

John McGuiness on the Honda CBR1000RR during a pre-race practice session

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 09
German Grand Prix Race Results – July 17, 2011

Pedrosa Scores Heroic Win, Stoner A Close Third
Just two weeks after returning from injury, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) was back on the top step of the podium at the Sachsenring after a thrilling race-long battle with reigning World Champion Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) and current points leader Casey Stoner (Repsol Honda RC212V).

The trio dominated the race, all of them taking their turn to lead, but in the end it was Pedrosa who had winning speed, the Spaniard crossing the finish line 1.477s ahead of Lorenzo. It was a heroic weekend’s work from the former 125 and 250 World Champion who had missed the Catalan, British and Dutch rounds with a fractured collarbone that required two operations.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 10
United States Grand Prix Race Results – July 24, 2011

Stoner Brilliant in American Grand Prix
Repsol Honda rider Casey Stoner stormed to one of the greatest wins of his career with a tactically brilliant race on a warm, sunny day in the U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) was second with Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa third.

Stoner’s fifth MotoGP win of the season, and 28th overall, was an ominous sign for the competition. With the exception of 2009, when the race was won by Pedrosa, every winner at Laguna Seca has gone on to win the MotoGP World Championship, including Stoner in 2007.


Is your prop giving you max RPM? Here’s our Propeller ‘101’ for you

There is often a general feeling that choosing a prop may not be of great importance and that it’s all about the engine and its power. However, the correct prop selection can and will make all the difference with the overall performance of your specific engine and with the ride on your boat.

Put simply your best all round performance prop will be the one that gets your engine to its wide-open-throttle (WOT) point, eg. the primary RPM operation range as recommended by the manufacturer of your specific engine.  If your engine is not reaching its’ WOT then you’ve over-propped your engine and you are going to experience what is called ‘lugging’. If however you are over-revving then you are most likely under-propped on your engine and you won’t be getting the real performance capabilities that your engine can deliver. In other words; “there a lot of ponies inside that engine that never got out of the stable”.

An easy way to remember all this is to use the commonly known ‘101’ chart which is in fact 99% correct. The majority of prop lines are made so that for every inch of pitch on that prop, an RPM of 150 to 200 will be the result on the engine.

  • Lower pitch propellers will bring RPM up
  • Higher pitch propellers will bring RPM down

Also, for example if you’re propeller is a Honda S 3X14 1/4X17R. This means that the diameter of your prop is 14 1/4 inches and for every revolution made, your propeller has pushed through the water 17 inches – theoretically speaking!

Finally, with regard to the age old debate of 3 vs 4 blade propellers, there are so many factors that have to be taken into account with each and every specific case of boat/engine, so therefore we’d rather leave you with the following statement, namely that : “it’s the type of propeller that determines the boat’s performance, not the amount of blades on the propeller!”

For more detailed information on your specific prop requirements contact us at the dealership.

Boating Knots
For a simple and easy to follow guide to the art of tying boating knots check out the following website : – it’s really very helpful.




WWF – Marine Protected Areas by Peter Chadwick

Conservation and the outdoors run deep in my blood and I have spent all my working life trying hard to protect our special places and the amazing biodiversity that they hold. My latest position as the programme manager for the WWF Honda Marine Parks Programme is perhaps one of the most important posts that I have held to date as there is no denying that our oceans and coasts are under tremendous pressure and need all the help that they can get.

Our oceans are critical to our very existence: it’s a simple equation of healthy oceans = healthy people. Besides providing us with food oceans provide us with many other important services that our survival depends upon. They maintain our renewable supply of fresh water through the water cycle, regulate our climate, and produce more oxygen than the world’s rainforests. In addition to being an important source of protein, many marine organisms have been found to provide therapeutic uses in antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, anti-fungal, or antibiotic medicines. Additionally, the marine and coastal ecosystems offer endless recreational opportunities such as sea kayaking, sport fishing, surfing, whale watching and scuba diving – activities which not only feed our souls but also drive economic benefits through employment for local inhabitants.

Although critical to our existence, our oceans are in desperate trouble. Depleted fishery stocks, habitat destruction, pollution, coastal development, climate change and invasive species are some of the major issues threatening the healthy existence of our oceans. In the Pacific Ocean, for example, there is an area 1 000 kilometers from theUS coast which is larger than the entire land mass ofSouth Africa and is covered in plastic. It contains six times more plastic than plankton and is growing all the time as more than 10 million tons of plastic finds its way into the sea each year.

Protecting our oceans and coast is more than stopping pollution and regulating fishing. It also means controlling our activities onshore and controlling unregulated coastal development. With all of these poisonous pollutants running into the oceans, ‘dead zones’ have been created where only some of the smallest marine organisms can survive. These areas are created in significant part by synthetic nitrogen fertilizers flowing into the sea and nourishing massive algal blooms which then decay and cause oxygen depletion, killing everything except the hardiest in its vicinity.

As a result of all of this more and more countries are starting to realize the importance of proper management of marine resources, with South Africa being at the forefront of developing long-term strategies for the conservation of marine resources. One of the strategies is to make use of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). It must be remembered, however, that MPAs on their own will not solve all the resource problems, and broader ecosystem-based approaches to fishing must also be carried out. A Marine Protected Area is an area of sea and coastline that is especially dedicated to the protection and maintenance of biodiversity and natural and cultural resources through being managed in a structured and legal manner. Different levels of MPAs also exist and vary from complete no-take zones where nothing may be disturbed, caught or removed, such as at the Tsitsikamma MPA in the southernCape, through to partial-take MPAs which have a set of regulations that determine what activities may take place in which zone. By establishing MPAs we can help to restore balance in the use of our oceans, safeguarding fish stocks and protecting local habitats while providing long term solutions for communities living adjacent to the sea. If properly designed and managed, MPAs play vitally important roles in protecting marine habitats and biodiversity through:

• conserving representative samples of biodiversity and ecosystems

• protecting critical sites for the reproduction and growth of species

• allowing sites to recover from the stresses of exploitation and other human-related impacts

• providing settlement and growth areas for marine species so as to provide for spillover of these species into surrounding exploited areas

• creating areas for marine-based environmental education and for raising awareness regarding marine-related issues

• establishing sites for nature-based tourism which is carried out in a sustainable and environmentally responsible manner, and

• providing undisturbed sites for scientific research which allow long-term monitoring which helps to guide the management of the MPAs.

As the public increasingly realizes the importance of Marine Protected Areas, it is hoped that they will play an ever more important role in the protection of the common heritage of all South Africans and that there will be a willingness to participate and play a part in decision-making. Most of the conservation agencies are hoping to develop volunteer groups that will be able to assist with various marine-related projects. Fishers and other users are asked to find out the specific regulations within the MPAs that they are visiting and to consider more environmentally acceptable methods of fishing, perhaps also partaking in tag and release projects. Marine Protected Areas are an insurance policy towards healthy ocean systems and are also an investment towards the planet’s and our own future wellbeing – please support them!

(Photos : Peter Chadwick) 



Honda Marine Debuts Concept BF250 Outboard: Concept to Provide Direction for New Flagship Engine
Honda Marine announced earlier this year that it will be adding an all-new flagship outboard engine model to its reliable and fuel efficient lineup. Debuting at the 2011 Miami International Boat Show, the concept BF250 engine provided the first indication of the design direction for the all-new 250 horsepower (hp) outboard, which will be available to boaters in South Africa in early 2012.

The concept BF250 engine is based upon a unique 3.6 litre engine platform designed to deliver best-in-class fuel economy and outstanding performance for customers looking for more power with Honda reliability and quality. Along with that performance is a striking, sophisticated and elegant new exterior design that will be revealed when the production model BF250 engine is offered for sale later this year. The engine will incorporate a host of Honda exclusive features, including BLAST™, VTEC®, and Lean Burn Control to maximize the consumer’s experience. The model also will carry National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) 2000® certification.

In 2010, Honda Marine introduced its redesigned, fuel-efficient BF115 to consumers at the Miami Boat Show. Prior to that, 2009 brought the unveiling of its new BF60, with many of the performance and efficiency hallmarks of the Honda 75 and 90 horsepower siblings. In 2008, the company launched a new 105 Jet, as well as the fuel-injected BF40 and BF50 models.

“Honda Marine continues to expand our product line with newly developed engines that provide uncompromised standards of satisfaction and reliability for consumers,” said Alan Simmons, national manager, Honda Marine North America. “The new BF250 concept signals a new level of quality and refinement to boaters who seek to maximize fuel efficiency without sacrificing performance. We look forward to producing this exciting new product for our customers and boat builder partners.”

BLAST® off with a Honda

Boosted Low Speed Torque, or BLAST, uses Honda’s patented spark advance system to propel the boat to plane in just seconds. When you move the throttle quickly, BLAST is activated:

  • The throttle body opens up
  • The air-fuel ratio goes to a richer setting
  • The ignition timing advances aggressivelyThis allows the engine to make more torque, or power. “Hole Shot” is vastly improved, as more horsepower gets the hull up on plane quicker. The BLAST system is fitted on all Honda outboard engines from the BF40 and up.