Honda Marine Bass Fishing Team excels with new Honda BF250HP power
By Chad Anassis

Chad Anassis and Barry Devenish with their new Honda BF250 and the fruits of their efforts

This engine is awesome to say the least! It’s quick, quiet and extremely fuel-efficient. Every person who has been fortunate enough to board my boat has had nothing but praise for the Honda BF250HP outboard. The hole-shot and rapid plane of the 250 is ludicrous to put it mildly, it’s instantaneous, which is something I never thought possible. The ease with which I’m able to get to my fishing spots quickly (and ahead of my competitors) gives me an added advantage to achieve good results.
The best part is that I can race around from spot to spot in search of the better quality fish the whole day and know that I’m using less than half the fuel of my two stroke competitors!

In terms of our results, things have been going from strength to strength. Last month we achieved a 7th, an 8th and a 2nd position at the Arabie Dam, rocketing us up to 5th place in the overall standings and I can assure that things are very tight up at the top.

Chad and Barry at the Prizegiving

The EBASS season draws to an end at Hartebeespoort Dam later this month. Unfortunately I have only fished this impoundment 3 times before, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.

Then we have the grand final at the Albert Falls Dam on the 2nd and 3rd of November where Barry and I will be giving it our best shot. Once again, this is a lake that I have never previously fished but now my complete peace of mind with my equipment will allow me to concentrate on the job at hand and that is to fish!
Many thanks to everyone who has helped us to achieve these results in such a short period of time. Please hold thumbs as a Top 3 overall placing is still a possibility, whilst next season we’ll go all out for overall honours.

Many thanks
Chad and Barry



NSRI in Port Alfred rescue crew from sinking yacht

NSRI Port Alfred

Early Thursday the 3rd of October, Port Alfred volunteers were called out to assist the yacht HLANGANA which was taking water and sinking with seven crew onboard 4 nautical miles west of Boknes in the Eastern Cape, after having hit a reef. Keryn van der Walt, NSRI’s Port Alfred duty coxswain, said: “The yacht was being taken to Port Alfred from Port Elizabeth for routine repair when she ran into rocks on North Reef off Bird Island at around 06h30.”

“The crew had, after numerous attempts to raise the alarm, sent a radio distress message to Telkom Maritime Radio Services and NSRI Port Alfred was activated. “The Port Alfred duty crew launched LOTTO CHALLENGER and RESCUE 11 ALPHA and responded down the coast.”

“On arrival on-scene we found the 7 crew, 6 men and a woman, bailing water from a semi-submerged yacht that had been holed after striking a reef.”
“NSRI rescue crew were put aboard the yacht to assist in the bailing of water and a water extrication pump was transferred onto the yacht. Unfortunately the yacht was listing dangerously and the decision was taken for the crew to abandon ship.”

“Everybody was transferred onto our sea rescue craft shortly before the yacht keeled over on her side and was semi-submerged.
On instructions from MRCC (Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre), in an effort to avoid a maritime navigational hazard, NSRI were instructed to attempt to sink the yacht. Their efforts were unsuccessful and a maritime navigational warning was broadcast by Telkom Maritime Radio Services of the semi-submerged yacht floating off Cannon Rocks.

The casualty crew were brought to Port Alfred safely aboard our NSRI sea rescue craft and no one was injured.


Honda confirms Tarquini and Monteiro for 2014 FIA WTCC campaign

Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro

Honda confirms that their World Touring Car Championship drivers, Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, will be retained for the 2014 FIA WTCC programme. The extension of the drivers’ contracts for 2014 reflects the competitive success achieved by the Honda Civic WTCC in the first year of competition in the FIA WTCC.

Making the announcement, Hideo Sato, General Manager of Honda’s Motor Sports Division praised the drivers performances this season. “Always with a new car and a new programme there are many areas to work on and always we are against the clock. Thanks to the driving skill, experience and technical knowledge of Gabiele and Tiago and their hard work with the team, we have made great progress very quickly this year. They have both been fighting to get the Honda Civic WTCC into the results and to have won two races outright and many podium positions is a great result. For 2014, I expect the regulation changes will create an exciting and dynamic racing season. I am confident that our two experienced drivers, who have intimate knowledge of the Civic, will be key to our success. I am very pleased to have them in the Honda Racing family for 2014 which will be another competitive season for sure.”

Tarquini, who won the Drivers World Championship in 2009 and is currently second in this year’s Championship, is delighted to continue with the Honda campaign: “I am proud of the long relationship I have had with Honda, from the British Touring Car Championship times until today. We have such a good team spirit and everybody is working for one thing and that is to win the races. We have developed this car into a winner and soon we will start with the 2014 car so to see Honda renew its confidence in me is a great reward.”

For Tiago this an especially proud moment. “It is a great honour for me to have been involved in this project since the beginning and actively participate in the development of the Honda Civic WTCC which has become a highly competitive and winning car. Working with the whole Honda Team is a privilege at all levels. For 2014 I want to continue the good work we have been developing with the team and Gabriele and achieve many more podiums. I’m already looking forward to the start of the new season.”



Morocco Rally – October 19, 2013

Gonçalves and Honda Wins Morocco Rally and the World Championship

Paulo Goncalves

The celebrations begin for TEAM HRC. Things couldn’t have been any better for the new Honda CRF450 RALLY with a victory in the Morocco Rally and a World Championship title picked up by Portuguese rider Paulo Gonçalves in the final stage of the championship. Joan Barreda finished in third place. In doing so, Honda has won five out of the six stages disputed and has three riders in the overall first five places.

A thrilling final stage saw Paulo Gonçalves win the Morocco Rally. It was a complicated affair with a lot of challenging navigation and many chances to make mistakes. The Portuguese rider was pushing hard and was able to handle the Honda CRF450 RALLY with great skill, and eased through the most high-pressure moments, arriving at the halfway point ahead of his nearest rival Marc Coma. Gonçalves takes the crown of World Championship FIM Cross-Country Rallies.

Paulo Gonclaves

Joan Barreda started the day from first position, but a fall a few kilometers into the race damaged his road-book. In spite of this setback and not knowing the correct route, he was able to continue, following in the tracks of the riders that had overtaken him. He finally came in ninth, finishing in third overall place on the championship podium.

Joan Barreda

The other Portuguese rider from TEAM HRC, Hélder Rodrigues rode an excellent second place in the final stage of the rally. British rider Sam Sunderland, who set out in second behind Barreda, made a navegational error and finished in thirteenth. In spite of this, Sunderland took an overall fifth final place.

#2 Paulo Goncalves:

“Today has been a fantastic day for me. I’ve won the World Championship title and also the race. I’m really pleased for me and for the Speedbrain team. We’ve done a great job together. Since Brazil we have been able to win the last two races and the title. I wanted to also thank Joan Barreda who has really helped me. Without his help, it would have been really hard to win this title. Thanks to everyone, and now it’s time to celebrate, recuperate and start all over again.”

#23 Joan Barreda:

“I’m really pleased. I had some navigation problems and it was tough. I started from the front and I had to really push things and take risks. It was the only chance. The main objective was for Paulo to win the world championship and we’ve done it. I’m really happy for him. There was also the possibility of winning the race. It wasn’t easy. I tried my hardest until the end but it didn’t turn out. But I’m really pleased to be up on the podium, with a very quick pace, just two months away from the Dakar. The new bike, the Honda CRF450 RALLY hasn’t given us any problems whatsoever, and we hope that this continues. We will keep on working towards getting a good result in the next Dakar.”

Katsumi Yamazaki : TEAM HRC – Project Leader

“We have won this race and I’m really pleased! The race was really fantastic and exciting. Marvelous. It’s been a great success for Honda and for the new Honda CRF450 RALLY. I’m very pleased and very proud of the team. Not only the riders, but also the mechanics, engineers…..everyone. I’m very happy.”

Team HRC

Martino Bianchi : TEAM HRC – General Manager

“It was a very successful race for Honda. We have won five stages out of six, and we’ve won the world title, and the Morocco Rally. We finished first with Paulo Gonçalves and third with Joan Barreda. It was a great team effort – specially from the riders of Team Speedbrain with which we had a great collaboration since the beginning of our new adventure, and a very good test for the Dakar. Also, with the new CRF450 RALLY we have proved that this machine is on the highest level of the Rally World Championship. I want to also thank all the riders, mechanics and team staff for their work and their huge success.”

Team HRC

Morocco Rally Special stage 6 results 

Rank Rider (Team)


Ben Grabham (KTM) 2h 26’39


Helder Rodrigues (TEAM HRC) +01’18


Kurt Caselli (KTM) +02’41


Jeremias Israel (SPEEDBRAIN) +03’00


Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) +04’56


Joan Barreda (TEAM HRC) +17’14


Sam Sunderland (TEAM HRC) +38’52

Overall Standing

Rank Rider (Team)


Paulo Goncalves (TEAM HRC) 17h 08’59


Marc Coma (KTM) +03’44


Joan Barreda (Honda) +07’39


Chaleco López (KTM) +32’58


Sam Sunderland (Honda) +45’57


Helder Rodrigues (Honda) +9h 56’49




MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix 2013 – Round 16: Australia – October 20, 2013

Pedrosa Second, Marquez Out of Freakish Australian GP

Dani Pedrosa

Repsol Honda RC213V rider Dani Pedrosa kept his head in an extraordinary Australian Grand Prix to claim a valuable second place in a race that was shortened twice and run in a flurry of rule changes, black flags, penalties, and pit-lane mayhem in the first-ever grand prix with a compulsory mid-race change of motorcycle.

Unfortunately for second Repsol Honda RC213V rider Marc Marquez, he was one of three riders to suffer the black flag penalty, after missing the brief window for his compulsory pit stop.

Alvaro Bautista (GO & FUN Gresini Honda RC213V) was fifth, and with Stefan Bradl (LCR Honda) ruled out by injury and Bryan Staring (GO & FUN Honda Gresini FTR Honda) also black-flagged, he was the only other Honda finisher in the premier class.

Alvaro Bautista

The “flag-to-flag” race rule was designed to allow bike changes if weather conditions should change mid-race. After high-level meetings by the controlling Grand Prix Commission followed by drastic revisions to the rulebook, it was invoked as a compulsory measure at this race in response to a crisis in tyre safety.

The 4.448-km track had been fully resurfaced, while conditions were unexpectedly warm. A combination of faster lap times and corner speeds, higher grip levels and higher temperatures than anticipated proved disastrous for the control tyres in both the MotoGP and Moto2 classes. Suppliers Bridgestone (MotoGP) and Dunlop (Moto2) both informed Race Control that due to severe overheating issues they could not guarantee the safety of their tyres over full race distance. Surprisingly neither tyre supplier had tested at the circuit in preparation for racing on the re-laid surface.

While the Moto2 race was all but halved, from 25 laps to 13, MotoGP elected to apply flag-to-flag rules to MotoGP, along with other restrictions including compulsory use of the hardest tyre option with race distance being cut from 27 laps to 22. Bridgestone had put their safety margin at 14 laps and then after further issues in race-morning warm-up they cut it back still further to ten laps resulting in race distance being reduced once more, to 19 laps.

Pedrosa’s tactics were perfect. Running a very close third to Lorenzo and Marquez from the start, he decided to pit one lap earlier than the others, to take advantage of a clear pit lane. Unfortunately he too suffered a penalty, being later obliged to drop one position on track after he was judged to have run over the pit-lane limit. He served this without losing much time, dropping in behind Marquez.

After the change, his clear hopes of a second successive race win faded when his second bike lacked the extreme handling finesse of his first, and he was unable to push as hard as before.

He gained another 20 points as he demonstrated his return to top form and full strength, and regained a mathematical chance of winning the title.

Marquez was well-placed in the race, but for leaving his pit stop one lap too late, and looked certain of his 15th rostrum finish of the year as he ran with the leading pair … until the penalty was applied. It was the result of a team misunderstanding of the hastily rewritten rules, altered on race evening then again on race morning, over the method of counting the laps.

Marc Marquez

Disqualification meant a zero points score at a race where the 20-year-old Spaniard had a mathematical chance of securing the World Championship at his first attempt, and cut his lead over race winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha) from 43 to 18 points. With two rounds remaining, he will have to be sure of strong results in Motegi and Valencia if he is to succeed in what, before this misfortune, seemed almost a certainty – becoming the youngest premier-class World Champion in history.

Bautista had another strong race, jousting throughout with the Yamahas of Valentino Rossi and Cal Crutchlow. The three riders were changing places right up until the last lap, and the Spanish former 125cc World Champion’s fifth place missed a top-three rostrum by less than two tenths of a second, as they finished all but line abreast.

Bautista is the only rider to use Showa suspension and Nissin brakes, in his role as race-developer for the Japanese companies, closely associated with Honda. This position continued a strong run in the latter part of the season, this being his fourth time in fifth place in the last six races.

The all-Honda-powered Moto2 class, also run in dry conditions, was a frantic 13-lap sprint, with no room for tactics. This made for an even more hectic battle than usual, in a class where close and reliable racing is ensured, with all competitors furnished with identical race-tuned Honda CBR600 engines by the organizers, fitted into full-race prototype chassis.

Crucially for the championship, pre-race points leader Scott Redding was absent. The British Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex rider was eliminated after a heavy crash in qualifying. He broke his wrist and underwent immediate corrective surgery, but is a doubtful starter also for next weekend’s Japanese GP.

Spanish star Pol Espargaro (Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex) had closed to within nine points of Redding in the title charts, and now took over the championship lead with a determined start-to-finish victory. He now leads the championship with 240 points to Redding’s 224, with his Tuenti HP 40 Pons Kalex team-mate Esteve Rabat still in with a mathematical chance on 204.

Espargaro was obliged to fend off a strong early attack from Alex De Angelis (NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up), who later set a new lap record. In the closing laps came another fierce attack from Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Suter).

Luthi crossed the line just over half-a-second adrift for his best result of the year, himself fending off a last-lap attack from German GP winner Jordi Torres (Aspar Team Moto2 Suter), less than a tenth behind. Simone Corsi (NGM Mobile Racing Speed Up) was almost as close to him, with De Angelis on his back wheel, and the top five covered by 1.1 seconds.

Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert Suter) lost touch in the final stages in sixth while battling with Mika Kallio (Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex), who finished less than two-tenths behind.

Rabat came back to eighth, after running off the track and dropping out of the leading group, while holding third place, putting two-race winner Nico Terol (Aspar Team Moto2 Suter) ninth.

Australian rider Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team Speed Up) fought through to tenth in a crowd-pleasing ride after finishing the first lap in 20th. Moto3 champion Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex) Ricard Cardus (NGM Mobile Forward Racing Speed Up). Danny Kent (Tech 3), Gino Rea (Argiñano & Gines Racing Speed Up) and Doni Tata Pradita (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Suter) claimed the remaining points.

The Moto3 race was the only one of the day to run to full scheduled distance, set at 23 laps. In a class where Honda-powered machines are up against rival factories in a variety of prototype chassis, the top Honda rider Jack Miller came heartbreakingly close to a first rostrum finish. The Australian finished fifth in a tight pack, but less than three-quarters of a second off third place, and only six tenths behind the winner. The top seven places were covered by just 1.1 seconds.

Miller (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) had played a popular role in a lead group that was eight-strong for much of the race, moving up to third in the closing stages. He was still pushing out of the last corner, but lost out in the run to the finish line.

The usual gang of Spanish KTM riders dominated the rostrum, with Alex Rins winning by inches from Maverick Vinales and Luis Salom. Rins closed to within five points of long-time title leader Salom, with Vinales another 17 behind, ensuring an exciting championship finale.

Niccolo Antonelli (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda) narrowly lost touch with the leading group to finish eighth.

Honda riders played a strong role in a fearsome battle for the next title points, the gap from ninth to 18th place only just over two-and-a-quarter seconds, with places changing corner by corner. Alexis Masbou (Ongetta-Rivacold FTR Honda) was tenth; Isaac Vinales (Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda) 13th, Romano Fenati (San Carlo Team Italia FTR Honda) 14th, and John McPhee (Caretta Technology-RTG FTR Honda) just out of the points in 17th.

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix
 – Round 16: Australia


Dani Pedrosa

Rank Rider (Team)


Jorge LORENZO (Yamaha Factory Racing)


Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)


Valentino ROSSI (Yamaha Factory Racing)


Cal CRUTCHLOW (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)


Alvaro BAUTISTA (GO&FUN Honda Gresini)


Bradley SMITH (Monster Yamaha Tech 3)


Nicky HAYDEN (Ducati Team)


Andrea IANNONE (Energy T.I. Pramac Racing)


Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Ducati Team)


Randy DE PUNIET (Power Electronics Aspar)


Aleix ESPARGARO (Power Electronics Aspar)


Colin EDWARDS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)


Yonny HERNANDEZ (Ignite Pramac Racing)


Hector BARBERA (Avintia Blusens)


Danilo PETRUCCI (Came IodaRacing Project)


Rank Rider (Team)


Pol ESPARGARO (Tuenti HP 40)


Thomas LUTHI (Interwetten Paddock Moto2)


Jordi TORRES (Aspar Team Moto2)


Simone CORSI (NGM Mobile Racing)


Alex DE ANGELIS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)


Dominique AEGERTER (Technomag carXpert)


Mika KALLIO (Marc VDS Racing Team)


Esteve RABAT (Tuenti HP 40)


Nicolas TEROL (Aspar Team Moto2)


Anthony WEST (QMMF Racing Team)


Sandro CORTESE (Dynavolt Intact GP)


Ricard CARDUS (NGM Mobile Forward Racing)


Danny KENT (Tech 3)


Gino REA (Argiñano & Gines Racing)


Doni Tata PRADITA (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2)


Rank Rider (Team)


Alex RINS (Estrella Galicia 0,0)


Maverick VIÑALES (Team Calvo)


Luis SALOM (Red Bull KTM Ajo)


Alex MARQUEZ (Estrella Galicia 0,0)


Jack MILLER (Caretta Technology – RTG)


Jonas FOLGER (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3)


Efren VAZQUEZ (Mahindra Racing)


Niccolò ANTONELLI (GO & FUN Gresini Moto3)


Niklas AJO (Avant Tecno)


Alexis MASBOU (Ongetta-Rivacold)


Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN (Red Bull KTM Ajo)


Jakub KORNFEIL (Redox RW Racing GP)


Isaac VIÑALES (Ongetta-Centro Seta)


Romano FENATI (San Carlo Team Italia)


Brad BINDER (Ambrogio Racing)




IndyCar Series 2013 – Round 19: FontanaOctober 19, 2013

Honda-powered Scott Dixon survives race of attrition to claim Indy Crown

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)

On a night where crashes and mechanical failures claimed more than half of the 25-car starting field, Scott Dixon did exactly what was needed to claim his third career IZOD IndyCar Series Drivers’ Championship, as the Honda-powered driver finished fifth in the MAVTV American Real 500 to claim the title over rival Helio Castroneves.

Dixon came to the 19th and final race of the 2013 season with a 25-point lead over Castroneves, including a series-leading four wins this year. A finish of fifth or better would have secured the title for Dixon, but he worked his Target Chip Ganassi Racing Dallara Honda to the front of the field, and battled for the lead for much of the night, until backing off in the final laps due to rising engine temperatures as Will Power went on to claim the victory.

Scott Dixon

Overheating issues affected several cars, as sand and debris affected both Honda and Chevrolet powered entries and resulted in several retirements during the course of the 500-mile contest. A multi-car crash on Lap 110 eliminated five more cars, including four Hondas, and resulted in Dale Coyne Racing driver Justin Wilson being transported to a local hospital for further examination of a possible hip injury.

Despite the attrition, the race was fiercely contested, with 11 different drivers leading one or more laps, including Mid-Ohio race winner Charlie Kimball, who led three times for a total of 22 laps, and appeared to be in contention for the victory until a late-race mechanical problem sent him to the pits. Kimball still was scored 10th, despite dropping out of the contest with 12 laps remaining.

Stepping in for the injured Dario Franchitti, veteran Honda driver Alex Tagliani also ran near the front of the field for much of the night, and led five laps before spinning and making light contact with the wall to end his race on lap 209.

Driving for Bryan Herta Autosport, JR Hildebrand appeared headed for at least a second-place finish in the closing laps, as he ran in lock-step behind fellow Honda driver Kimball until he, too, was felled by debris-related overheating issues with just 13 laps remaining.

This race concludes the 2013 IZOD IndyCar Series with Chevrolet winning the Manufacturers’ Championship and Honda-powered Scott Dixon claiming his third drivers’ title. Dixon’s other titles came in 2003 and 2008. Honda-powered Tristan Vautier also claimed series Rookie of the Year honours.

IndyCar Series

Round 19: Fontana

Scott Dixon

Rank Driver (Team)


Will Power (Team Penske)


Ed Carpenter (Ed Carpenter Racing)


Tony Kanaan (KV Racing Technology)


James Hinchcliffe (Andretti Autosport)


Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing)


Helio Castroneves (Team Penske)


Marco Andretti (Andretti Autosport)


Simona de Silvestro (KV Racing Technology)


Ryan Hunter-Reay (Andretti Autosport)


Charlie Kimball (Chip Ganassi Racing)


JR Hildebrand (Barracuda Racing/BHA)


Simon Pagenaud (Schmidt Hamilton Motorsports)


Alex Tagliani (Chip Ganassi Racing)


Graham Rahal (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)


Takuma Sato (A.J. Foyt Racing)


Justin Wilson (Dale Coyne Racing)


Josef Newgarden (Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing)


Tristan Vautier (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports)


James Jakes (Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing)


Pippa Mann (Dale Coyne Racing)




Robalo R240 – Robust and reliable (courtesy of Leisure Boating, SA’s premier monthly boating magazine)

Robalo R240 powered by twin Honda BF150HP outboards

Fully imported, luxurious and top of her class, the Robalo R240 is made to perfection. With everything you could need from a sportsfishing craft, she’s one that should be at the top of every angler’s most-wanted list.

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Chaparral 307 SSX: 
“Make Her Look Fast at Rest” (courtesy of

Chaparral 307 SSX

The primary rule around the Chaparral design studio must certainly be “First, don’t make her ugly”. If she is not beautiful, a new model won’t fly, much less leave the dock. To that end Chaparral has developed a distinctive profile and styling features that the marketplace has soundly approved. Rule #2 must be “Make her look fast – at rest”.  The new Chaparral 307 SSX’s distinctive design speaks for itself. But there is more to this boat than a pretty face…

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BOATING SAFETY – Think smart and always follow the basic rules

Think smart and always follow the rules

With the peak boating season rapidly approaching, all boat users must ensure that both they and their respective boats are ready so that they can offer family and crew a safe boating experience? Knowledge and experience, together with following a set of boating safety best practices will go a long way in helping to prevent any potential problems.

1. Common Sense is Paramount
Like with so many things in life, never ignore the overriding power of good common sense. When on the water, constantly anticipate your surroundings and the actions of other water-users whether they’re other boats, waterskiers, kayakers or swimmers. Operate your boat responsibly in terms of speed and by keeping a close eye on the activities of all those on board at all times.

2. Being Weather-smart
Before launching your boat, check the weather via online website forecasts, radio or TV. Never take chances with the weather, especially if you’re planning on going out to sea, always making a safe and calculated decision based on the information provided. Once on the water closely monitor the state of the weather in terms of any changes in wind speed and direction, the potential build-up of storm conditions etc. Never put your crew at risk and if there’s any doubt then return to port as quickly as possible.

3. Always wear a life jacket
The South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) requires that you carry an approved personal floatation device, or life jacket, for each person aboard your vessel. A life jacket should be worn at all times while boating because you never know when an accident may occur. Statistics show that nine out of every ten drowning victims may have survived a capsizing or fall overboard if they had been wearing a life jacket, so make sure that you choose a life jacket that’s comfortable and is one that you will wear.

Always wear a life jacket

4. Being at one with your boat
Having a clear understanding of your boat is the basis of good seamanship, and is the art of managing your boat as a result of Skipper training and experience gained. It’s about launching, boat handling, overall safety, navigation, boating etiquette, sorting problems and reacting quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency.

Get to know your boat well...

5. Learning to Swim
If you’re going to be spending a lot of time on the water, it’s extremely advantageous if you can swim, especially if an emergency situation should arise, so best get some lessons if you can’t.

6. Skipper Training Courses
What’s of interest is that 85% of boating fatalities worldwide involve operators who had never undertaken any formal boating training. In South Africa, SAMSA requires by law that every boat owner learns the basics of seamanship and takes the appropriate Skipper’s course and gets a Certificate of Competence before taking to the water. What’s more the knowledge that you will gain by taking a Skipper’s course will only hold you in good stead when on the water.

7. Make Sure your Boat is Surveyed Annually
It’s imperative that your boat undergoes an annual Safety Check by a qualified SAMSA representative who needs to check the presence and condition of specific safety equipment based on your boat’s Category rating.

8. Alcohol is a No-No on the Water
The effects of alcohol are even more dangerous on the water than on land because the marine environment accelerates impairment. In boating deaths attributed to alcohol use, more than half capsized or fell overboard. Rather have that sundowner once you’re safely back on land, never risk your own safety and that of your crew when out on the water.

9. Rules of the Road and Boating Etiquette
At all times follow the given rules of the road, and always anticipate that there are people out there who won’t, so always be prepared and be flexible. Above all show respect to all other parties on the water by skippering your boat in a safe and responsible manner.

10. Fit your boat with a VHF Marine radio
If you’re going to be going out to sea, then a VHF or 29MHz Marine Radio is a compulsory (for any vessel operating more that 1 nautical mile offshore) and essential part of your overall safety equipment.

A VHF Marine radio and a GPS are must-haves if you're going out to sea

11. Fit your Boat with a GPS Navigational System
Also if you’re going out to sea, the fitting of a suitable GPS system to your boat can give you many safety advantages and is most definitely one of the best investments that you’ll ever make. Whatever the weather or visibility conditions it will allow you to steer your boat on a set course (or for even more course accuracy, to follow a series of pre-marked waypoints) allowing you to bring her safely back to port.

12. Use the Kill Switch Lanyard
If you are the operator of a boat, YOU MUST wear a kill switch lanyard at all times while driving. If you fall overboard or lose your balance, the boat will shut off automatically, possibly saving your life or someone else’s. A boat travelling at speed with no helmsman is a scary prospect and has over time resulted in many accidents that could have otherwise been avoided, so we cannot over-emphasize enough the importance of wearing a kill switch!

Always wear the kill-switch!

13. File a Float Plan
No boater leaves the dock expecting problems, but if trouble comes your way, filing a float plan with a loved one or friend can hasten rescue, and in some cases mean the difference between life and death.




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Honda BF135HP outboard in action

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Honda’s BF115, BF135 and BF150 deliver seamless performance and optimum 
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Honda BF115HP

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The BF150 features Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control (VTEC™) developed for Honda’s high-performance sports cars. Introduced in the early 1990s, VTEC™ is the benchmark technology used on every Honda motor vehicle sold today. The system ensures smooth, stable idling, while increased valve lift at high rpm broadens the torque curve and provides incredible top-end power.

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Racing Technology – VTEC
VTEC™ delivers more 
power, torque and efficiency at every speed. At 4500rpm, a special high-lift cam engages to provide more air into the combustion chamber to produce more power. VTEC™ and Dual Stage Induction work to produce a longer, flatter torque profile: the ultimate in fine-tuned performance. (VTEC™: BF150 only)

Boosted Low Speed
 Torque (BLAST™)
Hole shot and acceleration
is significantly improved by MBT trace control (ignition timing). MBT – Minimum advance for Best Torque.

Advanced ignition timing develops more horsepower at low rpm to get the hull up on the plane quicker giving super-strong acceleration with rapid advancement of the throttle.

This patented technology pioneers a new age in 4-stroke outboard engines and will be the benchmark for future Honda engine designs.

Lean Burn Control
Inclusion of lean burn
 control offers significantly improved fuel consumption in cruising mode versus comparable 4-strokes and reduced running costs for boat users.
New models are even more fuel-efficient than previous models.

Garmin GMI10 and GPS MAP devices all include Honda’s unique Eco light. This is to indicate Lean Burn mode in operation.

NMEA2000 Compliant
NMEA2000 compliancy allows 
the engine to communicate with 
onboard marine electronics to deliver a wide range of information to head-unit displays. When networked with a Garmin or Lowrance NMEA2000 device, for example, engine data such as speed, rpm, temperature, fuel usage and other data can be displayed on the unit’s screen.

Twin Honda BF115HP outboards powering an NSRI rescue RIB


  • The inclusion of a Trolling Control feature allows adjustments in 50rpm increments between 650-900rpm. Trolling Control is an optional feature, contact your Honda Dealer for further details…
  • Three-Way Cooling. Three separate cooling circuits for more power with long-term durability.
  • 4-Front Corrosion Protection. A patented, ‘double-sealed’ multi-layered paint process. Sacrificial anodes and stainless steel technology, along with waterproof connectors, all enhance corrosion protection.
  • ‘On Demand’ 40amp, belt-driven alternator reduces heat build-up and provides superior battery charging capability – 30amp at 1000rpm and 40amp at 2000rpm.



Honda Marine Durban’s all-new Raptor 820 Centre Console proving highly popular

Raptor 820 Centre Console powered by twin BF150HP outboards

Since Honda Marine Durban launched their all-new range of Raptor boats at the Durban Boat Show, Craig Wilson, the dealer principal has been inundated with enquiries with several models having already found new homes, particularly their top of the range Raptor 820 Centre Console.

As Honda Marine Durban Dealer Principal, Craig Wilson, says: “With the Raptor 820CC, twin Honda BF175’s or even BF150’s are all you need, she planes with one engine whilst dragging the other, turns on her own axis without any cavitation and handles the following sea with ease. With so much space she’s the perfect boat for any fisherman, making her an absolute winner!”

As mentioned the complete Raptor line-up will include the following models:

Raptor 820 forward & centre console….28.0’

Raptor 730 forward & centre console….25.0’

Raptor 660 forward & centre console…..21.6′

Raptor 560 forward & centre console…..18.6′

Raptor 510 forward & centre console…..16.6′

Raptor 490 forward & centre console…..15.6′

For more information on the Raptor range of boats contact Craig Wilson at Honda Marine Durban on Tel.: 031 305 8735