BOATING TIP FOR THE MONTH

Getting ready for some quality Easter boating time
Easter is just around the corner and presents you with an ideal time to get your boat back in the water and share some quality time with family and friends, but it’s only a short break so to ensure that your boating holiday is hassle-free, it’s best to carry out a few basic checks before you go.

                  Pre-trip Engine start up

  • Reconnect your battery terminals ensuring that they are clean.
  • Remove and give the distributor cap a wipe clean if your boat has been stored outside.
  • Hopefully you stored your boat with minimal fuel in the tank to avoid potential sediment build up which could block the fuel supply. Put some fresh unleaded fuel in the tank and prime accordingly.
  • Attach the engine muff and water hose attachment and turn on the water supply.
    Start your engine and ensure all is working, there should be no reason why it shouldn’t be.

                  Check your Safety Equipment

  • Ensure that you have all safety equipment on board according to your Certificate of Fitness (COF) rating.
  • Ensure that all PDF’s (Personal Flotation Devices/ Life Jackets) are in working order and that are still to the correct sizes for your growing children if applicable. If need be replace with new ones from your local Honda Marine dealer.
  • Check that you have your boat’s bung at hand, obviously remembering to refit it before launching. This is a common oversight which can have disastrous and very expensive repercussions.
  • Check that your KILL-SWITCH is on board and remember to wear it at all times without fail whenever the boat is underway.

                  Check your Boat over properly

  • Subject to whether your boat has been stored in a garage or outside it might need a good clean.
  • Check the condition of all fuel hoses and other visible cabling.
  • Make sure you have all the relevant documentation on the boat – Skipper’s licence/ COF.

             Check your Boat Trailer

  • Check you trailer’s wheel bearings.
  • Check your trailer lights when rigged up to your tow vehicle.
  • Check your trailer road licence is up to date and clearly displayed.
  • Check that your name and cell phone number are clearly marked on your trailer.
  • Check that the correct reflective strips are fitted as per the legal requirements.

Now it’s time for the Easter holiday, wishing everyone safe and happy boating. Should you have any queries or need help with any of the above, please contact your local Honda Marine dealer.

PRODUCT NEWS

Technical Specifications – Honda BF80 & BF100 outboard engines:

Honda BF80 in action

 

Specification

BF80 BF100
Engine Type OHC-4 cylinders, 16 valve OHC-4 cylinders, VTEC™ 16 valve
Displacement 1496 1496
Bore x Stroke (mm) 73 x 89.4 73 x 89.4
Full Throttle RPM range 5000 – 6000 5500 – 6300
Rated Power [kW (PS)] [58.8 (80)] [73.6 (100)]
Cooling System Water cooled (with thermostat) Water cooled (with thermostat)
Fuel Delivery PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection)
Ignition System Electronic PGM-IG Electronic PGM-IG
Starting System Electric Start Electric Start
Exhaust System Propeller Boss Propeller Boss
Gear Ratio 2.33 2.33
Alternator Output 44 amps 44 amps
Battery Charging Capacity 35 amps 35 amps
NMEA 2000® compliant Yes Yes
Transom Height (mm) L:537 / X:664 L:537 / X:664
Dry Weight (inc. propeller) L:165 / X:171 L:165 / 172
Engine Trim & Tilt Power Trim & Tilt Power Trim & Tilt
Overall L/W/H 748 / 449 / 1566 (L) / 1693 (X) 748 / 449 / 1566 (L) / 1693 (X)

PRODUCT NEWS

Honda Marine celebrates a 50 year tradition for innovation and environmental awareness with the launch of the all new BF80 and BF100 outboard engines
The all new BF80 and BF100 engines have just been launched as Honda celebrates its fiftieth anniversary in the manufacturing of marine outboards. Ever since the introduction the first four-stroke outboard in 1964, the GB30, Honda has pioneered the development of four-stroke in line with founder Soichiro Honda’s philosophy that “products that are used on the water should not pollute the water”.

The new BF80 and BF100 are set to provide new levels of performance in their sectors through their world-renowned technologies. With their lightweight and compact design these new engines will provide optimum levels of performance whilst ensuring best fuel economy. The sleek streamline design fits and compliments any customer choice of boat, maximising their boating experience.

The new models make the very most of the many unique advanced Honda engine technologies for which the brand and its range is famed:

BLAST™ (Boosted Low Speed Torque)

Honda’s exclusive revolutionary BLAST™ technology adjusts air/fuel ratio and ignition-timing to boost engine horsepower and torque to provide rapid acceleration. The result is strong hole-shot performance to get the hull up on the plane more quickly. This patented technology in four-stroke engines is the benchmark for Honda outboards.

ECOmo™ (Economy Controlled Motor)

Honda’s proprietary Lean Burn Control technology uses sensors to monitor air/fuel ratio in cruising mode, adjusting it to achieve optimum fuel economy. Combined with Honda’s unique PGM-Fi™ (Programmed Fuel Injection) technology, the result is high fuel efficiency and low emissions.

VTEC™ (Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control)

The new BF100 incorporates Honda’s exclusive VTEC™ system, providing optimum performance through the operating range, delivering smooth controlled power when you need it.

Enhanced features to compliment the customer:

The new BF80 and BF100 offer a range of enhanced features to ensure optimum ease of use:

Trolling Control:

Firstly they offer Hondas trolling control, allowing precise slow speed with automatic adjustments in 50rpm increments, ideal for fishing and slow speed manoeuvres.

NMEA 2000 ® connectivity:

Both outboards are also fully compliant with NMEA 2000® allowing simplified connectivity to other NMEA 2000® devices.

The new models also allow the customer to purchase as an option, the new Honda digital NMEA 2000® compliant multi-function gauges. These are designed to provide simplified and standardised connectivity on board and to give vital engine information to the operator. The Honda gauges display information on key functions including engine rpm, trim angle, maintenance reminders, engine temperature, battery charge levels, oil pressure and engine management. These new gauges also feature Honda’s unique ‘Eco Light’ which informs the boat operator when the engine is in ECOmo / lean burn mode, and therefore at its most fuel efficient.

With the incorporation of NMEA 2000® connectivity the customer is able to install an increasingly wide variety of sophisticated electronic equipment, such as GPS systems, chart plotters and fish finders.

The Honda Marine line up from BF40 to the BF250 is now fully NMEA 2000® compliant.

Contact your local Honda Marine dealer for more information on these exciting new engines.

BEST KEPT BOATING SECRETS

Wriggleswade Dam, Stutterheim, Eastern Cape – one of the Eastern Cape’s hidden treasures

Wriggleswade Dam

Wriggleswade Dam lies nestled between the rolling grasslands of the Amabele farming area. Stretching across 17km and covering 1000 hectares, this expanse of water has fast become a haven for avid fishermen and those who enjoy boating and water sports.

Due to its perfect location, a steering committee was formed in 1990 to determine how it could be turned into a premier fresh water tourist attraction for the Border area – and so the Stutterheim Aquatic Club was born. Since its inception, the club which leases private land from the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry has now built a charming club house, boasts 40 boat houses for members, approximately 60 campsites, 60 caravan sites provided with power and 3 ablution blocks. There is also a lovely single roomed log cabin on the water’s edge available for rent.

Nowadays, Wriggleswade is a hive of activity and many consider it to be the best Bass fishing dam in the Eastern Cape sporting Florida largemouth bass, occasionally spotted bass, carp (please do not throw any carp caught back into the dam) and Bluegill. Having previously been farm land, the dam is full of grassy areas, rock piles, old semi submerged tree stumps and plenty of nooks and crannies where fish love to hide. To date, the record bass caught weighed in at 5.01 kg and the largest carp at a massive 20 kg. A slipway (launching ramp) and jetty are available. There is no need to book in advance; a caretaker will do the rounds in the morning to collect the required fee (R15) from you. Further details can be obtained by contacting Basil Ristow (tel. (043) 743-602 or 083-284-1741) or Colin Scholes (tel. (043) 683-2981). Visit Colin at his tackle shop Colin’s Fishing Hideaway (18 Long Street, Stutterheim). Read more in-depth information on bass fishing on the dam.

Since 2000, the Amatola Bass Masters has been held at Wriggleswade and has attracted people from as far as Zimbabwe. Monthly local fish offs are held and several yachting competitions during the course of the year. The annual triathlon always draws a crowd and another popular event is the Merrifield Mile.

Water skiing, wake boarding and parasailing are all available through Aquascape Adventures or for those who feel less energetic, a sunset cruise around the dam is the perfect way to end the day. Contact Rob: 072 364 8077

Directions: Wriggleswade is situated some 75km inland from East London on the Stutterheim Road. If travelling from the North, take the N6 through Queenstown and Stutterheim. 14 km from Stutterheim, the dam is signposted (to the left). If travelling from East London (or the coastal routes from Cape Town and Durban), take the Macleantown / Queenstown turnoff at the start of the N6 in Beacon Bay. Approximately 55 km from Beacon Bay, the dam is signposted (to the right).

The dam is situated a further 12 km down a good gravel road. A left turn, (at the large Water Affairs sign) is required approximately 2 km from the Stutterheim Aquatic Club. The gravel road from the main road to the dam can be very bumpy and motorists are cautioned to travel slowly along this stretch as pot holes appear soon after rain.

Accommodation

Wriggleswade Dam Caravan Park: http://tracks4africa.co.za/listings/item/w198793/

 

DEALER NEWS

Honda Marine Knysna sponsored SANParks research RIB catches poachers
(Story courtesy of Anoeschka von Meck, Knysna-Plett Herald)

Knysna Plett Herald front page - 20 March 2014 PHOTO: Knysna Plett Herald

KNYSNA NEWS – Four people, two of them minors, were nabbed for illegally harvesting creatures from the Knysna Estuary near Phantom Forest on Saturday, March 15, and 28 mud crabs were confiscated as SANPark rangers are stepping up against individuals who fish without permits or poach forbidden species. In January, between 15 and 20 individuals were also caught and prosecuted, reports Owen Govender, senior section ranger in the Knysna marine area of the Garden Route National Park.

“The (most recent) case is now in the hands of law enforcement authorities in Knysna,” confirmed SANParks communication officer, Nandi Mgwadlamba.. “We are proud of the the fact that this is the second time this year illegal poachers are caught. Knysna ambassadors have been encouraging anglers to stick to the rules to protect the ecological health of the estuary and also ensure there is no over-fishing.”

Ongoing research in the Garden Route, conducted by Scientific Services as part of SANParks’ efforts to monitor recreational and subsistence fishing, continue to show that catch rates of certain species are on the decline.

Kyle Smith, one of the Garden Route National Park’s scientists, says that many linefish (those caught by rod and reel) are considered to be collapsed.

“This means that the adult populations of these fish have dramatically declined and are at dangerously low levels,” says Smith. “National assessments conducted by governmental agencies or universities, which look at national trends in catches indicate that at least 19 fish species are currently collapsed whilst a further 11 appear to be over-exploited and heading towards collapse.”

According to Smith, examples of collapsed fish species include the Dusky Kob and White Steenbras. More information is needed to confirm the status of those fish that appear to be over-exploited and potentially heading towards collapse, but current trends indicate a decline. The White Musselcracker is one such species whose numbers are decreasing.

“The population status of only 56 (40%) of our most important linefish species is known and many of these assessments are out-dated, having been conducted in the late 1990s and mid 2000s.”

He warns that although some recent population assessments suggest an improvement in some fish numbers there is certainly no room for complacency.

“Importantly my research doesn’t in itself indicate fish populations, but the population status of fish stocks is carried out by DAFF and looks at catch rates from a wide area. My work is more about understanding what the current Knysna fishery looks like – who is fishing, where they are fishing, why they are fishing and what is being caught? I don’t necessarily work with population numbers.”

Smith emphasises, “The re-building of fish stocks is in the interest of everyone and requires the combined efforts of fishermen, consumers and management authorities. If you love to eat fish or just to catch fish, it is in your own best interest to obey the regulations. After all, the regulations are there to try and promote sustainable use – not over-use! It is in the anglers’ own best interest to obey the rules so that there will always be fish available for them. We are not just about catching poachers or coming down on individuals exploiting our resources, but want to prioritise building a mutually beneficial relationship where both humans and nature prosper.”