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When it comes to the development of Yamaha's F350 V8 in
commercial application, no other boat manufacturer has
been more influential than Brisbane-based boat builder
Woody Marine was the first builder in the world to develop a
quad rigged F350 set up and has now produced five of these
amazing boats in total.
In an impromptu presentation at Woody Marine's
headquarters in Brisbane, Brett Hampson, National Sales and
Marketing Manager for Yamaha Outboards, presented David and
Deidre Green, owners of Woody Marine, with a large framed
image of two of Woody's proud V8 powered fleet and thanked
them for their work.
"When the first V8 F350s arrived it was very exciting for
everyone at Yamaha. No manufacturer had ever produced a four-
stroke outboard motor of this size and power before", said Brett
Hampson. "However we were not fully aware of the potential of
this engine and the possibilities of multiple engine rigs."
Enter Woody Marine, which had been producing Rigid Hull
Inflatables (RIBs) for almost twenty years. Woody Marine was
experiencing a growing market for its custom-made "Ocean
Rafting" boats, high horsepower craft usually powered by three
to four outboards, designed to take tourists on exciting high
speed sight seeing voyages. For Woody Marine the step up to the
state-of-the-art F350s on their boats was a natural progression.
"When David first suggested the possibility of setting up four
V8s on the back of one of these boats it really blew us away. It
had never been tried before," said Hampson
Of course, the possibility if producing a 1,044kW (1,400hp)
outboard set up was exciting but also presented a number of
challenges. To accept the four Yamaha F350 outboard engines
the structure of the hull in general and the transom in particular
had to be bolstered. Woody Marine's in-house naval architect
fine-tuned the hull shape to get the best from the Yamaha F350
and considerable unseen structural improvements went into the
transom and hull design.
Woody's custom V8 powered quad rigs are 14m long and tip
the scales at a massive 9.5 tonnes. As a tourist boat they have
fixed seating for forty passengers plus two crew.
"For these particular boats I believe we could not have
achieved a better combination," said David Green. "The engines
are superb, unbelievably quiet throughout the rev range -- even at
Since their arrival in Australia the big F350 V8 has been a great
success for Yamaha, powering big offshore boats, commercial rigs
and even replacing stern drive units in much loved old
favourites. With great reliability and huge torque the F350 really
has redefined offshore power.
For further information contact:
Yamaha Motor Australia, Queensland.
Yamaha thanks Woody Marine for its faith
With the 2009/10 Victorian bushfire
season well and truly declared, the
Country Fire Authority (CFA) is
ready for action with its new Lake
Eildon-based Marine Fire Rescue vessel.
Powered by twin Honda BF225
four-stroke outboards, the customised
nine-metre Stabicraft aluminium vessel has
full fire-fighting capabilities thanks to a
through-hull water pick-up system capable
of pumping 600 litres of water per minute.
CFA project officer David Goldfinch
said the new vessel would play a vital role
in the Eildon region this summer, which
was devastated during the Black Saturday
bushfires earlier this year.
"In addition to fighting fires on the
water's edge or from the water itself, the
vessel will also support on-land operations
in the area," Mr Goldfinch said.
"The vessel can transport fire-fighters
to areas inaccessible by road, has the
ability to go right up against the shore to
deploy crew quickly via a folding bow
ramp, and can also operate as a reliable
With a fuel capacity of 300 litres and
the ability to carry up to six people, the
powerful V6 Honda engines deliver an
approximate top speed of 75km/h, which
will allow a response team to attend
incidents as soon as they're identified.
"In trial runs with the boat fully-loaded
with fuel, fire-fighting equipment and
with four people onboard, the vessel's
performance was 120 percent better than
we'd expected," Mr Goldfinch said.
"The CFA is confident the Eildon
region will be very well served with the
latest addition to its arsenal... you can
never have enough tools in the fight
Based at Eildon Boat Club, the CFA's
new Marine Fire Rescue vessel would not
have been possible with the assistance of
Marine Safety Victoria, Honda Australia,
MY Marine and various other organisations.
For further information contact:
Honda Australia, Victoria.
Hong Kong's booming economy inspires maritime industry
CFA ready for action at Lake Eildon
The Honda-powered, Stabicraft-built 'Eildon
Marine Fire Rescue'
With its share market surging and property prices hitting new
highs, the Hong Kong economy seems to have completely
shrugged off the Global Financial Crisis.
While parts of the shipping sector, most notably containers,
have suffered badly thanks to the GFC, many others have
continued to flourish.
"As the most efficient gateway to China, particularly southern
China, Hong Kong is riding the wave of China's almost uniquely
strong economy," said the organiser of the China Maritime
Exhibition, Kishore Navani.
"This continuing economic boom is certainly good for the
wider maritime industry," said Mr Navani. "We are certainly
seeing this reflected in the great interest being shown in China
Maritime which will be held in mid-March."
"The ship and boat design, building and equipment market
has, thanks to the GFC, become much more competitive than it
was for the previous two showings of China Maritime in 2006
"We are seeing this very clearly in the much stronger interest
being shown in the event by Chinese mainland ship builders and
suppliers," Mr Navani explained.
China Maritime will be held in Hall 5G of the Hong Kong
Convention and Exhibition Centre in Wanchai from Tuesday,
March 16 to Thursday, March 18.
For further information please contact:
Kishore Navani. Baird Events, Victoria.
PH: (03) 9645 0411, FX: (03) 9645 0475,
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, Web: www.bairdmaritime.com
The Woody Marine-built 'Attitude', delivered this year, was the fifth vessel
of this design powered by quad Yamaha F350 four-stroke outboards
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