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RFD launches a new ultra compact inflatable -- 'Cyclone 150N'
RFD has met the challenge of the new
Australian Standard for the design and
manufacture of PFDs with the release of
a completely new inflatable jacket.
The new RFD Cyclone 150 represents a
major breakthrough in PFDs. The Cyclone
not only achieves the top-level 150N
performance in buoyancy, but in so doing
delivers superior comfort for the wearer,
according to the manufacturer.
The RFD Cyclone 150N jacket is
eminently suitable for all forms of
boating. It is officially certified to meet all
the stringent requirements of the new
Australian Standards (AS4758).
The internal bladder, firing mechanism
and CO2 gas bottle all fit very neatly
inside the black valise. There is minimal
bulk to the Cyclone PFD150N.
The Cyclone 150N is available in a
range of configurations. Options include
manual or auto inflate, with or without
harness loop and an optional crutch strap.
Standard features common to all
Cyclone models include a red lifting
handle sewn in and manufactured from
robust webbing fabric. This is an
important aid in rescue to grab the wearer
while in the water.
There is an adjustable closing
buckle conveniently located to the side.
This is not only comfortable, but
easily accessed by the wearer. There is
also an adjustable back strap, and a
soft neoprene collar, making the jacket
easy to wear, avoiding chaffing on the
back of the neck when worn for an
The Cyclone 150N is suitable for both
male and female wearers, over 40kgs. One
size fits all body types.
"The new Cyclone 150N PFD is a world
leading, high quality PFD that delivers
unheralded standards of comfort and
compact size to the Australian boating
market." said RFD Managing Director,
For further information contact:
RFD, New South Wales.
The first of Hyundai SeasAll's highly developed range of
powerful common rail diesel marine engines have been
installed in New Zealand.
The first Hyundai SeasAll S250 marine diesel was installed into
Half Way Bay Station's workboat near Queenstown, in November.
The project, a re-power, was undertaken by Queenstown Marine --
the first appointed Australasian Hyundai SeasAll dealer.
The boat, a seven-metre alloy hardtop, is primarily used by
Halfway Bay Station for transporting goods and staff around the
expansive property on Lake Wakatipu in New Zealand's South
Island, which has no road access.
The new engine, the Hyundai SeasAll 250, is based on a
three-litre V6 common rail diesel and produces 186kW and
490nm of torque at maximum 3,800rpm and delivers the power
through a MerCruiser Bravo II sternleg.
In making the choice of installing a Hyundai S250 into the
craft, station Manager Gerry Kennedy said the end decision was
easy and down to Hyundai's international reputation for quality
"Years of Hyundai's cutting-edge R&D and proven power for
marine use was pretty hard to go by," said Kennedy.
"Reliability was a key factor in installing the S250 into the
boat. On the lake, reliability is a must, for not only when we're
transporting staff and equipment, but also families. Hyundai has
a world class reputation for the reliability of their products which
was very reassuring when we purchased."
Kennedy said that the new performance of the boat from the
Hyundai S250 was quite noticeable and has since transformed
"As soon as you put the boat into gear there is a smooth
supply of power with more low down torque than we can use
even with 200kg of fuel, eight people and gear. The performance
with a load was similar to when I would be using the boat by
myself with the old power plant."
"There is more useable power right from when you engage it
into drive, and then right through the rev range. It's a lot quieter
as well, the V6 configuration is just superb -- I really didn't think
the improvement would be this good!"
Kennedy went on to say that the engine fits the boat's
purpose perfectly and delivers the need for performance as well
"Lake Wakatipu can be pretty rough at the best of times, it's
very reassuring to have all of that power on tap. Turbo lag is zero,
and we've found that the boat is a lot more responsive
particularly when negotiating the sharp chop on the lake."
Kennedy estimates that his fuel savings with the new Hyundai
SeasAll power plant installed is quite significant.
"We're now saving 15 litres per hour in diesel. The fuel economy
is really quite amazing, with a cruising speed of 23.5 knots at
3,000rpm and two people onboard we are using 21 litres per hour,
fully loaded with passengers and gear we're using 24 litres per hour.
The Hyundai motor out performs our previous motor on all levels."
Hyundai SeasAll Business Development Manager, Mark
Harrison said the initial performance results from the Half Way
Bay Station repower were pleasing and to be expected.
Shane Johnston of Queenstown Marine, Australasia's first
Hyundai SeasAll dealer, said he was very pleased with the ease of
the Hyundai SeasAll repower project and is happy to have the
brand onboard with the company.
"Hyundai SeasAll has placed great emphasis on reliability,
superb fuel efficiency and lowering emissions, this S250 is a true
testament to that. The install was very straightforward and
coupling the S250 to a new MerCruiser Bravo II leg was very
simple," said Shane Johnston of Queenstown Marine.
A second Hyundai SeasAll S250 is currently being installed
into a new AMF 7.2m Hardtop in Mt Maunganui -- on the east
coast of New Zealand's North Island.
"The Half Way Bay boat is quite a commercial craft. We are
excited to see the new AMF 7.2m hit the water with an identical
Hyundai SeasAll S250 installed, coupled with a Bravo III sternleg.
We expect this boat to set performance benchmarks," said Harrison.
For further information contact:
Hyundai SeasAll, New Zealand. Web: www.hyundaiseasall.co.nz
The new "Cyclone 150N"
First Hyundai SeasAll powerplants hit Australasian waters
The first Hyundai SeasAll S250 marine diesel was installed into Half Way
Bay Station's work boat near Queenstown, New Zealand
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