2017 Weta Xmas Gift List
Sacuba self-cleaning sunglasses
Australian designed Sacuba glasses don't fog up, give excellent seamless vision and the built-in cleaning facility is great for removing salt and water from the lens. Available with polarised grey, polarised amber, yellow and clear lenses.
Supplier: Sabuca Eyewear, Adelaide.
Whitworths Dry Bag
While any dry bag is useful for keeping your valuables dry, having a thin but long bag such as the Whitworths 10L bag means you can easily get it through the 6" hatch without damaging either the bag or the hatch thread.
Wichard Offshore Knife (with shackle key)
The Wichard Offshore knife is made from quality stainless steel that won't rust and has a serrated and straight edge that can cut through Dyneema. Also available with the addition of a shackle key and marlin spike.
Deal: Adventure Safety $40.76
Lightweight polyester towels are much easier to carry when wet or dry and take up little space in your gear bag. They also dry quicker than cotton. Available in four colours - Blue, Red, Purple or Green.
RRP: $9.90 - $12.99
Keep the sunburn at bay and the grease off your gear with Chemists Own Dry Touch SPF 50+ sun screen. Available from chemists nationwide. The carabineer clip means you can keep it to hand for repeat applications on the water.
RRP: $9.90 - $12.99
Weta Carbon Hull & Float Protectors
Protect your investment from scrapes with these custom-fit, lightweight carbon hull protectors available from Weta dealers.
RRP: Float $90/pair. Hull $90
Garmin Vivoactive HR GPS Watch
Multisport GPS Smartwatch with Wrist-based Heart Rate Monitor
With a sunlight-readable, high-resolution color touchscreen
Built-in sports apps include GPS-enabled running, biking, swimming and more — no phone connection required
Customize with free watch face designs, widgets and apps
Receive smart notifications and smart coaching paired with your phone
Up to 8 days' battery life in watch/activity tracking mode - 13 hours when using GPS
More information Garmin
Deal: Officeworks (Clearance) $220
LifeProof Waterproof Phone Cover
You can use a plastic-bag to keep your phone dry - but if you value your information and want the phone to be useable in emergency, then get a waterproof cover with IPX8 rating.
Dive into the wettest, wildest adventures with the LifeProof FRĒ the fully enclosed case made to withstand extremes and waterproof rated for 2m for 1hr. Available for iPhone (6,7 & 8), Samsung Galaxy and Google Pixel.
More information LifeProof
Deal: Kogan from $79.32 + Shipping
Liros Dyneema Rope
The LIROS 100% pure Dyneema® SK78 rope, with the latest coating technology. The pre stretched 12-braid is extremely easy to splice.
Impregnated with a special PU, the resistance to abrasion has improved more than 75%. The pre stretching process further improves the overall performance of the LIROS D Pro. These two treatments combined with the fact it is a pure Dyneema rope offer improved performance by as much as 70% over a conventional polyester covered Dyneema.
Deal: Deck Hardware from $2.65/metre - 3mm line
Raymarine TackTick Microcompass Kit
The TackTick Microcompass is the only compass/start watch that's visible from any angle on the Weta - even when you're sitting way out on the floats. Ideal for spotting windshifts and the countdown means you can keep your eye on the line rather than staring at your watch. It may be overpriced for the technology it uses but it is extremely effective. The RF061 Kit includes the mast strap. You can buy locally or import from the UK cheaper if you're prepared to wait.
Deal: AU Boating Central $470 UK Purplemarine $452 inc shipping
Zhik Deckbeater Shorts
The best way to prevent your Ass-et from the friction of the tramp edge. Can be worn on their own in warm weather or over a wetsuit.
Deal: MonkeyFistMarine.com $129
Ronstan Dry Backpack
Carrying your gear is fine when it's dry but transporting it when it's wet is a weighty problem. The Ronstan 26L and 55L backpacks are ideal for carrying your wet gear and have numerous pockets to keep dry gear separate.
RRP: 26L 74.94
Deal: Monkeyfist Marine $57.50
Warrior G1 7hr Action Camera
The Warrior G1 is the first Action Camera which has a really long battery life - it claims to record video continuously for 7 hours at 1080p@30fps. The lens is 165 deg wide angle and it's waterproof to 5m for 1 hour. It comes with a remote or you can control it via an App over built-in WiFi. No mounts are supplied but you can use standard 1/4" tripod mounts (e.g. Sony).
Deal: Zapals $120.79 (inc. free shipping from HK)
Rooster Neck Gaiter
Keep the sun off your neck and the water from trickling inside your jacket with the the Rooseter Aquafleece® Neck Gaiter. It uses a combination of Aquafleece® and PolyPro to make this a must have watersports accessory, providing protection from the elements without compromising comfort. Its multifunction design enables it to be worn as a neck gaiter, a beanie or a balaclava.
Deal: NB Sailsports
Shocks (Sheaveless Blocks) provide a maintenance free replacement for most of the blocks used for running rigging on the Weta. halyards, tramp ties, traveller. Lightweight and can't harm the deck or your wetsuit if you sit on one. Available in 4 colours and 2 sizes (1.5-5mm & 3-10mm line).
RRP: 5mm $14.31/pair
Deal: Arnolds Boat Warehouse $12.02 /pair
Weta SQ 9.3 Sail
Boost the performance of your Weta in light winds or when sailing two-up with the new Square-Top SQ 9.3 Square Metre sail. Designed to be faster in light winds but providing useable performance all the way to 20 knots.
RaceQs Sailing App for Smartwatch or Smartphone
RaceQs is available for the Garmin Vívoactive® HR watch and Smartphones. The Australian developed watch app uses the built-in GPS of the Garmin which means it doesn't need a Smartphone to work.
- Starting tactics - getting to the line on the gun, full speed at the right end
- Performance monitoring - get immediate feedback on changes to trim, steering and crew work.
- Mark navigation advice - time and distance to marks, and lay-lines
- Wind shift analysis - detect oscillating or persistent wind shifts
- RaceQs website for 3D track repla, analysis and comparison.
More information RaceQs Watch | RaceQs Smartphone
Ronstan Sailing Glove
If you want a glove that protects your hand and won't fall apart in Australian conditions, then get the Ronstan Race Gloves available in short finger or 3-finger configuration and with a sticky grip option.
Synthetic leather for maximum durability, minimum stretch and shrinkage. Double aramid stitched in high wear areas with double thickness palm and fingers for protection and grip. Sizes XXXXS - XXL.
More information Ronstan
RRP: From $30.20
Deal: The Boat Warehouse from $24.15
Ronstan D-Splicer 2-4mm
Make your own soft shackles for the jibsheets, taper your spinnaker sheets or add a Dyneema leader to the mainsheet halyard with the Ronstan D-Splicer (as recommended by Weta owner Peter Martin). D-Splicer FIXED Needles are easy-to-use splicing fids for yachting ropes that work very well for lines thinner than 4mm diameter and in any other situation where existing needles do not work. The unique double needle clamps your line and makes it easy to pull through. The needles are made from stainless steel and have a fixed handle for easy pulling.
Deal: MonkeyFist Marine $29.98
Animated Knots App (iPhone or iPad)
Named best knot-tying app by Outside Magazine! Learn to tie knots the fun and easy way from the creators of the web's #1 knot site. Animated Knots by Grog is simply the best, most comprehensive teaching and reference tool for boaters, climbers, fishermen, scouts and hobbyists. Watch knots tie themselves in simple step-by-step photo animations, or go frame-by-frame as you learn each knot. No internet connection required.
Price: $7.99 iOS