We would like to congratulate Graham one of our Senior Service Advisors in our Service Department. Graham ranked as one of the top performers in the Yamaha Marine Oceania Technician Grand Prix held recently.
He was one of eight finalists throughout Australia and New Zealand selected to compete in a days contest working on Yamaha Outboard Motors. Graham did not take the honours this time around as the competition was very high (congrats to Tony Powell of Telfer Marine in Rotorua New Zealand on this fantastic achievement), though we are very stoked to have one of the elite Yamaha Outboard Technicians in Oceania on our team.
The Yamaha Marine Technician Grand Prix, which took place on the 16th of November 2016, is a technical knowledge and skills based contest, held at Yamaha’s National Marine Training facility in Brisbane. The event brings together the very best Yamaha Marine Technicians from Yamaha dealerships all over Australia and New Zealand. These exceptionally skilled technicians represent their dealership, state, and country, in their quest to be crowned the most outstanding marine technician in the Trans-Tasman region.
The competition, held biennially, is a major highlight for the Yamaha Technical Academy (YTA), who pride themselves on the skills Yamaha technicians develop through the extensive training the academy delivers. YTA’s mission is to keep Yamaha’s Marine Technicians up to date with the cutting edge skills and knowledge required to support the ever developing range of Yamaha outboard engines.
After all potential candidates have completed the online qualifying assessment, eight finalists from regions across Australia and New Zealand are selected to compete in the official event. The event breeds ambition and healthy competition within Yamaha workshops, as technicians aspire to be selected to attend the Grand Prix which is essentially race day in Yamaha`s Technical Academy program. The event keeps skill levels for marine servicing in Yamaha dealerships throughout Australia and New Zealand at very high levels.
The personal development of Yamaha technicians in the market through this training and testing equates to excellence in aftersales service for Yamaha customers, who consequently are the real winners from the knowledge and skills gained by Yamaha Technicians who take part in YTA’s programs.
So if you would like to book in your outboard for a service with the best, be sure to contact the Northside Marine Service Department on (07)32658020.
Why Choose Stacer...
1. Boat Range
There really is a Stacer boat to suit everyone! With over 70 models in the range, whether you are after a serious fishing rig, a family fun machine or a budget friendly tinnie, Stacer has you covered.
With 8 ranges including open boats, Prolines, the SF Series, Outlaws, Nomads, Runabouts, Bowriders, Cabins and Stacer’s Plate series; take your time to browse through and find the perfect boat to suit your on water needs.
With models ranging from 2-7 metres in size there is plenty of variety and even room to option up your boat with extras for a truly personalised experience.
2. Boat Options
While every Stacer is designed ready to go, we understand you may want to complement your boat package with options and add-ons to suit your boating needs and lifestyle. Every boat is complete with a list of optional extras you can pick and choose from to add a personal touch. Stacer’s range of options includes paint and stripes, canopies and Bimini’s, seating, storage options and floor coverings, electronics, and lots more. Match this with the best in outboard technology - Yamaha Outboard Motors, you have a package that will stand the test of time.
3. Stacer Quality
Spanning over a 10 acre site at the Gold Coast’s Marine Precinct the Stacer Factory currently manufactures up to 20 boats a day and over 2000 boats annually. Each Stacer boat is created from marine grade aluminium from a team of expert welders, carpenters and painters.
With the use of innovative manufacturing process including plasma cutters and a 750 ton Press each model is crafted with attention to detail to provide customers with a product that will last for generations. Every boat is carefully tracked throughout the construction process and with multiple quality control check points integrated into all development stages we hold our staff accountable to producing craftsmanship to the highest quality.
So if your in the market for a new boat, be sure to check out the Stacer range and have a chat with the friendly team at Northside Marine. Visit Northside Marine at 2294 Sandgate Road, Boondall, QLD, 4034; check out our extensive range of floor stock in our online showroom - simply click here; or give us a call on 07 32658000, we are happy to help.
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The number ONE reason for boat trailer nightmares is Bearing Failure?
Below are 10 handy tips on how to avoid bearing failure.
1. Get your bearings serviced regularly – at least once per 6 months, and definitely before a major trip. Even if your trailer is not being used, condensation of air occurs in the bearing cavity and can cause rust to commence. Deterioration can happen quickly; and often results in problems occurring at the worst possible time.
2. Check the grease levels yourself, either by removing the cap or bearing buddy, or looking through the clear lens of the Durahubs. Milky grease is a sign that it has been compromised by water. Repack the bearing with grease if required, but never overfill the cavity or bearing buddy.
3. Try and avoid submerging your bearings (and trailer) too deep in the water if you can help it. Most trailer designs nowadays supports the launch and retrieval of your boat without deep submerging of the trailer. On a single axle trailer, aim for somewhere between the axle and top of the guards; and with tandems, do not submerge below the front axle line. How deep you go is also governed by how steep or shallow the ramp is.
4. Ensure your bearings have a cap, cover or bearing buddy. Covers can and do fall off; however they should be replaced immediately. So not submerge the bearings of the trailer in the water, without a bearing cover of sorts. You’re only inviting water in, and major problems down the line. All our trailers are supplied with high quality bearing buddies or covers.
5. Wait for the bearings to cool off before submerging the trailer in water. After a long trip to the ramp, your bearings & grease will have heated up – but once the bearings are submerged, the cool temperature will cause the grease to contract and ‘suck in’ water into the bearing cavity.
6. Feel your hubs for excess heat when travelling. They should not feel any hotter than a cup of coffee. If they are ‘overheating’ then if prepared, attend to them yourself, or head to the nearest garage/ workshop for some assistance.
7. Use the correct grease with your bearings; this should be high temperature marine grease, ideally lithium based, which will not degrade with water.
8. Carry a spare set of bearings with you; and better still a spare hub with bearings in it – to make any changeover very easy. Also ensure that you have the correct bearings, and that these are well seated in the hub.
9. Use double lip marine grease seals for better protection against water ingress.
10. Ensure your trailer is built with the best quality components. Our range of trailers are built in quality controlled environments, with quality components and trailers are backed up by a proven warranty.
Northside Marine recommends using high quality, bearings, and a good quality marine grease. For further information, and to pick up some trailer parts have a chat to the Northside Marine Boating Parts & Accessories Team on 07 3265 8016 or simply pop in-store. Or if you are after a new trailer check out just some of the range available on our website (simply click here to view trailer range) or contact one of our in-house trailer experts on 07 3265 8000.
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