Ever since its introduction in 1981, Fuji’s SiC (Silicon Carbide) ring has become the de facto standard for quality fishing rod guide rings in terms of strength, smoothness and heat dissipation. 32 years on, Fuji once again brings us another ground-breaking product – the TORZITE. Fishonmag.com speaks with Hiroyuki Kuribayashi of Kowa Company Ltd, export agent of Fuji, to learn more about the TORZITE.
Fuji’s latest ceramic ring is made from a high-strength, low-density material that has been rigorously polished to create a slim, lightweight and low-friction ring. TORZITE is the result of much research and development by Fuji engineers with the aim to maximize rod blank and fishing line performance.
According to Fuji, the name “TORZITE” is derived from the geometric term “torus”, describing the unique shape of the toric ring. Mr Hiroyuki explains that with this new material and shape, the TORZITE ring is much thinner and lighter than a SiC ring of the same size, effectively reducing the overall weight of a guide by about 10%. A cross-sectional view of the TORZITE ring shows a greater surface area that allows for a greater dispersion of force under line load as compared to conventional ring designs.
Thanks to its slimmer shape, the TORZITE ring’s inner diameter is approximately 15% larger than a SiC ring of the same size. This means we can downsize guides by one size, translating to significant weight savings of about 20-30% in total guide weight. Downsizing to lighter guides also makes the tip lighter, hence achieving more rod blank sensitivity. To illustrate the differences in diameter between TORZITE and SiC rings, Mr Hiroyuki displays a chart showing the different ring sizes for both materials.
TORZITE’s high-strength ceramic material offers the same level of abrasion resistance and impact strength as SiC. This is despite the fact that a TORZITE ring is much thinner than an equivalently sized SiC ring. Therefore the chances of rings fracturing upon inadvertent impact are lower compared to other lower grade ring materials.
TORZITE rings are also highly polished to a very smooth finish to maximize fishing line performance and prolong line life. In conjunction with the toric ring design, line flow is smoother and heat build up is dramatically reduced while fighting fish. A smoother ring surface reduces contact pressure and friction, allowing for smoother casts and retrieves. Fuji’s lab tests have also found that monofilament lines have 4 times longer line life or endurance when used on TORZITE rings compared to SiC rings.
As a premium product, Fuji TORZITE rings are only available in Titanium frames for now. To mark its premium status, all Fuji TORZITE insert guides have laser-etched markings on their frames. Do look out for the exclusive TORZITE hang tags on rods equipped with TORZITE insert guides come 2014.
For more detailed information about TORZITE, visit FUJI KOWA CO LTD.
Etamax Barra 35 and 40 Aluminium Car Toppers
Malaysian boat manufacturer Etamax has been building high-quality, yet affordable aluminium boats to suit local fishing conditions for many years. The popular Etamax Bujuk aluminium car-topper is now joined by the Barra, a classic Australian barramundi boat built specifically for Malaysian fishing conditions.
The Barra 35 & 40
Designed by renowned boat builder David Payne for maximum planing area and stability, the Barra features a wide, shallow V-hull to keep the ride smooth in the chop while providing excellent stability at rest or when casting, fighting and landing fish.
The Barra aluminium car-topper comes in two models – 35 and 40. The Barra 35 is 3.5 metres long, weighs 58kg. Powered by an 8hp outboard engine, the Barra 35 can achieve speeds of about 15 knots.
According to Etamax, the Barra 40 is their best ever car-topper. Weighing at only 69kg, the Barra is easily loaded and unloaded by 2 people and takes 3 passengers comfortably with ample space for gear. With a 15hp outboard engine, the Barra can do more than 20 knots comfortably.
The Barra is constructed from high-tensile marine grade aluminium and a special mechanical joint system called Durojoint.
There are significant advantages of building boats with aluminium. Aluminium offers excellent corrosion resistance and can last for decades without paint protection. It is also very durable, being able to withstand impact and normal wear and tear far better than other materials and requires significantly less maintenance over time. Hitting rocks or submerged stumps will only dent an aluminium hull whereas a fibreglass boat might spring a leak. Additionally, the strength of aluminium allows manufacturers to build lighter boats, which in turn, reduces the power required for propulsion and fuel costs.
Durojoint Mechanical Joint System
The Durojoint mechanical joint system enables the construction of boats from sheet aluminium without welding. The lack of welding enables the use of H38 full-tempered aluminium, which is 30% stronger than H32 aluminium used by most welded boat manufacturers. Welding in itself destroys the temper of the sheet close to the weld, creating a softer area compared to the rest of the sheet. This is where welded aluminium boats start to flex and crack over time. The lack of welding in boats built with the Durojoint system results in a stronger yet lighter boat with the usage of H38 material. As at time of writing, Etamax is one of the only two aluminium boat manufacturers in the world utilizing this construction technology that enables them to use high-tensile, marine-grade aluminium.
Another advantage of the Durojoint is the ability to stack and ship multiple boats either in semi-knocked down or completely knocked down state to anywhere in the world. The simplicity of the Durojoint construction allows boats to be assembled locally with very simple tools without the need of expensive aluminium fabrication equipment. This greatly reduces space required to ship boats and translates to significantly cheaper shipping (especially if several friends get together to buy several boats to be shipped together). According to Etamax, the customer only requires two common wrenches to assemble the boat seats and corner covers in just about an hour.
The Barra 35 and 40 are both exceptionally durable and easy-to-handle boats that will certainly turn heads on the water – or on top of a car.
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