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The range of products on offer at Challenge Marine is second to none. As exclusive dealers in Western Australia for SeaRay, Baja, Boston Whaler, Kevlacat and Albemarle we bring to you the worlds leading international brands. We are also proud to be leading dealers of Trailcraft plate aluminum boats and trailers.
In addition to these brands we stock a comprehensive range of pre-owned craft. Our chandlery department can provide you with all your boating equipment requirements, while our fully certified service division will take care of all your servicing and repair needs.
The team at Challenge Marine are dedicated to providing you with expert advice and knowledge. An experienced and professional sales consultant will answer all of your questions and guide your next purchase, big or small.
Through providing a quality product and superior service, Challenge Marine is proud to be Perth's premier professional marine dealer, catering to all your boating needs.
Challenge Marine is Australia's first marine dealership to be certified to the International Management Standard ISO 9001. This means that Challenge Marine is now recognised both in Australia and internationally as operating as a Quality Management System.
The company's operations are documented and constantly reviewed internally and externally for improvement. Customers can take their boat in for servicing and know that a documented procedure is going to be followed. All of Challenge's service technicians are accredited and constantly undergoing technical training to stay up to date with new product releases.
Challenge Marine aims to rise above the status quo, providing excellence in service. Every employee understands the needs of the customer and is committed to fulfilling those needs.
Memberships & Associations
Challenge Marine is a member of the Western Australian Boating Industry Association (BIA) and affiliated to the Australian Boating Industry Association.
Cummins Mercruiser Diesel (CMD) has taken a giant swipe at Volvo¿s increasing market share in releasing its new Zeus pod drive system. The new CMD system has been developed in a tri-party manner with ZF Gearbox Company and the Brunswick corporation, the world¿s largest pleasure marine company.
The Zeus system enables the propellers to swivel independently in different directions at the same time. The person at the helm can control the direction of the boat at low speed by using a joystick. The need for a bow or stern thrusters is completely eliminated with the boat able to transverse sideways through the water.
While Volvo has clearly had the jump on its competitors for almost four years with its IPS system it appears that it¿s the old case of someone taking a good idea and made it into a great idea. While both systems capitalise on the benefits of horizontal thrust through counter rotational propellers compared to the conventional shaft systems with single propellers, it would appear that the similarity ends there.
The CMD system has rear facing propellers as opposed to the Volvo system where the propellers face forwards. While both parties argue the technicalities of the thrust delivered by their opposing systems the one question that we are all concerned with is what happens to your propellers if you hit something? CMD are quick to point out that they believe that their rear facing propellers are far less likely to suffer impact damage with them being rear facing and also being recessed into tunnels.
It would appear that on this issue Cummins really have the jump on Volvo. The Volvo propellers protrude from the bottom of the hull and being forward facing are venerable to strikes. Cummins have cleverly almost eliminated the problem by designing Zeus to sit in recessed tunnels in the hull. Utilising this design only the skeg of the drive protrudes below the keel line of the boat.
¿It¿s the old case of someone taking a good idea and made it into a great idea.¿
With the benefit of foresight Cummins also modified the clutch system on the gearbox with a trolling valve. This allows enough slip to have the propellers revolve at ultra low speed. There is no need for the operator to have to switch between high gear. This enables the skipper to very gently ¿push¿ the boat in a consistent manner as opposed to having to power on and off repeatedly to execute a manoeuvre.
Most impressively the Cummins system has the ability have the boat hover in a stationary position at the push of a button. By utilising an electronic compass in conjunction with a GPS signal the boat uses similar technology that enables helicopters to remain stationery. Even in a strong side breeze the boat is able to maintain its position.
Sea Ray are the first of the Brunswick brands to incorporate the Zeus drive system in its design. Challenge Marines Business and Development Manager Stephen Wren confirmed that the company had two Zeus powered boats arriving in May 2008.