With Brisbane turning on the weather for this Deep Dropping adventure, we couldn’t have asked for a better day. Between Dick Tracey’s decked out electronics and rods supplied by Florless Rods we were onto some winners. From watching the sinker hit the bottom in 400+ meters to catching not one but two Flame Tail Snapper, it was a superb day had by all. Big shout out to Ryan Moody Fishing for the amazing video.
Prior to becoming an Independent Dealer myself, I found the Marine Electronics Industry in SEQ full of smoke, mirrors and misinformation as i attempted to fault find various NMEA & transducer issues over the years. With a trade background in Diesel fitting, along with 25 years experience in the oil & gas industry, I knew the process of fault finding that worked for me way back before the WWW was available, I also had a rough idea what old school customer service should look like. With Dealers failing to meet my expectations as their customer by relying solely on the manufactures product brochures it was disappointing to say the least, I knew this was an industry i could make a difference to the end result & promptly set out to do so.
What I also found during my research was no real connection between the level of knowledge and service provided based solely on the size of the premises & staff levels, most of the Dealers stating we have 30 years of Industry Experience, to me, were running on the same customer service model they put into action back in 1995.
Treating customers with the same level of service you expect to be treated with isn’t that hard when you’re an Independent Dealer. You answer the call, do the quote, install the equipment meaning you know what is going on with every job. Having managed multiple staff in previous businesses has shown me more staff does not always equal better service – having the right staff is how you can maintain high standards of performance & workmanship.
When I kicked off QME 20 knots out of your Furuno 2 kw transducer tacked onto your big Plate Boat was a great outcome. The boys at Riptide and myself pushed the envelope with our first Keel-Mounted Transducer Fairing “cutting it off 8 times from memory” and is now in what I think its’ 4th variation. 44 knots is the speed registered by “Gordo – a Riptide owner Himself” who has taken machining of the billet-block housing the transducers to another platform again.
Chasing the knowledge needed to continue pushing the boundaries of Transducer Performance, I attended Airmar’s Accredited Installer Training at their Technical Support Company Gemeco based in South Carolina in Feb 2017. What an exciting opportunity I thought to myself; the guys making these transducers are going to teach me the finer arts of smoke and mirrors, I may even come home with my own wizard staff. What it did provide me with was the re-affirmation that QME was on the right track with our development of performance.
Arriving back in Australia we quickly secured our current premises based in Brendale and set out pushing that envelope on anything that floated. Off the back of our Plate Boat success, Glass Hulls were our next challenge. We set about making moulds and fairings ranging from full blown glassed in keel moulds to our current high speed collar; which has been sold across the Globe with great success. Just by fitting our collar, performance range has increased by up to 20 knots on some vessels.
As our Clientele base grew so did the need for brand expansion, we are now certified to sell and install BEP, Czone, Furuno, Fusion, Garmin, LoneStar Marine, Minn Kota, Ocean LED and Seastar Optimus just to name a few. The Accreditation’s and Certification’s QME now hold in Advanced NMEA and Airmar ACI Accreditation puts QME in the upper echelon for the Marine Electronics Service Industry in Queensland. Our Clientele now range from 7.5′ Tinnies to 75’ Luxury Yachts cruising the globe.
The same boat Dealers that have seen QME as a threat in the past. Are now using our Advanced Level of Knowledge and Understanding on Performance to enhance the experience of their own Clientele; from new fit ups to trouble shooting technical issues that we specialize in.
New Boat Fit Ups
Close to 50% of our Clientele would now be for New Boat fit-outs; being a fisherman myself along with using what we fit daily, gives us what I feel is, without a doubt, a competitive edge over our opposition. We don’t have last years MFD model in our boat and then proceed to tell you what the marketing team prints out. We use our own pictures of Fish, our actual screen shots and settings, right down to what bait we used on the day, we want to ensure that what we are selling you will work.
Time-poor Boat Owners needing to catch fish to justify next year’s Budget to The Minister for Finance are our base Clientele. Our standards of Waterproof Terminals, No Copper Wire and Switch Panels seem to be met with discontent from time to time, although mainly only from the person who fitted the sub-standard products we are replacing. I find that customers when given the choice to use quality components will pick them every time. Why well-established Dealers still use copper cable and cheap battery switches in $200k+ boats amazes me, they’re bad enough in a cheap run-about for the bay.
Wiring in new boats
Seriously, this needs to be regulated before someone is seriously hurt due to under-rated wiring on Installations. Rather than calculate the total load on the system to ensure sufficient system design requirements are met, years of bad practices are being passed down and used on Installations.
Now, I know you do not run a return line to the primary side of a fuel filter; same as you don’t connect Fish Finders and GPS units to overloaded fuse blocks already exceeding their maximum capacity; or place a GPS antenna in the path of a Radar beam but the amount of times we see this would surprise you. And, unfortunately all this done by Firms well established in the Industry and bragging about their years of service.
We provide a Personalized Service often beyond the reach of our larger competitors. Starting on a first name basis, the conversation with our customers’ begin with ‘What area do you Fish?’ ‘What depth are you fishing at?’, followed by ‘What is your target species?’ and a relationship is formed long before a deal is put to paper.
We now find ourselves providing Marine Electronic components to numerous local boat builders at the same price they can buy directly themselves. But with the added reassurance of having QME back them with any technical requirements, from internal settings to complete fit outs if they find themselves running behind schedule. Lets face it boat builders make money building boats, not pulling wires and spending hours reading manuals to work out network configuration and sea trials.
There are boat builders out there that will not sell you a boat unless they supply everything down to the spare fuses. Whilst others will provide the customer with the package they want.
Which one has the better business model? Only time will answer that one.
In my experience the latter builder has a happier customer and a better opportunity to resell another vessel in a few years’ time.
If you are unsure of what’s going on under your panel covers, or just don’t have a clue what a battery shunt looks like, don’t worry we can put your mind at rest. Drop in for a check over, Battery Test or even a software update to ensure your best chance of that next brag pic this season.
When you are buying a new electronics package for you boat what is the number 1 consideration ?
Price, brand, what your mate has or to catch more Fish ?
Lets face it modern day Fish Finders can be installed by anyone with a credit card and access to Google, Red wire to positive then the Black to negative that’s about it, time hit the water for a new PB!
What about the thingy under the boat, what one do you need ? Blowing a 100mm hole through the hull of your boat is painless if you say it quickly. But the salesman said I need this one is a common statement we get when asked to install packages bought on special at a boat show.
Let’s face it you are contemplating or have bought a new sounder it is to catch more Fish, would you book in for a heart bypass at the dentist to fix the tooth ache in your rear molar.
Qme removes the stress of making your sounder work away to give you more time Fishing long after the boat show specials have finished.
If you are considering a new Electronics package drop in or give us a call, we are the only Accredited Airmar Installer in Brisbane. We sell and install the industry leading brands of Marine Electronics, so if you are keen to spend more time Fishing give us call let us take the trouble out of getting it right.
Ever wondered if there was a reason why you could see Fish on your sounder screen and couldn’t buy a bite ?
I have about seen just about every mistake that can be made when it comes to incorrectly mounting a transducer, from sealing washers on the wrong side of hull filling the hull with water to the transducer facing the wrong way giving you starboard only side scan and nothing under your boat.
Lets just imagine the planets have aligned and your install went by the book, do you know what the foot print of your Transducer is in 100M of water ?
In 50M of water a standard 6deg narrow beam places a 5M circular foot print under your boat, in 100m it shows a 10M circle, now this has been & was our main beam angle option for High freq out of the box transducers over the past 20 years.
Step up to the plate 25 deg Wide Beam, in 50M water depth wide beam gives you an impressive coverage of 22m in diameter, in 100m of water 44m is the footprint you get to see, now while this may not seam much to some, 44m is a long distance away from a rock holding fish, the lump on your screen could be 44m to port, starboard or ahead of you. Apart from the size of the vermon you catch how can you tell where the hell the rock is ?
How I do It.
Triangulation is commonly used in maritime navigation & is how i pin point a rock using wide beam, mark the lump or show as it appears on the screen then turn hard 90deg port and then turn 180 back on your track and mark the lump again as it appears on screen. Do the same out to opposite side of original mark and you should have three separate marks, Drop a point in between THATS your ROCK!
While this may seam a pain in the arse you are actually covering 5 times the ground with the wide beam over a narrow beam, whats the down side? Excessive Noise, clutter & interference.
As your beam opens up so does the requirement to process additional information, Simrad seam to really struggle with this as they appear to be very sensitive to noise in my experience.
So why chose wide beam to travel at speed ? To be honest i personally think it has come from somebody that doesn’t have to make it work, just to start a new millennium style trend. (unless you purposely set out to look for new ground with gain backed off)
I personally run wide beam chirp & are fortunate that it can read at 40knts without clutter or interference due the heavy Evolution hull along with big flat planning board, then we have customers with lighter hulls that have had wide beam fitted by Bubba’s marine electronics and cant read at 10 knts, to rectify many poor placement issues we have changed out 200Hz Wide transducers for narrow models with great success, along with fitment of our high performance transducer collars have also increased readings by up to 20knts above current readings.
What can you do ?
If you have a High or Low Wide chirp transducer mounted that struggles to read at speed consider changing out your wide for a narrow beam, if you mainly use low beam for deep water or trolling so the interference is minimal so a wide is normally ok. QME is an Accredited Airmar Installer & authorized warranty agent, we have the latest Airmar testing equipment & lead the industry in High speed Transducer performance. Drop in and see us for the latest in Garmin & Furuno Marine electronics in Brisbane.
PLEASE CHECK CURRENT GREEN ZONE AREAS
THESE MARKS ARE READILY AVAILABLE VIA GOOGLE
I would imagine some are quite old & may be in Current Green Zones.Please use as a Guide Only.
Remember If in Doubt don’t Go out.
Please stay safe on The water.
Raper Shoal Mackerel, Snapper, Sweetlip. 26.45.329 153.09.100 WGS84
Water depth 20m+. Reef bottom.
North Moreton Trench Marlin, Sailfish 26.56.34 153.23.37
Hutchinsons Shoal Squire, Parrotfish, Sweetlip. 26 56 480′ 153 29 190′
Water depth 9 – 12m. Reef bottom
Hutchies Reef Snapper, Spangled Emperor, Pearl 26 56.552 153 29.209
Perch, Mulloway, Trevally, Tuna,
Mackerel, Wahoo, Marlin,
Reef bottom. Water depth 13 –
Dedge D Wreck. 27.00.00 153.42.00
Smith Rock Moreton Island. 27.00.288 153.28.046
Sweetlip, Snapper, Pearl Perch,
Mackerel. Water depth 8 – 30m.
Sweetlip, Snapper. Water depth 27.00.29 153.28.05 WGS84
8 – 30m.
Smith Reef 2km NE North Pt/Cape Moreton. 27 00 349 153 28 860
Sweetlip, Coral Trout.
Water depth 20m.
Brennan’s Reef species. Reef bottom. 27.01.23 153.29.13 WGS84
Reef bottom. Bombora. 27 01.300 153 28.900
Roberts Shoal Snapper. 27.02.000 153.29.000 WGS84
Shallow Tempest Reef 27.05.147 153.29.053
Shallow Temp Rock 27.05.400 153.28.750
Curtain Artificial Snapper, Bream. Artificial Reef. 27.06.600 153.21.750
Water depth 8 – 10m.
Dropoff. 27 06.800 153 21.800
Reef South of Rock 27.06.668 153.28.803
NW Corner rock 27.06.936 153.34.225
Another Rock spot 27.07.023 153.34.279
Night Fish Reef 27.07.071 153.34.310
Shallow Tempest Sweetlip, Snapper, Parrot Fish, 27.07.220 153.28.974
Cod. Water depth 42m.
Peaks & reef bottom.
SE Corner of rock 27.07.422 153.48.812
76 S of rock 8? pinn 27.07.448 153.31.065
Deep Tempest Snapper, Reef Fish, Reef bottom 27.07.520 153.34.727 WGS84
with pinnacles. Water depth 80
Snapper, Pearl Perch, Amberjack. 27 07 720 153 33 820
Water depth 90m.
Snapper, Reef Fish, Reef bottom 27.07.721 153.34.812 WGS84
with pinnacles. Water depth 80
Snapper, Reef Fish, Reef bottom 27.07.721 153.35.052 WGS84
with pinnacles. Water depth 80
Snapper, Mulloway, Amberjack, 27.07.726 153.34.810
Reef bottom. Water depth 80m.
27m in close Henderson S of Rock 27.07.901 153.28.744
Coffee 2 Amberjack, Cobia, Reef species. 27 08 620 153 26 230
Water depth 10 – 15m.
Coffee Rocks Off east coast Moreton Island. 27.08.623 153.26.227 WGS84
Depth 12 – 15m.
Amberjack, Spanish Mackerel,
Tuna, Bonito, reef fish.
Spanish mackerel, reef species. 27 08 60 153 26 21
water depth 14 – 15m.
East Moreton Snapper, Cobia, Sweetlip. 27.09.007 153.28.153
Water depth 40m. Reef bottom.
South of rock 27.09.208 153.35.244
Bream Wreck. Bream. 27.10.00 153.22.00
Round Patch Snapper, Amberjack, Pearl Perch 27.10.221 153.32.967
Water depth 70 – 80m.
Large peaks & reef bottom.
NE Sth Passage Reef 27.10.302 153.33.600
West Ledge Round Patch Snapper, Sweetlip. 27.10.567 153.33.193 WGS84
Peak Square Patch 27.10.879 153.33.528
Four Beacons Mackerel, Cobia, Kingfish, 27 14.000 153 20.000 WGS84
Water depth 12m. Gravel, rock
& sandy bottom.
Pinnacle Snapper, Reef fish. 27.14.120 153.31.150 WGS84
27.14.120 153.34.630 WGS84
Square Patch Amberjack 27.14.509 153.36.004
Square Patch 42 fathom 27.14.692 153.36.871
Ambjck 27.15.091 153.36.004
North 29’S Snapper. Reef pinnacles. 27.15.503 153.31.983 WGS88
Moreton Island Reef Shallow Reef. Blue Mackerel. 27.16.099 153.25.365
Coffee Reef Mackerel, Cobia, Snapper. 27 16 100 153 25 370
Shallow Reef. Water depth 10m.
NE South Passage Reef 27.16.186 153.30.094
S29S01 Flat Reef 27.16.207 153.30.086
S29S02 27.16.326 153.30.099
Bigeye 27.16.823 153.36.635
Gravel Patch East St Passage 27.17.649 153.30.388
35 Flat Reef 27.17.775 153.34.971
Bait01 27.17.998 153.27.893
Tiny’s Reef Squire, Pearl Perch, Cobia, 27.18.049 153.30.591
S35S03 27.19.312 153.34.955
29’s Reef. Water depth 60m. 27.19.464 153.33.094
33’s Snapper, Squire, Parrot Fish, 27.19.512 153.33.069
Water depth 46-61m.
Pearlies Snapper 27.19.795 153.36.689
Outbar 27.19.870 153.27.641
S35S02 27.19.975 153.36.689
Midbar 27.20.642 153.27.105
35 Fathom Reef Moreton Island. Snapper, 27 20.721 153 35.448
Parrot Fish, Pearl Perch.
Water depth 65 – 70m.
S35S04 27.20.765 153.34.793
S35S05 27.20.785 153.34.923
Inbar 27.21.067 153.26.728
S35S06 27.21.132 153.34.867
S35S07 27.21.734 153.34.915
S35S01 27.21.792 153.34.903
Red3 27.22.395 153.24.288
Red2 27.22.536 153.23.762
Sevens Reef Flat Rock, Nth Stradbroke Is. 27.22.754 153.33.681
Amberjack, Cobia, Reef fish.
Red1 27.22.768 153.23.627
YelGrn 27.22.907 153.26.021
Wir Patch 27.22.988 153.37.580
Green5 27.23.142 153.25.524
NE Lookout Pearl Perch. 27.23.177 153.38.982 WGS84
Green3 27.23.196 153.23.860
Green4 27.23.205 153.25.077
Flat Rock Good wash fishing 27.23.306 153.33.097
Red Floating Beacon Navigation.Sand bottom. 27.23.308 153.15.266 WGS84
Green2 27.23.698 153.23.569
Mid Reef East South Passage Bar. 27.23.945 153.32.456
Bombora rise from 35m – 7m.
Ledges and peaks.
Snapper, Cobia, Sweetlip,
Squire, Parrot Fish.
East Green Island Sweetlip, Bream. 27.24.01 153.20.11 WGS84
Water depth 2 – 8m. Dropoff.
Rous Channel Moreton Bay. Artificial Reef. 27 24.390 153 22.280
116 27.24.403 153.14.481
Harry Atkinson Reef Artificial Reef. Snapper, 27.24.429 153.18.701 WGS84
Squire, Parrot Fish, Sweetlip.
Artificial Reef. Snapper, Cobia, 27 24 437 153 18 607
Mackerel, Reef species.
Water depth 10 – 20m.
Wreck. Sandy Bottom. 27 24.410 153 18.620
Green1 27.24.483 153.22.439
HarryA 27.24.583 153.18.568
Harry Atkinson Snapper, Squire, Sweetlip, 27.24.751 153.18.399
Bream, Mulloway, Mackerel.
Artificial Reef bottom with
Water depth 17 – 20m.
Snapper. 27 24.580 153 18.430
1 Mile Reef Reef fish. Reef bottom. 27.24.858 153.35.053 WGS84
115 27.25.187 153.13.127
Dvaid’s Spot Sweetlip, Snapper, Shark, 27.25.28 153.13.34 WGS84
Water depth 12m. Sand & reef
Andrew’s Spot Whiting, Reef Species. 27 25.596 153 18.661 WGS84
Sandy bottom. Water depth 3-12m.
118 27.25.757 153.11.920
Inside Hybers Light Sweetlip, Snapper. 27.26.12 153.14.02 WGS84
Water depth 5 – 10m. Dropoff.
Yellow 27.26.600 153.14.452
Leads 27.26.795 153.12.221
Peel Reef 27.28.324 153.20.717
Artificial Reef Water depth 10m. 27.29.258 153.20.067
Reef 1 Snapper, Squire, Sweetlip, 27.29.26 153.20.07 WGS84
Pelagic species. Water depth
12m. Reef & sand bottom.
Waverider Bouy Dolphin Fish. 27.29.32 153.37.44 WGS84
Pinnacles Reef species. Water depth rises 27 29.56 153 36.21
to 20m from 50m.
Cathedral Reef Snapper, Reef species. 27 29 640 153 36 220
Pinnacle rising to 53m.
Water depth 60m.
Pinnacle 27.29.641 153.36.216
Snapper, Spangled Emperor, 27 29.642 153 35.216 WGS84
Parrotfish. Water depth 35m –
100m. Coral & rock bottom.
Snapper, Red Emperor, Pearl 27.30.648 153.36.566 WGS84
Pearch, Cod. Water depth 50 –
70m. Reef bottom.
Raby Bay Snapper, Flathead. 27.30.36 153.16.53
Light reef bottom.
Water depth 5m.
Cam’s Spot North Coochiemudloe Isl. 27 32.720 153 20.830 AUS84
Snapper, Sweetlip, reef species.
Cathedrals Good pinnacle 27.34.700 153.35.748
Snapper, Squire, Rock Cod. 27.36.550 153.35.671
Alf’s reef Pinnacle Off Jumpinpin Bar 27.44.216 153.33.273
Snapper, Reef species. 27 44 22 153 33 27 WGS66
Pin Bar Reef Teraglin, Reef species. 27.46.000 153.37.000
Seaway 27.56.047 153.26.024
Edwards Spot Snapper, Parrot Fish, Marlin, 27.57.442 153.30.598
Cobia, Teraglin, Jewfish.
Gravel reef bottom. Water depth
Jew Reef Jewfish. Reef bottom. 28.04.260 153.35.550