About Us

Systems for Off Grid Power, Mobile Marine and Land Based Applications

Marine electrical, electronics, refrigeration, air conditioning, communications, stereo and DVD systems, lighting, deck gear - we have just about anything that touches a wire. Established in 1998, Outback Marine specialises in boat and yacht electrical system design with expertise extending to caravans and mobile homes. The company is located at Arundel (just north of Southport on the Queensland Gold Coast).  Our customers include the owners of boats, caravans and mobile homes, marine trade people, equipment dealers and boat / vehicle builders.

Outback Marine Office and Warehouse at Arundel on the Gold Coast

The company is committed to find the best solutions that support reliable operation and comfortable living aboard whether at the dock, caravan park, coastal passage, tropical island, river anchorage or outback camping site. The search for quality products has extended world wide.

We are an engineering oriented company that is well qualified to handle the design of any vessel electrical system for commercial survey or leisure application. We hold a Queensland electrical contractors licence so that we are duly insured and certified to service any electrical installation.

In addition to selling the best brands of vessel equipment, our Panelec division designs and manufactures dash panels, helm panels, electrical panels, distribution boards and refrigeration enclosures to provide an effective solution where standard product is not suitable. We're proud to say that our customer base includes Australias leading luxury boat manufacturer. A speciality application is the design and manufacture of replacement dash and helm panels for vessel refurbishment. We offer a full package including the supply of new electronics and switch layouts.

We're doing the best we can to offer our products and services at very competitive prices. Please let us know how we are doing on this front. It's our pleasure to be of help so just call or email for assistance.

  • DIY System Packs
  • Guaranteed best prices
  • Full system design services
  • Quoted price supply and installation
  • New Vessels, Full Refits and Refurbishments
  • Certified Queensland Electrical Contractor
  • Member Marine Queensland
  • Member Australian International Marine Export Group
  • Member American Boat and Yacht Council

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Helm Panels - Dash Panels - Electrical Panels

Outback Marine designs and manufactures electrical panels and dash panels. A new computer based technology for the design and manufacture of panels was developed to enable a fast turn around time for both custom and production panels.

Maritimo Dash Panel

Maritimo Dash Panels

The standard material used for dash and electrical panels is a new compact laminate that is extremely resilient. With common sense maintenance, we expect that the product will retain a new appearance for the life of the vessel. For a designer look, panels can be machined in solid surface laminates.

The electrical panel system accommodates extra low voltage DC (up to 32 volt) and low voltage AC (up to 250 volt) applications. In addition to traditional circuit breaker, switching and metering components, the system can mount control panels and assemblies from a broad line of third party manufacturers. This extends the application of the panel system beyond that of an electrical panel into the realm of a fully fledged component mounting system.  This means that a fully integrated engineering panel system can be created.

Marine Electrical Panel

The diverse range of panel functionality includes:

  • Circuit breaker protection and switching from 5 amp through 300 amp capacity
  • Reverse engraved LED backlit labels with integrated LED status indicators
  • Local and remote battery switching
  • Battery monitoring
  • Alarm annunciation and control
  • Electrical parameter metering
  • AC source selector switching
  • Mimic panels
  • Equipment control panels (battery charger, inverter charger, desalinators etc)
  • Fluid level monitoring

Production lead time is typically two weeks and "must have" lead time can be down to just 24 hours.  Contact Outback Marine with your requirements or see thePanelec web site for more detail.

Vessel Fitout

The Argus E35 project caused the company to source a complete range of products for installation on the E35. Particular products stood out as class leaders in the selection process. In a sense, there was always a compelling reason to use a particular item - a mix of performance, price, supply chain and quality factors.

Our vessel fitout department sources a unique selection of products. The brand and model base may be narrow but we are comfortable with the supply of a select group of products that we know to be good through first hand experience.

 

 

Marine Electrical Systems

The design of a viable marine electrical system starts with a thorough understanding of the vessel and its intended use. The process of viewing the vessel plans or layout, documenting the on board equipment and discussion with the owner or builder about usage objectives; results in a system analysis that clearly identifies the major electrical equipment items and circuits required.

Outback Marine has developed a Systems Diagram that clearly documents the overall electrical system requirements of the particular vessel or vehicle. For a nominal fee, Outback Marine can produce the System Diagram of a client's vessel - from which a clear understanding of the project can be established.

Marine Electrical System Schematic

The System Diagram identifies all substantial elements of the design including a list of the AC and DC circuit devices. In addition to defining electrical loads, the device list forms the basis of specifying and costing the electrical panels. Once agreed at the system level, a detailed quotation for the equipment required to provision the project can be established. For new builds we recommend that we get involved early in the game so that the best locations and layout for the components can be duly allocated.

The products supplied by Outback Marine are documented to the extent that an experienced and qualified person can reasonably expect to install the system on the basis of the included documentation. Outback Marine staff are available for advice and/or the provision of detailed schematics for an additional consulting fee if required. Of course Outback Marine can complete the entire job including installation if required.

Systems for commercial survey vessels require special attention over and above leisure vessels to ensure that survey compliance is met. Outback Marine is experienced in this area including the design and provisioning of compliant schematics. We choose to keep at arms length however when it comes to the actual electrical survey and accordingly recommend a third party qualified surveyor to approve the installed system.

At the end of the day, our clients get a system that works as intended and one that is documented so that any problems that might be encountered in the future can be readily diagnosed.  We expect that our systems are very economical when it comes to total cost of ownership.

Marine Systems Design and Manufacturing

The new Argus E35 coastal cruising catamaran is a state of the art design by Roger Hill Yacht Design that has a minimal carbon footprint and waterways impact. The class leading 10.65 metre 5.5 ton displacement design has a cruising speed range of 8 to 18 knots, a sprint speed of over 20 knots and a range in excess of 600 miles using two 80 HP outboard or inboard diesel engines.

Argus E35 Displacement Catamaran

The Argus E35 demonstrates Outback Marine's expertise in the design and implementation of state of the art vessel systems. Electrical energy for vessel systems is generated from solar panels and stored in a 24 volt AGM battery bank. DC power is distributed throughout the vessel using an Empirbus NMEA-2000 based wiring system that saves cable weight and simplifies the electrical system operation. AC power is silently provided by an inverter. A generator set is not required.

Three refrigeration enclosures are generously insulated to conserve energy and a heat pump energy recovery system is used to heat the boat's hot water system by recovering waste heat that would otherwise be thrown overboard. Induction cooking appliances efficiently utilise domestic AC power from the inverter. As a result, LPG is not required on the vessel.

Outback Marine's design and manufacturing capability in dash system implementations is evident at the Argus E35 helm. The functionality of Empirbus membrane style control panels is in balance with "drive-the-boat" rocker switches. Operational ergonomics is a driving factor.

Overall, the Argus E35 experience has given Outback Marine a unique viewpoint by experiencing the roles of both vendor and consumer of vessel systems equipment.