They say the third time's the charm. What about the fourth time? Raymarine introduces Pathfinder PC with RayTech Navigator Version 4. This updated software transforms your PC into a navigational command center. Merge live radar targets over charts and pictures. Monitor weather forecasts by downloading them to your PC for free from the Raymarine Web site. View tidal and current predictions for U.S. coastal waters. Best of all, combine all these navigational functions on one screen. Price: $499. Contact Raymarine at 603/881-5200, www.raymarine.com.
Worthy Subject: How do you silence a noisy pump? Drop it into a tank of water. Crazy, you say? Not with Headhunter's SubpaQ Water Pressure System. Submerge the 2'11 3/4"-by-7 1/8"-by-5 1/2" pump in your freshwater tank for superquiet operation. The variable speed, constant-pressure system consumes the same amount of power as conventional pumps. Its infrared remote lets you control the pump's settings or access data from the 9"-by-6 ¼ "-by-3 ¾ " control panel. The unit also features built-in dry-run protection and over- and under-voltage protection. Price: $2,700. Contact Headhunter at 800/662-8557, www.headhunterinc.com.
Temp Tamer 5 a.m.: You and your fishing partner shiver in the crisp morning air. 12 p.m.: The sun has surfaced; sweat stings your eyes. Warm up or cool off with the Sharper Image Personal Warm+Cool System. Fit the lightweight band around your neck, set the dial to your desired temperature, and the system becomes your personal heater or air conditioner. Its 3"-by-4" battery pack hooks on your belt for easy movement, and the system includes an AC/DC adapter. Price: $70. Contact Sharper Image at 800/344-4444, www.sharperimage.com.
Evasive Measures: Crunch! Where did that sand-bar come from? Avoid nasty collisions with the Si-Tex Ultracolor Plus charting system. Its programmable antigrounding feature with Guardian Technology sounds an alarm if your course takes you near obstacles, shoals, or shallow water. The 12-channel GPS/WAAS receiver puts you within three meters of your waypoint and eliminates the need for a beacon receiver or antenna. You can also view full- or split-screen charts on a 10.4" high-resolution (640-by-840 pixels) display, store 500 trackpoints and 1,000 waypoints, or add C-Map NT+ cards for in-depth charting. Price: $3,000. Contact Si-Tex at 727/576-5734, www.si-tex.com.