These items can help make your boating experience even better.

June 26, 2008

Ultimate Fishing Rubber Strap Watch $56; 954/509-1476,

Even an experienced angler can use a little help. Field & Stream introduces an inventive watch that gives eager anglers what they need to know — when the fish will be biting anywhere in the world. Simply enter your latitude and longitude, and get moon phases, fishing favorability level, fishing time alarm and calculation, tide calculation, sunrise and sunset time display, and five daily/weekly alarms. Water resistant to 100′.

Nomad H2O on the Go $170; 877/992-2042,


The first portable pressurized water sprayer offers garden hose convenience for boaters, anglers, and watersport aficionados. Powered by your boat’s 12-volt outlet, the Nomad sprays 3½ gallons of pressurized water to make onboard cleanup of livewells, fishing gear, waders, and other marine accessories a breeze. The hose is 30′ long and has an adjustable nozzle as well as built-in pockets for stowage of other cleaning accessories.

Tilley Endurables Insect Shield Hat $78; 800/845-5394,

Keep cool as the weather warms up with an insect shield hat, the perfect way to protect yourself from the summer heat as well as biting bugs. No need to apply sticky repellent sprays, because the hat is treated with Insect Shield, ensuring boaters a bug-free outing — even after 70 washings. Rated at UPF 50+, the maximum given to clothing, the hat’s other features include a secret pocket to hold small valuables, a crushable, packable design, and a lifetime guarantee.


Watermaker Remote Access Control $465; 772/569-3000,

Because they’re often stowed in hard-to-reach places, watermakers can be a nuisance to access. With this new non-metallic remote control plate that’s flush-mounted with four screws, there’s no longer a need to leave the bridge or pilot to turn watermakers on or off. LED-illuminated on and off switches and 50′ of cable are supplied. Compatible with any one of nine models in SK Watermakers’ SC series, the remote control plate measures 2″-by-3″.

Sextans-FX Ceiling Spotlights $40; 508/995-7000,


Imtra offers a series of four recessed ceiling halogen spotlights to complement any boat’s interior. The FX series boasts a technopolymer housing to reduce trim ring surface temperature, and each one of four models has a sharp, complementary look. The spotlights feature satin-frosted tempered-glass lenses, diecast brass construction with galvanic protection, and chrome, gold, or chrome-plated finishes.

KT-15 Kastmaster Kit $18; 401/331-6437,

The perfect companion for any fisherman, the KT-15 is ideal for a wide range of light-tackle saltwater fishing. Included are six spoons in a variety of sizes and colors — two 1⁄12-ounce Acme Kastmasters, ideal for ultralight fishing, a 1⁄8-ounce Kastmaster for added depth in freshwater lakes, two ¼-ounce light-tackle lures, and a ¼-ounce for trolling in deeper waters. The Acme Kastmaster’s lure has a slab-sided shape to enhance the cast, even in stiff wind.


The Barnapole $50; 727/215-0122,

When readying your boat this season, don’t forget the importance of readying your dock. Barnapole removes hazardous and unsightly barnacles from pilings to help keep your dock clean and safe. Built from #304 stainless steel and aluminum, the Barnapole head attaches to almost any pole of your choice. Then just press the head against the piling and start cleaning.

TrailMate Connoisseur Series Gas Grill $149; 562/627-0500,

Thank heaven for little grills! Featuring a 9″-by-1′ grilling surface and fold-away legs, this sleek cooker offers the convenience of onboard charring without compromising space. An inner safety shell keeps the TrailMate exterior cool while inside a radiant plate provides high, even heat distribution and reduces flare-ups. A grease management system funnels drips into a lock-in-place tray for easy cleanup. Made from stainless steel, the lockable steel lid also serves as a carrying handle.

White Night Rear Lighting System $90; 888/884-7637,

Backing up your tow vehicle in the dark can be challenging — and dangerous. To improve safety and ease, the White Night uses two powerful 55-watt halogen lamps enclosed in a high-impact black plastic case, to provide an 80′ spread of white light behind the vehicle. The light activates automatically when the car is shifted into reverse and rear visibility is dramatically increased. No drilling is required for installation — the White Night simply mounts to the hitch receiver tube. A toggle switch on the unit also allows for manual control.

Smart Check Management Software $795;

Turn a Raymarine E120 display into a real-time management system by integrating engine monitoring, maintenance information, and navigation data and fuel management onto the color monitor. This system frees up dash space, provides continual updates on more than 40 engine, gear, and control functions, and allows owners to check engine status, speed and course, torque and load, battery condition, and fuel, oil, and coolant levels.

Surface Mount Folding Cleats $45; 727/572-9202,

These sophisticated marine-grade stainless-steel cleats, available in a stud mount with hidden fasteners or a through-bolted mount with visible screw holes, don’t require cutouts or hole saws. Instead, only two holes are made with standard drill bits. Drain tubes or receptacles aren’t required. The cleats lock down and out of the way to avoid tripping injuries when not in use, then spring back up with the push of a button. Sizes range from 3½” to 8″.

Assault Ruggedized Notebook $999; 888/682-7236,

Stay connected when out on the water with this durable laptop that comes standard with a magnesium alloy case, anti-shock design, and a spill-resistant keyboard and touchpad. The rugged exterior protects an Intel Core Duo Processor, up to 4GB of RAM, an Intel graphics media accelerator with Direct X9 Graphics, a 14″ XGA active matrix display, 5400 rpm hard drive, two built-in stereo speakers, and three USB ports.


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