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March 9, 2009

Filleting Blend Adhesive Filler $13; 866/937-8797, www.westsystem.com

The strength and beauty of your wooden boat stays intact with this high-density adhesive filler. Ideal for both builders and restorers, the wood-toned blend, when mixed with epoxy, creates smooth, strong fillets­—an epoxy brace to bridge the inside corner of a joint. The Filleting Blend can also be used to fill gaps, or bond layers of wood strips, veneers, planks, sheets, and cores in laminating projects.

Echomaster $55; 510/732-9229, www.davisnet.com

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Dense fog and other harsh weather conditions can make a small craft invisible. This radar screen reflects radar directly back to an oncoming ship’s antenna. Featuring 12.5″-diameter circular reflector plates, the Echomaster can also be used to identify a dock or mooring and navigation hazards including bridges, rocks, or submerged trees. The aluminum plates are thick enough to minimize flex and dimpled to reduce angular distortion, while the injection-molded captive corner latches minimize angle error.

Thru-Hull Exhaust Port with Flapper $123; 800/422-1301, www.abimarine.com

Backwash in an open port can damage a boat’s exhaust system. Resolve the problem of releasing emissions without letting in water with this heavy-duty, corrosion-resistant, stainless-steel port, designed to fit hulls 3⁄8″ to 2 ¼”. The oil-resistant rubber flapper directs water away from the opening and, if needed, can be conveniently replaced from outside the hull. At only 3 ¼ pounds, the lightweight port’s NPT measures 2″ with a thread length of 2 ¾” and a barb length of 1 ¾”.

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