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March 9, 2009

Quick Bow Thrusters $1,605; 410/768-5991, www.quickusa.com

Boats 20′ to 99′ will ride smoothly on these high-quality bow thrusters with corrosion-resistant composite propellers. The bronze gearbox, designed to work in both directions, is protected by an independently mounted zinc anode. There’s a microprocessor to protect from overheating, an elastic coupling to optimize motor and gearbox alignment, and a remote control with joystick or touchpanel options. Four models are available to suit your boat size.

Switch Panels $130; 704/662-6600, www.nelsonspecialities.com

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Available in five- or seven-switch configurations, these high-performance marine switch panels boast On/Off and Momentary ignition toggle switches and either three or five additional toggles for accessories. The panels are ready to handle a 200-amp emergency break load. Screw-down connectors ensure secure contacts. The switches are water resistant; completely submersible versions are available.

4″ DC Blower $215; 561/848-1311, www.deltasystems.com

Specifically designed to clear dangerous fumes from enclosed spaces onboard smaller vessels, this compact, ignition-protected fan supplies continuous high air flow up to 350 cubic feet per minute. The corrosion-resistant plastic unit houses a completely sealed direct-drive motor constructed of die-cast aluminum end plates, O-ring seals, and a stainless-steel shaft with Teflon epoxy coating. Both the 12- and 24-volt DC versions are vibration free and measure a slim 11.5″-by-10″-by-4.4″.

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