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TrueDeck Woodbeam Panels $6; 248.649.4922; www.trueharbor.net

An alternative to heavy composite lumber decking, these resin panels are 70 percent lighter and can be installed in less than a quarter of the time of traditional lumber docks. Spring installation and fall removal are simplified, too, saving time and labor. The 2"-by-4" panels, available in Dockside Cedar and Quiet Gray, have a slip-resistant wood-grain surface and weigh 12 pounds. Resistant to mold and mildew, these UV-stabilized panels can be easily installed with screws in either metal or wood dock frames.

Flush Fit Deck Hatches $2,100; 866.383.1888; www.navimousa.com

These ergonomic aluminum frame hatches boast robust lids made of 5/8"-thick acrylic and stainless-steel hinges. Offered in smoke gray acrylic with a clear anodized aluminum lower frame or dark gray acrylic with a black anodized lower frame, the hatches have optional trim rings and fully integrated shade/mosquito screens. Available in five standard sizes with cutouts as well as custom sizes.

Raritan Marine Elegance $899; 856.825.4900; www.raritaneng.com

Now, you won't wake your partner if you have to use the facilities in the middle of the night. This head is the latest in marine waste technology. It creates a vacuum in the bowl for quiet and efficient flushing. Its small footprint lets it be installed in tight spots, and it can be used with a low-flush option for environmental friendliness. It's equipped with a built-in shredder that transforms waste into small particles to reduce clogs.