New Gear

Time Machine

TAG Heuer's 2000 Aquagraph is a water enthusiast's timekeeping dream. This sporty diver's watch features an automatic chronograph and functions in depths to 1,666 feet-the company guarantees that it will work in extreme underwater situations. The oversize, neon-hued chronograph hand is easy to follow, and luminescent markers let you see numbers as daylight wanes. Its antilock bezel ensures that the wearer doesn't turn it accidentally, botching timing accuracy. Opt for a steel or rubber bracelet. Price: $2,800. Contact TAG Heuer at 800/321-4832,

Cover Model

Sun protection plus easy stowage equals the Bimi-Tee Top, combining the best traits of a T-top and Bimini top. Its design should dissipate the force of wind pressure on the frame, allowing a boat to accelerate more quickly and run faster. Made with stainless steel and rugged marine-grade fabric, the top secures over a frame in minutes, unzips easily for trailering, and detaches to fit in a garage. The Bimi-Tee Top comes in two sizes to fit boats from 17' to 30' and adjusts to match shape, width, and height of a console. Price: $460. Contact Taylor Made Products at 518/ 773-9400,

Small Package

The Lowrance X47 fishfinder is designed for the occasional fisherman. Thankfully, the company didn't compromise quality for price. The 4"-diagonal, backlit display has a 168-by-132 pixel resolution with four levels of grayscale. Measuring 5.8"-by-4.3"-by-2.5", the X47 features amenities found on higher-priced models-depth is displayed above each fish symbol, which are sized differently to show the strength of the return echo. The unit comes with a transom-mount, 200kHz transducer with built-in temperature sensor and reaches to 600 feet. Or, opt for a shoot-through, trolling motor or portable transducer. Price: $129. Contact Lowrance at 800/324-4781,

New Wave

Enjoy belting out Wayne Newton tunes when no one's on deck? With XM Satellite Radio, you can access multiple music stations, then quickly switch to the latest sports game if someone approaches. All you need is the XM5, an antenna that delivers XM's 101 channels. This high-performance, marine-grade antenna is sealed to resist wicked weather and saltwater corrosion. The package includes a splitter that connects to all existing XM radio tuners and necessary hardware for installation. Price: $100. Contact Terk Designs at 631/543-1900,

Palm Reader

One weather forecaster can go where Al Roker can't-right in your hand. Speedtech's Weather Explorer, a wireless weather station, measures 4.4"-by-3.6"-by-9"-much smaller than Al. The unit provides date and time, moon phase, weather forecast, indoor and outdoor temperature and humidity, and barometric pressure and forecast. It also graphs the 48-hour history of temperature, humidity, and barometric pressure. Based on pressure changes, a visual alarm forecasts strong winds or storms. Barometric pressure data updates every three minutes, and temperature and humidity data changes each minute. The unit comes with one remote sensor. Price: $220. Contact Speedtech Instruments at 800/760-0004,

Shifty Business

Having problems shifting your mechanical controls? Don't fret. After a long, wind-shocked day, even a beefcake like The Rock could have problems moving those rigid gears-unless PowerShift enters the ring. It's a self-contained shift control unit that improves shift responsiveness and performance by electronically connecting the shift and throttle to the engine and transmission. The PowerShift PB goes one step further-just press a button to control forward or reverse. Both are compatible with any engine. Price: not set at press time. Contact Tech-Marine at 877/484-2628,