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October 1, 2003
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Bend and Tuck

Take a trip to the beach, pull up to the lakeshore, stop at a neighbor’s dock-basically make any stop you can as an excuse to unpack Thermos’ foldaway Grill2Go. To use it, unfold the grill’s frame, set the cooking component on top, and ignite. The grill has a 310-square-inch cooking surface, enclosed heating chamber, built-in igniter, temperature gauge, and grease-capturing container. The package comes with barbecue utensils that stow inside the grill. The top has a latch that keeps the grill locked during transport. When you’re ready to stow it away, just disconnect its two pieces. Price: $199. Contact Thermos at 866/816-0885, www.grill2go.com.

Flow Away

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To minimize freeze damage from water left in the engine’s cooling passages, the makers of Minute Drain developed a system that removes this water in one step. How does it work? Replace your engine’s fittings with Minute Drain fittings and connect them to the system’s manifold valve system. Then lift your boat out of the water on a boatlift or trailer and open the valve system. Water (approximately four to six gallons) drains into your bilge area in about one minute. To remove silt, open one valve compartment at a time with the engine running. Minute Drain is designed to work on MerCruiser engines made prior to 2002. Price: $499. Contact Minute Drain at 866/365-2628, www.minutedrain.com.

Hot Seat

The captain, king of his vessel, deserves a throne. What would suit a king better than the Mariner Helm Chair? The padded helm seat, made from hand-stitched leather, swivels 360 degrees, slides 6″ fore to aft, reclines 40 degrees, and folds forward. Its arms lock down or fold back, and its cushions, designed to cradle the sitter’s bum, prevent side-to-side motion. Price: $4,375. Contact Crown Ltd. at 912/352-0715, www.crownltd.com.

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