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February 1, 2004
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Zip Sleeve $30 • 800/808-8711 • www.zipsleeve.com Cover dangling or loose cords with Zip Sleeve, a marine-grade fabric sheath that neatly bundles together cords. Each sleeve measures 24′ in length and fits two 30-amp power cords or one 50-amp power cord, plus cable, television, and telephone wires. Interlocking ends join together multiple sleeves. Cut the sleeve in half at the zipper joint to have it fit 12′-long cords.

Audiovox CDM-8600 $100 • 800/229-1235 • www.audiovox.com Loaded with features, this cell phone supports GPS technology, Web browsing, and e-mail and enables two-way short-message service and voice-activated dialing. Retrieve caller identification, date, and time on the phone’s black-and-white exterior display, and use the full-color interior screen to access the online and wireless services. The handset measures 3.3″-by-1.6″-by-0.9″, and its keypad is backlit. Wireless service sold separately.

Aqua Force $75 • 800/253-9476 • www.aquaforce.com The Coasties require children under 13 to wear an approved PFD while onboard-kids typically aren’t too keen on the idea. Aqua Force, a child-size swimsuit with a built-in Coast Guard-approved Type V flotation device, features buoyant foam blocks that keep kids afloat without restricting their movement or riding up around their face and neck. The suit fits children weighing between 30 and 90 pounds.

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Sun/Moon Wireless Weather Center $200 • 800/344-4444 • www.sharperimage.com This battery-operated clock, set by signals from the U.S Atomic Clock, displays sunset and moon rise times, moon phase, barometric pressure, and weather on an LCD and sounds alarms for temperature and storms. Its transmitter and sensor beams through walls and obstacles. Mount it or prop it on the fold-out stand. The two-pound clock measures 10″-by-7 1/2″.

Coby Flat Screen DVD Player $399 • 718/416-3300 • www.cobyusa.com Not enough room onboard for a television and DVD player? This portable unit has a built-in 7″ TFT (480-by-234 pixels) display and plays DVDs, CDs, and MP3s. It has built-in speakers and comes with a remote control, rechargeable battery, and carrying pouch. Mount it on your tow vehicle’s headrest, or use the kickstand in back to stand it while onboard.

Garelick 690 Citation $159 • 651/459-9795 • www.garelick.com Bum bruised from wave pounding? Then check out this contoured, high-back helm seat. Its bottom is 17″ wide and 17″ deep, and its back is 24″ tall. Supported by a sturdy, molded-plastic frame and aluminum hinges, the chair is made of 30-ounce marine-grade vinyl that resists UV rays, dirt, grime, and abrasion, and comes in six two-tone color combinations.

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Tufted Topper $249 • 888/989-6503 • www.tuftedtopper.com This mattress pad adds a soft layer of cushioning that resembles the pillow-topped mattresses commonly found on beds in homes. The two inside layers are made of foam and high-density, precompressed fiber fill; the outer shell is topped with stain-resistant fabric. Secured to your preexisting mattress with elastic straps, the pad adds just 2″ to the mattress’ height. Tufted Topper can be custom fitted.

Briggs and Stratton Outboard $749 to $849 • 414/259-5333 • www.briggsandstratton.com This four-cycle, 5-hp, overhead-valve engine suits freshwater anglers who fish in calm waters. Mud and debris won’t clog this motor, thanks to an air-cooled system. It has forward, neutral, and reverse gears, a tiller handle control, and a three-gallon remote fuel tank. The engine consumes 0.5 gph, weighs 56 pounds, and comes in black or camouflage.

The Den for Dogs $105 to $160 • 206/545-9454 • www.creatureleisure.com Afraid to look away from your rambunctious pup for even a second? The Den, a portable playpen with a collapsible aluminum frame and shoulder strap, protects frisky pets. A reflective sunshade closes off the top, protecting dogs from harsh sunlight. The polyester walls resist water damage and are machine washable. It comes in three sizes-the smallest is 1’10 1/2″-by-1’3 1/2″-by-1’5″.

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