FLIR Systems made thermal night vision accessible to the small boater two years ago with its First Mate handheld imager.The next generation is now available, with more features and a lower price. The new unit is smaller, lighter and has illuminated buttons and an audible on/off signal. More significant improvements include an IP 66 waterproof rating, LED lighting and a rechargeable lithium battery. Suggested retail price is $1,999. FLIR Systems, Portland, Ore., (877) 773-3547. www.flir.com
This article originally appeared in the September 2011 issue.