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Chafe protection

Sailors often use duct tape on lifelines and stanchions to protect sails from chafe, but Waterline’s leather patches provide a proper fix. They’re available in three sizes for different style lines and stanchions, and sewing the cuff (with prepunched holes) closed takes just a few minutes, according to the manufacturer. Each pack contains two protectors, two needles and waxed polyester yarn, plus instructions. $13.95 (U.S.). Waterline Design, Solna, Sweden. www.waterlinedesign.se

June 2014 issue



Bertucci AquaX

Bertucci rolls out the AquaX, a nautical and water sports-themed collection of colorful watches that are water-resistant to more than 300 feet and weigh just 2.3 ounces. Titanium cases and wider wristbands (in DX3 nylon, Tridura and water-resistant leather) offer “unmatched comfort and long-lasting durability,” according to Bertucci. $239. Bertucci Watches, Guernee, Ill., (866) 665-7327. www.bertucciwatches.com


June 2014 issue


Trent PowerPak Ultra USB-based devices charger

The Trent PowerPak Ultra keeps USB-based devices charged while outdoors. It features a rugged exterior and an IP-67 waterproof rating for protection against drops and immersion. With 14,000 mAh of power, it offers several times the capacity of a smartphone battery and charges any combination of phones, tablets or other USB devices. $69.95. New Trent, Fremont, Calif., (510) 226-6268.


April 2014 issue


MagixEzy fiberglass and gelcoat repair

Australia-based MagicEzy has developed repair kits to restore damaged surfaces. 9 Second Chip Fix is a nano-filler that bonds, levels and colors fiberglass in seconds without a catalyst. Hairline Fix repairs gelcoat crazing and hairline fiberglass cracks, using a colored nano bonding agent. $16.96 each (0.43-ounce tube), $30.35 one of each, $53.56 two of each.


April 2014 issue


Lowrance electronics

Lowrance’s new Elite-4 HDI (pictured) and Mark-4 HDI fishfinders, plotters and combo units have 4.3-inch grayscale and color high-resolution displays that offer 36 percent more useable screen area. The HDI series comes with a built-in GPS antenna, high-definition mapping options and Hybrid Dual Imaging technology that combines a broadband sounder with down-scan imaging. $149 to $469. Lowrance, Tulsa, Okla., (800) 628-4487.


April 2014 issue


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