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inReach Explorer

DeLorme’s inReach Explorer integrates route planning, waypoints and navigation with global two-way text messaging, GPS tracking and SOS alerts. Features include a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer sensors. The handheld device communicates over the Iridium satellite network and can be combined with Freedom subscription plans for satellite service. $379 (Freedom plans start at $14.95 a month.) DeLorme, Yarmouth, Maine, (800) 561-5105. www.delorme.com

August 2014 issue


Ultimate Boat Wash

Smoove Ultimate Boat Wash is a concentrated, biodegradable and phosphate-free product specially formulated for use on gelcoat, fiberglass and painted fiberglass. The company says it cleans boats without stripping wax. $19.95 (quart), $59.95 (gallon). Smoove, Stevensville, Md., (410) 490-2628.


June 2014 issue




Ocean Signal’s rescueME PLB1 personal locator beacon is about a third smaller than other PLBs and alerts search-and-rescue services via satellite, a 121.5 MHz homing beacon and a high-intensity strobe. It’s certified by Cospas-Sarsat for compatibility with the 406 MHz satellite system and is approved for use in North America by the Federal Communications Commission. $299. Datrex, Miami, (321) 626-5779. www.datrex.com


June 2014 issue


Raymarine Dragonfly7

Raymarine’s Dragonfly sonar and GPS/plotter is now available with a 7-inch widescreen display and optional overhead mounting. Like the original model, the Dragonfly7’s Uni-Controller scrolls through menus, while two dedicated CHIRP sonar channels provide simultaneous views of the sonar and DownVision images. From $849.99 (including transom transducer). Raymarine, Nashua, N.H., (603) 324-7995. www.raymarine.com

June 2014 issue



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



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