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Hobie Mirage Sport Kayak

The Mirage Sport polyethylene kayak can be used for exploring, fishing, bird watching — even sailing, with the optional rig.

Features include Hobie’s MirageDrive pedal propulsion system, a movable seat with an adjustable back, two built-in rod holders, the Lowrance Ready system for installing electronics and a retractable rudder.

It measures 9 feet, 7 inches and weighs 53 pounds. MSRP is $1,799. Hobie Cat, Oceanside, Calif., (760) 758-9100. www.hobiecat.com

November 2013 issue


Gage Nightwatch Puffy from Grundens

The lightweight Gage Nightwatch Puffy from Grundens is made from water-resistant nylon and has quilted “pockets” of water-resistant insulation that maximize body-heat retention while reducing bulk.

It can be layered under foul-weather gear or worn by itself. It’s available in sizes from XS to 5XL in orange, black and deep forest green. MSRP is $138 (3XL-5XL slightly higher). Grundens USA, Poulsbo, Wash., (800) 323-7327. www.grundens.com

November 2013 issue


JBL Bluetooth stereo

The JBLPRV170 AM/FM marine stereo features Bluetooth audio streaming and needs only a 3-1/2-inch cutout to install. With a 4x45-watt amplifier, it delivers crisp, clear sound, and the watertight faceplate ensures protection against the elements, according to Prospec Electronics.

The stereo also has a USB input, an auxiliary input and dual preouts.

It retails for $189.95. Prospec Electronics, Mount Pleasant, S.C.

(843) 849-9037


October 2013 issue


Quick-Lock winch handles

Racers and cruising sailors can rejoice: Ronstan’s new Quick-Lock winch handles have a drive head that inserts into the winch socket without rotating a knob or pressing a button.

A stainless steel locking lever automatically holds the handle in place. The handles are available in 8- and 10-inch arm lengths, with a traditional single grip or the two-handed Palm Grip for ultimate cranking power.

Retail prices range from $94 to $117. Ronstan USA, Portsmouth, R.I., (401) 293-0596.


October 2013 issue


SI-TEX remote steering

SI-TEX has introduced a new wireless remote control for its SP-70/SP-80, SP-36 and SP-110 autopilots that provides jog steering control from up to 100 feet away. The battery- powered and waterproof SRS-100 is easy to grip, and a lanyard secures the unit to the operator.

The company says the SRS-100 is compatible with autopilots from several other manufacturers, and with an optional drive unit can be used to control kicker outboards.

Suggested retail price is $299. Si-Tex, Riverhead, N.Y., (631) 996-2690.


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