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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.


October 2013 issue


Spot Gen3

In addition to such features as rescue alert, check-in, real-time tracking on Google Maps and messaging, the new Spot Gen3 satellite GPS messenger offers several new functions, including unlimited and extreme tracking at intervals from 2.5 to 60 minutes, motion-activated tracking and extended battery life. MSRP is $169.95.

The annual subscription starts at $149.99. Spot, Covington, La., (866) 651-7768. 


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