Soundings was on the ground — and on the water — at the big boat shows earlier this year in search of, well, cool stuff. Here’s a sampling of what editors Rich Armstrong, Jim Flannery and Chris Landry came away with.
Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept
Touted as the world’s most powerful and fastest electrically driven boat, the Mercedes Cigarette AMG Electric Drive Concept has 12 electric motors — 2,220 horses — and hits 99 mph. Four 60-kWh batteries are energized by two 22-kW chargers. A full charge takes seven hours. www.cigaretteracing.com
The Hook & Moor boat hook threads lines through mooring balls and post rings by using the boat’s own mooring line for one-step tie-ups without using a messenger or guide line.
This portable cleat can be affixed to a piling or other objects up to 48 inches in circumference and can be used as a hand-hold, to tie up a boat, or as a handy hook for supplies.
This fleece has a wind- and waterproof lining, and the soft outer fabric has a water-repellent finish, making it warm and comfortable to wear.
There’s an app for that: Intelligent Maintenance offers an iPhone app for man overboard situations.
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