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Minox monocular

The Minox MD 7x42 C monocular is light and compact, measuring 2-1/2 by 2-3/8 by 5-5/8 inches and weighing only 13 ounces.



Hitcase SuckR

The Hitcase SuckR is a tough marine-grade suction mount that attaches to any smooth, flat, non-porous surface, including windshields, windows and mirrors.



Bad Elf GPS Pro

The water-resistant handheld Bad Elf GPS Pro is an Apple-approved accessory that connects as many as five iPod Touches, iPhones or iPads to share GPS data for display on digital charts and compatible marine apps via satellite — anywhere in the world.



Cool Stuff found at the boat shows

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



Robship Hook & Moor

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.



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