B&G's Remote Vision wireless system; Delphi's marine satellite radio kit; SenZBar digital trailer draw bar; KwikTek's new Hull Hugr fenders; Park Avenue Pocket Boom.
The RemoteVision system from B&G provides secure wireless access to its Hercules and Hydra instrument and autopilot systems. The palm-sized waterproof unit lets a skipper control the pilot and access such data as boat speed, wind, depth and heading from anywhere on board and in any conditions, according to the company. The unit is made of molded acrylic and ABS plastic, weighs less than 11 ounces with two AA batteries, and has a back-lit LCD and integrated LED flashlight. The base station measures 5.2 inches by 4.1 inches by 3 inches.RemoteVision also includes an internal electronic fluxgate compass that can store bearings to waypoints, according to B&G. Suggested retail price is $1,899.
B&G USA, Clearwater, Fla. Phone: (727) 540-0229. www.bandg.com
Delphi has introduced a complete marine satellite radio kit for use with XM SKYFi satellite radio receivers. The kit includes a white splashproof case with a clear top, adjustable weatherproof ball-joint mounting bracket, marine antenna, and universal audio adapter to play satellite radio through an FM radio. Suggested retail price is $200 (Delphi XM SKYFi receiver sold separately). XM
offers 128 channels of music (commercial-free), news, sports, talk, entertainment, traffic and weather. Basic service is $9.99 per month.
Delphi Corp., Troy, Mich. Phone: (248) 813-2000. www.delphi.com
SenZBar is a digital trailer draw bar that measures trailer tongue weight up to 1,000 pounds. The draw bar accepts a trailer ball with a 1-inch-diameter shank and works with a 2-inch receiver. A meter, powered by a 9-volt battery, plugs into the side of the draw bar to give the tongue weight, which should be between 7 percent and 15 percent of the gross trailer weight, accord-ing to the manufacturer. The meter stands up for easier viewing while
adjusting for optimum tongue weight. Suggested retail price is $199.
SenZBar LLC, Brinklow, Md. Phone: (410) 336-1351. www.senzbar.com
KwikTek has introduced several new products in its Hull Hugr line of fenders. The new XL Hull Hugr contour fender is designed for larger boats and measures 30 inches long, 6 inches wide and 4 inches thick. It is available in blue, white and black, and retails for $19.99. Contour fenders hinge to wrap around the gunwale and hull, following the contours of the boat. Also, the Hull Hugr flat fender (26 by 6 by 2.5 inches) and original contour fender (24 by 6 by 2.5 inches) now are available in all three colors. Both retail for $12.99. KwikTek says its fenders store in half the space of conventional round fenders.
KwikTek Inc., Golden, Colo. Phone: (303) 733-3722. www.hullhugr.com
The Park Avenue Pocket Boom is a mainsail handling system from carbon spar builder GMT Composites. With the open-style Pocket Boom, sailors can reef on any point of sail, the mainsail system cannot jam, and the sail flakes as it’s lowered into the boom cavity, according to GMT. A zippered cover protects the sail. Construction is carbon composite around foam-cored substrate, and the boom is finished in Awlgrip to match the boat’s color scheme. Pricing for the Pocket Boom depends on the boat, ranging from $13,000 for a 12-foot boom to about $38,000 for a 30-foot boom.
GMT Composites, Bristol, R.I. Phone: (401) 253-8802. www.gmtcomposites.com
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