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Costa Del Mar has introduced 15 new pairs of sunglasses this year. Two of the additions, Brine and Stringer sunglasses, join the company’s popular Fathom performance sunglasses. All three sunglasses have integral hinges, rubberized Hydrolite temples to help them stay snug, and cold-molded, co-injected nylon technology. Brine frames some in black, tortoise (pictured) or gunmetal. A variety of CostaDel Mar’s Wave 400 and Wave 580 lenses are available.

 Suggested retail prices for Brine sunglasses range from $129 to $269, depending on the lenses. The company also has a new catalog and a new Web site. Costa Del Mar, Ormond Beach, Fla. Phone: (386) 677-3700.


Marvair has introduced a new line of SeaMach reverse-cycle air conditioners that use R-407C, an environmentally friendly and non-ozone-depleting refrigerant, according to the company. The self-contained, water-cooled air conditioners use a newly designed compressor to operate on 50 Hz. Units are available in four sizes, with capacities of 7,000 BTUH ($1,895), 10,000 BTUH ($2,075), 12,000 BTUH ($2,105), and 16,000 BTUH ($2,210). 


 Each air conditioner has a 316 stainless steel base pan, insulated pad to minimize movement and sound, and stainless steel control box that can be mounted on either side of the unit, on top of the unit, or remotely. Marvair, Cordele, Ga. Phone: (229) 273-3636.    

The HawkEye FF3355P Portable Fish Finder is a hand-held unit from Norcross Marine Products that delivers depth, fish, weed and bottom-contour information. The floating sonar sensor can be tossed into the water from a boat,

dinghy, dock, shore or bridge; mounted to the hull or transom of small boats like canoes, kayaks and jonboats; or attached to a broomstick, according to Norcross. The company says the HawkEye can see through the hulls of small boats as well as through ice, and provides depth readings from 1.5 to 99.9 feet. The water-resistant unit has a WeedID feature that depicts weed heights on the backlit LCD icon display, and four sensitivity settings for a variety of water conditions and fish sizes. Suggested retail price is $99.99. Norcross Marine Products Inc., Orlando, Fla. Phone: (407) 370-3600.


Raymarine’s new SmartPilot S1000 is a complete wireless autopilot system for powerboats up to 25 feet with hydraulic steering. Operators can use the remote control to select from a variety of courses, including straight line, GPS waypoint tracking, or any of four programmed fishing patterns: circle, cloverleaf, spiral and zigzag. The S1000 works from 2-1/2 mph to 65 mph, and SmartSteer programming takes speed into account when determining the boat’s rate of turn, according to Raymarine. 


 The system requires a GPS but no compass or rudder reference, and all fittings, tools and hoses for installation are included. Installation takes four to eight hours, according to the company. The S1000 is both NMEA 0183 and SeaTalk compatible. Suggested retail price is $1,300. Raymarine, Nashua, N.H. Phone: (800) 539-5539.

The new IMAR Yacht Detailing Products line from Integrated Logistics includes a cleaner and a polish for use with Strataglass clear vinyl sheets. IMAR Strataglass Protective Cleaner ($16.99) and IMAR Strataglass Protective Polish ($18.99) are officially recommended by the manufacturer of Strataglass, and use of any other detailing products voids the factory warranty, according to the company.

 Other products in the line include IMAR Yacht Soap Concentrate ($11.49), IMAR Yacht Polish ($18.99), and IMAR Yacht Clean and Shine ($15.49). All prices are manufacturer suggested for 16-ounce bottles. Integrated Logistics Inc., Manassas, Va. Phone: (703) 330-4693.


The new 2430 MityLite Plus 4AA has a Xenon bulb that emits about 32 lumens for up to four hours of consecutive battery burn time, according to manufacturer Pelican Products. The water-resistant flashlight is constructed of ABS resin plastic and has a tail-cap switch for one-handed operation. It comes standard with a lanyard and a helmet clip. The 2430 uses four AA alkaline batteries and is available in black, yellow and Pelican’s Adventure Series colors.


 The Adventure Series model (2440A) comes in aqua blue, moss green, adobe orange, sierra brown, maize yellow and raven black. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $23.65. Pelican Products, Torrance, Calif. Phone: (800) 473-5422.