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The LRB 3000 is a new laser range finder from Newcon Optik,

with seven-times magnification, a 40-mm objective lens, and an “eye-safe” 905-nm laser. It has a digital compass and built-

 

in speed detector, and it recalls the last 10 readings taken. The LRB 3000, which refers to its measuring range of 20 to 3,000 meters, has a rubberized covering, is waterproof, weighs roughly 2.14 pounds, and is powered by a standard 9-volt battery. Suggested price is $1,699. Newcon Optik, Toronto. Phone: (416) 663-6963. www.newcon-optik.com

AMSOIL has introduced a new synthetic marine gear lube it says is formulated to protect against wear even when contaminated with as much as 10 percent water. The gear lube is recommended both

 

for fresh- and saltwater applications that require 75W-90 or 80W-90 lube that meets API GL-4 or GL-5 performance standards.

Examples include outboard lower units, sterndrives, V-drives, bow thrusters and marine transmissions, accord-ing to AMSOIL. Suggested retail price is $6.70 a quart. AMSOIL Inc., Superior, Wis. Phone: (715) 392-7101. www.amsoil.com

The Imtra AutoAnchor 550RC is a bridge-mount remote with chain counter for electric or hydraulic windlasses. Designed for combination chain/rope rodes, it features a backlit LCD that

 

displays the amount of rode deployed (feet or meters), preset options for anchor release and retrieval, hands-free up/down windlass operation,safety lock, system calibration to match major windlass brands, and an electronic diagnostic program for troubleshooting. The control unit can be mounted inside or on deck. Suggested retail price is $675. Imtra Corp., New Bedford, Mass. Phone: (508) 995-7000. www.imtra.com

Clamcleats Limited has introduced two new accessories for its rope cleats. The Keeper is designed to overcome the problem of accidentally cleating lines, and improve performance by holding

lightly loaded lines in the jaws of the cleat. A line that is released or cleated will click into or out of place when a Keeper is used. The Keeper also allows cleats to be used on control lines that are

 

adjusted frequently, according to the company, as the Keeper will stop the line from recleating when released. Prices are $2.95 and $6.95, depending on style. The new Tapered Mounting Pad can be used to mount a cleat at the optimum angle. Prices are $2.50 and $2.95. Sea-Dog Corp. (distributor), Everett, Wash. Phone: (425) 259-0194. www.sea-dog.com, www.clamcleat.com

Drinx are thermal insulation inserts for cup holders from marine product distributor Ocean Equipment. The inserts are made of variable-density foam and have a glossy skin. Drinx fit most cup holders, accommodate standard-size cups and bottles, and are

 

designed to be left in the cup holder, according to Ocean Equipment. They are available in yellow, blue, red and gray. Retail price is $12.95 each. Ocean Equipment, Irvine, Calif. Phone: (949) 588-1470. www.oceanequipment.com

Sebago’s SB-46 performance boat shoes are engineered for

 

serious yacht racers, though the company says the footwear also will appeal to those who are “attracted to the nautical lifestyle and look.” The Sailor 46 sports the company’s first logo, “SB-46,” and features uppers made from Dimension Polyant sailcloth (waterproof nubuck leather trim) and Sebago Sea Runner non-marking siped soles for traction. They are available in a variety of colors for both men and women, and retail for $90. Sebago, Rockford, Mich. Phone: (800) 789-8586. www.sebago.com