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Blue Sea Systems has introduced a new line of DC panels manufactured from corrosion-resistant materials and with water-resistant faceplates. WeatherDeck Water Resistant Panels have Carling Technologies F Series switches, UV- stabilized waterproof switch boots, integrated switch guards, and concealed mounting screws, according to Blue Sea. The switch/fuse panels are available in two-, four-, six- and eight-position versions and can be mounted in four different orientations.


Each circuit has bicolored LEDs to quickly check for “ON” or “BLOWN” circuits. The panels also have Blue Sea’s independent-label backlighting circuit. Suggested retail prices range from $36.95 to $114.95. Blue Sea Systems, Bellingham, Wash. Phone: (360) 738-8230.


 Lenco Marine’s new Super Strong Trim Tabs have 7-gauge, laser-cut stainless steel blades and are available with dual-welded stainless steel billet ram ends. The electric trim tabs have a ball-screw design that the company says is more reliable and powerful than hydraulics. The actuators have a response time of less than 1/20 second, do not drift, and are sealed for life and fully submersible, according to Lenco.

A waterproof indicator switch with retractor also is available, and has LED indicator lights and a backlit keypad. Retail price for the Super Strong Trim Tabs starts at $616.74. Lenco Marine Inc., Stuart, Fla. Phone: (772) 288-2662.

 England Ropes says its new Flight Line is made for serious dinghy and one-design racers. The low-stretch line is designed to be lightweight and strong, with a core of 100-percent braided Dyneema SK-75 surrounded by a braided polyolefin jacket. The cover is strippable to expose the color-coded core, which the company says makes tapering and splicing easy. Flight line floats in salt and fresh water, according to New England Ropes, and comes in red, green, yellow and blue.


Average retail prices are about 70 cents per foot for 1/4-inch line, $1 per foot for 5/16-inch, and $1.30 per foot for 3/8-inch. New England Ropes, Fall River, Mass. Phone: (508) 678-8200.


The new Weekender Series gear bags from recreational products manufacturer BoatMates Marine are constructed of marine-grade 600 Denier fabric and have a water-resistant PVC lining, molded zipper pulls and molded nylon hardware. The Wide Mouth Gear Bag is available in small, medium and large sizes.

The company suggests using the small bag ($29.99) for short cruises, or to hold the electronics or a first aid kit. The medium bag ($39.99) has exterior mesh pockets for personal items and toiletries. The large bag ($49.99) has large outer pockets and can hold a week’s worth of clothes, according to the manufacturer. BoatMates Marine, Westlake, Ohio. Phone: (440) 617-9072.


The TipUp Davit System from St. Croix Marine Products is designed so nothing comes in contact with the inflatable dinghy’s tubes, which can put stress on the tubes and glue joints. It instead uses the dinghy’s floor and transom for attachment. The davits are constructed of polished 304 and 316 stainless steel, and are available in three models for swim platform heights up to 24 inches. Options include vertical risers, horizontal extensions, combination vertical riser/horizontal extensions, stand-off bar kits and a lifting strap.

The system can be removed and stored without tools, according to the company. The basic system has a suggested retail price of $595. St. Croix Marine Products Inc., Bloomington, Minn. Phone: (952) 858-8393.