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The Lowrance LCX-38C HD combination sonar/chart plotter has a sunlight-viewable 8.4-inch SolarMax display with SVGA (600 x 800) resolution. The unit, which has NMEA 2000 and Ethernet connectivity and is radar-compatible, has a 30-gigabyte hard drive that comes loaded with charts for coastal and inland navigation. The LCX-38C HD recently won a “best electronics” award from the American Sportfishing Association. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $1,899. Low-rance, Tulsa, Okla. Phone: (918) 437-6881.


Coleman has re-entered the life jacket market after 15 years with a line of PFDs that includes a model with a built-in two-way radio. The 14-channel radios in the Transmit Series PFDs are waterproof, float, and have a range of about two miles. The radios are stitched into the chest of the men’s and women’s neoprene PFDs, which range in size from small to double-extra large and in price from $99.99 to $129.99. Coleman’s full line of PFDs includes children’s and specialty models. The Coleman Company, Wichita, Kan. Phone: (800) 835-3278.


Chesapeake Light Craft and Guillemot Kayaks have partnered to offer a line of build-your-own sea kayaks. The joint venture combines Chesapeake Light Craft’s kit production expertise — the company uses CNC machinery to prepare kits for its own line of kayaks and small boats — and Guillemot’s high-performance kayak designs, which include cedar strip-planked models. Price for a complete CLC-Guillemot 18-foot Night Heron kit is $1,149. Guillemot Kayaks are designed by Nick Schade of Glastonbury, Conn. Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, Md. Phone: (410) 267-0137. ,


Scandia Marine Products has introduced a vinyl dip-molded covering for sailboat steering wheels that’s available in a variety of colors. ColorWheelz, which fits any metal steering wheel smaller than 63 inches and is offered in 13 Sunbrella-matched colors, is available with a rough or smooth finish and is guaranteed for 10 years of normal-use wear. Customers send their steering wheels to Scandia, and the company says it returns the coated wheel within a week of receipt. Pricing ranges from $118 to $374. Scandia Marine Products, Scandia, Minn. Phone: (651) 308-7654.


The Xtreme Charge Marine battery charger is designed to be simple to use so that boaters will be more likely to charge their batteries regularly, according to manufacturer PulseTech Products. For use with any 12-volt lead-acid battery, the unit uses a unique charge algorithm and battery evaluation capabilities to eliminate the need for users to identify battery type or set criteria prior to charging — just connect the battery and plug in the charger. The end result, according to PulseTech, is increased battery life. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $99.95. PulseTech Products, Southlake, Texas. Phone: (817) 329-6099.