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For boaters who enjoy other outdoor pursuits, Gill has introduced the CoastSport Jacket. Marketed as a sporty, “go-anywhere” garment, this piece of foul-weather gear offers fully taped seams, inner and outer cuffs, a microfleece collar, hand-warmer pockets, a waterproof hood, reflective piping and Gill’s 3-Dot laminate fabric, which has a thin waterproof layer that adheres separately to the textile. The company says the process produces a “highly waterproof fabric, with a much softer feel and greater degree of breathability.” The Coast Sport Jacket comes in several color combinations for men and women, and retails for $185. Gill North America, Buford, Ga. Phone: (770) 945 0564.


Interlux has introduced a clear antifouling for light-colored aluminum outboards and outdrives. Trilux Prop & Drive Clear with Biolux comes in aerosol spray form for easy application. The company says it offers moderate antifouling protection in salt, brackish or fresh water, while maintaining the original painted finish of light-colored lower units. It also can be used on any underwater surface where a moderate level of antifouling protection is needed but a pigmented paint isn’t desired. It can be applied directly over painted surfaces without primer, Interlux says, but bare aluminum should be repainted with the factory finish. A 12-ounce can retails for $34.99. Interlux, Union, NJ. Phone: (800) 468-7589.


Valhalla Enterprises has introduced five new night-vision cameras under the OceanView brand. The cameras offer two independent imagers that are simultaneously viewable — an infrared thermal imager for operation in complete darkness and an ultra-low light imager to intensify low-ambient light. Benefits include clearer views at night or in bad weather, the ability to avoid floating debris, and locating a man-overboard from 1,000 feet or more, according to Valhalla. The high-end Zeus model, with such additional features as color daytime zoom, image stabilization and tracking of radar and thermal targets, is especially suited for security or search-and-rescue missions, VEI says. Prices for the five OceanView models range from $12,995 (Apollo, pictured) to $132,995 (Zeus). Valhalla Enterprises, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Phone: (866) 834-5237.


Understanding points of sail and proper sail trim before stepping aboard is made easier with the Sailing Wind Wheel, an innovative learning tool that teaches the relationship between boat and wind. The image of a sailboat is printed on a clear disc with port and starboard clearly marked. As the boat rotates 360 degrees through the “wind,” the sails adjust independently to help users visualize how they need to be trimmed. Students also may use a clock reference or the degrees of the compass rose. The back shows the fundamental terminology of sail trim, courses and commands. Made of plastic, the Sailing Wind Wheel is waterproof and retails for $19.95. Sailing Wind Wheel, St. Petersburg, Fla. Phone: (727) 388-6759.


SwissBike, a division of Montague Corp., has introduced three new performance-oriented folding bicycles with high-grade components — Sram or Shimano 24-speed and 21-speed drive trains and CLIX quick wheel release. All three models — XO, LX and TX — have 26-inch wheels like a typical mountain bike, making them faster, more efficient and more forgiving than folding bikes with smaller wheels, the company says. Other features include light aluminum tubing, stainless-steel spokes and compact size for stowing in the lazarette. The top-of-the-line XO (pictured) is made in Switzerland and retails for $1,995; the LX and TX are offered for $825 and $645, respectively. SwissBike, Cambridge, Mass.


Phone: (617) 491-7200.