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Since all shorts aren’t created equal when it comes to fishing, Old Harbor Outfitters introduced the Storm Technical Shorts, which include such features as an integrated fishing harness with corrosion-proof D-rings, four-way-stretch crotch gusset, longer inseams, Cordura-lined pockets with zippers, and a lanyard loop forpliers. They are made of quick-dry nylon with a stain-release treatment that repels water and blood, according to Old Harbor. The shorts come in khaki, black or moss color (sizes 30 to 48) and retail for $79.95. Old Harbor Outfitters, Bridgeport, Conn. Phone: (203) 540-5150.


The Fishmaster Folding T-top is designed to fold down for passing under fixed bridges, trailering or storage. Manufactured with 1.9-inch-diameter polished, anodized aluminum tubing for strength and stiffness, the top fits boats with center consoles between 24 and 50 inches wide, according to Fishmaster, and is offered with six colors of Sunbrella fabric. Accessories such as rod holders, an electronics box and antenna mounts also are available. It retails for $1,195. Fishmaster, Cumming, Ga. Phone: (877) 777-8693.


Adventure Medical Kits’ S.O.L. Survival Pak contains the essential items boaters need if they get in trouble in a dry bag with roll-down closure. The kit includes a signal mirror, whistle, wind-proof and waterproof matches, waterproof tinder, a survival blanket, a fishing kit, duct tape and a compass. The S.O.L. (survive outdoors longer) Survival Pak weighs 5.4 ounces and measures 3.75 inches by 6 inches by 1 inch. It retails for $25. Adventure Medical Kits, San Leandro, Calif. Phone: (800) 324-3517.


The Storm Surge Anchor System from Taylor Made Products links multiple mooring anchors and lines to a moored boat, which the company says offers more strength and stability in extreme conditions. Minimum breaking strength is more than 32,000 foot pounds, and safe working load is 8,000 foot pounds, according to Taylor Made. The system is hot-dip galvanized for corrosion protection and can be ordered with standard eyebolt shackles or safety shackles that use nuts and cotter pins. The Storm Surge Anchor System is available for monohulls (two shackle attachment points) and multihulls (three attachment points, pictured) from 25 to 60 feet, and retail prices range from around $280 to $350. Taylor Made Products, Gloversville, N.Y. Phone: (518) 773-9400.


Hella Marine’s LED Mega Beam deck floodlight is a completely sealed lamp designed to withstand vibration, impact and shock loads. It consumes only 7 watts, roughly 15 percent of a normal halogen lamp’s energy demand, for power savings on board, according to Hella. Light output is 250 lumens, and the unit is protected against overvoltage, reverse polarity and spikes. It comes with stainless steel mounting hardware and is prewired with marine cable. The LED Mega Beam is CE certified and retails for $199.99. Hella Marine, Peachtree City, Ga. Phone: (770) 631-7500.