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Stidd says its new 500N-V5 shock-mitigating seat uses the same technology engineered for U.S. military vessels and used widely by the Coast Guard. It uses Stidd’s passive shock-absorber technology to adjust the damping rate to the force of impact in real time, according to the manufacturer. The seat swivels 360 degrees and has a

6-5/8-inch pedestal, 12-inch-diameter base, 8-inch fore-aft adjustment, folding footrest, folding and locking armrests, and a 40-

degree reclining backrest. Retail price is $6,195.

Stidd Systems, Greenport, N.Y. Phone: (631) 477-2400, ext. 120.

Nikon has added a marine binocular to its All Terrain line. The Action EX Extreme 7-by-50 is nitrogen-filled and O-ring sealed for waterproof, fogproof and shockproof performance, according to Nikon. It has a rubber-coated body, high-resolution lenses, high-index prisms, and turn-and-slide rubber eyecups. Nikon says the binocular is covered by its 25-year limited warranty. Suggested retail price is $149.95. Nikon USA, Melville, N.Y.

British marine electronics manufacturer EchoPilot has entered the U.S. market with its line of forward looking sonar. Each flush-mounted unit displays potential hazards ahead of and beneath the boat in real time, according to the company. Some of the products in the line include the EchoPilot Bronze Pro, with 100-meter range ahead, 50-meter range down, and a backlit LCD ($799); the NMEA-compatible EchoPilot Gold Pro, with 150-meter range ahead, 75-meter range down, and an ultrabright LCD cold cathode display with GPS ($1,694); and the EchoPilot Wreckfinder, also NMEA-compatible and with 150-meter range ahead, 75-meter range down, GPS display, and wreck identification software ($1,799).

EchoPilot, Ringwood, Hampshire, England.

The new hand-held Magellan eXplorist 100, 200 and 300 GPS receivers are waterproof, impact-resistant units that weigh less than 4 ounces, according to the company. Measuring 4.6 inches by 2.1 inches by 1.3 inches, each has a 2.3-inch (diagonal) four-level grayscale LCD with amber backlighting. The eXplorist 300 includes a barometer and an electronic compass, in addition to a built-in nationwide background map. It has a suggested retail price of $199.

Thales Navigation, Santa Clara, Calif. Phone: (408) 615-5100.;

Gill has introduced two new styles of unsinkable sunglasses. Floatable Coastal and Floatable Racing sunglasses each have Polaroid glare-free, shatter-resistant polarized lenses and come with a dry-wipe pouch for storage, according to Gill North America. The Coastal sunglasses ($60) are available in black, metallic red, navy and silver. The Racing sunglasses ($70), which have a wraparound frame with a retaining strap, are available in navy and silver.

Gill North America, Buford, Ga. Phone: (770) 945-0564.

MarineEast Ladder Guards are designed to help prevent pinched fingers caused by folding boarding ladders. Each marine-grade plastic guard can be installed on a 1-by-2-inch rectangular ladder leg with a pop rivet, according to the manufacturer. Available in silver or black, Ladder Guards also prevent clothes from snagging and help stabilize ladder joints. A pair retails for $3.50.

MarineEast, Brick, N.J. Phone: (732) 477-7484.