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The Mantis portable Bimini top is designed to offer protection from the elements regardless of boat type. Mounting brackets are available for attaching the Mantis to seats, rails, rod holders and decks. Once locked into its mount, the unit rotates 360 degrees and can be adjusted both fore and aft, and side to side. The canopy,

available in polyester or Sunbrella fabric, deploys from the upper spine and measures about 55 inches by 34 inches at its
 widest point.
The Mantis weighs less than 7-1/2 pounds and stores in a 38-inch-by-5-inch-by-6-inch area, according to the manufacturer. Its upper and lower spines are powder-coated aluminum. Three heights are available, and some models are height adjustable. Prices, with mounts, range from $149.99 to $239.99.
Pro-Techt, Atlanta. Phone: (404) 929-9980.


Westerbeke’s Safe-CO series of gasoline generators, which the company says reduce carbon monoxide emissions by more than 99 percent compared to other gasoline generators, includes new 5.0- and 6.5-kW models. (The company has launched a Web site about carbon monoxide at www.safeco .) Both 3-cylinder gensets have a 40-cubic-inch displacement, electronic fuel ignition, and one-touch start/stop control. Model 5.0 SBCG measures


26.3 inches by 17.5 inches by 16.9 inches, weighs 320 pounds, and has a manufacturer suggested retail price of $8,190. Model 6.5 SBCG measures 27.8 inches by 17.5 inches by 16.9 inches, weighs 350 pounds, and has a price of $9,293. Both carry a five-year limited warranty. Westerbeke Corp., Taunton, Mass. Phone: (508) 823-7677.

Teak Lustre is a new addition to the Amazon’s line of teak maintenance products. The acrylic coating is water based, so there is no flashpoint or toxic odors, according to the manufacturer. It is available in gloss and satin finishes, has 94-percent UV blockers and lasts up to three years; recommended application is three coats. Teak Lustre is fast-drying, self-leveling, can be applied with a brush or roller and cleans up with water, according to the company.  It dries clear and can be applied over Amazon’s Teak Oil. A 32-ounce can of Teak Lustre retails for $32.98.
Marine Development & Research Corp., Merrick, N.Y. Phone: (516) 546-1162.


The Ultrasonic Weatherstation from Airmar provides apparent wind speed and direction, true wind speed and direction (with internal or external GPS input), barometric pressure, air temperature, dew point temperature, relative humidity and wind chill temperature. It has no moving parts; pulses emitted by four


ultrasonic transmitters travel faster or slower depending on wind conditions, according to Airmar. Data can be output in NMEA 0183, NMEA 2000 or custom CANbus protocols. A built-in heater minimizes the effects of wet or freezing conditions, according to the company. There are powerboat (PB100) and sailboat (SB100) versions. PB100 is available with internal GPS for $1,000 or without for $900. The price of the SB100 is $1,000. It doesn’t have an internal GPS but has a Windex wind direction indicator.
Airmar Technology Corp., Milford, N.H. Phone: (603) 673-9570.

Cell phone and other mobile electronics users now have the option of displaying nautical charts on their hand-held devices, in addition to topo maps. Outdoor Navigator software works on Windows Mobile for Smartphone, Pocket PCs and Palm devices, according to its manufacturer Maptech, and offers access to more than 2,300 charts for the U.S. coast. A computer with Windows 2000 or XP

 is required for downloading from, and users then install charts from their PCs to their hand-helds, which can be connected to an external GPS (Bluetooth GPS recommended). Outdoor Navigator for Windows Mobile Smartphone costs $19.95, and there are no subscription fees. Maptech Inc., Amesbury, Mass. Phone: (978) 792-1000.

Gill’s new line of waterproof, breathable deck coats were designed to be lightweight and versatile for use on or off the boat. The unisex Crew Jacket (1031) has taped seams, a fleece lining, full-length zipper, zipped side and internal pockets, semielasticized cuffs with Velcro enclosures, and a fully elasticized

hem. It also has an internal ghost zipper to make it easier to embroider with a team logo, according to Gill.
It is available in dark navy, red or gray and retails for $89.95. The fully taped Crew Sport Jacket (1033) is paneled for a sportier look and has two concealed fleece-lined pockets. It is available in chalk/gray, dark navy/gray, and sky blue/chalk gray and retails for $95.95.
Gill North America, Buford, Ga. Phone: (770) 945-0564.

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