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Firefly3 emergency strobe; Xantrex Battery Monitor; Ritchie's V-537 Explorer flush-mounted compass; Magma Products' Marine Kettle; Reritan's Hold n' Treat.

1. The Firefly3 is the latest emergency strobe in the Firefly series from ACR Electronics. The company says it can be used as a locator light, personal flotation rescue light, diver’s distress light or immersion suit light. The Firefly3 has been tested to 200 feet and achieves .75 candela in the upper atmosphere in all directions, which is required for Coast Guard and SOLAS approvals, according to ACR. (Two 1.5-volt lithium batteries are required in place of the standard AA alkaline batteries for the light to meet SOLAS approval.) The 4-ounce light measures 4.75 inches by 2.2 inches by 1.1 inches, and can stand upright on flat surfaces. The operational life of the Firefly3 is eight continuous hours minimum, according to ACR. Suggested retail price is $96. ACR Electronics, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Phone: (954) 981-3333.

2. The Xantrex Battery Monitor displays voltage, current, consumed amp hours, state of charge, time to go and temperature (with an optional temperature sensor) on its digital LCD. The unit’s simple interface allows boaters to better manage on-board power and battery life by recalling data at the push of a button, according to the company. Compatible with 12- and 24-volt DC systems and any battery type, the monitor has an optional Windows 2000/XP-based external communications kit that lets users connect to a personal computer. The monitor can be programmed from the PC, data can be selected and displayed in real time on the PC, and historical data can be saved to disk, according to Xantrex. Suggested retail price is $275. Xantrex Technology, Vancouver, British Columbia. Phone: (604) 422-8595.

3. The V-537 Explorer is a new flush-mounted compass from Ritchie designed for sailboats up to 24 feet. It can be mounted at up to a 45-degree angle and has a 2-3/4-inch dial, built-in compensators and 12-volt night lighting, according to the company. It is available with a black dial (V-537), white dial (V-537W) or blue dial (V-537B). Suggested retail price is $74.99. Ritchie also has introduced new compasses for kayaks and powerboats to 16 feet. Ritchie Navigation, Pembroke, Mass. Phone: (781) 826-5131.

4. After more than 25 years, Magma Products has redesigned its Marine Kettle. The Marine Kettle 2, which the company describes as more user-friendly and virtually windproof, features a hinged lid, pushbutton lighting, a turbo venturi and valve system to prevent blow-outs, stainless steel “Stay Cool” handle, and cast stainless steel mounting clamp. The burner and heat distribution designs also have been updated for fewer flare-ups, even heating and longer grill life, according to Magma. The Marine Kettle 2 is available in the original 15-inch size ($249.95) and a 17-inch party size ($319.95). Magma Products, Lakewood, Calif. Phone: (562) 627-0500.

5. Boaters can prevent discharge of treated sewage while in no-discharge zones with Hold n’ Treat from Raritan. Waste from the head remains in the holding tank until the user chooses to treat and discharge it, or it is automatically treated using a Type I marine sanitation device once the tank reaches a preset level, according to Raritan. A lock-out switch controls operation. The system, which retails for $340, is designed to work with Raritan’s LectraSan MC and Purasan waste systems. It can be purchased complete or can be adapted to existing equipment. Raritan Engineering, Millville, N.J. Phone: (856) 825-4900. International Truck has introduced what might be the ultimate consumer tow vehicle. Described as the world’s biggest production pickup truck, the 7300 CXT — or Commercial Extreme Truck — is built on the same platform as International’s dump trucks and snowplows, but doesn’t require the operator to have a commercial driver’s license. Marinas might also want to look into the CXT, which the company says can haul up to 12,000 pounds. Power comes from a 7.6-liter International DT 466 diesel. Suggested retail price is $93,000. International Truck and Engine Corp., Warrenville, Ill. Phone: (630) 753-5000.

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