New Gear – April 2006 - Soundings Online

New Gear – April 2006

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 The Integrity Bomber Jacket is part of Mustang Survival’s new Integrity line of flotation coats and jackets for cold-water boaters. The waist-length jacket is made of 210-Denier nylon and 420-Denier ripstop nylon, and its Comfort Cuffs can be tightened to create a water-resistant seal. It has an adjustable hood, underarm vents, water-resistant zippers, fleece-lined pockets, and reflective tape on the arms and hood. AirSoft foam is used for flotation and insulation, and the jacket carries Coast Guard Type III approval. It is available in red/carbon, orange/carbon or black/carbon and retails for around $240. Mustang Survival, Bellingham, Wash. Phone: (360) 676-1782. www.mustangsurvival.com

 

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 AB Inflatables has introduced its new Alumina ALX line of rigid-hull inflatable boats to the U.S. market. The aluminum-hulled RIBs, which range from 11 to 15 feet, are constructed using marine-grade aluminum and are said to weigh 25 percent less than AB’s Oceanus fiberglass models. The 11-foot Alumina ALX11 — suggested retail price of $7,295 — has a fuel tank integrated into the bow, and standard features include a helm and companion seat, center console, and storage locker forward with a cushioned bow seat. There is an airtight chamber between the deck and the hull. AB Inflatables, Miami. Phone: (845) 918-2100. www.abinflatables.com

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 Simrad’s new HT53 hand-held VHF is based on the HT51 hand-held radio that the company says is favored by rescue organizations. Designed for use with a microphone, headset, or helmet or lapel mic, the submersible HT53 has 54 international channels and up to 16 additional channels for particular country requirements and commercial use, according to the company. It can be connected to an external speaker and has a chrome-plated brass accessories connector. Features include dual- and tri-watch functions, all-channel scan and memory scan. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $682. Simrad Inc., Lynn-wood, Wash. Phone: (425) 778-8821. www.simradusa.com

 

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The Dieselcraft Fuel Purifier uses cyclone separation to remove water and contaminants from fuel without filters or moving parts. Rotational fluid motion and surface tension principle — diesel and water have different surface tensions and densities — separate the water and solids from the diesel, which is drawn out of the unit and into the primary fuel filter system. Model 2006-1 is designed for engines with 1/4- or 5/16-inch fuel lines and/or fuel pumps that deliver less than 60 gallons per hour or 1 gallon per mile, according to Dieselcraft. It is epoxy powder-coated, comes with all mounting hardware and hoses, and measures 3.1 inches in diameter by 9 inches in height. Suggested price is $199. Dieselcraft Fluid Engineering, Auburn, Calif. Phone: (530) 823-7075. www.dieselcraft.com

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 Dometic Environmental Corp. has introduced a 3,500-BTU air conditioner for small cuddy cabin boats. It is designed to work with 12-volt DC power systems, according to the company, and is powered by 115-volt current with a DC-to-AC power converter. The air conditioner, which will carry the Cruisair and Marine Air brand names, draws about 30 amps DC when running. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $1,245 and includes a seawater pump and two-knob thermostat control. Dometic Environmental Corp., Richmond, Va. Phone: (804) 746-1313. www.dometicenviro.com