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New Gear – August 2006

Maptech  has compiled on DVD 3,000 nautical charts covering all U.S. coastal waters and rivers. The $50 package includes more than 2,300 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nautical charts, 704 river charts from the Army Corps of Engineers, GPS real-time navigation software, and free Internet chart updates from


The DVD and software can be used to create GPS routes, and chart segments and route plans can be printed on standard printers, according to Maptech. The U.S. Boating Charts DVD is arranged in 23 “chart kits” to quickly find the desired chart. Maptech, Amesbury, Mass. Phone: (888) 839-5551.



 Queasy Drops were invented by a group of registered nurses and psychologists to combat motion sickness. Manufacturer Three Lollies says Queasy Drops use all-natural essential oils, aromatherapy, and time-released delivery to offer relief from the effects of seasickness.

The drops are available in ginger, green tea with lemon, and sour raspberry flavors. Prices range from $12.95 to $19.95. Three Lollies, West Hills, Calif. Phone: (714) 973-7674.


 Side-Power Thruster Systems has introduced a plug-and-play radio remote for its bow and stern thrusters. The remote control has a boat-shaped keypad with rubber key buttons, and can be used for simultaneous bow and stern thrusting, according to the manufacturer.


A docking station enables it to be used as a fixed, bridge-based system. For safety, unique transmitter codes are used, and the receiver remains in standby mode unless activated by the controller and automatically enters standby mode after remaining idle for four minutes. Another palm-sized remote, controlling a bow thruster and anchor windlass, also is available. Suggested retail price for both is $625. Imtra Corp., New Bedford, Mass. Phone: (508) 995-7000.



 The Tappan TC1050 series SpaceSaver convection microwave was designed with boaters in mind, according to distributor InterCon Marketing.

It has two heating elements and a convection fan, and can cook by baking, microwaving or grilling. It features a 1.1-cubic-foot cooking space, 10 power levels, seven one-touch cooking levels, cooking by weight and jet defrosting. The unit measures 20-1/2 inches wide, 12 inches high and 20 inches deep. It is available in black (TC1050B) for $489.99 or stainless steel (TC1050S) for $529.99. InterCon Marketing, Sarasota, Fla. Phone: (941) 355-4488.


 Shell Lubricants has expanded its Pennzoil Marine line in response to the growing number of boats being powered with 4-strokes. Pennzoil Marine Premium Outboard 4-cycle motor oil is based on a quality automotive oil and contains additives that provide rust and antiwear protection, according to the company.


The oil is said to meet or exceed National Marine Manufacturers Association FC-W certification, and suggested retail price is $2.99 a quart. Pennzoil Marine, Houston. Phone: (800) 990-9811.