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New Gear Dec 06

Simrad has added engine monitoring capabilities to its CX NavStation Series navigation systems. The GPS/chart plotter, dual-frequency depth sounder and radar units now


can display data — graphically or digitally — for up to four engines, including rpm, oil, turbo, fuel and transmission fluid pressure, engine coolant and transmission temperature, alternator voltage, battery voltage/current and tilt position. The system also displays fuel level and consumption by engine, nautical mile and by total fuel consumed. Manufacturer suggested retail prices are $2,300 for the7-inch CX34, $3,800 for the 10-inch CX44 (pictured), and $6,295 for the 15-inch CX54. Simrad Inc., Lynnwood, Wash. Phone: (425) 778-8821.


Signal Mate is an automated device that emits the required sound and light signal sequences in compliance with the Coast Guard Navigational Rules. It’s designed to be of particular help during conditions of restricted visibility and other danger and distress situations, though it also has a preview mode for use as a training tool. Signal Mate is


available as a console-mounted unit or as a self-contained portable model with its own light, horn and battery. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $299 for the console model, $279 for the flush-mount, or $399 for the portable. Kimberlite Assemblers Inc., Baltimore. Phone: (410) 675-4901.


The SolLight LightShip is a portable, solar-powered LED light with three suction cups for mounting. It can be stuck to a hatch, window or porthole where the small solar panel on its back side is exposed to sunlight. When charged it can be moved where it’s needed and stuck to any smooth surface.


The LightShip has a bright white LED and, to preserve night vision, a red LED. The weatherproof, 6-ounce light has a rechargeable Ni-Cad battery and retails for $14.95. Simply Brilliant LLC, Hood River, Ore. Phone: (888) 557-6464.


Yanmar Marine USA says its 110-hp, 478-pound

4JH4-HTE lightweight diesel provides 10 percent more power and weighs 20 pounds less than the model it replaces. The 4-cylinder, 16-valve engine is turbocharged


and mechanically controlled. Rated for 110 hp at 3,200 rpm, the 121.7-cubic-inch displacement diesel consumes less than 6 gallons per hour on average, according to Yanmar. Changes from the previous model include an improved fuel injection system and new pistons, heat exchanger and intake manifold. Price was unavailable. Yanmar Marine USA Corp., Adairsville, Ga. Phone: (770) 877-9009.


The Mini Witch electronic bilge pump switch from Water Witch is designed to replace mechanical float-type switches in less than 15 minutes, according to the company.


The 2-by-1.2-by-1-inch Mini Witch clamps to the bilge pump’s hose with a built-in mounting tab or to the pump with a hose clamp, and uses the pump’s existing wires. It has a built-in delay before activating the pump, to eliminate false triggering, andbefore turning off the pump, to purge the discharge hose.

The switch draws 6 milliamps and carries a five-year warranty. Retail price is $29.95. Water Witch Inc., Santee, Calif. Phone: (619) 258-6776.