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New Gear – February 2008


It’s an age-old story: Some of the gear on board will inevitably get wet, but some of it must stay dry. To solve this dilemma, Harken has introduced the Roll-Top Wet/Dry Bag that protects gear from rain, spray and occasional submersion. It is made of lightweight impregnated nylon with welded seams, and features a reinforced bottom panel, two roll-top fastening points, an air-purge valve, and carrying straps that are adjustable and removable. The bag’s adjustable compartment separates wet gear from dry and can be arranged to form either a full-length waterproof bag, a breathable mesh bag, or a combination of both. The Roll-Top Wet/Dry Bag retails for $45. Harken, Pewaukee, Wis. Phone: (262) 691-3320.


The AutoAnchor AA560 rode counter and windlass controller from Imtra has an automatic deployment and retrieval function that the operator can preset for a specific length of rode. The LCD has green backlighting for visibility and displays rode length in meters or feet, as well as system status messages. Other features include safety locks, advanced load-sensing and an algorithm that factors in stretch and rope characteristics, according to Imtra. Suitable for all-chain or rope/chain rode, it incorporates a plug-and-play cable system that simplifies setup. The AutoAnchor AA560 retails for $750 and includes instrument head, console cover, sensor with plug, two magnets, and motor load and sensor terminators. Imtra, New Bedford, Mass. Phone: (508) 995-7000.


Listening to your favorite tunes on board is easier with Prospec Electronics’ SEA USBMINI plug, which connects an MP3 player, radio or laptop to a stereo system without the usual wiring hassles. Soundtracks can be enhanced by plugging the audio output of a television, VCR or DVD into the SEA USBMINI, which produces “ideal sound quality” by transmitting audio through the boat’s speakers, according to Prospec. The SEA USBMINI works with most Prospec JBL and SeaWorthy radios and comes with standard RCA plugs for non-USB compatible devices, according to the company. Suggested retail price for the plug and 8 feet of cable is $29.95. Prospec Electronics, Mount Pleasant, S.C. Phone: (843) 849-9037.


Light and strong synthetic rigging is moving closer to the mainstream with Colligo Synthetic Systems hardware. The system, which uses 12-strand synthetic line, is easy to work with and inspect, has no hidden corrosion, and weighs less and is comparably priced to steel rigging, according to the manufacturer. Colligo’s Line Terminator is spliced into the end of each line for connecting to the mast or deck hardware. It links to the brackets through pins or is simply lashed to chainplate distributors. Line Terminators start at $79 each, as do distributors. The 3/16-inch lashing costs around $1 a foot, and 7mm Dynex Dux line is around $1.50 a foot. Colligo Marine, MesaAriz. Phone: (480) 703-3675.


Dock Shock is a shock-absorbing system designed to minimize the risk of damage to your docked boat. The telescoping, spring-loaded shock absorber mounts between boat and dock using deck and dock cleats, and keeps the hull at a safe distance while withstanding the forces of waves, wake or current. The Dock Shock eliminates the rubbing of fenders against the hull, which also can slip out, and is touted as the “perfect dock equipment to replace mooring whips,” according to the manufacturer. The 33-inch model retails for $189 and the 53-inch version for $199, plus shipping. Custom sizes also are available. Webb Marine, Oshawa, Ontario. Phone: (905) 725-1359,