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New Gear Jan 2007

The JBL MR32S is a Sirius satellite radio-ready marine


AM/FM/CD receiver with a splash-proof faceplate that flips down to access the CD player. The 210-watt-output receiver, which also is iPod-ready, has up to 20 programmable tuner presets, as well as direct channel entry (as opposed to scrolling). It produces little heat and has a low power consumption, according to Prospec Electronics, and “Electronic Shock Protection” keeps compact discs from skipping while under way. The unit requires a cutout that measures 7-1/2 inches wide by 2-1/8 inches high by 6-3/4 inches deep, according to Prospec. Suggested retail price is $349.95. Prospec Electronics, Mount Pleasant, S.C. Phone: (843) 849-9037.

Marine apparel manufacturer Gill has unveiled its latest


fall/winter collection of jackets, vests, crewnecks and salopettes, including the Convert line of midlayer gear, the Traverse fleece line, and the Crew Element jacket. The fully waterproof Crew Element is designed to be lightweight, breathable and warm, according to Gill. The taped jacket has a Thermore synthetic lining, a low-bulk hood that folds into the collar, and uses bonded zip technology. It is available in sizes from extra small to double-extra large in charcoal and silver/gray. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $199.95. Gill North America, Buford, Ga. Phone: (770) 945-0564.

Sikkens Cetol Marine Natural Teak is a protective wood finish that uses so-called “Next Wave” technology for enhanced UV protection. Sikkens likens Next Wave to a


sunscreen that protects wood by deflecting UV rays. It extends the longevity of the finish, enhances color retention, prolongs clarity, and protects the wood’s natural grain, according to Sikkens. Cetol Marine Natural Teak is the first product in the Sikkens line to use this technology and is lighter in color than Cetol Marine and Cetol Marine Light. The new finish will be priced the same as the other two products, according to the company, which currently retail for $31.99 per quart in the West Marine catalog. Interlux, Union, N.J. Phone: (908) 686-1300.

ABI/Precision Lighting’s 1000 Series manual windlass is designed to be dismantled and rebuilt using basic tools, should a component fail while under way. Constructed of polished cast bronze, its drivetrain uses stainless steel and bronze gears, shafts, screws and nuts, as well as brass


bushings. The chain wildcat is available for high tensile, proof coil or BBB chain in 1/4-, 5/16- or 3/8-inch sizes, and a removable stainless steel handle operates the double-action ratchet drive system for forward and reverse strokes; it also is used to engage the clutch, controlling the brake. Two integral deck pipes for rope and chain include bronze caps. Its 22-to-1 gear ratio gives a rapid load speed of 33 feet per minute and 800-pound pull, according to the company. Suggested retail pricing starts at $2,527.46. ABI/Precision Lighting, Santa Rosa, Calif. Phone: (707) 763-5460.

Livorsi Marine has introduced a fender storage solution designed to be rugged and UV-resistant. Its fender holders


are machined from billet aluminum and are powder-coated in 14 colors that resist fading. They come with predrilled mounting brackets for single or multiple installations, and Livorsi offers holders for 6.5- or 8.6-inch fenders. An optional cleat can be added to handle excess fender line. Pricing starts at $269. Livorsi Marine, Grayslake, Ill. Phone: (847) 548-5900.