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New Gear - June 2007


The TracVision M3 DX is one of the three new 14-inch marine satellite TV antennas from KVH. The M3 DX is HDTV-ready and designed for in-motion use with dynamic tracking and coverage up to 200 miles offshore, according to KVH. It’s designed for boats as small as 25 feet, and the 14.5-inch-diameter M3 dish sits in a radome measuring 15.5 inches in diameter and 17.5 inches in height. The M3 DX, with multiple-satellite-service capability, has a price of $4,995. Other 14-inch TracVision antennas include the DIRECTV-ready M3 ST ($3,995), and the M2 stationary satellite TV system for watching DIRECTV at the dock or on the hook ($2,995). KVH Industries, Middletown, R.I. Phone: (401) 847-3327.


SeaCards are American Sailing Association-approved nautical flashcards covering everything from sailing commands and COLREGS to safety procedures and weather tips. The new certification edition comprises more than 450 color-coded nautical flashcards. The front of each card contains a symbol, picture or saying, and the back explains what’s on the front and its implications. The first two sections cover the material that needs to be mastered for ASA’s Basic Keelboat 101 and Basic Coastal Cruising 103 standards, while the advanced section covers many of the areas necessary to obtain a captain’s license. Price is $19.95. Doyle Marine, Alameda, Calif. Phone: (510) 253-5883.


Marine Development & Research’s E-XTEND fuel additive is formulated to extend the life and usability of E-10 (10 percent ethanol) gas, which the company says begins to degrade after 30 to 45 days. E-XTEND keeps E-10 gas “refinery fresh” for up to 60 days, according to MDR, and contains antioxidants and other agents to help prevent sludge, resin deposits and gum from forming in fuel tanks. It also contains a small amount of MDR’s E-ZORB emulsifier to help E-10’s water tolerance. An ounce of E-XTEND treats 6 gallons of E-10 gas, the company says. List price is $5.99 for an 8-ounce bottle. Marine Development & Research Corp., Merrick, N.Y. Phone: (516) 546-1162.


Furuno has teamed with marine transducer, sensor and instrument manufacturer Airmar Technology to produce a new combination weather station. The Ultimate Weather Station combines Airmar’s PB100 Ultrasonic Weather Station with Furuno’s RD30 Nav Data Repeater. The PB100 also gains a Furuno GPS sensor as part of the package. The Airmar weather station sends NMEA0183 data to the Furuno repeater, including apparent and true wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, air temperature, relative humidity and compass heading. The PB100 can plug directly into the RD30, or it can be connected to multiple devices through an optional data combiner. The RD30 has a customizable display and alarm settings, and requires less than 2 watts of power, according to Furuno. Manufacturer suggested retail price of the PB100 is $995, while the RD30 sells for $395. Furuno USA, Camas, Wash. Phone: (360) 834-9300.


Sperry Top-Sider’s latest high-performance men’s boat shoe is the SB1070. Borrowing patented Grid technology from sister shoe company Saucony, the SB1070 combines the cushioning, comfort and stability of an athletic shoe with the traction and water compatibility of a technical boat shoe, according to Sperry Top-Sider. Features include a Hydro-Grip rubber compound for improved traction, a non-marking outsole with “Wave-Siping,” HRC compound for shock absorption and cushioning in the forefoot, secure midfoot to keep the foot from slipping inside the shoe, and quick-drying materials. Suggested retail price is $84.95. Sperry Top-Sider, Lexington, Mass. Phone: (617) 824-6000.