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New Gear – March 2008


Superbumper is a patented ball mount that has an energy-

absorbing “hitch step” for protection in rear-end collisions when

driving without a trailer. Mohr Manufacturing says the Superbumper

reduces whiplash injuries and protects the gas tank, as well as eliminates parallel-

parking dents. The compression system passed a 5-mph “rear-into-pole” crash test

without damaging the vehicle, according to Mohr. Superbumpers are for use with 2-inch receivers and are rated Class III/IV for trailers up to 6,000 pounds with a tongue weight of 600 pounds. There are models for midsize (No. 318) and full-size (No. 424) SUVs, vans and pickup trucks, and all carry a lifetime crash warranty. Pricing ranges from $180 to $290. Mohr Manufacturing, Burnsville, Minn. Phone: (952) 882-8800.


Unlike hard-wired lanyard kill switches, the AUTOTETHER is a portable wireless device that uses a transmitter to send a radio signal to a receiver connected to the boat’s ignition. If the skipper falls overboard and the sensor is submerged, the signal is interrupted, which activates the kill switch, according to the manufacturer. Powered by two AAA batteries, one transmitter handles up to four sensors. AUTOTETHER also can be used with a horn for an audible alarm, and can double as an anti-theft device for an inflatable’s kicker outboard. Installation requires no wiring, and ignition switch clips are available for any engine with a kill switch, including Evinrude, Johnson, Yamaha, Mercury, Honda, Suzuki and SeaDoo. AUTOTETHER with two sensors retails for $295, and additional sensors are $45 each. AUTOTETHER, Rocky Hill, Conn. Phone: (888) 593-4181.


Boaters get an environmentally friendly weapon in the fight against water spots with the Shur-Dry Flexible Water Blade from Shurhold. With a flexible handle and patented T-bar to remove water from surfaces, this high-tech squeegee molds to curved and uneven surfaces without scratching and dries faster than a chamois, according to Shurhold. An optional adapter allows adjustment of the blade and attachment to handles for a longer reach. Shurhold says the water blade minimizes waste by eliminating the need for paper towels and helps conserve water and energy because it doesn’t need to be washed like rags or towels. Suggested retail price is $24.95. Shurhold, Palm City, Fla. Phone: (800) 962-6241.


Atlantic Towers’ Super Trampoline T-Top, with a 66-by-90-inch shade, promises plenty of sun protection on center console boats 24 feet and larger. The legs incorporate welded port and starboard grab rails with cross bracing and adjust to the width of a variety of consoles, according to the manufacturer. To accommodate vessels with head compartments, Atlantic offers a version with a wider leg base. The sunshade is available in four colors, and the tower can be outfitted with an optional six-rod rocket launcher. The Super Trampoline T-Top ships as Atlantic’s “Tower in a Box,” with all parts for do-it-yourself installation. Retail price is $1,999, or $2,399 with the rocket launcher. AtlanticTowers, Bayville, N.J. Phone: (800) 831-8889.


Falling into the drink from the dock is a potentially dangerous incident, especially if the dock sits high off the water and nobody is around to help you get out. Scandia Marine Products tackles this problem with the retractable Up-N-Out Marina Safety Ladder. The ladder, which can be deployed from the water, features interlocking stainless steel rungs that extend at least 24 inches into the water but were intentionally kept uncomfortable to discourage abuse, according to the company. Several models are available to fit floating or pier-style docks that sit 12 to 52 inches off the water, and retail pricing ranges from $199 to $249. Scandia Marine Products, Scandia, Minn. Phone: (651) 308-7654.