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New Gear - May

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Sperry Top-Sider has added the Fathom Collection to its line of performance sailing shoes. Fathom shoes use Hydro-Grip wet/dry rubber traction, Gradro-Grip Wave-Siping non-marking outsoles, low water absorption materials, and AEGIS Microbe Shield to inhibit bacteria growth, according to the manufacturer. The Fathom Fisherman has a bungee lacing system, adjustable heel counters, drainage ports, molded polyurethane midsole, and removable molded foot bed.It is available in chocolate/walnut, white, light gray and charcoal. A Fathom Lace Up version also is available. Suggested retail price is $84.95. Sperry Top-Sider, Lexington, Mass. Phone: (617) 824-6000. www.sperrytopsider.com    

 

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The FridgeFreeze is a portable refrigerator/freezer that uses a compressor and runs on 12-/24-volt DC, 110-volt AC, battery or solar power. Available in six sizes from 15 liters to 100 liters, the units are constructed of anodized aluminum with stainless steel hardware and are water-, corrosion-, shock- and vibration-resistant, according to the manufacturer. The exterior aluminum wall seals the condenser coils, and the units require no fan. FridgeFreeze units are available in smooth or diamond-plate finish, and range from $1,095 to $2,495. FridgeFreeze, San Diego. Phone: (619) 220-6003. www.fridgefreeze.com

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Oil Eater is a water-based, non-toxic, biodegradable cleaner/degreaser designed to replace flammable or combustible solvent cleaners. Its formula of non-ionic surfactants, emulsifiers, water softeners and other biodegradable ingredients encapsulates oil and dirt into a solution that can easily be rinsed away, according to the manufacturer. The all-purpose product can be used on such materials as fiberglass, carpeting and upholstery, and to degrease engines, parts or tools, according to the company. Oil Eater is available in 32-ounce spray bottles, and 1- and 5-gallon containers. Suggested retail price for the 32-ounce spray is $3.99. Kafko International, Skokie, Ill. Phone: (847) 763-0333. www.oileater.com

 

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The Neptune II leaning post from TACO Metals has an anodized aluminum frame, four aluminum rod holders, adjustable footrest and room for a 72-quart cooler beneath. A removable soft-sided storage bag that fits under the cushioned seat has adjustable compartments, dry storage, pouches and pockets. A fiberglass storage box is available as an option. The Neptune II is 2 feet, 11 inches wide, 1 foot, 10 inches long, and 4 feet tall with optional cushioned backrest (2 feet, 9 inches without backrest). Suggested retail pricing is around $800 with the backrest, about $600 without. TACO Metals Inc., Miami. Phone: (727) 577-3377. www.tacomarine.com

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Edson’s ACCESS Wheel is a patent-pending sailboat steering wheel with a “short side” and “round side.” The wheel can be mounted with either the round side up like a traditional wheel, or short side up for better access to pedestal instrumentation.   At the dock or at anchor, the wheel can be turned for easier access around the helm pedestal. The ACCESS Wheel is a one-piece design, and comes with a standard gray leather grip. Five-spoke wheels are available in 36- to 40-inch diameters, and seven-spoke wheels in 44- to 48-inch diameters.   Prices range from around $975 to $1,400. Edson International, New Bedford, Mass. Phone: (508) 995-9711. www.edsonmarine.com