New Products – By Terry Goble
Handheld Compass Provides A Quick Fix
Few onboard navigation devices are as convenient as the X-11Y SportAbout Handheld magnetic compass from Ritchie Navigation. Simple to use, it provides a quick and accurate heading fix and is ideal for determining the relative bearing of other vessels.
Made in the USA, the SportAbout Handheld magnetic compass has an easy-to-read 2-inch dial with black contrasting marks, numbers and heading letters. The dial is set atop a sapphire jewel and hardened steel pivot movement. A built-in roller diaphragm provides an extended temperature operating range.
The international safety yellow silicone case is impact resistant and has an integrated QuickSight V-notch with lubber line for simple heading alignment. At only 2.6-inches L x 2.5-inches W x 1.4-inches H, the SportAbout Handheld magnetic compass is easy to hold, even with gloves. A lanyard is included as are Cyalume light sticks that provide 18 hours of night illumination.
The X-11Y SportAbout Handheld magnetic compass from Ritchie Navigation costs $62.45. An available black (X-11-H) or white (X-11-HW) SportAbout Holder mounts to any flat surface with three screws to keep the device close at hand; it runs $18.84. Additional Cyalume light sticks are $15.75 for four.
The Simple Mop – Vastly Improved
Expert marine detailers often make their job look easy, while achieving impressive results. When asked, they’ll often share their secret: they only use premium tools like the new Wave Mop from Shurhold. Based on a former star in the line, the new Wave Mop is destined to become the standard in ultimate boat mops.
The premium PVA material features an exclusive wave pattern that not only holds a lot of water, but also wrings out quickly. The innovative texture breaks the surface tension, so the mop glides smoothly without sticking, yet is easy to get into tight spaces. Because it’s often stored damp, mold- and mildew-resistance is built in. Shurhold’s Wave Mop is proudly made in the USA.
The Standard Wave Mop Head’s substantial number of extremely durable PVA strips provide 10% more surface cleaning area than its closest competitor. The XL version offers 22% more. The generous amount of material makes the Wave Mop perfect for overhead use, where common mop heads would ineffectively droop away from the surface.
The Standard and XL Wave Mop Heads attach quickly onto any Shurhold handle with the exclusive SHUR-LOK system. The XL Mop Head is also available attached to a 5-foot or 6-foot wooden handle with a durable painted white finish. The Standard Wave Mop Head model 115 costs $48.98 and the XL Wave Mop Head 116 is $69.98. The 5-foot handled mop model 1116 is $74.98 and the 6-foot 2116 version is $84.98. SHUR-LOCK handles start at $9.98.
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Watersports For Boats Without A Ski Pylon
For owners who want to use their boats for watersports but don’t have a dedicated pylon, the 198 Ski Tow from Accon Marine is ideal. Flush-mounted on the transom, it provides a secure spot to attach a tow rope and is a far better solution than putting strain on a cleat or chock.
The 198 Ski Tow is designed to accommodate all standard tow rope diameters, without having any part of the fitting protrude and create a snag point. Solidly constructed, the patented four-piece assembly includes the polished main body, a backing plate, sealing cup and a gasket.
Measuring 3.5-inches L x 3.5-inches W x 1.25-inches D, the 198 Ski Tow is simple to install with common household tools. Owners simply drill a 2.5-inch and four pilot holes in the transom and attach the hardware with .25-inch screws. Accon Marine’s 198 Flush-Mounted Ski Tow retails for $57.87.
Originator of the Pop-Up® Cleat, Accon Marine manufactures a full line of innovative flush-mounted deck hardware, lifting cleats and navigation lights. The company prides itself on innovative and superior-quality products that are built to last.
Clipper Clips Deliver Secure Tool Storage Indoors And Out
Few things can distract from the joy of a day on the water like the incessant clanging and rattling of gear stowed loosely in an onboard storage locker. Clipper Clips from Beckson Marine mount just about anywhere to securely hold boat hooks, gaffs, mops, removable stern lights, flashlights, pumps and all sorts of gear.
Formed from durable plastic for unrivaled corrosion resistance, Beckson Clipper Clips feature a super-safe design with no pointed ends or sharp edges that could result in accidental injury. Non-magnetic and non-electrically conductive, they’re ideal for stowing tools and equipment in boats or RVs, at home, in the garden, in the garage or out in the boathouse.
Clipper Clips come in a choice of white or black finish and a range of eight different sizes to hold items from .25-inch to 2.125-inch dia. All install easily using a convenient surface mount requiring just one or two #6 flat-head screws. Sold in pairs, MSRP ranges from $2.90 to $11.50 per pair. Additional Beckson Clipper Clip sizes and colors are available for OEM bulk orders, upon request.
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