New Products – By Terry Goble
A Thirsty-Mate Manual Pump Is A Necessity Onboard
Having a quality manual pump onboard is a necessity, whether for removing excess bilge water at the end of a season or bailing in an emergency, especially when the power is out. Made in the USA, Beckson Marine self-priming THIRSTY-MATE® 124 and 136 series hand pumps provide up to 13 gpm of flow with minimal stroking.
All THIRSTY-MATE hand pumps are manufactured of the finest non-rusting, non-corroding polyvinyl that’s solvent-welded for dependable, long-lasting use. If bumped, they won’t mar fine boat finishes. Nor will they cause a spark – an essential consideration when fuel is present. They’re self-lubricating and easy to clean, with a removable foot valve. Beckson’s unique contoured red T-handle is comfortable and easy to see in dark areas. An angled top sleeve dispenses water with aplomb and makes attaching optional flexible hoses simple.
Ideal for smaller boats with limited storage, the THIRSTY-MATE model 124P measures 24-inches L x 1.75-inches dia. With six strokes, it moves 10 gpm. Version 124PF adds a 2-foot flexible hose and 124PF6 comes with a 6-foot section.
For more volume, the THIRSTY-MATE 136P has a 13 gpm capacity, with only four strokes needed. It measures 36-inches L x 1.75-inches dia. and is available as model 136PF with a 3-foot flexible hose and 136PF6 with a 6-foot section.
Beckson Marine’s THIRSTY-MATE 24-inch 124P costs $40.65; the 124PF, $49.65; and the 124PF6, $65.90. The 36-inch 136P model is $47; the 136PF, $61.05; and the 136PF6, $73.55. The Float-A-Pump Flotation Sleeve costs $15.25. Replacement pump parts are always available.
Kits Simplify Boat Cleaning Tool Selection
Whether just off the showroom floor or aging gracefully, every boat needs to be cleaned to keep it looking its best. Using its One-Handle-Does-It-All system as the foundation, Shurhold gathered the vital maintenance gear needed by owners into two Clean-N-Simple kits.
Both the Basic Boater and New Boater Kits start with a sturdy 6-foot Shurhold Telescoping Handle. Made in the USA, the heat-treated aluminum handle is triple anodized and locks at four lengths between 40-inch and 72-inch. It features the SHUR-LOK quick release system to quickly snap on and off the two crucial tools included in the kits: the 3-in-1 Boat Hook and a premium quality Soft Deck Brush. Now, new boat owners only need to own and store one handle. Over 40 different Shurhold attachments are available that use this system.
Along with the Brite Wash, the more advanced Basic Boater Kit adds a Flexible Water Blade. Used in the hand or attached to the Shurhold handle with the included adapter, it sheets water away from surfaces before spots can form. For the final touch, the kit includes a 14 oz. can of Serious Shine, the one-step detailing spray, and a 3-pack of Microfiber Towels.
Shurhold’s New Boater Kit costs $98.98. The Basic Boater Kit costs $166.86.
Compact Ritchie Compass Conquers Rough Seas
The SuperSport Helmsman 1002 from Ritchie Navigation is one tough compass. Tested on offshore racing boats, it’s loaded with features that soften card movement during rough seas and increase its longevity.
Ritchie’s space-saving 3.75-inch SuperSport Helmsman 1002 has a bright blue card with large, high-visibility white numbers and bearing marks. A yellow lubber line contrasts sharply for easy reading. It has an integrated sun shield and built-in 12V green LED lighting.
The compass has Ritchie’s exclusive PowerDamp technology to prevent oscillation and large DirectiveForce™ magnets to lock onto direction without undue card movement. Extra-large hardened steel pivots with jeweled bearings on the SuperSport Helmsman 1002’s internal gimbal system deliver silky-smooth operation. Built-in compensators make adjusting for deviation easy and expand potential mounting locations.
Straightforward to install, the base of the Ritchie SuperSport Helmsman 1002 is 5.2-inches W x 5.1-inches D. It requires a standard 4-inch mounting hole and 2.2-inchclearance below. The compass includes all necessary hardware.
Available in black (SS-1002) and white (SS-1002W), the SuperSport Helmsman 1002 from Ritchie Navigation costs $241.21 and comes with a five-year warranty. It is 100% repairable if broken.
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