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Newest Life-Saving Device: BottleBuoy

Why didn’t somebody think of this before? In a high-tech, digital world, the newest answer to a man overboard emergency is the BottleBuoy, a definitely low-tech invention consisting of three empty plastic bottles screwed into a central core. The Royal Navy has already tested the BottleBuoy off the coast of Bangladesh and now will test it off Norfolk, England. The trapped air in the three bottles seems to offer enough floatation to keep an adult afloat, while the entire contraption is easy for anyone to throw accurately. Stay tuned. http://www.ybw.com/news-from-yachting-boating-world/rnli-trials-ingenious-bottlebuoy-flotation-device-44251

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How to Install a Diesel Heater in your Boat

Winter’s coming. Those of us in the north can extend our boating season by staying warm, and by installing a heater if our boat doesn’t have one already. Even in the south, a heater can take the chill out of the air and make winter boating more enjoyable for all on board. Here’s a great how-to article about how to install a heater. Even though the example is on a sailboat, the installation (and benefits) are exactly the same as on a cruising powerboat. Read on: http://www.yachtingmonthly.com/gear/installing-a-boat-heater-33132

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Fill Those Cracks and Gaps with Pettit’s New Epoxy Compound and Glue

Who doesn’t need this? Pettit has just created two new products to help you take care of your boat, one called EZ-Tex epoxy repair compound, and the other EZ-Bond thickened epoxy glue. EZ-Tex is a two-part epoxy repair compound for when you want a permanent, high-strength waterproof repair. It bonds to most surfaces above and below the waterline, and won’t sag or shrink. Pettit says it’s great for filling cracks, gouges and voids. Once it’s cured, it can be sanded, drilled, tapped and painted. EZ-Bond is a two-part thickened epoxy glue for bonding wood, fiberglass, composites and metals, with a…

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Time to Winterize Your Boat: Here’s How

For most of us, it’s that time of year – unless you’re heading for Florida and the Bahamas or Southern California and Catalina. The last cruise is probably over, and you’re scheduling a haulout with your marina any day now. But even before your boat is out of the water, there’s a lot you can do yourself. Here’s one of the better lists I’ve seen about what you can do to make sure your boat makes it through the winter safe and sound and is ready to go next spring. Take a look: look.http://blog.boattrader.com/2016/10/winterizing-boat.html

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Fun (and Prize-Winning) Underwater Lights from Lumishore

Sometimes, boating is just fun. Take a look at these new, prize-winning Lumishore underwater lights, for example. Light up the water? Well, why not (unless you’re worried about sharks or other nocturnal creatures). In any event, Lumishore, which makes these lights, just won a Product Excellence Award from the National Marine Electronics Association; it was the second year in a row that Lumishore won the award, so they must be doing something right. Indeed, Lumishore’s EOS Series, which won the award, provides hassle-free color control, with multiple custom color modes. It comes with plug-and-play connectors for easy installation and it…

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Twin Disc Makes Steering Easier

Just when you thought it couldn’t get much easier, Twin Disc has come up with a new electronic steering system to do exactly that. The electronic system, which the company calls “e-Steer,” does not have any of the problems often associated with purely hydraulic systems. Instead, the new e-Steer electronic helm is connected to the hydraulic-powered rudders by wires, reducing the possibility of leaks or loss of steerage. The new electronic system also has Twin Disc’s Speed Sensing technology, which gives the helmsman adaptive resistance – meaning the control of the wheel is firmer at full throttle and lighter at…

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A Ding in Your Hull? Spray on New Gelcoat

Here’s something we all need, at some point or another: Gelcoat in a can. Dolphinite’s Gelcoat in an Aerosol Can just won both an NMMA Product Innovation Award and a Boating Industry Top Products Award, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a one-step process for repairing gelcoat – and who doesn’t need that? Everything, including the catalyst, is inside the can. You don’t need a spray gun; you don’t need to mix or add anything. It’s all self-contained. Need to touch up a ding on your boat? Spray it on. And, according to the manufacturer, you can spray all…

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New Argos 10-Foot RIB Looks Good, Seats Four

The video below gives a good look at the new Argos Nautic 305 Yachting tender, which manages to both look good and have a lot of room for passengers and gear. Indeed, the company says it seats four, which is remarkable for its size. The new upscale center console rigid inflatable boat has a 5’7″ beam and weighs only 750 pounds, so it’s relatively easy to lift up to a boat deck, to davits on a swim platform or to stow in a larger boat’s garage. With a 40-hp outboard, the boat tops out at 31 knots, and comes on…

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User-Friendly PureWater+ Wins Best Product Award at Newport Show

The good-looking, space-saving and easy-to-use PureWater+ filtration system just won the Best New Product Award at the Newport International Boat Show. “The Forespar Pure-Water+ has an elegant design,” the judges said. “It has a high value and high utility filtering 250-350 gallons of water per easy-to-access filter. Best of all, it is small and fits anywhere.” The system is so self-contained that you can change the filter on a countertop through a patented quick connection. It doesn’t require a reservoir apparatus or under-the-counter access as do other plumbed-in water purifiers, while it still offers the full protection of carbon-block filtration.…

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New Hubbell Cable Offers More Shore Power

Reliable shore power becomes ever more important as boats rely on increasingly sophisticated electronics and electrical systems. Now Hubble Marine has developed new 100-amp ship-to-shore cable sets in 3-, 4- and 5-wire configurations so that your boat will have the power it needs when it’s at the dock. Made in the U.S.A., each new 100-amp set utilizes high-visibility yellow STOW cable that’s UL listed to meet or exceed the highest worldwide standards for safety. The sets are also made in 125/250V and 120/208/V configurations. They are watertight, ABYC-compliant and fully corrosion-resistant. They come in 75-foot, 100-foot and 125-foot lengths for…

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