New Products By Mark Pillsbury

Can't Live Without 'Em

Lockers naturally get filled with gadgets that will come in handy . . . sometime

Tucked away on any sailboat worth its salt is gear the skipper never knew she needed— until she had to have it. This is the stuff that can make life aboard safer, perhaps; more efficient, possibly; but more pleasant—certainly.

The Seattle Sports company catalog of outdoor gear for 2006 is chock-full of offerings that would fit into this cate-

Float-Tech life jacket

Teeter Tray tight audio jack and a 10-inch internal cord that attaches right to your audio device. The E-Pod features foam backing and a three-roll enclosure system to keep the electronics dry. The Stuff Sack is

Rapid Diver weighs just 20 pounds and stores in a hand-carried pouch about the size of a child's backpack. It can be readied for use in less then a minute and provides suffi-c i ent air f o r a 20- to 25-m inute dive at mode rate depths. Its size and weight makes the Rapid Diver well suited for climbing up or down a boarding ladder or crossing dif-ficul t shore terra i n. on board, it could be used in any number of ways, including to perform underwater maintenance, clear a prop, or retrieve an anchor.

From trash to laundry to

Teeter Tray food, no one bag can do it all. So Davis Instruments offers sailors i ts new Kn ot - a-Bag Dispenser. It's made with a built-in safety cutter, so a bag of any length can be unrolled and constructed by simply tying a knot in the end. The dispenser is 4 inches long, weighs 3

Knot-a-Bag Dispenser

ounces, and includes two rolls of polyethylene that will make 65 feet worth of bags. The dispenser and three-roll refill packs are both priced at $7.

gory, including waterproof carrying cases for your iPod, MP3 player, radio, cellphone, or walkie-talkie. The new E-Pod ($20) and Audio Micro Dry Stuff Sack ($15) both feature a water-

made of ripstop nylon, includes the same enclosure system, and is available in orange.

Developed for the military, the Rapid Diver ($850) is a lightweight scuba system that includes a tank, regulator, and buoyancy compensator integrated into a universalfit, load-bearing harness. The

You can enjoy the sun all night long by adding a solar-powered RailLight ($28) from Simply Brilliant to your cockpit, cabin, or deck. The stainless-steel RailLight has two solar-powered LEDs and attaches to any rail with a diameter of .75 to 1.25 inches; it also comes with a transom clamp that adjusts up to 2 inches. The light's sealed housing sheds water, and the LEDs are rated for over 10,000 hours and provide enough light for dining or even reading. When fully charged, it will provide light for up to 8 hours; it can be turned off to enjoy the dark. A daylight sensor also turns the light off during daylight hours.

Assuming that a life jacket does little good if you're not wearing it, Float-Tech has designed and received U.S. Coast Guard approval for a Type V inflatable life jacket with Type III performance ($300). The jacket's proprietary zip-in liner can be worn alone as a vest or zipped into an all-sea

E-Pod son, lightweight, waterproof, and breathable ripstop nylon jacket shell. The jacket includes sleeves that zip off; a hidden, brimmed hood; 3M reflective fabric for safety; an d access points that allow the use of an internal safety harness if desired. The liner, which produces over 26 pounds of buoyancy, se lf-i n flates upon immersion in water and can also be activated manually by ripcord or inflated by using your breath.

For the entertaining skipper and first mate, California-based Tie One On offe r s th e Tee t e r Tray ($30), which you can use to carry as many as six glasses up the companion-way without spilling a drop, no matter h ow th e b oat pitches or yaws. Turn it over to deliver the hors d'oeuvres as well. The Teeter Tray comes with six shatterproof glasses, each in a different color so there'll be no squabbling over whose is whose. Turn it on end, and you can carry your refreshments with one h and and ser ve th em with the other.

Once on the hook, you can g reatly improve th e crews' spirits by reducing the tipabil-ity factor using the new Rock-N-Roll Stabilizer ($200) from Magma Products, which em ploys shape rather than mass to dampen a boat's rolling when at anchor. Its hinged wing is desi gned to flatten when sinking; as the boat rises from a trough, the wing's curved shape then causes the stabilizer to open, producing drag to reduce the effects of roll, pitch, and yaw.

The Rock-N-Roll weighs just 18 pounds, comes equipped with a flexible Dacron bridle, and can be deployed using the boat's boom.


New Bedford, Massachusetts-based Imtra has extended its range of windlass controls with the

Company Contacts

Davis Instruments:

(510) 732-9229, www. Float-Tech: (518) 2660964,518-266-0318 (fax), Imtra: (508) 995-7000, Magma Products: (562) 627-0500, www. magma Rapid Diver: (407) 5928175: Seattle Sports Company: (206) 782-0773, www. Simply Brilliant: (888) 557-6464, www.simply

Tie One On: (858) 5139169,

CHC-1102M ($650), which comes loaded with innovative and useful features. The device has its own microprocessor and includes an LCD display showing how much chain or rode you've deployed and an LED flashlight for nighttime deck work. Simpler models (some without the LCD, others without the LED) are also available, but all are waterproof, and all come with a coiled cable that extends about 12 feet.

Mark Pillsbury is a Cruising World associate editor.

Mark Pillsbury is a Cruising World associate editor.

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Before You Succumb to a Cruise Ship

Here's a preferable alternative for sailors who like to be pampered: Elite Island Yachts and the Catamaran Company have teamed up to offer a luxuriant twist on the crewed-chartering experience. Select from a fleet of new Lagoon 440s or 420s operated by the Catamaran Company, book an entire boat or a cabin by the week, and prepare to be pampered by a captain and chef trained not only as professional sailors but also as hospitality staff.

What's more, if you like it so much that you want to do it all over again, you can—as a member of Elite's membership division, the Cruise Club. It's a subsidiary of the time-share company Festiva Resorts, whose holdings open a range of opportunities to sailors who also enjoy golf, musicals, and romantic getaways, among other leisure activities.

"We're a resort company with multiple divisions," says Mike Pauer, Elite's vice president of marketing. "We're in the hospitality business, so we train in a comprehensive manner across our resorts and charter operations. The crews are obviously trained as sailors and mates, but as this is an all-inclusive guest service, we want it to be nicely implemented."

In its third year, the partnership takes sailors to Charleston, South Carolina; Abaco, in the Bahamas; and Caribbean destinations that include St. Vincent, St. Martin, and Tortola. The charter fee for the whole boat, which can accommodate six guests, ranges from $8,500 to $13,000; the cost to book a cabin is $2,500 to $3,200 per couple. Plans are under way to create a three-year lease program for those who wish to purchase a Lagoon and place it in the crewed-charter fleet.

For details about chartering with Elite or joining the

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