The Toolova Shroud Cutter
The Toolova Shroud Cutter operates like a Hilti gun, but instead of shooting a nail, it shoots a cutter capable of severing up to -22 rod (.375 inches) or up to 12mm (1×19) wire rigging. Loose or tight, shrouds can be severed with one shot, quickly and safely. The tool doesn’t require a gun license and has no recoil.
Weems & Plath have introduced their NightStar flashlight, which uses a LED bulb that the company says will last for 100,000 hours. The NightStar requires no batteries and thirty seconds of shaking makes enough energy to power the light for six minutes. The unit is 10 inches long and weighs 14 ounces.
Guardian MOB Wristwatch
The Guardian wristwatch has a built-in transmitter that will automatically activate an international 121.5 Mhz emergency signal when immersed in water. Its design and functionality will encourage the user to wear it as if it were a normal watch. It has a large digital display, chronograph timer, LCD backlight, and is water resistant to a depth of 150 feet.
The Citizen Eco-Drive Sailhawk Yacht Timer
The Citizen Eco-Drive Sailhawk Yacht Timer has a race timer, countdown timer, water resistance to 100 meters, and a rotating bezel marked to 360 degrees. It also a four-year power reserve, the ability to charge the battery using sunlight or interior light, and a Stars & Stripes logo.
stainless steel ($429)
Speedtech Weather Watch Pro
Looking for an accurate weather station for your boat but lack waterline length? Consider Speedtech’s latest offering, the Weather Watch Pro. The Weather Watch Pro, a wrist-mounted system, sports a compass, barometer, altimeter, thermometer, and a flip-up anemometer. It also tell the time, has an alarm, and will count down a race start.
Kaenon has developed a line of sun glass lenses with sport frames designed for different light conditions. By using a proprietary polarizing film combined with other coatings, the sunglasses both protect the eyes and provide one of the crispest glare-free images around.
$160 to $200
The ToolTote, Constructed of Cordura nylon, has a large opening to the main storage area with a rigid bottom that’s easy on the floorboards as well as 14 external pockets to accommodate all types of tools. Designed specifically for marine use, this bag will keep all your tools in one usable and easy-to-stow package.
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