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at press time.
Got A Flat?
Sometimes That’s A Good Thing
Keeping swim platforms in good condition has now been made easier. On
larger vessels, boaters can rely on flat fenders from Aeré to provide
superior protection for swim platforms, the stern, and gunnels in almost
Similar to fender boards, these flats are made of heavy-duty materials
and were designed to protect the stern or swim platform of larger yachts —
thus eliminating platform damage even when docking stern-to, rafting
stern-to-stern with another boat or when smaller craft are alongside.
Because of its design, the fender will not roll under or on top of the
dock or platform.
The flat’s relative thinness permits a small step from the tender or
small craft to the platform. Because most models come with stainless
steel "D" rings on each end and more on one edge, the fenders attach
securely and easily.
Aeré flat fenders range from an 8' x 1' model to a 16' x 2' model; they
are 8" thick and come in charcoal grey with a black wear face. In
the development stage is a 3' x 2' model; it will be available soon.
Flat fender retail prices begin at $499.
For more information, contact Aeré, 12207 NW 35th Street, Coral
Springs, Fla., 33065; Ph: 301-324-1380; Fax: 301-593-6158;
Maintaining Zippers And Snaps
Metal fasteners that are used to snap and zip awnings, boat covers and
the like into place can really suffer from exposure to water and sunlight.
Snaps corrode; zippers jam.
However, there is a product from Iosso Products that can keep them in
good working order: E-Z Snap Lubricant. It’s a clear coating that
protects, will not rinse away, nor dissipate in the heat.
Amazingly, it waterproofs and lubricates yet leaves no sticky build-up.
Snaps keep strong and zippers move freely.
Hinges don’t stick, and hardware doesn’t corrode when boaters use E-Z
Snap. This product can be used at the start of the boating season or
at the end of it — in preparation for winter storing.
Safe and non-hazardous, E-Z Snap has no solvents, silicone, or Teflon,
so there is no need for special precautions when boaters apply it. It goes
on easily too with just a simple squeeze of the tube to apply what is
E-Z Snap is available in a 1-1/2-oz tube for $5.46.
For more information, contact Iosso Products, 1485 Lively Blvd. Elk
Grove, IL 60007. Phone: 847-437-8400; Website:
230 Bilge Pump
A dead battery or a burned-out bilge pump is usually caused by a stuck
or defective float switch. Consequently, there may be a dockside sinking.
WaterWitch Model 230 Electronic Bilge Pump is answering this problem by
eliminating the problems of outdated and unreliable mechanical floats.
Their product uses solid-state technology to avoid a sinking.
Some of the problems of a mechanical float have been that they are
difficult to mount because they are hidden in a hard-to-access area of the
bilge, and they easily foul from debris, fiberglass, material buildup, and
sometimes dropped tools. Further, the moving parts of a conventional float
can wear out without any warning, and the boat’s owner does not know there
is a serious problem until it is too late.
WaterWitch 230 has no moving parts. On-and-off delays are built into
the switch’s circuitry, eliminating accidental activation and stuttering —
often problems in float-type units.
How high or low the 2-5/8" x 1-5/8" switch is placed governs pump
activation. Then, to clear the discharge hose after pumping, the
WaterWitch 230 has a 14-second, end-of-cycle delay prior to the bilge
pump’s turn off.
Dirty water or a bilgeful of gas, diesel, or oil? This switch can tell
the difference. If there are heavy concentrations of any of these
hydrocarbon-based fluids, the switch prevents pump activation, thus
avoiding a fine from the authorities.
This is one of the reasons that vessels of both the U.S. and Canadian
coast guards use the 230.
Temperature, humidity, electrical noise: None of these affects
WaterWitch 230. Further, it will not interfere with autopilots,
navigational gear or other electronics.
The small, 6-milliamp current draw, which is necessary to provide
continuous protection, has virtually no effect on the battery.
There is a seven-year limited warrant on the switch. At press time, the
retail price of the WaterWitch 230 Bilge Pump Switch is $45.09.
For more information, contact WaterWitch Inc., 10744 Rockvill St.,
Suite 103, Santee, CA 92071; Phone Toll-Free: 800-654-4783; Fax:
For making either temporary or permanent boat repairs, boaters may find
that Ducky Products has "just the ticket" — a Peel-n-Patch. It takes only
minutes to apply and cure and can be sanded and painted.
UV activated, fiberglass-reinforced, Peel-n-Patch is a self-adhesive
patch that works on cracks in the hull, bait tanks, water lines, and
sanitation systems. When used to repair exhaust leaks, the dangers from
carbon-dioxide poisoning are eliminated.
To use, one simply needs to peel-off the backing and apply the patch to
the area of concern. When exposed to sunlight or a UV light, the
application cures in 10 to 20 minutes. It will adhere to almost any dry
surface, is non-toxic and non-flammable.
There is no mixing, no gloves, and no mess. With a maximum rating of
500 PSI, Peel-n-Patch works in temperatures between -30° to 500° F.
Packages include one, 3" x 6" patch that may be cut to size. Any unused
portion can be repackaged and stored for up to three months. At press
time, the retail price was $11.99.
For more information, contact Ducky Products, 530 South Lake Ave.,
#163, Pasadena, Calif., 91101; phone: 626-797-7226;
Keeping tackle organized and protected from the elements is a prime
concern for anglers. They could benefit from the redesigned 1323 Access
Tackle Hatch from Tempress Products, which provides easy access and keeps
gear safe and dry.
The new hatch, which measures 13" x 23", was designed to work with the
Access Hatch Series, and to accompany the 1115 Tackle Hatch and Access Cam
line of hatches. For older hatches, it can be retrofitted or
purchased as a kit for new installation.
This tackle hatch is strong. Anglers can stand on it without worrying
as it is constructed of fiberglass-filled polypropylene.
The hatch includes a heavy duty, roto-molded polypropylene liner that
can be mounted either horizontally or vertically, and it contains four
Plano 3700-50 clear storage boxes held securely by molded ribs.
It was more than 20 years ago that Tempress first introduced the
self-contained, built-in tackle hatch to provide more storage, better
organization and improved protection from water and sea spray.
Also offering accompanying storage liners, Tempress Products
manufactures a full range of marine watertight hatches in a variety of
At press time, the redesigned 1323 Tackle Hatch retailed for $189.
For more information, contact Tempress Products, 5052 Sharp St.,
Dallas, TX 75247 Phone: 214-678-9400 (Toll-free 877-234-7466); Fax:
An annoying fact of maritime life is that there are difficult
hard-water stains with which to contend. Boaters are finding that Water
Spot Remover from Ducky Products will protect their craft's finish and
keep it clean and stain-free.
The first product of its kind for the marine industry, Ducky's Water
Spot Remover was developed in 1989.
The real problem with hard-water stains is that they will, over time,
permanently etch any surface, dulling its beauty. However, if they spray
on the remover as soon as possible after exposure, boat owners can
eliminate potential damage to their craft's finish.
Application is simple: Boaters can spray the affected area with Ducky
Spot Remover, then wipe it off with a soft cloth. And, owners who use the
remover are protecting both their craft and the environment because it is
Available in two sizes, Ducky water Spot Remover comes in a 32-ounce
spray bottle ($9.95) and in a one-gallon refill ($24.95). Boaters
can find Ducky Water Spot Remover at most major marine retail outlets and
online at www.duckyproducts.com.
For more information,
contact Ducky Products, 530 South Lake Ave., #163, Pasadena, California
91101; Phone: 626-797-7226; firstname.lastname@example.org;
Boaters know that fenders protect a boat's gunnels and hull from
damage. However, Aeré inflatable fenders found a special application on
the 235' MV Fairweather.
The catamaran, which is powered by four 4,827-hp diesel engines and
four waterjets, is one of Alaska Marine Highway's new fleet of fast
vehicle ferries operating in southeast Alaska. It was launched in 2004,
but soon the 42-knot vessel developed engine problems that forced
replacement of all cylinder sleeves.
Instead of removing the engines for re-boring, technicians conducted
repairs onboard while the vessel was docked. Twelve, 4' x 5' Aeré
fenders were employed to isolate Fairweather
from the dock during machining operations.
Paul Johnsen of Alaska Marine Highway System said, "We were
experiencing sharp impacts when the vessel contacted the dock on heavy
weather days in Ketchikan, Alaska. The engine technicians informed
us these impacts would cause their in-place machine tool to chatter, so
work would need to stop during rough wave conditions. The Aeré
fenders were purchased to provide maximum cushion so that work could
continue, regardless of weather."
The Aeré fender system was recommended by the ship builder because it
could protect the vessel’s lightweight aluminum hull, spreading the forces
without damaging the side of the craft.
"During the machining, we experienced no lost days due to bad weather,"
Johnson said. The 10 weeks of repair were completed, and
Fairweather went back into regular
service on June 1.
Ranging from 12" x 29" to 4’ x 20’, Aeré fenders require minimal
storage space because they deflate and fold up. Durable material,
high-quality air valves, a variety of colors make these fenders
particularly appealing to boaters.
For more information, contact Aeré, 215A Westhampton Place, Capitol
Heights, MD 20743 Ph: 301-324-1380; Fax: 301-593-6158;
Magma grills have been designed by boaters—for boaters, and according
to Magma President Jim Mashburn, "That’s the difference."
Mashburn and his twin brother Jerry have advanced their original Marine
Kettle into the #1-selling marine grill in the world, and the company is
now celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a complete top-to-bottom
re-design of the original Marine Kettle — the Marine Kettle 2—or MK2 for
Magma has added a balanced hinged lid that lets the cook keep both
hands free. This lid is uniquely designed not to slam shut if the
boat rolls. Magma’s patented Radiant Plate and Dome System allows for easy
conversion from grilling to direct, over-the-flame cooking, and the system
also distributes heat evenly across the entire grill surface.
Another positive is that the new MK2 has solved wind problems and is
Via a "bayonet-style" lock, the Turbo Venturi tube attaches to the fuel
source. This permits quick, safe and nearly instantaneous change of the
fuel canister. It also gives the MK2 a distinct advantage over wind,
improperly cooked foods and, according to Mashburn, the competition.
The MK2 also is attractive with its totally re-designed 18-9 mirror
polished stainless steel exterior. The stainless steel burner has been
re-engineered to more evenly distribute heat and reduce flare-ups.
Adding safety, increased durability, and maintaining its attractive
looks is the double-lining with two complete layers of stainless steel.
There is another addition too: a front-mounted, push-button Piezo
Igniter for quick lighting and a new, cast-stainless steel "Stay Cool"
Offering a large selection of mounts to fit any boat, Magma’s attach
easily for cooking and detach just as easily for stowing after use.
They also offer a full line of grilling accessories and grill covers.
As the world’s largest manufacturer of al-stainless steel grills and
the only major supplier of US-made onboard boat grills, Magma’s product
line includes onboard boat grills, residential stainless steel grills,
grilling accessories, propane accessories, serving tables, fishing and
filet tables, stainless steel cookware, boat umbrellas, stabilizers and
Magma’s MK2 series of Marine Kettle gas grills come in two sizes: the
"Original" 15" model that sells for $159.95, and the "Party Size" 17"
model that retails for $189.95.
For additional information or the name of the nearest dealer, contact
Magma Products 3940 Pixie Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712; Phone: 562-627-0500;
E-mail: Mail@MagmaProducts.com; Website:
Cutting, Serving Tables
In addition to their grilling products, Magma also is the world's
leading producer of high-quality fish cutting and serving tables for boats
of all sizes. Top fishermen have relied on these durable, maintenance-free
tables for over 20 years.
Tables range from the 51"-long, dual mounted, First-Mate series, to
the newest Econo-Mate tables, which are perfect for bait preparation and
smaller catches. Both have a large selection of mounting options.
Designed for boats without standard-type rod holders or railings—and
for craft without sufficient on-board space for one of Magma’s larger
tables, Econo-Mates offer the same convenience of a stable, bait-prep
station, but fold completely flat for compact storage.
They do not attach to a rod holder or onto a railing; instead, the
tables attach to the boat's gunnel with a hinged, stainless steel
plate. The plate is inserted into a small, polyethylene mounting pad,
which instantly connects or disconnects with a stainless steel push/pull
Extra polyethylene mounting pads are available for mounting at multiple
positions anywhere on the boat. Further, the table can be readily
moved to another location when wind conditions or the boat's location
All Magma fish-cutting tables are designed for over-the-side water
drainage, thus keeping fishing debris off the deck. For easy access,
they are also equipped with blade-safe, filet knife holsters, and storage
slots for fishing pliers.
Tables are made from the highest-quality, UV-stabilized, high-density
polyethylene that is FDA-approved for food service. They are virtually
indestructible, easy to clean, maintenance-free, and will not absorb fish
odors, crack or mildew.
The world’s largest manufacturer of all-polyethylene bait/filet tables
and stainless steel boat grills, Magma Products is the only major supplier
of these products made in the USA.
Their other products include a complete line of fish-cutting and
food-service tables, boat and residential stainless steel grills, grilling
accessories, gourmet-quality, nesting stainless steel cookware,
rail-mounted boat umbrellas, and anti-roll stabilizer systems.
The Econo-Mate tables are available in sizes of 12" x 16" and 20" x
16". Suggested retail prices are $47.95 and $59.95 respectively. The
tables can be purchased at most quality marine retailers.
Contact Magma Products at 3940 Pixie Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712; Phone:
562-627-0500; E-mail: Mail@MagmaProducts.com;
Lake Powell, with its awe-inspiring high cliffs and vistas, has long
been considered a boater’s paradise.
However, the 140-mile-long reservoir behind Glen Canyon Dam has an
extreme 250-ft depth and 100-ft seasonal variations in water level; these
factors have made the mooring of 25-ton, 75-foot houseboats unreliable.
Enter a unique buoy-anchoring field and new mooring buoys from Premier
Materials, and the anchorage problems were solved.
Wahweap Marina and the Hall's Crossing and Bullfrog marinas in Utah are
part of Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas, an authorized concessionaire of
the National Park Service. Managed by ARAMARK, the marinas are home
to hundreds of houseboats—many up to the lake's maximum permissible size
In addition to the variations in water level and the lake's depth, the
marinas' old moorings and steel buoys constantly needed maintenance.
Today, however, each marina contains a new grid-based mooring field using
Premier Materials' mooring buoys.
Nearly 630 new buoys were installed—250 buoys for boats 55' or less and
the remaining 380 buoys for boats up to 75'.
The Premier buoys are one-piece, roto-molded spheres filled with
void-free EPS foam. Nearly impervious to oil, gas, animal damage and
impacts, the watertight, heavy LLPDE outer shell provides a product life
of more than 20 years. The buoys, which have buoyancy ratings from 581
lbs. to 1,321 lbs., are available in diameters of 32", 38" and 42".
A 12-gauge, molded-in steel tube runs through the center of each buoy
to accommodate anchoring and tie-down hardware. All buoys are white with a
2" reflective, blue vinyl stripe for added visibility.
ARAMARK's Dean Crane said, "We selected Premier mooring buoys for
several reasons. They require absolutely zero maintenance and they
have a lot more buoyancy than the old steel units. Plus, in case of
accidental contact with the boat, the hull won't be damaged or even
More information on ARAMARK's Lake Powell Resorts and Marinas
operations can be seen at
Premier's heavy-duty mooring buoys range from $270 to $466.
Contact Premier Materials Technology, 7401 Central Ave NE, Minneapolis,
MN 55432; Phone: Toll-Free 1-800-262-2275; Fax: 1-763-785-1509;
As a Type V inflatable life jacket with Type III performance,
Float-Tech® jacket has received U.S. Coast Guard approval, according to
officials at Float-Tech Inc., designers and manufacturers of advanced
Several concerns such as weight and bulkiness have often discouraged
people from wearing PFDs. This jacket was designed to get around those
Its proprietary zip-in liner can be worn alone as a vest or zipped into
all-season, lightweight, waterproof, and breathable performance outerwear.
Sleeves that zip off, a hidden, brimmed hood, reflective fabric, and
access points that allow an internal safety harness are all part of the
rip-stop nylon jacket shell, also manufactured by Float-Tech.
"Many water-related deaths or injuries are caused by the lack of a life
jacket," said Jeff Betz, the company’s chief operating officer. "We
designed our automatic, inflatable Float-Tech life jacket to help save
lives by making it easier to wear and building in the increased style,
comfort, and versatility identified by boaters, fisherman and other
water-related sports and industry users as critical."
It only takes three to five seconds to automatically activate the
jacket’s zip-in liner when immersed in water. Or, it can be manually
inflated before entry.
"Our product is the first inflatable life jacket to be integrated
inside outerwear and pass the Coast Guard's turn-over test," said Michael
Lobsinger, Float Tech's chief technology officer. "This means an
unconscious victim, face-down, will turn over so the nose and mouth are
out of the water."
For further information on approval criteria, visit
The USCG-approved Float-Tech life jacket has a suggested retail price
For retail locations or more information, contact Float-Tech Inc, 216
River Street, Troy, NY 12180; Ph.: 518-266-0964; Fax: 518-266-0318;
Float-Tech and 3M are registered trademarks of Float-Tech, Inc and 3M