By admin ~ October 4th, 2011. Filed under: Stem to Stern.
Yacht Club Mil-Spec
Naiad’s new 10-meter RHIB combines the finish of a custom yacht with a proven military-spec platform. Built on a 5086 marine-grade aluminum hull subdivided by three watertight bulkheads into four sealed compartments for reserve flotation. Naiad designs are famous for their durability, sea-keeping ability, safety and handling. This vessel shares its platform and hull construction with the 10-meter Naiads in use by the USMC off the coast of Somalia. They also share with those used by the U.S. Department of Justice in anti-terrorism and anti-piracy operations overseas. Fuel capacity of this vessel is 180 gallons with an option for up to 280 gallons, giving the boat a range of up to 400 miles at a cruising speed of 34 knots depending on load and selected options. Twin 300-hp Mercury Verados give a top speed of over 50 knots with optional jack plates. Full engine guard is standard. Electronics include a Raymarine C120W Hybridtouch chartplotter/radar/sounder, Raymarine autopilot, Icom VHF, and Fusion iPod dock stereo system. Naiad has many decking and seating options, including mil-spec (military specifications) shock mitigating seating for the ultimate in crew safety and performance. The tube system is Naiad’s patented polyurethane inflatable collar with rod and bolt rope attachment system. Foam collars in several configurations are available. These systems are the most durable in the industry. naiadnewport.com
Accon Marine offers up the 205 Series Pop-Up Port Lights, 206 Starboard and 207 Side Lights. These unobtrusive lights flip down flush during the day or when not in use, keeping the deck free of protruding, toe-crushing hazards. All three models are U.S. Coast Guard-approved for one nautical mile, are NMMA-accepted and meet 72 Colregs. Made of marine grade 316 stainless steel, they are illuminated with a #78 bulb. A plastic waterproofing cup prevents water runoff below deck. Installation is easy with a cut-out template and three #10 screw fasteners. Prices start at $156.49. acconmarine.com
The “Buzz” About Anchors Says… Get A Rocna!
If you’ve been reading the cruising forums online, then you already know that the most preferred anchor of cruisers all over the planet is the Rocna anchor. Designed for smaller, lighter-weight boats, this galvanized hook sets firmly and is easily retrieved in all conditions. The Rocna Fisherman’s design is based on the original and possesses stopping power vastly superior to equivalent-weight plough or claw type anchors in soft sand or mud due to the large, concave blade.
Notice that roll-bar? It’s probably what makes the Rocna so well loved. Since it’s a self-righting anchor, it will always turn itself to the correct attitude for setting. The skid rails then direct the blade into the seabed and the chisel-like tip easily cuts through weeds or hard bottoms making it great for Bahamas cruising. The handy roll-bar can also be used as a handle if it’s fouled so it can be recovered from the surface by snaring the roll-bar with a grapnel or other hook. The Rocna Fisherman is also ecologically friendly—owners don’t have to worry about anchor drag in fragile environments. Rocna anchors have a suggested retail price starting at $159.99. rocna.com
Shoot Like A Pro Underwater
It’s always a delight to cruise in beautiful crystal clear Caribbean waters, but to be able to capture those undersea moments… well now, that’s even more delightful. To take those fantastic photographs of the family frolicking under the sea you’ll need this special camera, new Mini II from SeaLife, the choice of scuba pros everywhere.
Waterproof up to 130 feet and rubber armored for a sure grip, it’s also shockproof so you can drop it from up to 6 feet with no ill effects! The Mini II is compact, rugged and ready for adventure. The Easy Set-up mode on-screen guide ensures the 9 MP camera is set correctly for sharp, high-resolution pictures, both above or under water. Plus, the buttons are really easy to operate. The camera is perfect for anyone who loves the water: cruisers, divers, snorkelers, fishermen, paddlers and any fun-seeking adventurer. Though it uses AAA batteries, online reviewers claim that you’ll have enough power for two dives. The Mini II is compatible with many SeaLife accessories, including the Digital Pro Flash, Photo/Video Light and Wide Angle Lens. The Mini II retails for $229.95. sealife-cameras.com
Keep Both Your Tunes and Your Beach Party Cool
The new Igloo 40 qt. Cool Fusion Icy Tunes cooler fuses together the features and benefits of hard and soft side coolers. Featuring a sturdy telescoping handle and over-sized wheels for sand travel, there are several pockets for such items as a cell phone, sun block, sunglasses, etc. But what’s so special about this cooler is that it comes with speakers and an amplifier that can be used with any MP3 player. Just pop your iPhone or iPod Touch into the music player pouch that connects to the sound system from outside or inside and you’ve got a beach boombox! Or, listen to the built-in radio. It has an elastic cord on its lid that offers additional utility and carrying support and with the Ultratherm Insulation you also have enhanced ice retention. Retails for $149.99. igloo-store.com
Swiss-made, Spinnaker Ready!
STØLÅS Watch Company created the Harbormaster collection to be a fusion that successfully melds together luxurious design with practical and durable functionality. Highly refined, Swiss-made instrument boasts an ETA movement visible through its Sapphire exhibition case back. It is packaged with a stainless steel bracelet or rubber strap with orange stitching on the Genoa or, one can choose the Spinnaker, which features a beautiful carbon fiber dial. With its pleasant teal blue colors on the bezel, numbers, and a shocking orange lightening bolt second hand—it’s a timepiece that makes people stop and stare. But wait, there’s more: when the sun sets the Spinnaker’s photoluminescence properties are just getting warmed up. The Spinnaker features four different luminescence paints that all contribute to the awe-inspiring brightness this watch has to offer. The Harbormaster collection adds the “Wow factor” in its extreme case design, superior luminosity and reliable quality movements. It’s the choice of adventurists everywhere. stolaswatch.co/watch