Gear and Reviews

Flagships New Gear - December 2007

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Edited by David Schmidt

PROBLEM SOLVER
An override on a winch can become a big problem if you don’t have the right solution. The Spinlock ZS/OPEN is a mobile jammer that allows you to transfer a loaded line or sheet onto a different winch to fix the override, rearrange a bad lead, or deal with a spinnaker peel. Simply attach the Spinlock unit to the loaded sheet, close the unit’s jaws (jammer), and transfer the load. The semicustom unit is available in different sizes to accommodate different line diameters. Aluminum or carbon fiber, from $1,275. Oceanair Marine LTD, 802-362-5258, www.spinlock.co.uk

REMOTE MONITOR
SeaCAS’s new Rendez-vous Tender Information System uses AIS and radio-communications technology to create a private wireless network that allows you to monitor the location and condition (bilge and fuel levels, battery voltage, and oil pressure) of your tender from up to 20 miles away (farther if the signal can be mirrored off other yachts/tenders on your network). The system also allows a tender to relay depth information to the mothership; that data can then be directly imported into your yacht’s chartplotter. $9,999. Sea-CAS, LLC., 206-600-1768, www. seacas.com

ELEGANT JUDGMENT
Rolex’s new elegant-yet-functional Oyster Perpetual Yacht-Master II makes it easier to hit the line exactly as the starting gun fires. Available in either yellow or white gold, the watch has impeccable style and features an innovative programmable countdown memory (controlled by rotating the bezel). Prices range from $31,500 to $34,850, depending on the model. Rolex, www.rolex.com

FORWARD THINKING
Being able to look ahead under water is a great advantage when you’re entering unknown waters. EchoPilot’s new Forward-Looking Sonar (FLS) Platinum Series can see 660 feet ahead and 330 feet down, while it simultaneously displays bottom depth and boat speed. The system displays objects with stronger echoes in different colors from those with weak signals. The Platinum Series is available either as a complete system with a dedicated display or as a black box that uses the display of any chartplotter, radar, PC, or video input. From $2,199 to $3,299. Ocean Equipment, 949-588-1470, www.oceanequipment.com

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