April New Gear

A BETTER BEACONThe GlobalFix PRO EPIRB transmits three different fully integrated signals—a GPS signal, a powerful 406 MHz signal and a 121.5 MHz homing beacon—to help attract rescuers as quickly and efficiently as possible in the event of an emergency offshore. The unit’s internal GPS can provide search-and-rescue teams with a position accurate to within a 100 yards in as little as three
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A BETTER BEACON

The GlobalFix PRO EPIRB transmits three different fully integrated signals—a GPS signal, a powerful 406 MHz signal and a 121.5 MHz homing beacon—to help attract rescuers as quickly and efficiently as possible in the event of an emergency offshore. The unit’s internal GPS can provide search-and-rescue teams with a position accurate to within a 100 yards in as little as three minutes. The beacon’s high-intensity strobe consumes less energy than conventional strobes, and an EPIRB self-check feature allows users to confirm that all circuitry is functioning correctly and that the system’s battery is adequately charged. From $1,160, ACR Electronics Inc., 800-432-0ACR.

PLASTIC PROP

The Kiwiprop feathering propeller is gradually gaining popularity in a competitive marketplace. Unlike other props, its blades are made of Zytel, a plastic composite from Dupont, and are mounted on a 316 stainless steel and Delrin hub. This lessens the potential for galvanic corrosion, which was one reason I decided to replace my existing bronze two-bladed folding propeller. The zincs on our boat’s saildrive leg had been disappearing at an alarming rate, and I worried that the leg itself might start to corrode. I also hoped a three-bladed prop would improve the boat’s mediocre motoring performance.

FOLDABLE DINGHY

The Rainbow 13 is a nesting dinghy that can be easily stored on an 8ft cabintop, but has an LOA of 13ft 6in when assembled and a 4ft 5in beam. Better still, this is a real boat, a pleasure to sail and row, and can carry a large load with ease. The lines were taken from the old Chamberlain dory, built north of Boston to carry fishermen between shore and their fishing schooners, often through surf. The boat, which weighs 200 pounds, is most easily assembled in the water; no special tools are required. The hull is bi-axial fiberglass set in vinylester resin with a foam core. $7,495, Rainbow Marine, 360-601-7317,

LIGHT AND COMFORTABLE

Ronstan’s new fully redesigned Dinghy Wetwear range employs different materials and thicknesses to create body-contoured shapes that flex, protect and insulate where needed while maximizing range of motion. Laminated neoprene is the foundation for most pieces in combination with abrasion-resistant Supratex and flexible Neospan panels. A windproof mesh and quick-drying lining have been added where needed for extra comfort. The foundation material for Ronstan’s CL25 pants is an especially light neoprene formulation that is 20 percent lighter than conventional neoprene but provides the same insulating properties. A sun-protective bamboo fabric rash guard and hydrophobic fleece-line thermal top are also available. Ronstan International Inc., 401-293-0539

ANCHORS FOR RACERS

The new Racer high-tensile anodized aluminum anchor is easy to stow and deploy, and holds firm in a variety of sea beds. Available in 12 sizes for raceboats from 12 to 45 feet in length, it can be stored in an optional padded bag equipped with dual internal pockets to separate the anchor from the chain and rode. A set of “stability balls” helps the anchor set and protects surfaces belowdecks from damage, ensuring it can be kept as close as possible to your boat’s center of gravity when racing. From $185.95, Manson Anchors/Navimo USA, 866-383-1888,

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