Cool, New Boat Stuff

Add some serious bells and whistles to your boating experience!


What you'll find here is cool, new boat stuff. Gizmos and gear specifically designed for marine use. These items may be over the top for some boaters (the McMurdo Smart Find might be over-kill for a boater on Lake Wateree in South Carolina, but essential equipment for the offshore cruiser or fisherman who might be a reader of Grand Strand Pilot or Cape Fear Coast Pilot.


Whether or not you need these items, we know you'll find them interesting.


Safer Air Conditioning with the Smartplug


During the heat of summer, many boat owners turn on their air conditioning units. Whether portable or installed, they have serious power requirements that can strain and overload outdated, twist-type shore power systems. A safer approach is to use the revolutionary SmartPlug.




Boating in Cool Weather … or Ready to Winterize?

Here’s What You’ll Want to Have on Board


It’s been a warm fall in many places but soon the air will turn cooler and Caframo® has two products you’ll want on board – one if you’d like to stay on the water a bit longer and another if you’re ready to winterize.


The Pali engine compartment heater (shown left, above) helps extend the boating season and protects your engine from damage from a surprise cold snap before you winterize. The Stor-Dry warm air circulator combats mold, mildew and musty odors on board a winterized boat.


Both products are available now at marine retailers world wide.



The Pali – Extend the boating season


The 400-watt Pali is the only heater of its type fully safety compliant to UL and CSA standards. It has a self-regulating Positive Temperature Coefficient (PTC) heating element that cannot overheat and meets all ignition protection guidelines and standards to allow it to be safely used in the engine compartment. An internal, hermetically sealed thermostat turns the heater on before 41°F (5°C) and off before 60°F (15°C). Click here to watch a product demonstration video.


The Stor-Dry – Winterize and fight mold and mildew


The Stor-Dry dual action air dryer uses a low wattage heating element and internal fan to both heat and circulate the air. The heat and circulation prevents stale air pockets which in turn prevents mold or mildew forming on the interior surface of the boat. Available in 120 and 230 volt models.


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Shurhold Polishers Turn Chores into Easy Tasks



From giving new life to a sun-faded classic to keeping a new boat in showroom-like condition, nothing beats a quality polisher. Shurhold Industries offers three models that fit any need or budget, and turn tiresome chores into simple, easy tasks.





Impeller Inspection


Flexible impellers for inboard engine cooling pumps should be inspected once a year or every 250 hours, whichever comes first. But JMP Marine contends that since this requires everything be taken apart, why not simply replace? It’s inexpensive insurance to ensure a boat stays in top running condition throughout the season.




Commercial-Quality Hand Pumps


The ability to quickly clear water from a boat is critical to safety. Beckson Marine's Thirsty-Mate® High Capacity Super Pumps remove 22 gallons per minute with no priming, and are ideal for any size vessel.





Marine Fan Manufacturer Re-Shoring,

Introducing Redesigned Cabin Fan


Marine fan manufacturer Caframo® is “re-shoring,” joining many North American boat builders in bringing production back to North America. Caframo is re-shoring the manufacturing of the new cabin fan to their Canadian operation to ensure best-in-class quality. The Sirocco II will add to the long list of products that are currently manufactured in Canada by Caframo.




Twist-Lock Circuit Tester Simplifies

Safety Checks


Shore power connection issues can often be diagnosed with a simple circuit tester. But with their delicate leads and connecting wires, traditional tools can be inconvenient to use and easily damaged in corrosive marine environments. The HBLT26CM11 Twist-Lock Circuit Tester from Hubbell Marine offers substantially greater durability and ultra-convenience by simply plugging directly into any 30A/125V locking receptacle.



MagicEzy 9 Second Chip Fix


This looks like a pretty easy fix for small holes & chips in your fiberglass. But if you’re not comfortable with DIY, check the pros at


If you do want to give it a go, here’s the scoop: MagicEzy 9 Second Chip Fix is a UV and water-resistant, ready-to-use filler, available in 10 popular boat colors, that is perfect for repairing small holes, chips and gouges in fiberglass. No mixing is needed and there’s no need to paint over the repair.





Leading Causes of Boat Fires Negated with Smartplug


Electrical issues, especially overheating and loose connections, are the leading cause of recreational boat fires. Retrofitting to SmartPlug Systems' 30 Amp Inlet and Connector Kit protects boat owners against these worries. It's the ground-breaking, safe alternative to old-fashioned, twist-type connections.



The Humble Bucket Finally Improved Upon, and Then Some


Since its introduction in the late '60s, the ubiquitous five-gallon plastic pail hasn't changed much—until now. Shurhold Industries introduces the One Bucket System. It turns its World's Best Rope Handle Bucket into an extraordinary, multipurpose cleaning and storage solution.




Elegant Yacht Tender Maximizes Space, Style

Patrizio Facheris knows a thing or two about maximizing space without sacrificing style. The highly successful yacht designer penned the exclusive Argos Nautic 305 model to provide sumptuous seating and legroom for four passengers, while reflecting the renowned modern, Italian aesthetic of Facheris Design.



Touch Lamp Delivers Smart, Controlled Lighting


Convenient, efficient and controllable interior lighting needn’t be confined to luxury yachts. Easy to install, the EuroLED Touch 130 lamp from Hella marine provides dimmable illumination with fingertip control.



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Flush-Mount Cleats Add Elegance to Larger Yachts


 The clean, flowing lines of a well-made boat define elegance and grace. Eliminating the knobby appearance associated with traditional mooring cleats, 12" and 15" pull-up cleats from Accon Marine preserve a boat’s fluid style by retracting flush when not in use.




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Cleaning Expensive Polishing Pads Is Quick and Easy


Boat owners know that well-cared for tools last longer. Polishing and buffing pads are no exception. Shurhold Industries offers a pair of products to clean and rejuvenate these pads to maximize their effectiveness.



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Where A Thru-Hull Won’t Do, Light The Way

With New Aqualuma® Gen 4

FF12 Surface Mount LEDs


Aqualuma® Gen 4 FF12 Surface Mount LED underwater lights offer ultimate performance where a thru-hull fitting is not possible.




 Latest LED Lighting Sets New Standard


Combining the latest LED technology with extremely durable materials and a stylish compact design, Hella marine introduces its EuroLED 75 down lights. Ideal for both interior and exterior use, the new series from this leading lighting manufacturer offers unmatched performance and reliability.






Custom Pontoon Trailers Deliver Boats, Peace of Mind


Pontoon boat owners deserve trailers that transport their precious cargo safely and affordably. That’s the philosophy behind Phoenix Trailers’ reputation for building the best trailers on the market. The company is known for its competitive pricing and short lead times.




Adapter Creates Safe Shore Power Connection


Owners of larger vessels need to keep an adapter aboard in case the marina they’re visiting doesn’t offer matching shore power output. For yachts with 100 amp, 125/250 AC electricity, Hubbell Marine’s YQ100PLUS Intelligent Y Adapter is ideal. It allows the user to hook up to pedestals that have one or two same-phased, 50 amp 125/250V AC receptacles.






Provides Search and Rescue Products

For Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s Route du Rhum Challenge


Legendary sailor Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has chosen McMurdo to provide his personal safety equipment for the transatlantic Route du Rhum Challenge.







Stainless Rigging Hardware


Precision engineered for reliability and performance, STA-LOK hardware is the choice of rigging professionals worldwide.


The STA-LOK range of spreader end tip cups is designed specifically for wire rope 12mm – 19mm. The easy to install stainless steel cups prevent thread galling. Standard diagonal angles are 75°/80°, but the cups can be custom finished to meet client specifications.





Spacious 10' Rib Tender Boasts Luxurious Comfort


No matter how lavish the destination or breathtaking the view, a trip in a boat that leaves its passengers cold, wet and seasick is little more than sheer transportation. Argos Nautic’s visually striking 305 model tender not only provides a dry and stable ride, its sumptuous interior tempts one to extend the excursion with a few extra detours.





Prospec Electronics

Subwoofer Delivers the Lows

While Saving Space


Many boaters enjoy more than just the sound of the waves when on the water. Great music adds another level of fun to an already wonderful time. But all those electronics can crowd the boat. Prospec Electronics' new Infinity Basslink SM amplified subwoofer gives users all the lows they need without sacrificing space.





Maintaining a Watermaker an Easy DIY Task


Maintaining a modern, reliable watermaker is one of the easiest—and least time-consuming—DIY tasks aboard a boat. FCI Watermakers offers tips for keeping this equipment in top working order making fresh, pure water.





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