An Australian manufacturer has launched an impressive line of portable entertainment units with full TV screens; some models have an integrated DVD player. Better yet, they only require 12-volt DC power and come with a cigarette lighter power cord, or can be wired directly into the boat electrical system. They draw less than 2 amps when operating. The screen is bright and has its own integrated stand or can be mounted on any of their several bracket systems. Integrated screen and DVD units come in 19 and 22-inch models at prices starting about $370. Accessories also include remote amplifiers and extra speakers.

The new red/white LED chart-table lights from Hella makes night navigation less stressful. We learned just how important night vision is on a long transit earlier this summer, when we needed to do some careful night navigation through upper Desolation Sound. Navigation aids are few and far between so confidence about the course is paramount, and a constant reference to charts is needed. Cabin lighting is critical. Ordinary white lights in any cabin will quickly ruin night vision, so a dim red light for navigation is ideal. The new unit from Hella is a very low draw 2W or 0.2 Amp at 12-volt, and stays cool to the touch.

It’s hard to remember that we will get cool and breezy days in spring and fall after such hot days this summer – or that we need protection from all that heat. And most everywhere in Canada had hot days this year. Thankfully there is a line of products from OceanAir that are designed to minimize the discomfort that hot weather brings. Their lines of Pleated shades are designed for portlights, Cabinshades for larger windows, and Skysaver roller shades for hatches, all serve to minimize heat gain on board, but remain moveable so that cooling breezes can still be harnessed.

altThe truly innovative Dickinson Round Sea-B-Que combines legendary quality, a tough round design and the rugged good looks that makes for an unbeatable marine grill. Built with 304 marine grade, 18 guage stainless steel, the round Sea-B-Que design allows for strength and resistes flame outs in high wind conditions. A list of accessories is available, including deck legs. Model 00-SBQ-R shown here measures 18" wide by 14.25" high and 16" deep. It weighs 20.5 lb., has a cooking surface of 14.375 diameter and offers 7,000 BTU.

altThe Nova Kool R1600 DC fridge has a capacity of 48 litres with the following features including a positive latch system; storage for tall bottles; shelves with powder coated wire for durability; reversible door swing; and a two-year manufacturers warranty on all components. This 12V unit offers low battery protection to help prevent full discharge of batteries. Its stainless steel unit uses environmentally sound 134a refrigerant and has been designed for mobile applications on grades up to 30°.

altIsotherm offers its customers a great opportunity to have a wine cellar on board. This high-class equipment enables boat owners to keep great wine and champagne at the perfect temperature. Both 23 and 35 bottles wine cellars can be built into the dressers or columns of modular furniture with no alteration of furniture design. For a perfect integration, the profile of the door is totally lined up with the doors of the furniture.Both models feature double door locking systems to prevent unwanted door opening in rough sea conditions and specialracks designed for storing champagne bottles.

CABIN-MARINYAKI125Cook-N-Dine's Marinyaki™ grill is the solution for those who can’t do without teppanyaki while on the water. All the inconveniences of al fresco marine cooking no longer apply. The molded fiberglass table features an electrically powered, built-in 20” x 15” teppan grill unit by CDS-Design, made from professional German stainless steel, type 304/V2A. The unique MARINYAKI™ definitely allows the onboard chef to flip more than a just a few shrimp.

CABIN-RARITANTOILET125Never before have so many innovative features been combined into one revolutionary toilet and at such an affordable price.  From Raritan comes the most advanced toilet in its class, the state-of-the-art Marine Elegance.  Employing new Vortex-Vac Flush technology, the Marine Elegance creates a vacuum in the bowl for the quietest and most efficient flushing action of any comparable toilet on the market.

CABIN-RONSTANORG125Ronstan’s new range of Cockpit Organizers control cockpit clutter by containing loose items. Each product has been specifically designed to address common cockpit organization problems and help create a fast and functional environment in almost any sailboat cockpit.

CABIN-LED125Slips, falls, bumps and bruises can be eliminated with attractive lighting.  Safety-conscious boaters choose aesthetically-pleasing Easy Fit LED Courtesy Lamps from Hella marine to illuminate steps, toe kicks, dark corners and other hazards.

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