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.


Simple to use, the SmartPlug System has dual locking clips and a sleeved inlet design for a rock-solid connection. The unique shape of the inlet makes it easy to orient when connecting, even in the dark. It pushes straight in; no pin alignment, twisting or lock ring is required.


Combined, the connector and inlet provide 20 times the pin and clip electrical contact than twist-style models, greatly reducing the chance of overheating. Three weatherproofing seals prevent water intrusion and resultant corrosion. All SmartPlug products are engineered to meet or exceed code compliance standards for the US, Canadian and European markets.


The 30A/125V kit contains an inlet and connector, using marine-grade 316 stainless steel components. Boat owners retrofit the female connector to their existing shore power cords. Installation is fast and easy, with minimal tools and skill needed. The boat side inlet uses the same standard mounting holes as the industry standard twist-type inlets.  No new holes or drilling is required.


More info? Contact SmartPlug at 206-285-2990 or visit www.smartplug.com.



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 www.piedmontlakespilot.com/fiberglass---gel-coat.html


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.


9 Second Chip Fix incorporates the latest nano technology to provide ultimate strength and adhesion. A three-year durability guarantee assures a quality, long-lasting repair. And the MSRP is only $24.99.


Click here or on the image above to watch a demonstration repair video. Oh, and the bonus … the video host has a great Aussie accent.

More product info:  www.magicezy.com



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.


The popular original Sirocco Cabin Fan introduced the industry and boat owners to a unique gimbal design for 360° directional airflow. The superior next generation three-speed Sirocco II boasts of 12-24-volt auto-sensing capability and is built to the highest quality standards in Caframo’s Ontario, Canada manufacturing plant.


The Sirocco II has the same mounting footprint as the original Sirocco, making it easy for owners of the original model to upgrade to the new model.


The Sirocco II sports a re-engineered grill for greater strength and durability. It also features an improved control layout that is located on either side of the fan for easy access after installation. For added convenience, four timer settings allow the fan timer to be set for three, six, nine or twelve hours.


Available in white and black, the Sirocco II also includes industry leading features standard with all Caframo fans, such as FingerSafe™ blades, auto shut-off, ultra-low power draw, UV resistant materials and compliance with CE standards.


Caframo fans are original equipment on leading boat brands and available at marine retailers worldwide. For more information about the Sirocco II and other Caframo marine products, visit www.caframo.com.

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.


The elegant 305 model is a 10' center console RIB tender that’s compact enough to fit into most mid-sized yacht garages. Lightweight, even with its 40 hp outboard, it’s easily hoisted with davits or a crane.

What separates this tender from its competitors is Facheris’s ingenious use of space. He designed the innovative layout of the 305 model to offer luxurious, ergonomic seating and provide ample leg room.


Knowing that purses and bags take up room, he incorporated an abundance of hidden onboard storage. What’s left is a stylish, comfortable environment to relax in while traveling up to 36 mph—all in a 10' package.


Argos Nautic spares no expense in building the finest RIB tender available. Each is fully custom, but offers a list of quality features that stands on its own. Color combinations are almost unlimited and will make the 305 model stand out from the crowd. From the tilting Isotta steering wheel, custom Italian cleats and fittings, to the teak flooring and Fusion sound system, no detail is overlooked.


Prices range from $30,000 to $42,000, depending on options. For more information, contact Argos Nautic at 786-520-4700 or visit www.argosnautic.com.



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.


The 5 Gallon Rope Handle Bucket is made in the USA and features a soft, 3/4" braided, nylon rope handle for easy lifting and comfortable carrying. Built to last, it won't rust or damage delicate boat finishes.


Elevated off the bottom of the pail is the removable Bucket Grate. Dirt and debris fall through the grate, so the wash tool is always in clean water. Brushes can be scrubbed against it to remove grime. It also has two built-in 3 oz. measuring cups for accurate proportioning of cleaning products.


The Bucket Caddy is the perfect place to store bottles, tools and other supplies. It nestles within the bucket for storage, on top of the grate. Its integrated handle makes it easy to pull out and move around while working.


Built of sturdy, high-quality plastic, the Bucket Seat/Lid snaps onto the bucket rim and keeps both the system and supplies secure. Padded, it makes the perfect place to sit and take a break.


Anyone who has brushed a deck knows how difficult it is to avoid toppling over a pail. Shurhold's optional Bucket Base keeps the One Bucket System from tipping. It's made from soft rubber to avoid scratches and slipping.


Shurhold Industries' One Bucket System, including the bucket, grate, caddy and seat/lid, sells for $49.98 and its Bucket Base for $12.98.


Dedicated to educating boat owners, Shurhold provides key tips for boat value preservation at www.shurhold.com. Inventor of the One Handle Does It All system, Shurhold manufactures specialty care items and accessories to clean, polish and detail.


For more information, contact Shurhold at 800-962-6241 or visit www.shurhold.com.


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.


A well-engineered watermaker allows for maximum, open access, whether it's modular or framed. First, give the unit a visual inspection. Modern ones are like new automobiles: incredibly dependable and easy to maintain, but the occasional peek under the hood never hurts.


With auto-flush, checking the filters constitutes the bulk of the routine maintenance involved in owning a watermaker. The prefilter can usually be washed up to three times before it's replaced—generally, every three to six months. Running the unit while at sea, rather than in dirty coastal water, will extend this filter's usable life.


Whether manual or automatic, scheduled freshwater flushes are important; they lengthen the service life of the membranes. Some modern watermakers make this task easy: advanced models with state-of-the-art touch screen controllers perform this operation, plus scheduled diagnostic testing, completely automatically.


Replace the carbon block filter after every 50 freshwater flushes—about twice a year. FCI uses this type over granular activated carbon (GAC) because it ensures 100% of the chlorine is removed from the water.


After every 500 hours of use, replace the oil in the high pressure pump. It's clean and easy to do because they use little oil. Membrane replacement will depend on operating conditions and hours of use.


Annually when the boat is hauled-out, check the intake and brine discharge through-hulls for obstructions. Look at the sea strainer, clear and clean as needed. FCI uses only food-grade hoses that will last the life of the system, but all the connections should be checked periodically.


Depending on how long the boat is planned to be at sea, it's a good idea to have spares of replaceable items such as filters and spare oil on board. Top-quality watermakers only use non-proprietary parts, so they're readily available worldwide—and relatively inexpensive compared to those made by the manufacturer.


FCI Watermakers has manufactured reliable and highly-efficient watermakers in the USA for over 30 years. It offers models that produce from 200 to over 260,000 gallons per day for recreational, commercial and military vessels, as well as oil rigs, islands and resorts. The company is known worldwide for its standards of high quality and dependability.


More info? Contact FCI Watermakers at 800-850-0123 or visit www.fciwatermakers.com.







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.


Styled and sized like a standard Hubbell Twist-Lock plug, this circuit tester offers clear, immediate visual confirmation of connection integrity on its back-panel LED display. The tester indicates if circuits are connected correctly and that contacts are in the proper position. A simple reference card indexes the unit's seven combinations of LED readouts, including open ground and reverse polarity, to help users identify specific problems.

UL and C-UL listed, the compact and durable Hubbell HBLT26CM11 Circuit Tester clips easily to any standard tool belt. MSRP is $89.


For more info, contact Hubbell Marine Electrical Products at 475-882-4838 or visit www.hubbell-marine.com.



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.


Users simply touch the dual color lamp's white or red control pad to activate the respective light color, or hold it for two seconds to cycle through four dimming levels, releasing when the desired illumination is achieved. Hella’s advanced optic technology protects against eye strain by providing uniform light distribution and effective glare diffusion.


Light level settings are stored in the lamp's circuitry, enabling the EuroLED Touch 130 to remember its dimmer setting even after the vessel’s batteries are turned off. It’s compatible with off-the-shelf ON/OFF/ON momentary switches for remote operation. Holding one of the external switches for two seconds will synchronize lamps to the same color and intensity level.


The EuroLED draws less than 4W operating in 5,000K white mode, and less than 1.5W in color mode, for significant power savings. Hella marine Multivolt™ circuitry provides consistent illumination from 9V through 33V DC, allowing the compact light to operate at maximum efficiency even when subject to voltage fluctuations.


Pre-wired with 8' of twin-core marine cable for easy installation, EuroLED Touch 130 models are completely sealed—IP67 rated, and impact- and shock-resistant to deliver a long service life. The acrylic lens won’t degrade under harsh UV light. Measuring just 5.1" in diameter and 1.1" high, these versatile surface-mount lamps provide fully controllable light wherever it’s needed.


Designed and manufactured in New Zealand, the dimmable Hella marine EuroLED Touch 130 dual-color lamp is also available in a white/blue model. Both offer a choice of white or black shrouds to complement any boat's interior. All products come with a 5-year warranty. Suggested retail price is $215.56.


For more information, contact Hella marine at 770-631-7500 or visit www.hellamarine.com.




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