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.


Measuring 12.6" L and 3.7" at its widest point, Accon’s 12" flush-mount cleat extends 6" to accommodate larger mooring lines. Constructed of tough, marine-grade 316 stainless steel for extreme strength and durability, it through-bolts with four 5/16" diameter stainless fasteners. This spreads the load over a broad area for reduced hull stress. Users simply pull the cleat up to secure a line, then push it back down flush to stow neatly in its base when not needed.


At 17" L x 5.3" W, and 7.1" H when extended, Accon’s 15" model is the largest flush-mount cleat available. Manufactured with marine-grade 316 stainless steel, it comes in two styles. The through-bolt version installs with four 3/8" stainless fasteners. For an exceptionally clean, seamless appearance, the stud-mount model has fully concealed attachment points.


Both cleat sizes include a waterproofing cup and backing plate, which can serve as a handy cut-out template. The suggested retail price for Accon Marine’s 12" pull-up cleat is $351.16, while the 15" model is priced at $760.66 for the through-bolt version and $762.77 in-stud mount.


Contact Accon Marine at 727-572-9202 or visit www.acconmarine.com



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.


Available in Aqualuma’s Brilliant White and Ultra Blue, The Gen 4 FF12 replaces the original FF12 with a new design, higher output and built in thermo control allowing greater life. Featuring a fully self-contained fitting with a simple 2 wire installation, it produces both distance and width from the single fitting and can be mounted on any flat surface.


• Cable length 2 meters (6 feet) of tinned submersible           cable

• Cable diameter 6mm/quarter-inch

• 12 or 24 volt DC

• Draws less than 2 amps at 12 volt dc and 1 at 24 volt dc

• High-tech polymer housing

• Reverse polarity protected

• Long life, high output 12 LED light engine

• Low cost installation

• Fitting kit contains mounting screws and drilling    template

• 2 year warranty


Since 2004, Aqualuma has perfected the art form of underwater lighting and the company’s LEDs are the lights of choice for many of the world’s leading boat manufacturers.


For more info, visit http://aqualuma.com/.




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.


When pads become caked with material, they lose their ability to hold new wax or polish. If completely saturated, they’ll splatter the compound everywhere, making a mess and wasting expensive polishing product.


To keep pads in top shape, it’s a good idea to pause periodically while working to clean them. Shurhold Industries’ ergonomically shaped Pad Cleaning & Utility Brush is designed specifically for this purpose. Its stiff, durable bristles will remove excess wax and polishing compound, leaving a pad’s knap fluffed and ready to be put back to use.


Like all good tools, the Pad Cleaning & Utility Brush has more than one purpose. It excels at cleaning upholstery, mats, vinyl and canvas. It even has a unique spot scrubber built onto the handle.


When the job is finished, it’s a good idea to wash the pads. Once mixed with water, Serious Pad Cleaner breaks down polishes and waxes that are embedded into the fibers. It’s a concentrated citrus cleaner that’s both environmentally friendly and bio-degradable.


After soaking in Serious Pad Cleaner for 15–30 minutes, lightly soiled pads are ready to be rinsed and dried. For those with thick, heavy clumps, a quick brushing with the mixture will bring them back to life. A video showing this is at bit.ly/23MnnAn.


Serious Pad Cleaner works on wool, cotton, foam, microfiber and blended materials. It can even be used to clean mold, algae and dirt from dock lines. Made a gallon or two at a time, a 12 oz. tub will make 20–24 gal. of solution. The mixture will last up to a week.


Shurhold Industries’ Serious Pad Cleaner is $14.98 for a 12 oz. tub and the Pad Cleaning & Utility Brush is $4.98.


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.




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.


Phoenix builds pontoon trailers with the same attention to detail that makes it a leader in the custom-trailer industry. Highly experienced, it understands the special demands of these uniquely-shaped boats.


The all-welded frames are built of durable cold rolled tube steel and are painted with black DuPont polyurethane for long life. They feature a special bow stop with padded uprights that keep the boat snug and protected. Owners who enjoy the added performance of a tritoon will like the height-adjustable Phoenix model that precisely fits the center, third log.


Underneath the trailer is an industry-leading suspension and braking package that was designed from the ground up to function together. Its rugged axles and suspension provide a smooth, soft ride and the hydraulic disc brakes deliver solid, reliable stopping power.


Many pontoon owners opt for Phoenix’s horizontal load guides that make centering the boat on the trailer quick and easy. Other popular options include a swing tongue and deluxe ladder.


Every Phoenix Trailer model complies with National Highway Traffic Safety Association guidelines. The company uses the best components available, and performs its own strict engineering tests.


For more info, contact Phoenix Trailers, 231-536-9760, or visit www.phoenixtrail.com.



 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.


Replicating the pleasing appearance of a traditional round lamp, the EuroLED 75 down lights also offer all the advantages of a highly efficient, durable, solid state light -- delivering the best of both worlds. It uses the highest-rated LEDs to reproduce colors in their natural richness, and the highly efficient optical system creates very wide and even illumination.


Using the same light fittings for both the interior and exterior creates a clean and consistent lighting plan onboard. Hella marine EuroLED lamps are completely sealed and manufactured using the highest grade materials that will not corrode, fade or embrittle in the harsh marine environment.


The EuroLED 75 is available in warm or neutral white, which will beautifully enhance the materials chosen for a vessel. Screw or spring mount options, pre-wired and sized for a standard cut out, make new or refit installation a breeze.


For complete peace of mind, the EuroLED 75 is supported by a 5-year warranty. Suggested retail prices range from $45 to $60.


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




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.


Reflecting Hubbell’s commitment to safety, the YQ100PLUS features indicator lights that show if the dockside wiring is correct for adequate voltage -- helpful before an owner turns on the electricity in the boat. They also warn if one of the two plugs isn’t engaged properly, which guards against the danger of a live, but disconnected, cord end.


If the marina offers only a single 50 amp receptacle, using the “A” leg plug of the YQ100PLUS brings 50 amp, 250V AC power aboard. The other cord on this Y adapter remains safely dormant in this situation.


The electronic components stay dry and protected in a lightweight enclosure that is also UV and impact resistant. Sealing grommets keep moisture out. Hubbell’s full-feature connectors and fully molded plugs have cord clamps to prevent terminal strain. The YQ100PLUS Intelligent Y Adapter has a suggested retail price of $4,999.


For more info, contact Hubbell Marine Electrical Products, 475-882-4838, or visit





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.


The innovative 305 model is a 10' RIB that seats four. It’s from the pen of renowned naval architect Patrizio Facheris. Recognized for balancing performance and artistry, he designed the tender to provide a soft, smooth ride. At planing speed – something that only takes three seconds – passengers remain dry due to the technologically advanced hull form and tubes. USCG approved, the boat is surprisingly fast and agile, with a top speed of 36 mph from its 40 hp outboard. And at only 750 lbs. fully rigged, it’s easily stowed on deck, davits or in a yacht garage.


From any angle, there’s no mistaking the clean, Italian lines of the Argos Nautic 305. The spacious interior is best described as modern and sophisticated luxury. Upholstered in marine leatherette or any top-quality fabric, the ergonomic design provides an elegant, comfortable space to relax.


A testament to the designer’s creativity, beneath the seating is ample storage. Like the rest of the boat, nothing has been overlooked in creating the finest 10' RIB tender available. Prices range from $30,000 to $42,000.


More information? Contact Argos Nautic at 786-520-4700 or visit www.argosnautic.com.





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.


The Route du Rhum is a single-handed, transatlantic sailing race where participants race from Saint-Malo to the finish in Guadeloupe. The 3,500 mile challenge is testing sailors to the limits of their mental and physical endurance.


During the race, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, who was the first ever man to sail solo, non-stop around the world in 1968-69, is alone and thousands of miles away on his Open 60 Grey Power.


McMurdo has supplied Sir Robin with a range of McMurdo Products including:


• SmartFind Plus GPS EPIRB (manual bracket)

SmartFind Plus GPS EPIRB (with SOLAS approved auto housing)

• Smartfind S20 AIS MOB device

• FastFind 220 PLB

• Smartfind S5 AIS SART

• Grab bag XL


The devices Sir Robin Knox-Johnston has on Grey Power form part of McMurdo’s evolving range of innovative search and rescue devices, including Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) and Personal Locator Beacons (PLBs). Both EPIRBs and PLBs use the COSPAS SARSAT network of satellites to transmit alert information to the appropriate rescue coordination center, wherever they are activated - worldwide.


“It’s very reassuring to have these McMurdo devices - you have safety which you never had back when I first started ocean racing. It’s made a huge difference. In those days if anything went wrong you disappeared into the blue. Nowadays you can set off so many alarms the chances of being rescued are very high. However, it doesn’t alter the fact you should avoid needing to use the devices in the first place,” Sir Robin Knox-Johnston said.


“Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is a renowned global maritime professional. He epitomizes the spirit of maritime exploration and endurance. Robin’s decision to select McMurdo is a resounding endorsement of our products and our network of rescue solutions. He has experienced the ocean at its very worst and recognizes the importance of having the best safety equipment, should the unexpected happen,” said Justine Heeley, Managing Director, McMurdo Group UK.


For more information about McMurdo search and rescue products, visit www.mcmurdomarine.com.



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.


The STA-LOK range also includes self-fit terminals, swage terminals, chrome bronze turnbuckles and stemball self-fit terminals.


STA-LOK self-fit terminals are the easiest and most efficient way to terminate 1 x 19, 7 x 7,

7 x 19 and Dyform wire ropes. Manufactured from rustproof, high strength 316 stainless steel, 100% stronger than the wire. Simple to install with basic hand tools. Available in imperial and metric wire sizes from 1/8” (3mm) to1” (26mm) for right and left hand lay wire.


STA-LOK swage terminals are available in a wide range of designs and can be used with all types of swaging machines. Manufactured from rustproof 316 stainless steel grade 1.4401 and machined to close tolerances to ensure accurate termination. Available in imperial and metric wire sizes from 1/8” (3mm) to 1” (26mm).


STA-LOK chrome bronze turnbuckles, forged from high strength bronze, are 100% stronger than the wire rope. High polished chrome plate finish. Available in imperial and metric wire sizes from 1/8” (3mm) to 1” (26mm).


STA-LOK stemball self-fit terminals for terminating yacht shrouds. Using standard stemball cups (ordered separately), the head size of the reusable stemball self-fit terminal can be increased to fit any mast and spreader attachment. It can be hand fitted instead of machine swaged and easily installed with hand tools. No pre-measurement of shroud lengths is required.


For more information about STA-LOK stainless rigging hardware, visit www.stalok.com.



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.


The overall size of the subwoofer measures 10.125" x 13.5625" x 2.8125", which lends itself to installation inside a storage seat or inside the helm. An 8" driver is powered by an internal 100W Class D amplifier. The housing is molded ABS and an optional remote bass level control is sold separately.


Prospec Electronics' Infinity Basslink SM has a MSRP of $299.95.


Infinity by Harman has been synonymous with luxury since 1968 with products included in more than 20 million cars, and four out of five luxury vehicles. Prospec brings this high level of quality and extravagance to the marine market.


For more info, visit www.prospecelectronics.com.



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