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Best Marine Bluetooth XM Stereo

Best Marine Bluetooth XM Stereo

Here’s what we’re listening to this summer! Aquatic AV’s AQ-MP-5UBT is their newest waterproof marine stereo. The first thing that stands out – it feels solid, it’s clearly very well-made. Second, a cushioned hidden dock behind the detachable faceplate safely stores and charges your iPhone, Android or USB device – the secret space feels a bit James Bond-ish. The wireless Bluetooth syncs quickly so you can play tunes from anywhere on your boat – from our iPhone it displays track and album art too. If you’re into Sirius XM, or plan to be, now you can enjoy that out on the water too. The built-in 288W amp can drive up to 8 speakers or a sub/speaker mix. Overall, this is a well-built component, it’s IP55 waterproof rated and the sound quality is excellent. The rotary volume knob has a firm, notched-feel to minimize mistakes out in the chop. Highly recommended. Find it at Amazon…

Man Overboard Tracker

Man Overboard Tracker

We just got our Sea-tags wristband and it is impressive. There is a waterproof removable bluetooth tracker on the backside that detects your location by using the Sea-tags app – when the wristband is immersed in water a paired phone sounds an alert and a tracking map is displayed to help navigate back to the wristband wearer. In our testing this system is simple, smartly designed and works well to protect your crew (or pet) from man overboard situations. About $80 at Sea-tags…

Stop Sea Sickness Bar

Stop Sea Sickness Bar

These little Anchor Bars really work, almost like magic. We bought a few and now store them on the boat (just in case). They are proven to work for 7 out of 10 people, contain no drugs and last over 3 hours. They even taste good! Try for yourself. Find it at Amazon…

Sperry Sea Kite Shoes

Sperry Sea Kite Shoes

The Sperry Top-Sider Men’s Sea Kite Sport Boat Shoe provides great traction on wet surfaces, which is a must for boat shoes – these do that extremely well by using “Adaptive Wave-Siping” soles. We also love the support and comfort because we wear them all day and our feet still feet great. The insole pulls out in case you want to clean or dry. Great with or without socks. Looks so good we even wear them to work! Find it at Amazon…

Light Portable Boat Seat

Light Portable Boat Seat

We’re not sure how long this little seat will last but it’s getting a lot of use on the boat. The Oniva Recreational Reclining Seat is lightweight, folds flat, has an adjustable shoulder strap and is adjustable to six positions. Comes in various colors, the bottom is black (which helps it avoid looking dirty). Works great in the boat or on the beach. Backed by the Picnic Time Family of Brands “Built to Last” Lifetime Guarantee. Find it at Amazon…

Luminoodle Light Rope

Today, we reviewed the waterproof Luminoodle Light Rope & Battery/Lantern from Power Practical. We found them to be well-built, bright, rugged and versatile. If you’re trying to decide between the 5 or 10 foot length, we preferred the 10 which provided twice the lumens (360) and was long enough to wrap the rear of our t-top. A great safety feature is that the battery pack doubles as a USB charger for your phone or other electronic device. Find it on Amazon…

Real Sailcloth Wallet

Real Sailcloth Wallet

Looking for a great gift for a sailor or boat lover? The Sailor Bags Wallet is lightweight, folds thin, takes a beating, and can be thrown in the wash when it gets dirty – how many wallets can you do that with? It is so tough it is guaranteed for life. White, dark blue with a stylish light blue interior. We just ordered one and two things to note, the interior of ours was gray and it is made in China, not USA. It is made of real sailcloth but not recycled sails. Find it at Amazon…

Zodiac Heritage Automatic

Zodiac Heritage Automatic

The Zodiac Heritage Automatic is the updated version of the iconic swiss made men’s Zodiac Sea Wolf. Since 1882 Zodiac has been making innovative, precise, rugged timepieces. This watch has it all – looks, character and function. Self-winding, stainless steel band, water resistant to 660 ft, suitable for professional marine activity and serious surface water sports, but not scuba diving. Is there anyone who would not love this watch on their wrist? Find it at Amazon…

Best Rugged Overalls

Best Rugged Overalls

These Carhartt Mayne Overalls are an all around favorite. These are the lighter-weight 35 mm poly (instead of the heavy 50 mm winter Surrey bibs). The lightweight is great for cool weather, but not freezing. Snaps on the side to adjust, plus straps that actually stay up on your shoulders. Very waterproof, very oversized (baggy style) for flexibility over pants. You may find yourself wearing them a lot… rainy days, fixing the truck, in the woods. The yellow is classic, but we chose black – it hides the dirt (and is oh-so slimming). Find it at Amazon…

Best Waterproof Headlamp

Best Waterproof Headlamp

The Pelican 2720 is nice for it’s hands-free design, but the Explortek Nite-Blazer LED Headlamp costs less, is IPX6 waterproof, burns longer, is brighter (CREE at 168 lumens), shines further (110 meters), comes with a hard travel case, plus the batteries are included – Duracell too. And, like Pelican it has a lifetime warranty. This headlamp is a great value and would make an excellent gift for the boater in your life. Darkness on a rocking boat and headlamps were made for each other. “We really love this headlamp – so many uses!”-Editor Find it at Amazon…

Atlas Of Remote Islands

Atlas of Remote Islands

The book Atlas of Remote Islands is visually stunning and an adventurous discovery of information and history. Open it and uncover the mystery of fifty islands that are both remote and unique – chances are you won’t find these islands in a brochure or as a vacation spot. The author uses historic events and scientific reports to highlight the wonders of each island, locations span from Arctic, Atlantic, Indian, Pacific, and Antarctic Oceans. 144 pages, full color maps, bound in black cloth and sea-blue card. “An utterly exquisite object” -The Guardian “…absolutely magical.” – Conde Nast Traveler “If you ever wonder what kind of place ‘real’ books will have in an increasingly electronic world, the Atlas of Remote Islands is the perfect example of the power wielded by a physical artifact. This book is a rare gem. It’s like your favourite children’s fantasy book come to life… it’s a little like Lost, and it is like traveling to the moon.”  -Writer’s Pet blog Find it at Amazon…

Needlepoint America Hat

Needlepoint America Hat

The Smathers & Branson America Hat may be the most well made cap you will ever own (plus it’s a great way to proudly show your support). 100% hand-stitched needlepoint American flag is on the front panel, ventilation holes in each panel to keep you cool and comfortable, rich blue color. Experience the quality of skilled artisans and unmatched style with a hand-stitched hat by Smathers & Branson. Find it at Amazon…

Recycled Flat Rope Mats

A few years back the government banned float rope because of whale entanglement issues, forcing lobstermen to make a switch to a different kind of rope (sink rope). This resulted in an abundance of used float rope that was headed for a landfill. The Cape Porpoise Trading Co. turns this flat rope into usable products, like these ruggedly handsome entry mats. Doing good by recycling old rope is a noble goal. Support a good cause, a good business and Maine lobsterman. Buy a handmade mat today…

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Fortress Boat Anchors

Fortress Boat Anchors

In test after test, no anchor in history has been called “The Worlds Best Anchor” by more boaters and marine experts than Fortress. Fortress weighs only half as much as heavier steel anchors and yet outperforms them all. Precision-machined from high-tech aluminum alloy that is as strong as steel, but only half the weight. Will set faster and penetrate deeper into common sea bottoms for incredible holding power. Can be disassembled for storage. Excellent as a spare or storm anchor. Easy to store. Free replacement of any damaged anchor part, forever. Find it at Amazon…

Real Jellyfish Tank

Real Jellyfish Tank

The Orbit 20 Jellyfish Aquarium provides the perfect entry to the fascinating world of jellyfish keeping. Utilizes only one moving part, a small DC pump. This means the tank is almost silent when in operation. Unlike most mass produced aquarium products the Orbit 20 is assembled and polished by hand in small batches ensuring a finished product of the highest quality. Comes with a built-in LED lighting system which is controlled by an IR remote control, allowing you to change the light color, set the tank to scroll or flash through various colors or change the brightness from anywhere in the room. Visually fascinating and an amazing experience of ocean wonder. 15″ tall. Moon Jellyfish are sold separately. Find it at Amazon…

Sailor Jerry Tee Shirt

Sailor Jerry Tee Shirt

Sailor Jerry is an American icon. In his younger days, he hopped freight trains and practiced tattoo art on drunks brought in from Skid Row (true). He worked as a skipper out of the Hawaiian Islands on a three-masted schooner, toured the world, and played saxophone in his own band. Later on in life, his artwork became well-known and highly sought after with bold illustrations of booze, snakes, the infamous “Aloha” monkey, birds, motor heads, pistons and pin-up girls. His brand lives on in this handsome dark blue Sailor Jerry T-shirt. Find it at Amazon…