Something For Every Boat

By Mark Corke

Whether optimizing your onboard sound, assembling a potentially life-saving ditchbag, or looking for an innovative new way to cover your boat, here's some awesome new gear.

Seconds Count In An Emergency

Life Cell floating ditch kit

Getting off the boat during an emergency is no time to go searching for flares, VHF, and life jackets. Lifecell is a floating ditch kit available in four sizes to suit small dayboats (two people) up to larger-boat versions for more crew. Designed to fit on a bracket, Lifecell will float free should the vessel sink. Handles and clip-on lanyards around the outside of the floating case allow crew to grab on, preventing them from getting separated in the water. Available in high-visibility orange or white; contents not included. $279–$439.

One Cool Cover

SwiftShield boat covers from Sunstream Boat Lifts

Boat covers attached with multiple snaps can be a hassle to fit, so we were pleased to see SwiftShield covers from Sunstream Boat Lifts at the Miami International Boat Show. The cover is deployed or retracted onto a spring-loaded roller at the touch of a button, as large electrically operated arms swing over the boat. Designed to be used with a boat stored on a lift, the cover is held in place with no attachments to the boat, so you'll be out on the water faster. Available from authorized Sunstream SwiftShield dealers, the system is designed for boats up to 42 feet in length. $2,000–$6,999+ |

Stealth Speakers Fit Anywhere

The Fusion Sound Panel

Installing stereo speakers on a boat is a challenge; we end up placing them where they'll fit rather then where they should be located for optimal sound. The Fusion Sound Panel is an all-in-one solution. The speakers — tweeters, midrange, and bass for both left and right channels — are mounted in one unit, making speaker-cable runs less cluttered. Rated IP65 weatherproof, the Sound-Panel is suitable for interior and exterior use. Its shallow mounting depth requires only 1.5 inches of rear clearance for flush-mounting; it's further reduced by adding spacers behind the front bezel. $199 | 

— Published: August/September 2017

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