Your VHF radio, one of the most important tools on any boat that ventures offshore, can mean the difference between life and death in an emergency situation. During an emergency, it may be impossible to quickly get a read on your position, so the Standard Horizon GX2200 MATRIX AIS/GPS features a 66-channel WAAS GPS antenna integrated into the front panel of the radio, so now there is no need to hassle with wiring the radio to a GPS for digital selective calling or automated identification system. The MATRIX AIS/GPS features an 80-decibel commercial-grade receiver with local/distance attenuator, ITU Class D DSC, and a powerful 30-watt PA/Loud Hailer. The unit can save up to 100 waypoints, which may be selected and navigated to by using a unique navigation compass display that shows your vessel’s SOG, COG, bearing and distance to the waypoint.
For more information, visit standardhorizon.com.
Refrigeration needs aboard every boat vary depending on the type and duration of each outing. However, a versatile bench-style cockpit freezer/refrigerator from Frigibar Industries can do it all. Keeping cold and frozen items ready for use at precisely the right temperature, these rugged boxes can be used as a freezer or a refrigerator. Frigibar cockpit freezer/refrigerators are built to withstand an uncovered salt air environment while still maintaining 0 F, even under the tropical sun. All-fiberglass construction ensures they will not rust, while heavy-duty compressors, high-efficiency heat exchanger coils and a heated gasket seal all contribute to efficient, dependable cooling.
Both the Ensign and Skipper models are available in a 12V DC option. A plush, 3-inch thick custom cushion is also available for each mode.
For more information, visit frigibar.com.
Rain is No Factor
We always tell people to go fishing whenever you make the time and when the conditions permit. Sometimes, however, you have to go when the weather is not so nice or on days when it starts out pretty and then rapidly deteriorates. On those days, bring along some of the new Gage Weather Watch breathable rainwear for juniors. The jackets and pants provide waterproof protection from the elements for children ages 2 to 16. This special high-visibility yellow Weather Watch rainwear is fashioned from 300-denier polyester, with an Oxford weave for optimum comfort and durability and fully taped seams to prevent water intrusion in even the strongest storms.
For more information, visit grundens.com.
With more and more anglers getting into fishing with live baits under kites, the need for additional, and more versatile, rod holders swells with every season. Pivoting 360 degrees and locking in 16 different positions, the Sidekick rocket launcher from Murray Products allows you to fish in any position without having to move any rods. This new system allows you to fish four to six rods from any location with any 30-degree rod holder. Although designed for kite and live-bait fishing, it can also be used for trolling and helps keep your cockpit organized. The Sidekick provides the perfect workstation and even sports a magnetized tray to help keep all your fishing accessories, such as needles, pliers and hook rigs, in place.
For more information, visit murrayproducts.com.
Sperry built its reputation on building shoes that could stick to a wet deck like glue — a characteristic that any boat lover will appreciate. While the look and designs of its shoes may have evolved over time, Sperry’s commitment to making shoes that can take the abuse of offshore conditions and keep the wearer on board the vessel has never wavered. The new Shock Lite II goes a step further by using Top-Sider’s patented ASV Technology, which decreases the effects of hull pounding by up to 30 percent. This significantly reduces muscle fatigue and soreness and leads to a better day on the water.
The Shock Lite II features an adjustable bungee, which keeps the shoe secure, yet is still easy to get on and off. A removable full-length compression molded EVA foot bed maximizes comfort underfoot, and the nylon and mesh uppers and linings promote ultra-fast drying.
For more information, visit sperrytopsider.com.
Ten New Styles
The American Fishing Tackle Company, a staple in the saltwater fishing industry for more than 50 years, continues its tradition of excellence and innovation with a revamped clothing line for 2014. AFTCO’s first 2014 delivery features 10 new T-shirt styles. This initial 2014 product drop marks the official relaunch of AFTCO performance fishing clothing, with entirely fresh branding and clothing designs that utilize the most up-to-date performance fabrics and technologies.
The Marlin Sketch design is available in both short- and long-sleeve styles. The long-sleeve T-shirt style weighs just 6.1 ounces, is made of 100 percent cotton and comes in white, royal blue and black. Short-sleeve styles come in a 4.1-ounce 50/50 poly-cotton blend in neon yellow, burgundy and athletic gray.
For more information, visit aftco.com.