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Royal White Shrimp Boots

Capt. Bill Pike's Pick

Royals are super-comfy and supple because they, unlike most PVC shrimp boots you see kickin’ around, reportedly have real rubber in them, thanks to an actual rubber plantation near the manufacturing facility in Bogotá, Colombia.

Orpine Wash & Wax

Capt. Bill Pike's Pick

A couple of months ago, after completing a sea trial on a big yacht that fairly glistened in the sun, I asked the captain, “Hey Frank, whataya use for soap? To keep your boat lookin’ like she does, I mean?”

LifeProof iPhone Case

While easing into West Palm Beach after a recent sea trial, I noticed a phenomenon of sorts—everybody onboard, the captain, the dealer, and myself, had iPhones with identical LifeProof cases. What caused me to notice this nifty coincidence was a moment, albeit a rather dispiriting one perhaps, when all three of us were simultaneously fiddling with our smartphones, either ogling Google, digging up work-related details, or talking with our bosses...

Sea Flush

Sea Flush is a tool that facilitates winterizing, unclogging thru-hull fittings, flushing out saltwater and cleaning heat exchangers/exhaust manifolds/A/C hoses and Oil Coolers on your boat.

Book Recommendations

If your case of cabin fever has become chronic, or if you’re looking to spend some time with a good read while tugging at the anchor in warmer climes, we’ve put together four picks that should be on your saloon’s bookshelf.

AquaLens Underwater Viewing System

If a remote-controlled submarine’s too pricey for your budget, try a submersible on a stick.

For weeks, I’d been anticipating the arrival of an AquaLens (an underwater viewing system that mounts on an extendable boathook) from the folks at Aquabotix. While I have no trouble checking on the health of the transom zincs on my boat by simply lying prone on her swim platform and reaching underwater, checking the condition of the deeper, way-less-accessible propshaft zinc (as well as the prop itself) in wintertime North Florida is a chilly, virtually impossible task, unless you happen to own a wet suit and a scuba rig. So was a remote, waterproof video camera—a sort of miniature submarine on a stick—gonna be cool or what?

Jetstream Video Streaming

Watch, pause, and restart live TV no matter whether you’re on land, in the sky, or at sea. Jetstream, a television service that promises access to international satellite services from any laptop or the company’s proprietary receiver boxes that have Internet access.

PMY Tested: JetLev R200

I recently tested the Jetlev R200 water-powered jetpack down in Fort Lauderdale and man was that thing cool. Jetlev is trying to position it as the next big thing in the world of PWCs. I guess this is a PWC? I don’t really know to be honest...

OceanLED

Think about it a minute: Isn’t hauling your boat in order to change the elements in her underwater lights a lot like tearing your house down to change the light bulbs? OceanLED’s new Pro Series XFM (External Flush Mount) underwater light does away with this sort of overkill. Indeed, to our knowledge...

Fusion

Fusion unveiled this rugged marine-grade stereo at the 2011 Fort Lauderdale boat show. It lets you pump tunes straight from your iPod to your boat’s speakers using a fully integrated display.

Taking the Plunge

A chance encounter with a newspaper story leads to a deeply intriguing proposition. As a kid, there were only two things I loved as much as boats: treehouses and submarines. To deal with the first of these hankerings, I handcrafted an array of wooden structures

Chelsea Clock

Chelsea Clock plays to its strength with the new Voyager Collection. Each clock or barometer offers a classic look in forged brass with a beveled crystal, but in a compact, 3.5-inch-diameter case.

Miele

Washer-Dryer

Miele introduced its new Washer-Dryer combo at Newport and sold two off the floor. With an exclusive stain-removal wash cycle and steam functions, the compact appliance is ideal for a 60-foot or larger yacht. But what sets it apart is the super-fast spin cycle, which whirls out moisture at 1600 rpm before switching to the dryer.

Strong Marine

AutoCleat

The AutoCleat is the only cleat that goes totally flush at the push of a button‚ —in just two seconds. It not only provides a sleek, uncluttered look but lets you start your engines, press the release button, and be instantly free of all mooring lines.

($495,

Wavejet Propulsion

Wavejet

The Wavejet line of surfboards, paddleboards, and more have battery-powered propulsion to help you paddle out more easily, catch bigger waves, and even take a break if you need it. The company says its boards can be used to paddle into 50-foot-high waves, but if you just feel like giving your shoulders a rest, they’re good for that

Molori

Body Max

The Body Max is a multistation exercise machine‚ —complete with exertion-monitoring computer‚ —that unfolds a full workout from a cabinet that’s just 70 inches tall. The box holds a recumbent stationary bike and a bilateral pulley system with dual 30-pound weight stacks, and is customizable.

(starts at $10,500;

Voith

This thruster is powered by magnets that surround its tunnel, so there is no gear box in the hub to restrict water flow and no large motor above (inside the hull) taking up space. Magnetic operation makes it much quieter and virtually vibration-free compared to conventional thrusters.

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