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    As East Coast Editor, I was in every issue of Powerboat Magazine for 40 years. Although Powerboat ceased publication, my love of boats, and marine gadgets continues and you can find some unique and interesting products here. If you're into Performance Boating Jason Johnson and Matt Trulio of Powerboat Magazine carry on with news for the go-fast set with their web based http://www.speedonthewater.com/.


    Ahoy Mateys! Soon the NY Boat Show Will Drop Anchor At The Javits Again.

    About the Show

    Tens of thousands of boating and fishing enthusiasts start their season at the Progressive® Insurance New York Boat Show. With its 112-year history the show is recognized as THE place to see the latest and greatest in boating.

    You name it you’ll see it here first—everything from yachts and cruisers to bass and pontoon boats, from canoes and kayaks to fishing boats and personal watercraft, from marine electronics and engines to fishing gear, and more. Book trip with resorts and travel destinations, too.

    There's no better place to buy! The 5-day event is a once-a-year opportunity to compare makes and models, secure insurance and financing and gear up with the latest accessories all at one time!

    Boat Show Info: http://www.nyboatshow.com/ 

    About National Marine Manufacturers Association:

    The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows is the leading association representing the $39.5 billion per year recreational boating industry. Member companies produce over 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers in the U.S. For more information about the NMMA, visit http://www.nmma.org/.



    This could be perfect for a bigger boat, when it becomes available in 2019.

    Wash your dishes, clean your hats, cook your dinner --- all in one really small appliance! Yep, that's what the company says.


    The Heatworks Tetra, an internet-connected compact countertop dishwasher requires no plumbing and can be placed and used anywhere with a standard electrical outlet. With a smaller capacity than the average dishwasher Tetra holds two full place settings or 10 plates or 12 pint glasses. There are no faucet connections required and water is loaded by hand so users know exactly how much water is being used - about a half a gallon per load. Tetra is transparent so you can see exactly where in the dishwashing cycle it is. It's powered by Heatworks' patented Ohmic Array Technology. It does not use traditional metal heating elements that can rust and scale over time. Instead, through graphite electrodes and advanced electronic controls, the naturally occurring minerals in water are excited, directly and efficiently heating the water. But wait, there's a LOT more! The company says because of the precise temperature control you can easily use the Tetra to sanitize baby products, wash plastic storage containers without melting, cook seafood, clean fruit, or run a load of wine glasses on a gentler cycle. All this in just 10 minutes a load. Now one of their press releases says Tetra will cost under $300 and will be available for purchase in late 2018.Well it is late 2018, and at CES Unveiled 2019 we learned we would see a working model at CES 2019. So it seems the 'on sale' date is still far away.


    Company video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_4UgIijI0Z0


    Compay website: http://www.myheatworks.com/  


    Little dog on board? Can't reach the shore? This could help!

    This could be perfect for seniors with dogs who are paper-trained, or anyone who can't get out of the house on a terrible winter day. Designed to handle #1 and #2, the highly absorbent BrilliantPad soaks up liquids and dries out solids. It wraps and seals waste to keep your home clean and odor free. A built-in timer replaces pad automatically or you can refresh anytime at the touch of a button. I asked what happens if there's a puppy on the pad when the machine is set to automatic and the spokesperson said a sensor won't let the machine start until the pad is clear of your pet. Waste is sealed inside while outside remains dry and your hands stay clean. Biodegradable caps prevent leaks and foul odors. One long-lasting roll lets you enjoy your pet without the clean-up chore. The company says one roll = 27 regular wee pads. The company says it's perfect for small dogs up to 25 pounds who already use pads or for puppies you're going to train to use pads. Medium dogs 25 to 40 pounds might use it, but it not for dogs over 40 pounds. Was $149.99 but as of 11/24/18) it was $99.99 on Amazon. Refills are $20 to $32 depending on the number you buy and if you subscribe to one of their refill plans.

    Giz Wiz Video from the pet expo: https://youtu.be/HMYNlufFZpw


    Company website: http://www.brilliantpad.com/


    Amazon link: https://amzn.to/2RcpHgm  ( $99.99, but that price could change at any time.)


    This 4-in-1 Multi-functional LED Light also does SOS.

    The Worx 4-in-1 LED Light. This new 20V Multi-function LED light has a telescoping design for compact storage, and the ability to adapt to multiple working conditions. It's 4 functions are; flashlight, 360 degree lantern, desk lamp with Hi and Lo settings, and an emergency SOS light. You can easily toggle through the functions by pressing the single convenient switch. Pulling the light up releases a left and right pivoting head which you can adjust for best angle of illumination. (You can see a quick demo of all the functions in my video on this week's show, which is also at the link below.) For convenience, a carry lanyard and hook are attached. The light is rated for 50,000 hours of burn time. The kit includes the light, a 1.5Ah battery and a 5 hour charger. The 4-in-1 light is compatible with any WORX 20V battery. It's model WX027L. And it retails for $69.99 complete with battery, or $59.99 if you already have a compatible Worx 20V battery. (But I think getting the battery for $10 is a good way to go.) 


    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/4NQ-dAw7VH8  


    Company Website: https://www.worx.com/worx-20v-multi-function-led-flashlight-wx027l.html 


    Mercury Engines, Sea Ray Boats & Marine Max have a media day on the water!

    Who could resist an offer like this from Lee Gordon, Director of Global Public Relations and Communications at Mercury Marine. - Dear Dick, Can you join us for a day on the Hudson? We will have 5-6 boats on the water at Chelsea Piers. You guys can drive a boat sideways (seriously), drive it with a joystick, and see how the technology has advanced or get on a pontoon that can go 70+ mph. We will have media from the marine industry as well as mainstream and while their stories may be different, the one thing we all have in common is a love for New York and there's no better way to see it than on a boat. We will also have our Skyhook virtual anchor which uses your GPS coordinates to keep you in place, our Active Trim technology that trims your engine with a push of a button – there’s so much to choose from. Our goal in the marine industry is to make boating easier, and like the automotive world, we are trying to take any fear out of boating and make it so easy my kid (with supervision) can drive the boat. Lee G.

    Yes, of course I accepted! I choose one of the more traditional boats with just twin 300 hp Merc outboards. It was a 31 footer open bow to stern which is a huge segment of the market these days. Here's a link to the video. So people can get a better idea of our test boat I inserted some video from the flash drives provided at the event.


    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/79Ar57nhK38  


    Sea Ray:http://www.searay.com/page.aspx/pageid/160944/pmid/366053/SLX-310-OB.aspx


    Mercury Marine:https://www.mercurymarine.com/en/us/engines/outboard/verado/250-350-hp/


    Marine Max:https://www.marinemax.com/stores/manhattan/marinemax-manhattan