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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/.


    Lowrance TotalScan Transducer

    A very interesting new marine gadget via our friends at BOAT/US:

    One of the problems with today's rapidly evolving fishfinders is that transducers need to be constantly replaced and/or added, to gain all the available functionality. Hence, the TotalScan from Lowrance. This all-in-one transducer (which comes with multiple mounting options) has CHIRP, StructureScan, and DownScan functionality in a single housing. $299. Many more details at the company website:



    Garmin Nautix In-View

    More marine gadget news via our friends at BOAT/US

    Garmin Nautix In-View Display

    Are you the captain of your boat, or the pilot of an F-16? The Nautix In-View display will have you wondering. This is a head-mounted, hands-free display that attaches to your sunglasses. Displaying critical data such as speed, heading, water depth, or engine RPM from a Garmin plotter or instrument, you'll never have to glance away from the water to look at the dash again. Or, at least you won't for up to eight hours of battery life. Weight is one ounce, a light sensor ensures readability in varying conditions, and it can be viewed through polarized or prescription lenses. $399.99 More info at the company website:



    Yamaha's new top-of-the-line WaveRunner.

    Unveiled at the show was the 2016 FX Cruiser SVHO, billed as Yamaha’s top-of-the-line WaveRunner, featuring their most powerful engine ever. When you ride this high-tech marvel you'll be sitting above a 250-horsepower, fuel-injected, four-cylinder engine. Andrew Cullen, Communications Manger for Yamaha's Watercraft group, told me you'll be able to go bounding over the water at close to 70 mph. I asked what the speed would be with 3 people aboard and he said, “almost the same”. It's 1812 cc of torque gets up to 30 mph in under two seconds if I remember correctly. An innovative feature is the SVHO’s dual-throttle system. The right handlebar has the forward throttle and the left handlebar is reverse. When you’re speeding across the water, you can use the left throttle as a brake. If you left go of both throttles you come to a standstill. But wait, there's more! Yamaha claims it’s more fuel-efficient than anything in its class, mostly because it’s lighter at 836 pounds. When you fill the 18.5-gallon tank with the recommended premium unleaded gas, you can travel 100 miles or more depending on heavy you lean the throttle. $15,899 includes most of the deluxe features, and Yamaha offers many other lower prices WaveRunners.




    An Action Cam That Goes Down To 98 Feet w/o An Additional Case.

    And now a couple of new high tech goodies from the Spring Pepcom Event in NYC.

    The “TACT” is WASPcam’s newest camera model, (#9905). The TACT records HD video up to 1080p, and snaps still-images up to 12-megapixels. Built-in Wi-Fi connects the camera to an iPhone or Android for live viewing, recording and sharing content online. The TACT camera package also includes a wireless wrist remote, (which is worn like a wristwatch) which can control video and photo recording up to 5 meters (15 feet) away. The WASPcam TACT is completely waterproof, down to 98 feet, without the addition of a waterproof case, and includes a 1.5-inch LCD viewing screen on the back of the camera. There's even a built-in speaker. Cyclic recording and an auto looping function allows the camera to be used as a dash camera. Unique on this model are two LED safety lights that be set to steady on for camera use, or flashing for safety. And it comes with a great assortment of accessories, including the Wireless Wrist Remote. / Bar Mount. / Helmet Mount. / Tripod Mount Adapter / Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery / Wall charger. / USB Cable. The #9905 TACT Camera supports microSD cards up to 32GB. Battery is included, but not the micro SD card is not. But they're very inexpensive these days! You'll see two other model WASPcams in the video, one under $100! The 5200 mAh Power Stubbie which can power the camera, and other brand cameras too, as as charge cell phones, etc. has a MSRP of $79.99. It's due out May/June 2016.

    Giz Wiz Video: https://youtu.be/pL-8F35v4Q4

    Company website: www.waspcam.com


    Fresh Brewed Coffee On The Road, Or On The Water. (Just add 12 volt power.)

    The portability of mojoe lets you make 'home brew taste' coffee pretty much anyplace. And you don't have to worry about a way to heat the water. The mojoe works with any water temperature. Whether it's bottled water or water from the fountain at your office, the temperature doesn't matter. That's because mojoe™ heats your water to the perfect brewing temperature of 200°F. And like your coffee maker at home, your water and coffee are kept separate. With the mojoe, the mojoe reusable filter, and your favorite ground coffee, tea bag, or loose tea your ready to brew. No need to find the closest coffee shop, or drinking 6-hour-old coffee. Mojoe uses the 12V car adapter, 110/220V wall adapter, or rechargeable battery. (The optional battery pack is still under development.). Brews about 8.5 fluid ounces of coffee - the average size of a “cup” of coffee. When your coffee is done brewing, you can easily enjoy your coffee directly from the mojoe just like a travel mug. It will be shipping this Summer 2016. Sign up for their newsletter to receive product updates. Pre-order price is $89.99. (As of 3/16/16) 

    Company website & video: https://www.mojoebrewing.com/pages/how-it-works