Key Buoy Saves Dropped Keys
Few things can put a damper on a planned day of boating than dropping your keys in the water. Not exactly new, but definitely hot, the patented Key Buoy from Davis Instruments is a key fob that automatically inflates a bright orange float when immersed, making it easy to spot and retrieve your dropped keys.
Key Buoy's plastic fob pops open when exposed to water, causing a chemical reaction that inflates a fourteen inch high-visibility tube in as fast as sixty seconds. The float then lifts up to 2.8 oz. to the surface and extends above the water for easy recovery. Total inflation time may take up to three minutes depending on water depth, but it will float for over an hour. Before inflation, it's like most regular key fobs – small and lightweight. It's only 2.4-inch L x 1.6-inch W x .6-inch H and weights just over an ounce.
The Key Buoy won a Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade (MAAT) Show 'Innovation Award' in 2006. It was recently featured on the television show THE LIST, by host Bradley Hasemeyer, who demonstrated its effectiveness on the episode, "Day at the Beach – 3 Cool Products for the Water," calling it "the orange pillar of hope." That segment can be viewed at www.bit.ly/25Bzs8Y. The Key Buoy is a single use device so keep a spare on hand. Both the fob and the float are recyclable
Davis Instruments offers a broad range of marine and outdoor recreation products. The Key Buoy retails for $6.99. For more information and to order, visit www.davis net.com
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Hayward, CA 94545
New Inboard Boats Joystick Control
In 2006, Volvo Penta was the first to introduce "joystick" control for recreational boats. Over the past decade, Volvo Penta has continued to develop and expand joystick functions for sterndrive and IPS applications, making difficult maneuvers such as docking simple and straightforward. Now, with Joystick Inboard, the benefits of Volvo Penta's joystick technology are extended to inboard drive applications also.
"For many, docking is the most stressful part of boating, but the Joystick Inboard just takes all the stress away," says Anders Thorin, Volvo Penta's Electronics Project Planning Manager. "In fact, Joystick Inboard is the market leading joystick solution for twin inboard shaft installations with a patented function for docking maneuvering. It is so simple and intuitive that a child can do it."
Joystick Driving and Autopilot are standard features of the Joystick Inboard, and ensure the same precision and maneuverability steering out at sea. Combined with Autopilot, driving a boat of any size has never been easier. The patented Joystick Inboard system incorporates all five steering components – thrusters, rudders, gear, slip, and throttle – automatically balancing rudder angles and thrust from the main engines and thrusters to match each boat's maneuvering characteristics, with the goal to make owning and operating a boat as easy as possible.
"For us, the idea of 'easy boating' started with the first joystick in 2006, and ever since we've endeavored to make boating simpler," says Stefan Carlsson, head of Volvo Penta's Marine Diesel division.
For more information and to find a Volvo Penta Dealer near you, visit www.volvopenta.com
Volvo Penta of the Americas
1300 Volvo Penta Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Color Screen "Marine" Stereo Receiver
Driving rain, crashing waves, and cascading winds are only a few of the weather conditions Prospec outdoor audio systems are designed for. The all new Infinity Marine INFPRV315 stereo receiver from Prospec Electronics is a perfect addition to the modern boat dash.
The INFPRV315 pumps out 50 watts of peak power x4 channels with the rich, legendary sound that Infinity by Harmon is known for. Its large, color TFT screen displays album artwork, RDS data, MP3 ID tagging, and a wealth of other features in a variety of different operating modes. The 3.5-inch screen, securely mounted in the IP66 waterproof standard faceplate, is easy to view from a distance, and the unit's large control buttons and rotary encoder provide easy and smooth user interface.
The receiver comes equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, a USB port that also charges, and an auxiliary input providing access to music from a broad spectrum of devices. It has U.S. and European tuning, which brings in AM/FM signals almost anywhere, and made for the marine environment, built-in NOAA Weatherband functionality. Three pair of pre-outs are also provided, including a separate subwoofer output, for flexibility in creating the ideal listening environment. Teamed up with Infinity Marine speakers, amplifiers, remotes, and other accessories you'll have the ultimate sound system afloat.
The Infinity INFPRV315 stereo receiver retails for $299.95. For more information and to order, visit www.prospecelectronics.com
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