New Products - September 2017

Boat Builders Embrace New Shore Power System

Boatbuilders who understand cost-benefit analysis take the long view when rigging their boats. That’s why notable manufacturers such as Catalina Yachts, Fleming Yachts, Marlow-Hunter, Nordic Tugs and over 50 additional OEMs have embraced the innovative SmartPlug system. Not only does it offer their marketers a powerful selling feature, but it provides their customers with a safer, more modern vessel.

The revolutionary SmartPlug is the next generation of shore power connections. Unlike traditional twist-type plugs that haven’t changed in 80 years, it features a pin and clip design that delivers more than 20 times the metal-to-metal contact. This reduces the chance of fire due to resistance and overheating. Its unique asymmetrical shape with spring-loaded locking clips, triple-sealing design with an easy straight-in connector and LED power light makes it easier to connect when it’s dark or cold.

The SmartPlug is available in 30- or 50-amp versions with stainless steel, black, white or grey non-metallic covers. They can also be custom-branded with a manufacturer’s logo.

Because the cut-out and mounting hole pattern match industry standards, it’s easy for boatbuilders to switch to the SmartPlug. A matching phone/TV/data inlet is now available and will debut at IBEX, Sept. 19-21, 2017, Tampa, Florida, booth 217.

SmartPlug Systems,
2500 Westlake Ave N., Ste. G,
Seattle, WA 98109-2262,


Move A 15,000-Lb. Trailer By Remote Control

Moving a trailer with serious weight requires raw power. But the larger the tow vehicle, often the less maneuverable the rig becomes. With Parkit360’s Transformer 15K Trailer Dolly, one person can move a 15,000-lb. fifth wheel, tag-a-long, gooseneck or traditional trailer with absolute ease by simply walking and steering with its wireless remote control.

The Transformer 15K’s muscle comes from two powerful 1.5hp Bosch electric motors with planetary gearing. The trailer dolly runs off a user-supplied 12V deep cell battery; a charger is built in. Traction to climb a 6% grade of grass, gravel or pavement comes from 6.5-inch wide track tires.

15,000-lbs. can gain momentum, so the Transformer 15K has a Smart Brake Controller for safe handling. Connected to the trailer’s wire harness, it automatically controls electric and surge brakes.

The wireless remote control sets it apart from other power dollies. It provides the operator the ability to walk around the trailer that’s being moved for a true 360-degree view. The Transformer 15K delivers the ability to park a trailer with inches to spare. It can even be backed into a space as a theft deterrent – something a truck can never do. A video is at

The Transformer 15K features Parkit360’s Stableloc Technology. With its included ball mount and king pin adapter, it will connect to almost any hitch right out of the box.

Parkit360’s Transformer 15K comes with a two-year warranty. Its list cost is $4,620, but online pricing is commonly available.

130-502 Industrial Ave.,
Carleton Place, ON,
Canada K7C 3T2,
Toll-free 888/926-5517,


Quick And Easy Way To Clean Fiberglass

Laypeople think boats are somehow always clean; owners know otherwise. They spend hours keeping them in top condition. Now, with Davis Instruments’ FSR™ Fiberglass Stain Remover, they don’t have to work as hard, nor as long. With this unique, fast-acting gel, it’s easy to remove oil, rust, exhaust and waterline stains, and gelcoat discoloration.

FSR removes common boat stains, inside or out. It works on white painted surfaces, fiberglass, stainless steel, and fabrics such as cushions and sailcloth. Perfect for getting rid of rust bleeders from the deck or hull, it’s non-abrasive, so it won’t mar glossy surfaces. It’ll also remove road grime from trailered vessels.

Easy to use, FSR is applied with a brush, cloth or sponge. After a few minutes, it’s simply wiped off or rinsed with water. No sanding or compounding is needed.

For large or multiple boats, or boatyard and marina use, Davis offers FSR Big Job. It’s the same effective gel, but in a convenient 2-liter size.

Davis Instruments’ FSR costs $10.99 for a one pint container and $29.99 for a 2-liter jug of FSR Big Job.

Davis Instruments,
3465 Diablo Ave.,
Hayward, CA 94545,
510.732-9229, H

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