Aqua Box Smartphone Case Testing this tested this tester’s nerve. Of all the things we most hate to see hitting the water, it’s got to be our phones, as most of us carry our lives — not to mention our music, photos, and contacts — around in them. But the Aqua Box proudly came through and even my trusty helper, an overzealous 3-year-old who took great pleasure in hurling it off the dock, multiple times, and then dragging it, bouncing it along the tarmac, couldn’t defeat it. The simple twist-and-lock box with a hard outer shell and a silicone membrane that goes over the screen allows you to use your phone as normal, while still protecting it against water, sand, and dirt. Waterproof up to almost 20 feet, it works with iPhone, Droid, Blackberry, and other touch- screen smartphones. Check their website for compatibilities. $34.99; www.aquaboxproducts.com WM3000RF Marine Stereo Receiver You won’t need to create a tent city for your ste- reo when the waves break over your bow, if you have the splash-resistant Stereo Receiver. When your boat hits a wave, you can contentedly take a double back flip, beam-width-stagger, and not worry a jot as the stereo gets a dunking. With USB controls for iPod and iPhone; a front-panel USB input; two aux inputs; and an SD card slot behind the front panel, it’s also a lean, mean sound machine. The traction for your back after the gymnastics above, however, is unfortu- nate. $199.99; www.westmarine.com
LED Waterproof Spotlight
When something uses the tag line, “Dip
It, Drop It, Dunk It,” it’s all but inviting a flying kick off a dock — which I happily provided — in
testing out this sturdy flashlight. True to form, it still
worked, even after five minutes floating with the light
pointing up in a murky lake. It’s fully submersible up to six
feet (useful if you need to check your hull in the water) and
the light also features an energy-efficient LED bulb and up to
10 hours of runtime. At several pounds, I wish I hadn’t been
wearing flip flops when I kicked it, though. MSRP $59.99;
found at most large home improvement stores.
6SealShield Washable Keyboard, Mouse, And Remote Control A keyboard, mouse, or TV remote is not something you normally expect to survive a good dunking, but SealShield, a company that specializes in wash- able antimicrobial equipment, is also helping boaters with their dishwasher-safe products. If your mouse or remote can withstand the deep-clean cycle
of your dishwasher (yes, we tried), it won’t be disturbed by hitting the sludge and grunge under your
boat. Even if your keyboard never falls in, it’s deeply
satisfying to get the toast crumbs and coffee
stains out from between the “G” and “H” keys.
Mice, from $34.99; keyboards from $34.99; TV
remote control, $29.99; www.sealshield.com
Sail into great deals
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free single upgrade. That’s in addition to the savings of
up to 20% you can receive when you use BCD V671500.
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