DECEMBER 2013 BoatU.S. Magazine | 71
Whether it’s screen savers, smartphones, or
cars, these days it’s all about customization
and personalization. For instance, now that
LED lights have become mainstream for most
lighting needs aboard, they’re starting to be
used to liven up the boat.
New IBEX products included LED strips
that create a soft, continuous accent light
(ITC Incorporated’s Luna TM LED FlexLight)
and an LED multicolor control with a microphone that not only lets you pick your color
but also flashes in sync with the music’s beat
(Audiopipe Marine Multicolor Control).
Speaking of music, award winner Fusion
Electronics will allow boaters to bring their
music with them and plug-and-play when
they get onboard. Their Fusion MS-RA205
Marine Stereo has a universal docking device
that supports a wide array of smartphones,
media players, and USB devices. It takes up
almost no space, is Sirius ready, and also
delivers AM/FM radio and marine VHF. You
can even adjust the volume and balance separately in different parts of the boat so different generations can each hear the music the
way they want.
If you like your bling practical, there’s
the Marine Accessories Corporation Xtreme
Bimini (XB). It keeps the sun off like a tradi-
tional bimini, but its small footprint makes it
easy to install and get around, and the entire
bimini top tilts down to allow easy stowage
of lightweight water toys.
IDEAS FOR GREENER BOATING
Have you ever wished fueling your boat
could be like fueling your car, where the
pump kicks off when the tank is full, instead
of allowing fuel to spill out through the
tank vents? Clean Marine Systems’ award-winning Environmental Valve Vent (EVV)
uses carefully designed valves at the tank
end of the vents that close when the tank is
full. So in the future we can all look forward
to refueling with less heartburn over spills.
And here are more great ideas.
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