B&G V100 & V100-B VHF Radio, Class-B AIS Systems

B&G Sailing Electronics recently announced the launch of its premium multi-station black-box marine radio systems — the V100 VHF series. The V100 and V100-B systems are expandable and customizable to suit any boat and on-water communication need. To give users a clean installation and the freedom of a handheld VHF anywhere onboard, the processing unit can be mounted out of sight, leaving just wireless handsets and charging stations. It includes a GPS receiver and configuration options for up to four wired and four wireless handsets. NMEA 2000 and NMEA 0183 compatible, each unit can be integrated with other third-party systems. The V100-B VHF system features a Class-B AIS receiver and transmitter, allowing users to see and be seen by other vessels with AIS equipment. AIS information can be viewed directly on the radio’s screen or via a compatible multifunction device (MFD), or as an overlay on a chart or radar screen. Price: $927-$1,650. www.Bandg.com

Dometic–CFX3 55IM Portable Refrigerator/Freezer

Fresh food, cold drinks — besides sailing, that’s one of the main priorities on any cruise, no matter the length. In early 2020, Dometic released their CFX3 line of portable refrigerator-freezers with that goal in mind. With a 52-liter storage capacity that holds up to 83 cans, the CFX3-55IM employs VMSO3 variable-speed compressor cooling technology and a Rapid Freeze Plate (and included silicone ice trays) that can produce ice in a matter of hours. It operates on 12-24 volts DC or 100-240 volts AC, and its optimized software ensures superior cooling, freezing, and energy efficiency. An easy-to-read, high-resolution color display and soft-touch buttons allow you to control and monitor the cooler’s performance. And the CFX smartphone app allows remote temperature control via WiFi or Bluetooth and provides performance history. The unit is designed to withstand harsh outdoor environments and can be fitted with a range of accessories including an insulated cover, fridge slide and more. Price: $1,099.99. www.Dometic.com

Victron Blue Smart IP65 Charger

Victron Energy’s new Blue Smart IP65 Charger is an easy-to-connect battery charger with built-in bluetooth that is perfect for smaller battery banks. Using a seven-step charging algorithm, the IP65 is designed to get the most out of your battery by giving it the power it needs and maintaining its overall health to ensure better performance and a longer life span. Unlike many battery chargers, the Blue Smart will attempt to recharge a deeply-discharged battery by force-feeding it with a low current. Normal charging will then be resumed as soon as there is sufficient voltage across the battery terminals. In many cases, it can bring a “dead” battery back to life. The charger connects with crocodile clips or M8 eyelets and can be left permanently mounted or removed after charging. Bluetooth equipped, you’ll be able to monitor the status of your batteries via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. All settings of the charger can be configured with the VictronConnect app. Price: $127. www.Victronenergy.com

Stocking Stuffers

Zhik Sticky Gloves

Available in packs of three, Zhik’s Sticky Gloves are super lightweight and flexible to protect your hands for everyday sailing. They provide high sensitivity and offer great dexterity, and the latex wrinkle-coated palm offers exceptional grip and a soft, seamless nylon liner adds comfort and support. Sizes XS – XXL available. Price: $19.95. www.Zhik.com

Teak Adjustable Tablet Holder

Tablets have become a ubiquitous navigation tool on many boats, but finding a usable home for them while underway can be a problem. Now, you can mount your tablet at your boat’s navigation station with this two-piece teak rack. The rack can be mounted to accommodate any tablet size and can be mounted horizontally or vertically — with a charging cable cut-out on the right side. Price: $72.76. www.Whitecapindustries.net


Brion Toss Splicing Wand

Make splicing braided and parallel-core rope easier with the Brion Toss Splicing Wand. The wand is basically a long tube containing a hidden snare to hold the tube in place while you work. Slide the tool into the rope, grab the end you want to tuck, and slide the tool out. The tip is specially-shaped to keep from snagging yarns and the wand’s design eliminates the need for taping, deciphering fid lengths, or exerting a lot of physical effort. Price: Starting at $55. www.Briontoss.com


A must have addition to your safety toolkit, the ACR OLAS provides a simple yet cost effective Personal Locator Beacon for your crew. The OLAS features free mobile app integration and is Bluetooth capable. Able to be worn on the wrist or on your PFD, it is waterproof and has a 3,500 hour battery life when armed. Price: $89.99. wwwAcrartex.com


Pelican G40 “Go Case”

Made in the USA, Pelican’s G40 “Go Case” gives your essentials a crushproof, mobile, and watertight home that you can take on any adventure. It features a convenient carry handle that attaches to backpacks and bags, and includes a rubberized exterior bumper to protect against drops. Inside the case, there is a smartphone divider tray with credit card pockets and a strap to keep your charging cords in place. Price: $39.95. www.Pelican.com

Magma Telescoping Grill Tools

The perfect addition for any griller, Magma’s telescoping grilling tools are made with marine grade mirror polished stainless steel with rubberized soft touch handles for safe and secure handling. You can choose from three usable telescoping lengths to keep your hands at a safe distance from the grilling surface or collapse for space saving storage. The five-piece set includes a convenient carrying/storage case. Price: $82.98. www.Magmaproducts.com.