For over 30 years, Fortress anchors have been highly-renowned. They are extraordinarily well-engineered and finished, which was noted by the US Navy during their extensive anchor testing in 1989. These anchors provide an ease of handling and versatility that is unequalled, and because of their precision-machined design, they have the holding power of an anchor that is typically twice the weight. Fortress anchors can be set for various bottom conditions, and are known for their ability to be easily disassembled and stowed. The FX-7 is the smallest offering from Fortress at four pounds but exceeds its diminutive specifications in big ways.
West Marine is probably the nation’s largest retailer of foul weather gear, so it should know what people want in terms of function, style, and price. Little wonder, then, that it has its own brand of house foul weather gear. Recently, one of our test captains who spends much of his time delivering boats up and down the eastern seaboard in all kinds of weather inspected some of West Marine’s foul weather gear. His reports are in-depth and cover several foul weather jackets and bib pants at different price points.
PowerTech! Propellers has now won back-to-back IBEX Innovation Awards for 2010 and 2011 in the propeller category. The latest PowerTech! Propeller design, named the PowerStop!, incorporates the world’s first reverse thrust propeller that performs great in both forward and reverse directions, according to the company. This new design incorporates unique cupping, on both the leading and trailing edges, thereby enhancing control for stopping, reversing and maneuvering. Having the ability to stop quicker and maneuver accurately in reverse make this design inherently safer for family and novice boating activities.