Best in Show: New Gear

New gear from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

December 21, 2011

Dash electric bike

Dash Away All
A folding bicycle is a most pleasant way to explore any port of call, and the RMJ Dash electric bike ($1,725) lets you get around without redlining your heart rate. The 36-volt, 350-watt brushless electric motor is in the hub of the rear wheel and assists the rider’s pedaling. A six-speed Shimano freewheel and derailleur transmit your pedal power to the wheel, just as it would on a conventional bicycle. Riding the Dash is as easy as riding a — bike! The motor engages as soon as you start pedaling and disengages as soon as you stop pedaling. It stops completely when you apply the brakes and when you exceed the built-in speed limiter. The 20-inch bike is made of aluminum and has a maximum payload of 330 pounds. Its top speed is 17 mph, and it has a range of 40 to 50 miles. The 36-volt battery needs three to five hours to reach full charge. RMJ Sports, 516-409-8000;

This is a Fold-Up
When you welcome guests aboard your boat, do it in high style with handsome boarding stairs. Bristol Yacht Components manufactures its folding stairs from 316L stainless steel and high-modulus carbon fiber. Inlaid teak treads provide a natural anti-slip surface and add to the classy appearance. Available with four to 14 steps for motoryachts and sailing yachts, ranging in price from $19,875 to $39,875, the stairs are light enough for two crew members to deploy for use or collapse for stowage aboard. A padded stowage bag is standard. A single carbon spar running top to bottom on the underside of the steps activates the leveling system. Pentagonal carbon-fiber side spars stiffen the stairs. Bristol Yacht Components, 860-883-4904;



Roll Playing**
The rolling of a yacht seems to make more folks seasick than any other motion. You can control that motion with Wesmar’s new active, digital stabilization systems. The company offers three options: Standard — provides high-speed gyro control and displays the fins’ movements in real time; Stabilization and Lift — maintains the fins in a positive-lift position for maximum fuel economy; and Lift and at Anchor — monitors incoming swells and moves the fins to reduce roll. A triple-axis electronic gyro sends data about roll velocity, acceleration and the yacht’s roll characteristics to the hydraulic system, which then adjusts the fins. (Prices available upon request.) Wesmar, 425-481-2296;


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