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Hearts Desires

From tactically practical to the precisely deluxe, here's a sample of great gear you'll need this season.

October 4, 2007

Folding Phenom: The Hummer Tactical Mountain Bike ($795) by Montague incorporates military-proven strength and tool-free folding technology for cruisers who would rather explore destinations by wheel than on food. Weighs 29 pounds._ Montague, (800) 736-5348;_ _www.hummerbikes.com_

Grill Mate: The new, virtually windproof 17-inch diameter Marine Kettle 2 ($240) is marine-grade stainless, and features a front-mounted electric igniter, a new burner to reduce flare-ups and a stay-cool handle._ Magma Products, (800) 866-2462; www.magmaproducts.com_

Shine Brightly: The new Firefly3 ($96) provides a bright (.75 candela) 360-degree strobe light for a minimum of eight continuous hours and meets USCG and SOLAS requirements as a compact, personal flotation rescue light. ACR Electronics, (954) 981-3333; _www.acrelectronics.com_

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Precision Luxury: The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona ($23,950), in 18-karat white gold, is a 44-jewel, officially certified Swiss chronometer and stopwatch. Self-winding, it has three screw-down crowns and is waterproof to 330 feet, and has a special Oysterlock bracelet. Rolex, (800) 367-6539; _www.rolex.com_

Chester Yawl: With a little woodworking experience, you can build this rowing classic from a kit ($1,299) that incudes everything you’ll need to get on the water. Chesapeake LIght Craft, (410) 267-0137; _www.clcboats.com_

Size Matters: The 36-inch wide Admiral (starting at $5,090) is just right for those who want company but don’t have space for two seats, or those who feel confined by narrow seats. With a powder-coated or polished chrome finish, in your choice of upholstery. Stidd Systems, (631) 477-2400; _www.stidd.com _

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Paper & Plastic: For thse who value paper chart backups to electronic charts, Maptech’s ChartKits ($130) and Waterproof Chartbooks ($50) now come with a companion CD-ROM for optimal navigation. Maptech, (888) 839-5551; _www.maptech.com_

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