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Goods + Gear – June 2024

by Randy Woods

Salish Sea Trucker Hat Says 10-4 to Orcas

Summer’s here and the time is right for prancing on the beach! But it’s also time to remember our marine mammal friends that are more stressed than ever during the busy boating season. Show your support for non-invasive cetacean research and marine habitat protection with this cool trucker hat offered by whale conservation group Wild Orca. Just in time for Orca Awareness Month here in June, this navy blue, adjustable, mesh-backed hat features a beautiful illustration by artist Geoffrey Holstad of an orca whale surfacing against a tree-lined shore. Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward Wild Orca’s efforts to save Salish Sea habitat and prevent the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales from going extinct. $35 // shop.wildorca.org

Protect Against Jet Ski Fender-Benders

Personal watercraft are famous for their freedom and maneuverability on almost any kind of water, but they also need protection from a full season of summertime fun. Keep your PWCs free of scrapes and dents during moorage with these RONIN mini-fenders. Tailor-made for smaller motorized vessels, the diamond-shaped fenders are made of tough, UV-resistant, closed cell foam to keep your machines secure and pristine. A handy Dryline clip-and-strap system is built in, allowing users to quickly deploy the fenders exactly where they’re needed and hook to any kind of PWC rub rail. The cleverly designed notch at the bottom ensures a snug, secure fit, even in choppy waters at the dock—no knots required! Available at Misson Outdoor in black, gray, orange, or aquamarine colors. $119 for set of two // boatgear.missionoutdoor.com

Wonder Wheeler

Life’s a Beach with a Wonder Wheeler

One of the hardest parts of any family beach trip is finding a way to drag all the towels, drinks, food, chairs, clothes, sunscreen, and toys over the hot sand. This Wonder Wheeler from Tommy Bahama allows you to put all your gear into one easy-to-handle cart system. Equipped with 12”-diameter, inflatable rear-wheel tires, the cart can be pushed forward or pulled behind, rolling smoothly over even the softest sand. Large enough to carry a 48-quarter cooler, a beach umbrella, and four beach chairs, the Wonder Wheeler also includes a roomy mesh storage pouch, a removable tote, and insulated drink holders. The lightweight, foldable cart, with a capacity of up to 100 pounds, is suitable for everything you could possibly need for a family outing at the beach. Wait… where’d the kids go? $198 // tommybahama.com

‘Candelier’ Lights & Warms Your Next Party 

All good campers need light and heat to fend off the outdoor chill. But since lighting a cozy campfire on your vessel is unadvised, this “Candelier” lantern from UCO satisfies both needs without leaving your boat or dealing with messy liquid fuels. Equipped with chambers for three candles, the cylindrical aluminum Candelier can light up your entire aft deck and includes glass panels to protect the wicks against stiff breezes. A stove-like shield on top also transfers heat from the candles to warm up drinks or small pots of food. UCO offers 9-hour citronella candles to repel flying insects or beeswax candles that provide ambient light for up to 12 hours. When not in use, the 8” high Candelier can be collapsed for easy storage. The lanterns include a retractable carrying handle and are available in six cheery colors. $46 // ucogear.com

Life’s a Little Warmer in the Upper Left Corner

We already know the West is the best. But the Northwest is even “bester” than that! Proclaim your fondness for the wetter, warmer corner of the Lower 48 with this soft, sand-colored T-shirt that perfectly fits the super-chill lifestyle of the PNW. The jaunty graphic, hand-printed right here in the Northwest, features an iconic red-and-white floatplane gliding in for a landing on a tree-lined lake, with the words “Upper Left, USA” emblazoned across the scene. This pre-shrunk 100-percent airlume cotton shirt, complete with shoulder taping and side-seam finish details, is a great way to celebrate the “Land-Sea-Air” ethic of our beloved region during our three months of guaranteed uninterrupted sunshine. $35 // thegreatpnw.com

Tackle Your Snackle Box Needs

We’ve given you our personal recs for summertime picnic provisions—from chocolatey delicious sweets to charcuterie cheese and meats (see pages 54-59)—so now you need a clever, organized way to transport those culinary delights. This ‘snackle’ box from Sub Safe uses food-grade, BPA-free plastic to contain all your hors d’oeuvres in their own separate compartments. The durable, 14- by 9-inch snack box locks closed with four clamps and a silicone ring to provide a watertight seal, ensuring freshness in the marine air. The kit also includes two closeable tubs for dips, a cheese knife for spreads, and interchangeable divider walls to customize your array of choices. The boxes are available in semi-translucent pastel colors. $30 // thesubsafe.com

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