Chandlery November 2008 Issue

Water-Proofing Gear from Underwater Kinetics

There are those among us who tend to go through cell-phones and other small electronics like candy. Most anything not tied to the boat is at risk of being dropped overboard—keys, tools, handheld VHFs and GPSs—and more likely to die by drowning than old age. For us, keeping a drybox onboard or in the dinghy is well worth the investment. It’s useful for storing important paperwork, other valuables, and electronics. There are several different brands of dryboxes on the market. We checked out the UK UltraBox 408, a submersible (to 30 feet), crushproof box that comes in a range of sizes and is made by Underwater Kinetics (the maker of one of our Recommended LED flashlights, PS December 2007). The box is made of bright yellow, high-impact plastic, so it’s easy to spot. It comes with a Lexan top that is rated to keep out water, dust, and "corrosive gases." The UK UltraBox 408 we reviewed passed ease-of-use, float, and submersion tests without a hitch. It is comparable to other high-quality boxes and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. We found it for $22 at www.leisurepro.com. A similar product is the Pelican 1120, which we found for $30 at www.diversdirect.com.

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