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September 21, 2007

First Look

Strike 37 WA


TAKE A LAP: Follow fish to the bow and back without a step to trip you up.

Length 39' Beam 13'
Draft 2' 9" Deadrise 23 ¿
Fuel 350 gals. Base Price $385,000
w/ twin 425-hp Cummins QSB diesels

Semi-custom builder Strike Yachts added the 37 Walk Around to its lineup after more than two years of design and tooling. This beamy angling layout has a single-level deck with 360-degree access. A tackle center, bait station and cooler are located behind the helm, while the cockpit sports a fishbox and live well. The hull has propeller pockets for reduced draft and a performance-enhancing shaft angle. Strike says the 37 does more than 40 knots with standard, twin-diesel power. Strike Yachts; (954) 596-6611; www.strikeyachts.com

Air-Tight Trailer Hubs

LOOK AND LAUNCH: The sport model uses a diaphragm to show pressure, while the commercial version (bottom) uses a gauge.

Immersing your boat trailer hubs can let in salt water that contaminates the grease. So how do you keep out the water? I recently tried a pressurized hub kit from Air-Tight. The kit maintains five to ten pounds of positive air pressure inside the hub, which keeps water out. The Air-Tight kit replaces existing hub seals and bushings, and an adapter accepts a pressure-indicating dial for the Commercial model ($100 per hub) or an expanding diaphragm for the Sport 3500 ($25 per hub). Either setup tells you at a glance whether you¿¿re okay to launch, and a small hand pump lets you add more air pressure if needed. The system is said to last over 100,000 miles with no mainenance, so the grease keeps doing its job. I¿¿ve towed my trailer over 1,000 miles without a problem. Designed to fit almost every U.S.-made boat trailer, the kits can be installed by an experienced do-it-yourselfer. Air-Tight; (561) 840-1000; www.airtighthubs.com
- Bob Stearns