What People are Saying . . .

Comments from the Marine Press:

( See also 'Real-Life Accident' and 'Noise Problems' article exerpts. )

"I have really given STO.P a hard and long testing,
 and have been so impressed with the results, 
 I have installed a number of these on customer's boats."

		- Fred Studden, Electronics Editor, 
		  POWERBOAT FISHING magazine (Australia)
		  September 1995

"... it really does zap the gremlins."

		- Tim Findley, Offshore Editor
		  Marine Scene Magazine (New Zealand)

( From a review about electronics at the Sydney Boat Show: )

"The show-stopper for me  personally was nothing big
 or flashy, but rather a lump of black plastic.  It is
 called a STO.P protector, and is designed to prevent
 switching currents and over-voltages from reaching 
 your delicate electronics. Watch for a review soon."

		- Jon Fairall, Electronics Editor and Author
		  MODERN BOATING Magazine (Australia)
                  November/December 1994

( Note: the entire text and photos of his review will be reprinted here as soon as we receive permission from the publisher. Watch for it! In the meantime, here is an exerpt from his review: )

"... is a STO.P suppressor a worthwhile investment?
 All things being equal, one would have to say that a
 device that protects thousands of dollars worth of delicate
 electronic equipment is a worthwhile investment."

		- Jon Fairall, Electronics Editor and Author
		  MODERN BOATING Magazine (Australia),
	          March/April 1995

"Operating your electronics without a STO.P, is like running
 your diesel engine without a fuel filter.  Without one
 you're just asking for trouble."

		- anonymous yachtie at a 'pot-luck' dinner
		  Vanuatu, South Pacific 1994

( See also 'Real-Life Accident' and 'Noise Problems' article exerpts. )

Here are a few exerpts from various reviews:

Real-Life Accident!

The following was contributed by Tim Findley, MARINE SCENE Magazine (N.Z.) OFFSHORE Editor.

"Three years ago when cruising in New Caledonian waters I reached under my nav station to switch battery banks on my isolators.

"Not looking what I was doing I switched off the negative. The resultant power surge blew every instrument that was turned on at the time.

"This was heart-pill material when one contemplates the cost of electronic technicians in French territory. A cruising friend pointed me at an American yacht. The skipper, he said, was an electronic genius. And so it turned out. He replaced diodes and transistors and advised I lock the negative switch to avoid inadvertant operation.

"We became friends and I discovered he was a real electronic wizard who had escaped from Silicon Valley for the cruising life. He had invented a device to protect GPS navigators but hadn't got around to putting it into production.

"Over the next year, he became famous among cruising yachtie simply by word of mouth and his 'GPS Protector' was fitted to most yachts visiting New Caledonia.

"Literally thousands (of STO.Ps) are now in use worldwide with the military knocking on his door. Because what's happened is a little device designed as insurance to keep boaties' GPSs functioning has proved to be equally beneficial to all sorts of sophisticated electronics - and it really does zap the gremlins."

Noise Problems

The following was contributed by Fred Studden, Electronics Editor, Powerboat Fishing Magazine (Sept/October 1995)

"All of the tests I could subject the STO.P to (in the lab) confirmed it would do everything the manufacturers said it would. The next step was to get it out into the field and see how it worked in the real world.

"An opportunity came to hand when I fitted one of the more modest priced LCD sounders to a customers boat fitted with one of the larger, older type outboard motor, known disparagingly as 'White Anchors'. This motor produced and radiated so much interference it would switch the sounder off. Different sounders were fitted with no success and so fierce was the radiation even a separate battery hooked up to the sounder alone was no help. As soon as the motor picked up a few rev's, off would go the sounder.

"A STO.P was fitted in the power supply line up close to the sounder and the problem was solved. Twelve months later the customer has not had any further problems."

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