Lifestyle

Productivity tools: Working on the dock of the bay

How to keep in touch with the office, get a healthy dose of sun, turn-crank a mojito and fish for dinner while your tackle box charges your phone.

Connect to it
Surf online anywhere in Canada using the high-speed wireless connection built right into the Compaq Mini CQ10-150 CA. This 2.57-lb. netbook features an anti-glare widescreen with a built-in webcam for chatting. The keyboard is almost full-size, making this one of the most comfortable netbooks to work on. $99 with a plan

Position yourself
This sturdy camping chair from Roots has a comfortable mesh seat with cushioned upper backrest and padded arms. The insulated drink holder keeps beverages chilled, while the plastic rim and eyelets provide drainage in case you get splashed. Its steel frame can support up to 300 lbs. $30

Crank it up
Made from Lexan resin, the GSI Vortex portable blender is practically unbreakable. Its steel blade crushes ice at one of two speeds to make a perfect mojito or daiquiri, and in a pinch, the Vortex can even double as a food processor. Its turn-crank makes it an environmentally friendly choice. $70

Put a lid on it
The unisex KNP oilskin field hat from Mountain Equipment Co-op is made of oil-treated, waterproof canvas and has a wide brim to protect against sun and rain. The brim flips up for a better view of the lake and rolls up easily for packing. An under-chin strap keeps it secure in the face of high winds or covetous friends and family. $20

Handle any situation
The Leatherman Juice XE6 packs 18 different tools into one candy-coloured frame. The Juice Xe6 can quickly uncork a bottle of wine, tighten deck-chair bolts and cut fishing line. Blades are corrosion-resistant and easy to maintain. The tool comes in blue, purple, orange, yellow and grey. $85

Power fish
The Eclipse Solar Gear ‘X-Plorer’ camouflage tackle bag’s top solar panel can trickle charge a cellphone or GPS device from anywhere the sun shines. Its durable inner compartments and containers keep fishing lures separated, and the bag has extra outer pockets for storing gadgets while they’re powering up. $106

Stay energized
In the event of a blackout, the dual USB car charger from iLuv will help you restore power to phones, MP3 players, cameras and laptops. It charges two devices simultaneously, has a replaceable fuse to protect against an excessive current, and its sleek design means it won’t get in your way while driving. $21

Drop in unexpectedly
One-tap video calling is simple using FaceTime on the iPhone 4, which features front- and back-facing cameras. The FaceTime program can run on Wi-Fi, so there’s no need to scope out good reception if you’ve got Internet access.

Waterproof your sound
H20 Audio’s snug-fitting earbuds are engineered to offer clear sound and strong bass underwater. When paired with a case to keep your MP3 player dry, your laps in the lake between conference calls will have their very own sound track. Includes five different-sized earplugs designed to seal tight in any ears. $64

Make your day
BBQ cowboys can keep their grill tools in reach with the Original Grillslinger, which holsters a “lock-and-load” pro-flipper spatula and speed tongs. The belt is easily adjusted and can be customized with add-ons like a salt and pepper set. All of the grill tools are dishwasher safe or machine washable. $53