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BXT System

New hydraulic trim tabs from Bennett Marine – the BXT System – have the durability and strength that 40-foot to 60-foot motoryachts, as well as military/commercial and sportfishing vessels, require, according to the company. Part of Bennett’s new Premier Line, the dual-acting hydraulic system locks the solid stainless-steel actuators in place, securing the trim tabs…more

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Propulsion 2011: Pod parade marches on

Systems continue to evolve, and the inboard, sterndrive and outboard segments haven’t been idle either The push to make powerboat operation easier and more efficient continues in the propulsion segment, with manufacturers developing pod-drive and joystick-control systems and others fine-  tuning existing products. Last fall, ZF Marine and SeaVee introduced what they say is the…more

ValvTect: Take an active approach to E15

Teach boaters how to ward off ethanol damage through the use of additives and other measures E15 is headed our way, but boating can still survive and thrive through education and maintenance, the head of one of the leading fuel additive manufacturers told a group of marine industry journalists. “I think the marine industry needs…more

Like a catalytic converter in a bottle

Scientists say their diesel additive cuts fuel costs and lowers emissions Using nanotechnology, a group of entrepreneurial scientists has introduced to the marine industry a diesel additive they say helps the fuel burn cleaner and more efficiently. GO2, Cerion Energy’s nanoparticle combustion catalyst, simultaneously increases combustion efficiency while decreasing exhaust emissions, says Kenneth Reed, the…more

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Compact spreader light

Aqualuma Marine Lighting’s newest LED edition is a compact spreader light – a high-powered floodlight capable of illuminating entire cockpits with a wide beam. It contains nine LEDs and is made from marine-grade aluminum and anodized for resistance to corrosion. It requires 12V or 24V DC power and draws less than 1.4 amps at 12V.…more

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All-Weather Grade Solar Modules

CBC (America) Corp. has introduced Ganz Eco-Energy All-Weather Grade Solar Modules. Compact and light, the weatherproof solar modules contain no glass and are designed to provide clean, quiet and reliable power in 6W, 12W and 30W models, the company says. An unbreakable plastic film surface with semiflexible aluminum backing makes the panels ideal for mounting…more

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Pantograph hinge

Superstructure doors on large yachts (70-plus feet) are heavy and as thick as the superstructure itself, so a conventional hinge may be the wrong choice. Enter the pantograph hinge. “The pantograph hinge will kick the door out as it opens, as opposed to a hinged door, which swings conventionally and would require more room to…more

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Alibre Design 2011

Alibre Design 2011 brings the power of 3-D computer-aided design to everyone from designers and engineers to DIYers and entrepreneurs. The software’s improvements and features include a complete code rewrite and native 64-bit version for larger, more complex models; a faster 2-D detailing framework to avoid confusing toolbars and dialogs; and new sheet metal conversion…more

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Turbo propellers

Yamaha Marine Group will offer the Turbo line of propellers to boatbuilder partners. Made by Precision Propeller Industries, the Turbo line consists of more than 200 props. (Yamaha purchased PPI in 2008). “What we are trying to do here is offer an engineering solution at the factory by working with the boatbuilder,” says Martin Peters,…more

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Kohler low-carbon-monoxide gasoline generators

Kohler Power Systems has added three low-carbon-monoxide gasoline generators to the low-CO lineup it launched in 2006. An EPA Phase 3-compliant Kohler Aegis electronic-fuel-injected engine powers all three units, helping to reduce CO emissions to a minimal level, says Nick Pappathopoulos, Kohler Power Systems public relations manager. The alternators and digital controls on these gensets…more

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