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PVCell G-Foam

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has launched PVCell G-Foam, a closed-cell, cross-linked PVC foam that provides a high strength-to-weight ratio for composite boatbuilding, says Joe Summers, Gurit’s head of product management. Other key features include outstanding chemical resistance, low water absorption and excellent thermal insulation, Summers says. Compatible with most common resin systems,…more

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John Deere 6.8-liter diesel

John Deere Power Systems’ 6.8-liter 6068SFM75 diesel has a power range from 249 hp to 400 hp. The six-cylinder electronically controlled engine joins the PowerTech 6090SFM75 at 550 hp and the 6135SFM75 at 750 hp to complete the manufacturer’s high-horsepower marine engine lineup. The Tier II 6068SFM75 is 9 inches narrower than its predecessor. “Customers…more

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Innovation winners at IBEX and METS

Two 4-stroke outboards, a multifunction display that can be linked to an iPad, a smarter portable marine head and a panoramic aft-view mirror were among the 11 winners in the 2011 IBEX Innovation Awards, which are judged by members of Boating Writers International. Raymarine’s e7D multifunction display and Charles Industries’ Intelligent Marine Charger exemplify the…more

R.I. rescue firm is poster child for Apple

Tech giant’s promotional video shows how iPad and iPhone have transformed Safe/Sea operations Apple has produced a video podcast showing how Safe/Sea Marine Rescue, a marine assistance company based in Wickford, R.I., uses the mobile technology of the iPad and iPhone to operate its business. “Information is extremely important for us,” Safe/Sea vice president Capt.…more

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St. Pete show is a big draw

Promoter says healthy jump in turnout suggests consumers ‘are tired of depriving themselves’ Attendance at the 34th annual St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show increased by about 18 percent, the number of exhibitors rose by 7 percent and revenue jumped 8 percent. “I think people are tired of depriving themselves,” says Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III,…more

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The race to ‘smart’

Innovation awards reflect industry’s success in marrying on-board electronics with mobile devices The marine industry is keeping up with the fast-paced integration of electronics and mobile devices, as evidenced by two recent product innovation contests. About half of the 60 entries in the 2011 International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference Innovation Awards were in the electronics,…more

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Fort Lauderdale: On the docks with Chris Landry

About 150 dealers and distributors, product representatives and media representatives took a firsthand look at the latest electronics and thermal night vision cameras from FLIR Systems and Raymarine during a cruise aboard a 131-foot tour boat the evening before the show opened. “This is an event that we use, first of all, to say thank…more

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Bracket adds buoyancy and efficiency

Armstrong Yanmar Marine bolt-on option for inboards and sterndrives extends a boat’s range Armstrong Nautical Products, known for its outboard engine brackets, has teamed with Yanmar America Corp. to produce an engine bracket for sterndrives and inboards. The AYM (Armstrong Yanmar Marine) bolt-on diesel bracket can be used as an alternative to a boat’s current…more

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Taking the plunge on a ‘gutsy’ promo

7,300-pound SeaHunter 35 survives a 20-foot drop onto concrete and is sawed in two, Whaler-style You can’t break it and you can’t sink it — that’s the message the folks at SeaHunter Boats want to get out with their “Extreme Boat Test” promotional video. It shows a SeaHunter Tournament 35 center console being dropped by…more

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Four By 4 propellers

Signature Propellers of Santa Ana, Calif., is looking for dealers for its new Four By 4 propellers. “We’ll be at the IBEX show and at METS,” company founder and owner Chad Hill says. Designed for use with MerCruiser’s Bravo Three sterndrive, the Four By 4’s counter-rotating stainless-steel propellers can reduce planing time and increase top…more

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