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Powering the future

The industry’s propulsion market is experiencing a resurgence in next-generation product development Don’t be fooled by the paucity of new outboard models at this year’s Miami International Boat Show — there’s actually a lot going on in the outboard field and the broader propulsion industry. Engine and helm equipment companies are busy developing systems that…more

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Innovation Awards: lots of ‘cool new stuff’

More entries that focused on electronics and safety impressed the judges in Miami Entries in the National Marine Manufacturers Association’s annual Miami Innovation Awards competition doubled from last year, with electronics and safety categories leading the way. “In this current economic climate it was surprising how many entries there were,” says judge Lenny Rudow, boat…more

Diversity governs selection of judges

The Innovation Award judges come from a range of expertise areas — and that’s no coincidence. “I am trying to put together a package of people who bring different strength areas to the table,” says Zuzana Prochazka, Innovation Awards judge chairwoman and president of the Boating Writers International board of directors. In addition to Prochazka,…more

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100 years old and growing

Under new ownership, Hacker Boat Co. is expanding its market for mahogany runabouts A New York builder of classic mahogany runabouts — the Hacker Boat Co. — has in the last three years hired 25 employees, gutted and rebuilt a huge showroom and a production building, increased its annual sales by 55 percent and immersed…more

Optimus 360 control system

Teleflex Marine has a new joystick for twin-outboard installations. The Optimus 360 control system consists of different subsystems: Teleflex’s Optimus power-steering system, electronic shift and control system, and joystick, says Aldo Mastropieri, product manager of custom marine and steering. The Optimus 360, designed for mechanically controlled outboards, retails for $17,995, and the steering system itself…more

Fin Cutter System

An antifouling device for waterjet propulsion systems has been introduced. The Fin Cutter System consists of two cutters — one inside the waterjet and one outside. The latter is a hydraulically operated blade, incorporated into an intake screen, that cuts seaweed, eelgrass or other debris that collects on the screen. The passive, inside cutter is…more

AquaLens

Here’s a product that gives you a set of eyes for underwater work at the boatyard. AquaLens is a portable underwater viewing system with live video feed and LED lights. Mount the camera to a boat pole and position the AquaLens from the boat or dock, then watch live video, says Dawn Doraz, vice president…more

2.0 PCF Spray Foam

Convenience Products, the maker of Touch ’n Seal insulating foam and sealants, has received approval for marine applications of its 2.0 PCF Spray Foam. The foam meets Coast Guard specifications for flotation materials. The product offers excellent buoyancy, increased structural strength, superior sound control and thermal insulation, says Michael Sites, industrial building materials marketing manager…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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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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