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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

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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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

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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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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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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

Navigate the show with your phone

Two of the major boat show organizers are now offering mobile websites or apps to help show-goers navigate the aisles and docks with their smart phones and tablets. Show Management’s “MyBoatShow,” a free app for the iPhone, iPad and Android, is expected to be ready for download for the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, which…more

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Early haulouts curb Irene’s toll

Fast action by Northeast marinas limits boat damage; BoatUS estimates vessel losses at $500 million Boatyards and marinas along the Eastern Seaboard prepared well and worked long hours in the days leading up to Hurricane Irene’s arrival in late August, softening the blow of the massive storm. “We tracked the weather as we do always,…more

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VDO Sumlog

The new VDO Sumlog gives boatbuilders the ability to provide six instrument readouts in a single helm footprint, says Jeffrey Ross, VDO instrumentation product manager. The Sumlog, which is NMEA 0183-compatible and requires a mounting area measuring 1.97 inches in diameter and 3.35 inches deep, is the latest addition to VDO’s Viewline Instrument Series. The…more

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Low-profile LED navigation lights

Sea-Dog has introduced the first in a series of low-profile LED navigation lights, available in a single-unit combination bow light or as a pair of port/starboard top-mount side lights. The fully sealed lights have a stamped stainless cover mounted on a heavy-duty cast stainless-steel base, and both sets of lights are Coast Guard-approved for 2…more

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