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The next generation of outboards

Here’s a look at this year’s lineup of 2-stroke and 4-stroke engines Despite the state of the economy, the production of next-generation 4-stroke outboards keeps chugging along, with manufacturers throttling forward and offering lighter and more fuel-efficient engines. In late 2009, Yamaha launched a lineup of V6 outboards and a new lightweight three-cylinder 70-hp engine.…more

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VF Series

Dutch manufacturer Vetus has launched in the United States a more fuel-efficient, quieter, lighter and more powerful diesel, the VF Series, according to the company. Available in 4-cylinder (140 and 170 hp) and 5-cylinder (220 and 250 hp) models, the engines use common rail fuel injection and electronically controlled fuel injectors. The engines allow for…more

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Carolina Waterworks mooring buoys

With Carolina Waterworks’ new mooring buoys, you won’t have to worry about peeling, flaking or scuffed registration or identification numbers. That information is molded into the buoy at the time of manufacturing. A good choice for marinas, harbormasters and yacht clubs, the mooring buoys can feature letters, numbers, names, logos and other graphics. The markings…more

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TracVision HD7

KVH Industries is calling its new TracVision HD7 a breakthrough in maritime satellite TV design. Trac-Vision HD7, which utilizes a 26-inch-diameter, 61-pound antenna, brings high-definition programming from  DirecTV to boats by simultaneously tracking three satellites, according to the company. The company’s TriAD compact antenna design with its “tri-rod dielectric feed” executes the three-way hookup. The…more

An experiment in fixed-price boating

The headaches of boat ownership can easily spoil the experience for some people. Dockage, storage, engine and hull maintenance, electronics issues, insurance – the list goes on. But what if the consumer could hire a single company to deal with all these concerns for a fixed annual price? Bill Morong, president of Yachting Solutions, answered…more

‘Next generation’ 4-strokes from Yamaha

The new outboards are lighter and more fuel-efficient, as the company rolls out nine models In the largest and broadest product introduction in its history, Yamaha Motor Corp. presented nine new outboard engines from 4 hp to 300 hp at a media event late last year in Chattanooga, Tenn. “We believe by introducing products now,…more

EPA putting off E15 decision until June

Industry also gets safety council help in its fight to keep higher ethanol fuel blends off the market The industry has chalked up two successes in its fight to protect boat engines and fuel systems from ethanol damage. The Environmental Protection Agency in December delayed its decision on whether to approve the sale of higher-ethanol…more

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Aqualuma’s Dock/Marina Light

Boating at night can be dangerous, even around the marina. Aqualuma’s Dock/Marina Light is a high-output underwater LED unit intended to illuminate the waters around docks, pilings, seawalls and jetties. A high-tech polymer housing protects the light’s six LEDs. The light draws less than 1.3 amps at 12V DC, and with no bonding required or…more

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Series 60 marine roof

Webasto, a manufacturer of car sunroofs, has introduced a line of power sliding roofs specifically for the marine industry. The Series 60 marine roof is a modular sliding sunroof intended for either retrofitting or for installation during boat manufacture. “In a time when many boat owners are keeping their boats longer, this presents a win-win…more

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C-MAP 4-D electronic charting

Jeppesen Marine is heralding the unveiling of C-MAP 4-D electronic charting. The “4-D” (fourth dimension) refers to time. Users will be able to update, choose or change their electronic charts at any time without having to buy new cartography cartridges, says Michelle Buckalew, Jeppesen senior marketing manager. C-MAP 4-D content will be updated at least…more

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