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On the docks, more spring in their step

Signs from recent boat shows indicate that more serious buyers  are crowding out window shoppers as the economy gets stronger At the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III was talking to the CEO of a European builder of yachts from 60 to 100 feet. “Halfway through the show I asked…more

Safe-CO generator

Westerbeke says its Safe-CO model 3.5 SBCG low-carbon monoxide gasoline generator is the most compact 3.5-kW gasoline generator on the marine market. Weighing 188 pounds, it produces 17 percent more power than its predecessor, the carbureted 3-kW, 3.0 BCG. The multiport electronically fuel-injected 3.5 SBCG (27 by 16.9 by 7.7 inches) is built around a…more

Grieve walk-in oven

The Grieve No. 850 is a 500-degree, electrically heated walk-in oven made by the Illinois-based Grieve Corp. for curing composite parts. Superalloy-sheathed 80-kW tubular elements heat the oven chamber (6 by 10 by 6-1/2 feet) while a 10,000-CFM (cubic feet per minute) 7.5-hp recirculating blower distributes horizontal airflow. The unit has 4-inch insulated walls, an…more

Electro Scan

Raritan has introduced a waste treatment system for boats to 65 feet — the Electro Scan, a Coast Guard-certified Type 1 marine sanitation device. The unit, which can be used with manual or electric heads, records each treatment cycle and stores information that can be shown on the LCD or downloaded to a PC. Using…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

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