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Elite-5 DSI fishfinder/chart plotter

Lowrance’s new Elite-5 DSI fishfinder/chart plotter features DownScan Imaging sonar, a brilliant color display, smart automatic fishfinder modes, and simple, intuitive operation at an affordable price, according to the company. “We designed the Elite DSI series to provide detailed, easy-to-understand viewing of underwater detail for the cost-conscious fisherman,” says Louis Chemi, CEO of Navico Americas,…more

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Industry pitches in to salute a vet

Boat makeover contest goes from a $10,000 fix to an almost $30,000 overhaul as donations pour in When Jerry Brouwer, the manager of Action Water Sports in Hudsonville Mich., decided to hold an extreme boat makeover contest, he figured $10,000 would be enough for a decent face-lift for a small boat. However, once word got…more

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A flats-boat fleet to rescue wildlife

Jimmy Buffett is helping Dragonfly Boatworks build SWAT vessels to comb Gulf marshes   A Florida boatbuilder – with financial support from singer Jimmy Buffett – is building at least four fiberglass flats boats modified to rescue wildlife from oil-soaked marshes along the Gulf Coast. “Two days after the explosion, I thought, if this stuff…more

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Tidal Wave HMX sewage treatment plants

Headhunter, specialists in plumbing and sanitation for luxury yachts and commercial vessels, has received Coast Guard approval for new models in its line of Tidal Wave HMX sewage treatment plants, according to company vice president Mark Mellinger. The company, based in Fort Lauderdale, made several improvements to the systems to meet the new more-stringent United…more

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KZValve

A manufacturer of automated valves, KZValve of Ashland, Neb., is now offering its products for marine applications, according to the company. (The company manufactures valves for the agricultural, industrial, fire and other industries.) KZ valves will automate almost any marine valve. “They’re ideal for valves that are hard to get to,” says marketing manager Barry…more

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Toma Flybridge Top and Windshield

A Japanese company plans to showcase its improved retractable flybridge windshield and top Sept. 28-30 at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference in Louisville. Marubishi Seisakusho is seeking U.S. yacht manufacturers and dealers to offer its Toma Flybridge Top and Windshield. The windshield slides into a curved, aerodynamic top. Previously, the company offered only a…more

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Perko Trim Tab Surface Mount Lights

Underwater lighting is all the rage these days. These lights are used to attract fish, improve ambiance or create a striking visual effect at night. Perko has introduced simple-to-install 0178 Trim Tab Surface Mount Lights. Boat owners can have all the benefits of underwater illumination without drilling additional holes in the transom, according to the…more

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Yamaha 4-strokes put to the test

The manufacturer hangs its latest engines on a variety of boats for two days of sea trials Yamaha Motor Corp. continued promoting its lineup of new 4-strokes in June, focusing on three Offshore model outboards and a lightweight 70-hp engine. Soundings Trade Only was among the 17 journalists who got a chance to test the…more

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Low-profile box-mount seat

Stidd Systems’ new low-profile box-mount seat for small to midsize boats can be adjusted fore and aft, according to sales manager Fred Miner. With a 7-inch fixed seat height, the FA Series seats are designed to be mounted on fiberglass boxes or raised flat surfaces. A paddle at the front of the seat releases the…more

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Electro-Tec’s power pedestals

United Kingdom-based Electro-Tec’s power pedestals are now available in the North, Central and South American markets. The pedestals are designed with marina operators and users in mind, incorporating versatility and durability, according to the company. The modular design allows for damaged pieces to be replaced without affecting the entire unit. “The stylish exterior is only…more

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