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New-boat market remains up in the air

Manufacturers aren’t sure what to expect as show season progresses amid a stalled economy They know buyers will return in time, but manufacturers are entering the fall and winter boat show season with an outlook as uncertain as that of the customers they hope to attract. Some prospective buyers are picky over price, others can’t…more

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Reinvention, Rivolta-style

Yacht builder diversifies into small boats with panga-style skiffs starting at $10,900 Golf communities, sports cars, sailing yachts, waterjet-powered express cruisers – and now skiffs. The Rivolta Group has done whatever it has taken to keep its business humming along for more than 30 years. Piero Rivolta and his son, Renzo, have launched a fleet…more

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Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 R electric motor

Forest River’s South Bay, Berkshire and SolarCraft pontoon boats can now be packaged with a Torqeedo Cruise 4.0 R electric motor, which has the static thrust of a 9.9-hp internal combustion engine and shaft performance of 3.5 kW or 4.7 hp. “Torqeedo’s electric outboards are technologically advanced, safe for the environment and a very suitable…more

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Surface-Mount Light

Designed to mount to the transom, Aqualuma says its new Surface-Mount Light is ideal for any boat where a through-hull installation is ill-suited or unwanted. Its slim profile is 5.4 inches long, 3 inches tall and 0.8 inches deep. Housing nine LEDs, the light draws less than 1.4 amps at 12V DC and is reverse-polarity…more

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Powersmart Intelligent Pigtail Adapter

The Powersmart Intelligent Pigtail Adapter from Furrion features an LED to indicate when power is present, so there’s no need to test a power outlet with an amp meter, according to the company. Tested to UL standards, the plug and connectors have side grips for easy connection. Available in standard yellow or Furrion’s titanium color,…more

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Smart FPS Series

Algae-X has introduced a new line of diesel fuel-polishing systems. The Smart FPS Series consists of fully automated, programmable fuel optimization systems for on-board tank cleaning, fuel polishing and transfer. The Smart Filtration Controller with text readout can be connected to a vessel monitoring system. The systems are offered with DC or AC power. The…more

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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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