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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

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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Scanpod

Scanstrut’s Scanpod range of pods for electronics has a new, compact design for secure, watertight installations, according to the U.K.-based company, which has U.S. sales and distribution in Guilford, Conn. Scanpod products consist of deck pods, helm pods and instrument mast pods that are compatible with popular chart plotters from 8 inches and standard and…more

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Four By 4 propellers

Signature Propellers of Santa Ana, Calif., is looking for dealers for its new Four By 4 propellers. “We’ll be at the IBEX show and at METS,” company founder and owner Chad Hill says. Designed for use with MerCruiser’s Bravo Three sterndrive, the Four By 4’s counter-rotating stainless-steel propellers can reduce planing time and increase top…more

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Online captain’s courses cast a wide net

Mariners Learning System joins with 150 partners to sell its boating education programs Capt. Bob Figular likens his business, the Mariners Learning System, to outboard manufacturers. “They don’t care whose boat they’re hanging off as long as they’re hanging off a boat, and we don’t care which educational partner’s website a consumer uses to sign…more

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Yellowfin knows its niche

The Florida builder has found success by offering high-end fishing boats to a targeted clientele Recession? What recession? Yellowfin Yachts is succeeding, even during these tough times, by focusing on a specific market: high-end, outboard-powered sportfishing boats for well-heeled, hard-core anglers. “The fishboat market is a little more stable,” says Wylie Nagler, founder and owner…more

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A diverse fleet is their course for success

Ocean5 Naval Architects designs recreational and commercial boats for an increasing number of clients In the last three years, Ocean5 Naval Architects has quietly designed and engineered everything from pod-powered fishing boats to helicopter decks for 600-foot ships to 50-knot ballistic-protected patrol boats. The small Stuart, Fla., firm’s consistent diversification has carried it through the…more

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