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


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


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

2.0 PCF Spray Foam

Convenience Products, the maker of Touch ’n Seal insulating foam and sealants, has received approval for marine applications of its 2.0 PCF Spray Foam. The foam meets Coast Guard specifications for flotation materials. The product offers excellent buoyancy, increased structural strength, superior sound control and thermal insulation, says Michael Sites, industrial building materials marketing manager…more


John Deere 6.8-liter diesel

John Deere Power Systems’ 6.8-liter 6068SFM75 diesel has a power range from 249 hp to 400 hp. The six-cylinder electronically controlled engine joins the PowerTech 6090SFM75 at 550 hp and the 6135SFM75 at 750 hp to complete the manufacturer’s high-horsepower marine engine lineup. The Tier II 6068SFM75 is 9 inches narrower than its predecessor. “Customers…more


PVCell G-Foam

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has launched PVCell G-Foam, a closed-cell, cross-linked PVC foam that provides a high strength-to-weight ratio for composite boatbuilding, says Joe Summers, Gurit’s head of product management. Other key features include outstanding chemical resistance, low water absorption and excellent thermal insulation, Summers says. Compatible with most common resin systems,…more


Maretron fuel-flow monitor

Maretron’s FFM100 fuel flow monitor is capable of monitoring engines from 20 hp to 3,000 hp. Three sensors are sold with the FFM100, each for a different horsepower range. The M1 sensor is used for engines from 20 to 200 hp, the M2 for engines from 200 to 1,000 hp, and the M4 for engines…more


Innovation winners at IBEX and METS

Two 4-stroke outboards, a multifunction display that can be linked to an iPad, a smarter portable marine head and a panoramic aft-view mirror were among the 11 winners in the 2011 IBEX Innovation Awards, which are judged by members of Boating Writers International. Raymarine’s e7D multifunction display and Charles Industries’ Intelligent Marine Charger exemplify the…more

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