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Keel Stand

Stand up and be heard – that’s what Brownell Boat Stands of Mattapoisett, Mass., is trying to do with its new Keel Stand, an alternative to traditional wood blocks. Using the stands can be faster than blocking boats in the traditional manner, reducing boatyard labor and increasing profit, says sales manager Peter Hughes. The stands…more

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Boatbuilding’s resin-infused future

The use of advanced boatbuilding methods and materials should continue to grow once the recession ends and the marine industry has had some time to get back on its feet, according to builders and designers. “The industry is in such tough shape now that those manufacturers who remain in business will be very cost-conscious and…more

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Fuel efficiency has found a following

It took a recession and higher gas prices for some builders to embrace leaner, simpler boats At a 2007 boatbuilder’s conference, naval architect Lou Codega outlined strategies to build boats that operate more efficiently and burn less fuel. Build lighter, scale back accommodations, and use the latest propulsion technologies. That was the gist of Codega’s…more

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Safe Haven Boat Lifts

You’ll get a lift if you sell these boat lifts – that’s the sales pitch from Carolina Waterworks, manufacturer of Safe Haven Boat Lifts. The Goose Creek, S.C., company is seeking dealers by offering a 60-day trial period and supplying advertising, marketing, customer service and technical support, as well as in-depth training, according to president…more

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Compact NaviLED navigation lamps

Hella Marine has introduced the second generation of its Compact NaviLED navigation lamps. The port and starboard lights provide convenient horizontal surface mounting and are visible within two nautical miles, according to the company. Using a combined 2 watts, the Compact NaviLEDs consume less than 10 percent of the power required to run a bulb…more

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Pacifica Plus

More and more marinas and boatyards are going green, and copper-free antifouling paint can help. Interlux’s Pacifica Plus uses the copper alternative Econea as an antifouling agent. “It uses a controlled biocide release to combat fouling and Biolux technology to control slime,” says Bob Donat, Interlux vice president of marketing. “It erodes away over time,…more

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Sea/Fresh Marine Elegance

What do plankton, krill and other marine micro-organisms have in common? They cause a boat’s head to stink to high heaven if it has a seawater-flushing system. Flushing with fresh water solves the problem, but what a waste. Raritan’s new Sea/Fresh Marine Elegance head can alternate between fresh- and raw-water flushing. The idea is to…more

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SmartKey

Paradox Marine has enhanced its Nav-Tracker 2.0 wireless boat location and GPS tracking system with SmartKey, which automatically disarms the system when the vessel operator boards and rearms it when he or she disembarks. SmartKey uses radio-frequency identification technology, so the boat owner does not have to go to the Nav-Tracker transmitter to arm or…more

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Battle lines drawn for ethanol war

Industry has some powerful allies in its fight to force more testing of E15 The marine industry this spring finds itself embroiled in a struggle to stop a proposed 50 percent increase in the ethanol content of gasoline – the latest round in its fight to protect boat engines and fuel systems from the biofuel’s…more

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Assault two-person pilothouse

Pacific Pilothouses introduced its Assault two-person pilothouse designed for RIBs and center console boats with a beam of 5 feet or more, according to the company. The Assault, which weighs in at 335 pounds with a height of 79 inches and a width of 49 inches, is designed for military, first responders, search-and-rescue, fire, enforcement,…more

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