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Mercury fuel-efficiency system honored

West Marine awards green-product prize to ECO-Screen, which helps skippers use less fuel Outboard technology has improved dramatically in the last 15 years or so. Today’s direct-fuel-injected 2- and 4-strokes run cleaner, quieter and burn less fuel, reducing their impact on the environment. But there’s room for improvement, and West Marine has recognized two products…more

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Production hybrids next on the horizon

Mercury’s chief program engineer Dan Balough talks about the company’s Hybrid Concept Vessel   Mercury Marine featured its Hybrid Concept Vessel at this year’s Miami International Boat Show – a 42-foot Maxum express cruiser equipped with diesel/electric power in a Zeus pod-drive configuration. A 60-kW lithium-ion battery powers two 100-hp electric motors mounted between the…more

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Paneltronics’s Automatic Load Shedding System

Paneltronics’s new Automatic Load Shedding System automatically drops up to three user-specified loads to limit total current draw from shore power or generators, and automatically restores power when total load current drops below the specified limit. The system, which can be installed on new boats and on existing installations, allows boat owners to avoid the…more

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Cobra Electronics VHF radios

What good is a hand-held VHF radio if it’s lost overboard and sinks? Two new radios from Cobra Electronics – the MR HH330 FLT and Bluetooth-equipped MR HH475 FLT BT – are capable of floating. Plus, their bright-orange cases make them easy to spot. These models operate with 6 watts of power, enabling long-range communication,…more

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Chadd Padd

Here’s a simple product that can help marinas get greener. The Chadd Padd is a 10-inch square absorption pad that’s placed over the boat’s fuel fill area. The pad’s 3-3/8-inch-diameter perforated section is pushed through, providing a hole for the fuel nozzle. The section remains attached to the pad and doesn’t become litter. This “hanging…more

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Interlux varnish products

Interlux has introduced three varnish products. Perfection Plus is a clear, two-part polyurethane with prolonged chemical and abrasion resistance, excellent UV protection and high-gloss retention. It can be applied directly to substrate or used with a wood sealer. Schooner Gold, Interlux says, “is the longest-lasting one-part varnish” the company has ever observed. Optimized for application…more

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Mercury big-block is lighter and stronger

The 8.2-liter gasoline engine is a drop-in replacement for the 8.1-liter model previously produced by General Motors Pod drives and 4-stroke outboards have dominated the industry’s propulsion headlines for the last few years. This winter, however, Mercury Marine grabbed the spotlight with its new MerCruiser 8.2-liter big-block gasoline engine. “I think it sets the standard…more

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Walker Engineering systems

Walker Engineering of Sun Valley, Calif., has designed high-performance air filtration and crankcase ventilation systems for marine diesel engines for 25 years. Its products help engines function well. Now the company wants to help make some engines look good. Its handcrafted, stainless-steel components are designed for Volvo Penta IPS D4 and D6 engines. Three packages…more

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Griffin Clip

Boat owners like products that make boating easier and, therefore, more enjoyable. A South Florida fisherman has come up with a simple device to make pulling an anchor from the bottom a much simpler task. Mark Griffin’s product, the Griffin Clip, utilizes the boat’s power to pop the anchor. The user slides the clip, which…more

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SP25 SolarPulse

PulseTech has a new solar charger for large boats with multiple batteries. Rated at 1.6 amps, the 25-watt SP25 SolarPulse automatically charges, maintains and desulfates batteries including standard, AGM and gel. It works with up to four batteries connected in parallel. The waterproof industrial design features a polyurethane-encapsulated solar panel mounted on a solid aluminum…more

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