Emirates Team New Zealand . Testing on the Hauraki Gulf. 27/11/2012

A whole industry rides the Kiwi boat

New Zealand companies say America’s Cup success or failure will influence their bottom lines Dieter Loibner recently spent a week in New Zealand on a trip organized by New Zealand Trade & Enterprise to showcase the country’s vibrant marine industry. He visited two dozen companies, toured their facilities and talked to executives. Boats are a…more

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Company pitches outboard powered by propane

Los Angeles-based Lehr hopes the idea catches on among consumers who use the gas in other devices What started as an idea on a research vessel in the North Sea several years ago soon could be coming to a dinghy or tender near you: the propane-powered outboard. It’s an attempt by Lehr Inc., of Los…more

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Campion goes leaner, cleaner

The company is using a bio-resin with important properties that make it suitable for boatbuilding The shift to cleaner and greener practices in the marine industry has yet to resemble a rush, but some boatbuilders think they can and should become better stewards of the environment because it’s good for business. They’re moving toward sustainable…more

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A cushy ride that’s a game changer

Refining the hovercraft concept, Norwegians hope to take a quantum leap in fuel efficiency Plain is probably an appropriate term for the M65, with its angular deckhouse, small windows and conspicuous air intake grilles on each side of the bow, as the white 65-footer sits at a dock at Antalya on Turkey’s southern coast. But…more

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A bimini that uses the sun it blocks

French innovators attach photovoltaic panels to Sunbrella fabric to produce direct current power for boats The old bimini is learning new tricks. It isn’t giving up its customary job of dispensing shade, but starting this fall a new version will also have solar panels stitched to the weather side to produce electrical energy from sunlight.…more

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For sail industry, a relaunch of sorts

Amid growing optimism, June conference will focus on strategies for ‘Adjusting to the New Economy’ Battered for the last two years by a stubborn recession, tight credit and consumer reticence, the sailing industry is sensing a shift in the economic breeze. That’s why Sail America, the U.S. industry trade association, will hold its second Sailing…more

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Reuben Trane: the ‘mad scientist’

The Island Pilot president hopes to make a splash with a cat that uses solar and diesel-electric power Before there were boats, there were movies in the life of Reuben Trane, the president of Miami-based boatbuilder Island Pilot. But instead of taking the stage on Oscar night, Trane became a celebrity in the marine industry,…more

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