Fuel Issues and Ethanol

The gasoline additive ethanol is known to cause problems in marine engines. Trade Only follows developments on this issue and others related to fueling recreational boats.

Navico giving cash rebate on nav systems

Beginning Jan. 1, and running through the end of March, Navico will offer a sales promotion on the popular Simrad NX40/NX45 Series multi-function navigation systems. The promotion is designed to incentivize consumer purchases and reward dealers for installing these systems on power- and sailboats. This promotion will provide a $250 cash rebate direct to the…more

Ethanol-free fuel being sold in Hawaii

Though most boaters won’t be headed to Hawaii for their fuel, one island distributor is offering ethanol-free gasoline in light of the problems the additive has caused retail customers. Aloha Petroleum is offering ethanol-free Aloha Classic gasoline in Waianae, on the island of Oahu. Rated a minimum 89 octane and containing a detergent additive, Aloha…more

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Training the next generation of marine trades workers

As part of an effort to stimulate potential employees in marine industry careers, the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., hosted the inaugural Rhode Island Marine Trades Day. “It’s the first of its kind, and we are absolutely amazed by its success,” says Andy Tryska, 36, president of Bristol Marine and board member of…more

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Boats & RVs: On same road to recovery?

Some say both markets may turn the corner in late 2009, despite marine’s traditional lag time It used to be that boat sales trends trailed those of recreational vehicles by about six months, leaving the marine industry to follow RVs into and out of each economic downturn. This time, however, “I actually think we may…more

Fuel standards applauded by National Biodiesel Board

The Environmental Protection Agency received accolades recently from the National Biodiesel Board for reminding the petroleum industry about requirements mandated by the 2009 Renewable Fuel Standards. The standards require a total of 500 million gallons of biomass-based diesel to meet the total mandate of 11.1 billion gallons of renewable fuel next year. “Biodiesel is a…more

Sea Tel announces branding change

Sea Tel is undergoing a branding change on all of its current and new stabilized marine antenna systems. The change comes with the addition of Cobham’s name to the new Sea Tel logo. Company headquarters remains in Concord, Calif., and all contact information is the same, except that Sea Tel Inc. will now be doing…more

Portable marine fuel tanks exempted from regulation

Portable marine fuel tanks received an exemption from a regulation that would have required child-proof safety caps. The regulation from the Consumer Product Safety Commission was designed for portable fuel containers used for outdoor power equipment, not portable marine fuel tanks, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association. NMMA lobbied for the exemption, arguing that…more

NMMA says summer boating was steady, despite fuel costs

The high price of fuel this summer may have changed some boating habits, but it didn’t stop people from going boating altogether, according to a survey released by the National Marine Manufacturers Association. The 2008 summer fuel survey examined the effects fuel prices had on boat owners’ habits. About 80 percent said they took their…more

OSI Geospatial inks $1 million Coast Guard contract

The Coast Guard awarded a $1 million contract to OSI Geospatial to upgrade the navigation systems on the buoy tender fleet. Ottawa, Ontario-based OSI provides advanced geospatial systems and software that enable shared real-time situational awareness for military, safety and security applications. The company will upgrade the hardware for the ECPINS navigation systems installed on…more

Attwood Marine to unveil new fuel systems at IBEX

Parts and accessories provider Attwood Marine is working with the Stant Corp. to develop fuel systems capable of meeting upcoming emissions regulations. Based in Connersville, Ind., Stant manufactures automotive fuel systems and related components. Through the long-term design, manufacturing and distribution partnership, Attwood will serve as Stant’s exclusive partner in the marine industry and lead…more

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