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.

Cruisair yacht air-conditioning marks 50 years

Dometic Marine’s Cruisair brand of air-conditioning systems for pleasure yachts is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. It was founded in 1959 by Jere Crews. Close to a million Cruisair systems have been installed through the years in yachts all over the world. This includes portable hatch-top air-cooled units for small vessels, to multi-ton tempered-water…more

Marine courses offered at Mass. community college

Two new marine courses, developed under the Jobs in Boating grant, are being offered at Massasoit Community College in Canton, Mass. The courses — marine diesel engines and electrical systems — are a collaboration between the community college and the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association. The marine diesel course runs Feb. 7, 21 and 28, and…more

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Algae-X MTC 1000-LX mobile tank cleaning system

The Algae-X MTC 1000-LX mobile tank cleaning system is manufactured with stainless-steel plumbing, providing the same three-stage performance as the standard MTC-1000 with its traditional brass plumbing. The LX model also features cam and groove (cam lock) couplings to connect the hoses. And to prevent spillage, the cam lock fittings cap the hoses and the…more

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

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