NMEA and Electronics

The National Marine Electronics Association is an organization committed to enhancing the technology and safety of electronics used in marine applications and the profitability of its members.

NMEA releases new version of standard

The National Marine Electronics Association released version 2.10 of the NMEA 2000 standard, with a new message database appendix version 1.300 that includes AIS Class B PGN’s. “The marketplace has been asking for NMEA 2000 AIS Class B messages,” said Steve Spitzer, NMEA’s technical director, in a statement. “Now that AIS Class B products can…more

Actuant releases 3Q earnings

Actuant Corp. reported a 33 percent decline in sales for its third quarter, which ended May 31. The net loss and diluted loss per share in the fiscal 2009 third quarter were $17.6 million and 31 cents, respectively, compared to net earnings of $38.6 million and diluted earnings per share of 60 cents in the…more

Decline in boat sales affects Actuant’s outlook

Actuant Corp. says it will report lower-than-expected earnings for the fiscal third quarter due to a recently announced impairment charge, restructuring activities and weaker-than-expected sales. “Current economic conditions have significantly impacted consumer discretionary spending, resulting in a substantial reduction in recreational boating industry sales,” the company said in a statement. “OEM boatbuilders have responded to…more

NMEA launches new Web site

The National Marine Electronics Association launched a new Web site, offering comprehensive information on NMEA standards, training programs, and other features. In a members-only section of the site, the 550 NMEA member companies can access information to help them build their customer bases and their businesses. A marketing section provides free or low-cost marketing materials…more

Digital Switching Systems to host Webinars

Digital Switching Systems will host a series of webinars throughout 2009. The series will begin with an introduction to multiplexing systems, followed by programs devoted to the status of NMEA 2000 and integration with other power control components and displays. Episodes highlighting refit applications, including industrial, hydraulic, over-the-road, off-road and RV markets will also be…more

U.K.-based electronics retailer coming to U.S.

Cactus Navigation & Communication in the United Kingdom is expanding its global reach with a new sales, service and installation center in the United States, located in Newburyport, Mass. Cactus provides marine electronics sales and service for a variety of brands including Garmin, Furuno, Standard, Icom, Raymarine, Navico, Digital Yacht, Tacktick and ACR, as well…more


Electronics sales are one bright light

Boaters are seeking – and dealers are selling – upgrades with the latest tech Although marine electronics sales are not what they were a few years ago, the refit market is one bright spot in a struggling economy. Many boaters are holding on to their vessels longer and upgrading their electronics, rather than trying to…more

CWR will offer Fusion’s marine line

CWR Electronics is expanding its marine audio line with the addition of Fusion Electronics. True Marine, Fusion’s marine audio product line, is designed and engineered specifically for the marine environment. Bayville, N.J.-based CWR Electronics is a full-service distributor of marine, outdoor and consumer recreational products. Click here for the complete release.

CDI Electronics picks European sales rep

Madison, Ala.-based CDI Electronics chose Global Marine Associates to manage and develop its sales in the European market. CDI Electronics is an established manufacturer of QuickStrike Ignition marine ignition components and diagnostic systems, boasting more 900 products for use in a diverse range of marine applications. “We see good potential for growth within Europe for…more

NMEA convention slated for October

The 2008 National Marine Electronics Association Convention & Expo is set for Oct. 1-4 at the Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego. The 2008 NMEA Convention & Expo will be a large event for marine electronics dealers, manufacturers, distributors and other professionals held in North America this year. The NMEA member companies supply…more

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