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Consumers are demanding increasing sophistication from the boats they buy, reflecting the conveniences and advances they have come to expect in modern automobiles. Marine technology companies are responding, developing smarter and more sophisticated electronics, cleaner, quieter and more powerful engines, and pod drives and joystick systems.
Caterpillar Inc. reported a first-quarter profit of $922 million, or $1.44 a share, an increase from $880 million, or $1.31 a share, in the first quarter of 2013.
Mercury Marine was recently honored with the Most Eco-Friendly Marine Business Award at the 2014 China International Boat Show in Shanghai for its new lightweight 370-hp Mercury Diesel TDI 4.2L engine.
Volvo Penta’s Glass Cockpit concept earned the company a third Asian Marine and Boating Award for most innovative company.
Yamaha Marine Group named Austin Roebuck as marine government relations coordinator.
MJM Yachts is offering Yanmar propulsion on the 36z and 40z models.
The Power Products LLC marine and mobile business segment, which includes Marinco, Mastervolt and Ancor, announced two personnel appointments.
Bellingham Marine said it supplied the floating docks for a new boathouse under the Hawthorne Bridge on the Willamette River in Portland, Ore., that houses two emergency response boats for Portland Fire and Rescue.
Florida-based Littoral Marine released the Crevalle Boats brand of bay boats.
Students graduating from the boatbuilding restoration program at the International Yacht Restoration School in Newport, R.I., will launch their boats on May 31.
Humminbird and Fishhound signed an agreement for the Eufala, Ala., marine electronics manufacturer to be a 2014 Product Showcase Partner across all of Fishhound’s sponsored Web properties.