Technology

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.

Yamaha Marine Group unveils new versions of outboards

Yamaha Marine Group announced Tuesday new mechanical control versions of its 225- and 250-hp 4.2-liter V6 Offshore outboards, available as the F250XB in both left and right-hand rotation, and the F225XB in right-hand rotation only.

Mercury Marine expands in Wisconsin

Mercury Marine is adding a 53,000-square-foot manufacturing capacity expansion to its headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis., to accommodate growing global demand.

ACR Electronics debuts search-and-rescue transponder

ACR Electronics is expanding its commercial survival product portfolio with the introduction of the Pathfinder Pro SART at this year’s Offshore Technology Conference, which starts today and continues through Thursday in Houston.

Florida school adds Mercury Marine training

Universal Technical Institute, a provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is launching the first Mercury Marine technician career training certification program at its Marine Mechanics Institute campus in Orlando, Fla.

Garmin reports 1Q results

Garmin said today that it saw revenue grow 7 percent in the first quarter to $624 million as outdoor, fitness, aviation and marine collectively grew 17 percent from the year-earlier quarter and contributed 69 percent of total revenue.

FLIR Systems reports 1Q results

FLIR Systems said today that first-quarter revenue totaled $379.5 million, up 10 percent from $344.5 million in the same quarter a year earlier.

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