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.

FLIBS 2014: FLIR rolls out new VHF radios

FORT LAUDERDALE — FLIR Systems is introducing three VHF radios at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and will soon come to the market with its own electrical switching control system, marketing director Jim Hands told Active Interest Media journalists during a “Meet the Editors” event Wednesday at the show.

ABBRA names conference speakers

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association announced its lineup of topics and speakers for the 2015 ABBRA Boatyard Business Conference.

Garmin reports 3Q results

Garmin’s third-quarter revenue increased 10 percent to $706 million with double-digit growth in four of five reporting segments.

Q&A with Elco Motor Yachts CEO Steve Lamando

Electric hybrid technology has become commonplace in the auto industry — each of the major manufacturers builds one. Toyota, with its popular Prius leading the way, now offers 15 hybrid models and sells about 6 million hybrids a year. Look around; hybrids are in every parking lot.

Mercury Marine president John Pfeifer welcomes representatives of 600 dealerships worldwide.

Better ‘bite,’ sleeker styling

About 1,400 people representing boat and engine dealerships from around the world gathered in Orlando, Fla., this fall for Mercury Marine’s global dealer meeting, which also marked the Fond du Lac, Wis.-based engine manufacturer’s 75th anniversary.

FLIR Systems reports 3Q results

FLIR Systems said third-quarter revenue was $375.4 million, up 5 percent from the same quarter a year earlier. Revenue from the maritime segment was $44.7 million, up 8 percent from last year.

Caterpillar reports 3Q results

Caterpillar Inc. today reported higher third-quarter revenue and profits and provided an optimistic outlook for full-year results.

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