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.

Xantrex adds East Coast sales manager

Xantrex said it is embarking on an aggressive growth plan for 2015 as a result of the robust mobile AC power market accelerated by the improved economic environment.

SNAME will honor engineers at May ceremony

Three men who were instrumental in the invention, design and development of the mobile offshore semisubmersible platform won the 2014 Elmer A. Sperry Award, which recognizes engineering contributions that have advanced transportation by sea, land or air.

Journalists got a chance Tuesday to test Navico products at a press event in the Florida Keys, including B&G electronics for sailboats. These large multifunction displays were mounted on a 55-foot Oceanis sailboat from Beneteau.

Navico offers look at new product line

DUCK KEY, Fla. — Navico will wrap up a two-day media event today in the Florida Keys where more than 30 journalists got a chance to see firsthand the electronics company’s recently introduced products — and a sneak peak at new devices and technology that will be released later this year.

ABBRA hands out annual awards

The American Boat Builders & Repairers Association handed out awards and honors during a dinner at the Jan. 21-23 Boatyard Business Conference in Fort Lauderdale.

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