Electronics

Advances in marine electronics, including GPS and electronic charts, computer-aided design and gyro stabilizers, have transformed the on-the-water experience, making boating safer and more enjoyable.

Charles Marine debuts new power products

Charles Marine, the Illinois-based manufacturer of AC and DC electrical products, continues to invest in new products to meet the challenges of declining boat sales and cautious consumer spending. “We have faith in the industry and are investing our efforts in building a firm position to handle the needs of boaters once the market recovers,”…more

Innovation Awards handed out in Miami

MIAMI BEACH — Seven products were honored for innovation Thursday afternoon at the Miami International Boat Show. Presented by the National Marine Manufacturers Association and Boating Writers International, the Innovation Awards recognize products that stand out from other products currently manufactured, their benefit to the industry, their practicality and cost-effectiveness, and their availability to consumers…more

Moeller acquires molding oven

Moeller Marine Products of Sparta, Tenn., purchased a Ferry 430 four-arm roto-oven to manufacture larger capacity fuel tanks and other rotationally molded products. “Rotational molding is our core competency and that’s where we plan to focus our growth” senior vice president Bob Beagle said in a statement. “This investment also supports our plan to expand…more

Pelican Products buys competitor

Pelican Products acquired longtime competitor Hardigg Industries, a leading manufacturer of roto-molded protective cases, based in South Deerfield, Mass. The transaction, valued at approximately $200 million, is believed to be the largest acquisition in the history of the protective case industry, according to Pelican, which was supported in the acquisition by private equity group Behrman…more

Marine-product companies finalize merger

Innovative Product Solutions LLC and Jim Black & Associates are now operating together as HMG, or HiTide Manufacturing Group LLC. The resulting product portfolio will include the Innovative Product Solutions doors, tubs, tackle centers, deck plates, and accessories coupled with similar products from Jim Black. Jim Black products will also add the ventilation and escape hatches,…more

Marine Products to release financial results Jan. 28

Marine Products Corp. will release its 2008 fourth-quarter and full-year financial results Jan. 28 before the market opens. The company will host a conference call at 8 a.m. (EST) that morning to review its operating results. The call will be broadcast and archived on the company’s investor Web site at www.marineproductscorp.com. Atlanta-based Marine Products Corp.…more

Web site revamps its virtual boat show

BoatShowExpo.com of Pawcatuck, Conn., redesigned its virtual boat show with the addition of color pictures of exhibitors’ products and a New Products and Catalog & Video category. The redesign gives the attendee a visual concept of the product along with a description of the exhibiting company. BoatShowExpo.com is able to link the exhibitor’s Web site…more

IBBI hands out innovation awards

Independent Boat Builders Inc. presented two of its own Innovation Awards for new products at this year’s International BoatBuilder’s Exhibition & Conference. IBBI members selected GEM Products Inc. for its Anti-Theft Device and Universal Products for Chromax Plus, based on the products’ uniqueness and benefit to the marine industry. Click here for the complete release.…more

Taylor Made debuting new line at IBEX

Taylor Made Products, of Gloversville, N.Y., will use next week’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference to introduce the Boat Misters product line it recently acquired. Among the products is the new Comfort Zone Boat Misting System, which attaches to the boat’s Bimini or T-top and emits a cooling mist. It is designed to reduce on-deck…more

Bombardier Recreational won’t go public for now

Bombardier Recreational Products is holding off on plans to go public because of the economic downturn. After being spun off by Bombardier Inc. in 2003, the goal was to take BRP public within five years, but the slowdown has put that on hold, president and CEO José Boisjoli told the Globe and Mail newspaper. Instead,…more

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