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.

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

Tips on how to think outside the box

“When you act and do like everyone else in your niche, you fail to be distinctive and your products and services are relegated to the ho-hum, me-too category,” says Wanda Kenton Smith, president of the Marine Marketers of America. “In a down market, when buyers are holding off on purchases, a really unique product offering…more

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Break from the pack

Creativity and ingenuity are attributes accessory makers need to push products in today’s business climate Thinking outside the box can be critical to keeping customers and gaining market share, and at no time is this approach more important than in a soft economy when people and companies question the need for any spending. Accessories manufacturers…more

Moeller Marine purchases Tempo

Moeller Marine Products has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Tempo Products Inc. for an undisclosed price. Tempo Products was a leading marine accessories manufacturer specializing in the aftermarket fuel category since 1962. The company ceased all manufacturing operations and closed its Solon, Ohio, factory last year. Industry sources said at the time that…more

Richardsons buys Maptech marine division

Richardsons Chartbooks and Cruising Guides purchased Maptech’s marine printed products division, publishers of ChartKits, Embassy Cruising Guides and Maptech Waterproof Charts, for an undisclosed amount. The acquisition, made final July 30, creates one of the world’s largest chartmakers outside of national hydrographic offices, according to Richardsons. Both companies have long histories in chart manufacturing. Richardsons…more

Aftermarket products receive innovation awards

LAS VEGAS — Six marine aftermarket products were honored for innovation Thursday night during a ceremony at the Marine Aftermarket Accessories Trade Show. Also last night, Steve Sprole of Ritchie Navigation, was honored by the National Marine Representatives Association with the Mel Barr Award for his dedication to the marine industry. A total of 60…more

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