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.

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

Southco opens new development center

Southco, a global leader in engineered access solutions with its headquarters in Concordville, Pa., opened a state-of-the-art Injection Molding and Rapid Prototyping Center of Excellence. The new center — part of the 135,000 square feet of manufacturing operations housed at the Concordville campus — is a several million dollar investment. The center will keep technology…more

American Marine selects West Coast rep

American Marine Products, a Pompano Beach, Fla.-based manufacturer of welded aluminum doors, windows and windshields, appointed Richards Marine Marketing of Heisson, Wash., as its West Coast marine representative. Whether for yachts, canal boats, trawlers or workboats, American Marine Products has been providing welded aluminum windshields, doors and CE certified windows to OEM boatbuilders and boat…more

Taylor Made purchases de-icing product line

Taylor Made Products, a division of the Taylor Made Group, acquired the D-Icer product line from Pyramid Technologies Industrial of Meriden, Conn. A purchase price was not disclosed. The manufacturing and distribution of the product line has been moved to Gloversville, N.Y. and is immediately available as part of the Taylor Made Products line of…more

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