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.

Waterway Net celebrates 50th anniversary

The marine radio operator group Waterway Net, which is sponsored by the Waterway Radio and Cruising Club, is celebrating its 50th anniversary of bringing radio amateurs together. The radio group convenes over the airwaves every morning of the year for about an hour starting at 7:45 a.m. EST on a frequency of 7.268 MHz. The…more

Man Overboard app hits download milestone

Intelligent Maintenance, a sailing maintenance software company, announced its recently-launched Man Overboard app reached more than 1,000 downloads. The app uses on-screen coordinates of a person overboard to alert the Coast Guard. “A man-overboard situation happens more often than you think,” Intelligent Maintenance CEO Adrian Stanway said in a statement. “A simple trip on some…more

Wavecraft USA names new CEO

Wavecraft USA, maker of the Waveblade handheld marine power tool, appointed Steve Smith as the company’s new chief executive officer. Wavecraft director of marketing and sales Wendy Benge made the announcement today. Smith’s role will be global, but will focus on the United States. Wavecraft said Smith brings more than 30 years of business background…more

Imtra takes energy-saving steps at headquarters

Marine products manufacturer Imtra has announced the completion of a green initiative to reduce energy consumption at its corporate headquarters. Massachusetts-based Imtra’s energy-saving efforts include high-yield solar panels on all suitable roofing surfaces, reducing outside power consumption by 70 percent, and higher energy-efficient bulbs throughout the facility, resulting in a lighting fixture power reduction of…more

Satellite company debuts new blog

Ocens satellite systems and service announced that its new blog site is up and running. The site can be found at http://blog.ocens.com or linked to from Ocens’ home page at http://www.ocens.com. “Our goal is to provide current and important information regarding satellite phone communications, as well as our weather and email services and solutions,” the…more

Hall Spars & Rigging contributes to tidal energy project

Composite manufacturing firm Hall Spars & Rigging, a provider of spars, rigging and complex composite components for yachts, is manufacturing the turbine components for the United States’ first commercial, grid-connected tidal energy project. Maine-based Ocean Renewable Power Co. is the project’s developer, owner and operator, and it developed the proprietary technology used, according to a…more

On-Board app provides connection to boatbuilders, dealers, manuals

On-Board Solutions has created a new iPad app that provides a way for owners to connect with their boat’s manufacturer, dealer and service yard, as well as searchable manuals, documentation, management galleries, customer service, news feeds and reviews. The app allows owners to have manuals available — searchable and backed up — on their iPads,…more

Magellan debuts new products at Florida show

Magellan launched the eXplorist 510 Marine Edition, which it describes as a comprehensive navigational solution for recreational boaters that offers coverage content of U.S. inland and coastal waters and a Magellan eXplorist GPS receiver. The eXplorist 510 Marine Edition will be on display at booth 1357 of the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades show,…more

Company offers towing-capacity app

Ever need to know quickly how big a boat your customer’s car will tow? Now there’s an app for that. The “Towing Capacities app,” a new app for Android smart phones, will let users search all pickups and SUVs sold in North America by year, make and model, engine, transmission, axle ratio, and even by…more

Veethree Instruments will move to new Florida facility

Veethree Instruments, a maker of electronic and mechanical instrumentation, purchased a new manufacturing facility in Manatee County, Fla. The new location is only 4 miles from the current one. Veethree expects to occupy the new facility in June. The company said consistent growth through the years, coupled with the successful launch of new products, has…more

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