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.

KVH Industries offers free satellite calls to Philippines

KVH Industries announced that all phone calls to the Philippines from vessels using its mini-VSAT Broadband service will be free because the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan caused has left Filipino seafarers on vessels around the world desperate for news from home. “Filipino seafarers represent more than 20 percent of the world’s mariners,” KVH CEO Martin…more

MegayachtNews.com debuts mobile app

Independent website MegayachtNews.com, which focuses on the American luxury-yacht market and expanding its focus internationally, introduced an app for Android and Apple devices. “While there are only a few companies with apps currently targeted to megayacht owners, buyers and their representatives, many of them replicate all or nearly all of the same content they have…more

Actuant reaches deal to sell electrical segment

Actuant Corp. reached an agreement to sell its electrical segment to Sentinel Capital Partners for $258 million in cash. The deal is set to close within 45 days, Actuant announced. The company announced its plan to sell the segment, effectively exiting the marine industry, in June. The segment includes Marinco and Mastervolt. Actuant said at…more

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VIDEO: Gemeco unveils ‘virtual toolbox’ app

More and more marine companies are using mobile device applications to help their customers locate, buy and install their products. Case in point: Gemeco’s iOS app “iNstall.” Check out this video interview with Gemeco general manager Peter Braffitt at the recent International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. He demonstrated the app, calling it “a virtual toolbox…more

Webasto seminar Tuesday in Massachusetts

Webasto North America factory application engineers will conduct a free technical training seminar featuring the company’s range of marine air heaters on Tuesday in Massachusetts. Hosted by Ocean Marketing, the seminar will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Clarion Hotel in Seekonk, Mass. Lunch will be provided. Webasto will provide demonstrations…more

Seakeeper joins with developer on forecast service

Buoyweather, an online marine forecast service, said it created a condition-based marketing program for gyro manufacturer Seakeeper. A first for Buoyweather, it calculates on the site’s forecasting data to trigger Seakeeper messaging only when conditions are rough. The website’s data tools provide detailed seven-day marine and swell forecasts worldwide. A series of flags also indicates…more

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A touch too much?

Touch-screen technology, so popular in today’s devices, might have limitations on a boat or other moving platform, some designers say When talking about technology’s impact on boating, yacht designer Bill Prince says the industry might want to take note of what Ford Motor Co. has learned about touch-screen technology’s limitations in a vehicle. In June,…more

Smartphone app alerts boaters to manatee speed zones

A new app has been designed to help prevent boaters from hitting manatees in Florida waterways. A Florida-based corporation, EarthNC, through its conservation venture Conserve.IO, has teamed with the Save the Manatee Club to create the free Manatee Alert App. The smartphone-based app displays instructive visual alerts, notifying boaters when they are approaching manatee speed…more

Actuant CEO announces retirement

Actuant Corp.’s board of directors announced that Robert Arzbaecher decided to retire as president and CEO, effective January 2014, and will remain chairman of the board. Mark Goldstein, now COO, will take over the role of president immediately and will become CEO upon Arzbaecher’s retirement, the company announced. Goldstein has also been added as a…more

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