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.

IBBI chooses audio supplier

Independent Boat Builders Inc. has selected Prospec Electronics as a premium audio supplier for 2012. “Prospec understands the needs of boatbuilders, and they’ve proven to be a high-quality manufacturer,” IBBI program manager and president Tom Broy said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to our member/owners to provide the best product choices, and Prospec…more

Lumishore adds U.S. center in Florida

Lumishore Ltd., a U.K.-based manufacturer of LED underwater lights, is establishing a U.S. operation in Sarasota, Fla. called Lumishore USA. “Our LED technical expertise enables us to produce brighter, longer-lasting lights than our competitors, and we now have the opportunity to expand our products availability in the U.S.,” Lumishore CEO Eifrion Evans said in a…more

New website geared toward saltwater anglers

The saltwater fishing community has a new online option available for finding news, columns and video from Florida to the West Coast. BDoutdoors.com builds upon popular forums previously featured on Bloodydecks.com by offering its growing audience an expanded format, complete with in-depth articles and product reviews, featured columnists, a multimedia viewer, recipes, forum feeds, destination…more

OceanView Technologies unveils new warranty

OceanView Technologies introduced a new three-year warranty for its full line of night-vision cameras. “Our extended warranty covers parts and labor for three years,” CEO Mike Bader said in a statement. “Coverage begins when the camera-equipped boat is purchased or commissioned by its first owner, giving boaters peace of mind,” he added. “We believe so…more

Trim tab maker picks marketing firm

Rhodes Communications was selected to provide PR and marketing services for Linear Devices Corp., a Richmond, Va.-based manufacturer of trim tabs for powerboats under the Lectrotab brand. “We chose Rhodes Communications because of its strong experience in our industry,” said Dan Roberts, president of Linear Devices. “Until now, we have focused our primary attention on…more

Yacht’s iPad app lets you do everything but steer

If you have an extra $1 million lying around, you can charter a yacht that comes with its own iPad app, giving passengers control of everything but the steering wheel. Custom-made software from German luxury yacht firm Lurssen gives passengers on Solemates, the first pleasure yacht to carry this technology, control of all shipboard entertainment…more

Sailing veteran starts online store

P2 Marine recently launched a new online store. Featuring products from sailing industry manufacturers, the website’s primary focus is on sailing hardware, rigging and marine electronics. P2 Marine now offers more than 25,000 products from 74 manufacturers. The company was founded by industry veteran Rob Emmet. “It’s really a lot of fun to start a…more

Vesper Marine gains approval for transponder

Vesper Marine, a manufacturer of marine safety products, said it has received FCC approval for its collision-avoidance display, the AIS WatchMate 850 Class B Transponder. “We are delighted to achieve this very important milestone for the global launch of the WatchMate 850,” said Jeff Robbins, the co-founder of New Zealand-based Vesper Marine. “Demand has been…more

Gorilla Glass: It protects your smart phone

If you appreciate new technology, we’re betting you’ll enjoy this story, even though there’s not a boat in sight. But there may be an application for the electronics sector of the marine industry. The product is called Gorilla Glass. Invented by Corning in the 1960s, the material makes up the screen of every touch-screen phone,…more

Spot’s GPS messenger makes top 100 list

The SPOT Personal Tracker is included on Time Magazine’s list of the 100 greatest and most influential gadgets. Ranked among the obvious choices of iPod and iPhone, Kindle and BlackBerry, the economically priced GPS device is touted as the world’s first satellite GPS messenger by Spot LLC. The tracker allows the families of boaters and…more

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