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Marine industry technology news ranges from engine and other product debuts to reports of executive promotions and interviews with CEOs.

PWC owner rallies will return to Florida

WaterTop Unlimited is producing two personal watercraft owner events in Florida this spring. The Indian River PWC Easter Egg Hunt in Melbourne, Fla., is set for March 28 and the Skyway PWC Poker Run in St. Petersburg, Fla., takes place April 11. After a two-year hiatus from producing recreational PWC owner events, WaterTop Unlimited president…more

Cobra Electronics reports 4Q results

Cobra Electronics Corp., a global designer and marketer of mobile communications and navigation products, today reported its fourth quarter 2009 results. Cobra reported net income of $1.8 million, or 27 cents per fully diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to a net loss of $20.8 million, or $3.21 per share, in the…more

Honda, Suzuki roll out new 4-strokes

MIAMI BEACH – Honda and Suzuki introduced new 4-stroke outboards Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show. Suzuki unveiled 40- and 50-hp models, while Honda debuted a 115-hp engine. Both manufacturers say these next-generation outboards are more fuel-efficient, lighter and better performers than their predecessors. “Just because you have a 40 or a 50 doesn’t…more

Mastervolt, Pearson Composites team up

Mastervolt is working with Pearson Composites on the first installation of its electric propulsion line of products. In November, Mastervolt acquired Dutch-based Bellmann, whose full line of products include drives ranging from 1kW to 20kW complete with matching shafts and propellers, along with control panels and switching gear. Pearson will install a 7.5 kW electric…more

Cummins reports 4Q results

Cummins Inc. this week reported that the fourth quarter of 2009 was the most profitable fourth quarter in company history, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2007. Sales of $3.4 billion grew 3 percent from $3.29 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, while net income attributable to Cummins increased to $270 million, or $1.36…more

Tech predictions: Imagine a world with just five computers

Most technology predictions for 2010 won’t come true. The more we learn about how innovation happens, the less straight the lines of advance look, according to a column by L. Gordon Crovitz in The Wall Street Journal. A year ago, it would have been hard to predict that social networking sites would become the new…more

McMurdo will house Kannad Marine division

McMurdo Ltd, a company in the Orolia Group, says that following Orolia’s purchase of Kannad and McMurdo, a new strategy has been implemented for both companies that focuses on the expertise each offers in their specific markets. Starting Jan. 1, McMurdo’s core focus will be on producing emergency location beacons for marine and outdoor markets,…more

McMurdo purchase is finalized

The sale of the assets of U.K.-based emergency distress beacon manufacturer McMurdo was finalized Nov. 20, when the transfer from Digital Angel Corporation to Orolia was completed. The purchase price was $9.6 million, as part of a cash-free/debt-free transaction, with no transfer of account payables and account receivables, the company said. “We are delighted with…more

Torqeedo launches electric-propulsion challenge

Torqeedo has created the Torqeedo Catalina Solar/Electric Boat Challenge to prove that electric outboards are destination motors. The challenge also honors Bob Nordskog, a man who, 30 years ago, traveled more than 26.5 nautical miles in the Pacific Ocean from Long Beach Harbor to Catalina Island in the first electric boat ever built, Torqeedo said…more

Northport adds Facebook to data service

Facebook social networking is now an added feature to Northport Systems’ Web-based data service, Fugawi-X-Traverse, which is used with the iNavX real-time marine chart-plotting application for the iPhone. This allows users to share their iNavX adventures by posting their position, tracks and photo waypoints to their Facebook account news feed. The application displays an interactive…more

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