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

Lowrance extends sponsorship deal with BASS

Lowrance and BASS LLC recently announced that Lowrance will continue its sponsorship of the fishing group and its tournaments through 2012. The agreement states that Lowrance is a supporting-level sponsor of the Bassmaster Elite Series and BASS Federation Nation. Lowrance will also receive exhibit space at Bassmaster Elite Series events and opportunities for product demonstration…more

Furuno offers spring rebate promotion

Furuno recently announced a NavNet 3-D Spring Rebate Event, with rebate amounts ranging from $50 to $300 a product. The new promotion offers rebates on NavNet 3-D MFDs and its most popular accessories, including DRS Radar Sensors (domes and open arrays); award-winning fishfinders (DFF1 & DFF3); AIS transmitters and receivers (FA50 & FA30); weather products…more

Viking Life-Saving Equipment reports 2010 growth

Denmark’s Viking Life-Saving Equipment, a global manufacturer of safety equipment for the maritime, offshore and fire industries, said it grew about 11 percent in 2010. Last year’s strategic focus areas – increasing the product range and expanding service solutions – resulted in an operating profit of 97.6 million Danish kroner (about $18.6 million), a 6…more

SureShade gains patent for canopy design

SureShade, a designer and manufacturer of retractable sunshade systems for the marine industry, received final acceptance of a U.S. patent for its arched roller canvas design, or “arched canopy assembly,” on a boat, the company said. “Our goal in developing the arched roller for our retractable sunshades was to mimic the style of a traditional…more

Aqualuma, Win-tron help Australian flood victims

Aqualuma Marine Lighting and Win-tron Electronics are making donations to help people affected by flooding in Queensland, Australia. Aqualuma and Win-tron have each pledged to donate $10 to the cause for every LED light sold worldwide through March 31. “Aqualuma wants to do whatever it can to help the people of Queensland recover from this horrific tragedy,”…more

Companies collaborate on night-vision tools

OceanView’s Apollo II night vision camera can now be fully integrated into Furuno’s NavNet 3-D navigation system, the companies announced. “OceanView cameras are easily compatible with our NavNet 3D system, making them an ideal collaborator,” Furuno marketing manager Dean Kurutz said in a statement. “We enjoy a good working relationship with OceanView, and full integration…more

Group makes offer to buy Dometic

EQT V, a European private equity group, submitted an offer to acquire Dometic Group from a consortium of lenders, the board of directors and employees of Dometic Group. The deal is worth an estimated 12 billion Swedish kronor (about $1.8 billion). The deal is subject to approval by what is called an extraordinary general meeting…more

MIAMI: Volvo Penta, Garmin to join on product offerings

MIAMI – AB Volvo Penta and Garmin Ltd. entered into a joint development and marketing strategic alliance to provide instrumentation, navigation and communication equipment for marine use, the companies announced at the Miami International Boat Show. Volvo Penta and Garmin will jointly develop the equipment, which will be marketed in a complete customer offer for…more

Suzuki adds marine accessories online

The American Suzuki Motor Corp. announced the addition of marine accessories to its online store, available at SuzukiMarine.com, expanding its online program beyond the motorcycle and ATV categories. Using Shopatron’s retail-integrated eCommerce solution, Suzuki will strengthen partnerships with its dealers by assigning online orders of marine accessories to local authorized dealers. Consumers can choose to…more

Lowrance announces rebate promotion

Lowrance announced a limited-time HDS Ultimate Upgrade Sales Event, which provides cash rebates on its High Definition System line and compatible products. Rebates are available through March 27 to consumers who purchase qualified Lowrance marine electronics from an authorized dealer. “This extensive promotion provides significant savings on our top-selling HDS line and its popular radar,…more

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