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

Navionics, Medallion join in venture

Medallion Instrumentation Systems, a customer designer and manufacturer of boat dashboard display and management systems, recently integrated Navionics chart support into their products. The company’s Viper support for Navionics Gold Marine Charts as well as HotMaps Premium Lake Maps allows customers to have the most accurate cartography available. Navionics charts cover the coastal waters, rivers…more

Volvo Penta will keep supplying 8.1L engine blocks

Volvo Penta is offering an uninterrupted supply of its 8.1L big-block power for all of 2010. Despite plans by General Motors to stop production of its 8.1L engine blocks, Volvo Penta has worked with GM to ensure its ability to supply customers with the popular 8.1L engines for sterndrive and IPS propulsion systems. “Just as…more

Longtime Furuno executive dies

Industry veteran and longtime Furuno executive Roy Thompson, 68, died recently of lung cancer. Upon graduating from electronics school in the U.S. Navy, Thompson started working for Raytheon Marine Co. Years later, he worked for ITT Decca and in 1980 was part owner of Dolphin Electronics, which represented Furuno. In 1984, Furuno USA determined that…more

Yanmar, ABYC sign training agreement

Yanmar America Corp.’s marine engine division signed a cooperative training agreement with the American Boat and Yacht Council. Yanmar will now require its top dealer’s staff to include ABYC-certified technicians. In return, ABYC will offer class discounts to these dealers through Yanmar’s educational department. Yanmar and ABYC will also offer the training discounts to all…more

Mastervolt to hold workshop at IBEX

Mastervolt, a Hanover, Md.-based manufacturer of electrical power products and systems solutions for the marine industry, will present a free workshop next month at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The workshop, “New Innovations – The Future of Power & Load Management Systems,” will focus on the integration of the electrical system to enable the…more

Intellian building facility in South Korea

California-based Intellian Technologies has started construction of a 71,000-square-foot research and development, manufacturing and shipping facility in South Korea. Scheduled for completion in February, the new facility will triple production capacity and provide six labs for increased product development and testing. Intellian says the increased capacity will allow it to accommodate growing demand for its…more

EPA fines two boatbuilders

The Environmental Protection Agency fined two Washington-based boatbuilders, Fluid Motion LLC and Delta Marine Industries, for chemical reporting violations. Both manufacturers are charged with violations of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act for failure to submit timely reports of their use of the toxic chemical styrene, according to the EPA. Fluid Motion in Kent,…more

CCP announces price increases

Cook Composites and Polymers has announced a price increase of 8 cents per pound for all unsaturated polyester and vinylester resins, gelcoats and ThermaCLEAN products. The price increase, effective for shipments made on or after Sept. 7, reflects the rise in feed stocks over the last several months, the company says. “CCP will make every…more

SmartPlug relocates to new marine center

SmartPlug Systems relocated to a larger facility in Seattle, recently added new employees and is developing more products to add to its line, the company announced. The new office is located in a new marine center development called Salmon Bay Marine Center, located at 2288 West Commodore Way, Suite No. 300, Seattle, WA 98199. The…more

New Volvo Penta warranty extends coverage

Volvo Penta announces its new Penta Protection program, which combines the two-year Volvo Penta factory limited warranty with an additional three years of coverage through First Protection Corp. Penta Protection is standard for all gasoline EFI sterndrive engines manufactured after July 1 and delivered in North America. Penta Protection consists of two parts: a two-year…more

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