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

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

Mohawk wins environmental award

Mohawk Finishing Products of Hickory, N.C., received an award for its line of Greenguard certified waterborne finishing products. The company received the 2009 New Product Sequoia Award – Green/Environmental from the Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers. The award recognizes innovation for new-to-market products. Entries were evaluated on quality, production impact, practicality, innovation and user-friendliness.…more

Cobra Electronics reports 2Q results

Cobra Electronics Corp. reported a pretax loss of $1.1 million for the second quarter of 2009, compared to pretax income of $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2008, as sales declined to $26 million from $34.3 million in the prior year. Cobra reported a net loss of $9.9 million, or $1.53 per share, for…more

Cummins reports 2Q results

Cummins this week reported lower sales and profit in the second quarter of 2009 compared to its record performance during the same period in 2008, as the global recession continued to dampen demand around the world. Sales for the quarter were $2.43 billion, 37 percent lower than the $3.89 billion in the second quarter of 2008.…more

John S. Barry was Mr. WD-40

While this is not a boating story per se, we believe the marine industry will find a number of takeaways on everything from branding and marketing to management in this account of the life of John S. Barry. Barry was the passionate, savvy executive who grew WD-40 into a ubiquitous household product whose name has…more

Turning Point picks new rep firm

Turning Point Propellers signed Pac West to represent its line in the Western United States. Verdi, Nev.-based Pac West will carry Turning Point’s line in Arizona, Alaska, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. The rep firm specializes in all areas of the marine industry, including aftermarket. “Turning Point’s…more

Torqeedo teams up with Hobie Cat

Electric outboard manufacturer Torqeedo and the Hobie Cat Company have teamed up to develop new products combining Torqeedo’s Ultralight 402 kayak motor and Hobie’s kayak designs. The first product is set for launch in September. “We’re looking forward to working with Hobie in the future and the products we’ll develop together,” Torqeedo co-founder and managing…more

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