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

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

Turning Point picks Canadian rep group

Turning Point Propellers appointed Pacific Advantage Sales and Marketing Inc. of Hope, British Columbia, as its latest rep group. Specializing in the marine, RV, industrial and automotive markets, the company will represent Turning Point’s propeller lines in Alberta, B.C., Saskatchewan, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Turning Point has been engineering, manufacturing…more

MarineFuel.com tracking gas and diesel prices

The current economic environment is causing increases in the price of gasoline for automobile drivers and other consumers, including recreational boaters, according to MarineFuel.com. “We are seeing vast differences in prices for marine gasoline and diesel engine fuel, as well as slight overall increases that we attribute to the economic environment,” said William McKenna IV,…more

Mastervolt sponsors hybrid voyage

Mastervolt is sponsoring Endeavour Green Electric Hybrid Yacht’s 250-mile passage of silent cruising through Florida’s inland waterways. Equipped with a Mastervolt Whisper generator for clean electric propulsion, Endeavour will cruise for less than $2 a day, according to Mastervolt. “Mastervolt is a company that innovates, looks to new solutions and believes in green products like our…more

Composites One wins safety award

Composites One was presented with a platinum award by Great West Casualty Company as a part of the 2008 National Safety Awards Program. This is the seventh consecutive year Composites One has been an award recipient. The National Safety Awards Program recognizes carriers in similar operations (truckload and less than truckload) with awards based on…more

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