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

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Furrion portable ramp

Furrion LLC, a new company selling electrical wiring, cables and related components, has introduced a portable ramp designed to protect shore power and data cables. “It is the only ramp that we know of that stores in its own compact storage bag and can be assembled/disassembled in seconds, yet still withstand 2-1/2 tons,” says Furrion…more

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Turning Point Legacy prop

Turning Point Propellers says its streamlined Legacy prop offers faster top-end speeds, quicker hole shots, better lift, improved fuel efficiency and better handling. It is designed for use with engines from 40 hp to 300-plus hp, according to the company, and incorporates high rake patterns, fine-tuned pitch progression, aggressive cupping and sharp trailing edges for…more

Sail announces Pittman awards

Sail magazine recognized 15 sailing products for its 2009 Pittman Innovation Awards. The products will be featured in the magazine’s February issue, as well as at Sail’s Innovation Station Jan. 29-Feb. 1 during the Strictly Sail Chicago Boat Show. The winners are as follows: Peter Nielsen’s Cruising Gear awards went to the Ronstan Boom Tent,…more

Honda offering financing deals for boat show season

Honda Marine will offer repower financing rates as low as 4.99 percent APR throughout the spring boat show season. Offered by Honda Financial Services through participating Honda Marine dealers, the program is available to boaters repowering with new, unregistered Honda outboards (2 hp to 225 hp) between now and March 2. Consumers have the additional…more

Sea Tech, Caframo redesign Web sites

Sea Tech revamped its Web site to make finding products easier and quicker. The new detailed product pages include photos, descriptions and literature links.  The new Web site also provides downloadable literature, including specification sheets, installation instructions and sales brochures. Sea Tech, a division of Watts Water Technologies, is based in Wilmington, N.C. The company…more

Cobra wins award for wireless handset

Cobra Marine won a DAME award in the marine electronics category for its MR F300 BT waterproof handset with Bluetooth wireless technology. The MR F300 BT features Cobra’s MicroBlue technology, enabling the user to make calls using the cell phone’s existing Bluetooth wireless technology while the phone is stowed away. The award was presented at…more

NMMA Canada will continue Discover Boating funds

Canada’s engine manufacturers last week unanimously decided that engine assessments collected to fund the Discover Boating Canada program will continue as in previous years. “There is a strong sentiment among Canadian engine manufacturers that the program is on track, and the group felt it best to continue collecting assessments without temporary interruption to further Discover…more

Ribcraft adding Evinrude outboards

Ribcraft is partnering with BRP USA to offer Evinrude E-TEC outboards on its line of rigid hull inflatables. With the addition of the Evinrude E-TEC line, Ribcraft will now be able to offer engines to 300 horsepower. The Marblehead, Mass., builder also offers Honda and Mercury outboards.

Dometic switching to environmentally safe refrigerant

Dometic Corp. says that R22 will be completely phased out of its products in favor of 400-series “green-gas” refrigerants by the middle of next year. The company is nearing the end of a multiyear program to re-engineer its products to alternative refrigerant compounds, in accordance with international agreements to phase out the use of ozone-depleting…more

Design Award METS winners selected

The Design Award METS (DAME) jury chose 53 winners from 136 products entered in this year’s competition. The winners will be announced at a breakfast event prior to the start of METS Nov. 18 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. During METS, which takes place Nov. 18-20, all short-listed products will be on display in a special DAME…more

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