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

Northport adds Facebook to data service

Facebook social networking is now an added feature to Northport Systems’ Web-based data service, Fugawi-X-Traverse, which is used with the iNavX real-time marine chart-plotting application for the iPhone. This allows users to share their iNavX adventures by posting their position, tracks and photo waypoints to their Facebook account news feed. The application displays an interactive…more

Win-tron hosts online dealer show

Today marks the opening of Win-tron Electronics’ fifth annual Online Dealer Show. The show is open to marine dealers, retail outlets and online businesses. The virtual nature of the show is designed to allow potential customers to shop from the convenience of their office or place of business. Major manufacturers are participating with discounts and…more

Mastervolt buys electrical propulsion company

Mastervolt acquired the Dutch-based electrical propulsion company Bellmann. Details of the transaction were not released. Bellmann is a leading developer of complete electrical propulsion systems, and has manufactured dedicated electrical drives for boats since 2002. Products include drives ranging from 1 kW to 20 kW complete with matching shafts and propellers, along with control panels…more

Two virtual boat shows scheduled

Warren Kelly of Vernon Promotions and Gene Allen of Roche Marine, created BoatShowsatHome.com, a site designed to give buyers and dealers the look and feel of a year-round boat show. The site will launch in early 2010. “The graphics and the navigation throughout the site, as well as the steps involved in the boat-buying process,…more

SmartPlug Systems unveils Web site

SmartPlug Systems recently launched a new Web site. The company said the enhanced site will aid in its eventual expansion into other markets, including trucking, electric automobiles, RV and industrial. To gain more information from its customers and to learn more about shore power problems in general, SmartPlug has set up an online survey. Participants…more

Cobra Electronics reports 3Q results

Cobra Electronics Corp. today reported a net loss of $509,000, or 8 cents per share, for the third quarter of 2009, compared to net income of $142,000, or 2 cents per share, in the same period of 2008. Cobra, a global designer and marketer of mobile communications and navigation products, said sales declined to $27.4…more

Volvo Penta sees sales dip, profit boost

Engine manufacturer Volvo Penta reported a decrease in sales for the third quarter, but overall saw an increase in profits because of cost reductions. “Volvo Penta has also been impacted by a continued weak market, with a slightly more stable trend in industrial engines than in marine engines. In spite of the 32 percent decline in…more

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

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