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

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

NMRA awards scholarship to Westlawn student

The National Marine Representatives Association awarded a $1,500 academic scholarship to Oren Niskin, who is studying yacht design at the Westlawn Institute of Technology. Niskin, of Miami Beach, plans to start a boatbuilding operation with his two brothers. A member of Coconut Grove Sailing Club in Miami, Niskin enlisted in the Navy in 2002 as…more

Furrion unveils new Web site

Furrion launched a new Web site that includes the shore power product manufacturer’s 2009 catalog, a product selection guide, and product video. The new site also includes information about the company’s partnership with the non-profit organization Trees For The Future. Furrion will plant one tree to offset the impact of carbon emissions from manufacturing and…more

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Q&A with Joe Charles

Joseph Charles, 69, founded Charles Industries in 1968 when he developed the single-entry load coil in the basement of his Illinois home. It went on to become the best selling load coil in the world, in service with every Bell operating company, as well as a majority of independent companies. Charles later added marine and…more

Special issue marks Sea magazine’s centennial

Sea magazine is celebrating its 100th year of publication with a historic commemorative issue in October. The West Coast magazine, originally known as Pacific Motor Boat, was first published by Miller Freeman, of Seattle, in 1908. Pacific Motor Boat and Sea merged in 1952. The combined publication was called Sea and Pacific Motor Boat until…more

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