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

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

Cook hiking Thermaclean prices

Cook Composites and Polymers will increase pricing for its Thermaclean products, beginning with shipments on or after Sept. 15. CCP said the increased prices for its high-flashpoint, MACT-compliant, solvent-based products are a result of advances in key raw ingredients and tight supply. All materials in this product classification will be increased 15 cents per pound.…more

Honda offers special boat-show season financing

Honda Marine of Alpharetta, Ga., will offer special repower financing rates as low as 4.99 percent APR throughout the fall and winter boat show seasons. Offered by Honda Financial Services through participating Honda Marine dealers, the program is available to boaters repowering their vessels with new, unregistered Honda outboards (2- to 225-hp) between Aug. 21…more

EPA finalizing emissions guidelines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is finalizing Control Technology Guidelines, which will be used by states to regulate air emissions from boat plants in non-attainment areas, the National Marine Manufacturers Association reports. Non-attainment areas are regions that have air pollution levels in excess of prescribed limits. The EPA has proposed that boat plants in non-attainment…more

Torqeedo expands manufacturing plant in Illinois

Torqeedo, the U.S. subsidiary of Germany-based Torqeedo GmbH, expanded into a larger plant to meet increasing demands. Previously housed in a 2,800-square-foot building in Hawthorn Woods, Ill., the electric outboard manufacturer now inhabits a 4,000-square-foot building.  The new address is 171 Erick Street, Unit 1A, Crystal Lake, IL 60014. The company’s new phone number is…more

Lowrance offering rebate on GPS device

Lowrance, a leader in GPS navigational systems, is offering a limited-time, rebate promotion on its AirMap 600C Aviation GPS. All purchases made from authorized Lowrance retailers in the U.S. or Canada through Dec.31, 2008 are eligible for a $50 mail-in rebate. Consumers who purchase the AirMap 600C Aviation GPS between July 24 and Dec. 31,…more

Hexion will raise resin prices

The U.S. composite resins business of Hexion Specialty Chemicals will increase the price of all unsaturated polyester and vinylester resins by 8 cents per pound, effective for products shipped on or after Aug. 15. Hexion is the second company this week to announce higher resin prices. Cook Composites & Polymers will also raise prices next…more

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