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

Win-tron Electronics wins distribution award

Electronics manufacturer Standard Horizon named Win-tron Electronics of Spring Lake Heights, N.J., its 2009 Marine Distributor of the Year. The award is presented to the distributor that shows outstanding support and promotion of the Standard Horizon brand throughout the year. “With the industry’s most knowledgeable sales staff, it is always a pleasure when just stopping…more

Iridium reports 4Q results

Iridium Communications, based in Bethesda, Md., reported its fourth-quarter results for the period ending Dec. 31, 2009. Net loss for the fourth quarter was $4.7 million compared with net income of $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. This partially reflects $17 million of expenses related to purchase price accounting adjustments, net of tax,…more

Navionics, Fugawi team up on course planner

Navionics – the Wareham, Mass.-based manufacturer of electronic charting and navigation data – and Northport Systems Inc., which manufactures Fugawi navigation software, introduced the Navionics NavPlanner2, powered by Fugawi. The NavPlanner2 is an atlas for the home computer of all U.S. coastal waters, navigable waterways and more than 12,000 inland lakes. The software also includes…more

PWC owner rallies will return to Florida

WaterTop Unlimited is producing two personal watercraft owner events in Florida this spring. The Indian River PWC Easter Egg Hunt in Melbourne, Fla., is set for March 28 and the Skyway PWC Poker Run in St. Petersburg, Fla., takes place April 11. After a two-year hiatus from producing recreational PWC owner events, WaterTop Unlimited president…more

Cobra Electronics reports 4Q results

Cobra Electronics Corp., a global designer and marketer of mobile communications and navigation products, today reported its fourth quarter 2009 results. Cobra reported net income of $1.8 million, or 27 cents per fully diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2009, compared to a net loss of $20.8 million, or $3.21 per share, in the…more

Honda, Suzuki roll out new 4-strokes

MIAMI BEACH – Honda and Suzuki introduced new 4-stroke outboards Thursday at the Miami International Boat Show. Suzuki unveiled 40- and 50-hp models, while Honda debuted a 115-hp engine. Both manufacturers say these next-generation outboards are more fuel-efficient, lighter and better performers than their predecessors. “Just because you have a 40 or a 50 doesn’t…more

Mastervolt, Pearson Composites team up

Mastervolt is working with Pearson Composites on the first installation of its electric propulsion line of products. In November, Mastervolt acquired Dutch-based Bellmann, whose full line of products include drives ranging from 1kW to 20kW complete with matching shafts and propellers, along with control panels and switching gear. Pearson will install a 7.5 kW electric…more

Cummins reports 4Q results

Cummins Inc. this week reported that the fourth quarter of 2009 was the most profitable fourth quarter in company history, eclipsing the previous mark set in 2007. Sales of $3.4 billion grew 3 percent from $3.29 billion in the fourth quarter of 2008, while net income attributable to Cummins increased to $270 million, or $1.36…more

Tech predictions: Imagine a world with just five computers

Most technology predictions for 2010 won’t come true. The more we learn about how innovation happens, the less straight the lines of advance look, according to a column by L. Gordon Crovitz in The Wall Street Journal. A year ago, it would have been hard to predict that social networking sites would become the new…more

McMurdo will house Kannad Marine division

McMurdo Ltd, a company in the Orolia Group, says that following Orolia’s purchase of Kannad and McMurdo, a new strategy has been implemented for both companies that focuses on the expertise each offers in their specific markets. Starting Jan. 1, McMurdo’s core focus will be on producing emergency location beacons for marine and outdoor markets,…more

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