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

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

Yanmar, ABYC sign training agreement

Yanmar America Corp.’s marine engine division signed a cooperative training agreement with the American Boat and Yacht Council. Yanmar will now require its top dealer’s staff to include ABYC-certified technicians. In return, ABYC will offer class discounts to these dealers through Yanmar’s educational department. Yanmar and ABYC will also offer the training discounts to all…more

Mastervolt to hold workshop at IBEX

Mastervolt, a Hanover, Md.-based manufacturer of electrical power products and systems solutions for the marine industry, will present a free workshop next month at the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference. The workshop, “New Innovations – The Future of Power & Load Management Systems,” will focus on the integration of the electrical system to enable the…more

Intellian building facility in South Korea

California-based Intellian Technologies has started construction of a 71,000-square-foot research and development, manufacturing and shipping facility in South Korea. Scheduled for completion in February, the new facility will triple production capacity and provide six labs for increased product development and testing. Intellian says the increased capacity will allow it to accommodate growing demand for its…more

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