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

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

McMurdo purchase is finalized

The sale of the assets of U.K.-based emergency distress beacon manufacturer McMurdo was finalized Nov. 20, when the transfer from Digital Angel Corporation to Orolia was completed. The purchase price was $9.6 million, as part of a cash-free/debt-free transaction, with no transfer of account payables and account receivables, the company said. “We are delighted with…more

Torqeedo launches electric-propulsion challenge

Torqeedo has created the Torqeedo Catalina Solar/Electric Boat Challenge to prove that electric outboards are destination motors. The challenge also honors Bob Nordskog, a man who, 30 years ago, traveled more than 26.5 nautical miles in the Pacific Ocean from Long Beach Harbor to Catalina Island in the first electric boat ever built, Torqeedo said…more

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

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