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

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

Suzuki to consolidate American business units

American Suzuki Motor Corp. plans to consolidate its independent business units — automotive, motorcycle/ATV and marine, along with corporate operations — under new president Kinji Saito. All of the changes are focused on internal restructuring and do not affect the separate dealer bodies that support each of the company’s product divisions, the Brea, Calif.-based company…more

Honda True warranty now a standard offering

Honda Marine says its True 5-year, factory-backed, non-declining limited warranty is now a standard feature for all Honda outboards (2-225 hp) purchased on or after July 1, 2008, for recreational use. True 5 offers full Honda backing and the program no longer requires a dealer participation charge. Coverage under the program is the same on…more

Sea Ray, Mercury rated highly by Consumer Digest

Two Brunswick Corp. marine companies — Sea Ray Boats and Mercury Marine — had products rated as a “Best Buy” in the recently released August issue of Consumer Digest magazine. On average, this rating is awarded to fewer than 3 percent of the competing models in any given product category, according to Sea Ray. The…more

Furrion announces rep firms for U.S., Canada

Shore power products manufacturer Furrion of Beaverton, Ore., appointed five manufacturers’ representative firms to represent its product line across the United States and Canada. In the United States, Furrion products will be represented by ComMar Sales of Tiverton, R.I., in the Northeast; Charles A. Perry & Co. of Jacksonville, Fla., in the Southeast; and Coatney…more

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