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

SureShade touts its presence on Lauderdale show models

Retractable sunshade manufacturer SureShade will be featured on twice the number of boats at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show as its previous record at the Miami International Boat Show and the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach. SureShade, which was launched in 2007, will be featured on 23 models at FLIBS, 11 of…more

GOST announces personnel moves

Marine security, monitoring and tracking systems supplier GOST announced two promotions and added a new team member. GOST promoted Parrish Westbrook to national sales and OEM account manager, Samantha Thomas to sales and marketing coordinator and added product specialist Tony Miller. Westbrook joined GOST in September 2010, overseeing sales through dealers, distributors and representatives throughout…more

Peters & May names U.S. general manager

Boat transport company Peters & May appointed Noel Viera as general manager of its U.S. operations. Peters & May USA has offices in Itasca, Ill., and Fort Lauderdale. Viera joined Air and Ocean Shipping in April 2007, shortly before Peters & May acquired the company. Air and Ocean Shipping was renamed Peters & May USA…more

Florida company uses ultrasonic sound on hull bottoms

Sonic Armor LLC, a Florida-based company, said it completed tests on the effectiveness of using ultrasonic sound to eliminate barnacles and algae on boats. The company said the Navy developed the idea and has successfully used it for years. Using modern methods and new updated technology, Sonic Armor said it developed a unit that is…more

Gemeco debuts Airmar Technology installation app

Gemeco Marine Accessories launched an iNstall app for iOS devices that will provide access to technical resources and diagnostic information for the installation of Airmar Technology products. “Installers rely on us for selection and installation of transducers and accessories,” Gemeco general manager Peter Braffitt said in a statement. “The Gemeco iNstall App puts all the…more

VIDEO: Innovation has shaped the last two decades

What are the top 10 innovations in the last 20 years in the marine industry? We asked a half dozen of the leading designers, builders and safety experts. GPS-generated electronic navigation, joystick helm control and computer-aided design stand out as the top three. The innovations fall under four categories: electronics, boat design and construction, safety…more

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VIDEO: Seven Marine will show 557-hp outboard at Lauderdale show

Expect to see Seven Marine prominently displaying its 557-hp 6.2-liter outboard this fall at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, company officials told Trade Only Today. “It’s an exciting time for us right now because … we launched production back in December [2012], but it takes a while for the boats to get through and…more

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Volvo unveils the Glass Cockpit

The sophisticated touch-screen system was one of the products recently introduced at a press event Volvo Penta has kicked its engine technology into a higher gear. Since its introduction in 2005, the IPS pod drive system with joystick control has been making boating easier for consumers, especially maneuvering big boats in close quarters at low…more

Volvo Penta unveils V8-430 engine

Volvo Penta officially introduced its new V8 gasoline engine for the leisure marine market. The new V8-430 is a high-performance engine based on the award-winning V8-380 design Volvo Penta launched last year. “The new generation of V8 engines from Volvo Penta is the result of intense development work and represents a real technological leap forward…more

GOST system alerts owner and prevents sinking

A new 34-foot center console with triple Yamaha F300s that was equipped with a GOST NT-Evolution 2.0 wireless security and monitoring system was saved from sinking at a dock in the Bahamas recently when the GOST system’s high-water sensor alerted the owner to high water in the bilge. The system included the GOST Wireless Water…more

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