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

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

Lowrance signs deal with MotorGuide

Lowrance has partnered with MotorGuide, a fishing brand with more than 50 years of experience designing and manufacturing electric trolling motors, to create PinPointConnect. This new interface integrates the Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch fishfinder/chart plotters with MotorGuide’s recently introduced Xi5 wireless trolling motor, which features Pinpoint GPS navigation. By connecting through the PinpointConnect…more

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VIDEO: Q&A with Volvo Penta’s Mats Edenborg

During Volvo Penta’s recent press event in Gothenburg, Sweden, Soundings Trade Only executive editor Chris Landry caught up with vice president of communications Mats Edenborg. Click play to watch. In this video Q&A, Edenborg sizes up the company’s new engines and helm controls, summarizes the engine maker’s financial picture, and describes the mission of the…more

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VIDEO: Volvo Penta touts new engines and systems

Volvo Penta’s IPS pod drive system with joystick control helps less-experienced boaters maneuver large vessels in close quarters and at slow speeds. The engine manufacturer has now turned its attention to making boat operation easier at higher speeds. “We think it’s extremely important that when you enter a boat you should feel relaxed and it…more

Airmar donation helps high school robotics team

Airmar Technology’s donation of a PB200 WeatherStation helped Albemarle High School win first place in the SailBot International Robotic Sailing Regatta held June 9-13 in Gloucester, Mass. The Albemarle team, from Charlottesville, Va., was one of 18 that participated in the seventh annual event, a competition in which high school and university teams build an…more

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