Miscellaneous news about the marine industry.


Impact Series

How many times have you dropped your BlackBerry while working with clients at boat shows? A Fort Collins, Colo., company has introduced two protective solutions for the BlackBerry Tour smart phone from Research In Motion. The Impact Series from OtterBox consists of a silicone-skin case, while the Defender Series is a three-layer case (clear polycarbonate…more


Wind-powered vent

Maximum ventilation during off-season layup is important to prevent mold and mildew, especially if a boat is shrink-wrapped. Shrink-wrap supplier Dr. Shrink’s DS-683WP wind-powered vent increases air circulation under the cover, can run 24 hours a day in any climate, and keeps working as long as there’s wind, according to the company, moving 30 cubic…more



Removing cured urethane from composite material with a screwdriver or putty knife often results in damaged material. North Star Products Inc., of Delray Beach, Fla., designed its new Un-Hesive specifically to remove bonding substances such as 3M 5200 and Sika Sikaflex without hurting the material or breaking down the adhesive, says Craig Travis, vice president…more


Livewell Control Center Timer

Keeping the bait in a boat’s live well alive can drain the vessel’s battery. Mar-Lan Industries has come up with a solution with the Livewell Control Center Timer. With a solid-state 12-volt automatic pump control unit, the timer can turn off the live well from 90 seconds to five minutes. Run time is 30 seconds.…more


Milennia MR50 stereo

The Milennia MR50 stereo from Prospec Electronics can be mounted where it was once impossible because of space constraints, according to the company. The stereo has a depth of only 4 inches, with a face plate measuring 7-3/8 by 2-1/4 inches. Operating at 4 by 40 watts, the Milennia MR50 is an AM/FM portable media…more


PM Mini-Ball Camera

A device only slightly larger than a golf ball could save your boat from thieves. The new miniature PM Mini-Ball Camera from Paradox Marine delivers exceptional security and surveillance monitoring on board, according to the Fort Lauderdale company. Only 2.4 inches in diameter, this marine-grade, water-resistant and tamper-proof camera can be mounted discreetly inside or…more


Rule-Mate automated bilge pumps

ITT Rule has redesigned its Rule-Mate automated bilge pumps, which are offered in 500-, 750- and 1,100-gallon-per-hour models. The introduction marks the first improvement to the pumps since they hit the market in 1999. The pumps feature a solid-state water-sensing device, threaded discharge ports, anti-fouling impellers, and a new robust industrial design, according to Andrew…more


Trim Master trim tabs

Trim tabs live in salt water, so why not use stainless steel to manufacture all of the components – or at least those outboard of the transom? Trim Master Marine is doing just that. The Largo, Fla., company has introduced its stainless steel Trim Master trim tabs. The actuators, brackets and trim plates are made…more


LSS-1 StructureScan sonar imaging module

Anglers look for any edge they can get, whether it’s the latest baits, tackle or electronics. Lowrance has introduced its LSS-1 StructureScan sonar imaging module for Lowrance High Definition Systems. “The sonar module is the first and only wide- coverage sonar solution that also delivers a total underwater panoramic picture,” says Louis Chemi, executive vice…more


Keel Stand

Stand up and be heard – that’s what Brownell Boat Stands of Mattapoisett, Mass., is trying to do with its new Keel Stand, an alternative to traditional wood blocks. Using the stands can be faster than blocking boats in the traditional manner, reducing boatyard labor and increasing profit, says sales manager Peter Hughes. The stands…more

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