Miscellaneous news about the marine industry.


Solar Hybrid Power Box

Responding to customer feedback, Safe Haven Systems has redesigned its Solar Hybrid Power Box to make launching its boat lifts faster and easier, says Traci Black, marketing manager for Carolina Waterworks, the parent company of Safe Haven Systems. “The previous power box used levers and valves that were hard to open and a switch, which…more


Safety Alert System

A Florida company has introduced a brake light for boats. That’s right. The Safety Alert System from Powersport Innovations in Fort Myers consists of an amber LED that’s mounted on the back of an outboard’s top cowling. As a boat decelerates, a sensor provides power to the LED, alerting surrounding boaters to the change in…more


Telescoping 800 Series grab bars

You can never have too many hand holds on a boat. Accon Marine’s Telescoping 800 Series grab bars can be mounted on a center console’s leaning post, to the side of a bench seat, or anywhere else a hand hold is desired. Constructed of white powder-coated 6061 marine-grade aluminum or 304 stainless steel, the bars…more


Honda fuel-injected BF60

Honda’s new electronic fuel-injected BF60 hit the market this summer, shoring up a hole in its second-generation of midrange 4-strokes. “This is an all-new entry for us,” says Sara Pines, national manager of Honda Marine public relations. “We now have quiet, reliable power in the entire midrange from 40 to 75 hp.” Honda replaced its…more


From the Burger king to a hot dog role

Former Burger Boat president David Ross says, frankly, he relishes his new career as Dr. Dawg When David Ross retired as co-president of Burger Boat Company last year, he could have sailed off into the sunset and relaxed after a lifetime of hard work. Instead, he got a doctorate  – in hot dogs – and…more


Surviving a natural and economic disaster

Gibson Boats is a smaller, more streamlined company after losing everything in a tornado It took only minutes to destroy what Bill Brummett III and his father before him had spent nearly 40 years building. In April 2006, an F3 tornado ripped through their Gibson Boats facility in Goodlettsville, Tenn. The plant was all but…more


Fuel efficiency has found a following

It took a recession and higher gas prices for some builders to embrace leaner, simpler boats At a 2007 boatbuilder’s conference, naval architect Lou Codega outlined strategies to build boats that operate more efficiently and burn less fuel. Build lighter, scale back accommodations, and use the latest propulsion technologies. That was the gist of Codega’s…more


A new boatbuilding universe evolving

In this depressed marine sales environment, manufacturers are making systemic overhauls to the way they build boats. The changes are affecting everything from where boats and engines are built to how they are built and sold. Some of the changes will be permanent, while others will linger long after the economy recovers, many believe. Dealers…more


Safe Haven Boat Lifts

You’ll get a lift if you sell these boat lifts – that’s the sales pitch from Carolina Waterworks, manufacturer of Safe Haven Boat Lifts. The Goose Creek, S.C., company is seeking dealers by offering a 60-day trial period and supplying advertising, marketing, customer service and technical support, as well as in-depth training, according to president…more


Compact NaviLED navigation lamps

Hella Marine has introduced the second generation of its Compact NaviLED navigation lamps. The port and starboard lights provide convenient horizontal surface mounting and are visible within two nautical miles, according to the company. Using a combined 2 watts, the Compact NaviLEDs consume less than 10 percent of the power required to run a bulb…more

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