Miscellaneous news about the marine industry.


Boston’s First Family of boat and engine sales

The Russos balance mom-and-pop ideals with cutting-edge sales strategies One morning earlier this year, a first-time visitor’s reaction on entering Russo Marine in Medford, Mass., was a familiar one. “Wow!” Larry Russo Sr. and his wife, Bee, say they often get that reaction when customers first enter the 42,000-square-foot facility that houses a 50-boat showroom.…more


Absorber drying towel

CleanTools has super-sized its Absorber drying towel. The new Absorber XL is designed for those big drying jobs, according to the Westmont, Ill.-based company. The Absorber is made of a unique material called PVA (polyvinyl alcohol), and its uniform pore structure enhances capillary action, according to the company. The Absorber has no surface fibers, which…more


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

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