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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

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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

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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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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

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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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Pacifica Plus

More and more marinas and boatyards are going green, and copper-free antifouling paint can help. Interlux’s Pacifica Plus uses the copper alternative Econea as an antifouling agent. “It uses a controlled biocide release to combat fouling and Biolux technology to control slime,” says Bob Donat, Interlux vice president of marketing. “It erodes away over time,…more

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Sea/Fresh Marine Elegance

What do plankton, krill and other marine micro-organisms have in common? They cause a boat’s head to stink to high heaven if it has a seawater-flushing system. Flushing with fresh water solves the problem, but what a waste. Raritan’s new Sea/Fresh Marine Elegance head can alternate between fresh- and raw-water flushing. The idea is to…more

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SmartKey

Paradox Marine has enhanced its Nav-Tracker 2.0 wireless boat location and GPS tracking system with SmartKey, which automatically disarms the system when the vessel operator boards and rearms it when he or she disembarks. SmartKey uses radio-frequency identification technology, so the boat owner does not have to go to the Nav-Tracker transmitter to arm or…more

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Agony in the auto industry, too

Dealers are facing tight consumer credit and floorplan troubles – sound familiar? Like the marine industry, the automobile business is mired in its worst decline since the 1970s. U.S. auto sales were down roughly 34 percent through April 30 from a year ago. They declined another 34 percent in May alone, although that was slightly…more

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SecureStack 6-gallon fuel tanks

Two smaller fuel tanks are better than one larger tank, according to Unified Marine Inc., manufacturer of SeaSense marine and trailer accessories. SecureStack 6-gallon fuel tanks can be stacked on top of each other, making it easier and safer to handle, haul and stow fuel, says Kevin Mullins, SeaSense creative director. Grooves on the top…more

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