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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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Dr. Shrink’s Heat Shrink Tape

A nice shrink-wrapping job can get roughed up quickly during boat transportation. Dr. Shrink’s Heat Shrink Tape can repair holes in the plastic enclosure and can be used to tape pleats and attach zipper-access doors. For long-term storage, you can seal the edges of shrink wrap with the Manistee, Mich., company’s Preservation Tape, which leaves…more

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Contoure International LEDs

Making the switch from halogen lights to LEDs just got easier. Contoure International Inc. manufactures LEDs that fit a variety of lamps and are comparable to a 10-watt xenon or halogen light, according to the Sarasota, Fla., company. The 12-volt DC LEDs require just 2.4 watts of electricity and provide 40,000 hours of service. With…more

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Bio-Solv

Leave your respirator in the shop – that’s what the distributors of a new non-petroleum cleaning solvent say you can do when its product is used to prepare surfaces. Bio-Solv is a non-toxic, non-flammable cleaner that works better than acetone or xylene, and is much safer to use, according to Anthony Severino, marketing manager for…more

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Bottom line: A roundup of quarterly results

Latest earnings reports from publicly held companies show the industry is still battling downturn Marine businesses generally reported weak financial results for the most recent quarter, as economic conditions continue to take their toll on the industry. The following is a summary of the most recent earnings reports, including specific steps being taken by some…more

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EzyRider Mooring System

The EzyRider Mooring System from Global Moorings has virtually no impact on the marine environment because it has no moving parts to come in contact with the seabed floor, according to the Australian manufacturer. EzyRider is manufactured from heavy-duty, but lightweight and corrosion-resistant, materials. Buoyancy and tensioned rubbers dissipate energy, reducing the jerky, snatch effect…more

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FlexBond 5000

MAS Products has introduced FlexBond 5000, a strong polyurethane adhesive and sealer that sets to the touch in 20 to 40 minutes, according to the company. It also achieves 70 percent of its bond strength in two hours, allowing boats to be put back in the water on the day of the repair. For use…more

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