Miscellaneous news about the marine industry.

Sharks off Australia tagged to send Twitter alerts

More than 300 sharks in western Australia are now tweeting when they get too close to shore. Government researchers have tagged 338 sharks with acoustic transmitters that monitor where the animals are, according to a report on National Public Radio. When they get too close to shore, they send alerts via Twitter. The effort is…more

Boater in Lake Lanier crash to serve 30 months in prison

The man who caused a fatal lake crash that killed two Georgia brothers was acquitted of vehicular homicide charges Thursday afternoon. Paul Bennett was found guilty of boating under the influence, reckless operation of a vessel and failure to render aid in the crash that killed the Prince brothers in June 2012, according to the…more


Engel USA adds new vice president

Engel USA appointed Michael Dixon as vice president of business development. He will be responsible for sales and marketing, including strategic planning and forecasting and management of the company’s domestic and international sales efforts, as well as the planning and execution of marketing programs. Engel makes refrigerator freezers and high-performance coolers. Dixon joins Engel, which…more

NBA’s Phil Jackson will lead California boat parade

Eleven-time NBA championship coach Phil Jackson and his fiancee, Los Angeles Lakers executive vice president Jeanie Buss, will serve as grand marshals for the Marina del Rey (Calif.) Holiday Boat Parade. The couple will ride on the boat Pastabilities from 6-8 p.m. Dec. 14 at the 51st annual Marina del Rey Holiday Boat Parade. “Jeanie…more

Jobless rate edges up to 7.3 percent in October

The U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs in October and the unemployment rate edged up to 7.3 percent, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said today. The job total was up 41,000 from the government’s revised September figure of 163,000. Reuters reported that the October data suggested the partial federal government shutdown had less of an…more


His genius lives on in his designs

Ted Hood was a passionate sailor who won the America’s Cup on Courageous in 1974 and parlayed his love of the sport into a 64-year career as a sailmaker, boatbuilder, boat and rigging designer, spar maker and innovator.


It’s green, but does it work?

Selling skeptical consumers on the tangible benefits of eco-friendly products is a challenge As Greenpeace says, “green is the new black.” But that concept might be taking a back seat to a growing mistrust of environmentally friendly claims and a perception that green products are less effective than their traditional — and cheaper — counterparts.…more


OMC long gone, old boss motors on

A former colleague recalls the days when Charlie Strang, now 91, ran a thriving outboard company Charles D. “Charlie” Strang, former No. 2 executive at Mercury Marine under Carl Kiekhaefer and later chairman and CEO of Outboard Marine Corp., is an industry icon second to none. And what’s amazing is that at 91 he’s still…more

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