Miscellaneous news about the marine industry.

Fin Cutter System

An antifouling device for waterjet propulsion systems has been introduced. The Fin Cutter System consists of two cutters — one inside the waterjet and one outside. The latter is a hydraulically operated blade, incorporated into an intake screen, that cuts seaweed, eelgrass or other debris that collects on the screen. The passive, inside cutter is…more


Here’s a product that gives you a set of eyes for underwater work at the boatyard. AquaLens is a portable underwater viewing system with live video feed and LED lights. Mount the camera to a boat pole and position the AquaLens from the boat or dock, then watch live video, says Dawn Doraz, vice president…more

2.0 PCF Spray Foam

Convenience Products, the maker of Touch ’n Seal insulating foam and sealants, has received approval for marine applications of its 2.0 PCF Spray Foam. The foam meets Coast Guard specifications for flotation materials. The product offers excellent buoyancy, increased structural strength, superior sound control and thermal insulation, says Michael Sites, industrial building materials marketing manager…more

Optimus 360 control system

Teleflex Marine has a new joystick for twin-outboard installations. The Optimus 360 control system consists of different subsystems: Teleflex’s Optimus power-steering system, electronic shift and control system, and joystick, says Aldo Mastropieri, product manager of custom marine and steering. The Optimus 360, designed for mechanically controlled outboards, retails for $17,995, and the steering system itself…more


John Deere 6.8-liter diesel

John Deere Power Systems’ 6.8-liter 6068SFM75 diesel has a power range from 249 hp to 400 hp. The six-cylinder electronically controlled engine joins the PowerTech 6090SFM75 at 550 hp and the 6135SFM75 at 750 hp to complete the manufacturer’s high-horsepower marine engine lineup. The Tier II 6068SFM75 is 9 inches narrower than its predecessor. “Customers…more


PVCell G-Foam

SP-High Modulus, the marine business of Gurit, has launched PVCell G-Foam, a closed-cell, cross-linked PVC foam that provides a high strength-to-weight ratio for composite boatbuilding, says Joe Summers, Gurit’s head of product management. Other key features include outstanding chemical resistance, low water absorption and excellent thermal insulation, Summers says. Compatible with most common resin systems,…more


Maretron fuel-flow monitor

Maretron’s FFM100 fuel flow monitor is capable of monitoring engines from 20 hp to 3,000 hp. Three sensors are sold with the FFM100, each for a different horsepower range. The M1 sensor is used for engines from 20 to 200 hp, the M2 for engines from 200 to 1,000 hp, and the M4 for engines…more


Raw facts: Material costs drive up prices

Builders and accessory makers find themselves squeezed while trying to keep prices low for consumers Builders are struggling to keep boat prices stable in the face of a bruised economy and past increases that some believe have outpaced inflation. But fluctuating raw material and commodity prices are making that challenge a tough one. “One place…more


Forecast 2012

As the economy improves, boat sales will begin to grow, industry leaders predict Regaining an equilibrium is not an exciting concept — unless you’re an industry that has weathered a 60 percent sales decline in many of its segments during the last five years. None of the 18 contributors to our Forecast 2012 survey of…more


Waking up to apps

The industry is beginning to recognize big sales potential in the public’s embrace of mobile devices Timothy Kleihege was searching for an app that would help him compare fuel prices along Lake Michigan, where he operates his yacht brokerage, The Mariner Network Yacht Sales. But when Kleihege began searching nautical apps on iTunes, he realized…more

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