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Underwater LED

Livorsi Marine’s new underwater LED lights are offered in five colors – white, aqua-green, Bimini blue, ultra-blue and cool red. The units, which the company says provide more than 40,000 hours of light, are built with internal self-protection circuitry, so they will not burn boaters or gelcoat. The lights use water to stay cool, but…more

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BXT System

New hydraulic trim tabs from Bennett Marine – the BXT System – have the durability and strength that 40-foot to 60-foot motoryachts, as well as military/commercial and sportfishing vessels, require, according to the company. Part of Bennett’s new Premier Line, the dual-acting hydraulic system locks the solid stainless-steel actuators in place, securing the trim tabs…more

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Uni-Flex hoses

SeaTech says it has upgraded its Uni-Flex hoses with improved end fittings. “These hoses could be used anywhere on the boat to deliver fresh water,” national sales manager Jamie MacDonald says. “The quick-connect ends can be male or female.” The hose ends enable the installer to eliminate unnecessary fittings and to save time, especially in…more

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High Water Alert System

Nitro Networks’ High Water Alert System is designed to provide security and peace of mind to boat owners. The system consists of an electronic device – the HiWaterAlert – wired to a float switch in the bilge that detects when the water level rises above a preset threshold. The device triggers the NitroAlert to transmit…more

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Pipe-Max

For surface-finishing pipe and handrails, CS Unitec says its new Pipe-Max combination weld-seam grinder and pipe sander erases seams and can bring satin to mirror finishes to stainless steel, aluminum and high-quality metals. Weighing 11.25 pounds with a 14.5-amp variable-speed electric motor (950 to 3,500 rpm), the tool deburrs, grinds and polishes closed- and open-pipe…more

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Earnings reports turn positive

Brunswick, MarineMax chiefs say the prolonged downturn likely has bottomed out Many of the boating industry’s publicly traded companies reported positive results in the most recent quarter and for the year, and even those with mixed results were optimistic about the future. Many executives declared that the industry had hit bottom and was on its…more

Genmar led the online hit parade

The sale of Genmar’s boat lines dominates the list of Trade Only Today’s top 10 online stories of 2010. Trade Only’s top story of the year – and most-read story of all time – came Jan. 8 when it was announced that Platinum Equity, a private equity firm in California, purchased the majority of Genmar’s…more

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Dealer’s choice

With nearly as many boat brands as prerecession but far fewer dealers, builders are going all out to recruit the crème de la crème No one knows how many boat dealers the industry has lost, but everyone knows the number is high. And roughly the same number of builders are vying for a share of…more

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Compact spreader light

Aqualuma Marine Lighting’s newest LED edition is a compact spreader light – a high-powered floodlight capable of illuminating entire cockpits with a wide beam. It contains nine LEDs and is made from marine-grade aluminum and anodized for resistance to corrosion. It requires 12V or 24V DC power and draws less than 1.4 amps at 12V.…more

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2011: Learning to walk again

An industry depleted by recession sees the new year as a new beginning Those are some of the positive themes emerging from our annual turn-of-the-year survey of industry professionals. The optimism is based in part on increases in attendance and enthusiasm at the fall boat shows and an upswing in consumer confidence. But it’s also…more

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