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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

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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

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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Pantograph hinge

Superstructure doors on large yachts (70-plus feet) are heavy and as thick as the superstructure itself, so a conventional hinge may be the wrong choice. Enter the pantograph hinge. “The pantograph hinge will kick the door out as it opens, as opposed to a hinged door, which swings conventionally and would require more room to…more

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All-Weather Grade Solar Modules

CBC (America) Corp. has introduced Ganz Eco-Energy All-Weather Grade Solar Modules. Compact and light, the weatherproof solar modules contain no glass and are designed to provide clean, quiet and reliable power in 6W, 12W and 30W models, the company says. An unbreakable plastic film surface with semiflexible aluminum backing makes the panels ideal for mounting…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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