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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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Alibre Design 2011

Alibre Design 2011 brings the power of 3-D computer-aided design to everyone from designers and engineers to DIYers and entrepreneurs. The software’s improvements and features include a complete code rewrite and native 64-bit version for larger, more complex models; a faster 2-D detailing framework to avoid confusing toolbars and dialogs; and new sheet metal conversion…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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The dawn of a new dealer model

Staying afloat will be less about selling boats and more about service, storage and lifestyle, experts say Few would argue that the punishing business environment of the last three years has changed the face of the recreational marine industry. But perhaps no segment has been more negatively affected, if not permanently altered, than marine retailing.…more

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Kohler low-carbon-monoxide gasoline generators

Kohler Power Systems has added three low-carbon-monoxide gasoline generators to the low-CO lineup it launched in 2006. An EPA Phase 3-compliant Kohler Aegis electronic-fuel-injected engine powers all three units, helping to reduce CO emissions to a minimal level, says Nick Pappathopoulos, Kohler Power Systems public relations manager. The alternators and digital controls on these gensets…more

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