Quick Hits: November 30, 2020


Newmar Power is celebrating its golden anniversary this year after spending 50 years manufacturing electronic power products for the marine industry. It was launched by engineer Wess George, who supplied parts to service boats at a marina in Newport Beach, Calif. He later designed and built his first product — a voltage converter for a radio company — and launched Newport Marine Engineering in his garage. It was purchased in 2017 by Windjammer Capital and joined Mission Critical Electronics; it is now being led by Xantrex vice president Richard Gaudet at its Huntington, Calif., headquarters. “Celebrating five decades is no small feat for any organization, but we are especially proud of the commitment the Newmar team continues to make to the founding principles of quality, reliability and being responsive to our customers,” said Gaudet in a statement. Check out a timeline of the half-century journey here.

Alaska's Bristol Bay will not see the controversial Pebble Mine after a decision by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to deny its permit — a victory for the scores of environmental advocacy groups, as well as commercial and recreational fishermen, that opposed the project. “The science is clear: the Pebble Mine could have destroyed the Bristol Bay ecosystem and the millions of wild salmon that depend on it,” said U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell in a statement. “I’m pleased but not surprised the Corps finally denied the permit for this ill-conceived megaproject. I look forward to working with the incoming administration and the Alaska delegation to establish permanent protections for Bristol Bay and promote more sustainable economic opportunities for the local communities living around these irreplaceable lands. Healthy salmon runs are the backbone of our fishing and outdoor economy throughout the region, and we must do everything we can to protect it.”

FLIR Systems’ Raymarine brand of electronics will be featured on new model launches from brands including Princess Yachts, Prestige and Spirit Yachts. Princess consults the Raymarine team “on a regular basis when looking at new innovations for our product line,” said Princess Yachts product planning head Nick Smith in a statement and is featuring Raymarine’s Axiom XL multifunction navigation displays on its X95 as well as the IP based CCTV cameras for monitoring engine rooms and blind spots, and the M525CS thermal imaging camera. The Prestige X70 will feature three Axiom XL 16-inch MFDs at the main helm, and two 19-inch MFDs at the flybridge helm. Spirit routinely equips its yachts with a range of Raymarine products including Axiom MFDs, i70 instruments, and more.


Teak Isle Expands Operations

The Florida-based manufacturer purchased a 45,000-square-foot facility and two additional CNC routers.

Ensuring Gamefish Stability

Simrad’s support of Gray FishTag Research helps promote the importance of sustainable oceans and fisheries.

Heavy Lifting

Derecktor takes delivery of a 1,500-ton-capacity mobile lift, as construction of its Fort Pierce, Fla., facility continues.

Boot Düsseldorf Canceled

The German show, previously postponed until late April due to the pandemic, will return in January 2022.

Quick Hits: January 21, 2021

A revamped brand identify for Propspeed; Fraser Yachts names head of global partnerships; and Wichard Group USA appoints industry vet as VP of sales and marketing.

We Got ’em, But Can We Keep ’Em?

The results of a Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation study reveal insights for engaging and retaining the new boaters and anglers we gained last year.

Siren’s 3 Series Receives NMEA 2000 Certification

The Internet of Things technology allows OEMs and other stakeholders to receive such data as engine metrics, fault codes and service requirements.