New Bravada luxury houseboat powered by Volvo Penta – Invictus. (Photo: Bravada Yachts)

Volvo Penta Partners With Bravada Yachts

Luxury houseboat manufacturer Bravada Yachts selected Volvo Penta as the propulsion provider of choice for the builder’s new Atlas V Series 80 x 22 custom lake houseboat, Invictus, located on Lake Powell, Arizona.Invictus marks several important “firsts” for Volvo Penta. The luxury houseboat is the first Bravada houseboat to be powered by Volvo Penta and largest boat in the region to be powered by a Volvo Penta Aquamatic sterndrive.“Team Bravada wanted a propulsion system that would continue the Bravada legacy of changing the houseboat industry and we found it in Volvo Penta.

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Wider Sea Named Steerprop Sales Rep

Azimuth propulsion systems manufacturer Steerprop has appointed Wider Sea as its sales representation agency for the Benelux and Monaco from April 1. Wider Sea is owned by Matteo Masi and based in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.“I’m excited for Matteo Masi and his company to complement the Steerprop team as our independent sales representative,” said Juho Rekola, Director Sales and Project Management of Steerprop. “His experience and connections within the marine industry, combined…

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Caterpillar Marine Launches Gen II Displays

Caterpillar Marine has unveiled its second-generation Cat Marine Displays (CMD) used for monitoring all engine platforms, supporting different vessel applications for professional maritime use.The three CMD variants—Cat CMD5 (5” display), CMD8 (8” display), and CMD13 (13.3” display)—designed to provide operators easy access to current operating data and alarms for engines. The new displays are type-approved and environmentally sealed to be waterproof for a wide range of temperature operations.

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Caterpillar Marine Delivers First C32B – 2433 mhp Engines

Caterpillar Marine has delivered the first Cat C32B 2433 mhp engines to Cat dealer Gregory Poole in North Carolina. Building on the experiences gained with high performance applications, the C32B product line will be available as a 12-cylinder in a range of power options from 1,800-2,400bhp (1,825-2,433 mhp).According to Caterpillar Marine, additional benefits include a comfortable user experience by providing operation on a low noise and vibration level and supporting boatbuilders with an easy installation for optimized assembly processes."We’re pleased to work with several of our dealers…

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Shipbuilding: Feadship Somnium Nears Completion

Emerging from the yard in Aalsmeer this week for final finishing and sea trials is the newest member of the Feadship fleet. The 55-metre Somnium, which is Latin for dream, is designed to take three generations of family members on a series of memorable world cruises.The first pure custom superyacht for an experienced Northern European owner, Somnium was designed by Studio De Voogt with a cozy interior design from FM Architettura. The owner, together with his representative Ron…

ABT-TRAC Under New Ownership

California based Arcturus Marine Systems, known in the marine market as ABT-TRAC has been sold by company founder and president D’Milo Hallerberg to businessman Roger Fellows after 34 years.The sale was effective July 31, 2020, terms were not disclosed.Hallerberg founded the company in 1986 and built the company to become a leader in design and manufacture of bow and stern thrusters, roll fin stabilizers, and on-board hydraulic systems for pleasure yachts. ABT-TRAC, based in Rohnert Park, CA employs 47 people.Fellows also owns Western Marine Electronics Co.…

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Vesconite Bearings Introduces Ready-to-fit Propeller Shaft Bearings

Vesconite Bearings has been hard at work identifying the most common propeller shaft bearings used in the leisure marine industry.It has done so to ensure that the right stock is available when clients need a particular item.Vesconite Bearings has since identified 170 frequently used sizes.Its imperial sizes range from shaft diameters of ¾ through to 6½ inches with a bearing length of 30 inches.In metric sizes, meanwhile, the range extends for shaft diameters from 20 to 155 mm…

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New US Law Requires Use of Engine Cut-off Switches

Operators of recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length will be required to use an engine cut-off switch (ECOS) and associated ECOS link (ECOSL) as of April 1, 2021, as the U.S. Coast Guard implements a law passed by Congress.The ECOS and ECOSL prevent runaway vessels and the threats they pose. The ECOSL attaches the vessel operator to a switch that shuts off the engine if the operator is displaced from the helm. The ECOSL is usually a lanyard-style cord that attaches to an ECOS either in close proximity to the helm or on the outboard motor itself if the vessel is operated by a tiller.

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C-MAP Launches New High-res Charts

Digital marine cartography and cloud-based mapping cmpany C-MAP announced the launch of new high-detail C-MAP DISCOVER and C-MAP REVEAL charts for Lowrance, Simrad and B&G chartplotters.The DISCOVER and REVEAL charts include new features like Custom Depth Shading, Shaded Relief for inland waters, subscription-free Easy Routing and more. The charts replace Insight PRO, Lake Insight HD, Precision Contour HD, MAX-N and MAX-N+ charts in the C-MAP line-up, greatly simplifying its chart portfolio.C-MAP DISCOVER Whether cruising…

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Vesper Marine Announces Cortex Update

Marine electronics manufacturer Vesper Marine announced new features for existing and new Cortex owners with the upcoming release of an automatic software update – version 1.5.Designed to be future-proof, Cortex is built on a feature-rich and extremely powerful platform that will grow with new capabilities. Software updates are installed via the Cortex Onboard app and the latest version includes Directional Voice Alerts, Boat Network, Auto Orientation and an easy-to-use Setup Walkthrough.“When we created Cortex, we didn’t hold back,” said Brady Cox, CEO, Vesper Marine.

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Yanmar Collaborates with fragment design on New Yacht

Yanmar Holdings has entered into a collaboration with design house “fragment design”, headed by designer Hiroshi Fujiwara, to develop a special version of Yanmar’s flagship X47 EXPRESS CRUISER. The vessel, called the X47FRGMT, is now on sale.Yanmar’s X47 high-performance motor yacht, designed by Ken Okuyama, a director of Yanmar Holdings, offers an outstanding level of quality accommodation with two well-appointed en-suites cabins, a lounge and kitchen with Living spaces bathed in natural light.

Brunswick Corp. named Jason Arbuckle to a newly formed role of Marine Autonomy Technology Lead.

Brunswick Appoints Arbuckle as Marine Autonomy Technology Lead

Brunswick Corporation, in a move to to build on its ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification & Shared Access) strategy to develop solutions to further improve boater experiences, named Jason Arbuckle to a newly formed role of Marine Autonomy Technology Lead. Arbuckle joined Mercury Marine in 1997 and has since advanced through the company, working to lead some of the company’s many award-winning innovative technology solutions. Throughout his career, Arbuckle has been instrumental…

Chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe is the first traditional paper chart to be fully supplanted by an electronic navigational chart as part of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey Raster Sunset Plan. (Image: NOAA)

NOAA Begins Transition Exclusively to Electronic Navigation Charts

NOAA will begin to implement its sunset plan for paper nautical charts this month, starting with the current paper chart 18665 of Lake Tahoe. After August, NOAA’s electronic navigational chart will be the only NOAA nautical chart of the area.This is the first traditional paper chart to be fully supplanted by an electronic chart as part of NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey Raster Sunset Plan, which includes a new process to notify mariners of the transition of individual paper charts to electronic charts.

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Berg Tapped to Drive Cat's New Course in the Yacht Sector

Caterpillar has recently announced a new industry development team, organized to focus on the key segments of the overall marine business, and appointed Alex Berg as new global head of pleasure craft & yachting.Berg brings more than 20 years of international and cross-functional experience in the yachting industry to the new role. He served as director OEM & integration for a global marine electronics supplier and earlier headed the entire product, development, and innovation activities of a major German boatbuilder.In his new capacity…

Baxter Marine Group Acquires WheelHouse Technologies, Vessel Vanguard & SeaKits

Baxter Marine Group announced it has acquired Wheelhouse Technologies, VesselVanguard and SeaKits Brand.The combined companies support more than 3,000 commercial, military, charter and recreational watercraft worldwide. Intuitive user tools, mobile applications, work orders, inventory and advanced telematics give owners and operators complete command of their vessel’s operations.Rick Heine, Baxter Marine Group Chairman, said, “Our goal is to provide the marine industry with the most advanced and intuitive systems to improve vessel reliability…

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Gilkes Moves into the Mid-range Marine Engine Cooling Market

New lines of pumps from Gilkes that focus on engines between 4L & 19L feature all metal construction, aimed at extending life expectancy before service by up to six times.Gilkes bespoke product development cycle allows engine manufacturers to tailor every aspect of the design to meet their ever-changing technical requirements.

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Mercury Marine Debuts V12 600hp Verado Engine

Mercury Marine today introduced the new 7.6 liter V12 600hp Verado outboard engine, its most powerful and capable outboard, which includes several industry first features for a wide variety of applications.“With boats continuing to grow bigger and performance expectations continuing to rise, boaters have been asking for a better, more capable high horsepower solution to meet their needs. The V12 Verado outboard is Mercury’s answer,” said Chris Drees, president of Mercury Marine, a division of Brunswick Corporation.

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VIDEO: MarTID 2021 ... A Call to Action for Global Survey of Maritime Training Practices

The 2021 Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) survey is about to be launched. This is a unique and pivotal time in maritime training. The pandemic has forced us to adapt our training and has accelerated training innovations. This year’s survey is uniquely important for its ability to help us learn from these unprecedented changes to training practices. If we do not survey and document the changes resulting from the pandemic, we lose a unique opportunity to learn. Therefore, the industry needs you to take 20 minutes to complete the survey at

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Historic Steam Ship Sailing Cleaner with New Bilge Filter

Environmental awareness is key priority for historic 83-year old steam yacht S/S UkkopekkaThe last surviving ship to have seen active service in Finland’s Winter Wars and Continuation Wars from 1939-1944 has stepped up its fight against marine pollution with the installation of new environmental protection products.Built in 1938, S/S Ukkopekka is a 35-meter privately owned passenger steamship operating cruise trips in the Finnish Archipelago Sea. This area of the Baltic is a MARPOL…