(Standard-Examiner) ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Hybrid engines aren't just for cars anymore. Hybrid engine systems are slowly catching on with environmentally conscious sailors, replacing less-fuel efficient diesel motors on sailboats. READ MORE
(Sail-World) There'll be some surprised faces at Rivergate Marina in Brisbane on Sunday next, as the largest solar yacht in the world, Planet Solar arrives Brisbane, having crossed its second ocean, the Pacific. Originally intended to stop in Sydney, the arrival city has been changed and nobody is saying why. The vessel, which has been compared to the Starship enterprise from the Star Trek Trilogy saga, is 31 metres long, 15 metres wide and stands an impressive 6.1 metres high. The yacht also has a solar surface of over 537 square metres with 38,000 solar cells.
(powerboat-world) A New Zealand marine electronics expert is predicting that thermal imaging could soon become more important to recreational boaties than radar. Cameron Burch, Raymarine product manager at major marine importer and distributor Lusty and Blundell Ltd, says thermal imaging not only has many advantages over radar, it is also becoming both more compact and more affordable. READ MORE
(powerboating-world) Twin Disc has unveiled its new Express Joystick System (EJS), describing it as the smoothest, most cost-effective slow-speed manoeuvring system for leisure and commercial boats. EJS offers seamless docking and slow-speed handling on traditional shaft-drive boats by combining Twin Disc's patented QuickShift gearbox technology with hydraulic bow only or bow and stern thruster systems. READ MORE
(powerboating-world) Manson Anchors have won an anchoring test conducted by the prestigious German publication, Yacht Skippers magazine. In doing so the Manson Anchors beat rival products Rocna (Chinese version) and the Sarca. READ MORE
(businessweek) Code X's solar hybrid yacht is a study in extremes that lets you choose whether you're going to be an environmentally conscious Dr. Jekyll or a petrol-headed Mr. Hyde on the water. If you need to impress your greenie friends, you can cruise along at a fairly sedate 9 knots using a fully solar electric drive. But when it's time to get a boogie on, you can fire a gushing stream of fossil fuel into the twin Ilmor Marine V-10 Formula One engines and unleash 1420 raging ponies upon your unsuspecting marine environment READ MORE
(powerboat-world)--The landscape of small boat radar has just changed. Until two months ago, all the radars for the leisure marine market worked in pretty much the same way, but earlier this year a significant innovation became available. (The technology has been developed by Navico who are releasing the technology under the Simrad, Northstar and Lowrance brands) READ MORE
Powerboat-World.com-- The unique V100 VPIRB (VHF Position Indicating Radio Beacon) turns conventional MOB technology on its head through the simple concept that lives can be saved if vessels in the local area are immediately notified of a MOB incident and automatically provided with the casualty’s GPS coordinates. As the VPIRB sends its distress signal by VHF DSC, no expensive, additional onboard equipment is required, and because of this, any mariner can choose to carry a V100 and increase their own chances of rescue in a MOB incident. The Mobilarm V100 is a fully automated, maritime survivor locating device that transmits a MOB distress call via VHF DSC and VHF voice to all VHF radio equipped vessels and land based receivers within range, including the distressed mariner’s vessel. The pocket-sized VPIRB is attached to clothing or lifejackets and will automatically activate if the wearer goes overboard, sending out a distress call and real time GPS coordinates of the casualty’s current position. Read More
MarketWire.com-- Travelers, a leading provider of boat and other personal insurance products, is launching a first in the industry insurance premium discount* of up to 10 percent for those owning electrically powered boats. Whether boaters are interested in a quieter boating experience, or if they are seeking environmentally friendly boating solutions that help save money on annual fuel costs, electric boats can provide the right alternative for this segment of boaters. As a result, the number of electric boat manufacturers has grown and there continues to be a demand for electric boats in the current economy. "There has always been a segment of boaters who prefer a quieter electric boat and with the rising cost of marine fuel and a growing focus on the environment there is no doubt that more boaters will consider this option," said Chantal Cyr, vice president of the Boat and Yacht Division for Travelers. "As habits are changing and more people are using electric boats, Travelers is offering an innovative insurance solution that fits the evolving lifestyle of our customers."