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West Marine Green Product Event! #MIBS by admin

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From MIBS Press

The West Marine green product of the year is ... the Black Tip Catch and Release Recompression Tool. It's designer Ace Calloway is a charter captain in Alaska. He created the recompression tool in order to allow fish to return to their native waters, rather than catching them and forcing decompression so the fish cannot return home. Chuck Hawley, VP of product information, shared that Calloway had perfected the device through much trial and error.

This is the second year running that West Marine is presenting the Green Product of the Year Award. West Marine's requirements for the innovative product of the year follow: is the product innovative; does the product have a widespread application; does the product have a gotta-have-it feel. A panel of experts in all areas of the field scour the market to find the most innovative product. They narrow the field to 4-5 products and from there they test all the products to determine which is worthy of their award of $10,000.

The High Rev Revolution! by admin

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There are new products, and then there are NEW PRODUCTS! Seven Marine had a "high powered" press conference this morning. Rick Davis (Seven Marine President) was on hand with a whole host of other companies (ie. ZF marine) to debut their 557 HP outboard engine at the Miami Boat Show. Rather than wade through all the technical jargon, lets look at the highlights.

  • 557 HP 6.2 supercharged all aluminum fuel injected GM small block V-8.
  • 60% more power than next most powerful outboard on the market.
  • World's first production outboard joystick control.
  • Twin pinion gearcase with thru-hub exhaust.

ZF was a major partner because not just any run of the mill transmission will do to transfer all that power to where it counts.  ZF specially designed a computer controlled electronic disc clutch transmission (which also allows for slow trolling speeds).

As if that were not enough, if you aren't happy having the stock all black engine covers, for some extra dough you can have you engines custom painted straight from the factory to matching you probably already highly customized boat.

We look forward to getting some pricing and seeing these on the next generation of off-shore fishing boats!

 

UPDATE: Boats.com has an update on some of their plans from all the feedback they received at Miami!

Smart Plug - Gaining Steam? by admin

Adam and I stopped by the Smart Plug booth at the convention center this morning. Greg gave us a rundown of how the movement towards Smart Plug is going. In short, they are putting up more movies (here are some how to installation videos), working closely with some manufacturers (including Nordic Tug, a First Mate customer!), and jumping through some regulatory hoops for their 50 amp cord. If you are not familiar with Smart Plug, watch the video below!