Category: Products

Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show 2018 Innovation Award Winners Announced

2/16/2018 12:00:00 AM | General NMMA News The NMMA and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored today winners of the 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Awards, recognizing exceptionally groundbreaking new consumer marine products. The Awards were presented during the boat show’s annual Innovation Breakfast, held at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Virginia Key. This year’s program evaluated 62 products across 19 categories featuring an outstanding pool of entries. The judges ultimately selected 17 winners and two honorable mentions in 16 categories for a total of 19 honorees. The 2018 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show Innovation Award winners are: Cabin Cruisers:350 Realm, Boston Whaler, Inc. Center Console/ Walkaround Fishing Boats: DC 365, Pursuit Boats Consumer Safety Equipment (Dual Winners):Search and Rescue Yellow TD2401, Throw Raft; CrewWatcher MOB Alert, Weems & Plath Cuddy Cabin and Bowrider Boats:Sport 38 LS, Tiara Yachts Deck Equipment:Outboard Swivel Rigging Hose Connector Kit, Hardin Marine Docking and Fendering Equipment:Blue Isles Solar Docks, PowerDocks LLC Electric Motor/ Battery Powered Propulsion/ Hybrids: PropEle Electric Boat Motors Inc. EP Carry, Annapolis Hybrid Marine Environmental Award:PlasDeck Eco Series, Plasteak, Inc. Inboard Engines: 3JH40 Common Rail Inboard Diesel Engine, Yanmar Marine International B.V. Outboard Engines:3.4L V6 Outboard, Mercury Marine Personal Gear, Soft Goods: Super Watch Jacket, Grundens USA Personal Watercraft:Sea-Doo GTX Limited Watercraft, BRP U.S., Inc. Propulsion Equipment & Parts: BOW-Proportional, Vetus Maxwell, Inc. Honorable Mention: SurfPointe, Yamaha WaterCraft Group Company Sailboats:Walk-Around Deck 490, Jeanneau America Honorable Mention: 50,...

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North Sails Claims SAIL Pittman Innovation Award 

North Sails 3Di NORDAC is already recognized as game changing cruising technology and has claimed yet another coveted prize. The revolutionary polyester sail, designed for small to medium sized cruising boats, was yesterday announced as a winner of SAIL Magazine’s renowned Pittman Innovation Awards. Since 3Di NORDAC was launched in June 2017, the sail has seen unparalleled success with cruisers and industry experts, claiming awards and stellar sales in a short space of time, with more than 1600 orders placed since being introduced. The SAIL judges recognized that 3Di NORDAC offers the wider sailing community the unique 3Di technology developed on the race course: “With its new 3Di NORDAC sails, North has combined the great cost-effectiveness and durability of traditional sails with the 3Di process by building them entirely in polyester, with polyester filaments set in polyester resin in the 3Di structural tape,” said SAIL editor Charles J. Doane. “The result is an affordable all-polyester sail that is lighter, less stretchy, more durable and more mildew-resistant than traditional woven polyester sails – a win-win for cruising sailors everywhere.”   Commenting on the award victory, North Sails CEO Dan Neri added, “In 2015 we saw a real opportunity to create product differentiation in the cruising market and we felt confident we had developed something special with 3Di NORDAC. We are pleased by the response from the cruising community.” 3Di NORDAC...

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RS Venture Connect Para Sailing Electronics wins Overall DAME Award

The DAME Awards winners have been announced at METS 2017 trade show with the RS Venture Connect para sailing electronics pack taking the top OVERALL title. Working in conjunction with Scanstrut and electronics expert para sailor Tom Harper, RS Sailing’s technical team have developed the equipment to provide simple installation, beautifully responsive electric ram steering via either joystick or sip/puff controls and with electronic mainsheet control a further option.   “This has been a complex and time-consuming project” says Jim Hood (aka Junior) of RS sailing’s technical team. “The award feels good; it recognises the hard miles and technical...

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Offshore Sailing School Announces New Location at the Westin Cape Corral Resort

Fort Myers, Fla Offshore Sailing School President and CEO Doris Colgate announced today that Offshore Sailing School is expanding their presence in Southwest Florida/Lee County to include The Westin Cape Coral Resort at Marina Village and Tarpon Point Marina. “As Offshore Sailing School celebrates our 54th year, we are pleased to add another beautiful resort location in Southwest Florida,” Colgate said. “Our students will have another destination to explore at this wonderful resort featuring several dining and entertainment venues, shopping, watersports, tennis, spa and salon, bicycling, 24-hour fitness facility, complimentary water taxi to Ft. Myers Beach, and many more...

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VETUS-Maxwell Launches Service Video Series

HANOVER, Md.—VETUS-Maxwell, Inc. is excited to announce the launch of a new series of service videos to assist its customer base in performing preventative, routine maintenance on windlasses and thrusters. The free series is available to watch at https://www.vetus.com/en/vetus-video   Included is a four-part thruster service video that highlights maintenance any customer can perform on everything from the propeller to the solenoids. Bob Walker, on the Tech Support team, explains all you need to know to keep your thruster in great shape.   Five Maxwell windlass service videos show how to take your windlass apart easily and perform basic...

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Quantum Sails Acquires HOOD Sailmakers

Traverse City, MI—Quantum Sails today announced that it has completed an agreement with Hood Sailmakers in Newport, RI to acquire the company’s sailmaking rights and manufacturing assets. The acquisition, which includes occupancy of Hood’s world headquarters in RI, will increase Quantum’s global sailmaking capacity and provide a new home base for Quantum’s sales and service operations in the northeastern region of the US. “This acquisition provides much needed capacity for our growing share of the Grand Prix racing market,” said Ed Reynolds, President of Quantum Sails, who cites the TP52s, C&C 30s, RC44s and other offshore classes as areas of strong growth for the company. Quantum is also gaining share in the big boat market, explained Reynolds, which will also benefit from the location and capabilities of the larger facility. “The Hood and Quantum brands are synonymous with performance and quality,” said Hood CEO Rob MacMillan. “In addition to becoming a leader in the Grand Prix and Superyacht markets, Quantum is very strong in the markets served by Hood Sails; our customers will have access to the customer service and support offered by the Quantum Sails network.” Reynolds said Quantum will uphold the terms of warranties held by owners of Hood sails. “We value the long-term relationships Hood has with its customers and will continue the legacy of service and support for which Hood is known. We look forward...

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Hyde Sails looks to expand to the US

Industry News Hyde Sails, a UK-based sail manufacturer, has announced plans to expand its dealer network in the US and Canada. Headquartered in Southampton, Hyde Sails has 50 years of heritage as a racing sailboat sailmakers. In the last 15 years the company has expanded into cruising sailboats. Hyde Sails has been manufacturing its product line from a site in the Philippines for the last 15 years. The loft is run by ex-pat UK sail-makers and has 230 locally based staff employed on a loft floor of 6,000sq m. UK-based sales, technical and in house design staff, support the production facility. “Hyde Sails is looking for dealers in New England, Carolina’s, Great Lakes, Pacific North West, British Columbia, Quebec and Nova Scotia. New dealers do not have to be existing sail makers,” says the company in a statement. Luke Yeates, who manages dealers in the US, comments: ‘I have found that some of our best dealers have been riggers and technical...

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Marlow Ropes Joins US Sailing Team and ODP as Official Rope Supplier

The US Sailing Team today a partnership with Marlow Ropes, a world leader in the development and manufacture of performance yachting rope. Effective immediately, Marlow will be the official rope supplier of the US Sailing Team and US Sailing’s Olympic Development Program (ODP) through 2020. “Marlow is one of the most trusted names in our sport, and as any sailor knows, having strong, dependable and customized line solutions onboard your boat is a key factor in any successful racing program,” said two-time Olympic Champion Malcolm Page (Newport, R.I.), Chief of U.S. Olympic Sailing. “We look forward to working with Marlow to provide U.S. national team and development athletes with the best line products in the world.” Marlow’s roots in competitive sailing run deep, with the company being recognized as the first brand to manufacture synthetic fibre ropes specifically designed for the yachting industry in 1957. Currently, Marlow supplies many Grand Prix programs through their technical rigger partner program, and also numerous national teams and organizations including Team GBR and College Sailing’s ICSA. Marlow’s Excel range of high performance dinghy products is a continuous evolution based upon feedback from our athlete partners at the vanguard of the sport. “We at Marlow are proud to partner with the US Sailing Team to supply our country’s athletes with the most advanced textile rigging solutions possible,” said Sam Vineyard, Marlow’s Yachting Sales Manager....

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Oceanis Yacht 62 Takes Top Honors

Our Flagship Earns the 2017 European Yacht of the Year Award There is a longstanding parallel drawn between the coveted Oscar award in the film industry to the European Yacht of the Year Award in the marine industry. During the Düsseldorf Boat Show this weekend, the new Oceanis Yacht 62 was celebrated as the winner of the ‘Luxury Cruiser’ category. We couldn’t be more...

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