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Saturday, January 9, 2021

Just as modern automobiles are required to have seat belts and safety glass, boat manufacturing safety standards that also reduce injuries and save lives have improved over the years. However, thanks to modern fiberglass many boats today are more than a decade old – providing owners with some opportunities for making safety

tags: Retrofitting, Safety

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The New TACO Marine® LED Navigation Light is designed specifically to be mounted on SuproFlex rub rail. The sleek, low-profile navigation light fits V11-9960, V11-9950 and V11-9990 SuproFlex profiles, meets ABYC and USCG requirements for both sail and powerboats, and has a water-resistant IP68 rating for hours of maintenance-free

tags: Lighting, Retrofitting

Friday, December 11, 2020

When most boaters think about their time on the water, they focus on those exhilarating moments of cruising with a wide-open throttle. At the end of the day, when they are coming back into their slip, the low-speed maneuvering in crowded marinas can be stressful and those are the times most boat owners choose to forget. Remote control

tags: Retrofitting

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

When it comes to must-have boating accessories, a sun-shade consistently ranks as one of the most important features for boaters. From cooler temperatures to improved sun protection, having adequate shade on your boat is essential to your enjoyment while on the water. Many aftermarket shade options are either too flimsy to make it

by: Diane Seltzer, Marketing Director, SureShade

tags: Retrofitting

Friday, December 4, 2020

Docktail® Bar manufactures premium, marine grade, food and beverage accessories for boaters and floaters. Our tables allow boaters to organize all their favorite food, drinks, and snacks and provide a stable platform to host a party, serve lunch or catch dinner. Whether you are cruising, rafted up, anchored, docked, fishing or

tags: Retrofitting

Thursday, December 3, 2020

As the famous sailing quote goes, “gentlemen don’t sail to weather.” Certainly good advice for a civil cruiser, but any experienced sailor also knows downwind sailing is not always a picnic. Depending on the strength of the wind and sea-state, it can be either the sail of dreams or highly, highly annoying. In

by: Ken Quant, Broad Reach Marketing

tags: Retrofitting, Sailing

Monday, November 30, 2020

Having plenty of electric power on board while cruising can make the difference between a fantastic experience and a marginal one. At Custom Marine Products, we know this because we are cruising sailors ourselves, specializing in marine solar systems and LiFePO4 marine battery energy storage systems. Close interaction with our

by: Tom Trimmer

tags: Environmental Impact, Retrofitting

Friday, November 27, 2020

The following are accessories that have earned a position aboard my own Great Lakes boat this past season—with one exception: I’ve got a good watch that keeps on ticking despite dunkings (in fact, I never take it off) and can’t yet justify the cost of a new one. But if I did, the Garmin timepiece included here would

by: Dan Armitage

tags: Accessories, Navigation, Retrofitting

Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Each year, I judge at least three awards programs (sometimes six), most of which center on innovation and new technology in the marine industry. Last year at the International Boatbuilding Expo (IBEX), we had 103 entries to evaluate. As this past summer rolled on, we nervously wondered how many we’d see after a weird and

by: Zuzana Prochazka

tags: COVID-19, Retrofitting, Boat Show

Monday, November 23, 2020

Bolt Depot began as a family-owned hardware store in the 1940’s. Due to the number of garages and fishing vessels nearby, it had a strong focus on marine and automotive fasteners. The store earned a reputation on the south shore of Boston for stocking an unusually wide variety of nuts and bolts. Fast forward and today Bolt

tags: Accessories, Retrofitting


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