Monthly Archives: May 2011


 New Fuel Primer Bulb From Larand Products Beats

Tighter EPA/CARB Emission Standard, Offers Superior Performance

 As of January 1, 2011, fuel primer bulbs for outboards must comply with US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) regulations limiting carbon emissions to 15 grams per square meter, per day. A new primer bulb from Larand Products exceeds the EPA/CARB standard and also offers performance and reliability superior to other OEM and aftermarket bulbs.


The new primer bulb allows emissions of less than 6 grams per square meter, per day, beating the standard by almost 70 percent. Made from a durable compound that stands up to harsh weather conditions and maintains excellent flexibility in low temperatures (in lab tests, the new bulb pumped 20 percent more fuel than the leading OEM bulb). Unlike products that rely on mechanical pumps, this primer bulb has no seals that can leak fuel.

  • Familiar look and feel
  • 70% less fuel permeation than the new standard allows
  • Durable and weather resistant
  • Leak-proof design
  • Excellent low-temperature flexibility
  • Superior pumping efficiency

For more information about the new EPA/CARB compliant marine primer bulb and other Larand products, visit or call 1+877.786.0606 (toll free in the US) or 1+954.977.6333.

Contact: Jim Bimonte
1+877.786.0606 (US) or 1+954.977.6333
Larand Products, Inc. – 2173 NW 22nd Street – Pompano Beach, FL 33069 USA

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Uncategorized





Leading Marine Products Importer’s Extensive Pedestal Selection Allows Boaters To Choose
The Best Solutions For Their Needs

IMTRA, the leading manufacturer and importer of quality marine products, announced today an extensive line of NorSap Seat and Table Pedestals. Offering innovative designs and a broad selection of styles to meet the needs of all boaters, the new NorSap line offers a full range of features including seat slides with fore and aft movement and 360-degree rotation, and table pedestals with a unique low profile, detachable twist-lock base that eliminates the need for installers or owners to cut large holes in their decks. Combining functionality, durability and style, the NorSap pedestal line from IMTRA is the ideal solution for any type of vessel.

Available in over 75 design choices, NorSap Seat Pedestals from IMTRA are offered in fixed and adjustable height versions in either an aluminum finish and white base, or polished aluminum finish with stainless steel-covered base. Adjustable height versions are available with manual height adjustment or with assisted support from spring- or gas-suspensions built into the pedestal. Providing free movement and rotation, the pedestal assembly includes the seat base making it easy to attach the seat cushion and back. The NorSap product line also offers an optional fold-up footrest and small bases for use in areas with limited floor space. Designed to withstand the abuse of the harsh marine environment, the durable NorSap Seat Pedestals provide a clean attractive look and comfortable ride.

NorSap Table Pedestals from IMTRA are designed to match the Seat Pedestals ensuring a uniform design throughout a vessel. Offered with a complementary aluminum finish and white base or polished aluminum column and stainless steel base cover, the Table Pedestals are available in a full range of fixed and adjustable height designs, and either fixed or movable installations. Ideal for OEM, trade and end-user installation, a removable base pedestal eliminates the need for drilling a large hole into the deck that can lead to core damage or water penetration. The low-profile twist-lock deck plate also makes it easy to have multiple mounting locations without obtrusive deck mounting hardware. Some fixed mount models are designed for through deck installations to support bunk or table slides. With nearly limitless options for mounting, positioning and finish, NorSap Table Pedestals are an ideal table base for any vessel.

“Our new NorSap Pedestal line provides smart and attractive chair and table mounting systems for anyone who wants a simple, cost-effective solution,” said Alex Larsen, commercial sales manager, IMTRA. “New to the U.S., this line has been proven in installations throughout Europe and is now the choice of prominent builders such as Jupiter Marine and Sabre Yachts. Airstream also uses our NorSap pedestals in their ‘Eddie Bauer’ edition trailers. It truly is the ideal pedestal line for any boater or RV owner, and a proud addition to the IMTRA range.”

The slide mechanism on the NorSap Seat Pedestals offer very high-quality construction and a low-profile design for a sleek look and durable use. The Table Pedestals are available in a number of heights and adjustable lengths to accommodate any installation need. Details on NorSap’s extensive line of Seat and Table Pedestals are available on the IMTRA website. All pedestal products are protected by a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty.

Pricing and Availability:
NorSap Seat and Table Pedestals from IMTRA are available to United States and Canadian customers directly from IMTRA. For more information about the new pedestals, the NorSap line from IMTRA, pricing, IMTRA and its entire marine product line, or to request/download a catalog, visit or call Eric Braitmayer, Director of Marketing, 508-995-7000, or visit

About IMTRA:
IMTRA, based in New Bedford, Massachusetts, is an importer and manufacturer of high quality consumer marine products, advanced LED solutions and integrated marine systems, as well as a key supplier to the OEM and aftermarket. With over 50 years in the marine business, IMTRA has sales and support teams in 11 regions throughout North America. The company’s extensive product knowledge is available to its customers through a renowned full-service department and professional customer service group. Product categories include Lighting, Thrusters, Anchoring Systems, Wipers, Antennas, Gangways and other specialty products.

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Uncategorized


Electronics Review

Simrad Yachting Launches
Broadband 3G™ Radar

Electronics Leader Unveils New Lower-Cost Broadband 3G Radar
With 30-Percent Range Increase and Unprecedented Target Separation

Simrad Yachting, world-leader in the design and manufacture of professional-performance marine navigation, autopilots, communications and fish-finding systems presents its next-generation, solid-state Broadband 3G™ Radar. Building on the award-winning technology of the Simrad BR24 Broadband Radar™, the world’s first recreational marine Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) radome, the Broadband 3G sets a new standard in radar performance. Delivering two-times greater RF transmit power and 30 percent more range and target detection than the BR24, the 3G allows boaters to see objects such as small boats and channel markers at greater distances without compromising its exceptional close-range radar capacities.

Combining straightforward installation, flexible antenna placement options, low power draw and unrivaled performance, the Simrad Broadband 3G Radar provides the safest navigation possible in all weather conditions, at a significantly more affordable price.

The new Broadband 3G Radar is the next step in revolutionary vessel navigation and collision avoidance, providing boaters with a host of Simrad Yachting’s signature safety and convenience benefits – including superior target definition and separation in close quarters where traditional pulse radar is blind. The Broadband 3G Radar offers crystal-clear, highly detailed views of surroundings at a range scale down to 1/32 nautical miles (200 ft.), and marks objects within 2 meters (6.5 ft.) of the boat. Incredibly safe, the new radar transmits 1/10,000 the power of traditional pulse radar – less than 1/5 the energy of a mobile phone – making it safe to install just about anywhere on a boat.

Other innovative 3G features include advanced clutter rejection which virtually eliminates tuning, and rapid cold start and InstantOn™ which enable the radar to power up instantaneously from standby. With incredibly low power consumption, it is also 30 to 50 percent more efficient than traditional pulse radomes. In addition, Broadband 3G Radar supports chart overlay, display networking, MARPA and True Motion Rader Display to distinguish moving vessels from fixed objects or landmasses.

“Broadband 3G Radar represents our driven commitment to introduce innovative marine electronics that offer meaningful benefits to boaters,” said Louis Chemi, COO, Navico Americas. “We upgraded our award-winning Broadband Radar technology – which already offers best-in-class safety, convenience and short-range capability – and expanded its performance features for even more powerful on-the-water awareness. When released, Broadband 3G will be the most revolutionary radar system available, and we’re offering it at an affordable price point to make it accessible for all boaters.”

The Broadband 3G Radar is compatible with Simrad Yachting’s full range of brilliant NS navigation systems – the NSO Offshore, NSE Expert and NSS Sport. Also available in the Lowrance and B&G model lineup, it is compatible with award-winning Lowrance HDS and B&G Zeus multifunction displays.

The Simrad Broadband 3G’s compact 18-inch radome measures 11.02-inches high x 19.28-inches diameter (280 mm x 489 mm), weighs 16.3 pounds (7.4 kg), and installs quickly with an easy-to-route 0.5-inch (13.5 mm) diameter scanner cable. Drawing only 18 watts of power during operation and 2 watts in standby, the Broadband 3G has an operating temperature range of -13 to +131 degrees Fahrenheit (-25 to +55 degrees Celsius) and can operate in winds up to 100 knots. The radar transmits on the X-band with a frequency of 9.3 to 9.4 GHz and has a sweep rotation frequency of 200Hz. Its antenna has a peak power output of 165 mW. The Broadband 3G is waterproof to the IPX6 standard and protected by a two-year parts and labor warranty.

Price & Availability:
The new Simrad Broadband 3G Radar has a suggested retail price of U.S. $1,699 and will be available in June 2011 from authorized dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on the Simrad Broadband 3G Radar or the entire line of Simrad Yachting professional-performance marine electronics, please contact 800-324-1356 (toll-free) in the USA or 800-661-3983 (toll-free) in Canada or visit

About Simrad Yachting: The Simrad Yachting® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad Yachting, and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.

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Posted by on May 8, 2011 in Uncategorized


Redbone Fishing Tournaments

Redbone to Hold its 22nd Annual “Fruits of our Labors”

BBQ Cookout Celebrating its $1,000,000 Year for CF Funding

  Small Keys tournament has made huge impact in helping “to catch the cure” for CF  

ISLAMORADA, In-The-Florida Keys The Redbone’s 22nd annual “Fruits of our Labors” cookout, celebrating its hard work and money raised through its 2010 series of tournaments for cystic fibrosis research, takes place Saturday, May 14th, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Lorelei.
Over $1,000,000 was raised from last fall’s 2010 Redbone trilogy of Keys tournaments — plus 25 other Redbone fishing events across the U.S. the Bahamas and Mexico – and those efforts will be celebrated as part of the cookout on Lorelei Beach, mile marker 82 bayside.
The BBQ cookout will be offered to the first 100 people at $15 per person or is free when making a $100 donation for a super raffle ticket which benefits CF Research. The super raffle drawing to be held at sunset is for a Dragonfly Boatworks 16-ft. Emerger skiff complete with a 40 hp Evinrude outboard, Power-Pole and a Float-On Trailer. Ticket holders need not be present to win. There will also be a silent auction and live entertainment by Big Richard and the Family Fun Band. Tickets are available at The Redbone Gallery on Morada Way at MM 81.5 or at the Lorelei Cabana Bar. For more info call 305-664-2002, or go online at 

So far $10 million for CF research “to catch the cure.”

Since the inception of the Redbone in 1988 the Fla. Keys charity has raised $10 million. “In the last five years we’ve held a steady pace of raising over $1 million annually,” said Redbone founder Capt. Gary Ellis who now oversees the 28 events.
The Redbone (REDfish and BONEfish) began as a small local Keys tournament to help CF patients like Gary and Susan Ellis’ young daughter Nicole. The late Major League Baseball Hall of Fame slugger Ted Williams, then an Islamorada resident, helped the Ellis’ attract many of his celebrity friends and through the efforts of guides, anglers and volunteers they raised $16,000 at that first event. Within four years it had grown to three fall season tournaments in the lower, middle and upper Keys.  
Over the past two decades the Redbone tournaments have grown to four distinct series. The first is the original Redbone points trilogy in the Keys’ 125 mile chain of islands where the first Redbone celebrity tournament began. Five southeastern states are home to the Redbone Red*Trout series for redfish and sea trout.  Three more Redbone@Large events are held in the Bahamas Celebrity Bonefish series and 17 more for a wide number of fish species which crisscross the U.S., Bahamas and Mexico in the Redbone@Large Celebrity Tournament series.
Anglers fishing as a team or with a celebrity are professionally guided for a select group of game fish in the local waters which they catch, photograph and release. The events, usually held on a weekend, also feature live and silent auctions.
This year at many of the 28 sites around North America, volunteers from CF chapters will help host the Redbone formatted tournaments under the guidance of the Ellis’. The list of more CF chapters wanting tournaments continues to grow. Redbone officials are hoping that all the fishing events combined will continue to raise over $1 million for CF research.
“Cystic fibrosis is an awful genetic disease,” said Susan Ellis. “It causes the body to produce abnormally thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs and can lead to life-threatening lung infections. When we started the Redbone the life expectancy of CF patients was the early teens.  But researchers have performed remarkable strides in gene research.  CF patients are now living into their mid 30’s. Though remarkable progress has been made, there is still no cure, and the work is not complete until the cure is found.”
For more information contact: Pete Johnson  – PR counsel for The Redbone
Johnson Communications, Inc., Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Ph: 480-951-3654   e-mail:
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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in Uncategorized




Marine Importer’s Fastest-Setting, Highest-Holding Anchor Meets The American Bureau Of Shipping’s Independent Testing Standard

Quickline, a world-class importer and distributor of quality marine gear and accessory products, announced today that its Ultra Anchor meets the highest level of holding power as defined by the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), and has been awarded the prestigious certification of design assessment for Stainless Steel Superior Holding Power (SHP) for restricted service to a maximum anchor weight of 1500 kg (3306 lbs). SHP for restricted service is given to anchors with superior holding power of at least four times that of ordinary anchors. Using tests that conform to the ABS Anchor Sea Test Procedure performed in sand, mud and gravel at average sea depths of 32.5 feet (10 meters), the Ultra Anchor exceeds ABS requirements. Reinforcing Ultra Anchor’s quick, deep-set and strong hold, this new certification provides third-party confirmation that Ultra Anchors from Quickline are ideal for all conditions, and provide boaters the ultimate in performance, safety and the peace-of-mind they deserve.

The ABS anchor sea test was conducted on a tugboat using a 45 kg (99 lbs) Ultra Anchor connected to a 22-meter (48-foot) 18 mm chain and secured by a 30-meter (approximately 100-feet) 50 mm rope. Recording pull values of 3,750 to 3,950 kgf in sandy seabeds, 3,850 to 4,000 kgf in muddy seabeds and 3,800 to 4,500 kgf in gravel seabeds, the Ultra Anchor from Quickline outperformed hold standards set by the ABS of 2,133, 2,760 and 3,700 kgf for holding power in different seabeds. As a result of its impressive performance, the Ultra Anchor from Quickline was awarded the highest holding power distinction given by ABS, the Superior Holding Power classification.

“We are proud to have the Ultra Anchor receive the prestigious ABS Superior Holding Power for restricted service certification which is equal to or greater than the SHHP Super High Holding Power certification provided by other classification societies,” said Randy Boelsems, president of Quickline. “Our customers have long known that the design and manufacture of the Ultra Anchor provides superior quick and deep sets, and better hold than other anchors on the market. This well deserved certification provides independent third-party confirmation of its incredible performance properties.”

The Quickline Ultra Anchor’s innovative dipper-styled concave fluke body provides superior holding power and resists the tendency to extricate from a set position. Its swivel/shackle attachment eye is reinforced for extra strength and ergonomically positioned to place the Ultra Anchor’s weight on its curved tip for the ultimate setting and grip. While many anchors on the market excel in only one type of sea bottom, the Ultra Anchor sets in the greatest variety of seabeds including sand, unconsolidated soils, mud, sea grass and kelp, providing complete versatility that is particularly useful for extended voyages. In the event of a wind direction or tidal changes, the Ultra Anchor will remain set and rotate below the sea floor or immediately reset to keep a vessel and its cargo secure. For seamless retrieval, the anchor’s wide flat underside pivot base allows the Ultra Anchor to be easily extracted from being buried under the seafloor. In addition, its low center of gravity aids in proper alignment of the anchor when retrieved into the bow roller.

Constructed of 316L extra low carbon grade stainless steel, the Quickline Ultra Anchor delivers the ultimate in strength and rust resistance. Its fully enclosed lead base eliminates any electrolysis issues and environmental concerns. The Ultra Anchor’s contemporary shank design fits a wide variety of yacht bow rollers as well as its own Ultra Anchor Roller design, and delivers seamless launching and stowage of the anchor without touching other parts of the boat or the need for manual assistance. The Ultra Anchor does not require a roll bar to attain its position or chain weight to penetration the bottom. The anchor’s anti-foul bar ensures that the anchor rode will not tangle on the shank or dislodge the anchor from its set position. The harder the rode pulls, the more deeply the anchor digs in. The Ultra Anchor is also an eco-friendly solution; typically setting within its own length, it reduces bottom environment impact, and its high polished surface resists mud and debris sticking. The Quickline Ultra Anchor comes complete with a satisfaction guarantee program, a progressive upgrade policy and is protected by a lifetime warranty on workmanship and materials.

Pricing and Availability:
The Quickline Ultra Anchor is available in fourteen sizes ranging from 11 to 440 lbs (5 to 200 kg) and has a retail price range of US $648.00 to $16,000.00. Additional sizes are manufactured to order. Quickline Ultra Anchors are available for purchase on special order from marine hardware dealers, leading boat yards throughout the United States and Canada, and directly from Quickline. For more information on the Ultra Anchor, its ABS certification, Quickline or its entire marine product line, please contact Randy Boelsems; 714-843-6964 or visit

About Quickline:
Quickline, based in Huntington Beach, California, is a world-class importer and distributor of unique gear and accessories serving the Western Hemisphere marine market. Quickline provides product lines designed for boaters that want the absolute best for the safety of their family, guests and vessel. Offering a suite of premier anchor solutions and mooring products that are precision-designed to increase safety and efficiency, the product line includes the Ultra Anchor and Ultra Flip Swivel. Other product lines include Sovereign Barbeque Grills that are designed specifically for harsh marine environments, Quickline Flat Rope and Reel, Snubbers and Bridles, Ultra Chain Grabs, and Lewco battery chargers.

About ABS:
Established nearly 150 years ago, the ABS promotes the security of life, property and the natural environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of mariner-related facilities.



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Posted by on May 5, 2011 in Uncategorized


Electronics Review


Electronics Leader Extends Brilliant NS Range With Touch-Screen Multifunction Navigation Displays

Simrad Yachting – the innovative world-leader in the design and manufacture of marine navigation, autopilots, communications, and fish-finding systems – announced today its new, feature-packed, touch-screen, multifunction display, the NSS Sport. Developed for maximum ease of use, the Simrad NSS Sport’s Touch Sensible™ technology provides quick and efficient access to the information boaters need to enhance every on-the-water experience.

Foreground, left to right: NSS7, NSS8, NSS12

Available in three sizes, the NSS Sport range includes the NSS7, NSS8 and NSS12. Providing boaters with the perfect combination of control options, the NSS Sport offers touch-screen, keypad and a Simrad-Yachting signature rotary-control knob – enabling the user to remain in complete control in any boating situation.

Designed for performance, the NSS Sport features a bright, clear and highly visible display that employs Simrad Yachting’s unique LED backlighting technology and includes a powerful built-in GPS and BSM-1 echosounder*. Ensuring ultimate flexibility, the NSS Sport can be networked to the Simrad NSO and NSE multifunction displays, as well as Simrad Yachting’s comprehensive range of innovative performance module options — including the award-winning Broadband Radar™, StructureScan™ Sonar Imaging, SonicHub™ marine audio server and WM-2 SIRIUS® satellite weather/radio module. The NSS Sport is also pre-loaded with Insight USA™ inland and coastal cartography, and is fully compatible with the complete range of Navionics chart options on microSD.

“With the addition of the NSS Sport, Simrad Yachting now offers the most exciting and integrated portfolio of marine electronics on the market,” said Louis Chemi, COO, Navico Americas. “Whether you’re in the market for a touch-screen 7-inch chartplotter or you require a broader range of fishing, sailing or cruising equipment – Simrad Yachting has got you covered with a full selection of award-winning products.”

Whether routing to a waypoint, marking a fish or cranking your favorite tunes – operating the NSS Sport is simple with Simrad Yachting’s Touch Sensible technology. Panning and zooming are fast, responsive, and most of all, easy to learn due to its intuitive icon-driven menu system. The bright LED display also uses less power than traditional display technologies and greatly extends the life of the product.

“The NSS Sport is another example of our driven focus to lead with technology that provides meaningful innovation,” continued Chemi. “The combination of a touch-screen display and rotary-control knob enables boaters of all skill levels to complete tasks with absolute ease and precision.”

The Simrad NSS Sport range features high-brightness (1200 NIT) bonded LED displays in 6.4-inch (VGA), 8-inch (SVGA) and 12-inch (XGA) diagonal screen sizes. All support NMEA 2000®, SimNet and composite video input. The NSS series uses little power and is designed for use in 12 and 24V DC power systems. The system has an operating temperature range of 5 degrees to 131 degrees Fahrenheit (-15 degrees to 55 degrees Celsius); like the NSE and NSO multifunction displays, the NSS Sport is waterproof to the IPx7 standard, and protected by a two-year limited parts and labor warranty. The new Simrad NSS Sport is also covered by Simrad Yachting’s 24-hour exchange program. In the unlikely event that the device is identified as defective within the first year of warranty, Simrad Yachting will ensure shipment of a replacement device within 24 hours.


The Simrad NSS7, NSS8 and NSS12 have suggested retail prices of $1,895, $2,845 and $3,995 US, respectively, and can be purchased from authorized Simrad Yachting dealers and distributors throughout the United States and Canada. For more information on the Simrad NSS Sport touch-screen navigation system, or the entire line of Simrad Yachting professional-grade marine electronics, contact 800-628-4487 (toll-free) in the USA or visit
*Built-in echosounder included on the NSS7 and NSS8 only.

About Simrad Yachting: The Simrad® brand is wholly owned by Navico, Inc., a privately held, international marine electronics company. Navico is currently the world’s largest marine electronics company, and is the parent company to leading marine electronics brands: Lowrance, Simrad, and B&G. Navico has approximately 1,500 employees globally and distribution in more than 100 countries worldwide.


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Posted by on May 4, 2011 in Uncategorized



Centek Industries

Bill Arwood | | 1+229.228.7653

Centek Gen-Kleen Systems Make Gensets More Eco-Friendly

Unique wet exhaust systems filter out hydrocarbons, discharge clean water
Centek Compact Gen-Kleen System

THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA (USA) – A Gen-Kleen system from marine exhaust systems manufacturer Centek Industries integrates with a generator wet exhaust system to remove hydrocarbon pollution (sheen, soot, unspent gasoline and diesel fuel) from the exhaust water before it is discharged.

Available for marine gensets from 5 kw and up, a Gen-Kleen system separates raw cooling water from exhaust gases. The dry exhaust gases are vented to the atmosphere, the raw cooling water is scrubbed by a filtration system. The filters are impregnated with a patented formula that binds and captures hydrocarbons while allowing clean water to pass through. Clean water is then returned to the environment.

Built to withstand the harsh marine environment, Gen-Kleen systems are available in two models to accommodate different engine room layouts. The Compact Gen-Kleen (shown above) integrates many of the system components into a single package. The Component Gen-Kleen disperses the components throughout the engine compartment as space allows.

Over 100 Gen-Kleen systems have been installed on boats and yachts worldwide. Centek has also designed and built more than 14,000 custom marine exhaust systems and is the only company to offer fiberglass exhaust components that are Lloyd’s Register Type approved, ABS type approved and meet or exceed ABYC-P1 standards. Centek’s engineering staff has more than 80 years of marine wet exhaust system design and innovation experience.

For more information about Centek Gen-Kleen wet exhaust filtration systems and other Centek Industries products, visit or call 1+229.228.7653.
Centek Industries – 116 Plantation Oak Drive – Thomasville, GA 31799 USA



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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in Uncategorized