MarChem CFI appoints Northeast regional sales rep

September 23, 2011

MarChem CFI named Laurie Moers as its Northeast regional sales representative. Moers is responsible for generating demand for the company’s products at user level, contacting canvas shops, awning shops, distributors and OEM’s who use fabrics. She brings more than 20 years in the textile industry to her new post, having positions with Dillon Yarn and, …

USCG seeks feedback on boating accident reporting

September 15, 2011

The U.S. Coast Guard is seeking public comment on a National Boating Safety Advisory Council (NBSAC) recommendation that requires recreational vessel operators to turn their engine off if a swimmer is in the water in close proximity to the rear of the vessel, as well as other ideas to reduce casualties caused by propeller strikes …

IBEX 2011 introduces Green Marine Route

September 8, 2011

The 2011 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) is entering into cleaner waters with the introduction of the Green Marine Route, a new component of the show for eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable boating innovation. “As the marine industry has seen an evolution to new, more efficient, and cleaner building processes, methods and materials, we felt …

EPA finalizes fueling guidelines

September 1, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized guidelines outlining a gas pump warning label, as well as other misfueling controls for E15 gasoline. The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) has expressed concern that the EPA’s misfueling rule does not take significant steps to address anticipated problems with the risk of misfueling. Nor does the rule ensure …

Coast Guard addresses engine cut-off switch regulations

The U.S. Coast Guard sought public input on updating safety regulations on certain recreational vessels. Specifically, the Coast Guard inquired about if it should require engine cut-off switches as a standard safety feature on propulsion machinery and/or starting controls installed on recreational vessels less than 26 feet in length. It also addressed whether it should …

Outdura earns Oeko-Tex certification

Outdura Corp. earned Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification, one of the best-known and most successful labels for textiles tested for harmful substances. The test criteria and the related test methods for certification are standardized on an international level and are widely included as guidance in terms and conditions of purchase and delivery. “The Oeko-Tex label is …

Miami Corp. boosts mount track line

Miami Corp. added two new products to its mount track product line. Costa Track is a PVC center-mount track designed to replace flange-style track. It maximizes load capability for large covers, biminis and track-to-track enclosures and can be heat-formed to most radii. It comes predrilled every 4 inches. Flex-A-Rail requires only small amounts of heat …

MarChem CFI products in space

A team of students from the University of Wisconsin-Madison won NASA’S 2011 Space Habitat Competition, the eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge, to design and build a space habitat. Fabric manufacturer MarChem CFI donated its Odyssey IV fabric, a flame-retardant version of its Odyssey III fabric, to the project. According to the judges, the Wisconsin …

Boat market is improving

GE Capital Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) issued its 2011 mid-season marine industry update. “We are generally pleased with the year-to-date results across the nation, despite challenging regional weather conditions and an overall “mixed” macro-economic climate,” wrote Bruce Van Wagoner, managing director of the marine division at CDF, in the report. “Wholesale shipments in units are …

Noise reduction material

Acoustiblok reduces unwanted noises, including those from the boat’s engine wall, engine cover and gas tank cover. The viscoelastic polymer material has a high-density mineral content, making it heavy and yet extremely flexible. As sound waves cause the material to flex, internal friction occurs and the acoustical energy is dissipated. All-weather panels withstand water, humid …