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Technology updates are the flavor this week - MarineBusinessWorld North America newsletter

by Peter Rendle 11 Oct 2023 14:00 PDT
ICYMI: NMMA President delivers state of the industry presentation at IBEX 2023 © National Marine Manufacturers Association

Earlier this week, National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) president Frank Hugelmeyer gave an update on the recreational boating industry during the International BoatBuilders' Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Industry Breakfast. Hugelmeyer discussed recent sales data and trends, highlighted advocacy priorities and emphasized the successful integration of the Discover Boating brand.

OXE Marine, the company behind the world's first high-performance diesel outboard, is pleased to announce a strategic collaboration with UFLEX, a renowned manufacturer of marine steering systems and related components. OXE Marine products will be available with UFLEX control systems from late October 2023. This collaboration brings together OXE Marine's innovative diesel outboard range with UFLEX's advanced Integra steering control system, featuring digital communication, commonly known as "fly by wire."

The Integra system, specially designed for outboard motors, leverages the latest technology to provide exceptional performance and versatility. Key components of the system include large and small hydraulic pumps, joysticks, autopilot compatibility, a variety of cylinder configurations, tie bars, NEMA communication, and soon fully electric options. The control system will be compatible with the full OXE product range and can be retrofitted to existing installations as well as new installations.

Blue Innovations Group, a marine technology company, proudly announces the much-anticipated launch of its flagship product, the R30 electric boat, on December 16th in St. Petersburg, Florida. Founder and CEO John Vo shared his excitement, stating, "The R30 will provide the ultimate boating experience for customers with uncompromised safety, performance, style, and value while being environmentally friendly."

Vision Marine Technologies Inc. (NASDAQ: VMAR), a global leader and innovator within the performance electric recreational boating industry, is pleased to announce the delivery of its pioneering E-Motion™ Electric Powertrain Technology to Groupe Beneteau, Four Winns at their production facility in Michigan. These will be the inaugural electric motors integrated on the Four Winns H2e Bowrider.

In a strategic move to underscore the dawn of a new era in eco-friendly marine transport, these boats will embark on a voyage to Europe, where they will be proudly showcased at the esteemed Dusseldorf boat show from January 20-28, 2024. The event, renowned for presenting breakthroughs in the boating world, will serve as the perfect platform to highlight the exceptional capabilities and innovations of the E-Motion™ powered boats.

Not forgetting the sailing segment of the industry, Offshore Sailing School President and CEO, Doris Colgate, announced several major initiatives to kick off a year-long celebration of the company's 60th Anniversary. "We're hosting a media reception on the first night of the 2023 U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, MD, on October 12, and this is the perfect opportunity to share our many exciting plans for the coming year," said Doris Colgate.

"We are thrilled to announce that we are opening a new location in Key West, Florida! Starting January 2024, we'll have Colgate 26s and a new 40' catamaran available for US Sailing certification courses from Stock Island Yacht Club & Marina."

Get ready to shiver yer timbers at the Haunted Hull-O-Ween Scavenger Hunt hosted at The Sailing Museum in Newport. From 11am-4pm on October 21st and 28th, Schoonmaker Hall will be transformed into a Davy Jones' Locker! Kids can enjoy a scavenger hunt, sweet treats, and storytelling. Costumes are encouraged. Visitors can also explore the world of sailing through the Museum's interactive exhibitions. Tickets can be purchased in-person or online. Kids under 10 get in for free.

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