Brunswick Corporation has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Navico, a global leader in marine electronics and sensors for $1.05 billion. As a result of this acquisition, Brunswick will add the industry leading brands of Lowrance, Simrad, B&G, and C-MAP to its Advanced Systems Group (ASG), which includes the leading Parts & Accessories (P&A) brands in power management, digital control and monitoring, and networked devices.
To meet the extreme electrical demands of today’s bigger boats, especially at low RPM, Yamaha developed a completely new Phase Angle Control charging system. Now there’s plenty of power for devices like gyro stabilizers, air conditioning, sound systems, and console electronics without the need for a generator.
Boats are getting smarter. This is a trend that isn’t going away. Over the last five or so years, we’ve heard the term the “connected boat” more and more across the industry. But what is the connected boat and what does it mean for the future of the industry and boating as a whole?
Bravada Yachts’ Invictus marks several important “firsts” for Volvo Penta. The impressive luxury houseboat is the first Bravada houseboat to be powered by Volvo Penta and the largest boat in the region to be powered by a Volvo Penta Aquamatic sterndrive. “Team Bravada wanted a propulsion system that would continue the Bravada legacy of changing the houseboat industry and we found it in Volvo Penta,” said Robert Gutierrez, Principal at Bravada Yachts. “We found the Volvo Penta propulsion package very easy to install and service. Additionally, we were impressed by the throttle response, rapid acceleration, and maneuverability with integrated electric steering. Another plus was the quiet and smooth shifting.”
Dometic Marine updated its Pro-Trim System with a bolt-on design that allows underway adjustments to engine trim and height on outboard boats without the operator taking his hands off the wheel. The next-generation Pro-Trim Engine Trim Control mounts between the steering wheel and helm bezel, and is available in single- or dual-function versions for jack plate height adjustment or engine trim. The upgrade is aimed at the bass, flats and bay boat markets, and is designed to work with Dometic’s SeaStar hydraulic or mechanical steering.
Brunswick said in a statement that the alliance combines its ACES (autonomy, connectivity, electrification and shared access) strategy with Carnegie’s expertise in autonomous technology to create driver assistance and autonomous solutions that improve the boating experience.
Dockmate, the US manufacturer of advanced wireless remote controls for yachts, has partnered with CMC Marine of Italy after working together on two Benetti superyachts. The purpose of the agreement is to offer a seamless integration of the two brands’ products, providing yacht owners with manoeuvring systems that are technologically advanced, convenient to use and efficient. The result of their first joint projects are linked to the Benetti name, with the two companies achieving perfect synergy between their respective products on the ninth Mediterraneo 116 and the second Oasis 40M models.
Last year, Yamaha Motors introduced its all-new “Helm Master EX” system which – unlike its previous system – was 100% developed and made by Yamaha. The result is the Gen 2 “EX” version that has more features and does not require a joystick, unless one is wanted. At the same time, Yamaha introduced a joystick for single engines without a bow thruster, which it says is remarkably effective. We haven’t tested it but listen to what Yamaha’s GM of U.S. Marine Development and Planning has to say.
Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. announced a strategic alliance with Siren Marine. It is Yamaha’s most recent step to reinforce CommandBlue™, a philosophy that represents a commitment to move engineering and development into the realm of the customer, ultimately delivering products that are easier to use and creating greater satisfaction and confidence on the water.
Jason Arbuckle has been promoted to the newly formed role of Marine Autonomy Technology Lead at Brunswick Corp, a move designed to advance the company’s ACES (Autonomy, Connectivity, Electrification Shared Access) strategy. The new position, says Brunswick, will enable the US manufacturer to lead the delivery of highly automated-to-autonomous solutions for the recreational marine industry.