This "Updates Page" can be used to find the most recent major additions. RBBI is constantly being revised and updated. Significant additions will be reported here. We used to maintain a separate Industry News Page (June 1997- 17 August 1998). It involved considerable duplication of this page and was discontinued. If you are interested in events occurring in that time frame, you might wish to review it as well as this page. Also, with the discontinuation of the Industry News Page, occasionally, brief news items will be reported on this page as NEWS REPORTS.
Posted info in Propeller Guard section about 3 Sept. 2003 settlement of a case primarily focusing on the possible overpowering of a bass boat, resulting in two people overboard, a propeller strike and paraplegic, Michael Davis v. Skeeter Boats and Yamaha.
27 Aug 2003
NEWS- Bombardier announced sale of their Recreation Division (includes marine) to the Bombardier family for 875 million U.S. dollars.
24 Dec 2002
Continue to update Power Boat Manufacture Links Page
NEWS REPORT - Toyota Marine stopped production last week and is reevaluting its position per an article in today's
BoatBiz news. They cite drought conditions in Florida as severely impacting ski boat sales. Most workers have been laid off, a
skeleton crew remains. This is bad news for the 6,510 sq. meter headquarters and production facility they opened this July
in Groveland FL.
4 Oct 2001
Enlarged Remote Boat Monitoring section of Customer Service Desk. Added several
new devices and a refence to new 3G phones with remote full video and data processing capabilities.
11 Sept. 2001
Added coverage of Bombardier - Yamaha / Sea-Doo patent infringement case to patent folder.
Posted full coverage of Boating Week 2000 in Orlando FL.
Coverage includes the trade show, sessions, BWI Innovation Awards and "On Water" Exhibits.
16 Oct 2000
Brunswick announced they found a buyer for their outdoor recreation businesses
(K2 Inc.) and will sell the whole pile (Zebco, MotorGuide trolling motors, Swivl-Eze marine
accessories, Igloo coolers and Hoppe's) in one transaction if approved by regulating authorities.
6 Oct. 2000
Posted notice the RBBI ALERT server died and we are not able to accept additional
new subscriptions at this time. We do have the existing subscribers alive on a backup
system and will continue to provide alerts of breaking industry news to them.
News Item: Firestone Tire Data Analysis Provides Example for Marine Field Problem Analysis
Yesterday's Wall Street Journal has a great story with in
depth warranty data and procedure used to identify
the Firestone tire problem. Has model data, frequency data,
failures at intervals of tire life, plant specific failure frequency data
and bunch of charts. We suggest circulating a copy to all involved in service/problem
failure identification. It shows how Ford did the process under some
pretty heavy fire and how not all the data always points the same way.
Ford Steps Up Recall Without Firestone
Wall Street Journal
14 Aug 2000
Pages A2 and A6
Added info on Crains Chicago Business article on OMC (Battle for OMC; Who Won?) to OMC page.
Added Cruiser Builder Project Leader opening to our Jobs Page.
19 June 1999
Added info on a new sensor application to our prop guard presentation reference page. The Pittsburgh Port Authority and Pennsylvania Dept. of Transportation are using radar and sterovision to alert metro bus drivers a person is near the bus. CCD images are examined for human "signatures". See Photonics Spectra. June 1999. Page 100. Could a similar application indicate the presence of people in the water near a propeller?
Added major Wall Street Journal article on automotive use of fuel cells to Engine Folder.
23 Feb 1999
Added Casey Crooks site to our list of examples of sites lashing out
against how they feel they have been wronged. This site involves a boat dealership. More individuals will be taking this
route of lashing back if their frustrations are not properly dealt with by our industry. We are certainly taking no position on
this particular situation, we are only pointing out the practice is going to repeated in the future. We need to take care of our
customers to prevent them from being frustrated into taking actions such as this.
NEWS REPORT: Sanshin recently received two counter rotating propeller patents for partially
surfacing drives. Patent number 5,807,151 awarded Sept. 15 and patent number 5,800,223 awarded Sept. 1st.
Both patents do an excellent job of teaching the technology and are a "must read" for those
working in this field. See our Recent Patents section for additional details.
NEWS REPORT: Fountain Powerboat Industries announced commencement of sea trial
of a new advanced technology 65 foot yacht. The craft was developed over the last 18 months.
Fountain's internally developed hull and surface drive technology coupled with the light weight
interior design allow the craft to achieve a 25-100% improvement in performance.
NEWS REPORT: MarineMax, Inc. (group of Sea Ray dealers that went public) announced today it has acquired Brevard Boat Sales, Inc, (Brevard) a Florida recreational boat retailer, with 1997 revenue of approximately $5.7 million. Brevard is located in Cocoa, Florida. Marine Max said the close proximity to Sea Ray's Yacht, Sport Yacht and Product Development & Engineering facilities is a strategic location for them.
MarineMax acquired certain assets including the retail facility and assumed certain liabilities of the Brevard operation. The specific financial terms of this mostly cash transaction were not disclosed.
Added several messages to BC/Disney vendetta page.
Added more messages to the BC/Disney vendetta page
29 Aug 1998
NEWS REPORT: Aug. 24, 1998--Reggie Fountain, President and Chief Executive Officer, announced today that A.J. "Tony" Romersa, a veteran of the Brunswick Corp., has been appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Fountain Powerboats, Inc. Romersa will handle day-to-day responsibility for Fountain's 371 employees and 229,000 plus square foot manufacturing facility on the Pamlico River in Washington, N.C. Romersa will report directly to Reggie Fountain who will continue to oversee all facets of the business. Romersa's 28 year business career includes a variety of senior management positions for the Brunswick Corp. and it's Mercury Marine Consumer and Vapor Divisions. As corporate director of Brunswick's Marine Operations Planning since 1986, Romersa was actively involved in Brunswick's acquisition of Bayliner and Sea Ray.