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  • U.S. Coast Guard releases 2014 Recreational Boat Accident Statistical report.
  • ABYC releases Consoldated Boat Warning Labels in May 2015.
  • Volvo Penta Forward Drive released at Miami Boat Show in February 2015.
  • 10 June 2010 we released our Houseboat Propeller Safety Paper. It focuses on USCG's proposal and withdrawal of USCG-2001-10163, the houseboat propeller injury avoidance regulation.

  • 5 April 2010 Brunswick looses $3.8 Million Brochtrup propeller case.

  • 25 November 2009 Safety Propeller wins 2009 Australian Invention of the Year Award.

  • 14 June 2009 Decker vs. OMC propeller injury case tried by jury
    we posted a synopsis (scorecard) of the trial on 13 July 2009.

  • 2 June 2009 Genmar declares bankruptcy.

  • 26 June 2008 Brunswick press release announced cutting 1,000 jobs now, reducing operating boat plants from 29 at end of 2007 to 17 by the end of 2008, and another 1,700 possible job cuts in response to the U.S. market downturn.

  • 17 Feb 2007 VEN-T BOATS 15 foot vented tunnel drive boat targeting entry boaters is shown at Dealer Expo.

  • 23 Jan 2007 Mercury MerCruiser announced a new 100HP stern drive called Vazer to be built in Stillwater. Its a 1.6L GM Vortec SOHC-4 with a compact stern drive.

  • 29 May 2006 - We launched the Outboard Motor Manufacturers Directory and Information Center bringing together a vast amount of information for outboard owners and for those considering purchasing an outboard motor.

  • January 2006 Tulsa Boat Show - see our coverage of the 2006 Tulsa Boat Show
  • 7 Dec 2005 - George Buckley resigned as head of Brunswick to go head 3M. Dustin McCoy, recent head of the Brunswick Boat Group will take over leading Brunswick.

  • 1 Dec 2005 - We posted our drive development paper, Marketing New Marine Drive Concepts Similar to Outboards and Stern Drives: a Difficult Path for Independent Inventors and Small Companies and the Recreational Marine Drive Commercialization Path Chart

  • 31 May 2005 - Brunswick acquired Triton Boat Company.

  • 17 Feb 2005 Outboard Motors from Japan - 180 page report released on the outboard dumping case

  • 2 Feb 2005 Yamaha won the outboard dumping case brought by Mercury. Brunswick and Yamaha then settled the pricing and availability case brought forward after the dumping case was filed.

  • 25 Jan 2005 Brunswick granted approval by US Bankruptcy Court to purchase Benrock (a marine distributor).
  • 3 Jan 2005 - Brunswick buys Sea Pro and Sea Boss boats.
  • 1 Dec 2004 Volvo Penta's new IPS drive appears in print
  • 9 Nov 2004 Bombardier Recreational Products Announces Cutting 800 Jobs
  • 6 Oct 2004 - U.S. Coast Guard announces grant for studying propeller injury mitigation technologies
  • 6 Aug 2004 Preliminary Ruling in Outboard Dumping Case Favors Brunswick
  • 26 July 2004 - Marine Stern Drive Production Volumes and Market Shares: An Overview our latest paper on the drive market.
  • 2004 Tulsa Boat Show Report and Twiggy, the water skiing squirrel.
  • 9 Jan 2004 - Mercury Marine claims Japanese outboard companies "dumping" outboards in the U.S. market
  • 3 Sept 2003 - Yamaha / Skeeter prop injury case settled for $6 million
  • 2 Sep 2003 - Brunwick purchases Attwood Marine Parts & Accessories
  • 27 August 2003 - Bombardier announced sale of their Recreation unit to the Bombardier family for $875 million
  • 23 June 2003 - Brunswick Acquires Land 'N' Sea
  • 3 Apr 2003 - Bombardier announced plans to sell its Recreation Division (boats and motors), perhaps to the Bombardier family
  • Sprietsma v. Mercury Marine propeller guard case.
  • We greatly enhanced our Power Boat Industry Statistics page
  • Pursuit Dynamics continues to develop propellerless drive
  • Mercury Marine propeller case goes before U.S. Supreme Court
  • Infrared Virtual Propeller Guard patent issued to Brunswick
  • Mr. Wizard begins looking into outboard torque curves
  • Toyota exits U.S. marine industry
  • Cummins and Mercury Marine form stern drive and diesel engine joint venture
  • Volvo wins 2002 Miami Boat Show Innovation award with Ocean Series XDP composite stern drive
  • Brunswick buys Hatteras Yachts from Genmar with analysis by Mr. Wizard
  • Volvo Penta Composite Drive finally steps from the shadows?
  • Recreational Marine Drives Design Paper by Polson Enteprises
  • Mercury Racing announces new integrated transom for Bravo One XR drive
  • Ford to build marine engines
  • What's Next for OMC ??? Extensive coverage of OMC bankruptcy
  • Ford and Yamaha team up to produce U.S. boat motors
  • NMMA Cancells Boating Week 2001
  • OMC files for bankruptcy
  • OMC shuts down for a month
  • OMC Lays Off 1000
  • Mercury MerCruiser celebrates 2.5 millionth stern drive
  • U.S. Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Appeal in Brunswick Antitrust Case
  • Brunswick rescinds on agreement to sell Outdoor Businesses to K2
  • 1999 Boating Registration Stats Released
  • Full coverage of Boating Week 2000
  • Brunswick announces sale of Zebco, Motor Guide, Igloo & Hoppe's to K2, Inc.
  • Brunswick Names Mackey Mercury Marine President
  • David Jones Resigns as OMC Pres & CEO
  • NMMA & MRAA announce alliance with Boats.Com
  • MIT Robot Fish feature article in August 2000 issue of Smithsonian Magazine
  • Brunswick Names Buckley CEO & Divests Fishing, Camping, Bike Units
  • White paper Commercializing Innovative Marine Drive Designs
  • Waterway Economic Impact Study
  • New Contrarotating Marine Drive Technologies Book
  • Buckley named President and COO of Brunswick
  • Military GPS signal now available
  • Brunswick WINS anti-trust suit on appeal
  • BC settles ABA lawsuit
  • Wall Street Journal Triton Boats Article
  • BC Settles Volvo Suit
  • Genmar to go public
  • MN Boats Crash and Claim 5 Lives
  • Arkansas "Duck Boat" Sinks, 13 dead
  • GM Applies Center For Disease Control Techniques to Reduce Warranty Costs
  • WSJ publishes fuel cell article
  • Ford AcquiresVolvo Automotive
  • New Approach to Prop Guards and RBBI concept
  • Volvo Acquires OMC SD and Sues BC
  • Fireworks barge claims 2 in New Orleans
  • CA passes new emission limits
  • MTBE not Carcinogenic !!
  • MM Discontinues Force Outboards
  • Mercury Brand Name Press Release
  • The Key to Growth in the Boating Industry RBBI white paper
  • Report on IMTEC98 Boat Show
  • Aerobic Bacteria Film May Slow Marine Corrosion?
  • Brunswick Cuts 750 Jobs
  • OMC Closes 2 Plants
  • Mr. Wizard Predicts What's Next for Fish Finders
  • Hurricane Proofing Your Boat
  • Marine Max adds Hatteras to Product Line
  • BC 9 Million Share Block Sold
  • Sanshin CR surfacing prop patents
  • Major Marine Chop Shop Found?
  • Fountain sea trials advanced yacht w/surface drives
  • PWC collides with 47 footer
  • Celebrity Boats SOLD
  • Stock Market Jitters - What does it mean?
  • Shelter Island NY Boating Accident claims 3
  • Marine Max acquires Brevard Boat Sales
  • Brunswick Vendetta in
  • Mercury Marine acquires MCA
  • Mr. Wizard Predicts, "What's next for Brunswick?"
  • GM Strike Reaches Tentative Agreement
  • GM to produce engines for MerCruiser during strike
  • New US Marine Pres. - John Russell
  • Mercury Marine Inks 6 Year Deal with Orbital Engines
  • Brunswick LOSES $133 Million Case to Independents
  • Last Year's 4 of July Fireworks Barge Explosions
  • MarineMax IPO
  • Bowen Bill AB2439 DEFEATED !!
  • Anti-Yachting Article in Wall Street Journal
  • Independent Builders vs. Brunswick Trial Docket
  • OMC Workforce Reduction
  • Jeff Napier resigns as NMMA President
  • OMC Licenses FICHT Technology to Polaris
  • Boaters vs. PWCs Recreational Conflict Research Paper
  • Regal FasTrac Hull Design Controversy (Schoell Patent dispute)
  • Brunswick announces FTC Antitrust Probe into stern drive sales practices

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