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Navy Repowers RIBs for Use as Minesweepers

Mine sweeping is no longer solely reliant on wooden hulled mine sweepers. The U.S. Navy has developed a method that involves a Sokorski helicopter towing a catamaran sea skid equipped to detect and detonate mines. Each helicopter and sled unit is accompanied by a pair diesel-powered rigid-hulled inflatable boats. The RIBs tow the sled when disengaged by the helicopter and act as general support vessels. The 24-ft. RIBs had been powered with 165 hp diesels powering Duo-prop outdrives. Complaints of frequent breakdowns and complexity of auxiliary systems making service difficult were brought to the attention of the people at the Saunders Engine Company in Panama City, Fla., who in turn consulted with their associated company Saunders Yachtworks in Orange Beach, Ala. With the collective experience garnered over the years since the firm's founding in 1959, they proposed a repower solution using Navy-recommended Cummins BT5.9M1 and Konrad 520 outdrives. "In our experience the Konrad drive is the most heavy duty on the market and allows the largest diameter propeller," explained company president Andrew Saunders, "it matches well with the Cummins engine, which is simpler in design and has a higher record of dependability than the original engines." With an order in hand the company completed a prototype installation. "There is no such thing as a drop-in," said Saunders


HydroComp Announces PropExpert 2010

HydroComp PropExpert is a software tool for the sizing and analysis of propellers for workboats and pleasure craft. It provides the tools needed for the proper selection of propulsion system components - engine, gear and propeller. Development in 2010 has produced a number of new features for PropExpert, including: • Speed prediction – New speed prediction algorithms were developed to insure accurate prediction of real speed and power for Catamarans, Riverboats (new)


My-Villages Purchases DockMaster

My-Villages, a marine mobile technology company, has acquired DockMaster, an information management solution provider for marine retailers, marinas and service centers. The integration of DockMaster software and My-Villages’ consumer and professional application, called The Boat Village, will create an integrated software solution for marine businesses in the industry.   By combining the DockMaster and The Boat Village technology products






 
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