bsNEW YORK — Last week Avtex Fibers hosted its annual Boat Show party for some 100 mill executives here, all of whom share a common interest besides textiles — love of the sea.

The affair marked the 18th in a series of yearly boating parties that Avtex has sponspored. It started with buffet luncheon at Les Pyrenees and ended several hours later at the New York Coliseum where everybody got an advance look at the new power and sail …



lbpcThink those little ladies can do it?” a man asks, nodding out toward the harbor. “Think they can beat Dennis Conner and all those other men by next year?”

It is a sparkling May afternoon in San Diego. We are leaning on a railing, watching one of the giant 75-foot International America’s Cup Class yachts slice the blue surface with power and grace. Aboard, 16 women work in perfect unison to put this glistening carbon-fiber racing machine through its …



fgabA gel coat, which provides a boat’s smooth exterior finish, is then applied to the mold. It is usually sprayed onto the mold with a gun which mixes MEK peroxide initiator with the gel-coat resin in a process very similar to spray painting a car. This one-step process creates a gel-coat thickness of about 20 mils. To get the proper thickness, the gel coat must be sprayed slightly thicker to allow for shrinkage during the curing stage. A …



ablfYou don’t have to leave the dock to get in over your head

SAFETY EXPERTS WORK HARD TO educate people on the hazards of boating. Rather than talk about wave-tossed drama, they’d do well to emphasize what some consider the most dangerous place on any waterway–the boat landing or ramp.

Horror stories about the hazards of getting boats in and out of the water abound. And with boats getting larger and more expensive, the yarns have become more painful.…



bgsWith Brunswick for two years, Bob Sell has 20 years experience in IT, engineering and finance–all at manufacturing companies. Prior to his current post, he was CIO with the Coors Brewing Co. Now, he co-leads Brunswick’s purchasing council and has responsibility for the company’s e-business initiatives.

“Bob has really done a lot to bring leveraged purchasing of IT to the forefront,” says Nancy Keenan, corporate purchasing manager. Keenan works with Sell on Brunswick’s purchasing council and has played a …



eparLATE LAST SUMMER, ANOTHER writer and I stepped off a dock and into aluminum fishing boat, intending to take the new Suzuki 70 four-stroke out-board for a test run. I offered him the helm, and he slid behind the wheel. He turned the key and we were assaulted by a pained screeching from the starter. The motor was already running.

Welcome to the world of low-emissions outboards and goodbye to smoking, shaking and sputtering. The Suzuki 70 is …



gyffthOF ALL THE SKILLS IN fishing, boat control ranks near the top on the difficulty scale. However, you don’t sell a lot of magazines by promising to teach boat control–the phrase just doesn’t grab like “hottest new lures” or “breakthrough bucket-mouths.” But whether you’re pulling a leech along a weed line for walleyes, soaking dead bait in a deep hole for catfish or drunking a jig into a pocket in the weeds for bass, how you control your boat …



mmmMarine Power, a company based in Ponchatoula, La., “marine-izes” engine blocks. As Marine Power buys them from General Motors, the engine blocks are similar to standard automotive engines but come with some fittings that are specific to marine use; Marine Power modifies the engines further, to make them completely suitable for use in boats.

That modification is a “tricky process,” says W.E. “Eddie” Allbright Jr., the firm’s principal owner. Marine Power transforms the half-dozen sizes of engine block …