FYI: September 2001

FYI - September 2001
FYI — September 2001
By Brad Dunn
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The Ford Motor Co. is taking to the water.

This month the auto giant goes liquid as it begins producing marine engines at its new plant in Kennesaw, Georgia. "The boating industry is ready for a change in power leadership, and Ford is positioning to do just that," explains Jack Damron, president of Ford Power Products (FPP), a subsidiary of Ford Motor Co.

Though the first phase of marinized Ford engines will be gasoline-powered, FPP says it will soon launch a line of diesel engines as well. For now the company will focus on engines that range from the compact I-4 to the V-8 and V-10 Triton engines. A 5.4-liter supercharged version of Ford's Lightning engine is also slated for production.

Ford's Marine Division will be headquartered in Kennesaw, chosen because its climate is more conducive to year-round marine engine testing than Michigan.

Earlier this year rumors circulated that Ford had closed a deal with the Yamaha Motor Co. to manufacture stern-drive engines in the United States. However, Ford said a deal was never reached, though the company is still hammering out plans to produce a stern drive down the road.

Fish conservation is now a simple log-on, tag-on operation. Fish Unlimited has added a new service to its Web site that lets anglers across the country order tagging kits while wearing their fish-spangled underwear. The fisheries conservation group launched the program because of a growth in kit requests: Last year Fish Unlimited distributed more than 22,000 tags. This year the Shelter Island, New York, organization, whose mission is to promote effective and responsible fisheries management programs, will also bestow awards on anglers in several tagging categories. Watch the Web site for more news.

ON SHELVES: American Sea Writing
From the Mayflower landing to the Globe mutiny, the best of America's waterborne literary legacy comes alive in a tantalizing, new anthology from the Library of America. Edited by Peter Neill, American Sea Writing compiles some of the greatest marine stories from nearly 70 of the country's best-known writers, including Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Stephen Crane, Herman Melville, Ernest Hemingway, Jack London, and Rachel Carson. Ideal for your master stateroom or living room coffee table, the tome offers enchanting fiction and nonfiction tales ranging from 17th-century exploration adventures to 20th-century war epics.

$35, hardcover. The Library of America.

6-9: The Atlantic City In-Water Power Boat Show in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Phone: (215) 732-8001
13-16: The Newport International Boat Show in Newport, Rhode Island. Phone: (401) 846-1115
15-23: The Fall Boat Show USA in Mt. Clemens, Michigan. Phone: (800) 529-0494
15-23: The Northern California Fall Boat Show in Oakland, California. Phone: (800) 698-5777
20-23: The Norwalk International In-Water Boat Show in Norwalk, Connecticut. Phone: (212) 984-7005

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This article originally appeared in the June 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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