ASPHALT TO SALT
Motor Co. is taking to the water.
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.
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.
Marine Division will be headquartered in Kennesaw, chosen because its
climate is more conducive to year-round marine engine testing than Michigan.
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.
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
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.
hardcover. The Library of America.
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