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  1. #1
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    Oct 2000
    Lake Travis, TX

    New marine product - Your opinion please!

    I'm doing some market research here - I'm a technology entrepreneur and offshore enthusiast and I have recently been in contact with a firm that holds a patent for a device that I think could be transformed into a very useful marine sensor/alarm.


    The device consists of a sensor and a standard size gauge that continually monitors the relative amount of (salt or fresh) water or coolant that has leaked into your engine oil, detecting it long before the dreaded milk effect is visible, yet able to ignore false alarms such as might be caused by condensation water.

    I think this could serve as an early warning system for gasket, header, and manifold water leaks all of which can lead to big-dollar repairs within a few hours of operation if undetected. The sensor could probably also be used to monitor outdrive oil for the same benefit.

    I'd sincerely appreciate your opinion, positive or negative, on its viability as a product. If there appears to be enough interest I will move forward with them to bring it to market asap.
    Last edited by Sandahl; 08-29-2002 at 11:57 PM.

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    1979 Formula 302, 99 Formula 353, 81 Donzi 18 2+3 with 454
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    Oct 2000
    Carlisle, MA USA
    Sounds like a great idea....... Well two more holes in the dash!!!! I would want to make sure that there are ways of knowing if I am contaminated with this or that. Also a readout of some sort would be better I would think then a dummy allarm as you can see if at for example start up you could have lots of condensation in there, then when it gets warmed up you can watch it all burn off at the guage drops off again. Just some ideas to think about. Sounds like a start however

    Put your best foot forward!

  3. #3
    Great Idea - like everything, price is critical. Despite the saying " you can pay me now or pay me later " type of thinking. It must be price sensitive.

    Why bother with expensive marketing and / or advertsing! Sell the rights to Mercury Marine or a company like Livorsi ( Gaffrig )

    Good Luck

  4. #4
    My Boats:
    38 Jupiter CC, Miss GEICO
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    Boca Raton, FL


    I'll take mounting hardware and sensors.

    Platnium bezels/Alum faces


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    Registered Wild's Avatar
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    St. Louis


    Do you have and invention co. I have a great Idea for a prodoct that every boat needs, but no one to share it with. As soon as I tell someone, they will do it and make a fortune.

    Randy Wild

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    Dec 2000
    Tequesta, FL

    New product idea

    Hey Wild,

    Taking new products from idea to finished goods for the Marine Industry is what I do all day long. Give me a call and we discuss your idea. If it's feasable I will pay you a royalty on every unit sold.
    Kevin Schulte Hardline Products phone 805-581-4700

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    Registered Brad Zastrow's Avatar
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    Jun 2001
    McHenry, Illinois
    I believe the water sensor in oil is a great idea. Water can destroy an engine quickly. Blow a head gasket/intake gasket and you could have serious problems. Gas in oil is (I feel) a low priority issue.

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    Registered ccarloss's Avatar
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    Pasadena, MD
    Great idea!! I say pursue it.

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    Platinum Member Platinum Member Quiet Storm's Avatar
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    Apr 2002
    Lake Michigan
    Sounds like a great idea. It would of helped me to set up the blowers.

  10. #10
    Charter Member#350 Charter Member
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    Oct 2000
    Naples, Florida
    I like the idea a lot. Go for it and let OSO members be the FIRST to try it.

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