Volvo Penta’s new V-8 models — 300- and 350-hp — and the V-6 280 use General Motors’ fifth generation of engines. The 300 is pictured here.

Cat-quick sterndrives

Gasoline sterndrive development has become like a boxing match of late as two heavyweights punch and counter-punch with engines of the same horsepower, but dissimilar in size and made with contrasting strategies. Volvo Penta in late August countered the introduction of Mercury Marine’s new MerCruiser 6.2L V-8 with a 5.3-liter V-8 powerplant. Both Mercury and…more

There were 4,700 attendees this year at IBEX in Louisville, Ky., compared with 6,900 at last year’s event in Tampa, Fla.

IBEX 2015: Attendance drops in return to Louisville

This may have been the last year for the International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference in Louisville, Ky., as attendance this year was down 31.8 percent from the 2014 show in Tampa, Fla., and flat with attendance from the 2013 show in Louisville.

IBEX 2015 VIDEO: Marine innovations focus on data sharing

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Electronics and electrical equipment continue to generate new and innovative products in the marine industry. Just look at the electronics category in this year’s IBEX Innovation Awards and its 25 entries.


IBEX 2015 VIDEO: Engine builders debut new innovations

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The industry unloaded a ton of new product Tuesday at the 25th International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference at the Kentucky Exposition Center, including engines in all three major segments (outboard, inboard diesel and gas sterndrive), electronics and electrical equipment and refrigeration.

IBEX 2015: Dammrich touts industry’s sales momentum

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition & Conference opened its 25th show on Tuesday with National Marine Manufacturers Association president Thom Dammrich saying the boating business will enjoy “good times” for at least 2-1/2 more years.

Volvo Penta unveils three new sterndrive gas engines

CHESAPEAKE, Va. — Volvo Penta of the Americas today gave a dozen journalists a sneak peek at its new sterndrive gasoline engines — two V8 5.3-liter engines in 300- and 350-hp models and a V6 4.3-liter engine with 280 horses. These powerplants use General Motors Generation V engines with increased technology.

MerCruiser’s 6.2L V-8 sterndrive had a grand unveiling at a recent media event in Charlotte, N.C.

Can technology resurrect the I/O?

Despite the gasoline sterndrive’s waning sales numbers, two of the industry’s leading engine makers have stepped up their post-recession development of improved I/O power packages. Competition between Mercury and Volvo Penta is heating up.

Marquis-Larson Group president and CEO Rob Parmentier shows off the new Carver C43.

A family gathering

The Marquis-Larson Group is charging into the boat show season after gaining momentum from an unprecedented dealer meeting in August in Fort Myers, Fla. Nearly 60 dealers and 33 vendors gathered at the Sanibel Harbour Marriott for the Marquis-Larson Group dealer meeting, marking the first time the two builders have met under one roof.

The coolest stuff is at IBEX

Fueled by an improving economy, manufacturers are using IBEX now more than ever to introduce new products and the technology behind them, says Anne Dunbar, IBEX show director. “Companies are investing in a lot of R&D,” says Dunbar. “And you will see the result at IBEX. Everybody is sort of back in the game —…more

Regulator Marine president Joan Maxwell is shown with the company's new flagship Regulator 41.

VIDEO: Regulator Marine rolls out 41-foot center console

MANTEO, N.C. — The big center console market will continue to develop during the fall and winter boat show season this year and it might even be deemed rock-solid now that veteran builder Regulator Marine is introducing a 41-footer.

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