EDITOR’S NOTE: Companies introducing new product at the Fort Lauderdale boat show like to do so with a splash, so the first few days feature a busy schedule of press conferences and media events.
The future of sterndrive propulsion emerged as a key issue during an industry leader panel discussion at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo earlier this week.
I often turn to developments in propulsion when looking for innovation in the marine industry. IBEX always delivers. I found three interesting products this year that deserve some recognition. The EP-1000 electric motor from Elco Motor Yachts becomes the company’s most powerful electric motor to date, generating giddy-up comparable to a 100-hp diesel. It takes…more
Regulator drops its signature 26-footer in favor of a better 25 while envisioning a 40 in its future Anytime Joan or Owen Maxwell sees a bag of Cheetos, they think about their legendary Regulator 26 center console. Thats right. The husband and wife launched their business 25 years ago from a building that had previously…more
Touch-screen technology, so popular in todays devices, might have limitations on a boat or other moving platform, some designers say When talking about technologys impact on boating, yacht designer Bill Prince says the industry might want to take note of what Ford Motor Co. has learned about touch-screen technologys limitations in a vehicle. In June,…more
What innovations and technologies are on the horizon? Boatbuilders and designers say the focus will be on the helm station. Engineers are dabbling with simplifying electrical and electronic control systems with more intuitive controls for propulsion, electronics and accessories. We should see major advances in the coming years, with cleaner helm stations and less clutter,…more
Led by GPS, joysticks and computer-aided design, the last 20 years have transformed the on-water experience When Michael Peters began designing boats in the 1970s, he thought he had missed boatings Golden Age. If only I was old enough to be a designer in 1959 or 1960 when you had fiberglass replacing wood boats, the…more
The sophisticated touch-screen system was one of the products recently introduced at a press event Volvo Penta has kicked its engine technology into a higher gear. Since its introduction in 2005, the IPS pod drive system with joystick control has been making boating easier for consumers, especially maneuvering big boats in close quarters at low…more
More boats were on display at the Suncoast Boat Show and visitors were willing and able to buy It might be small compared to the Lauderdale and Miami shows, but the Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Fla., this spring certainly attracted serious shoppers, manufacturers and dealers say. “The show was successful,” says Mike Adams, a…more
Working on the quiet for years, builders of the iconic brand now are ready to pursue a broader clientele A familiar moniker stood out among the new center console brands at the Palm Beach International Boat Show: Blackfin. Is this the same builder that carved out a niche in fishing boat lore as one of…more