A push for higher blends of ethanol in gasoline, E15 in particular, prompted the industry to search for an alternative.

A far superior alternative to ethanol

A five-year project that tested more than 15 marine engines of various technologies — in the lab and on the water — shows that biobutanol can be a viable alternative to ethanol-blended gasoline, the marine industry says.

Yamaha’s VMAX SHO 4-strokes maximize top-end speeds, a big selling point for freshwater applications.

Yamaha pitches and anglers respond

Yamaha Motor Corp.’s recently launched governmental advocacy program to support the nation’s fisheries is off to a fast start, the company says.

Larger multitouch MFDs are making their way onto more of today’s big center consoles.

Getting to the bottom

During the past 12 months a good portion of the marine electronics industry has been promoting and producing products that create better images of the structure and activity below the boat — both directly under the keel and in the depths surrounding it.

Mercury Marine VP of product development, engineering and racing David Foulkes talks about the company’s new MerCruiser 6.2L V8 sterndrive engine.

Mercury Marine unveils new sterndrive engine

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Mercury Marine formally introduced its second in-house-built sterndrive engine this morning — the MerCruiser 6.2L V8. The engine packs either 300 or 350 hp and is on the market.

ICAST 2015: Lowrance unveils 3D sonar technology

ORLANDO, Fla. — The marine electronics segment of the industry is taking full advantage of this year’s ICAST show to introduce its latest technologies, focusing on sonar and fish-finding products.

Rapid growth for Panama show

Attendance rose nearly 30 percent at the second annual Panama International Boat Show as a spike in the number of boats drew bigger crowds to Flamenco Marina on Flamenco Island, organizers say.

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