Bob Healey, of Viking, speaks Thursday at a panel discussion at the boat show about marine industry growth and waterfront development in Palm Beach County.

Officials outline Palm Beach County waterfront development project

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The marine industry in Palm Beach County continues to grow, fueled in large part by a $375 million development along the Riviera Beach waterfront, Palm Beach County officials said Thursday at a press briefing at the Palm Beach International Boat Show.

Volvo Penta’s Forward Drive for sterndrives has dual front-facing props.

A horse race with no finish line

The horsepower race heated up this winter as Mercury and Seven Marine each introduced their most powerful 4-stroke outboards ever.

Common rail direct fuel injection helps make this Cummins diesel more efficient while enhancing its performance.

The race to green

Although alternative energy sources such as electric, solar, propane and natural gas continue to inch their way into the marine market, the advances in diesel and gasoline engines in the past five years already have boosted the environmentally friendly factor on the water.

Lehr LLC introduced its fifth propane-powered outboard motor. The Lehr 25 joins the 15-, 9.9-, 5-, and 2.5-hp motors.

Lehr debuts 25-hp propane outboard

Lehr LLC introduced its highest-horsepower propane-powered outboard ever — the Lehr 25, which joins a fleet that consists of 2.5-, 5-, 9.9- and 15-hp models.

Regal Boats reports record sales at Miami show

Regal Boats said it sold a record number of boats at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show, reaching new highs in unit and volume sales. This was the 40th year that the Orlando, Fla., builder has attended the show.

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Maverick Boat reports record sales in Miami

  The Maverick Boat Co. sold a record number of boats at this year’s Miami International Boat Show, marking its 30th anniversary with new highs in units and dollars, according to the Fort Pierce, Fla., company, which owns the Maverick, Hewes, Pathfinder and Cobia brands.

Scout Boats president Steve Potts stands in front of the Scout 420 LXF center console.

MIAMI 2015: New-boat intros overwhelm the eyes

MIAMI — Boat companies bombarded the media and early show-goers on the first day of the Miami International Boat Show with introductions of new outboard-powered boats ranging from a $20,000 17-foot runabout to a $1.2 million 52-foot, 11-inch center console. That’s right. The center console has now surpassed the 50-foot mark.

Yamaha last year ramped up its outboard offerings for the freshwater market, producing four high-output 4-strokes, including this 175-hp engine.

Propulsion preview

The drive to make boating easier has kicked into high gear in the industry’s propulsion segment since our last detailed propulsion report (in the June 2014 issue).

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