Today’s outboards burn less fuel and are quieter, cleaner and more efficient. The transition from carbureted 2-stroke engines to direct fuel-injected 2-strokes to 4-strokes with variable valve timing has changed the boating experience.

Yamaha has introduced a new 90-hp outboard that’s more powerful but 13 pounds lighter than its predecessor.

The new propulsion

After several years of high-horsepower introductions, outboard engine manufacturers have shifted their focus to the mid-range, with Yamaha debuting a much lighter 90-hp 4-stroke and Evinrude pushing out several models from 150 to 200 hp with its G2 technology.

Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 stands out for its acceleration and torque, but the engine’s fuel economy and low emissions are equally strong, BRP says.

A show of power

Two big names in the outboard industry — Evinrude and Yamaha — introduced new product to their dealers and the media this summer.

Marketing group conducts diesel outboard survey

Home Port Marine Marketing is surveying the marine industry to help gauge the potential market acceptance of diesel outboards ranging from 100 to 400 hp. The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. There is also space for comments. Click here for the secure link to the survey.

Nissan Marine will stop producing outboards

Tohatsu America Corp., North America distributor of Tohatsu outboards, said Monday that Nissan Marine Co. Ltd. of Japan will discontinue certain segments of its marine business, including the production of the Nissan Marine brand of outboard engines.

A surge in larger outboard boats

Outboard boats from 25 to 43 feet are on a tear and four successful builders in this segment were at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show press breakfast to explain why.

Tohatsu now offers a fleet of 4-strokes from 60 to 250-hp and the company still offers its line of TLDI 2-strokes.

A panoply of power

Just about every propulsion company in the last 12 months has brought new product to the market in some form, whether sterndrive, outboard, diesel or electric.

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