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.
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.
Intrepid Powerboats of Largo, Fla., recently sold its highest-horsepower outboard-powered boat ever — the 475 Panacea with four Seven Marine 557-hp V8 outboards.
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.
The first installation of Torqeedo’s Deep Blue 40-hp electric outboard motor was completed on a newly redesigned Calypso Classic skiff. The Calypso Classic hull, built and used in the Caribbean for generations, is now paired with Torqeedo’s electric propulsion. The 80-hp Deep Blue requires two high-voltage batteries, but the new 40-hp option requires just one,…more
Anchors Away Boatyard, in Hampstead, N.C., now offers certified outboard service for Honda, Mercury, Yamaha and Suzuki through a new partnership with Black Dog Marine. Black Dog is a new company whose principal, Eric Wingo, has been in the marine repair business for nearly two decades. “I think the industry trend is toward smaller, more…more