They’ve trailed outboards in recovery, but much quieter, more efficient models are on the horizon The industry has experienced modest gains since the recession, but the recovery hasn’t been consistent across segments.
Sterndrive engines offer advantages over single-propeller and rudder-controlled inboard propulsion systems because of their ability to "trim." Higher maintenance costs once were a disadvantage, but advances in propulsion technology have eradicated that problem.
Despite a steady decline in sales, a panel of industry leaders says the sterndrive will remain a viable propulsion choice for consumers.
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.
Konrad Marine, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, was recently named Business of the Year 2010 by the Hudson (Wis.) Area Chamber of Commerce, the company announced. The Hudson-based company provides sterndrive technology to the commercial, recreational and military marine marketplaces. Konrad Marine said it recorded the highest sales volume in its 20-year history…more