MIAMI 2019: Launch Ramp

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MIAMI — Indmar Marine yesterday at the Miami International Boat Show introduced a turbocharged EcoBoost engine and an EcoJet jet pump that the company will package with the engine.

The turbocharged, 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder marinized Ford makes 135 hp per liter, and maximum output is 310 hp and 350 foot pounds of torque, according to Scott Clack, Indmar vice president of business development. The marinized engine runs on 93 octane fuel.

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Clack said Indmar has been working with the engine for many years and that the time was right to introduce it. “We waited for the automotive and truck market to accept it,” Clack said during the unveiling.

Indmar stayed in-house to produce the large jet drive, which has a larger impeller than those being used in most jetboats. The EcoJet’s large impeller combined with the 310-hp engine allow the system to be used in a single application.

Pricing hasn’t been released, but Clack said, “Ford made it an entry-level, affordable package.”

The EcoBoost engine and EcoJet will be available later this year; Indmar is including a 5-year factory warranty.

World Cat 400DC-X

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World Cat CEO Andrew Brown yesterday unveiled the company’s new flagship, the 400DC-X, a dual console catamaran. It’s the fourth new model developed by the company in the last two years.

Brown said the company came up with the idea for the boat about 18 months ago, adding that to produce a dual console with this much space on a single level required a catamaran design.

World Cat doesn’t have the space in its Tarboro, N.C., facility to build the boat, so it partnered with Tampa Yachts in Tampa, Fla., to produce the 400 series, which eventually will include a center console and other configurations.

The 39-foot, 8-inch boat has a 12-foot, 8-inch beam and is powered by twin 425-hp Yamaha XTO Offshore outboards. Brown said the boat will be built on a custom basis so it can be equipped to suit anglers or cruisers, with such equipment as a 60-gallon live well, a chiller box, a bait-rigging station, dive-tank stowage and additional seating.

Contender 44 ST

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Contender introduced its largest boat to date, a 44-foot, twin-stepped center console. The first version is the ST model, with an open, fishing layout; a fisharound edition with a cabin will be available this summer.

With triple 425-hp Yamaha XTO outboards, the boat runs at 68 mph. It’s built to order, with such features as 55-gallon live wells and a 600-gallon fuel tank.

Contender has two versions of the boat at the show. One has triple engines and a tournament fishing layout with an upper helm station. The other has quad engines, a lounge on the forward part of the console and additional seating in the bow and aft.

Regal 380 XO

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“Let’s build boats that fit the customer’s lifestyle,” said Duane Kuck, Regal Marine Industries CEO, when he introduced the 38 XO Sport Yacht yesterday. “What sport does more for relationships than boating?”

The 38 XO follows the introduction of Regal’s 38 Grande Coupe last fall. Kuck said that the majority of the boats on display at the Miami show are available with sterndrive or outboard power.

The boat measures 38 feet, 9 inches with an 11-foot, 11-inch beam and is powered by triple 300- or 350-hp Yamaha outboards. Speed is estimated to top out at just under 50 mph.

Features include a convertible entertainment area with panoramic views, single-piece windows and saloon doors that expand to create seamless passage from the cockpit to the interior. There is also a full-beam retractable hardtop.

Below, a split galley has a sink, optional smokeless grill, a two-burner stove, a microwave and a refrigerator/freezer. A two-berth design has a forward stateroom with a queen that has built-in storage. A second stateroom aft has an optional twin or a king slider configuration with settee storage and a dresser. The head has a separate shower.

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