It's official, 350 Yamaha and 300 Verado
Even in a down market, new products proliferate at Miami
By IBI Magazine/Michael Verdon
Dyskow was speaking at the launch of Yamaha's F350, the boating industry's first 350-hp V8 5.3-liter four-stroke outboard.
Yamaha's new 350-hp behemoth is designed for boats with lengths up to 40 feet or more. It was designed in collaboration with several of Yamaha's OEM boat builder partners.
"The new engine is a groundbreaking design, with over 600 new components," Dyskow said, during a presentation that featured simulated lightning and thunderbolts—an energetic contrast to some of the traditional presentations earlier.
Dyskow said that companies Grady-White, Pursuit, Edgewater, Century, Sea Hunt, Contender and Scout will take delivery of the engines by summer 2007.
Mercury Marine was not to be outdone, and launched its own slate of eight innovative products, including the Vazer, a new sterndrive system designed for boats traditionally powered by outboards. Mercury President Patrick C. Mackey unveiled the Vazer to a crowd of boating writers, noting that the 100-hp sterndrive engine is built with a compact design. Mackey said the engine uses a patented approach to reduce engine height by tilting the engine to 50 degrees, allowing it to fit under seats, platforms and decks of a variety of boats, including pontoons, fishing boats and runabouts. He said the Vazer will allow boatbuilders to use more space for passengers and gear, and provides improved access to the water compared to traditional sterndrive or outboard engines.
Mercury also launched two new Verado engines, a 200-hp four-cylinder and 300-hp six-cylinder version.
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