Ford Motor Company will re-enter the marine market in an agreement with Indmar Marine Engines, the world’s largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline inboard marine engines.
Ford and Indmar Marine Engines made the announcement during the Specialty Equipment Market Association premier event, the 2013 SEMA Show, held every November in Las Vegas.
“Ford is pleased to be working with Indmar Marine as it plans to re-enter the marine market,” said Jamy Hall, president/CEO for Ford Component Sales. “Ford has a long history of bringing power to the marine industry and views this effort as a strategic opportunity for the company.”
The news means the 6.2-liter V8 engine will give watersport enthusiasts the power and torque necessary to meet the increased workload demanded of today’s watercraft. Indmar Marine Engines will offer three models of varying horsepower and torque that will have sufficient power to pull waterskiers and wakeboarders.
Indmar Marine Engines has been in business for 43 years and operates multiple advanced manufacturing facilities in the United States with distribution centers in Tennessee and California. The company is the engine supplier for some of the most well known, high-performance boats used by watersport enthusiasts across the country.
“The 6.2-liter engine was specifically built for a truck, providing the torque needed to tow heavy weight, which is exactly what today’s high-performance watercraft need,” said Chuck Rowe, president of Indmar Marine Engines.
“Our sport has evolved, and with heavier boats, bigger wakes and larger ballast and passenger capacity, the demand on the engine is even greater,” Rowe added. “We looked at the total market and have spent a great deal of time and research and development dollars to find an engine that will best fit the demands of watersports.”