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Onboard for outboards

By David Gee The boat buying public is fully on board for outboards. Retail sales increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2019, nearly reaching pre-recession levels with a 13-year high. “We’re seeing the trend in consumer demand for higher performance engines continue with outboard engine sales growth in 2019 led by engines 200hp-plus, accounting for 27% of sales, and ...

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Q & A with Tracy Crocker, BRP Marine Group

By David Gee While doing interviews for an upcoming Market Trends story on outboards, we caught up with Tracy Crocker, president, BRP Marine Group, at the Miami International Boat Show. The following is an unedited transcript of that interview. Boating Industry: Retail sales for outboards increased for the eighth straight year in 2019, with unit sales reaching a 13-year high. ...

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Outboard Q & A with Gus Blakely, Suzuki Motor of America

By David Gee In the next issue of the magazine, we will be running a Market Trends piece on outboards. We don't want to steal any of the thunder from that story, but we did gather some good interviews. And since we don't have the space to include the complete interviews in the magazine, we thought we would feature some ...

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Making memories in Miami

Miami Boat Show

By David Gee Cool products, cool people, cool place and warm weather. That is, or was, the 2020 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show. And five days, 100,000 people, and lots of sales later, it has successfully concluded. There were some preview events last Wednesday, but for the media, Thursday is the big day. Myself, Boating Industry managing editor Adam ...

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Outboard engine sales reach 13-year high

The first section of NMMA’s 2019 U.S. Recreational Boating Statistical Abstract, Outboard Engine Sales Trends report, is now available in the Statistics section of NMMA.org. The Outboard Engine Sales Trends report examines outboard engine retail sales, which increased for the eighth consecutive year in 2019, nearly reaching pre-recession levels with a 13-year high. “We’re seeing the trend in consumer demand for higher ...

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Mercury unveils new tiller for 40‑115hp outboards

Mercury Marine announced a new tiller handle that is compatible with Mercury four‑stroke outboard engines in the 40 through 115‑horsepower range. "Our extensive research revealed that boaters are looking for advanced features for personalizing tiller‑control setup to meet their individual needs. As a result, Mercury developed a more ergonomic, comfortable, responsive and adaptive tiller to improve boating experiences. Our all‑new ...

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Evinrude launches new 150 HP power tiller

Evinrude recently announced the industry’s first 150 HP tiller controlled outboard, with integrated power steering assist and digital shift and throttle, the E-TEC G2 Power Tiller. Designed with beginners to advanced anglers in mind, Evinrude says the new 150 HP Power Tiller is easy to use, even in the worst conditions.  “While the competition is focused on releasing larger and ...

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Mercury Racing launches 450R outboard

Steeped in Mercury Racing DNA, the 450R features a 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger to produce 450 peak propshaft horsepower and 40% higher torque than the 400R.   At over 300 pounds lighter than the nearest competitor, the new 450R delivers a new power-to-weight ratio in a compact, efficient package. The 450R offers the ...

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Evinrude unveils new mid-range outboards

By Adam Quandt In an industry segment that tends to be focused on pushing horsepower limits, BRP's Evinrude has focused on what BRP Marine Group president Tracy Crocker calls the heart of the outboard segment. Today, Evinrude officially unveiled three new outboards in its E-TEC G2 product line, bringing into the fold a 115 H.O., 140hp and 150hp models. "We ...

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Mercury Marine debuts new 400hp Verado at MIBS

Mercury Marine has announced the launch of the 400hp Verado outboard engine today, the company’s highest horsepower Verado branded outboard engine in its portfolio.  “The acceptance of the 350hp Verado in the marketplace has been incredible and through extensive conversations with our global customers, we have learned that there is an appetite in the marketplace for a Verado-branded 400hp four-stroke ...

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