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The Latest in Outboards

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted November 2012

The major manufacturers are not resting. Tender power options abound with lighter, more powerful, and, yes, better-looking outboards. Check out the latest developments from the...

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Mercury Marine’s Ship’s Log App

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2012

Mercury Marine has introduced a free app for the iPhone that allows any boater to keep a record of important data and memorable events.

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Volvo Penta V8-380

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted October 2012

Volvo Penta has introduced a new V-8 featuring significant weight savings and the latest in variable-valve-timing technology.

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Hybrid Engines for Boats

By Jason Y. Wood | Posted May 2012

With engineers looking to increase efficiency and reduce sound levels, the question is raised: Will hybrid power ever work for boats?

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Outboard Engine Innovations

By Charles Plueddeman | Posted May 2012

Two fledgling companies look to revolutionize the outboard market with two new products on either end of the horsepower spectrum.

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2011 Engines Review - Outboard

By Capt. Patrick S... | Posted June 2011

The Alpha OutboardA group of Midwestern engineers think they’ve built the great white shark of motors.The 557 puts out about 60 percent more power than the next nearest outboard....

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2011 Engines Review - Catalyst

By Kevin Koenig | Posted June 2011

Time For A ConversionUnfamiliar with catalytic converters? You shouldn’t be, because you may need one soon.If you’re like most people, the only time you put serious thought into...

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2011 Engines Review - Pod Drives

By Capt. Richard Thiel | Posted June 2011

The Power of OneWill ZF and SeaVee shake up the boating world with their single-pod center console?One of the best things about the Miami International Boat Show is that it’s so...

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2011 Engines Review - Twin Disc

By Capt. Bill PikePhotos by Jeffe... | Posted June 2011

Master of ManeuverabilityTwin Disc’s new joystick-control system may give those pod drives a run for their money.Let’s begin this treatise on maneuverability on a historical note—...

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The Quiet Alternative

By Capt. Grant Rafter | Posted December 2008

Photos courtesy of Glacier BayGlacier Bay's electric motor, the keystone of its full propulsion system, is on the cutting edge of diesel-electric pleasure boating.There's a...

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The Way Forward: Steyr Motors

By Capt. Bill Pike | Posted December 2008

Photos courtesy of Capt. Bill PikeA Steyr Motors Hybrid—its footprint is only 3.53" longer than a conventional engine's.The idea behind the Steyr Motors Hybrid is as elegant as it...

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Cleaner and Greener

By B.J. VickersCapt. Bill Pike | Posted November 2008

I consider myself an evolving environmentalist, although my wife has to occasionally remind me to recycle cardboard cereal boxes and defunct newspapers, and my nostalgia for old-...

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