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Tohatsu Unveils New 6kW Electric Outboard

Tohatsu, Japan’s oldest builder of outboard motors, just unveiled its first all-electric outboard at the big Miami show. The new outboard, developed in partnership with Ilmor Marine in Detroit, delivers 6kW (the equivalent of 8.2-hp), enough to power a small boat or RIB. The 6kW outboard is just the first in a new family of electric outboards, Tohatsu said. It has integrated tilt and trim, a touchscreen to run all its systems, and many options for shafts and props. It will be available in the U.S., Canada and Europe later this year. The Miami announcement is just the latest in…

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New Electric Outboard with Dolphin-like Drive

FinX, a French startup, just introduced its revolutionary electric-powered outboard motor that uses fin-driven thrust, copied from the movement of dolphins, instead of a propeller. The basic idea is that FinX replaces the propeller with a fin-like undulating membrane; when it’s agitated by the electric motor, the membrane develops thrust that pushes the boat forward. The linear motor excites a ring-shaped membrane, causing it to undulate and send wave energy through the water, creating thrust. The basic FinX outboard has a 72-A 48-V lithium battery that will drive a small boat or a RIB up to a top speed of…

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New eLite Electric Outboard: 14.7 Pounds

ePropulsion, the major marine electric-propulsion company, just launched its new 500W eLite electric outboard motor at the Düsseldorf show. The new eLite is compact, less than three feet long, and lightweight, coming in at just 14.7 pounds, including the battery. It’s designed for the tender, RIB and smaller boating market, offering clean, quiet and eco-friendly propulsion. It has a direct-drive motor and an advanced propeller design, and it requires very little maintenance. Danny Tao, co-founder and CEO of ePropulsion, called the new eLite “a game-changer in marine propulsion. With its innovative features and commitment to sustainability, we believe the eLite…

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Yamaha Unveils New, Light, V6 F350 Outboard

Yamaha just announced that it’s making a new 4.3L V6 Offshore F350 outboard that weighs just 629 pounds and that delivers a powerful 11:1 compression ratio. The new F350, available for OEM or repowering applications, fits between Yamaha’s F300 and EXT Offshore 425 outboards. It replaces the V8 350 that  Yamaha produced from 2007 to 2019, which was popular for its horsepower but had a high power-to-weight ratio. The new V6 F350 comes in at 175 pounds less than the old V8; indeed, Yamaha says the new F350 has the best power-to-weight ratio in its class. It produces 70 amps…

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Mercury Debuts 2 New Electric Outboards

Mercury just introduced two new, more powerful, Avator electric outboards at the big Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Mercury now has a total of five electric outboards on the market. The new outboards are called the Avator 75e  (10-hp) and the Avator 110e (15-hp). The high-torque, portable and rechargeable outboards are designed for small boats or tenders for cruising boats. The appeal for larger boat owners is that they can have an environment-friendly outboard for their tender and they don’t have to carry gas on board if they have a diesel-powered cruiser. The new Avators require minimal maintenance, and…

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Yanmar Building New Hydrogen Engine

Yanmar just announced that it’s making a 4-stroke, high-speed marine engine that uses hydrogen fuel. The goal is to develop hydrogen  power for zero-emission vessels. Yanmar is working with the commercial coastal cruising industry in Japan on the hydrogen power project now, but the implications for recreational cruising boats in the future are vast. While it is developing the new hydrogen engine, Yanmar is also working on a hybrid-electric-propulsion vessel that would combine hydrogen-engine generators with batteries. The preliminary innovative design incorporates a container type of a hydrogen power generation system on the upper deck. As part of its transition…

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7-Point Diesel Engine Checklist

Here’s some basic, but important, advice from Skipper Tips about how to make sure that all is well once you start your boat’s diesel engine(s): You turn the key, push the diesel engine starter button and your engine starts just like you expect it to. But did you realize that you have seven quick checks to make that could spell the difference between a trouble-free day or a long, slow tow back to the marina dock? Follow these seven tips from marine diesel guru Peter Compton: 1. Watch for Exhaust Water. Look over the side. Make sure you have water…

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Yamaha Making Hydrogen Outboard

Yamaha just announced that they will unveil their new hydrogen-powered outboard prototype at the big Miami show, starting. Feb. 14. This will be Yamaha’s first entry into the hydrogen-powered marine market, and we don’t have many details so far. The Japanese company says it is using “a multi-directional development” approach, and that Yamaha USA will focus on boat development, while Yamaha Japan will focus on engine development. Most hulls would have to be redesigned to hold a fuel cell for hydrogen power. Yamaha entered a partnership with Toyota in 2022 to develop a hydrogen engine for cars, ending up with…

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ePropulsion Unveils New 3 New Outboards

ePropulsion just announced its full lineup of X Series electric outboard motors, running from 12kW to 40kW of silent and eco-friendly power. The three motors in the series are the X12, generating 12kW of power; the X20, for 20kW, and the massive X40, for 40kW. The X40 was unveiled at the recent Fort Lauderdale show. It weighs just 218 pounds, considerably less than a comparable gas outboard, and its modular design takes up less room on a transom than a traditional outboard.  ePropulsion says the new outboards are designed to improve the boating lifestyle. “With the advanced X Series, we…

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EPropulsion Launches X40 Electric Outboard

EPropulsion just launched their new X40 electric outboard at the Fort Lauderdale show. The new clean, quiet and powerful outboard delivers 40 kW of power; the company says that’s the equivalent of a 60-hp gas-powered outboard. The new X40 weighs just 218 pounds, much less than comparable traditional outboards. It uses proprietary algorithms with more than 20 variables to produce efficient hydrodynamic power to the prop, resulting in a smooth ride that uses less energy than gas outboards. The X40’s compact design integrates electric steering, power trim/tilt, an electric control unit and a motor controller into a single unit. Its…

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