Volvo Penta Expands EVC

Volvo Penta announced that it updated its Electronic Vessel Control system, including an expansion to its entire gasoline engine line and its D8 diesels, with plans to make EVC 2 available to the Sweden-based company’s complete line of recreational and commercial diesel power plants. EVC 2, which includes joystick driving, dynamic positioning and the Glass Cockpitsystem, had only been available with Volvo’s D4 and D6 diesels, which range from 175 to 480 hp.

Yamaha’s Harmo makes U.S. debut

Yamaha Marine introduced its HARMO electric outboard system to the U.S. market during the 2021 International Boatbuilders Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) in Tampa, Florida. Coupling a 48-volt power supply with a high-yield, low-drag 3.7-kilowatt motor, HARMO’s rim-drive electric motor and specially encased impeller provide an incredible 225 pounds of static thrust – the equivalent of a conventional 9.9-horsepower gas-powered motor. Run times depend on battery type, size, configuration and operational parameters.

New Startup Enters The Water: Flux Marine Debuts All-Electric Marine Outboards

Among the exhibitors at a recent Newport International Boat Show was Flux Marine, a startup based right in Rhode Island which showed off its new line of all-electric outboards. After five years of development, the 2018 MassChallenge Boston alum is said to have completely reimagined the electric marine outboard motor from the bottom up. The reported result is a zero-emission motor with performance on par with traditional international combustion models.

AIRMAR unveils new SmartBoat system

AIRMAR Technology Corporation, a producer of ultrasonic transducers and Chirp technology, introduced its new SmartBoat system, a vessel-management solution for all marine-sensor protocols and network types. The NMEA 2000 certified SmartBoat system offers a highly configurable sensor interface, supports a wide range of sensors and protocols, and provides remote discovery, management, programming, and wireless features. AIRMAR says these capabilities significantly reduce the equipment, protocol-conversion devices, cabling, complexity, and labor costs associated with conventional networking products, saving thousands on every install