In late November, General Motors said it had acquired a 25 percent stake in Pure Watercraft, the Seattle-based e-propulsion outfit, for approximately $150 million. The automaker plans to invest $35 billion in electric and autonomous vehicle technology during the next four years. The deal with Pure Watercraft reflects GM’s mission to take the “holistic approach necessary for widespread EV adoption.”
Dockmate, manufacturer of advanced wireless remote control systems for yachts, announced today an absolute revolution in easy and stress-free docking with SoftDocking, its newly-patented technology. Regardless of the size or type of boat, power or number of engines, one thing that every boater understands is that docking is made more complex by the delay between engaging the throttle and the moment the boat begins to move. Unlike cars, where there is no immediate burst of power when the gas pedal is pushed and the driver can ease into motion, boat engines will fully engage immediately when put into gear. Docking skills are so critical to safe and enjoyable boating that beginner, and even some advanced, boating safety courses have sections entirely dedicated to safe docking techniques.
Six of the latest electric boat propulsion drives and outboards new for 2022, as released at the METS trade show.
German outboard manufacturer Neander announced it has welcomed Richard Whiting on board to join the team as marketing director. Whiting brings many years of experience in increasing brand awareness and will be responsible for leading all of the company’s communications efforts designed to promote the Dtorque 50 diesel outboard and build customer confidence in the product.
Yamaha does not give up V8 engines and develops a hydrogen one with 442 hp that only emits water. The advancement of anti-pollution regulations has brought with it the general end of large engines , to the dismay of many fans. But Yamaha wants to find a chance for its survival. On the occasion of the last round of the Super Taikyu championship in Okayama, the tuning fork brand exhibited a V8 prototype powered directly by hydrogen instead of gasoline.
Perhaps no other boat type celebrates leisure and camaraderie better than the beloved pontoon. With their wide-open decks, pontoons seem to naturally encourage friends and family to gather together on the water. Today, more and more people are upsizing their pontoon boats to enhance their fun on the water, and as these boats become bigger and are used for a wider array of activities (tow sports, cruising, even fishing), boaters are turning to Mercury’s industry-leading lineup of innovative high-horsepower outboards to properly power these larger rigs. While the increase in size helps to further facilitate on-water activities, a large pontoon boat with a single source of propulsion can be quite tricky to maneuver in close quarters. Throw some wind and current in there, and these large floating rectangles can really challenge a boater’s docking skills.
ABS and Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) are to work together on a series of autonomous projects.
ABS specialists will work with HHI’s Korea Shipbuilding and Offshore Engineering (KSOE) and its autonomous navigation subsidiary, Avikus, to integrate autonomous and remote-control functions into vessels. The work will be carried out in compliance with requirements outlined in the ABS Guide for Autonomous and Remote Control Functions. The Guide provides a mix of goal-based and prescriptive requirements set against a wider risk-based approach.
ABS and HHI signed a Strategic Framework Agreement at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, which will lead to a series of Joint Development Projects (JDPs).
American Cruise Lines today revealed the details of Project Blue — a new fleet of go-anywhere ships for the U.S. market. The project calls for the construction of 12 identical sister ships that will more than double the nation’s current capacity for domestic coastal cruises. ACL said the new 241’x56′ 109-passenger boats will feature an innovative hybrid catamaran design that will give the cats “unprecedented near-shore operating versatility.”
We’ve hinted at the impressive power output of the BMW iX M60 motor in our First Look, but its fifth-generation electric motor technology deserves its own examination. That’s because it’s both extremely high-tech and a little bit old-school. Here’s what you need to know, and why it’s so interesting that BMW used this motor on the iX M60. It’s a big advance in terms of the efficiency of the electric motor, while getting away from the use of rare earth minerals.
The OXE300 series is now available not only in the original OXE Black but in the confident and honest OXE White. OXE Marine provides the engines as a complete OXE300 engine in white but can also be ordered as a white cowling set separately. For demanding users operating in extreme environments, things are often black or white, with no room for excuses. OXE300, available now in black or white cowling, provide reliability, power and control.