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Going Electric

Yamaha has never been a company to rush anything into production, and its first electric outboard, the Harmo (short for harmony), is a prime example. The first iteration of this propulsion system was unveiled in Europe in 2016, and its newest version was officially revealed in the United States this September. Its predicted appearance on American boats won’t be until 2023.

Pure Watercraft unveils new electric pontoon boat

Seattle-based Pure Watercraft, a leading manufacturer of electric boats and propulsion systems, this week unveiled its first all-electric pontoon boat at CES in Las Vegas and opened pre-orders on its website. This is the first product to result from Pure Watercraft’s collaboration with General Motors. Pure Watercraft’s ‘affordable luxury all-electric pontoon boat’ provides ‘new levels of enjoyment, performance, and low maintenance’ to a segment that represents approximately 20% of the US recreational boating market, growing more than 20% annually.

Hyundai launches autonomous navigation system at CES

Seoul, South Korea-based Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) has introduced a new autonomous marine navigation system for pleasure boats at the CES consumer electronics trade show being held this week in Las Vegas. The new autonomous vessel operation system is being developed under a newly-launched HHI subsidiary called Avikus, which is said to stem from the word avviker, an etymological root for Vikings.

Vision Marine developing custom electric outboard batteries

Vision Marine is partnering with Octillion Power Systems to develop customized high voltage 35 kWh electric outboard batteries as the energy source for their E-Motion 180e powertrain. This is the latest step for Vision Marine in optimizing procurement, manufacture and assembly for commercial scale production. In October of 2021 they announced an agreement with Linamar Corporation subsidiary McLaren Engineering for the testing, manufacture, and assembly of the powertrains. “There is currently a two year delivery backlog of performance batteries in the boating industry” said Alexandre Mongeon, co-founder and CEO of Vision Marine. “The Octillion agreement will allow Vision Marine to continue to scale production and secure the quantities of high density electric battery systems required in conjunction with the commencement of sales of our E- Motion outboard powertrains.”

Boating’s Boat of the Year is the most prestigious award in recreational boat building.

We award Boat of the Year to the boat that best helps advance the state of boatbuilding art and delivers a new and better experience to boaters. The selection process starts with testing more than 100 boats per year, from PWC to cruisers and wakeboats to offshore fishing craft. We run a wide swath of boat types and numerous boats in each category. That’s important. A tow boat cannot be compared to a fishing boat, nor a pontoon to an ocean racer. We judge boats by others with the same mission. The Boat of the Year not only stands out on its own, but also stands out more than any other boat stands out in any other category.

Pure Watercraft Pontoon Boat

This 24’7″ electric pontoon boat, created in partnership with General Motors (GM), is ideal for enjoying all-day cruising and quiet, hassle-free boating.  Powered by GM’s automotive grade battery pack and single or dual Pure Outboard motors, this fully integrated electric boat accommodates up to 10 passengers and will completely change the way you connect with the water. Pricing for the entry level electric pontoon ranges from $45,000-$65,000 depending on options and placing a pre-order is easy with a fully refundable $100 deposit.

E-Motion Hybrid Propulsion for Motoryachts

Michele Maggi has spent decades working on marine engines, their installations and selection. In 2014, he developed the first E-Motion diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system on a San Lorenzo 106’ (32.31 m) motoryacht. The company now offers parallel and serial hybrid systems, cutting fuel use and delivering extended quiet propulsion. Maggi explained how his system works to Capt Steve in this video from the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Did you know? Renewable diesel lowers greenhouse gas emissions.

Advanced renewable diesel fuels enhance performance and help achieve environmental, energy, climate and sustainability goals.

Now for Something Completely Different

Sōlace Boats made a splash in 2019 with its 345, which had a stern fishing pulpit between twin mega-outboards. But for 2022, the stern on the brand’s latest boat has the look of a backyard deck with nary an outboard in sight. The new Sōlace 415CS at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was powered by twin Volvo Penta D6-DPI diesels mated to Aquamatic DuoProp sterndrives.

OXE Diesel Outboards

Learn more about the OXE diesel outboard product. Better fuel economy, durability, range, safety and more!