New technology to debut at boat show

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is known as the ideal place to introduce new boats, marine products and technology, and this week’s 55th annual show is no exception.

Among the outboard motors at the show, which is Thursday through Monday, are the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 and Lehr Marine’s propane-powered models.

The G2 will be on an Action Craft flats boat at the AquaZone in front of the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center and at the BRP booth in the convention center.

Available in 200- to 300-horsepower models, the G2 is a two-stroke motor that is more fuel efficient and cleaner than four-stroke outboards, according to Roger Moore of Nautical Ventures Marine.

Added Moore: “Because it’s a two-stroke, it has more torque” than a four-stroke.

Lehr will have its new 20-horsepower outboard on an inflatable in the AquaZone. Bernardo Herzer, the company’s founder and chairman, said he’s brought a lot of propane products to market.

Having grown up in Miami Beach and become a boat captain, he said developing a propane outboard “has always been a passion of mine.”

Herzer, who has more than 50 patents, came up with motors that are competitively priced and good for the environment. There is no pollution with propane, no gumming of the engine’s carburetor and it can be stored indefinitely. Herzer said propane is also half the price of gas.

The new 340Z center console from SeaVee Boats takes twin or triple outboards. It is the latest in the company’s line of stepped hull models. The boat also has a new cored hull design that reduces weight while providing strength and durability. Designed for fishing and family activities, the 340Z has several seating options and features such as a large insulated fish box, a pneumatic console door, a freshwater shower and head.

The Albury Brothers 33, powered by twin 300-horsepower outboards, makes its debut at the convention center. It is the biggest model yet in the Bahamas-inspired line of center consoles.

Donzi Marine is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the new Donzi Classic series. The first hull in the retro special edition series that bears Donzi’s 50th anniversary logo is a “fly yellow” Donzi 22 Classic with a 430-horsepower MerCruiser sterndrive. It will be at the convention center.

Everglades Boats will unveil its new 435CC at the convention center. Four Winns has a new 44-foot open bow cruiser.

HydraSports Custom has two of its Extreme Edition center consoles at the convention center. The 4200 Siesta has a custom-painted silver hull accented with orange and black details and matching Trip Seven Marine 557 outboards, as well as a 7,500-watt Wet Sounds stereo system with 44 speakers.

The 23 Bay Bolt Extreme also is silver with orange and black details and powered by a custom painted Yamaha F300 outboard with a matching T-top.

Horizon Yachts will debut the Horizon PC52 power catamaran Pomboo and have several other motoryachts on display at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center. Pomboo has a 22-foot beam, three staterooms below deck, a galley with breakfast bar, salon and storage on the main deck and a helm and dinette on the open bridge.

Monte Carlo Yachts of Italy has the first MCY 86 to arrive in the United States at the show. The MCY 86 allows owners to customize the three-deck yacht with three, four or five cabins. Platforms that open to create private ocean terraces are available on both sides of the boat.

There is no shortage of brokerage boats at the show. Among the boats on display in the water by Bradford Marine Yacht Sales of Fort Lauderdale are 105-foot and 108-foot Westships, an 82 Horizon, an 80 Northern Marine, a 75 Riva and three 50-footers at the Hall of Fame and Las Olas marinas.

Burgess is displaying a 185-foot charter yacht built by Delta Marine that had an extensive rebuild that included a 25-foot stern extension. The ship also has a helipad, outdoor cinema, waterfall Jacuzzi, sauna and gym. For sale is a 151 Burger, a 139 McMullen Wing, a 134 Lurssen-Werft, plus yachts of 129 and 105 feet.

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