Must-See Engines at the 2024 Miami International Boat Show
When the 2024 Miami International Boat Show opens on February 14th, there will be a ton of new power choices to fall in love with. Take a look at the most innovative engines and propulsion systems on the market, including our 2023 MPI Award winners.
There are plenty of chances to look at Yamaha’s hot new F350, either in the convention center or for a sea trial at one of the many boats in-water at the Venetian Marina. Yamaha will have plenty of other choices to look at in the marina, too, from its F200s up to its F450s.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Yamaha Booth; Venetian Marina, Yamaha Dock
Mercury has a lot going on at the show, including the announcement of its ne single engine joystick control, what’s new with its Avator electric outboard lineup, and of course the all-powerful Mercury Racing 500R outboard (an MPI Award winner). Mercury Racing engines will be available off-site via appointment.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Mercury Booth; Venetian Marina, Mercury Dock
Suzuki will be unveiling a new “stealth” look for five models in its outboard lineup–the DF115BS inline 4-cylinder. The DF150S 4-cylinder, the 4-cylinder DF200S, the V6 DF250S, and the new DF250ATS. Be among the first to see the new lineup at the show.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Booth MB1914
Honda is making a splash in the big outboard market with its new BF350 (another one of our MPI winners). The powerful V8 delivered quiet performance in our recent testing in varied conditions on pontoon boats and center consoles.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, booth MB2426; Venetian Marina, Slips 501 and 502
Avikus, pioneers in developing autonomous boat technology, is making a major announcement about its deal with the boat builder Aquasport. Avikus’s Neuboat is an AI-based software and sensor system that helps boats self-dock and navigate.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Booth MB 3016.
ePropulsion will be displaying its new eLite motor, a 500W electric outboard touted as an alternative to small internal combustion engines. At just under three-feet in length and weighing 14.7-pounds including the built-in battery, the eLite stores easily and the one-click quick-release bracket allows for installation and removal in a matter of seconds. Sport mode adds an additional 50% boost in power for challenging conditions bringing the top speed to over five miles per hour.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Pride Park near Nautical Ventures “Aqua Zone”
Indmar is introducing a new boat manufacturer that has signed on to build models powered by its lineup of Raptor inboard engines based on Ford engine blocks. We’re looking forward to who else is choosing to roll with the powerful lineup of inboards.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Booth MB2090
Electric outboard maker Flux has paired with the Highfield SP660, offering ample space for all your favorite boating activities with family and friends. Paired with our 100HP motor, this package delivers powerful and silent acceleration without ever having to visit a fuel dock again. With a top speed of over 30mph and a cruising range of 30 miles (75 miles at trolling speed), you can enjoy your day on the water to the fullest and simply recharge overnight at your dock slip.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Booth 1244
Cox Diesel Outboards
Cox, a diesel outboard pioneer, is touting a look at latest advancements in its diesel lineup, with increased power and speed capabilities.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Booth MB2412
Volvo Penta is another 2023 MPI winner for its collaboration with Group Beneteau on its diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system. The system we tested was installed in a NC 37. It’s a plug-in parallel hybrid system. There is a 60kW electric motor installed on each engine’s output shaft, between engine and drive. This adds nine-or 10-inches in length, compared to a standard sterndrive installation. The motor couples to the shaft on demand, hydraulically, and rotates, providing propulsion. This motor runs off of—and can charge—a 67kW Li-On NMC battery bank that was divided into two places aboard the NC 37: beneath a hatch in the salon sole and, belowdecks, behind some furniture.
Where: Miami Beach Convention Center, Venetian Marina
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