• Theme: Motor Boats

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    Fast & foiling, sustainable & recyclable—and a wider array of sizes and designs. Here are our impressions after touring the biggest boat show on the planet.   This January, almost 2,000 exhibitors from 68 countries occupied 220,000 square meters of exhibition area in Düsseldorf, Germany. These numbers are huge in the...

    Completely redesigned for 2018, the evolutionary XStar ski and wake boat is also packed with innovative features. Those include a new wake-specific hull design that can be equipped with 4,100 lbs (1,860 kg) of ballast—they claim the most in the industry—plus a new mid-ship ballast tank. They enhance the wake—they also...

    This could constitute the beginning of a new generation of motorboats, initiated by Rand Boats: Lightly driven with lightweight hulls, in this case inspired by sailboats, made for a quiet and relaxed presence on the water, they also have extremely low fuel consumption. Loxo 32 is produced by Pogo, one of world’s...

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    Imagine a fleet of solar-powered rental boats available to all in major cities throughout the world. It’s already happening in six cities, and 150 others are interested. We spoke to Carl Kai Rand, founder of Denmark’s GoBoat.     “You might say that the idea came out of frustration,” said Carl Kai Rand. “I love being...

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    In northeastern France, Boathome is rethinking the houseboat. The company started with the notion that living on the water should open new horizons rather than constituting obstacles to be overcome. The vessel’s catamaran hull supports a platform measuring from 10 to 20 meters long and five to 10 meters wide, with...

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    Beneteau will launch its new Boat Club at the beginning of 2018. Borrowing the idea from the US, the French boatbuilding giant is counting on it to generate significant growth. We interviewed Bruno Lescher, head of the Boat Club.   NauticExpo e-magazine: How will the Beneteau Boat Club work? Bruno Lescher: We’re using...

    Austria’s Kormaran took home the 2017 i-Novo Tech trophy for its K7 transformable three-seater runabout. While standard operation is in catamaran mode, the sleek monocoque vessel also features monohull and trimaran configurations. To shift from one to another, a hydraulic system adjusts the position of the teak-decked...

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    A boat is usually the second most expensive family asset after the home. Yet most are used only a few weeks annually, lying idle the rest of the year while the maintenance bills roll in. Boat sharing can mitigate these costs by turning the vessel into a rental asset, even if it never leaves the dock.   Click&Boat,...

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    Outboard engines are the traditional propulsion for many boats, but environmental and technology changes are revolutionizing the sector.   Outboards are the most versatile and widely utilized engines, powering everything from small commercial fishing boats to the most exclusive superyacht tenders. The cheapest are...

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    Abandoned boats are piling up, and the industry has no efficient system for dealing with them. The good news is that fiberglass can be recycled, but the big issue is volume.   Two years ago, the industry organized a conference on reuse and recycling at METS. At this year’s show, the subject is drawing renewed...