• Theme: Motor Boats

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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...

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    The TIWAL 3.2, U.S. Boat of the Year in 2014 and winner of a Red Dot design award, is the first performance inflatable dinghy on the market. The compact kit fits in two bags which are easily stowed in a car trunk. Inflation and assembly take just 20 minutes, all without tools. Disassembly is equally rapid and simple....

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    Welcome to the Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s leading in-water boat show and the must-attend nautical event of the season. It’s right here, just footsteps away from the celebrated Palais des Festivals, that we delight in the latest innovations—not on the silver screen, but in seaborne luxury and speed. On the menu...

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    We are at the Cannes Yachting Festival, Europe’s leading in-water boat show. The festival celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, with over 600 superyachts, sailboats and multihulls exhibited in the city’s two ports. But today, we’re mainly interested in foils. Foils are those small carbon wings beneath the hull...

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    Imagine a boat made from plastic bottles removed from the ocean and recycled glass fibers. Danish builder Rand Boats envisions fleets of such boats in major cities throughout the world.   “Actually, I’m mostly a sailboat person,” says Carl Kai Rand, founder and chief designer at Rand Boats. “But I’m also a designer and...

    Inland waterways offer boaters some of the safest, yet most interesting experiences, especially on a state-of-the-art cruiser. NauticExpo e-mag reporter Kevin Green was invited by Le Boat to test the new Horizon 1150  in southern France.   Europe’s extensive network of rivers and canals are home to many boaters who...

    Sealver, creator of the jet-ski driven Wave Boat, is leveraging the power of virtual reality (VR) to improve both production and marketing of their craft. A brick-and-mortar showroom can hold only a few models, while VR can present the entire line. In addition, it is the best way for faraway clients to examine the...

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    The latest Thai-built Alibi custom performance cruiser shows great innovation. The French company founded by racer/designer Loïc Goepfert has been making these 54-foot catamarans near Bangkok for several years. Their latest boat debuted at La Grande Motte 2017. Goepfert’s goal of building innovative, yet beautiful...

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    The quiet arrival of the Solarwave 64 went unheralded at La Grande Motte 2017. But crowds soon gathered around this gray ghost ship powered entirely by the sun. The Solarwave glided out into the Mediterranean at 10 knots as the twin electric motors hummed quietly, consuming 64 kilowatts. Throttling back to a cruising...