3. Yamaha’s F200 Four-Cylinder Outboard
Instead of a traditional V-6, Yamaha’s new F200 is an inline-four-cylinder outboard that’s thinner and weighs 119 pounds less than its predecessor. At 489 pounds (25-inch model), it’s also today’s lightest 200 hp four-stroke. The 2.8-liter outboard features a 16-valve dual-overhead-camshaft design with Yamaha’s Variable Camshaft Timing System. It will be on display at the Yamaha outboard booth at the convention center, as well as on boats in the water at the Sea Isle Marina. www.yamahaoutboards.com
2. Ilmor’s MV8 570 Inboard
This new, naturally aspirated, fuel-injected V-8 is designed to bridge the gap between high-performance marine mills and recreational engines. The 7.4-liter inboard generates 570 hp and 564 foot-pounds of torque, yet weighs just 810 pounds. It will mate to range of stern drives from Imco and Teague Custom Marine. Look for the MV8 570 on display at the Ilmor booth in the convention center, as well as in a Formula 353 FAST3Tech at the Sea Isle Marina. Be sure to take a ride. www.ilmor.com
1. Mercury’s Verado CCT 300 Outboard
You heard about this first in our test of the Sea Ray 370 Venture. Closed-compartment (CCT) technology and sophisticated air ducting allows this outboard to be mounted completely out of sight and covered by the swim platform. You’d never know the Sea Ray 370 Venture – our 2012 Boat of the Year – had a pair of outboards. And that’s why the Verado CCT 300 is the No.1 must-see motor at Miami. Check out the boat and the unique Verado CCT 300s at the Sea Isle Marina, and ask for a demo ride. Google Maps - Verado CCT 300 Demo
Bonus Pick: Outboard Joystick Controls
OK, this isn’t exactly an engine or even a specific propulsion brand. But joystick controls for outboards are so hot now, we had to make them collectively a must-see. You’ll find outboard joystick control systems on display from Mercury, Teleflex and Yamaha. And we have on good authority that yet another outboard builder will announce a joystick control system at the show. Look for these at the convention center and on boats in the water at the Sea Isle Marina.