The other producers of outboard engines are all seeing growth and there are even new kids on the block. After an element of consolidation, we now have the main five petrol outboard manufacturers and they all deliver a diverse range with regular updates in tech and design. However, our new kids (or not so new) are concentrating on different fuel. Diesel outboard manufacturers mainly aiming at the military and more commercial markets such as the superyacht industry are ploughing millions in to RnD and leaning on the expertise from engineers originally working in the automotive sector. For the superyacht sector, weight and power are the two crucial elements with the added benefits of no extra fuel storage required.
The major players are hitting the market heavy and let’s face it, if they stand up to the rigours of elite military use, then our delicate owners will surely love them – just keep the noise and smell to a minimum and with the limited maintenance you’re on to a winner. Lastly, we’re starting to see more powerful electric outboards hit the market, but as with their inboard cousins we’re still waiting to see more about the battery life, footprint on board and re-charge times.