LOUISVILLE, Ky.–The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored Yamaha Marine Group with its Innovation Award in the outboard motor category for the Yamaha 2.8-Liter In-Line Four Platform (F200 In-Line Four and VMAX SHO 150) during the 23rd annual International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) at the Kentucky Exposition Center.
“This is a great honor,” said Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine Group Marketing Division Manager. “The judges had a great deal to consider this year. We are also pleased with consumer response. Dealers have already sold thousands of these two new motors.”
Yamaha’s new four-cylinder four-stroke F200 is the lightest 200-hp four stroke on the market and can easily replace lower horsepower or larger V6 outboards, thereby increasing the performance of mid-sized boats. At the same time, when used in twin applications, the new F200 can dramatically reduce overall weight on the transom.
Yamaha’s F200 is light weight, compact, quick, powerful and efficient – just the right combination for many kinds of boats, including center consoles, pontoons, sport boats, bay and flats boats, deep V aluminum, and fish and ski boats, just to name a few. At 487* pounds, the new F200 is up to 119 pounds lighter than Yamaha’s V6 F200, and just 14 pounds heavier than Yamaha’s two-stroke Z200 HPDI outboard. In fact, the F200 has the most favorable power-to-weight ratio of any four-stroke 200-hp outboard.
The outboard’s four-cylinder, 2.8-liter, 16-valve, dual-overhead camshaft (DOHC) powerhead breathes easily and responds quickly, with a valve train design that’s sophisticated yet proven by millions of hours of use. The F200 is equipped with Yamaha’s Variable Camshaft Timing System (VCT), which helps deliver quick acceleration and a strong midrange punch.
V MAX SHO 150
Sharing the 2.8-liter platform with the F200, the V MAX SHO 150 is a four-stroke outboard with the kind of torque curve and hole shot that bass boaters have come to expect from a machine called “V MAX SHO.”
Whether running a bass boat, flats boat or other performance hull, the V MAX SHO 150 truly delivers the performance that is signature to the Yamaha V MAX SHO, while providing all the benefits associated with four-stroke power, including clean, quiet operation and great fuel efficiency.
The Innovation Awards program is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors. It recognizes products that demonstrate innovative distinction from other products, with tangible benefits for both consumers and the marine industry. The Innovation Awards judging committee is comprised of BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine OEM products and equipment.
IBEX is the largest boating industry gathering of 2013. For boat builders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX is the single source for the latest boatbuilding technologies, tools, and materials. It is owned and produced by Professional BoatBuilder magazine and NMMA.
Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builder partners with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.