Top Products 2014
Here you’ll find some of the best products and services introduced or significantly updated in the last year from boats to engines to accessories to software and more.
Products were chosen based on many factors, including innovation, impact on the industry and how they advanced their category – or created a new category.
The ADP Lightspeed app is a convenient way of accessing your dealership information to help manage your business on your Apple or Android phone or tablet. It provides fast, intuitive and secure mobile integration to the LightspeedEVO dealer management system. Dealers can quote a trade-in from the parking lot, snap photos and sync them to LightspeedEVO, or look up a part from the service bay.
PartStream provides marine dealers with a plug-n-play eCommerce parts lookup solution for their existing websites, allowing online shoppers to find and buy the parts. PartStream allows dealers to customize the appearance of the catalogs to match their website and branding. It automatically updates manufacturers’ parts catalogs in real time and supports an ever-expanding roster of 100+ manufacturer parts catalogs. The responsive design optimizes the user display for desktops, tablets and mobile.
Following up its introduction of the entry-level Element, Bayliner has expanded the lineup with the larger XL. The XL has a standard 90-hp or upgraded 115-hp FourStroke Mercury engine and stability and safety features. At 18 feet, the Element XL boasts deep freeboard and Bayliner’s patent-pending MHull, designed to improve onboard safety. Also available with an optional Sport configuration, including a custom sport arch for watersports enthusiasts.
Bennington Mahogany Edition Pontoon
The Bennington Mahogany Edition was created in cooperation with custom wood boat builder StanCraft to appeal to an elite buyer. The boat features a real mahogany exterior plus other standard and optional features including Yamaha Power Assist Steering with DEC, center storage tube, elevated helm with extra wide recliner, Bluetooth stereo, Pettit anti-fouling system, teak flooring, portable head with privacy enclosure and more. Includes a seven-year bow-to-stern warranty.
Chris-Craft Launch 36
The Launch 36 is primarily a large day boat, with overnight facilities, designed for having fun on the water with a range of toys and water sports for family and friends. The new model is designed with a full walk-around deck to access the forward seating and a full sized bow sun bed. Below deck, there are berths for five people, a full sized head and a separate shower.
The Dolphinite GelMatch All-In-One Gelcoat Aerosol Can solves the traditional challenges when repairing gelcoat. The All-In-One Gelcoat Aerosol Can is pre-filled with a proprietary All-In-One Gelcoat and matched perfectly to original factory colors with Dolphinite’s GelMatch Gelcoat Color Matching System. The online system specifies original factory gelcoat colors simply by entering the year, make, model and length of virtually any production boat dating back to 1984.
Evinrude E-TEC 65 HP
BRP has expanded its Evinrude E-TEC Pontoon Series lineup with a new Evinrude E-TEC 65 HP model for smaller-to-midsize pontoon applications. Features of the Evinrude E-TEC 65 HP Pontoon Series include application-specific gear ratio, remote oil tank reservoir, specially designed motor mounts, ultra-low emissions and auto winterization.
EWOL Hi-Speed Propeller
EWOL Hi-Speed is a feathering propeller specifically designed for fast catamarans and fast monohulls, with blades designed to have a rearmost center of thrust to create a fin effect that keeps the propeller in the feathering position in any condition, even when the water flow is disturbed by the effect of the hull appendices in water at high speed.
Formula 270 Bowrider
The Formula 270 Bowrider was entirely redesigned, with a detailed cockpit and newly-designed dash and an expanded aft-facing sun lounge. The new design features more convertible seating, with both the helm and passenger backrests easily flipping forward and aft. The new instrument panel features high-polished surfaces and chrome-bezeles, while the portside dash is now a virtual entertainment center, sporting an integrated glovebox with a Clarion AM/FM/CD stereo, iPod/MP3 and USB ports and 12V outlet.
Interlux Interior Floor system
The Interlux Interior Floor system was developed after determining no simple effective solution existed for leveling of steel or aluminum subfloors in recreational boats. Prior to the introduction of the Interlux Interior Floor system, boat builders either used floating wood floors or self-leveling products intended for decorative home use. The Interlux Interior Floor system can be walked on in just three hours allowing work to continue in these areas without delays.
The exclusive TTT (tapered tube technology) pontoons of the Escape separate it from traditional pontoons. Constructed of heavy-duty aluminum the individual pontoons are welded together to create a running surface similar to that of a small runabout – reverse chines for lift, deadrise for stability, outside hull chamfer for smooth cornering. The pontoon is also designed with a 30-inch wide top cap span to create a solid deck mounting surface resulting in eliminating the need for secondary bracing.
Lehr Propane Outboard
Lehr has produced the first commercially available marine outboard engine fueled by propane, offering several benefits to boaters: no gasoline polluting the water, virtually eliminated particulate emissions that turn into methyl mercury in the water, the available power of internal combustion engines without the environmental detriment of gasoline, extended engine life and reduced cost of operation.
MagicEzy Hairline Fix
MagicEzy has developed a patent-pending all-in-one, structural-grade nano-binder and sealant that seals and colors hairline damage in one application without the need to perform any pre-repair sanding or grinding. The low-viscosity solution enables it to penetrate deeply throughout the entire hairline crack and not only seal it, but also strongly bond the surfaces together. MagicEzy Hairline Fix is available in 11 colors.
MasterCraft Gen2 Surf System
MasterCraft Boat Company unveiled the next generation in surf systems, the Gen 2 Surf System. The system is based on the four key components needed for an epic wakesurf session — superior hull design, customized weight, custom-designed wake shaping device and software to make it all work together seamlessly and easily. Gen 2 Surf System is now available on 2014 models of the X2, X10, X25, X30, X46 and X55.
Mercury Enertia ECO propeller
The Mercury Enertia ECO was specifically designed for high-horsepower outboard-powered boats, offering boaters a 10 percent increase in fuel economy at cruising speeds. To maximize the fuel economy improvement provided by the Enertia ECO, Mercury Marine engineers designed a new propeller with a broad 16-inch diameter, large blade area and a high progressive rake, a combination made possible only through using Mercury’s proprietary X7 stainless steel alloy.
Based off the Super Air Nautique G23 hull, the G21 features the Nautique Configurable Running Surface (NCRS), which fine-tunes the hull surface under any condition. This NCRS with Hydro-Plate is customizable to create a versatile wake for every level of riding, at any speed and line length. The optional Nautique Surf System with WAVEPLATE allows surfers the ability to keep the boat evenly weighted and switch the wave from each side in seconds without the need to offload ballast and people.
NorthStar Thin Plate Pure Lead Modular 8D Battery
The “Thin Plate Pure Lead” manufacturing technology allows for superior cranking and reserve capacity, more cold cranking amps, plus four times more charging cycles than flooded lead-acid batteries. NorthStar’s product has the lowest internal resistance in the industry which virtually eliminates self-discharge and prevents the plates from sulfating, the number one cause of battery failure.
Perko Inlet Check Valve
Perko’s new in-pipe inlet check valve offers an alternative to inline ICVs installed to prevent fuel leakeage. The valve is installed inside the standard 1-1/2” fill pipe itself, eliminating the two potential leak points inherent with inline ICVs. The valve also retrofits into existing non-EPA fuel systems that are prone to fuel leakage or wellback problems. The ICV handles flow rates up to 18 gallons/minute and can be installed on systems using either plastic or aluminum fuel tanks.
Pettit Hydrocoat Eco
Hydrocoat Eco combines Pettit’s exclusive self-polishing, water-based, ablative technology with the highest level of metal-free organic Econea biocide – a powerful slime-fighting inhibitor – to provide environmentally friendly, multi-season protection for boats in the toughest marine environments. The new formula has low volatile organic compounds (VOCs), is copper-free and has no heavy solvent smell. Available in white, blue, red, green and black.
Pontoon Wholesalers Poly 3rd Tube Kit
Pontoon Wholesalers offers an integrated third tube aftermarket pontoon kit designed to offer the same benefits as a new production tri-tube pontoon boat with increased performance, ride, handling and fuel efficiency. The kit also helps two-tube boats eliminate cavation and weight distribution problems. With the custom aluminum J-Channel, the Poly Pontoon Sections slide right into place and are firmly held to boat. J-Channel also helps strengthen the boat for increased performance and durability.
PTM Edge PXR100 Pro
The PTM Edge PXR100 Pro pontoon mirror system provides a 100-degree field of view with prescription grade optics and a high definition image, all housed in a rugged ABS backing. The mirror sits atop a milled aluminum billet bracket that attaches to the side rail of the boat without drilling or damaging the boat. The mirror system features an easy-turn knob that allows the mirror and bracket to be easily folded down forward or aft when the captain wants to cover or transport the boat.
Pursuit SC 365
The SC 365 features twin Yamaha F-350s that deliver a top-end speed in excess of 43 mph and cruise speeds in the 30 mph rage. The bridge deck offers unobstructed views for the captain and crew. The single-level cockpit features a wide open aft deck and entertainment center. The interior features natural light through a combination of hull side windows and overhead skylights. The full beam mid-cabin has two single beds or converts to a queen.
The new Regulator 23 features a flush liner for enhanced fishability, loads of storage, including two 160-quart forward seat fish/dry box, 350-quart in-deck fishbox/locking rod storage, a 23-gallon transom livewell and 120-quart transom fishbox. The 23 also offers an optional head, a 55-quart insulated cooler for refreshments and plenty of seating. The 23 is powered by a single Yamaha F300.
Robalo 226 Cayman
Sporting a retail price of $36,995 including a 150 hp Yamaha and a trailer, the 226 is the second in a three-boat Cayman Series that marks Robalo’s entry into the increasingly popular bay boat fishing arena. Sporting a 22’6” centerline with a trailerable 8’6” beam, the 226 Cayman with its dry-riding freeboard and innovate 15 degree variable deadrise bottom design is well suited for a wide variety of water conditions. Engine options up to a 250 hp Yamaha are available.
Scarab Jet Boats
Rec Boat Holdings launched its line of Scarab jet boats in 2013 with the Scarab 195 and expanded with a twin-engine Scarab 215 in 2014. Both models are available in three configurations: Standard, HO and HO Impulse. The standard model is a basic runabout aimed at the new boat buyer. The Scarab HO provides more horsepower, while the HO Impulse is designed for performance-minded boaters. The jet boat line is powered by Rotax engines with horsepower ranging from 150 to 250 hp.
Scout/Garmin/Mastervolt integrated vessel technology
Scout Boats, Garmin and Mastervolt have collaborated on new onboard vessel technology that offers the boater complete system integration. Powered by Mastervolt’s intelligent CZone technology, the boat’s circuits and systems can be monitored and controlled across Garmin’s GPSMap 8000 Glass Helm Series. In addition, CZone mode controls bundle circuits to simplify the operation of the vessel and improve safety by making the correct decisions at the appropriate time, all at the boater’s fingertips via touch screen, tablet or key fob. The first boat to feature this integrated technology is the Scout 350LXF.
Scribble Software MyBoatStatus
MyBoatStatus is an online wireless vessel monitoring platform that monitors the healthy status of vessels with more than 40 different sensors including water detection, battery health, shore power, temperature, and motion detection using smart phones, tablets, computers or any online connected device. Marinas can offer MyBoatStatus to boat owners who may monitor their individual boats directly, while the marina may monitor and be alerted of any issues relevant to boats using their sensors.
BRP rolled out the Sea-Doo Spark watercraft, designed to be an entry-level watercraft that is fun, accessible, lightweight, easy-to-ride and affordable. With a $4,999 starting MSRP, the Sea-Doo Spark model costs close to 40 percent less than the closest model and is the most fuel-efficient watercraft in the industry. The Sea-Doo Spark watercraft is compact, designed with an all-new Exoskel architecture consisting of a lightweight durable Polytec material, making it lighter and easier to maneuver.
Sea Ray L650 Fly
The L650 Fly is the flagship of Sea Ray’s new L-Class yachts. Driven by CAT Marine Power with optional Sea Keeper gyroscope stabilizers, the L650 Fly reaches top speeds in excess of 30 knots. Comprehensive QuietRide technology ensures reduced noise and vibration while underway. The vessel features a reimagined bridge with multiple dining areas and a robust helm station, plus a large sunpad playpen. Below, the L650 has a full-beam master suite and two additional staterooms.
Seaward by Whale S300EW
The S300EW is an electric-only, 3-gal. water heater that fits in compact spaces so installation is no longer tied to the engine room. The S300EW can be fit in the galley, transom or other storage spaces often requiring shorter pipe run lengths to the outlet and simplifying installation. Hot water is available in under 10 minutes, with heat retention of more than 10 hours once the S300EW is full.
Simrad NSO evo2
The Simrad NSO evo2 brings big boat style to mid-size power and sportfishing boats. Featuring a choice of 16-, 19- or 24-inch, ultra-bright wide-screen, multi-touch monitors with HDMI video input, and a black box, the system provides dual processors and video output that can drive the two screens completely independently with different feature sets. The NSO evo2 features two quad-core processors and provides simple expansion with Simrad’s full range of performance modules including integration with Mercury VesselView.
Starcraft Marine 250 SCX-EXT
The 250 SCX EXT Crossover has an overall length of 26 feet and has a maximum horsepower of 300. It also incorporates an extended Armstrong Bracket that sets the motor away from the boat, which not only gives it better performance and handling, but opens up the of the stern of the boat for a full swim deck. It also has an integrated console with chrome-accented gauges, LED lighted rocker switches, and a chrome spoked wheel.
Sunstream Boats Lifts Tech Package
Sunstream’s new Tech Package brings diagnostic and communications capabilities to the boat lift, and leverages the power of home/marina wifi to communicate useful and critical information to both boat owners and dealers using a mobile app. The Sunstream tech package monitors the lift (and lift surrounding with optional add ons) and keeps relevant parties tied in to tank levels, battery health, charing systems, general maintenance requirements, lift activation and more.
Supra Boats Swell Surf System
The Supra Swell Surf System offers two sculpted surfer-inspired wave styles, improved handling and visibility as well as VISION Touch dash integration and customization. The Supra Swell is available on 2014 Supra SA and SC models only. Swell was designed to improve the handling and forward visibility on specific Supra boat models even when weighted for surfing. With the Supra surf system engaged the boat’s running attitude is nearly level regardless of weight distribution.
Suzuki DF25A & DF30A
At just 136.7 lbs., these new 25 and 30 horsepower outboards are the lightest in their respective classes. The new DF25A and DF30A outboards feature Suzuki’s battery-less electronic fuel injection system. The system offers several important benefits, including reliable starting (especially in colder temperatures and at higher altitude), crisp acceleration and smooth running. The incorporation of electronic fuel injection allows these engines to take full advantage of Suzuki’s Lean Burn Control System for improved fuel economy.
TCF Full Circle Analysis
The Full Circle Analysis is a new service offered by TCF Inventory Finance, Inc. and The Customer First Alliance. It is a comprehensive review of the dealer’s financial, legal, insurance and tax situations. The goal is to find ways to cut unnecessary expenses, maximize effectiveness of the dealer’s operations and help ensure achievement of the dealer’s future goals.
Torqeedo Deep Blue
Deep Blue offers the Torqeedo’s electric outboard benefits to higher performance classes, now available in 40 and 80 HP versions. It features an on-board computer that uses GPS to calculate remaining range and displays travel time and direction to individual waypoints. It provides greater safety thanks to automotive standards in the battery technology and redundant electrical components. The Deep Blue system’s batteries come with a 9-year capacity warranty.
VesselVanguard Advantage Warranty
The VesselVanguard Advantage Warranty is an extended warranty program for both new and pre-owned boats that provides comprehensive protection to participating VesselVanguard subscribers on boats less than nine years old, at an estimated cost savings of 20 to 40 percent compared to similar products. This warranty coverage and the accompanying savings are available to owners of existing vessels as well as to manufacturers looking to provide a long-term warranty program for their new boats.
Volvo Penta D11 Series
Volvo Penta introduced a new line of marine diesel engines based on the D11 series. Offered in three power classes – 625, 670 and 725 hp – the new D11 engines provide more powerful torque, improved drivability and reduced noise levels compared to other engines in these horsepower classes. The engine is available for both traditional inboard installations and Volvo Penta IPS. All engines in the series have the same installation dimensions as before.
Yamaha F115 outboard
Yamaha Marine Group has introduced a newly redesigned F115 outboard, which is not only more powerful and compact, but also the lightest outboard in the 115 horsepower four-stroke class. The F115’s all-new powerhead provides increased bore and stroke, which now measures a full 1.8 liters. The outboard’s double-overhead cam (DOHC) four-cylinder design now has larger intake and exhaust valves for easier breathing, more power and better midrange torque.