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SPR 2011

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MIAMI MUSCLE BY GHM STAFF A walk about at the Miami boat show in February was a stroll through a world of beautiful beasts. In addition to the bikini models strutting around, I’m referring to the raw power of the internal combustion engines on a scale to make Prius drivers cry for their mama. There was enough horsepower on the show floor of the Miami Convention Center to put a smile on every man, woman, and child in Saudi Arabia. Center console boats with triple and quadruple 350-horsepower boats used to draw gasps, stares, and rows of camera-clad gawkers. Now people practically yawn as they pass a 1,400-horsepower boat that will run 80 miles per hour. Of course, we’re talking gallons per mile rather than miles per gallon. Yet, there was a green leaf quietly beginning to sprout in some corners of the show. Among the mighty Yamahas and Evinrudes, and the 12-cylinder Caterpillars and GMs, were some humble electric engines, solar panels, dreams of a future without carbon. I must mention, of course, that the technology in the big outboard and inboard engines has already VIHYGIH SYV GEVFSR JSSXTVMRX WMKRM½GERXP] Four strokes and high-tech fuel injection has resulted in far less emissions and much better fuel economy. But so far the big guys have not unveiled anything truly radical from a green point of view. - WXSTTIH F] XLI 2MWWER FSSXL [LIVI their gleaming black outboards were on HMWTPE] - ½KYVIH E GSQTER] EW JSV[EVH 68 XLMROMRK EW 2MWWER [MXL XLI MRXVSHYGXMSR of the new Leaf electric car might have something up their sleeve. If they did, they weren’t going to tell me. In fact, they seemed dumbfounded that I even asked such a stupid question. An electric SYXFSEVH IRKMRI# ;LEX TPERIX EVI ]SY JVSQ >ERXSSV# So the most prominent leader in IPIGXVMG SYXFSEVHW MW RSX 2MWWER RSX Yamaha, not Mercury, but little-known (in the U.S. anyway) German company, Torqeedo (see article in Winter 2011 issue). Their largest outboard is equal to an 8-10 horsepower engine that will plane out a skiff, all electrically. Torqeedo has also teamed up with PowerFilm Solar so you can charge their &MK TS[IV 5YEH ,4 =EQELEW

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