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Some of the biggest news at the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail was made by outboard manufacturers.

Some of the biggest news at the Miami International Boat Show & Strictly Sail was made by outboard manufacturers. Yamaha introduced the F350 — a 350-hp V-8 outboard and the largest 4-stroke ever built — and Mercury Marine unveiled a new 300-hp version of its 6-cylinder Verado supercharged 4-stroke. Suzuki Marine, which last year broke the 300-hp 4-stroke barrier, introduced two smaller models.

More than 3,000 boats were on display at the Feb. 15 to 19 show, held at the Miami BeachConvention Center, the SeaIsleMarina & YachtingCenter, and Miamarina at Bayside. Among the new boats introduced, Boston Whaler showed its 345 Conquest, the largest Unibond cabin boat the company has produced, and Hinckley displayed its T38R jet-

powered convertible. Back Cove

debuted a new flagship, the Back Cove 33, and Sabre Yachts displayed three Hard Top Express models, the 32, 34 and 38. Glacier Bay Catamarans premiered three 30-foot Cuddy Cruiser models, and Twin Vee introduced the 29 Express.

For anglers, Albemarle launched its 330XF Express Fisherman, SportCraft a 272 Express Hard Top and 252 Open Express, and SportCraft sister company SeaStrike the 260BCenter Console. Rampage Yachts unveiled a new 41-foot express sportfisherman, while Wellcraft introduced the Scarab 30 center console. Among the trawler builders, Marlowe Yachts displayed the new Explorer 72E, Grand Banks showed its 45 Eastbay SX and 47 Heritage CL, and Mainship debuted its 34 Trawler Hardtop.

Sea Ray debuted the 55 Sundancer, and Cruisers Yachts launched the 330 Express. Australian builder Riviera’s 4700 Sport Yacht was among four new models it introduced, while Silverton introduced a new line of convertibles, the T Series, consisting of 45- and 50-footers.

Beyond the boats and engines, hundreds of vendors offered a variety of marine electronics, safety gear and innovative gadgets.

www.miamiboatshow.com