For the past few years we have complained about why technology has been lagging so far behind in the powerboarding segment. In the meantime, other industries such as wakeboarding are blossoming with new technologies and driver aids. You’ll find in the latest in modern plants, ones you would find in new Corvettes and Roush Cobra Mustangs for example.
In fall of last year we were privy to seeing some new shiftable transmission technology, as well as GPS throttle/trim aided planing devices were sure to change powerboating’s future. Today, we see Mercruiser has at last released a similar version to what the aftermarket has been working with for quite some time. This new system will be matched to the old, heavy cast iron blocked 6.2 small block plants – a family of engine architecture that was developed in the 1950’s – so while we see hope for newer technology to break into the market and revitalize it, we’re still waiting for that modern stern drive engine technology to match. If done right, the powerboating world could see a whole new rebirth.
Let’s face it: we all want the best technology in our boats, or even just a fraction of what the rest of the world has to offer. If you’re not in a hurry to run out and buy a 50 year old engine design for 2015 prices… well, we understand. We don’t want to buy flip phones in a carrying case for the price of an iPhone either. Still, hopefully this is a sign of things to come and will encourage manufacturers to step up to the plate and knock it out of the park.