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Top 2024 Outboard Motors: From electric to big-motor options

The Aviator 20e and 35e electric propulsion systems join Mercury’s electric propulsion lineup alongside the award-winning Aviator 7.5 e-outboard, which launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2023. (Photo courtesy of Mercury Marine)

The good news for the new outboards marketplace is that units are in stock and ready to power your boat of choice. From electric options to ones that are waterfowl camo-friendly, the industry has you covered. Big motor options are available to help you reach your tournament hot spot in no time.

Yamaha

Yamaha Marine has new color options for the F25, T25, and T9.9 models including a matte brown color for the F25 as well as the traditional Yamaha gray glossy finish.

In addition, Yamaha will offer pearlescent white for select T25 and T9.9 high thrust models. The all-new matte brown finish on the F25 provides less reflection and helps conceal the outboard to give waterfowl hunters an edge. Going from the 8D Yamaha gray to the matte brown, Yamaha reduced the light reflective value (IG-340) from 85.0 (8D) to 8.1 (matte brown).

The new brown finish also better complements today’s camouflage-painted boats. If the boater wishes to incorporate extra camouflaging on these outboards, there is no need to sand and prime, risking damage to the factory-applied corrosion protection or the cosmetic appearance of the outboard. The matte brown color makes an excellent base layer for added camo treatments. www.yamahaoutboards.com

Minn Kota

The new Ultrex Quest series of dual 24- or 36-volt brushless trolling motors was designed for anglers who demand the best from their equipment – even in the harshest environments.

With a programmable foot pedal, re-engineered motor and mount, more advanced GPS functionality than ever and even an eco-mode to extend battery life, the new Ultrex Quest was specifically designed for bass anglers and the areas they fish.

minnkota.johnsonoutdoors.com

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Honda

Take the joy of boating to the next level with the new BF115–150 series. Honda has redesigned the 115 and 150, added the new BF140, and added upgrades and improvements that boost performance. Available in Aquamarine Silver or Grand Prix White, the BF115, BF140, and BF150 all feature sleek, aerodynamic styling for a bold, new look.

All three outboards are now available with Honda’s Intelligent Shift and Throttle (I-drive-by-wire system, for superb control and power). Repositioned anodes and a new bolt coating boost corrosion resistance. The redesigned cowl provides easier spark plug access.

Other redesigned and repositioned components include the trim and tilt unit, water separator, fuel filters, and an enlarged dipstick tube. Combined with enhanced diagnostic codes, these changes make maintenance easier than ever, and significantly reduce maintenance time.

marine.honda.com

Mercury Marine

The Aviator 20e and 35e electric propulsion systems join Mercury’s electric propulsion lineup alongside the award-winning Aviator 7.5 e-outboard, which launched at the Consumer Electronics Show in January 2023.

Two more electric outboard products will be unveiled in the coming months as Mercury advances on its commitment to be the leader in electric propulsion. Innovation, performance, and connectivity the 20e and 35e feature many of the same innovative features as the 7.5e, including industry-first transverse flux motor technology, a vivid full-color intuitive display and an ambidextrous tiller handle.

The new models offer more power and the ability to connect multiple Aviator batteries to extend range and run time, plus full access to the Mercury Marine app with the integrated SmartCraft Connect module. The Aviator 20e and 35e outboards generate 2200W and 3700W of power, respectively, at the propeller shaft. The 20e can produce similar acceleration as a 5hp Four Stroke outboard, while the 35e generates acceleration that is comparable to a Mercury 9.9hp Four Stroke outboard.

Offered with tiller or remote steering, both are ideal for powering small vessels, including aluminum fishing boats, micro skiffs, rigid inflatables, tenders, and small pontoons. www.mercurymarine.com

Suzuki

Suzuki Marine has launched two new additions to its powerful lineup of outboard motors – the DF350AMD and DF300BMD V6 four-strokes.

Because integrated steering eliminates concerns about interference and clearance issues created by external steering cylinders, boat builders can more easily rig these popular outboards on a variety of hull types in single or multiple engine configurations. Integrated steering also reduces the possibility of the steering cylinder hitting the motor well if the outboards tilted too far forward.

Suzuki has also engineered a new lower gear case for the DF350AMD and DF300BMD (also available on all five series350A/300B models), designed to enhance durability, increase top-speed performance, improve fuel efficiency, and make maintenance and service easier. The new design delivers superior gear lubrication and maintains the gear oil at a lower temperature, increasing durability and reliability over the long run – even in the toughest operating conditions.

The external surface area of this new gear case has also been reduced and reshaped, allowing the lower unit to slice through the water with less resistance. By doing this, Suzuki can deliver a marked improvement in both fuel efficiency and top-end performance for today’s boats. This streamlined gear case has the added benefit of reducing the amount of gear oil required from 3.2L to 2.8L.

www.suzukimarine.com

Garmin

Employing multi-band GPS signal reception and integrated AHRS (attitude and heading reference system) for heading hold, Kraken delivers Garmin’s most precise boat positioning technology to help keep the boat in one place.

Anglers can also use the included wireless remote to help navigate from anywhere in the boat with precise virtual anchor lock, autopilot functionality, heading hold and point-and-go gesture steering.

For the first time in the industry, anglers can install forward-facing sonar, like LiveScope, on a pivot-style trolling motor by conveniently routing the transducer cable inside the trolling motor shaft thanks to Kraken’s new LiveScope cable management system. garmin.com

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