The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) and Boating Writers International (BWI) honored Yamaha Marine Group with its IBEX Innovation Award in the outboard motor category for the Yamaha F25 during the annual International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX®) at the Tampa Convention Center.
“This is a great honor as we know the judges had a great deal to consider when making their selections this year,” said Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine Group Marketing Division Manager. ”The F25 is the perfect power solution for many smaller aluminum boats and other craft. We are pleased with the response to this outboard, and we know it will be a great choice for consumers.”
The new F25 has the best power-to-weight ratio of all 25 horsepower outboards and features no-battery-required Electronic Fuel Injection and an all-new two-cylinder powerhead. Two valves per cylinder and a single overhead cam mean the new F25 is lighter than any of its competitors.
For greater control, the new F25 also features a pull start through the cowling, which comes standard on all electric start models, except for the F25LC. The Variable Trolling rpm Switch (VTS™), standard on all F25C tiller handle models, allows boats to troll slower than standard in-gear idle speed for better fishing. Improved, built-in handles provide greater portability and easier handling, while the updated tiller handle features new ergonomics and a new shifter position.
Yamaha’s new F25 includes several new updates that make it even more convenient than its predecessor. For example, the outboard is now resting-pad equipped on two sides for more storage options. The external oil draining system offers easy maintenance for either dealer or consumer. And an electric starting kit is available as a field upgrade.
The Innovation Awards program is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors. It recognizes products that demonstrate innovative distinction from other products, with tangible benefits for both consumers and the marine industry. The Innovation Awards judging committee is comprised of BWI members who perform product testing throughout the year and have specific expertise in marine OEM products and equipment.
For boat builders, marine industry dealers, aftermarket suppliers and buyers, designers, repairers, surveyors, and boatyard/marine operators, IBEX® is the single source for the latest boatbuilding technologies, tools, and materials.
Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builder partners with marketing, training and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.