Caterpillar recently displayed their powerful C-series engines at the 2007 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
According to Caterpillar…
Yacht builders in America, Europe and the Asia Pacific have relied on the power and durability of Caterpillar product for years. Consequently, Cat marine engines can be found almost everywhere at the show. Both new designs and existing yacht models now benefit from the excellent power-to-weight-ratio and advanced electronic controls of the Cat C-series marine engines. Cat engines comply with US EPA Tier 2 requirements (where applicable) and can be linked to a variety of proprietary electronic displays and controls on the bridge.
Among the boat builders using Caterpillar marine power are well-known brands Hatteras, Viking and Bertram in the Americas; Sunseeker, Azimut and Aicon in Europe; Riviera, Grandbanks and Kha Shing in Asia Pacific – to name but a few. In addition, many of the best-recognised mega yachts built around the globe are propelled by Cat engines, particularly the Cat 3500 series. According to Yachts Magazine’s “Global Build Report 2006-2007”, Caterpillar has become the market leader in powering yachts in the range of 80 ft length and over.
It would be impossible to mention all the Cat-powered yachts in Fort Lauderdale. However, some designs of both new and proven concepts are worth mentioning. Cabo will present its “38 Express” with twin C12 ACERT engines (pictured above) for sportfishing. Galati Yacht Sales is showing a “Marquis 65”, the top-end model of Marquis Yachts propelled by twin C18 engines. Viking is expected to display a “60 Convertible” with twin C32 ACERT propulsion and a top speed in access of 40 knots. Sabre will have its “52 Salon Express” motor yacht powered by 2x Cat C15 ACERT engines on display. Hatteras will demonstrate two new designs, a “72 MY” with 2x Cat C32 engines (pictured below) and a “60 C” with 2x Cat C32 ACERT power.
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