New Boat Innovations & Gear From IBEX

By Michael Vatalaro

Highlights from IBEX, The International Boatbuilders' Exhibition

Mercury 4.5L V6 Gas Engine

Mercury designed this engine from the ground up to be a marine engine, rather than repurposing an automotive block. They've put all the serviceable points on the front of the engine for easy access and paid special attention to reducing noise and vibration. But most significantly, they've squeezed 250 hp out of a V6, shedding more than 130 pounds compared with the equivalent V8.

Wet Sounds Blue Tooth Volume Controller

It's a little tough to figure out why someone didn't think of this sooner. With a single button controller that can be mounted to the dash, you can play, pause, skip forward and back, and change the volume on any Blue Tooth device. And because you can jack it into any auxiliary port on any radio, you can basically take over that device with it, and turn it into a portal for your digital music. You can even plug it directly into an amp and skip the head unit entirely.

Suzuki 25-hp Outboard

The new Suzuki 25- and 30-hp outboards are the lightest in their class, starting at 137 pounds for the 25-horse model. Using a combination of weight-saving composites and a single overhead cam helped keep the weight down. And their battery-less electronic fuel injection system eliminates the need for a battery on your small boat, saving yet more weight onboard.

Power-Pole Micro

Power-Pole shallow water anchors have exploded in popularity with both bass and flats fishermen. Now they've developed an anchor for even the smallest vessels from jon boats to kayaks. The Micro is electric, mounts easily to the transom, and the driver unit can be removed for use on multiple vessels (bracket required for each). You can pull the pole out when you need to get to your next spot as well, which can make a big difference on paddle-powered craft.

Flow-Rite Remote Drain Plug

There are a lot of good reasons for a remote drain plug, not the least of which is that if you forget it, (and who hasn't?) it's only a matter of turning a dial on the dash to open or close it, rather than rushing to locate the plug after you've launched your boat. It also eliminates crawling on hands and knees to remove the plug when the boat comes out of the water. 

— Published: December 2014

BoatUS Magazine Is A Benefit Of BoatUS Membership

Membership Also Provides:

  • Subscription to the print version of BoatUS Magazine
  • 4% back on purchases from West Marine stores or online at
  • Discounts on fuel, transient slips, repairs and more at over 1,000 businesses
  • Deals on cruises, charters, car rentals, hotel stays and more ...
  • All For Only $24 A Year!

Join Today!