Formula C: Caterpillar® C-series Marine Engines Make Waves
For worldwide release: October 25, 2007
Release Number: M09PR07
Hamburg, Germany – The 2007 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will once again become a premier venue for both pleasure craft and super yachts from all over the world, many of them powered by Caterpillar engines. From October 25 to 29 Caterpillar Marine Power Systems (CMPS) presents its marine power solutions in the Engine Tent (stand number 1212/1213) and in the Yacht Builders Tent (stand number 624), both located at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.
The Caterpillar display comprises C9 ACERT™, C15 ACERT, C18 and C32 ACERT main propulsion and C2.2 and C9 generating sets along with a Cat® 3500 engine cutaway. Visitors will have plenty of opportunity to make contact with both the Cat iron and the Cat experts. A helm station, fully equipped with displays and controls, provides yacht feeling even ashore. Sales literature and customer support information will also be available.
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 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 and a “60 C” with 2x Cat C32 ACERT power.
Underlining its international significance, Fort Lauderdale is also a major venue for boat builders from Europe and Asia Pacific. In fact, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems sells even more pleasure craft engines in these markets than in the Americas. Among the new designs from Italy, Azimut will display its “47 Fly” utilising twin C9 ACERT engines. At the other end of the power range, the Ferretti Group is expected to display a remarkable 200 foot mega yacht powered by twin Cat 3516B marine engines. Australia’s Grand Banks is demonstrating the “Eastbay 55 SX” with 2x Cat C15 ACERT engines and Riviera is presenting its “41 Flybridge” powered by 2x Cat C7 ACERT engines – to name but a few.
“Caterpillar marine engines are recognised for their outstanding performance in pleasure craft applications”, said David Shannon, Manager Global Pleasure Craft, Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, Greenville, South Carolina, USA. “Since we are also a global player in commercial and ocean-going propulsion, customers benefit from our expertise in providing integrated marine solutions, ranging from project design to the commissioning of complex propulsion systems, covering financing, insurance and customer support, and including a variety of logistics, remanufacturing and related services for boat builders and boat owners world-wide. Come, see the power and meet our pleasure craft team at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show!”
About Caterpillar Marine Power Systems
Caterpillar Marine Power Systems, with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, brings together all the sales and service activities for Cat and MaK branded marine products within Caterpillar Inc. This organization provides premier marine power solutions (high and medium speed with outputs from 11 kW to 16,000 kW) and customer service from a single source for the global ocean-going, commercial and pleasure craft markets. The Caterpillar Marine Power Systems sales and service network includes more than 2,100 dealer locations world-wide and is well positioned to support customers wherever they are.
More information is available at www.cat-marine.com or www.mak-global.com.
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