No segment of the high-performance powerboat world got hit harder by the recession of 2008 and the tough years that followed than independent—or regional—performance-boat engine builders. Not only did the number of people buying boats dwindle, but a lot of buyers avoided higher-horsepower, thirstier engines and bigger, more expensive drives and accessories.
If there was a silver lining, it’s that the shops that built lower-quality products and provided sub-par service were weeded out. While there are fewer companies today, those that remain have carved out a collective reputation for building reliable, powerful engines and for providing attentive service after the sale.
Some stayed afloat by developing new products while others focused on offering rebuild/upgrade packages for existing engines, including models originally built by Mercury Racing, which still dominates the performance-boat engine market. What follows is a closer look at some remaining prime-time players.
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