Diesel outboard wins Seawork award

Seatrials were on offer at Seawork aboard two CXO300-powered boats Seatrials were on offer at Seawork aboard two CXO300-powered boats
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Cox Powertrain was announced as the winner of the Marine Power and Propulsion category at the annual European Commercial Marine Innovation Awards for its 300hp diesel outboard, the CXO300.

The awards, sponsored by A-Plan Insurance, celebrate the outstanding individuals and innovative companies that comprise this vibrant and productive industry sector. All products involved in the awards comprised new vessels or projects that were launched or completed within the last 12 months and which demonstrate fresh approaches, rather than being enhancements of existing products.

Judges chose Cox Powertrain’s pioneering CXO300 for its novel design and the boldness of its from-scratch approach. They recognised that instead of modifying pre-existing components, Cox’s designers opted to pursue innovation in every aspect. The fact that the CXO300’s service life is anticipated to last three times longer than conventional petrol outboards was another major point in its favour.

“We are very proud to be handed this award,” Faye Dooley, Marketing Communications Manager at Cox Powertrain commented, “Not only have we worked hard to create an innovative product, we have also redefined standards in service, and we are extremely proud to be recognised for this.”

In addition, Cox Powertrain offered the new engines for trials aboard two test boats during the show. We took a ride out on a twin CXO300 setup, finding the engines to be refined and quiet at at everything from tickover to planing speeds.

As well as holding its first international dealer meeting just ahead of the show, the company announced that production of the CXO300 will commence in October, with the first round of delivery to take place by the end of the year. The firm has received a “remarkable” number of enquiries since its order books opened in November last year. When fully operational, the production line will run two shifts per day to meet this exceptional level of demand.

Cox’s 4.4-litre 4-stroke V8 CXO300 has been shown to offer excellent performance with maximum torque delivered right through from 1,300 to 3,000rpm, reaching 479ft lbs ̶ almost double the torque of its 300hp petrol rivals. Predicted cost-of-life savings are as high as £150,000 due to reduced fuel costs, fewer maintenance requirements and an expected three-times-longer life span.

The selling price of the engine was also released at Seawork as £35,000 + taxes.

By Jake Frith

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