YANMAR has reaffirmed its commitment to the Cannes yachting festival as Europe's premier in-water show for the boating market with a full display of its newest ultra-efficient common-rail marine diesel engines along with a new 360⁰-rotation saildrive.
New generation engines
At the 2016 Cannes Festival de la Plaisance (September 6-11) YANMAR MARINE INTERNATIONAL will be presenting on its stand (Jetee 110) its new generation of common-rail smooth high-performance four-cylinder, six-cylinder and V8 diesels, all of which have been designed specifically for marine application. All are shown in association with Fenwick Marine, YANMAR's French distributor.
The new 6LY six-cylinder 6LY400/440 CR engine inherits all of YANMAR's three-decade tradition of producing smooth, quiet, fuel-efficient and highly reliable six-cylinder marine diesels, but it adds many new refinements for even smoother operation and better performance with further improved fuel economy with minimal exhaust emissions.
The small, low-profile slim, inline-six 5.8-litre block gains common-rail fuel injection for exceptionally fine fuel atomisation and ever better power-to-weight performance, plus a new 24-valve cylinder head for optimal breathing that's assisted by new inlet and exhaust manifold design. This fully electronically controlled and monitored engine is now one of the most efficient marine engines in today's 400-500 mph power segment. YANMAR's four-cylinder engine family, which spans the 45-110 mhp, is represented by models including the 4JH80. This will be shown for the first time in combination with the new ZF SPP saildrive. With 360⁰ rotation, this brings all the benefits of joystick control to co-ordinate drive and bow-thruster operation and offer sailboat skippers the same supremely easy docking that's now widely enjoyed by powercruiser owners.
Completing the YANMAR common-rail marine diesel engine presentation on the YMI stand is the lusty 8LV370 V8 model, which is shown coupled with a ZT twin-propeller sterndrive. Delivering 370 mhp at 3,800 rpm, this combination weighing in at just 547 kg gives all of the acceleration of and top-end power-to-weight performance of comparable gasoline sterndrives and outboards, but with considerably lower running costs.
For optimum control and monitoring of these and other YANMAR propulsion systems, the YMI/Fenwick Marine stand will also showcase the latest development of its VCS (Vessel Control System). The new VC10 version uses YANMAR’s own J1939 control bus for single-or twin-engine operation and monitoring while GPS, chart plotter and monitoring displays are handled by NMEA2000 data bus. In the unlikely event of J1939 failure, these electronic systems continue to function.
Commenting on the YANMAR presence at this year's Cannes show, Wil Botman, YMI Assistant Sales Manager says: "We see Cannes as an increasingly important show for us. It has the luxury brands that we want to be associated with, so last year we doubled our stand size to 50m². This year we have refreshed the design of the stand to display the crème of what we produce to its best advantage."
Alain Moineau, Fenwick Marine Department Manager, adds: "It's especially important this year for us to have a strong presence at the Cannes Yachting Festival. In the international yachting sector there will be heightened interest in the south of France. That's because down the coast, off the Mourillon beach at Toulon, is where the premier grand prix in yacht racing, the 2016 America's Cup, is being staged. YANMAR is an official technical partner of ORACLE TEAM USA, twice-defending winner of the trophy, which this year will be contested during the Cannes show. So we can expect double exposure."