Nameplates like the Mercury Mariner and Lincoln Navigator aside, Ford hasn't offered a marine engine in over two decades. But through a new partnership with one of the biggest names in the business, the Dearborn-based automaker is dipping its proverbial toes back in the water.

Announced yesterday at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the new partnership between Ford Component Sales and Indmar Marine Engines will see the 6.2-liter V8 from the F-150 SVT Raptor and F-Series Super Duty marinized for use in boats.

The largest privately owned inboard gasoline marine engine manufacturer in the world, Indmar has been in the business for 43 years, and figures the Ford V8 will be just what watersport enthusiasts are looking for to tow waterskiers and wakeboarders to their hearts' content.
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Indmar Marine Engines Now Built Ford Tough: Indmar and Ford Announce Engine Supply Agreement at SEMA

- After more than 20 years, Ford Motor Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary Ford Component Sales, is back in the business of marine engines
- Indmar Marine Engines will offer high-performance boaters the 6.2-liter V8 engine, which powers Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and Ford F-Series Super Duty trucks
- The Ford V8 offers Built Ford Tough reliability to boaters, making it more than capable of meeting the high demands of today's watersport enthusiasts


LAS VEGAS, Nov. 5, 2013 – Ford Motor Company will re-enter the marine market in an agreement with Indmar Marine Engines, the world's largest privately held manufacturer of gasoline inboard marine engines.

Ford and Indmar Marine Engines made the announcement today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association premier event – the 2013 SEMA show.

"Ford is pleased to be working with Indmar Marine as it plans to re-enter the marine market," said Jamy Hall, president and CEO for Ford Component Sales. "Ford has a long history of bringing power to the marine industry and views this effort as a strategic opportunity for the company."

Ford's 6.2-liter V8 engine, which is offered in F-150 SVT Raptor and F-Series Super Duty trucks, will give watersport enthusiasts the power and torque necessary to meet the increased workload demanded of today's watercraft, allowing them to go further with Ford out on the water. Indmar Marine Engines will offer three models of varying horsepower and torque that will have plenty of power to pull the most avid water-skiers and wake boarders.

Indmar Marine Engines has been in business for 43 years and operates multiple advanced manufacturing facilities in the United States, with distribution centers in Tennessee and California. The company is the engine supplier of choice for some of the most well-known, high-performance boats used by watersport enthusiasts across the country.

"The 6.2-liter engine was specifically built for a truck, providing the torque needed to tow heavy weight – which is exactly what today's high-performance watercraft need," said Chuck Rowe, president of Indmar Marine Engines.

"Our sport has evolved, and with heavier boats, bigger wakes and larger ballast and passenger capacity, the demand on the engine is even greater," Rowe added. "We looked at the total market, and have spent a great deal of time, research and development dollars to find an engine that will best fit the demands of watersports."


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      Ryan Schneider
      • 1 Year Ago
      Completely lost opportunity to use the term "marinated" in a headline. For shame, AB....
        BipDBo
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan Schneider
        That's what happens when the boat sinks. Looks like they fixed it.
      mapoftazifosho
      • 1 Year Ago
      I feel like the EcoBoost V6 could be good for marine applications...albeit complex as hell. The torque comes in at lower RPM...wouldn't that allow for lower fuel consumption? Clearly the turbo exhaust would be an issue, but it wouldn't be the end of the world to work with...right?
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        I agree -- added complexity aside, it seems a little odd for Ford to only marinize/marinate the big engine. There are many boats that would get plenty of power from an EcoBoost 2.0 or 3.5 and Ford could boast that they are helping to make boating more eco-friendly. For what it's worth, it really seems like the 6.2 V8 is not an engine that Ford wants to represent the company.
        jtav2002
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mapoftazifosho
        Supercharging I think is a better option, and already in use. Although i don't know much about the inboard boats as my experience is with outboard boats. Mercury Marine has had a supercharged series engines for awhile now. And a newer outfit Seven Marine has a ridiculous expensive outboard based on the GM LSA engine. And obviously turbo diesels have been used in larger boats for a long long time so there's already that technology there.
      Skicat
      • 1 Year Ago
      I got a Ford/Indmar 351 in my '92 Mastercraft. Great motor :)
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      I want anyone to yry to match the 2015 CADILLAC ESCALADE. Make my year.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @truckguy
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        @truckguy
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      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      TRY
      truckguy
      • 1 Year Ago
      JUST LIKE THE NEW $2000.00 Plus computers.... Sorry I have to PUCK... Yea that too!!!!
      mapoftazifosho
      • 1 Year Ago
      Needs more spark plugs!
      Rotation
      • 1 Year Ago
      Boats don't have gearboxes and so torque is more important than HP. I don't really see an OHC engine like this which produces less torque for the same weight/volume of engine as an pushrod one really being an optimal solution.
        J-Hova
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rotation
        What are you smoking? I mean I get what you are trying to say in that in general you think of OHC motors as RPM motors and OHV motors as more broad/torquey motors, but it's a BS bias. I could say that generally OHC motors are better platforms for boosting than a OHV motor so does that make a LS motor a poor choice to throw boost at? A old SOHC 5.4 was much more of a lowend stump puller than a 5.3 Vortec, but it wasn't as strong once the motor started turning higher RPM's. In fact the old SOHC 5.4 made over 80% of their torque at 2,000 RPM's. There are several examples of OHV motors that are much more RPM motors than lowend stump pullers. Some examples being a SBC 302, 351 Cleveland/Boss 351 motor, etc. Even when talking BB's. The older 455 GM motors were more lowend motors where a 454 Chevy was more of a topend motor.(from my understanding) A Ford 427FE was more of a topend RPM motor where a 428FE was more of a stump puller. Fords 6.2L Boss motor makes 411 HP/434 lb-ft with a 9.8:1 compression ratio and without DI. GM's new 6.2 Ecotec3 motor makes 420 hp/460 lb-ft with a 11.0.1 compression ratio and DI, and the Boss 6.2 out-matches the older 6.2 from GM in both HP and torque. The Ford 6.2 was developed for to be the gasoline motor in the current SD lineup so rest assure that it makes plenty of torque. The new Boss 6.2 has a much better bore/stroke ratio than any Modular based motor. If Ford ever decides to show it some love and turn it into a performance motor with a higher compression ratio, aluminum block, DI, etc then it will be a very tough act for any OHV motor of similar displacement to follow.
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