Honda Marine showed off its new BF350 V8 outboard engine at this year’s International WorkBoat Show (IWBS) in New Orleans this week. The new engine is the company’s first V8 production engine for use on both land and water. 

“This is brand new, and it is not in production yet,” a Honda spokesman said. “You can order it, but it won’t be in production until the end of this year.”

The four-stroke SOHC, 8-cylinder runs on 86 octane unleaded gasoline. The company said its proprietary "Lean Burn Control" technology supports combustion on a leaner air-to-fuel mixture, which optimizes fuel efficiency. The new motor pairs with Honda’s Intelligent "Shift and Throttle" (iST) drive-by-wire system, offering plug-and-play installation of the Optimus 360 by Dometic joystick system, compatible with twin, triple, and quad engine configurations.

At full throttle, the motor offers an rpm range between 5,000-6,000, rated for 5,500 rpm. The cooling system is water-cooled with a micro-computer programmed ignition system. Standard trim support offers a range from -4° to +15° and a tilt range of 68°. Idling, trolling mode, and cruise control ranges are 650+50 rpm, 650-1,000 rpm, and 650-6,000 rpm, respectively.

You can find Honda Marine at booth 3375.

Ben Hayden is a Maine resident who grew up in the shipyards of northern Massachusetts.  His passion for storytelling came about on a freelance film that highlighted businesses, farmers, and fishermen while sailing up the coast of Maine. He can be reached at (207) 842-5430.