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Wednesday, November 28, 2018 

UK engine developer Cox Powertrain has partnered with commercial boat builder, Metal Shark Boats, to market its high-powered diesel outboard engine, the CXO300.

A twin installation of pre-production engines is featured on Metal Shark’s stand at the 2018 International Workboat Show. The Louisiana based boat builder will play a major role in bringing the world’s highest-powered diesel outboard to the military, government, and commercial markets in the USA, which is forecast to account for a large share of Cox’s commercial sales.

“Metal Shark is pleased to partner with Cox on the integration and introduction of its new, game-changing outboard,” said Metal Shark’s CEO Chris Allard. “Our law enforcement, and commercial clients worldwide have eagerly awaited the arrival of high-powered diesel outboards and it’s an honour for us to help bring this new technology to market. Having worked with Cox for two years we are thoroughly impressed with the product, the company, and the vision."

Cox Powertrain’s Global Sales Director, Joel Reid said: “We cannot underestimate just how important the commercial workboat market is to Cox, particularly in southern states such as Louisiana and Texas, which is why a strong relation with boatbuilders such as Metal Shark is crucial to our success. We are delighted to formally name Metal Shark as one of Cox’s partners and very much look forward to working alongside them to introduce the CXO300 to the commercial market.”

Delivering 300hp at the propeller, the CXO300 is a four stroke V8 diesel offering up to 25% more range compared to gasoline outboards and is designed to last up to three times longer. The engines combine the simplicity and economy of an outboard installation with safety and reliability achieved by eliminating the need for volatile gasoline. Aware of how downtime affects commercial users, Cox is working to deliver a service network in over 110 countries, with 30 distributors and 300 dealers, so operators can be assured that, should an issue arise, they are up and running again with minimal disruption.

Cox Powertrain has partnered with its Louisiana based distributor Innovative Diesel Technology to run a series of on-water demonstrations of the CXO300 in the southern US states.

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