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DSC03963Wake Boat Excitement…Sea Ray Style

The premier builder presents a new sport boat powered by Mercury Marine

Sea Ray entered the wake sport boat market with the new SLX-W 230, which is powered by a Mercury Marine V-Drive propulsion system.

The builder said the SLX-W combines wake-shaping capabilities with a deep-vee hull design, joystick piloting capability, a submersible swim step, Dynamic Display and a standard watersports tower.

“This is the ideal boat for active families seeking to maximize their time on the water,” Sea Ray president of sport boats and sport cruisers Brad Anderson said in a statement.

“We started with Sea Ray’s unique dedication to Orchestrated Excellence, then added a thrilling new wake-surfing technology design to achieve the perfect boat for wake sports, coving and cruising. The SLX-W delivers pure enjoyment with nothing sacrificed and we’re calling it Orchestrated Adventure.”

Sea Ray’s deep-V wake-hull design comes standard with Dynamic Running Surface.

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Sea Ray’s new SLX-W 230 offers its deep-vee hull, joystick capability, submersible swim step, standard tower, and Mercury Marine power.

Pre-sets for wakeboarding and surfing fill the 2,000 pounds of ballast to the appropriate level and set the underwater gear for the wave. The ballast system is entirely contained within the hull, a sophisticated solution Sea Ray said does not consume valuable storage space.

The company also said the SLX-W 230 offers a fully integrated joystick control that utilizes the engine and thrusters in an effort to make the boat more easily maneuvered.

“During the research phase of this project, customers were very clear about how difficult it was to maneuver traditional tow boats in close quarters, such as around docks or when picking up surfers,” Anderson said. “Working with Mercury Marine, we’re introducing a wake sports boat that makes it easy to dock in any condition and spin on a dime to pick up a fallen surfer more quickly.”

“With its incredible versatility, superior fit and finish, unprecedented wake technology and easy maneuverability — courtesy of Mercury’s joystick piloting technology — the SLX-W fulfills a bold new vision for wake sports capability,” Anderson said. “The wave of the future is here.”

For more information, visit the company Website at http://www.searay.com

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Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Dock News

 

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Engine Update

Making The Best Better

Mercury Marine® launches Verado® 350 supercharged FourStroke

Mercury Marine, the world leader in commercial and recreational marine propulsion and technology, introduced the Mercury Verado® 350hp outboard engine at the 2015 Miami International Boat Show in Miami, Florida. The Verado 350 is now the most powerful engine in Mercury’s class-leading Verado family of four- and six-cylinder supercharged FourStroke outboards, ranging from 175hp to 350hp.

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Imposing power and superb engineering are key factors in Mercury Marine’s newest addition to its outboard lineup: The Verado 350-hp Four Stroke.

“We’re proud to introduce the next evolution of this market-leading outboard series, the innovative and powerful Verado 350,” said John Pfeifer, president of Mercury Marine. “Whether it’s installed in single  or  multiple-engine  configurations,  Verado  350  delivers  everything  performance-minded boaters and anglers demand.”

Built on Mercury’s proven supercharged inline six-cylinder Verado outboard engine, the Verado
350 delivers unsurpassed speed and overall performance without sacrificing durability and cruise fuel economy.

Mercury test results reveal the highly efficient Verado 350, which can operate on 89 octane gas with 91 octane recommended for full performance, provides up to 10 percent greater fuel economy than competitive outboards. That translates into 100 miles or more in additional range per fill-up and hundreds of dollars saved at the pump each year.

The secret to the Verado 350’s unbeatable combination of performance and fuel economy begins with its lightweight, compact design. Weighing just 668 pounds, this engine is 95 pounds lighter than the nearest four-stroke competitor.

Intelligent design enhancements

True to the Verado brand, the new 350 provides class-leading performance. This engine has superior torque across the operating range, creating rocket-like holeshot and faster top-end speed. It also features Mercury’s all-new intelligent design enhancements, leading to a best-in-class driving experience.

The Verado 350 can breathe! The cold- air intake system is designed to capture cool, fresh air from outside the cowl and deliver it directly and efficiently to the supercharger. The larger, straighter airflow path is a more efficient design that creates less turbulence. The unique labyrinth design in the top cowl keeps the powerhead dry.

The Verado 350 can breathe! The cold- air intake system is designed to capture cool, fresh air from outside the cowl and deliver it directly and efficiently to the supercharger. The larger, straighter airflow path is a more efficient design that creates less turbulence. The unique labyrinth design in the top cowl keeps the powerhead dry.

The Verado 350’s new cold-air intake system is designed to collect cool, fresh air from outside the cowl and deliver it efficiently to the supercharger. Its larger, straighter airflow path was engineered to create less-turbulent airflow. The water-cooled supercharger delivers greater boost by utilizing water from the engine cooling system to provide a cooling jacket around the supercharger components, thereby reducing the work required to compress the air induction and increasing overall durability.

The top cowl’s unique labyrinth design keeps the powerhead dry, while the styled vented flywheel cover allows engine heat to dissipate more easily, improving the overall efficiency and durability of the engine and its components.

Optimized guide plates maximize driver handling at high speeds, providing greater confidence when you’re running hard and fast. Verado’s robust and proven 5.44-inch-diameter gearcase is built to handle offshore seas and to provide extra lift for longer, heavier center-console and walk- around boats. Gears are precision-machined at Mercury Marine to ensure the highest levels of quality and durability.

Mercury’s specially formulated lower-gear lubrication for the Verado 350 reduces lube temperature and increases gearcase efficiency, which translates into more propshaft horsepower and better performance. It also means lower maintenance and longer engine life.

Verado 350 not only is more powerful, it also makes more power. Mercury Marine’s exclusive Idle Charge system adaptively increases engine rpm at low speeds when battery voltage is low. This provides additional current for increased house loads caused by today’s integrated navigation equipment, and ensures that operators always have the power necessary to maintain safe operation.

Verado family assets

Like its Verado siblings, the new 350 is compatible with Mercury’s SmartCraft® Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) system, which offers smooth, instantaneous, quiet shifting and ultra-responsive throttle control. Operators also are assured a quiet ride by the inherently balanced inline six-cylinder Verado engine with its Advanced Mid Section (AMS) design, which virtually eliminates vibration in the boat.

SmartCraft® Digital Throttle & Shift provides smooth, instantaneous, predictable and quiet shifting, as well as ultra-responsive throttle control, while true Power Steering (standard on six-cylinder models) delivers precision steering without undesirable steering torque. Mercury “shadow technology” eliminates the hassle of grappling with multiple engine levers when running with triple or quadruple outboards. Shadow mode controls up to four engines with just two levers from as many as two helm stations.

Along with Joystick  Control, SmartCraft® Digital Throttle & Shift provides smooth, instantaneous, predictable and quiet shifting, as well as ultra-responsive throttle control, while true Power Steering (standard on six-cylinder models) delivers precision steering without undesirable steering torque.
Mercury “shadow technology” eliminates the hassle of grappling with multiple engine levers when running with triple or quadruple outboards. Shadow mode controls up to four engines with just two levers from as many as two helm stations.

Verado is the easiest four-stroke outboard to maintain on the market today. Verado outboards come standard with Mercury’s exclusive lifetime maintenance-free valve train, which means owners never have to take their engine in for pricey valve-lash adjustments. In addition, the maintenance label under the cowl outlines the maintenance schedule at 100- and 300-hour intervals and provides a QR code that links to additional information about your Verado 350, as well as brief maintenance “How To” videos.

Verado 350 is available with Joystick Piloting for Outboards as well as Skyhook and VesselView. With a simple push or twist of a joystick you can maneuver a boat in virtually any direction – sideways, diagonally or spinning on its axis. You easily can control dual, triple or quad Verado 250hp, 300hp or 350hp outboards, even in challenging wind and current conditions. This system integrates seamlessly with SmartCraft Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) and electro­ hydraulic power steering, while standard integrated autopilot provides Auto Heading and Waypoint Sequencing. Skyhook, the industry’s leading digital GPS positioning system, holds the boat in position for fishing or waiting for bridges to open. VesselView engine-information systems allow you to make the most of your time on the water.

Every Verado engine comes with Mercury’s class-leading corrosion protection, utilizing low- copper aluminum silicon alloys, and its high-tech paint system, which features irridite metal prep and sealing, electro-deposition paint (EDP) priming and powder-paint top coat. Peace of mind is standard, thanks to Mercury’s industry-exclusive three-year limited corrosion warranty.

Customize your engine

The Verado 350 offers owners the ability to personalize their engines with custom colors, including standard Phantom Black, Cold Fusion White and Warm Fusion White, which will complement almost any boat color.

For more information on Mercury Marine and its complete lineup of products including the Verado 350-hp Four Stroke outboards, visit http://www.mercurymarine.com

 
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Posted by on June 15, 2015 in Engine Update

 

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BOSTON WHALER’S NEWEST FLAGSHIP

The 420 Outrage will soon lead the model line up.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Founded in 1958, Boston Whaler has always been in the forefront in the design and advancement of outboard-powered boats. The iconic brand, noted for bringing new and innovative offerings to this sector of the market, now makes a major announcement to bolster its top-of-the line models: the Outrage 420.

With its Boston Whaler heritage, the 420 Outrage is sure to a favorite with both offshore fishing enthusiasts as well as recreational, family boaters.

With its Boston Whaler heritage, the 420 Outrage is sure to a favorite with both offshore fishing enthusiasts as well as recreational, family boaters.

“The Boston Whaler legacy is defined by its most groundbreaking moments—those important leaps forward in design, technology and manufacturing,” said Whaler president Huw Bower in a recent statement on the new boat’s forthcoming launch. “The 420 Outrage marks an exciting new chapter in our legend with a bold declaration of performance and capability.”

Designed to maximize entertaining spaces as well as being a serious sportfishing boat, the 420 Outrage offers quad Mercury 300-hp Verado engines with joystick control including SmartCraft VesselView display, power steering, and digital throttle and shift.

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For more information on the 420 Outrage, or any of the other fine offerings in the Boston Whaler model line up, visit the company Website at http://www.bostonwhaler.com

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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NEW ADDITION

Taking up the middle slot in its Pro FourStroke Series of outboard engines, Mercury presents a 200-hp model to round out the offerings.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Mercury Marine’s Pro FourStroke line up included the 250- and 300-hp engines designed with the same notable acceleration and top speed of its other Pro Series engines, including the OptiMax Pro XS and Verado.

Joining the already sea-tested model offerings is the 200-hp Pro FourStroke, an engine built on the same six-cylinder Verado platform as its proven predecessors.

200_ProFourStroke_spec_largeAccording to the company, the 200-hp Pro delivers exceptional hole shot speed with punchy mid-range acceleration. Furthering its performance, the state-of-the-art supercharged technology, developed for Verado, allows exact and programmable control with regards to strategizing fuel consumption and air intake.

The outstanding torque and overall performance of the 200 Pro FourStroke make it ideal for pontoons, saltwater bay and flats boats and freshwater fishing boats and comes standard with the Advanced Mid Section (AMS), Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS) and electro-hydraulic power steering for an unrivaled driving experience.

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For more information about the 200-hp Pro FourStroke, or any of the other fine Mercury Marine products, visit the company Website at http://www.mercurymarine.com

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2014 in Dock Buzz

 

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Equipment

mma_shell_headerAs with everywhere in our watery experience, the outboard sector of the boating industry is constantly testing itself and its products for both performance, safety, and environmental impact. Mercury Marine, long a pioneer in this area, as well as being a forward thinking company, has been working on its prop technology and presents its latest offering, the Enertia line; which, according to the company, will help to maximize fuel economy in high horsepower engines. -Capt. Ken

Mercury Enertia ECO Propeller 

Addressing the related topics of increasing fuel costs and environmental stewardship, Mercury Marine is pleased to announce the new Enertia ECO propeller has been released for sale today to the Mercury Marine dealer network.

The Mercury Enertia ECO was specifically designed for high-horsepower outboard-powered boats, offering boaters a 10 percent increase in fuel economy at cruising speeds while also living up to the performance and reliability standards inherent with all Mercury propellers.

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Mercury’s Enertia props have been engineered for optimum performance and fuel economy.

To maximize the fuel economy improvement provided by the Enertia ECO, Mercury Marine engineers designed a new propeller with a broad 16-inch diameter, large blade area and a high progressive rake, a combination made possible only through using Mercury’s proprietary X7 stainless steel alloy. This design and material combination results in a propeller that increases hull lift, ultimately making the boat more efficient by reducing overall drag.  While increasing fuel economy, the reduced drag has also proven to help lower planing speeds, increase top-end speed and improve holeshot performance.

“As marina gasoline prices have risen, customers have added fuel economy to their definition of performance,” said Jared Reichenberger, brand manager for Mercury Propellers. “Mercury Marine already produces fuel-efficient engines, as well as driver aids such as the ECO Screen display, it is time to release a high-performing propeller that also assists in increasing fuel economy.”

While boaters continue to demand the best acceleration and top speed, there is also a growing requirement for efficiency and fuel economy at cruising speeds where a vast majority of their operating time is spent.

At cruising speeds, the Enertia ECO posts a minimum of 10 percent fuel economy gain compared to Mercury’s already-efficient line of 135+ hp propellers. This gain translates to dollars as many boaters average nearly 100 hours on the water each year.  At today’s gas prices, this propeller alone will save that boater more than $550 per year, which translates to more than $5,500 over 10 years.

In addition to saving money, the Enertia ECO provides additional range from each tank of fuel. Whether they are pursuing fish farther from shore, or simply cruising longer between fill-ups, boaters can now significantly extend their range with a simple propeller change.

These savings are now available to consumers in right- and left-hand rotation across three pitches: 19, 21 and 23 inches. All feature a 16-inch diameter.

For more information, contact the company at http://www.mercurymarine.com

About Mercury Marine: Headquartered in Fond du Lac, Wis., Mercury Marine is the world’s leading manufacturer of recreational marine propulsion engines. A $2 billion division of Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC), Mercury provides engines, boats, services and parts for recreational, commercial and government marine applications, empowering boaters with products that are easy to use, extremely reliable and backed by the most dedicated customer support in the world. Mercury’s industry-leading brand portfolio includes Mercury and Mariner outboard engines; Mercury MerCruiser sterndrive and inboard packages; MotorGuide trolling motors; Mercury propellers; Mercury inflatable boats; Mercury SmartCraft electronics; Attwood marine parts; Land ‘N Sea marine parts distribution; and Mercury and Quicksilver parts and oils.

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2014 in Equipment

 

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MercurySleight of Hand

A look at what Mercury Marine has come up with for effortless control over outboard engine boats.

By Capt. Ken Kreisler

The ability to safely maneuver your outboard powered boat around the dock just go a lot easier with Mercury's fingertip control system.

The ability to safely maneuver your outboard powered boat around the dock just got a lot easier with Mercury’s fingertip control system.

“Think of it this way: It’s as if you could take your palm, place it on top of your boat and be able to move it in any direction you want,” said Chris Chapman, Mercury Marine’s Application Development Engineer and joystick whiz for the company’s new outboard engine control system.

By now, since the introduction of the various joystick control systems over the years, we’ve become quite used to, and somewhat comfortable, with the concept. A twist here. A push there. Dial it around. A short learning curve for newbies and a definite game changer in significantly lowering the pucker factor while in close quarters docking situations or maneuvering. But to have this technology available for use with a pair of outboard engines? Still dubious? Try triple and quad applications as well.

Yes, joystick control has come to outboard engines and when the opportunity to test

A triple rigged center console proved a short, easy learning curve with the system.

A triple rigged center console proved a short, easy learning curve with the system.

Mercury Marine’s revolutionary system came up aboard a 39-foot Sea Vee center console equipped with triple 300-hp, four stroke Verado engines came my way, I jumped in with, well, both feet and one hand.

“Our system takes the joystick technology and passes it through the propulsion system,” Chapman said as he and I sat at the helm of the Sea Vee test boat. “We have dual and triple applications right now with quads and multiple stations coming by year’s end.”

With a smaller Boston Whaler 320 Outrage quietly hovering right outside the dock next to ours, the pair of 300-hp Verado’s going through their paces while on another demo ride, Chapman led me through the technology and practical applications of the system.

A key component to the system is this steering ram.

A key component to the system is this steering ram.

Taking its cues from the advanced and proven systems already in use for larger, diesel powered, pod, and stern driven boats, Mercury has been able to not only make inroads but come up with far-reaching designs in this technology as well. In short, the company has taken the ease of those systems, and especially with the simplicity of docking, and given them to outboard engines.

Vesselview presents a clear and easy to read screen covering all engine parameters.

Vesselview presents a clear and easy to read screen covering all engine parameters.

Once the domain of hard-core, offshore fishermen, in recent years the ccenter console design has become more popular with families. With Mercury’s joystick system you can, with proper instruction and practice, have multiple captains aboard, such as your wife and kids, who, with a much shorter learning curve than that with traditional controls dealing with wind and current, are not only capable of getting the boat back to the dock, but will be confident and comfortable with the skill set as well. “And our engineers have fine tuned and calibrated the fully integrated system—everything is manufactured by us in one location, from the engines, to the wiring harnesses and rigging, to the controls and autopilot—to a point where we can match the technology to the specific application necessary as pertains to the weight of a certain model of boat where the amount of thrust may not be needed,” Chapman said. In other words, heavy boats more and lighter boats less.

In developing its outboard joystick controls, Mercury took its cues from both its own internal pulse and that of the consumer. Noting the uptick rate in its successful Axius System, the engineers set their sights on moving the technology across all of the company’s product lines.

The system is so finely tuned that full control over a quad set up takes little effort.

The system is so finely tuned that full control over a quad set up takes little effort.

The sophisticated system has three control modules per engine; an engine control module that manages all of the core engine functions; a thrust vector module, responsible for all the steering functions; and lastly, a helm command and control module. When in operation, the system takes all its commands from the helm and transfers them for seamless and instantaneous response, telling the engine where it needs to steer and where it needs to be throttling and shifting.

The complete system.

The complete system.

Engaging the joystick control, you can completely and proportionally adjust to any point in between; if you want to go to starboard, merely press slightly in that direction and that engine will shift in reverse with the port going in forward as both splay out. In that way, the direction of the thrust will be directed under the center of gravity beneath the boat. If you need to add a little forward movement, merely push the joystick in that direction. The same goes for reverse, as there is no need at any time to come back to center. It’s that easy to continue adding those partial movements to keep things very fluid and maintain control over the boat’s momentum so as not to have to regain any motion as the boat moves into the dock.

With the triple engine application, as on my test boat, the center engine will follow

The system works with any Mercury power.

The system works with any Mercury power.

whichever engine is in reverse. So for a starboard movement, for example, where the starboard outside engine is in reverse, the center one will swing over and maintain the same angle and assist in reverse. And regardless of dual or triple engines, should the wind get your bow and momentarily put the boat out of shape, a mere twist of the control in the opposite direction will get things back on an even keel very quickly.

That hand-on-the-top-of-your-boat analogy of Chapman’s rings true when trying it out for the first time. The initial reaction is how immediate the response is to the command and how, when you first get your hand on the joystick, there is a tendency to twist too much and push too far. Looking aft and seeing those three, 300-hp Verado engines hanging off the transom can be a bit intimidating. But very quickly, and with a bit of practice, the ‘feel’ for things settles in and quite soon after that, your confidence and proficiency with the system will astound you.

As we discussed the experience, Chapman backed up my reaction. “This is a real, intuitive way to move around the dock. With traditional ‘stick’ operation, there is usually a lot of movement to jockey into the correct position. With this system, all that is eliminated. For a non-boater, someone unfamiliar with bringing a boat back-in to a dock, we can usually have them comfortable after and hour or so of instruction and practice.”

The system also includes an auto trim feature. When coming down off plane from running, you usually tuck the drives back down to minimize the bow rise. What the joystick does is, as soon as it is touched, is take that fully tucked trim position and trims the engines back out to a factory preset point so that they are mostly level with the bottom of the boat.

Engaging Skyhook enables you to hold your boat in position regardless of wind or current.

Engaging Skyhook enables you to hold your boat in position regardless of wind or current.

Furthering the joystick experience, there are several high-tech options available including a fully integrated Mercury autopilot with waypoint sequencing so you can easily chart your course. Other premium features include a control pad for activating any of the joystick features and Skyhook®, Mercury’s patented ‘hovering’ system. Activating it will keep your boat in place against wind and current or while waiting for a spot to open at the fuel dock. It can also be used to get yourself together while shaping up for docking manuevers and is a real advantage to offshore fishermen as well with no need to try and anchor in deep water or move off a wreck site where the bite is on. Vesselview allows accessing and monitoring of all your boat’s systems as well as being able to set the cruise control. And finally there is Auto Heading, which links its electronic compass onto the boat’s heading, keeping it on course with a one degree adjustments available from the joystick and 10 degree tuning from the control panel.

One bit of redundancy that is built into the system covers a rather familiar scenario and one that none of us want to deal with while away from the dock. Given the amount of electronics we have become used to using all the time—chartplotter, radar, sounder, radio, entertainment center, baitwell pump, lights and lots of other electric gear—a situation might arise where there is a depletion of your cranking batteries’ power. If the Mercury system identifies this is happening, it will automatically raise the idle rate of the engines and bring the charge current up. Other features include one power steering pump and one steering cylinder per engine just in case there is a problem with any other engine. There is also a guardian mode that will kick in so as not allow the engine to operate outside of accepted parameters. And there are anti-collision cables between all multiple engine applications.

Mercury Marine’s R&D was as focused and determined with this technology as it has been in the past when bringing other new advances forward. “We’ve had multiple validation cycles and tests, punishing the product way before bringing it to the consumer level,” Chapman said. With everything I’ve seen and experienced, the company has done its homework. The result is a user-friendly system that brings a new level of comfort to the outboard sector and one that just might get those on the fence about handling a boat down off it and onto the deck and at the helm. Mercury Marine. (920) 929-5892. http://www.mercurymarine.com 

 
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Posted by on December 11, 2013 in Equipment

 

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