Free Performance Reports Assist With Yanmar Repowers

Repowering to a new diesel engine can enable boat owners to take advantage of improved fuel consumption and range, bringing new life to an existing craft.

Mack Boring & Parts Company can now put the data behind diesel engines at owners’ fingertips with free Yanmar performance reports. With hundreds of boat model and Yanmar diesel engine combinations available, each report outlines a repower scenario with comparative information.

According to Mack Boring & Parts Company, the easy-to-read documents cover boat and Yanmar engine specifications, with charts showing the repowered boat’s speed and fuel burn at incremental rpm’s. Most also contain gear and propeller data. Yanmar performance reports are available for boat owners in Mack Boring’s 22-state distribution territory, from the Carolinas to Maine and west to the Great Lakes.

Boaters simply email with their name, phone number, boat brand, model, year, length and current engine. Each inquiry will be promptly handled by Mack Boring’s knowledgeable staff.

Source: Mack Boring & Parts Company

Re-powering Saves Money and Gives Older Boats New Life reports on the option of re-powering older boats with new engines to give them a new lease on life and to save money.

With tight credit and a soft economy dampening boat sales, Repowering is an option for boat buyers seeking to hit the water at a lower cost than a new boat.

With used boat prices at their lowest in years, a repowered boat fits more customers budgets. Other boat owners like their current boat and just want the power and lower pollution of modern engines.

Not every boat is an ideal candidate for re-powering. Structural issues or other problems can make cost and effort not worth the expense.


Evinrude, Honda, PCM and Volvo Penta Rank Highest In J.D. Power and Associates Boat Engine Manufacturers Stud

According to the J.D. Power and Associates 2009 Marine Engine Competitive Information Study, released today at the Miami International Boat Show, Evinrude, Honda, PCM and Volvo Penta rank highest in their respective segments among marine engine manufacturers in satisfying new-boat owners.

The study is now in its eighth year and measures overall customer satisfaction with four marine engine types: outboard DI two-stroke; outboard EFI four-stroke; sterndrive EFI; and inboard EFI. Overall customer satisfaction index scores are based on performance across seven factors: starting ease; quietness at cruise; reliability; fuel economy; shifting smoothness; lack of exhaust fumes; and ability of boat to accelerate rapidly.

Here is a synopsis of what J.D. Power and Associates reports…

Demonstrating considerable improvement in both satisfaction and quality in 2009, Evinrude ranks highest in the two-stroke DI outboard segment and performs particularly well in shifting smoothness, fuel economy and reliability.

Honda ranks highest among outboard EFI four-stroke engine manufacturers, performing particularly well in starting ease, shifting smoothness and reliability. Yamaha follows Honda in the rankings, while Suzuki ranks third in the segment.

For a second consecutive year, Volvo Penta ranks highest in the sterndrive EFI segment, performing particularly well in the fuel economy and lack of exhaust fumes factors.

Satisfaction has increased considerably in the EFI sterndrive segment in all seven factors, with the most significant improvements occurring in the areas of lack of exhaust fumes and ability of boat to accelerate rapidly

Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PCM) ranks highest in the inboard EFI four-stroke engine segment for a fourth consecutive year, performing particularly well in the fuel economy and lack of engine fumes factors.

The study finds that the average number of problems has steadily declined for both DI and EFI outboard engine types since 2005. In 2009, DI engines average 73 PP100, compared with 87 PP100 in 2005. Additionally, EFI outboard engines perform notably better in 2009 with 51 PP100, compared with 73 PP100 in 2005.

Source: J.D. Power and Associates


Yanmar Introduces New By2 Series Diesel Engines

>Yanmar Marine USA Corp recently announced the next generation of its lightweight BY Series diesels.

According to Yanmar Marine USA, these BY2 Series engines feature many new improvements, including a glow plug controller that virtually eliminates cold-start white smoke.

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The Yanmar BY2 Series engine control unit has also been reprogrammed from torque to speed control, providing a smoother operation and better synchronization for twin engine applications.

For simpler installation and servicing, the fuel inlet and return connections are now incorporated into a single manifold mounted on the lower side of the engine. A two-piece flywheel housing enable both sterndrive and inboard configurations. A full metal top cover and fully-jacketed, water-cooled exhaust manifold with modifications to the turbocharger and heat exchanger protect the fuel system components and result in a lower profile.

Source: Yanmar Marine USA

Torqeedo Electric Outboards Featured In National Geographic TV Series

According to Torqeedo, the electric outboard maker will be featured in an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s TV series “Planet Mechanics”.

Torqeedo reports that the series focuses on ways to lower energy consumption by utilizing the environmentally-conscious technology of the future. The episode is entitled “Electric Water Taxi” and follows hosts Dick Strawbridge and Jem Stensfield as they travel to Venice, Italy, to save the beautiful city from the damaging effects of boat pollution. To achieve this goal, they build an eco-friendly water taxi that operates on a solar-powered motor.

Due to their need for an extremely efficient drive capable of converting solar power into propulsive power, the hosts chose to use a Torqeedo Cruise motor and Power lithium batteries on their water taxi. A strong outboard was needed to keep up with the flow of Venice’s heavy water traffic. Using Torqeedo’s high power lithium batteries helped limit weight and increase space on the small boat.

Source: Torqeedo

Mercury Marine Receives Three “Best Buy” Designations From Consumer Digest

Mercury Marine recently announced it was the only marine engine company to receive three “Best Buy” designations from Consumer Digest when the publication announced its top picks.

Mercury winners included the Verado 175 hp in the 150-199 hp category, the 15 hp Bigfoot in the Below 50 hp models and the 75 hp OptiMax in the 75-99 hp division.

Mercury’s Verado 175 hp supercharged engine was acknowledged for its power, speed and lack of vibration. The Verado 175 is a four-cylinder FourStroke and is a key element in the 10-engine family, the only supercharged production engines in the world.

Verado revolutionized four-stroke outboard expectations, delivering the first true powerful hole shot for a four-stroke, as well as the industry’s lowest noise, vibration and harshness.

Mercury’s 75 hp OptiMax direct-injected engine was recognized for its superb acceleration, great value and low emissions. The 75 hp model is perfect for entry-level bass boats and small open skiffs.

Direct Injected engines are two-strokes – typically lightweight and relatively simple – that offer many of the amenities of four-strokes. The OptiMax provides great hole shot, impressive fuel efficiency, great top speed and no smoke.

The 75 hp weighs only 375 pounds and comes with a three-year warranty. It’s a direct injected three-cylinder with 1,562 cc of displacement.

Mercury’s 15 hp BigFoot offers surprisingly powerful punch due to an extended lower section, a large anti-ventilation plate and an over-sized, high-thrust propeller. Gear size and ratio are boosted, so the engine can turn the larger prop at proper rpm levels. That makes it particularly effective at pushing boats that are heavier and larger than a 15-hp engine typically can handle, such as pontoon boats or skiffs up to 18 feet in length.

The 15 hp Bigfoot is a two-cylinder FourStroke with 323 cc of displacement. It weighs just 128 pounds and comes with a three-year warranty.

Source: Mercury Marine

The Torqeedo Travel Electric Outboard Offers Efficiency And Power

The Torqeedo homepage features details on the Torqeedo Travel. According to Torqueedo, the Torqeedo Travel delivers propulsive power comparable to a 2 hp gasoline outboard, and is twice as efficient as conventional electric outboards. Utilizing electrical and propeller technologies, this compact outboard turns a 12″ x 10″ propeller. It weighs only 25 pounds, including a removable 8 lb. integrated lithium-manganese battery.

Torqeedo also reports that Capt. Don Mull, Jr., a shallow-water tournament champ based in Port Charlotte, Florida, is sold on his ultra-lightweight Torqeedo Travel 801 electric outboard. “I don’t go fishing without it,” he said.

“The Travel has the power to get in and out of the back bays and creeks where I fish all day,” Mull said. “By lightening the load when every ounce counts, my 23′ Ranger bay boat doesn’t draw as much water, so I can catch more red fish, snook and tarpon in the shallows.”

Mull said he appreciates the ability to easily remove and stow the engine so it’s not a target for opportunistic thieves. And, the fact that the Torqeedo Travel has no wires or heavy battery “to lug around,” frees up room on board for more bait and tackle.

“I’m amazed at how powerful and efficient the Torqeedo is,” said Mull. “No power is lost between the head and the prop shaft. For my type of fishing, the small battery lasts all day with power to spare. It’s the most efficient outboard around.” To top it off, Torqeedo engines are emission-free outboards that are kind to nature.

Source: Torqueedo

Yanmar Marine USA Endorses The Use Of Biodiesel B5 In Their Diesel Engines

Yanmar Marine USA recently announced, as part of their continuing efforts to create more environmentally-responsible products, the endorsement of the use of B5 Biodiesel in their diesel engines.

The eco-friendly diesel alternative has been approved for use across Yanmar’s recreational marine line.

Compared to standard diesel fuel, B5 Biodiesel can help reduce greenhouse gases and particulate matter, also known as soot. Producing less pollution, the blended fuel is 95% standard diesel with a maximum of 5% biodiesel. This innovative B5 base conforms to stringent specifications outlined in ASTM D6751 or ISO EN14214.

A full list of Yanmar Marine Engines Approved for B5 Bio Diesel use can be found on the Yanmar Marine homepage.

Source: Yanmar Marine

The New Mercury Flyway 25 EFI FourStroke Outboard Engine Is Ready To Hide

The new Mercury Flyway 25 EFI fourstroke is low profile…and not just because it has low engine noise.

Mercury Marine has introduced the new Mercury Flyway 25 outboard engine with a standard-from-factory camouflage pattern and matching low-gloss paint.

According to Mercury Marine, there’s no need to hide your engine by covering it with spray paint, stickers or a bag.

Featuring the Advantage MAX-4 HD camouflage pattern, the engine that’s touted as the quietest in its class is now nearly invisible.

The Advantage MAX-4 HD was designed by Jordan Outdoor Enterprises, Ltd. to meet the need of open terrain camouflage – without geographical limitations. The pattern incorporates cattails, millet, milo, corn stalks, sunflowers, oak and maple leaves, cedar and oak limbs, plus a variety of other plant life.

Not only do these engines utilize one of the most recognized camouflage patterns on the market, but Mercury’s feature-packed design, smart amenities and clean, quiet, fuel-efficient FourStroke performance makes the Flyway 25 EFI the obvious choice of power for smart hunters.

Source: Mercury Marine

Fountain Powerboat With Mercury Verado Outboard Engines Sets World Performance Record

Mercury Marine recently announced that three Verado outboard engines propelled a Fountain powerboat to a new world record.

According to Mercury, A 38-foot Fountain center console sportfishing boat powered by three Mercury Marine 300 hp Verado outboard engines established a world record on June 3, running a 410-mile dash from the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in North Carolina to the Statue of Liberty in New York City in 6 hours, 10 minutes, 8 seconds.

The Mercury-powered boat averaged just under 65 mph and .9 miles per gallon.

“The motors were so fuel efficient I felt as though we were running off of the air,” said Brian Forehand, Fountain’s plant manager and offshore race team crew chief. Forehand drove the boat the duration of the run. “The Mercury Verados ran flawlessly without any sign of strain and the boat rode as though we were floating in the clouds.”

Also on board the Fountain boat – an almost-exact replica of a boat recently acquired by former President George Bush – were Fountain’s director of fishing, Clayton Kirby, and veteran marine journalist Eric Colby. Colby documented the event and official world record for an article that will appear in an upcoming issue of Boating Magazine.

After leaving the docks at the Breakwater Inn in Hatteras Village, N.C., at 5:40 a.m., the team headed southeast out of the channel following guidance provided by a Garmin GPS. After turning northeast, the boat rounded Cape Hatteras point, starting the official clock at 5:55 a.m.

“For the first hour and a half we ran in three-foot to four-foot seas until the wind changed direction,” said Kirby. “Then the water laid down and the Lord blessed us with calm seas and no wind all the way to New York.”

Source: Mercury Marine