FNM Marine Diesel Engines To Enter The US Market

The FNM marine diesel engine homepage reports that the Italian engine company is now ready to enter the US market with turbodiesel Common Rail engines.

According to FNM Marine Diesel Engines…

The HPE (High Performance Engines) 2.4 L turbodiesel Common Rail engines have been certified according to the EPA standards. This certification is a necessary condition for the distribution of the FNM engines in the US market. It is worth mentioning that the HPE series engines had already been certified according to the RCD (Recreational Craft Directive) last year.

After receiving the EPA certification for the HPE 2.4 L series, FNM is now ready to enter the US market with its high-revving, lighweight, compact and fuel efficient turbodiesel Common Rail engines.

This will be the first step to the introduction of the FNM engines into the ever growing US marine diesel market. The FNM HPE (High Performance Engines) engines with their outstanding power-to-weight ratio are clean running, free of smoke, quite and fuel efficient. These characteristics make them an ideal product for the US market.

You can expect to see the first FNM units on the US coasts very soon because FNM is now ready to get started in the US.

Source: FNM Marine Diesel Engines

How To Break-In Your New Boat Engine

Have you bought a new boat engine for the upcoming boating season? Before starting up your new engine, check out the Mercury Service blog entry on the importance of engine break-in.

According to the Mercury Service blog…

Engine break-in is performed to manipulate certain surfaces within the engine. Even with current machining processes, there may still be some irregularities on machined and honed surfaces. The break-in process allows the engine to wear down the high spots of these irregularities, providing a smoother surface before the engine experiences the rigors of normal use. The main areas of break-in focus are the cylinder walls, cam lobes, clutch engagement surfaces, and gear engagement surfaces. Engine break-in also helps seat the piston rings and helps to maintain tighter tolerances and better lubrication of moving parts, prolonging engine life.

Source: Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine Launches 15 hp Pro Kicker FourStroke

Mercury is launching their all-new 15 hp Pro Kicker FourStroke, utilizing a 2.15 gear ratio and four-blade, high-thrust propeller for greater maneuverability and low-speed handling that enables anglers to troll baits slower.

According to Mercury Marine…

The 15 Pro Kicker is available in both tiller and remote control versions. They feature the fastest power tilt in its class – just three seconds to tilt up or down – and come equipped with patented kicker centering straps (optional on remote control models) that automatically straighten and secure the outboard when it’s completely tilted up.

The kicker straps, combined with the heavy-duty mid section and clamp brackets, make the Pro Kicker capable of handling even the roughest water. So when you’re ready to head to the fishing hole, or head home, your trolling motor won’t flop around like a fish out of water.

Source: Mercury Marine

Mercury Marine Launches OptiMax Jet 80 and Jet 110 Outboard Engines

Mercury Marine recently introduced the OptiMax Jet 80 and OptiMax Jet 110 outboard engines, designed for shallow-water boating.

These new engines have a lot to live up to after Mercury Marine’s OptiMax engine was ranked “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Two-Stroke Outboard Engines” by J.D. Power and Associates for the third consecutive year.

According to Mercury Marine…

Because the OptiMax jet drive engines have no gear case or propeller extending below the hull, they pass over obstructions that could limit a conventional propeller-driven outboard engine.
Compared to competitive four-stroke jet drive outboards in their class, these new two-stroke Direct Injected OptiMax offerings feature an excellent power-to-weight ratio, which make them ideal for shallow-water running conditions typical in jet applications.

The 1.5L OptiMax Jet 80 outboard engine is based on the 115 hp OptiMax and has a three-star CARB rating. The 2.5L OptiMax Jet 110 outboard engine is based on the 150 hp OptiMax and has a two-star CARB rating.

The OptiMax jet drive engines utilize a patented XK 360 aluminum alloy with low copper content. In combination with a unique, multi-step painting process, the OptiMax Jet 80 and OptiMax Jet 110 provide industry-leading corrosion protection. All exposed fasteners, shafts and impellers are stainless steel, and multiple self-sacrificing anodes are used to further protect the engine. Both models are backed by an industry-leading three-year corrosion failure warranty.

Source: Mercury Marine

Caterpillar shows off C-series engines at Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

Caterpillar recently displayed their powerful C-series engines at the 2007 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

According to Caterpillar…

Yacht builders in America, Europe and the Asia Pacific have relied on the power and durability of Caterpillar product for years. Consequently, Cat marine engines can be found almost everywhere at the show. Both new designs and existing yacht models now benefit from the excellent power-to-weight-ratio and advanced electronic controls of the Cat C-series marine engines. Cat engines comply with US EPA Tier 2 requirements (where applicable) and can be linked to a variety of proprietary electronic displays and controls on the bridge.

Among the boat builders using Caterpillar marine power are well-known brands Hatteras, Viking and Bertram in the Americas; Sunseeker, Azimut and Aicon in Europe; Riviera, Grandbanks and Kha Shing in Asia Pacific – to name but a few. In addition, many of the best-recognised mega yachts built around the globe are propelled by Cat engines, particularly the Cat 3500 series. According to Yachts Magazine’s “Global Build Report 2006-2007”, Caterpillar has become the market leader in powering yachts in the range of 80 ft length and over.

It would be impossible to mention all the Cat-powered yachts in Fort Lauderdale. However, some designs of both new and proven concepts are worth mentioning. Cabo will present its “38 Express” with twin C12 ACERT engines (pictured above) for sportfishing. Galati Yacht Sales is showing a “Marquis 65”, the top-end model of Marquis Yachts propelled by twin C18 engines. Viking is expected to display a “60 Convertible” with twin C32 ACERT propulsion and a top speed in access of 40 knots. Sabre will have its “52 Salon Express” motor yacht powered by 2x Cat C15 ACERT engines on display. Hatteras will demonstrate two new designs, a “72 MY” with 2x Cat C32 engines (pictured below) and a “60 C” with 2x Cat C32 ACERT power.

Source: Caterpillar

Cummins MerCruiser Diesel Zeus Propulsion System to be intergral part of 2008 models

The Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) website reports that the Zeus Propulsion System will be an integral part of their propulsion line-up for the 2008 model year.

Cummins MerCruiser Diesel’s Zeus uses steerable pods, along with an advanced joystick control system, to deliver precise turning and tight maneuvering that is far superior to bow thrusters.

CMD’s Skyhook Electronic Anchor, a component of CMD’s highly advanced Precision Pilot system, keeps a Zeus equipped vessel on a fixed heading within a tight area, even in strong currents and windy conditions.

Unlike other pod systems, Zeus delivers an added level of safety with pods protected by tunnel mounting, rear-facing props and a breakaway skeg. Independent vectoring for each pod delivers dramatically improved high-speed handling, offering 15 percent faster top speed and up to 30 percent increased fuel economy at a higher cruise speed.

With up to 550 horsepower, Zeus offers more power density than comparable pod systems.Source: NauticalExpo, Cummins MerCruiser Diesel, and YouTube

Volvo Marine Engines and IPS at the Virginia In-Water Boat Expo & SailFest

One of the engines on display at the Virginia In-Water Boat Expo & SailFest was the 5.7 GXi by Volvo Penta.
Volvo’s website describes the 5.7 GXi a cast-iron V-8 with electronic fuel injection, low emissions and responsive acceleration.

Here’s a comparison between the fuel filter on the 5.7 GXi and a regular fuel filter. The longer filter is a water separating fuel filter, which is recommended when using ethanol fuel.

The oil filter on the 5.7 GXi is also easy to remove and service.

The Volvo Penta booth also featured a demo of Volvo’s IPS joystick, which allows you to park your boat in a dock almost as easy as you can drive your car in a parking space.

Volvo’s IPS system has the propellers facing forward, pulling the boat through the water the same way aircraft propellers pull a plane through the air. The advantage is that diesel noise and exhaust are reduced.