All tagged Mercury Racing
Back in 2004, the biggest outboard engine manufacturers at the time, Mercury, Yamaha, and Evinrude, were humming along with their two stroke platforms. For a few reasons, the king of performance two strokes, Mercury Marine, had been working diligently on a completely new platform.
This week on Project Activator we talk about the bulkheads being installed, the notch in the transom and if we will fill it or not. We also talk about some of the new Mercury Marine engines.
When you think about it at first, the long standing relationship between AMG and Cigarette Racing makes no sense. The famed offshore boat builder, based in the Miami Florida area for its whole existence, born in the hustle and bustle of early offshore racing in South Florida has very little in common with AMG, on the surface.
In a launch that was much anticipated, Mercury Marine delivered an all new 3.4 V6 outboard in the 175, 200 and 225 horsepower range.
In every industry there are pioneers, inventors and hawkers but the real changemakers are the ones that are revolutionists. They are seldom the first in any given arena but they are the first to repurpose, reinvent and create markets that weren’t realized before. Carl Kiekhaefer was a revolutionist engineer that used his passion for engineering, competitiveness and salesmanship to change the marine industry.
One difficult thing as a boater is finding the ideal boat, the hull that fills most of your needs. Usually, the answer depends on where you boat, who you boat with and what you do on the water. If you run on the ocean or a very large lake, you realize quickly that you need some deadrise and some freeboard to play in the big waves.
To start, I will say that this article is aimed at documenting the abandonment of a specific market that Mercury Racing was instrumental in creating. The high performance outboard market is almost non existent, yet outboard sales are at all time highs.
The Wave to Wave Outboard buyers guide is focused on performance orientated outboards from the midsize horsepower range to the high horsepower range.
This is a difficult category because there are so many small tunnel hulls that are great.
What happens when you take the second 24 Pantera ever built and put it in the hands of a true boating enthusiast who has incredible mechanical aptitude and next level attention to detail? You get one of the nicest restored classic offshore boats around.
Propellers are one of the most critical pieces of how your boat performs. The wrong prop can make your boat inefficient, slow and handle poorly.