It’s Showtime!

The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show is underway. Fred Kiekhaefer is there visiting with our boat builder partners and our customers on the “performance dock” at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center.

I’m encouraged with the number of new boats being unveiled at this show. Of particular interest to me is the outboard center console market. Everyone is getting into the game. Some exciting products are coming from Cigarette, Deep Impact, Statement Marine, Nor-Tech and Sunsation.

I’ve compiled a list of performance builders I’m aware of that are displaying boats at the show.

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Fast. Present (happy birthday!). Future.

Wow. Like Mercury engines, time flies! I can’t believe 2011 is winding down. It’s been one year since we launched our online presence featuring this blog as well as our Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pages. Thank you for your participation, “friend”ship, tweetness, videos and feedback. We’ll continue to create and share interesting and valuable content.

Season enders: The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show marks the start of 2012 boat show season in the USA. The last hooray for offshore performance boaters before the onset of Winter is the 19th Annual Key West Poker Run presented by Mercury Racing. As always, racing in Key West will be exciting! And, before you know it, the Miami Boat Show will be upon us; seems we always have something new and exciting there!

So much to schedule! What better way to keep track of events in the new year than with a 2012 Mercury Racing Wall Calendar?  Our 12-month calendars feature a large, 17″ x 22″ format with action-packed photography of Mercury Racing outboard and sterndrive powered boats. (Mercury dealers can order the calendars in bulk direct from Bankers Advertising Company. Download the order form here. Custom dealer imprinting is available at no charge for orders of 100 or more. The nominal custom imprint fee will also be waived if dealers opt for the same imprint used on previous calendar purchases.) Read more

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Prop School – Part 6: Slip

Bob Teague uses Mercury Racing Pro Finish CNC Cleavers exclusively on his 525 EFI powered Skater 388 Super Cat Lite race boat. Photo credit: Paul Kemiel Photographics.

Response to my Prop School series has been been gratifying. It has generated a lot of good discussion (online and off) regarding  propeller design, function and application. One of the most common questions is about prop slip. It is the most misunderstood of all propeller terms.

A wing moving through air produces a pressure differential: low pressure above the wing, with high pressure below it, creates lift.

Propeller blades work like wings on an airplane. Wings carry the weight of the plane by providing lift; marine propeller blades provide thrust as they rotate through water. If an airplane wing were symmetrical (air moves across the top and bottom of the wing equally), the pressure from above and below the wing would be equal, resulting in zero lift.   The curvature of a wing reduces static pressure above the wing — the Bernoulli effect — so that the pressure below the wing is greater. The net of these two forces pushes the wing upward. With a positive angle of attack, even higher pressure below the wing creates still more lift. Read more

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Hello Handsome! Part 3: Details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The induction system on the 1973 “Champion Maker” needed no styling. Function (here in Doc Magoon’s US-1 Cigarette) was in your face!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Communicating the technology within. Some technology is simply beautiful on its face. The induction and air balance system of the QC4v platform required only minor refinement to “style” it. It’s just cool – like the 1970s Kiekhaefer fuel injection trumpets from my dad’s “Champion Maker” Class 1 offshore race engines. With QC4v, some minor shaping and angularity masked the required hoses and clamps, but the inlet runners whisper, “You know why we’re here.” Big air!

Both function and movement are suggested in the exhaust manifold styling.

Cast exhaust manifolds, in a world previously occupied by gleaming polished stainless, was a bigger challenge. We opted to communicate the pulse tuning of the exhaust system through subtle relief in the casting surfaces – indicating the pairing of ports and the side-to-side differences. This also helped function: maintaining a high scrubbing speed of the manifold cooling water. Read more

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