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Mile Marker 50!

Mercury Racing has had a working relationship with Steve for nearly 20 years.

Happy 50th Birthday to Captain Steve Lamp, owner of Dream Catcher Charters. Captain Steve relies on Mercury products to earn a living. His office space is the beautiful waters off Key West.

Mercury Racing’s 400R outboard is Steve’s power of choice for his Yellow Fin bay boat.

Mercury Racing has had a working relationship with Steve for nearly 20 years. He has been intimately involved in the development of a number of our key consumer performance outboards including the OptiMax 200XS, 2.5XS, 250XS, 300XS and 400R.

He has also been our go to person for real world feedback regarding Mercury Racing Propeller performance. Steve also provides field testing data on a number of Mercury Marine engines, control systems and props.

Steve driving his OptiMax 200XS outboard powered flats boat as featured on the inside cover of the 2001 Mercury Racing outboard catalog.

Steve and I first met at Lake X for a 200XS photo mission. His passion for boating in general and Mercury Racing was obvious the instant I met him.  It’s rare to have a personal relationship with an individual who not only earns a living with our product but one who is such a passionate brand ambassador.

The Mercury Racing team just prior to the opening of the 2018 Miami International Boat Show. (L-R) Scott Reichow, Kevin Skiba, Steve Lamp, Steve Miller, Bob Krupp and former Racing GM, Erik Christiansen.

To this day Steve represents Mercury Marine at the Miami International Boat Show. It is in the show environment where Steve’s experiences and extensive product knowledge truly shine. He has a knack for conveying information in layman terms to the public, highlighting product features that are important for their specific needs. In an instant – he can switch gears and carry on a conversation with members of the media regarding a variety of topics and not miss a beat.

Steve’s offshore fishing boat is a 36-foot Yellow Fin center console powered by triple Mercury Verado 350s.

When he’s not in the Mercury booth you will find him on the water providing product demos for Mercury as well as Yellow Fin, the builder of his bay  boat and offshore center console.

Steve’s 400R powered Yellow Fin bay boat.

Steve, we are blessed to have you as a friend and a member of our team. We wish you all the best as you continue your adventures from Mile Marker 50. Throttles down…. The Race Never Stops!

 

 

 

 

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Miami 2018

Our new Dual Calibration 1350/1100 is the latest generation of Mercury Racing’s exclusive QC4 (quad cam four valve) engine platform and shares many of the features that come with the Dual Calibration 1550 – including the high styled carbon fiber top and front covers.

We are excited to be out of the cold and into the heat of the action at the 2018 Miami International Boat Show. We just launched an all-new QC4 sterndrive and we are expanding selected lines of  our high performance outboard propellers.

The 1350/1100 pumps out its advertised one thousand three hundred and fifty horsepower on 91 octane fuel when the 1350 horsepower fob is engaged. Engaging the 1100 horsepower fob reduces the octane requirement to 89 or rec 90 to allow operation in areas where premium fuel availability is unknown.

The all-new Dual Calibration 1350/1100 is the latest generation of Mercury Racing’s exclusive QC4 (quad cam four valve) engine platform and shares many of the features that come with the Dual Calibration 1550 – including the high styled carbon fiber top and front covers.

The electronic fobs work off Mercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS). The power specific key fobs provide the operator visual cues via an interactive VesselView display. One key fob controls the horsepower output of multiple engines within the boat.

Passport to Anywhere

Power output is controlled via interchangeable electronic key fobs at the dash. The engine pumps out its advertised one thousand three hundred and fifty horsepower on 91 octane fuel when the 1350 horsepower fob is engaged. Engaging the 1100 horsepower fob reduces the octane requirement to 89 or rec 90 to allow operation in areas where premium fuel availability is unknown. Both fuel calibrations provide maximum torque and efficiency and are designed to optimize engine performance at each power level.

Octane ratings at the pump are typically determined by the following equation: (RON + MON)/2; commonly written as (R + M)/2. This is called the antiknock index (AKI).

Consumers are responsible for making sure they have the correct fuel grade in their tank when running in 1350 mode. Be sure to review our post “Don’t Knock It!” regarding the importance of using the required minimal octane fuel for your engine.

The electronic fobs work off Mercury’s Theft Deterrent System (TDS). The power specific key fobs provide the operator visual cues via an interactive VesselView display. One key fob controls the horsepower output of multiple engines within the boat. The Theft Deterrent System disables the vessel when an assigned electronic key is not engaged. The net result is a fully integrated control system with unique, switchable engine calibrations.

Available for immediate delivery, the 1350/1100 engine enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a 1-year limited factory warranty.

Available for immediate delivery, the 1350/1100 engine enhances consumer value by offering essentially two engines in one; both backed by a 1-year limited factory warranty. Suggested retail price for the engine packaged with the M8 sterndrive is $216,605. Having the peace of mind to explore new destinations without worrying about fuel availability is priceless.

Experience This! 

The all-new Dual Cal 1350/1100s are the power behind MTI’s all-new 43 Cat. The boat is available for demo rides to qualified prospects on the Mercury dock, Racing slip #223.

Our boat builder partner Marine Technology debuted their all-new 43-foot catamaran featuring dual cal 1350/1100 power. It features a new G7 deck and MTI’s world champion hull design. It is available for demo rides for qualified prospects out of  slip #223 on the Mercury dock; Pier #2 at the in-water show.

Handcrafted Perfection

Mercury Racing propeller artisans handcraft each stainless-steel prop to precision-tuned works of art, customized for specific boat types and performance goals. Each individual prop is then zero balanced and measured to ensure consistent performance every single time.

Our role at Mercury Racing is to maximize engine and boat performance – regardless of the application – race or pleasure. We are constantly looking to enhance the boating experience by offering specific propeller models custom fit for specific applications.  Our recent work has resulted in the expansion of the popular Bravo I LT, Bravo I OC and Revolution® 4 XP propeller lines.

Bravo I LT

The addition of new counter rotation models expand the Bravo I LT’s application from right-hand rotation, single engine outboard bay boats and multi-species hulls to multi-engine outboard center consoles.

Propeller performance isn’t all about top speed. It entails a variety of other attributes including hole shot, on-plane efficiency and fuel economy under a load. The Pro Finish Bravo I LT outboard propeller provides all of these. Above everything else, the Bravo I LT offers an optimized ride quality. The flared exhaust tube lifts the stern. This brings the bow down for a more level ride. The result? Improved handling and a dryer, more comfortable boating experience.

The addition of new counter rotation models expand the Bravo I LT’s application from right-hand rotation, single engine outboard bay boats and multi-species hulls to multi-engine outboard center consoles. Bravo I LT propellers are available in a pitch range from 19 to 29 inches in both right-hand and left-hand rotation.

Bravo I OC

Four new right-hand rotation pitch offerings (22.5, 23.5, 24.5 and 25.5-inches) expand application of the OC into the niche single engine catamaran flats market in Texas as well.

Originally designed for high powered, twin outboard performance catamarans, the four blade Bravo I OC is enhancing performance of 400R outboard powered flats cat boats as well. A shortened exhaust barrel settles the stern, providing a natural bow lift for reduced drag and enhanced speeds. Four new right-hand rotation pitch offerings (22.5, 23.5, 24.5 and 25.5-inches) expand application of the OC into the niche single engine catamaran flats market in Texas as well. These go-fast cats will benefit from the smooth hole shot and increased top speeds from the Bravo I OC. Right-hand rotation pitch offerings range from 22.5 to 33-inches. Left-hand rotation models are available in 28-inch to 33-inch pitch offerings.

Rev 4 XP 

New pitch offerings (13-17 inches in one-inch increments) support 150 h.p. to 400 h.p. Verado outboard powered center consoles, work boats and houseboats. The Rev 4 XP pitch range extends from 13-inches to 26.5-inches.

The Mercury Racing® Revolution 4® XP propeller provides extreme precision when dialing in multi-engine, stepped bottom performance center consoles (twin, triple, quad, and quint installations) and single-engine bay boats. The standard length exhaust tube, in addition to reducing the time-to-plane, also provides stern lift for maximum hull performance and an improved ride in a variety of conditions.

New pitch offerings (13-17 inches in one-inch increments) support 150 h.p. to 400 h.p. Verado outboard powered center consoles, work boats and houseboats. The Rev 4 XP pitch range extends from 13-inches to 26.5-inches.

Mercury Racing propellers are available from an authorized Mercury Outboard dealer or Boat Builder. Suggested retail pricing for each of the three models is as follows:

  • Bravo I LT ~ $781.59
  • Bravo I OC ~ $1,493.12
  • Rev 4 XP ~ $799.04

Visit mercuryracing.com/propellers  for additional information regarding our full line of high performance propellers.

R You Experienced? 

The open cockpit layout provides seating for 10 people and innovative creature comforts such as power reclining seats and a state-of-the-art carbon fiber T-Top.

In addition to the awesome 43 MTI – we also have all new 400R outboard hulls in our slips. The Hustler 39 Shot Gun is an all-new hull sporting triple 400Rs. The open cockpit layout provides seating for 10 people and innovative creature comforts such as power reclining seats and a state-of-the-art carbon fiber T-Top.

Nor-Tech’s 452 Super Fish takes offshore center console design to an all-new level with not two, not three, not four but count em’….five 400R outboards strapped across the back.

Nor-Tech’s 452 Super Fish takes offshore center console design to an all-new level with not two, not three, not four but count em’….five 400R outboards strapped across the back. This bad boy is guaranteed to stop traffic all weekend – and that’s a good thing! 🙂

The Miami Boat Show runs today through Monday, February 19. Be sure to visit our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels for updates throughout the show.

 

 

 

 

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Mercury Racing’s Desert Storm Experience!

The Desert Storm Street Party is a bucket list destination for those who appreciate the latest and greatest in high performance boats and tow vehicles. Mercury Racing photo from the 2016 Street Party.

Mercury Racing is stopping traffic, wowing industry insiders and performance boating enthusiasts alike at the 19th Annual Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party.

The Mercury Racing Experience truck is located just West of the intersection of Querio Street and McCulloch Boulevard in what is one of the world’s greatest collection of high performance powerboats and tow vehicles.

Mercury Racing Dual Calibration 1550 sterndrives transform this former raceboat into a state-of-the-art poker run machine.

We are proud to be associated with “Doc” Michael Janssen’s QC4v repower project. He transformed his former race boat, an enclosed canopy Outerlimits to a modern day poker runner with fresh Mercury Racing QC4v 1550 sterndrives, Digital Zero Effort Controls and digital dash. Doc’s QC4v Experience boat is parked right in front of the Mercury truck. Dr. Janssen will represent Mercury Racing as an ambassador of our QC4v engine platform. In addition to Desert Storm, Doc’s QC4v Experience boat will be at the Boyne Thunder Poker Run, Lake of the Ozarks Shootout and Key West Poker Run.

The durable QC4v 860 sterndrive, destined for new boat builds, is a viable repower option as well.

Mercury Racing factory reps are eager to talk about our full range of high performance propulsion, including the all new – naturally aspirated QC4v 860 sterndrive and 400R Carbon Edition outboard.

We will be showing our integrated helm controls and the latest in VesselView touch screen monitors as well.

Propeller Specialist Scott Reichow is educating consumers and industry partners on everything they need to know about Mercury Racing Propellers.

She’s Worth it! 

Our Race to Repower promotion, featuring unprecedented deals on 520, 540 and 565 sterndrives, is available for those who are ready to freshen up their favorite hull with new power.

This is the perfect opportunity to update not only power but also user friendly digital controls. Today’s motors offer greater displacement when compared to the 8.2 Liter 500 carb, 500 EFI, 525 EFI and 575 SCi engines they are replacing.) This results with enhanced hole shot, mid range punch and improved overall efficiency and boat performance.  Be sure ask our experts about this limited time offer. She’s worth it!

Power Up and Chill Out! 

Qualified prospects who take a brief survey while visiting the Mercury Racing truck will get a free Mercury Racing visor. Visor quantities are limited so be sure to get to the truck early. Survey respondents will also be entered to win our grand prize; a custom 30 quart Mercury Racing Pelican cooler with matching 32-ounce tumblers.

Go Boldly with Mercury Racing Merchandise

Mercury Racing merchandise is available to purchase throughout the event. We have a full array of items for guys and gals.

Make sure to snag a souvenoir event T-shirt as well as Race to Repower and QC4v Experience Ts. All are limited quantities. Get yours before they run out!

 

 

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Race to Repower Havasu!

This will be the largest Lake Havasu Boat Show to date with over 125 exhibitors cover an expanded area including in-water boat demos throughout the three day event.

Spring is in the air and we are ramping up for another exiciting, action packed summer. Our mobile marketing truck is heading West in support of the Lake Havasu Boat Show, round one of our 2017 Mercury Racing Experience Tour. The show runs Friday, April 7 through Sunday April 9.

The Lake Havasu Boat Show is the first of seven stops on the 2017 Mercury Racing Experience Tour.

We are excited to show our latest and greatest products including the all new QC4v 860 sterndrive and 400R Carbon Edition outboard. We will also be showing the venerable 540 sterndrive and a cut-a-way 1550 sterndrive. The digital helm features an all-new VesselView 703 monitor, digital Zero Effort Controls, Performance Active Trim and Mercury Joy Stick Piloting technology.

The Race to Repower program launched January 16 and runs through June 30.

Chill Out and Power Up with Mercury Racing!

We are promoting our Race to Repower program featuring unprecedented deals on Mercury Racing 520, 540 and 565 sterndrive engine packages. We will be providing a review of our new products as well as highlights of the repower program throughout the weekend.

Mercury Racing Experience Presentation Schedule:

Friday, April 7: 2 pm

Saturday, April 8: 1 pm and 4 pm

Sunday, April 9: 1 pm

Lake Havasu Boat Show attendees will have an opportunity to win this 30 quart Mercury Racing Pelican cooler with four matching 32 ounce tumblers.

Attendees, who take a brief repower survey,  will be entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win a $500 grand prize; a 30 quart Mercury Racing Pelican cooler with four matching 32 ounce tumblers. In addition, a  limited quantity of Mercury Racing visors will be handed out at the conclusion of each presentation.

The grand prize winner will be announced Wednesday, April 12.

This is the year to power up your ride with fresh Mercury Racing power. She’s Worth it!

 

 

 

 

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