Category Archives: Boat Show

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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Walleye Master

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The Pro Finish Bravo I LT propeller is designed specifically for higher horsepower, single engine outboard powered bay boats and multi-species hulls under heavy loads.

Greetings from the Minneapolis Boat Show! I’m working the show – representing Mercury Racing Propellers in the Mercury booth. I’m showing the Bravo I LT here – a prime market for Walleye Angling where the LT really shines. We recently expanded the LT pitch range with 19″ and 19.5″ pitch offerings.

We moved the engine up by two holes on the mounting plate for enhanced engine rpm.
We moved the engine up by two holes on the mounting plate for enhanced engine rpm.

A while back I wrote a post entitled, FS Miller where I reported performance results of our then new Bravo I FS propeller.   We tested the FS on Steve Miller’s 2014 Lund Pro-V 2075 featuring a 300 Verado Pro FourStroke. The goal was to dial-in Steve’s Lund for maximum performance.

The factory setting had the cavitation plate one inch above the bottom of the boat.
The factory setting had the cavitation plate one inch above the bottom of the boat.

By raising the engine a couple of holes from the factory setting, we found the best prop for Steve’s setup was the 21” pitch Bravo I FS. It was like a new boat. Planing, handling and top speeds were all enhanced. One thing to note: Steve’s rig did not have a kicker motor.

This past November we set out to test two new pitch offerings for the Bravo I LT. We used Steve’s new 2016 Lund Pro-V 2075 300 Verado Pro FourStroke. The engine was set at the same height as his 2014 Lund; The anti ventilation plate is 2.5” above boat bottom. The big difference with the 2016 Lund is the addition of a 9.9 h.p. ProKicker. The added weight of the 9.9 ProKicker did slow things down with planing and top speed compared to his 2014 rig.

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Planing performance, view of sight while planing, mid-range throttle response, handling in turns and top speed and engine rpm at wide open throttle were all measured.

The goal of the test was to verify the performance of the new 19” and 19.5” pitch LTs. Planing performance, view of sight while planing, mid-range throttle response, handling in turns and top speed and engine rpm at wide open throttle were all measured.

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We were amazed how well the 19.5″ Bravo I LT performed. It planed quicker, offered an enhanced throttle response, great handling and best top-end speed.

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When the water settled, we were amazed how well the 19.5″ Bravo I LT performed. It planed quicker, offered an enhanced throttle response, great handling and best top-end speed.  Needless to say, I didn’t get the 19.5” pitch Bravo I LT back after the test. 🙂

We are expanding the Bravo I LT line once again in the near future by adding 28″, 28.5″ and 29″ pitch offerings. These exciting new models will bring new life to heavier go fast bass rigs such as Bullet’s 21XRS with Mercury 250 ProXS power.

 

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MAX5 Street Party!

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A scene from the 2015 Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our Mercury Racing Experience truck has a fresh look. Official Mercury Racing merchandise is available for purchase as well!
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The 2016 Mercury Racing Desert Storm event Tee and a variety of official Mercury Racing Merchandise is available for purchase at the Mercury Racing Experience truck.

It’s party time! The Mercury Racing Experience truck is front and center at the Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our temporary address is easy to remember…1550 McCulloch Boulevard! 🙂 We are excited to once again be a part of the largest performance boat gathering West of the Mississippi.

MercuryRacing_Max5_Logo_LABELPerformance prop  guru Scott Reichow is on site to talk props and reveal our latest wheel, The Lab Finished MAX5.

Satisfy Your Drive 

Performance boat builders and dealers are finding the Sport Master gearcase enables them to achieve significantly higher boat speeds by allowing Verado 400R outboards to run at higher transom heights than models fitted with a production style case. To date, maximizing efficiency of the surfacing, low water pickup gear housing had only been limited by propeller slip.  Customers have been eager to find a solution to take full advantage of the Sport Master’s capabilities.

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The 15-inch diameter MAX5 is offered in a pitch range of 23 to 34 inches in one-half inch increments.

The custom five blade MAX5, developed and hand-crafted by the Mercury Racing Propeller Lab, is custom designed for single and multiple Verado 400R Sport Master applications.  The Lab Finished prop provides a measurable reduction in propeller slip, (up to a staggering 12% in some applications). In fact, MAX5 props were the thrust behind Nor-Tech Powerboats’ milestone center console performance run, clocking repeatable 101 MPH top-end speeds from their quad Verado 400R powered 39-foot hull.

MAX5s were the thrust behind Nor-Tech's milestone 101 mph performance out iif this quad 400R outboard powered 39 foot center console.
MAX5s were the thrust behind Nor-Tech’s milestone 101 mph performance out iif this quad 400R outboard powered 39 foot center console. Photo credit: Speedonthewater.com

The 15-inch diameter prop is offered in a pitch range of 23 to 34 inches in one-half inch increments. The one-half inch pitch offerings enable engines to be dialed-in to their maximum rpm operating range for enhanced throttle response, optimized cruise fuel efficiency and top speed. The stainless steel prop features the Mercury patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting needed for quick planing. MSRP is $2048.61.

Come See for a FREE Tee!

Here's your chance to win a FREE Mercury Racing Tee! The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion starts a 2 p.m. Quantities are limited.
Here’s your chance to win a FREE Mercury Racing Tee! The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion starts a 2 p.m. Quantities are limited.

We are so pumped about the new prop that we even had a custom promotional T-shirt made.  We got a bit carried away with that and well – have a few to give away. Quantities are limited.  The MAX5 Satisfy Your Drive promotion begins at 2 p.m. Stop by the Mercury Racing Experience truck for details. 

 

Steel Wheels Tour 2016

Official Steel Wheels 2016 Tour shirt.
Official Steel Wheels 2016 Tour shirt.
We're excited to show off our updated Experience Tour truck featuring the Fastest TV on the planet!
We’re excited to show off our updated Experience Tour truck featuring the fastest TV on the planet!

Desert Storm is the opening stop on our 2016 Mercury Racing Experience truck tour. The truck interior got a complete makeover during the long Wisconsin winter. We’re excited to have you stop by and check it out.  We have additional display updates in the works. It will be a show stopper for sure!:)

See you in the Desert. We’ll leave the lights on! 🙂

 

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Patrol Master

The EPA Certified DSI outboard was developed to serve the light duty commercial patrol boat market.
The EPA certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) was developed to serve the light duty commercial patrol boat market.

We have a rich history of engineering innovative product solutions for specialized government and military applications.  New for 2016, commercial and military patrol boat applications will have another power option; the all-new EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) Outboard.

The new DSI engine joins the U.S. Department of Defense spec diesel outboard we released in May 2015. Both models feature our exclusive spark ignition, direct fuel injected 2-stroke technology which enables them to run on readily available ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel.

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The Diesel Spark Ignition outboard is is designed, developed and produced exclusively by Mercury Racing.

The 3.0 Liter V-6 diesels, which produce 175 propshaft horsepower, share 95 percent of their components with the gasoline 2-stroke Mercury engine from which they were derived. And, with only a handful of unique parts, there are minimal additional training requirements necessary for maintenance. Read more

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Anything Else is Just a Toy!

Mercury Racing K-Plane trim tabs - now available in an arary of colors including the legendary Raven Black.
The 280 Sport K-Plane in Devil Red Eye, one of 12 K-Planes color options – including the legendary Raven Black.

Mercury Racing® K-Planes® have long been considered the gold standard of trim tab design, durability and performance.

 

K-Plane trim tabs were first developed to endure the harsh environment of offshore powerboat racing.
K-Plane trim tabs were first developed to endure the harsh environment of offshore powerboat racing.

K-Plane trim tabs were first developed to endure the harsh environment of offshore powerboat racing.

Originally designed to endure the punishing rigors of offshore racing, K-Planes feature a strong, corrosion resistant aluminum casting with large support ribs for enhanced durability.

The 380S K-Plane in Hulkin' Green.
The 380S K-Plane in Hulkin’ Green.

New for 2016, custom color options will enable boaters to color match the tabs to boat graphics and color optioned Mercury Racing NXT6 & M8 sterndrives.

Available for boats 21-feet and longer, K-Planes are available for outboard and sterndrive race boats, performance boats, center consoles, commercial, and government applications.

K-Plane Rec Chart

 

 

 

The Reasons Why More Performance Pleasure Boaters, Racers, and the Military Trust K-Planes over Competitive Brands:

  • The proven gold standard on the liquid battlefield of the offshore race circuit
  • They plane boats faster and keeps them level for a safer, smoother ride in a variety of conditions.
  • Heavy duty, corrosion resistant aluminum casting with large support ribs for unparalleled durability
  • Double-acting hydraulic trim cylinders maintain position and react immediately to fingertip control from the helm
  • Elastomer mounts on each end of the hydraulic trim cylinders dampen impact loads, eliminate free play and eliminate contact between the stainless steel pivot points for enhanced durability, trim accuracy and corrosion resistance
  • Electrically bonded components and large sacrificial anodes further protect the tabs from the corrosive salt water environment
  • Heavy-duty hydraulic trim pumps, designed specifically for K-Planes, withstand the torture of offshore power boating
  • Electronic trim sender enables the boater to view real-time digital images of tab trim positions at a glance via Mercury VesselView monitors and other NMEA compliant systems
  • 12 custom color options are available to seamlessly integrate with a variety of boat graphics and color optioned Mercury Racing NXT6 & M8 drives and transoms.

 Seeing is Believing.

K_Plane trim tabs feature electronic trim senders which enable the tab positions to be displayed on modern displays such as the new Mercury VesselView 702 touch screen monitor.
K_Plane trim tabs feature electronic trim senders which enable the tab positions to be displayed on modern displays such as the new Mercury VesselView 702 touch screen monitor.

Boats equipped with K-Plane trim tabs require a trim indicator that provides the operator an accurate, real-time reference of both drive and tab positions.

Electronic trim senders provide the option of having drive and tab trim positions displayed digitally on a variety of large, easy-to-read electronic displays, including Mercury’s latest line of VesselView monitors.

 

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When in Doubt – Trim it Out!

Mercury-Racing-Performance-Active-Trim-CLEAR-1500-SLIDERWith Performance Active Trim, new performance boaters are able to enjoy properly trimmed engines with virtually no learning curve, while experienced boaters will no longer need to monitor and adjust trim upon changes in boat speed or turns.

Outerlimits' Dan Kleitz relied on Perfomance Active Trim while providing demo rides in the Dual Calibration 1550 Super Leggera 50 at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show.
Outerlimits’ Dan Kleitz relied on Performance Active Trim while providing Dual Calibration 1550 Super Leggera 50 demo rides at the 2016 Miami International Boat Show.

The integrated boat speed-based engine trim system specifically for performance applications where the gearcases are running partially surfaced. This intuitive, hands-free system automatically adjusts trim angle for changes in operating conditions to maximize performance and boat handling at speeds up to 50 mph. Read more

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Racing into Miami!

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the heralded Miami International Boat Show. We’re excited to be part of the historic event at the all-new location at the Miami Marine Stadium & Basin. As usual, Mercury Racing has a number of exciting new products at the show.

DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) Outboard

The all new EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition Outboard).
The all new EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition Outboard).

We’ve released  yet another specialty engine for light duty commercial and military patrol boat applications; the EPA Certified DSI (Diesel Spark Ignition) outboard. The new DSI engine joins the U.S. Department of Defense spec diesel outboard we released in May 2015. Both models feature Mercury Racing’s exclusive spark ignition, direct fuel injected 2-stroke technology which enables them to run on readily available ultra-low sulfur diesel fuel. Read more

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Houston? We Have a Solution!

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The all new Mercury Racing Revolution 4 XP propeller.

Happy New Year from Houston.  I’m excited to be here to work the boat show.

We are introducing our all-new series of Mercury Racing Revolution 4 propellers. The new props will be the perfect solution for dialing-in select single and multi-engine applications to their maximum potential.

The Rev 4 XP was designed for multi engine center consoles and single engine bay boats. Photo courtesy SeaVee boats.
The Rev 4 XP was designed for multi engine center consoles and single engine bay boats. Photo courtesy SeaVee boats.

The Pro Finish Rev 4 XP provides “Extreme Precision” when dialing in  multi engine, stepped bottom performance center consoles (trip, quad, quint) and single engine bay boats.

The high luster, Pro Finish not only looks pretty - it is adds durability to withstand the harsh salt water environment. Photo courtesy of SeaVee boats.
The high luster, Pro Finish not only looks pretty – it is adds durability to withstand the harsh salt water environment. Photo courtesy of SeaVee boats.

Popular with the Mercury Verado 350 and Mercury Racing 400R outboards, The new XP models expand the pitch range of the Rev 4 family from 18-inch  to 25.5 inch sizes in one-half inch increments.  The one-half inch pitch offerings enable engines to be dialed in to their maximum RPM operating range for enhanced throttle response, optimized cruise fuel efficiency and top speed.

 

 

 

Pro Finished Rev 4 XP Prop Offerings

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18.5”/14.63” 8M0113930 8M0113931
19”/14.63” 8M0113932 8M0113933
19.5”/14.63” 8M0113934 8M0113935
20”/14.63” 8M0113936 8M0113937
20.5”/14.63” 8M0113938 8M0113939
21”/14.63” 8M0113940 8M0113941
21.5”/14.63” 8M0113942 8M0113943
22”/14.63” 8M0113944 8M0113945
22.5”/14.63” 8M0113946 8M0113947
23”/14.63” 8M0113948 8M0113949
23.5”/14.63” 8M0113950 8M0113951
24”/14.63” 8M0113952 8M0113953
24.5”/14.63” 8M0113954 8M0113955
25”/14.63” 8M0113956 8M0113957
25.5”/14.63” 8M0113958 8M0113959

Extreme Cup

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The all new Revolution 4 XC Propeller.

Our new Pro Finish Rev 4 XC prop, designed specifically for single outboard powered hulls, features an “extreme” amount of blade cup. The Rev 4 XC (15″ & 17″ pitch) complements the Bravo I XC (20″, 22″ and 24″ pitch) as a family of propellers featuring an extreme amount of blade cup with a pitch range of 15″ to 24″ in 2-inch increments.

The SCB Recon 20 with Verado 400R power!
The SCB Recon 24 with Verado 400R power! Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

Eric Simmons, owner and CEO of Simmons Custom Boats said, “When we built the Recon hull designed for fishing the ultra-shallow flats and back-waters of the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, we needed a propeller that could deliver instant hole-shot grip, stay hooked up while maneuvering in very shallow waters, and still yield great top end speed.  I knew Mercury Racing could help us get “Dialed In” with this request. The result was the Bravo I XC. This prop design is based on the Bravo I, what is possibly the best all-around prop used on other SCB models. The XC version is unique with very aggressive cupping,”

The agressive cup feature of the Mercury Racing Bravo I and Rev 4 XC props enable them to run very high off the transom without sacrificing performance.
The aggressive blade cup on Mercury Racing Bravo I and Rev 4 XC props enable them to run high off the transom without sacrificing performance. Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

“We are finding the that if your currently running a standard Bravo I, and looking for extra grip, you will need to drop 2” in pitch to run the XC version. That’s a direct result of the grip of the prop,” said Eric.

The enhanced cup enables the engine to be run at elevated transom heights – without sacrificing performance. This is particularly beneficial for flats boats running in “skinny” water.

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The Rev 4 XC will be perfect for flats boat anglers scouting fish in skinny water. Photo courtesy Simmons Custom Boats.

The larger blade area enables the prop to stay hooked up for quick planing and enhanced performance throughout the engine RPM range.  The exhaust tube is designed to support planing and stability at lower speeds. The combination of the extreme cup and custom exhaust tube results in enhanced low speed planing efficiency – a bonus for scouting fish in the shallows.

In most of these applications, venting is not required to plane the boats quickly; however, should the need arise, the Rev 4 XP and XC propellers are all equipped with the Mercury® patented Performance Vent System® (PVS). PVS® enables the user to fine-tune the amount of venting, if needed.

Pro Finish Rev 4 XC Prop Offerings

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15”/14.8” 8M0111924
17”/14.8” 8M0111925

This show is a hoot. Not only is it my first time being here – it is the first time in my long career of working shows that the event will shut down for a day due to a NFL Playoffs game.  Being from Wisconsin – I’m a die hard Packers fan. But – since I’m here – and the Texan’s playoff game is Saturday – I’m all in and will be rooting for Houston’s team. Its all good – the Packers play Sunday night. I hope both teams win. 🙂 The Rev 4 XC and XP are winners when applied to the select applications in which they were designed.

 

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Hot Wheels!

In our trifecta of Miami product releases propellers are always the unsung heroes. They are often forgotten about in the glitz and glamour of media conferences and product unveilings. However, it is that polished piece of art bolted onto the leg of an outboard or sterndrive that makes or breaks an engine’s performance. Performance propeller guru Scott Reichow gets it and is continually serving niche markets with new props and or enhancements to existing models. He did just that for the Miami Boat Show with the release of the all-new Pro Finish Bravo I XC propeller as well as enhancements made to the popular Bravo I XS and Pro Max props. Read more

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