The 2023 Mercury ‘Redefining the Future of Outboard Boating’ event was held in the Gold Coast last month, and NZ Fishing News was invited over the ditch to learn first-hand about how Mercury has been pushing the boundaries in the outboard engine space.
Mercury has invested almost $2 billion in research and development since 2008, so it was no surprise that some cool tech was on show!
Sea trials with all-new 5.7L 350 and 400hp Verado® outboard engines – the industry’s first V10 outboards – were particularly impressive. The new Verados are compatible with the latest Mercury SmartCraft® technologies, have smooth digital throttling, and feature Adaptive Speed Control that maintains engine rpm despite changes in load or conditions.
Weighing only 316 kilograms and with the same industry-leading 26-inch mount spacing as the V8 outboards, the V10 engines maximise compatibility with current boat designs.
The 5.7L 350 and 400hp Verado outboard engines weigh only 316kg and offer a bunch of new-age tech.
The refined mounting system cradles the powerhead to isolate vibration, while careful tuning dampens induction sounds and nearly eliminates injection noise. However, if you want to make a commotion, the Advanced Sound Control feature lets you toggle between a whisper-quiet exhaust tone or a throatier growl at start-up and idle!
The V10 engines will also be compatible with a new Mercury electric steering system. The new system will offer enhanced steering responsiveness, simplified rigging, and a more than fifty percent reduction in energy consumption.
Another impressive step in marine innovation is Mercury’s Avator™ electric outboard 7.5e.
“Electrification is strategically important to us, and this concept provides a first look at how we intend to deliver on our commitment to being the industry leader in both internal combustion products and electric propulsion. We are taking efficiency to a new level, opening up new ways to enjoy the boating experience,” said Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president.
The Avator 7.5e offers power comparable to a 3.5hp petrol outboard, making it ideal for a range of inshore applications from tenders to small fishing craft. It is powered by a swappable 1kWh lithium battery, which takes only 3.5 hours for a full charge from empty. With GPS capability, the digital screen display constantly calculates both distance and time remaining based on energy consumption, so you won’t get caught out. There’s also a mobile app that connects to the engine.
Although the Avator package is heavier than petrol outboard equivalents, the tiller handle can be locked in a gravity-centred carrying position (with or without the removable battery), and the clamp bracket can be left on your vessel to reduce carrying weight.
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