Mercury Marine Continues to Drive Innovation  

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! 

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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! 

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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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