Mercury Introduces Next-Gen Outboards

The 25- and 30-horsepower four-stroke outboards are lighter and faster.

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Mercury Marine’s new outboards are said to be lighter, faster, and easier to operate and maintain. Courtesy Mercury Marine

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Mercury Marine has introduced next-generation 25- and 30-horsepower four-stroke outboards.

The manufacturer says these outboards are engineered to be lighter, faster, and easier to operate and maintain. They have a three-cylinder, 500-cc powerhead with electronic fuel injection. For the first time, electric-start models come standard with Mercury SmartCraft digital technologies, allowing boaters to connect to digital gauges and to mobile devices through VesselView Mobile.

“In addition to being lighter, faster and quieter, the new engines in this lineup deliver what boaters have asked for, with exciting new options like digital technologies and an ergonomically positioned tiller handle,” Chris Drees, Mercury Marine president, stated in a press release.

The engines start at a weight of 132 pounds, making them 16 percent lighter than the previous generation. They’re ideally suited for 11- to 16-foot V-bottom boats and inflatables.

What options are available: Electric or manual start, tiller or remote controls, manual or power trim, and propeller or jet propulsion. Tiller models have a nearly 23-inch, ergonomically designed tiller handle that is adjustable for right- or left-handed operation.

Routine maintenance made easier: These engines have a no-spill oil-change system with a drip tray under the oil filter, and water can be quickly drained from the fuel filter without tools.

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