Mercury Marine announces the introduction of its ultra-lightweight and reliable 15/20hp EFI FourStroke outboard platform.
In addition, Mercury launched its new Multi-Function Tiller Handle assembly designed for the 15/20hp EFI FourStroke platform ñ the world's first portable outboard tiller that offers ambidextrous operation.
"We are thrilled to bring to the market an all-new 15/20hp EFI four-stroke outboard platform, an engine that is easy-to-start, intuitive-to-operate, lightweight, fuel-efficient, quiet, powerful and reliable," said John Buelow, Mercury Marine VP of global category management. "Through extensive consumer research, we identified four defining features that our customers had been asking for, and these engines provide them. †The goal is always to deliver an elite boating experience to our customers, and these engines do just that."
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Should you do it yourself or take it to a shop?
When the frost is on the pumpkin, it’s time to prepare your outboard engine for its “long winter’s nap.” It may be tempting just to throw a cover over it and call it a day, but temperatures below freezing can cause costly damage to an engine that isn’t winterized properly in the North. Whether you do the job yourself or take your outboard in for service, spending a little time and money today potentially can save a lot of both come spring.
Why go to a pro?
“The new engines are quite sophisticated and on some of them, the spark plugs can be hard to get to,” says Scott Klein, president of Wendt’s Marine, an award-winning marine service shop in Van Dyne, Wisc. He’s seen what can happen when a DIY’er pulls the spark plugs out of an engine to spray fogging oil or engine oil into the holes, then cross-threads the plugs trying to put them back in. As a result, he says, “The hole is shot and you have to change the head of the engine, which costs about $1,000.”
Garmin Ltd. announced that it has acquired Navionics S.p.A., a privately-held worldwide provider of electronic navigational charts and mobile applications for the marine industry.
“Navionics has long been known as a leading supplier of highly accurate navigational charts and mobile applications for boaters,” said Cliff Pemble, Garmin president and CEO. “By combining Navionics’ content with Garmin’s BlueChart® and LakeVüTM content, we will be able to offer the best available breadth and depth of coverage to our marine customers. Going forward, we plan to retain the Navionics brand and will continue to support Navionics’ existing customers.”
“Since our founding, Navionics has been passionate about creating products that enhance the boating experience,” said Giuseppe Carnevali, Navionics founder and president. “Garmin shares our passion for serving the marine industry, and is an ideal company to carry the strong brand and reputation of Navionics into the future.”
In addition to a popular boating app, Navionics has developed an extensive repository of nautical charts for oceans, rivers, and lakes. Many of these charts have been developed with Navionics’ proprietary surveys, done both in the field and with remote sensing such as satellite imagery and airborne laser scanners.