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CMD "Decided to Lag"
Volvo-Penta on
Pod Drive Concept



Volvo-Penta IPS "Pod Drive"



CMD Zeus "Pod Drive"

Cummins MerCruiser Diesel and Volvo-Penta approach pod-drive propulsion from different points of view—the props of the CMD Zeus face aft, while the wheels of the Volvo-Penta IPS face forward. There are other differences, too.

CMD (Cummins MerCrusier Diesel) president Scott Patrohay says that his company knew the "pod drive" concept was coming but decided to let Volvo-Penta fall on the consumer barbed wire, so to speak, let Volvo-Penta prove the concept, observe any IPS flaws brought to light, then introduce its own "pod drive" and march safely over the "back" of the IPS to market-share victory with a superior product. So, three years after Volvo-Penta revolutionized inboard propulsion, CMD has introduced its version of the "pod drive."

Whether or not that is the whole story you'll have to decide for yourself, but the folks in Fond du Lac (one half of the CMD partnership) have a long history of waiting for innovation to be proven acceptable to the marine marketplace by someone else before tackling major product diversification. The dual-prop sterndrive, and 4-stroke outboard are just a few examples of the giant strides in recreational boating forged elsewhere, only to be adopted later by Mercury Marine. And, the results speak for themselves.

CMD is a partnership between Cummins Diesel and Mercury Marine, and is a separate company formed in 2002 to manufacturer and market diesel-powered products to the marine industry.

President Scott Patrohay says CMD "decided to lag"...see video interview

Patrohay on advantages of the Zeus system...see video interview



Suzuki DF250--How Well Does it Hold Up after 325 Hours?

 


A Suzuki DF250 pushes our 1992 Contender center console to a top speed of 40 knots.

We're running the Suzuki 6-cylinder 4-stroke, the DF250, hard and often in the Florida Keys, which has some of the saltiest water around. Our captain files his first report after passing the 325-hour mark. Click here for his report...

Click here for BoatTEST.com performance results...they are surprising!
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Roses and Brick Bats

 

Readers have propulsion on the brain this week....

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Dam Those PWCs: Full Speed Ahead!

PWC riders continue to live up to their reputation as clueless "boaters." Check out this video of two oblivious PWCers as they go Evel Knievil over a dam in Texas . Click to read more and watch video



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Raging River Humbles Seasoned Boater

As experienced boaters, my husband and I thought nothing of a little canoe excursion on the Connecticut River one day. Our summer outing nearly turned tragic, though. Read what happened.

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Taylor Made Products

BoatTESTSTORE.com buys all Taylor Made Products directly from Taylor Made. Therefore we pass the savings onto you. Check out the new Taylor Made Products introduced for the 2007 Season.

Taylor Made Products has expanded its line to include new semi-custom boat covers for 2007. Boat covers are available for angled transom bass boats, paddle boats and various center console boats. For the fastest and easiest method of finding the right boat cover, click here.


The Fleece Fender Boot is designed specifically to fit hole-thru center style fenders. The 100 percent polyester fender boots come with a reinforced grommetted bottom and an adjustable tie on the opposite end for a snug fit. They are constructed from 12-ounce Blizzard Fleece and are available in two sizes in either black or blue. Click here.




Newport: A Lively Experiment 1639-1969 by Rockwell Stensrud. This is an informative, enjoyable and collectors book on Newport, RI's impact on American history, ideas of religious freedom and civil government. Newport: A Lively Experiment 1639-1969 traces the history of Newport as it evolved to become an international trading port in the 18th century, a summer resort for the powerful and wealthy in the 19th century, a 20th century renaissance in arts and architecture and now an international city.


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Voyaging Under Power by Robert P. Beebe.
This book is a must have for anyone who dreams of, or plans, any long-distance powerboating, inland and off-shore. This third revision has been completely overhauled, the core of the book is vintage Beebe; his designs (still used by naval architects today), research, and his cruising stories remain intact. There are new details of the advances in electronics in the area of navigation and communication, new engine that wring more miles out of a gallon of diesel fuel, active roll-prevention devices, propeller nozzles and bow thrusters that improve maneuverability and ease handling for short handed crews, fuel economy and sea-keeping ability.

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"SeaCore"™ --
The Holy Grail of
Corrosion Protection?
For decades marine engineers have searched for the solution to saltwater corrosion. Now, MerCruiser and CMD say they have found it.


This MerCruiser sterndrive has seen better days. SeaCore should help prevent such corrosion.

Corrosion has been a thorn in the side of boating (and its growth) for decades—especially for owners of sterndrive and inboard boats in saltwater. Now, MerCruiser and Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) say they have found the Holy Grail of corrosion protection—called "SeaCore" ™ —that should make their propulsion systems virtually "corrosion proof." Is this merely marketing hype from Fond du Lac, another good-faith effort, or the real thing? This time MerCruiser is putting its money -- and yours -- where its mouth is. For the remarkable news...click here.

MerCruiser's Spokesman, Brad Rickleman, describes the key components of the "SeaCore"™ system:

The "SeaCore" ™ Lower Unit...see video
 
The "SeaCore"™ Closed Cooling Engine Block system...see video 

The "SeaCore"™ Mercathode™ Shield...see video
 
"SeaCore's" Added Cost and Added Value...see video




Mako 284CC

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World Cat 330 TE

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Sea-Doo 230 Wake

The largest boat from Bombardier is designed to create perfect wakes for water sports. And with its 12-person capacity, no one will get left at the dock. See Test/Watch Video
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Viking 60 Convertible
A Boat for All Reasons


The new Viking 60 Convertible represents a cutting edge design from a builder with 43+ years of experience. Base retail with twin 1,500-hp MAN diesels: $2,241,000.

The Viking 60C fills a hole in the builder's lineup, spanning the gap between its 56C and 64C. But this isn't just a stretched out 56. It's an entirely new design with a more convex running surface forward to handle the power of larger engines (max power is 2 x 1,825).It's a go-anywhere grand prix fisherman or a comfortable cruiser with 4 staterooms...read more



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Vladimir Putin Discovers Boating

Russian President Catches a "big one" off of Kennebunkport, Me.
 
 
Russian President Vladimir Putin landed a trophy striped bass July 2 while boating off Maine with both Presidents Bush. The current president said that he would submit it for an IGFA record as the "Biggest stripped bass caught by a Russian President off of a Fountain powerboat in Maine with 50-lb. test line."  The IGFA said it would wait 60 days before making the record official, but they were sure President Bush knew a record fish when he saw one.
 
The three leaders were fishing aboard the senior Bush's triple-outboard powered Fountain center console, Fidelity III. (The boat was prepped and delivered by the Fountain Northeast Dealer, "Norwest" in Norwalk, CT.)
 
Thousands of "Catch-and-Release" activists rallied outside the Bush compound in Kennebunkport, Maine, while the three embarked on their fishing trip. The trio of presidents was led by fishing guide Billy Bush, who said as they left the dock, "I know where the really big ones are."
 
Putin said, "This boat has great fishability and I can't wait to get one back home to do some night fishing in the Chernonyl River were our stripped bass are much bigger and glow in the dark."
 
Fountain Powerboats is well known for international marketing efforts having recently opened up a dealership in Shanghai, China, and now there are rumors that Putin has asked to be the Moscow Fountain dealer as soon has his current presidential term expires. "Russia is a great new market for powerboats," Putin said, "Almost no one has a triple engine high-performance center console in Russia , so I hope Reggie can keep up with demand."

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Boat Rams Breakwater --Rocks Don't Budge
Muskegon Breakwater withstands another collision
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Boaters in a Hurry Sink...
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CG Kept Busy During July 4th Holiday
Three-state sampling reveals a full range of emergencies and incidents
...read article

Cooling Dips May Bring Swimmer's Itch 
Warming Weather a "Perfect Storm" for Parasite...scratch here
Newport Jetty Takes Abuse
"California Dreamer" Wakes Up on Jetty...see pix

Green Blow Nearly Lost in Deep Blue
Authorities recover $190 million cocaine haul in Irish waters
...read article

Enormous Rainbow Trout No Fish Story
Officials Wait 60 days Before Proclaiming Canadian Fish a World Record
...read article


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