New Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP 3-Cylinder 2-Stroke Outboard Engine - 06/13/2019
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Evinrude E-TEC G2 150:
New Engine is the Most Fuel-Efficient in Class

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150
Evinrude E-TEC G2 150

Yesterday, Evinrude announced its all-new 2-stroke Evinrude E-TEC G2 1.9 Liter 3-cylinder outboard engine platform for its new 115-hp, 140-hp, and 150-hp outboard engines. These new 3-cylinder engines are more fuel-efficient and have higher torque than 4-stroke outboards in class, according to Evinrude. Dyno testing using industry-accepted standard testing procedures and actual-use parameters show that this new, lightweight engine out-scores all 4-cylinder 4-stroke 150 engines on the market. It also has available low-cost power steering integral to the outboard unit, which makes it cost lower than comparable 4-stroke engines.

Fuel-Efficient. The 1.9-liter engine has direct in-the-cylinder fuel injection that is far superior in terms of spray pattern, cone angle, velocity, and droplet size when compared to all 4-stroke outboards which spray low-pressure fuel into the intake manifold outside of the intake valves. This largely accounts for the new Evinrude G2’s fuel efficiency, but other factors include the G2 150’s RAVE exhaust system which effectively supercharges the engine.

Less Noise and Vibration. Evinrude has engineered new noise attenuation features into the engine. In one test, we recorded 70 decibels at 2500 RPM, best cruise, which is substantially less than most 4-strokes we have tested in class on pontoon boats. Part of the reason for this is the new G2 platform’s three-point “focused motor mount” system and counterweights used in the engine itself to reduce vibration.

5-Year Anti-Corrosion Warranty. Evinrude is the only outboard maker that uses a costly titanium oxide coating on all metal parts that touch the water, as well as stainless-steel fastenings. Because of this and other details, it can offer the longest anti-corrosion warranty in class.

Driver-Centric Approach. Evinrude purposely has made this engine as easy to use as possible for the owner, incorporating standard iTrim, requiring no “break-in” period, auto-winterization, no oil and oil filter changes, easy access to connections under the cowling, and many other features not available on 4-stroke engines.

See the Video. We have tested two boats – a center console and a pontoon boat – with the all-new Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 and have documented the important aspects of this new engine. See it now...

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Absolute Navetta 48:
Effortless Docking for the Owner/Operator

Absolute Navetta 48
Absolute Navetta 48

Powered by twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s, the Absolute Navetta 48 reached a top speed of 26.7 knots at 3550 rpm in our test. At that speed, we were burning 44 gph for a range of 259.9 nautical miles. Best cruise was 18.7 knots at 3000 rpm, where the fuel burn was reduced to 29.5 gph, giving a range of around 270 miles. Handling around the docks was a non-issue with the standard joystick and a sliding door on the starboard side adjacent the main deck helm, allowing the skipper to step outside to check position as the boat slides into a narrow slip. More...

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Galeon 405 HTS:
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Galeon 405 HTS
Galeon 405 HTS

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Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless:
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Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless
Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless

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Yamaha 242X E-Series:
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Yamaha 242X E-Series
Yamaha 242X E-Series

The Yamaha 242X E-Series has a number of features that make her ideal for wake sports, including the “Surf Point” nozzle system that shapes the thrust of the jets into the perfect wave. The articulating keel improves straight line tracking and three ballast tanks add up to 1,400 lbs. (635 kg) of weight. The standard tower includes an elevated tow point, speakers and board rack, and an opening sunroof - which is an unusual feature in this category. The Yamaha Connext 12” touchscreen is also included. More...

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A bareboat veteran shares the seven Ps of provisioning. Proper Prior Planning Prevents Particularly Poor Provisioning.

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