New 3-Cylinder Evinrude 150 | Absolute 50 Fly | Glastron GTD 180 - 06/19/2019
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New Engine Review Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150:
All-New 3-Cylinder Evinrude 150 2-Stroke

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Color-coordinated Evinrude E-TEC G2 150

Last week, Evinrude introduced a new engine platform that addresses the mid-range of boats from 14’ to 21’ (4.26 to 6.40 m). Of all powerboats sold, 56% of the aluminum and 45% of the fiberglass boats, fall into this 7’ (2.13 m) range. It is here that the torque of 2-stroke engines is vitally important in order to get boats on plane fast. Fuel economy and annual maintenance costs are also important in order to keep boating at an affordable level in this size range.

The new Evinrude engine platform (115, 140 and 150-hp) addresses those primary concerns and many others as well. First, Evinrude has taken a page from automakers who are now building 3-cylinder engines and has done the same, reaping fuel-efficiency gains and weight savings as a result. Second, the engine is 2-stroke, which provides the torque at the low and mid-range that boats in this size range desperately need to get on plane quickly and not struggle.

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150

The chart above was supplied to us by Evinrude’s Emissions Compliance Lab. The protocols used to determine emissions are based on ICOMIA standards (an international boat-building association with technical committees) which all of the engine makers follow. In other words, the data presented above indicates that the power output of the five engines tested should be about the same no matter which company tests the engines. As can be seen, the new 1.9 L 3-cylinder 2-stroke Evinrude outboard platform has greater power (torque) in the low and mid-range than the 115 and 115-hp Pro XS engines from Mercury and the 115 from Yamaha. What is obvious from this is that the all-new 3-cylinder 2-stroke 1.9 L engine is not hampered in power by not having a fourth cylinder. It is made up for because every stroke is a power stroke in 2-cycle engines, in addition to other factors.

Today, we are going to look at the Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 and learn some of its secrets and see how it performs.


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Test Video

Absolute 50 Fly:
Workstation for the Owner/Operator

Absolute 50 Fly
Absolute 50 Fly

The lower helm of the Absolute 50 Fly gives the captain a clear view through the large forward windshield and defoggers keep it clear inside while wipers clear away spray and rain outside. The area is cooled by circular vents set into the console. The starboard door directly adjacent gives a clear sightline when docking, as well as easy access to the cleat positioned just right for the operator to drop a line over it. Standard Volvo Penta IPS 600s with joysticks at both the upper and lower helms make handling simple around the docks. More...

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Test Video

Glastron GTD 180:
Agile Deck w/Seats for 10

Glastron GTD 180
Glastron GTD 180

The Glastron GTD 180 is just 18’ (5.48 m) long, but she manages to fit seating for 10 aboard thanks to her deckboat-style hull and broad bow. She’s small enough to be agile, delivering a sporty ride and tight corners. With a 115-hp Yamaha powering her, she had a top speed of 41.5 mph. Add the $273 ski tow pylon and the $3,000 wakeboard tower and she’s a good choice for most tow sports as well as an easily trailered and stored dayboat. And, she is affordable. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius:
Redesigned for Relaxing & Entertaining

Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius

The latest model of the Cruisers Yachts 42 Cantius has the electric grill moved from the aft deck to the swim platform, not only adding usable lounge space but also getting cooking odors and smoke out of the entertainment area. The optional hydraulics on the swim platform, which extends 4’2” (1.27 m) from the transom, turn this area into a potential launch platform for a PWC. An icemaker, refrigerator and space for a cooler remain in the cockpit. The bow lounging area has been reworked, providing a U-shaped aft-facing lounge as well as pop-up chaises and a new pull-up table with drink holders for two. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 360 CC:
A Day Boat for Fishing & Entertaining

Sailfish 360 CC
Sailfish 360 CC

Mezzanine seating, facing aft towards the cockpit and the rod holders, is a feature often seen on big inboard sportfishing boats, but rarely on center consoles – but the new Sailfish 360 CC has it. She has a triple-wide mezzanine seat, as well as a fold-down transom seat for two or three and another fold-down seat in the starboard gunwale. These locations will not only provide the softest ride in the boat on long offshore runs but also form a useful conversation area when the boat converts to an evening entertainment platform. There’s an extra livewell under the seat and a hullside door to port, which is useful for stepping in from a dock or for a swim or a dive. More...

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Boating Tips

Basic New Boat Safety Gear:
Don’t Leave Home Without It

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Basic New Boat Safety Gear: Don’t Leave Home Without It

The basic safety gear required by the Coast Guard and state boating officers is designed to keep you and your family safe on the water. This short video from Tracker Marine will show you all of the requirements for navigation lights, PFDs, a throwable device, fire extinguisher, and a signaling device to make your boat safe and legal. It also covers some added non-required, but strongly-recommended gear that can make your day on the water safer and more comfortable. Learn the details here...

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