Gamified boat docking, high-power two-strokes, and a 600-horsepower pontoon — right here’s the most recent and biggest from Evinrude Outboard Engines’ on-water demo.
Final week, the GearJunkie workforce headed all the way down to purify ourselves within the waters of Lake Minnetonka and snag an in-depth take a look at Evinrude Outboard Engines’ new lineup. It was nicely definitely worth the journey. We left sporting the identical goofy perma-grins as youngsters leaving an amusement park.
Fittingly, we arrived by boat. Evinrude walked us by way of its historical past, product specs and stats, and the bygone days of early buoyant propulsion. Then, we eagerly bought on the water to attempt the most recent tech.
These three merchandise stood out on the occasion.
Evinrude Engines: Newest Tech
Evinrude E-TEC Excessive-Output Motor
The hero of the present was Evinrude’s two-stroke, 150-horsepower high-output motor. Demo employees showcased related configurations on a glowing new 19-foot Vexus fishing boat and an 18-foot Alumacraft. The standouts on this powerful little two-stroke have ridiculously low gas consumption, emissions (undetectable whereas working), and quantity by way of all the energy vary.
To try it out, we discovered a head-to-head demo setup with two an identical boats. The one distinction was the motor: One was outfitted with the 150 high-output, the opposite with the favored Yamaha four-stroke.
In the course of the on-water check, our Evinrude pilot identified gas consumption for each motors on the identical RPMs, and the Evinrude was clearly utilizing much less gas. And the Evinrude claimed 37 p.c extra torque than the Yamaha. This was undoubtedly noticeable in acceleration when pushing the boat onto a aircraft shortly, and whereas holding RPMs by way of the turns. Plus, all the setup on the Evinrude appeared a lot cleaner.
Evinrude Manitou X-Plode XT
After the head-to-head, we stepped onto what I can solely describe as a swim platform with rocket thrusters hooked up to the again. What I initially thought was a grotesque show of energy by Evinrude’s top-of-the-line motor was really a part of a rising class of delight boats geared towards rich waterfront residents.
Two pontoons — a 30-foot Bennington and a 25-foot Manitou X-Plode XT — every bore twin 300-horsepower Evinrude outboards. The consequence was two veritable floating residing rooms able to jetting to 60 and 65 mph, respectively.
When the pilot instructed me to “dangle on” earlier than gunning the motors, I chuckled. How briskly might this small luxurious liner go? Then I used to be promptly (and karmically) thrown again in my seat, like Tesla’s Ludicrous mode. To say I used to be shocked and impressed is an understatement. In fact, that enjoyable machine comes with a king’s ransom — a setup like that runs about $140,000.
The ultimate cool piece of tech we performed with was the iDock system. Launched final yr, the arcade-like tech is now in full manufacturing. In a nutshell, iDock combines a joystick with a small laptop to assist dock a giant rig in sturdy currents, excessive winds, or each.
Docking massive vessels might be gut-wrenching, even for the saltiest captains. However the iDock system makes the method simpler and extra enjoyable, giving beginner drivers further confidence in unhealthy situations. Transfer the system’s joystick within the course you need the boat to go, and the pc tells the motors precisely what to do. Push the joystick more durable to enter increase mode, twist the joystick, and the boat pirouettes on a dime like a 30-foot Pac-Man.
To be taught extra about Evinrude’s product and to see what else the corporate is as much as, take a look at its web site right here.
Oh, and should you doubt the ability or torque these outboards can crank, take a look at this Guinness World Document video. Three Evinrude motors pull 32 barefoot waterskiers with three,300 horsepower!