Making its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Mercury's 150 FourStroke will become the lightest 150-hp 4-stroke outboard on the market, according to the engine manufacturer.
The 455-pound, 3-liter, 4-cylinder engine weighs 55 pounds less than its predecessor (the Verado 4-cylinder 150) and can be used to power a variety of boats, from inshore bay boats to RIBs to offshore fishing and cruising boats, Mercury communications director Steve Fleming says.
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The 150 FourStroke also fits the bill for boaters choosing to repower, especially boats not designed for the weight of a 4-stroke, Fleming says. The new engine weighs only 24 pounds more than Mercury’s 150-hp OptiMax 2-stroke, he says.
Touting its durability, Mercury says it tested the 150 in severe conditions, including 20-foot swells off western Canada. The manufacturer tested the outboard for thousands of hours, Fleming says.
The 150 FourStroke is electronically fuel-injected and has a 60-amp alternator. It will be available in December.