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Instrument network is ‘plug-and-play’

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Designed for Evinrude E-TEC outboards, the I-Command system allows simpler, quicker information transfer

Designed for Evinrude E-TEC outboards, the I-Command system allows simpler, quicker information transfer

A plug-and-play digital instrumentation system is now available for Evinrude E-TEC outboards. The so-called “clean” 2-strokes are certified under the NMEA 2000 industry standard for marine electronics, on which the newI-Command instruments also are based.

Evinrude manufacturer Bombardier Recreational Products says the NMEA 2000 standard permits simpler and faster transfer of information from engine and boat sensors. I-Command, according to BRP, was designed specifically for E-TEC V-4 and V-6 engines.

“The I-Command is an instrument network that is designed to read the information that is spit out by the engine and whatever devices may be installed into the boat,” says Larry Koschak, Evinrude/Johnson parts and accessories production manager.

One wire delivers such information as RPM, engine temperature, instant fuel flow, battery volts, engine trim, engine hours, barometric pressure, and engine status warning for display, he says. The “old way” entailed at least five individual wire connectors to make a gauge work, Koschak says. “Now with the I-Command system, we have plug-and-play,” he says.

Displays include a multifunction tachometer and bezel-style analog speedometers. Owners upgrading toI-Command can choose from different gauge styles. Multiple electronics, such as NMEA 2000 GPS and fishfinders, can be added to the open network. Owners can view both speed-over-water and speed-over-ground if both GPS and “paddlewheel” speed inputs are incorporated, Koschak says.

To simplify rigging, a common junction point for a number of devices can be set up — at the transom, for example — with one wire leading to the display.

“Nobody wants to run that many wires forward,” says Koschak. “It makes rigging at the builder and dealer level much easier.” The I-Command system is designed to work on dual helm stations and with up to four engines. Pricing was unavailable.

Evinrude and Johnson Genuine Parts and Accessories also has introduced a new Rebel line of propellers that it says provide increased economy and improved midrange and top-end performance. A boat and engine combination that runs 42 mph at 4,000 rpm, for example, might run 45 or 46 mph at 4,000 rpm with Rebel props, or 42 mph at 3,600 rpm, according to Koschak.

Designed for E-TEC V-6 outboards, Rebel three-blade props fill a gap in the company’s offerings for offshore and cruising boats, Koschak says.Suggested retail price is $484.99. www.evinrude.com