Not being specific to high-performance powerboats, the Evinrude outboard engine-sponsored Chain of Records 2017 event held last month on multiple lakes in Polk County, Fla., flew below speedonthewater.com’s radar. But a recent press release sent late this week by BRP, the outboard engine line’s parent company, provided the news that 36 waterskiing records were broken—including the “Most Records Broken at a Single Event”—during the five-day happening. (All records are pending until certified by the National Show Ski Association and Guinness World Records.)
Thanks in part to Evinrude outboard power, 36 waterskiing records—pending verification—were broken last month.
“There are few locations that meet the requirements of size, water depth and conditions for these large records and few groups have access to the resources needed,” said Eric Gran, an official from the Chain of Records events, according to the release. “One of the most important factors is boat power. Depending on the record, triple 300s (outboard engines) or larger are really needed and I only know of three of those boats (equipped with those engines) in existence.”
“From everyone involved there were lots of comments about the differences in pulls between the two triple rigs with the Evinrude E-TEC G2s receiving glowing praise,” said Jason Hook, Chain of Records towboat captain, in the release. “All in all, it was a very positive showing for the triple 300 E-TEC G2s.”
Of course, Evinrude’s involvement was not just to help waterskiers set new marks but raise awareness of and appreciation for the outboard brand.
“To attempt record tows of this magnitude requires a great deal of pulling power,” said Olivier Pierini, Evinrude director of global marketing and strategic planning, in the release “We are very excited that our Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines not only deliver for the average boater, but excel in these extreme situations. Offering up to 30 percent more torque than leading comparable four-stroke outboard engines as well as up to 15 percent better fuel efficiency and up to 75 percent fewer total regulated emissions, the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines truly offer record-breaking performance.”
The complete list of records pending certification can be found at the Chain of Records website.