On the heels of the Miami International Boat Show, a Mercury Marine press release from the company last week about its increased outboard engine presence at the annual event caught my eyes. For a very brief moment, I read the release incorrectly, thinking it stated that Mercury Marine and Mercury Racing had a total of 200 outboards on display at the event. Heck, I thought, that can’t be right. Among four boats alone, Cigarette Racing Team had 19 outboards in its exhibit.
Mercury Marine’s outboard engine success remains staggering. Photo courtesy/copyright Mercury Marine.
Upon a closer read of the release, I learned that the 200 outboards in question represented a 7-percent increase from the total number of Mercury Marine/Mercury Racing displayed at last year’s Miami Boat Show. That means, I also learned after dusting off some basic high school algebra, that the Fond du Lac, Wis., companies had close to 2,900 outboards at the docks and in the tents during the Miami event this year.
And that got me thinking some more. If Cigarette had the most Mercury outboards, primarily Mercury Racing Verado 400Rs for the record, which company or companies in the high-performance powerboat segment had the least? That was easy. With the Mercury Racing 1550/1350 stern drive engine-powered Crypto SV 43 V-bottom and its 1350/1100 Jet SV 46 catamaran, Outerlimits had no outboard engines in its display of canopied carbon fiber beauties.