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2002 Engine Preview - Mercury/Mariner
Engines — Richard Thiel, Capt. Ken Kreisler, Capt. Patrick Sciacca

- Mercury/Mariner
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The big dog from Mercury this year is its 250-hp EFI outboard. At 479 pounds the engine features a 60-amp alternator, ECM-controlled single-point oil system that automatically mixes oil and fuel at the correct ratio for any rpm, overheat and low-oil warning system, and a one-piece cowling that the company states will prevent water damage as well as protect the inner workings from excessive moisture. The 250 also features Mercury’s exclusive Electro-Deposit Painting (EDP) process. Acrylic enamel is baked on not only to provide a lustrous finish but to withstand all types of weather and water conditions.

Over on the freshwater side, Mercury/Mariner offers a new 115-hp 4-stroke EFI engine with electronic CDI ignition. It has over-rev protection and a prop shaft, pressurized lubrication system, driveshaft, fasteners, and water pump housing all made of stainless steel. (920) 929-5000.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.