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2002 Engine Preview - Crusader
Engines — Richard Thiel, Capt. Ken Kreisler, Capt. Patrick Sciacca

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Crusader jumps into 2002 by expanding its Captain’s Choice series of gasoline inboards. The Captain’s Choice 5.7 MPI follows up last year’s introduction of the 385-hp 8.1 MPI and 425-hp HO.

Like the 8.1, Crusader’s small-block, 330-hp, 5.7-liter V-8 features GM’s fourth-generation multiport fuel injection system, MEFI IV. However, it has an upgraded ECM and calibration software, new wire harnesses, a new intake system, and new fuel injectors to enhance performance.

Crusader says that its Fuel Control Cell with dual pump and 10-micron fuel-water separator improves engine efficiency as it optimizes fuel delivery to the engine. It also claims that the Fuel Control Cell eliminates vapor lock and associated fuel starvation.

The 5.7, like all Captain’s Choice engines, is freshwater cooled and uses a stainless steel, crankshaft-driven water pump, which means no belt to service, and the impeller can be serviced without removing the entire water pump.

When you purchase any Captain’s Choice engine, you’re automatically enrolled in the Crusader Captain’s Club, which gives you access to a toll-free number to help locate parts and service as well as offers discounts on marine insurance. This is in addition to Crusader’s one-year warranty, which can be extended for two more years with Crusader’s Product Protection. (803) 345-1337. Fax: (803) 345-3309. www.crusaderengines.com.

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

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