Cat Nip!

The very first Skater catamaran powered by Verado 400R outboards.
The very first Skater catamaran powered by Verado 400R outboards. Photo credit: speedonthewater.com

The Verado 400R has fueled the resurgence of the outboard performance boat market. Multiple outboard (two or more) installations capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph require the use of an external rear tie bar assembly to keep the motors parallel and equalize loading. 

Factory Installed Tie Bar Kit

Verado 400Rs destined for go fast cats come with a factory installed rear tie bar mounting kit.
Verado 400Rs destined for go fast cats come with a factory installed rear tie bar mounting kit.

400Rs destined for go fast duty on catamaran hulls are equipped with a custom Mercury Racing designed rear tie bar kit. The factory installed kit includes custom rear engine mounts and a heavy duty, stainless steel tie bar wing plate.  The engine mounts feature an addendum for the mounting of the wing plate. A tie bar is not included.

A view of a port rear engine mount.
A view of a port rear engine mount.

The custom rear mounts are critical for safe and secure installation of the wing plate. They serve a function and –  at the same time – maintain the integrity, form and function of the 400Rs’ Advanced MidSection. Most people mount aftermarket rear tie bar wing plates via the powerhead studs. This places a great amount of stress on the studs, engine mounts and the powerhead which could lead to cylinder distortion and possible engine failure.

A view of the starboard engine mount.
A view of the starboard engine mount.

Verado 400Rs with factory installed tie bar kits are backed with a full warranty.  The Mercury product warranty does not cover any damaged related to the use of tie bar kits or other accessories not manufactured by Mercury Marine.

Sport Master

The 400R is the first Verado available with the race proven Sport Master gearcase.
The 400R is the first Verado available with the race proven Sport Master gearcase.

One of the features which differentiates the Verado 400R from all other four stroke outboards is the availability of the Sport Master gearcase. Designed  for boats capable of speeds in excess of 85 mph, Sport Master 400Rs deliver fresh adrenaline pumping excitement to the go fast cat world.

The factory installation process includes cutting custom slots into the AMS covers to allow room for the tie bar wing plate.
The factory installation process includes cutting custom slots into the AMS covers to allow room for the tie bar wing plate.

We are excited to see our high performance boat builders embrace the 400R. The response thus far has been phenomenal. The biggest kick I get is people seem to be as awestruck by the pure power and torque of the engine as they are its  drivability and and overall  quietness. People are as excited to be able to carry on a conversation at 80 mph as they are going for the big number. These are exciting times for sure.

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12 thoughts on “Cat Nip!”

  1. Hello. Charger boats makes a 21′ fish and ski. It has an unlimited HP rating and was wondering if the 400R would do well in a “bass boat” application. To give reference this boat is capable of 75 mph with a 250 SHO Yamaha.

    Thank you

    1. Hi Ross;
      It would depend on the gearcase used with the 400R. You would maybe gain 5 mph with the stock 5.44 HD gearcase. If your boat doesn’t have natural bow lift and requires trim then the optional Sport Master gearcase would not work. application. If level trim is all the application requires than you could possibly see even greater speeds. I hope this helps.
      Rick

      1. Rick, first I want to thank you for the information you provide. I am interested in a Checkmate 2400 close deck. The boat weighs 2000 lbs and does not have a pad. With a 300XS and 12″ set back top end is 77. Do you thing the 400R will achieve +5-7 mph with less set back and having to carry the bow with trim?

        Thanks again.

        1. Hi Mike:
          We have one 2400 BRX in our area and also a 2400 close bow. I’ve read recently a 400R powered BRX runs 84 mph. I’m not sure what the set back is. Checkmate is displaying a 2400 BRX with Verado 300 in Miami.
          Rick

  2. Hi Rick
    This is a bit off topic for this particular blog but since it has already come up in the comments section – how much of change in speed in moving from the 4.8 inch gear case to the 5.44 – thinking in reference to the pro 4 stroke vs the verado. On my 2013 lund pro v 2075 with 300 pro 4 stroke if I changed to the 350 or the 400R would any performance increase just eaten up by the larger gear case??

    Thanks

  3. Hi Rick,
    is there any news concerning the RCD omologation for the 400R in the European market? People talk about first quarter of 2016.
    We are still waiting to order this beast 🙂

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