Project 1080: Helm with a View

Stu Jone’s restoration of  an epic Cigarette 38 Top Gun  with Mercury  Racing 540 sterndrives has been a resounding success.  Deemed Project 1080, the vintage Florida Powerboat Club pace boat has been completely refreshed from bow to stern.

Work began with replacing  mechanical throttle and shift Mercury Racing Bulldog sterndrives with our  8.6 Liter 540 sterndrives featuring  modern Digital Throttle & Shift (DTS) technology.

Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort Controls feature short throw levers for effortless shifting and ultra-fast throttle response.

Mercury Racing Digital Zero Effort Controls signal driver intent – providing  digital throttle and shift signals to the potent 540hp engines. Power is transferred to Bravo One XR sterndrives spinning Mercury Racing Lab Finished Bravo I propellers.  Integrated Transom Systems  (ITS) featuring Integral steering rams provide a clean installation of the robust XR drives. K-Plane trim tabs assist in getting the classic vee -bottom up on plane as well as adjusting  hull attitude while underway.

Vitals View 

Vital engine and hull data  is provided real-time via a touchscreen Mercury  703 VesselView monitor.  It has more information and data on boat and engine functions than any other system in the boating industry: rpm, speed, fuel flow and efficiency, temperature, trim, and more.

 

Project 1080  also uses twin  Garmin 7612 XSV chart plotters for engine  data display as well as navigation.  Stu walks us through the VesselView 703 features in the latest Project 1080 Update video.

Stay tuned for the next Project 1080 update where Stu will run us through the operation of K-Plane trim tabs and provide performance results from updating the Bravo One XR drives with surface piercing Sport Master gearcases.

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Back by Popular Demand!

First introduced in 2006 – the 700 SCi was a popular offering for single and twin-engine vee bottom, catamaran and deck boat applications throughout its initial 11-year run. Raven Black – shown here is one of 12 available custom color options. Photo courtesy of DCB Performance Boats.

We are excited to announce  the reintroduction of the venerable 700 SCi sterndrive. The supercharged engine was first introduced in 2006 and was a popular offering for single- and twin-engine vee bottom, catamaran and deck boat applications throughout its initial 11-year run.

DCB Performance Boats of El Cajon, California opted for 700 SCi power in a number of for their custom catamaran hulls. Photo Credit. Todd Taylor Images.

Although production ended at the end of 2017, demand for the 700hp engine has never waned.

Cigarette Racing has built a number of of their legendary vee-bottom hulls with 700 SCi propulsion. Photo courtesy of Cigarette Racing.

Designed, developed and manufactured in house, the supercharged engine features a CNC-machined V8, 8.2L cylinder block packed with Mercury Racing designed and specified hardware.

Combining the powerful engine management computer with a screw-type supercharger, roller camshaft, and sequential fuel injection results in impeccable idle quality, instant throttle response and unmatched performance throughout the 4800-5200 rpm-rated engine operating range. Devil Red Eye – shown here – is one of 12 available color options. Photo courtesy of DCB Performance Boats.

The 700 SCi comes equipped with the Mercury-exclusive Propulsion Control Module (PCM) microprocessor. Combining the powerful engine management computer with a screw-type supercharger, roller camshaft, and sequential fuel injection results in impeccable idle quality, instant throttle response and unmatched performance throughout the 4800-5200 rpm engine operating range.

The PCM computer also enables individual cylinder control. The ability to optimize fuel, spark timing and knock control independently for each cylinder enhances engine running quality, performance, fuel economy and durability.

700 SCi engine packages are available in both  staggered (shown here) and close couple configurations. Mercury Racing Blue Metallic is the standard color option. Photo courtesy of Cigarette Racing.

Supercharger boost is variable and automatically adjusted as needed. A boost bypass control valve, electronically activated by the PCM, continuously fine tunes the amount of boost needed to provide consistent horsepower. Under optimum ambient conditions, the boost bypass control valve will open to adjust for the lower boost required to obtain 700 crankshaft horsepower.

Racing’s exclusive NXT1 transmission design features a Bravo-like cone-clutch mechanism, resulting in smooth shifting characteristics.

When operating in sub-optimal running conditions, the PCM closes the bypass control valve to provide active torque management throughout the engine operating rpm range and deliver the additional boost required to maintain a consistent 700hp.

The 700 SCi’s ability to provide consistent horsepower in any condition or locale eliminates the hassle of re-propping the boat to match conditions and enhances its versatility.

Power to the Water

The 700 SCi comes standard with the Mercury Racing-exclusive NXT1 transmission and legendary M6 surface drive. The innovative transmission design features a Bravo-like cone-clutch mechanism, resulting in smooth shifting characteristics.

The higher capacity M8 sterndrive is optional. Peak performance is obtained via Mercury Racing Pro Finish 5- and 6-blade CNC sterndrive Cleaver propellers.

 Dressed to Thrill

Shown here is a close couple configuration install of the 700 SCis in a DCB M-31 catamaran. Hulkin’ Green is one of 12 available custom color options. Photo courtesy of DCB Performance Boats.

700 SCi shipments commence in August on a build-to-order basis, and both close-couple and drive-line configurations will be available. The 700 SCi is covered by a limited one-year factory warranty.

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