Fast Mercs – From Toronto to Miami

This OptiMax 200XS tunnel race boat is front and center in the Mercury Marine booth at the Toronto International Boat Show.
Canadian driver Tammy Wolf and her female teammates finished a respectable 4th in Class 2 and 9th overall at the 2102 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race.

It’s show time! The Toronto International Boat Show opened last night and runs for the next nine days. The Mercury booth features a beautiful OptiMax 200XS SST powered tunnel race boat that is sure to draw people into the booth. Tammy Wolf, a driver with the all female team who competed at the 2012 24 Hours of Rouen endurance race, will be on hand to meet and greet fans.

Meanwhile, in the frozen tundra of Fond du Lac, people at Racing and Mercury headquarters are busy preparing for the upcoming Miami International Boat Show. Mercury has a vast array of exciting products to show and talk about. True to our Miami history, Racing will again have a few new things to share as well 🙂

Fred Kiekhaefer introduces the 1100 sterndrive at the 2011 Miami Boat Show. Fred will attend Miami 2013 for Racing. Stop by and gain from Fred’s unique perspective.
Erik Christiansen discusses the features of the game changing QC4v engine platform he and his engineering team created.

Miami is unique in that people can not only meet and greet manufacturing reps and see the latest products on static display in the convention center but they can also experience it on the water. Mercury Marine again will have a flotilla of outboard and sterndrive boats of varying design featuring the latest available technology from the world leader in marine propulsion.

Racing, by default, usually draws the most interest purely by the size and performance capabilities of the boats featuring our power. We have an exciting mix of boats this year to attract a variety of interests.

Marine Technology’s first ever outboard center console makes its public debut in Miami.

Marine Technology will unveil their all-new SV42 offshore center console. This is the first vee-bottom and first outboard boat from  MTI. Performance reports of the prototype have been impressive. The first production unit, powered by quad Verado 300 outboards will be available for qualified prospects to experience throughout the show.

For those who missed an opportunity to experience the all new 565 sterndrive on water last year will have an opportunity this year.


Velocity is providing this beautiful 390 to demo our 565 sterndrives with X-haust Noise Reduction.

Twin 565s equipped with a Stage 1 X-haust Noise Reduction system are featured in Velocity’s beautiful 390 vee-bottom. At the time of my writing this, the boat does 99.8 mph. You can bet it will have surpassed the magical 100 mph mark by showtime.

The largest boat in Racing’s Miami flotilla, this 52 footer with 1350 power is guaranteed to stop traffic and turn heads.

Mike Fiore is bringing an Outerlimits  52 SL equipped with twin 1350 sterndrives. Demo rides on this beauty, I’m sure, will be limited. But for those lucky few who get the chance – they will be impressed. If your attending the show – it’s worth the cab fare or waiting in line for a bus ride from the convetion center to the docks to see this one in person.

Dave Hemmingson’s new M-41 Wide Body looks fast sitting still!

Dave Hemmingson is fast becoming a Miami show veteran. The San Diego native is debuting his lastest hull in-water at Miami. The M-41-Wide Body, with 1350 power, looks fast sitting still. In this case, looks are not deceiving. This thing is a home run out of the box. Top speed is 175 mph without breaking a sweat.

I’m looking forward to seeing my friends in Miami. It is shaping up to be an exciting show!












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