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Continued: Anderson: Mercury Marine marks 75th anniversary

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: January 29, 2014 - 12:19 AM

That said, building lighter and more fuel-efficient outboards is the goal of all manufacturers.

The 150-horse Verado Mercury introduced in 2011 was the smallest and lightest in its class, for example, and the company hopes to transition many of its features to the company’s higher-horsepower models.

“Can four-strokes get lighter and smaller?” Foulkes said. “I think they can, because they’re used in a lot of industries, such as automotive, where light weight is valued. And we can learn from them.”

If less weight means skimming across Lake of the Woods still faster, looking for a favorite muskie or walleye haunt, Horley is all for it.

For now, though, he’s going pretty fast.

“Top speed with that big Ranger and the 300 Mercury,” he said, “is 63 miles an hour.”

 

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com

 

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