- Oct 30, 2019
- Boat Info
- Bowrider 200 Select, 2003
- 5.0L MPI, 260 hp w/Alpha 1 Drive
Somehow I thought I might have a new 2-stroke again. Not in the USA at least. Two barely smokers survived with drilled cranks and stuff like the Mercury Optimax's trick alloy but Mercury has a full line of these Chinese Verado 4-strokes so Optimax is gone and Carl Kiekhaefer is turning over in his grave. Evinrude's E-Tech was more sophisticated but now I read that the family owning parent Bombardier abruptly quit making motors citing Covid-19. I grew up thinking ring-dings were torqueless wonders but then I climbed on a blue 490 and found out where torque comes from. RIP and save us from Elon Musk!