2015 IBEX Innovation Awards

Mercury Marine was awarded the 2015 IBEX Innovation Award for Propulsion Parts/Propellers for its Flo-Torq SSR-HD last Tuesday, the first day of the 2015 International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference.

MotorGuide, a Mercury company, also took top honours in the Outboard category for its new MotorGuide X5 trolling motor with VRS.

Also during the Innovation Awards event, Mercury was the only marine engine company to receive Consumer Service Index Awards in three categories: Outboards, Sterndrives and Inboards.

Mercury launched the Flo-Torq SSR HD – a propeller hub system designed to improve shift noise and vibration on high-horsepower outboards that use a heavy-duty 1.25-inch propeller shaft – in late July. The new hub system is the first of its kind to employ Mercury’s new SSR technology. SSR stands for Soft Shift Rubber, which delivers a 25 per cent improvement in shift noise and vibration during shifting events. The SSR hub delivers these benefits without sacrificing the strength and durability of a solid hub designed for high-performance marine engines.

The SSR is founded on a traditional solid steel hub, but adds a bonded rubber sleeve to one end of the hub that provides cushioning to the system. The bonded rubber sleeve cushions the propeller during shifting events, absorbing shock and vibration. As soon as the propeller is under load, the stainless steel end of the hub engages the core of the propeller, creating a solid hub that can reliably transfer the significant power generated by today’s FourStroke outboards.

“Propeller hubs are an integral part of the full marine propulsion system,” said Jared Reichenberger, brand manager for Mercury Propellers. “This product provides the strength of a durable solid hub with the cushioning of a rubber hub for quiet operation. It is a win-win for boaters – particularly those with high-horsepower Verado engines like our 350 and 400R.”

The Flo-Torq SSR HD hub can be purchased at all Mercury dealers, including Silver Lake Marine. Contact us on 042 294 1500 to get yours today.

This post first appeared on Mercury Marine’s blog.

MotorGuide’s Xi5 wireless trolling motor

Motorguide is excited to introduce its new Xi5 wireless trolling motor

The Xi5 wireless trolling motor marks a key milestone in MotorGuide’s history. It is the culmination of a renewed focus and significant R&D investment to design, engineer and manufacture best-in class trolling motors.

The Xi5 wireless trolling motor is designed to exceed the expectations of today’s discriminating fisherman. It’s engineered to be reliable every day – and durable over the long haul. Unlike its competition, the new Xi5 wireless trolling motor includes “out of the box” wireless capability, where anglers can command precise motor and steering control from anywhere on the boat. A wireless foot pedal is standard with freshwater models and a hand-held remote is standard with saltwater models. Plus, they’ve made it stealthy quiet and silky smooth. And you’ll also see thoughtful details that make it safe and easy to use.

Easy to read LED dashboard

The Xi5 wireless trolling motor uses LED lights in the controller so anglers can quickly check the status of four key functions in any light conditions.

  • Power ON / System Ready
  • Propeller ON
  • Pinpoint GPS System Active

The battery power indicator uses different coloured lights to show three levels of battery life in real time.

Wireless pedal for precise control

The Xi5 wireless trolling motor’s pedal provides outstanding motor control from anywhere on the boat. The intuitive, pro-style “heel-toe” operation controls steering that’s extremely quiet, precise and 50% faster than its competition. Digital variable speed control enables exceptional low-speed trolling capability and longer run time.

Xi5 wireless trolling motor pedal

Xi5 wireless trolling motor pedal

All-new composite shaft

The new composite shaft can take on any and all obstructions that get in its way. It’ll bend, but won’t break. That’s why it’s backed by a lifetime warranty.

Next-Gen digital technology

The wireless pedal provides outstanding motor control from anywhere on the boat. The new digital technology features durable cooler-running power electronics that are 50% more efficient. They also capture and store energy that is typically lost as heat. This improved efficiency means longer run time and fewer battery charges. Digital speed control delivers power, smoothly and incrementally, at the precise level needed by the operator.

Low-profile mount

An improved low-profile mount is all about form and function. The base uses anodised aluminum to prevent corrosion. The hardware components are stainless steel throughout, including the linkage that’s built to be extra tough. The unique stow and deploy mechanism aligns and guides the motor into the stowed position and secures it in place. For added safety, a secondary lock prevents unintentional deployment and potential damage.