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WILSONVILLE, OR(May 29, 2018) – Boat owners around the world continue to buzz about the unique features of Raymarine’s Axiom and Axiom Pro multifunction displays—primarily, their fast and fluid LightHouse 3 operating system, along with their powerful CHIRP DownVision, CHIRP SideVision, High CHIRP, RealVision 3D and 1kW CHIRP sonar capabilities.

Now, owners of Raymarine’s popular eS and gS Series multifunction displays can unlock these high-performance tools.

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eS and gS Systems updated to LightHouse 3 can now connect to RealVision 3D enabled MFDs or the new RVX1000 module.​

LightHouse 3 OS for eS and gS Series


LightHouse 3is the powerful operating system behind Raymarine’s new-generation Axiom and Axiom Pro multifunction displays. Owners of Raymarine’s popular eS and gS Series multifunction display systems currently running LightHouse 2 can now upgrade to LightHouse 3 with a fast and free software update. Simply download the update from Raymarine.comto any microSD memory card, insert it into your display, and you’ll be running the latest technology in minutes.

LightHouse 3 is fast, fluid and easy to learn. The operating system’s streamlined design brings your most commonly used features forward with a menu system that is simple and intuitive. Easily customized to your style of boating, fishing or cruising, LightHouse 3 offers bold and simple home screen icons that are easily customized with just a few touches.

Perhaps the most sought-after feature offered via LightHouse 3 is Raymarine’s new RealVision 3D sonar. Previously available on select Axiom and Axiom Pro systems only, fishermen who upgrade their current eS or gS Series systems to LightHouse 3 can now unlock the power of Raymarine’s latest sonar technology using the all-new RVX1000 3D CHIRP Sonar Module.

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RVX1000 supports both a RealVision 3D transducer, and high-powered CHIRP transducer for true all-waters sonar performance.

RVX1000:  RealVision 3D + 1kW Sonar for eS and gS Series

Based on the same powerful sonar technology found in Axiom Pro RVX, the RVX1000is a black-box sonar with CHIRP DownVision, CHIRP SideVision, High CHIRP, RealVision 3D and 1kW CHIRP sonar capabilities. Connect your transducers, plug RVX1000 into your eS or gS network with a Raynet network cable, and you’re ready to see the underwater world in amazing RealVision 3D.

RVX1000 has dual transducer connections. Simply plug in any RV100 or RV200 series transducer to enable RealVision 3D sonar. RVX1000 is also equipped with a second transducer port for 1kW CHIRP sonar and supports a wide selection of CHIRP and non-CHIRP transducers from Airmar Technology. RVX1000’s 1kW sonar transmits in the CHIRP low, medium and high bands, as well as traditional 50/200 kHz mode.

LightHouse 3 for eS and gS Series allows these MFDs to integrate with Axiom, Axiom Pro and RVX1000.  This helm has a mix of gS195 and Axiom 12RV displays seamlessly sharing all of their data, cameras and sensors.

RVX1000 is an all-in-one solution that offers a traditional sonar display for detecting gamefish, baitfish and structure in depths from two to 4,000 feet, while also depicting the underwater world with stunning RealVision3D, DownVision and SideVision imagery. RVX1000 has its own onboard quad-core processor and extensive built-in memory to ensure a fast and seamless experience. It’s the ultimate sonar tool for fishermen, divers, and explorers everywhere.

RVX1000 is available now from Raymarine dealers worldwide.

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T-H Marine Supplies, Inc., of Huntsville, Alabama, announces the acquisition of the assets of Blue Water LED Enterprises, LLC (Blue Water) of Lawrenceburg, Kentucky. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Blue Water designs, assembles, and sells a broad and unique line of LED light kits and lighting components for boats, kayaks, autos/trucks, trailers, ATVs/UTVs, golf carts, RVs, off-road vehicles, public safety vehicles, and utility trucks. Blue Water has long been known as the pioneer and market leader in LED light kits for bass boats and professional bass fishermen.

“We are so excited to announce the acquisition of the Blue Water assets," T-H Marine’s president, Jeff Huntley, stated. "We have long-admired the quality of their products and their status as the market share leader for aftermarket LED light kits. The team at Blue Water have built a great company of superior-quality products, all with a lifetime warranty, and we look forward of taking their vision to the next level.” 

“It’s been an awesome experience to grow our company and to meet so many of our customers and dealers," stated Jeff Hillard, one of the original founders and president of Blue Water LED. "Our faith-based company has operated on the principles of providing superior-quality products, excellent customer service, and an unprecedented lifetime warranty."

"We have loved serving our loyal customers over the years and we are excited that even more customers will now have access to Blue Water products through an industry leader, T-H Marine. We know T-H Marine cares about quality, stands behind its products, and really cares for its customers, so it’s a great fit. We are proud to know they will nurture the line of Blue Water products into the future.

”Huntley also said, “T-H Marine is known as an industry leader in supplying LED lights to the boat manufacturers. But Blue Water was THE visionary in creating easy-to-buy, easy-to-understand, and easy-to-install LED Light Kits for the aftermarket customer to add to their boats and for dealers to install in boats."

"It is astonishing to me that Blue Water has been doing LED kits since 2005 – yes 13 years! – so they have an established and diverse dealer network in place across the US and a customer base like no one else in the boating market. We look forward to continuing and growing all of those dealer relationships and establishing even more through our wide distribution network, so more dealers and do-it-yourself customers can really light up their boats!

”Huntley said that the Blue Water assets are being moved to T-H Marine headquarters in Huntsville, Alabama, where future assembly and shipping of the product will occur. There will be no disruption to Blue Water customers or suppliers, just more access to the products through more places than ever. Blue Water LED products will be up and running as a T-H Marine brand in a matter of days. 

“Quality brands and products like Blue Water are what we seek to add to our strong portfolio of brands," Huntley continued. "This is our fifth acquisition in the past five years along with many product license acquisitions. We love being known as the go-to company for launching and acquiring innovative brands and products."

"We have proven our ability to use great ideas, from inside our plant, from our boatbuilding customers, from inventors, and from smaller companies, and really blow them up in the market. We have experienced compound annual growth of over 20% per year over the past eight years and we are not planning to slow down. The acquisition of the Blue Water assets puts us into a clear market leadership position in aftermarket LED light kits and we look forward to growing even more. We also look forward to the immediate access Blue Water provides to several other markets outside of boats.”

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (May 21, 2018)– Mercury Marine has been awarded the 2018 Most Innovative Product for its all-new V-8 FourStroke outboard family.  The award was presented to the company during last weekend’s Hutchwilco New Zealand Boat Show, the biggest and most popular boat show in New Zealand for the past 60 years.

The show marked the first time these new engines have been displayed in public as they were launched globally on May 18.  On display at the Mercury booth was the full range of V-8 4.6L outboards including the 250hp and 300hp FourStroke as well as the all-new Pro XS lineup.

“We are honored to win the Innovative Product award for our all-new V-8 4.6L outboard platform,” said Randy Caruana, Mercury Marine vice president of sales for the Americas and Asia Pacific. “These engines were a huge hit in New Zealand and this was a great market to showcase them for the first time.  Since we launched these engines last week, the response has been incredible from our customers around the world.”

Mercury’s new V-6 and V-8 outboard engine launch is the largest in Mercury’s history and are highly configurable to meet the needs of a wide variety of boating segments, from Verado’s refined performance, to the FourStroke’s fuel efficiency and rigging versatility, to the competitive edge that Pro XS provides serious sport fishermen.  Along with the 3.4L V-6 family released in February, the new V-8 engines fill out Mercury’s industry leading portfolio in the 175-300hp range.  

“The consumer is going to love Mercury’s new V-8 platform,” said Caruana. “Our customers who have been on the product said they couldn’t believe how lightweight and powerful these engines are.  When the new V-8’s make their way into the marketplace, this will fundamentally set a new bar for the 175-300hp range.”  

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (May 18, 2018)– Mercury Racing is pleased to debut all-new 250R and 300R outboards.  
 
Designed, developed and manufactured in-house, the naturally aspirated, 4.6L V-8 fourstroke engines share Mercury Racing’s venerable Quad Cam Four Valve (QC4) sterndrive DNA – complete with aluminum four-valve cylinder heads and dual overhead camshaft (DOHC) valve train. The four valve heads and DOHC valve train is integrated with Mercury’s proprietary V-8 cylinder block, packed with high performance hardware. The new platform replaces the two-stroke V-6 250XS and 300XS models.  
 
No Replacement for Displacement The stout V-8 powerhead provides an astounding 44% in increased displacement compared to the legacy two-strokes. That, combined with four valves per cylinder and the DOHC valve train, enables the new four-strokes to generate unprecedented torque and unmatched acceleration from the lower end of the power band up to maximum engine speed. All of this on 87-octane (90 RON) pump fuel while maintaining a comparable weight as their legacy two-stroke cousins. The weight savings can be attributed to the state-of-the-art powerhead components including composite intake runners. Both models are backed by a three-year factory warranty. 
 
Repower Marvels Models accept either traditional throttle and shift cables or DTS (Digital Throttle & Shift).   Throttle and shift actuation, handled electronically on the engine for both traditional and  DTS rigging, replaces the lag and hesitation of mechanical throttle and shift cables with digital precision, resulting in smooth shifting and instant throttle response.  
 
The availability of either rigging system enhances the repower versatility of the engine.  
 
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The 250R pumps out 250 prop shaft horsepower and much higher torque than the 250XS it replaces. The efficient and durable Sport Master gearcase, in the correct application – will enhance boat handling, top speed and efficiency.  
 
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The 300R is the most powerful engine in its class. The 300R powerhead features Racing specified intake cam shafts, valves and an exclusive short runner intake manifold. An integrated oil cooler keeps oil temps down throughout the Racing exclusive 5800-6400 rpm operating range. A multitude of models with two midsections and three gearcase options in varying shaft lengths are available to revolutionize nearly any boating experience.  
  

FOND DU LAC, Wisc. (May 18, 2018)– Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, is pleased to introduce multiple new 4.6L V-8 outboard engine models – the 250 and 300hp Verado®, 250 and 300hp FourStroke, and 200, 225, 250 and 300hp Pro XS® – plus the Pro XS® 175hp 3.4L V-6. These next-generation outboard engines are part of the largest single new-product development program Mercury has undertaken in its nearly 80-year-history, which has prompted a major investment in expanding its manufacturing footprint. 

“In Miami, we said the V-6 was step one of our 2018 introductions and we are thrilled to officially announce step two,” said John Pfeifer, Mercury Marine president.  “These new V-8 engines, like the V-6, will set a new benchmark in the marine industry in the eyes of the consumer.”

Mercury’s new V-6 and V-8 outboard engines are highly configurable to meet the needs of a wide variety of boating segments, from Verado’s refined performance, to the FourStroke’s fuel efficiency and rigging versatility, to the competitive edge that Pro XS provides serious sport fishermen.  Along with the 3.4L V-6 family released in Miami, the new V-8 engines fill out Mercury’s industry leading portfolio in the 175-300hp range.  

“These engines are naturally aspirated, durable, powerful and provide options for the consumer that they’ve never had before,” said Pfeifer. “This new lineup aligns with what consumers are asking for and we are delighted to deliver it to them.”

New 250 & 300hp Verado

The new 250 and 300hp V-8 Verado outboard engines raise the bar for the marine industry – again. Continuing Verado’s legacy as the most refined outboard engine on the water, the new V-8 plaform provides exhilarating performance across the rpm range. Sea trials have shown the 300hp Verado is up to 20 percent quicker and two mph faster than the closest competitor, while still providing up to eight percent better fuel economy.  

The V-8 Verados are compatible with Mercury Joystick Piloting for Outboards for maximum maneuverability and control, and feature Mercury-engineered digital controls and electro-hydraulic power steering for smooth operation. Equipped with Adaptive Speed Control, they deliver increased throttle response and a “sportier” feel. 

The Verado driving experience is further enhanced by class-leading NVH reduction for an ultra-quiet ride. The new V-8 models’ next-generation Advanced Mid-Section (AMS) incorporates perimeter mounts that deliver the lowest vibration in the industry, while sound barriers make it the quietest outboard in its segment. Exclusive Advanced Sound Control technology allows users to toggle between ultra-quiet operation and a “throatier”-sounding sport mode. 

New 250 & 300hp FourStroke

The new 250 and 300hp V-8 FourStroke outboard engines are high-tech without being high-stress, delivering powerful performance while remaining quiet, efficient, reliable and strong. The high-displacement, quad-cam design of the new V-8 powerhead generates plenty of torque, especially at mid-range. The 300hp FourStroke delivers up to 9% more torque than the nearest competitor at 3500-4500 rpm. It boasts class-leading 4.6L displacement yet is the lightest in the 300hp class by more than 10 pounds. Combine ample power with lightest-in-class weight, and the result is exhilarating FourStroke performance from a highly reliable engine.

These new FourStrokes are also exceptionally versatile, offering consumers choices between mechanical or digital (DTS) controls and hydraulic or power steering.  This versatility makes them the ideal outboard engine choice for repowering a wide range of different hulls.  The new V8 FourStroke engines are also available in multiple colors and can be further customized with the addition of an accent panel, as detailed below.

Color Options

Mercury’s Warm Fusion, Cold Fusion and Pearl Fusion white cowl color options plus the popular Phantom Black, combined with five factory accent color panels and “paint-ready” panels, let owners mix and match or paint their own panels to further personalize their engine.  These colors are available for both the V-8 FourStroke and the V-8 Verado outboard engines.

New 175-300hp Pro XS

The new 175 V-6 and 200, 225, 250 and for the first time ever, 300hp V-8 Pro XS outboard engines are quite simply the next generation of tournament-winning performance. Featuring Mercury’s new compact cowl, these engines deliver everything the serious fisherman needs to stay competitive on the water, including ample torque from their high-displacement powerheads and superior acceleration due to their quad-cam design and Transient Spark technology. The 250hp V-8 Pro XS bested the leading competitor in both acceleration and top end in sea trials – and delivered up to 16 percent better fuel economy at cruise.  

All V-6 and V-8 Pro XS engines feature Adaptive Speed Control, which maintains the driver’s desired rpm regardless of load or condition, and 200-300hp Pro XS models are available with either mechanical or digital controls.

The Pro XS performance-tuned exhaust tone is engineered to deliver a brawny sound quality that is guaranteed to turn heads, yet is quieter than the competition at cruise and top speed. Dial in the new Pro XS models with a wide selection of Mercury propellers, and the fish had better watch out.

Watch as our dealers and boatbuilders experience the new V-8 engines for the first time: https://youtu.be/G1orFiYQYIs

Additional information on these engines can be found at MercuryMarine.com 

Members of the media can access high-resolution images of these engines at https://mercurymarine.widencollective.com/

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