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Merc Verado 200

by NickT » 13 Dec 2017, 21:32

Hello All,

Does anyone have experience/views on Mercury Verado 200 HP engines please? They are supercharged and therefore only need a small capacity (1.7 litres) to obtain the HP.

They shouldn't be more fuel hungry than a naturally aspirated engine of the same HP but I have heard rumors that they may be...

Any info would be useful as I am looking at a boat with one attached - it has quite a good service history as well which is nice/reassuring!



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by Ianfs » 14 Dec 2017, 12:15

Hi Nick

I have no experience of this model but to my knowledge the Verado range is very well respected. They claim to be the most economical in class and also that the supercharger gives great hole shot.

I don't know a great deal about superchargers fitted to petrol outboard engines, but on a big inboard diesels there is a band where the supercharger cuts in and then switches off (mainly because its there to get the boat over the hump because its been added to a reliable older designed engine to give extra oomph) consequently once running revs are achieved the clutch cuts out. This means that running a couple of diesels with superchargers at around 1600 for displacement speeds just at the point its due to cut in and not achieving cut out revs, the supercharger is likely to cut in and out and puts extra strain on the clutches .

Not knowing much about the Mercury set up on the Verado but without researching, I'm guessing there must be a rev range in which the supercharger kicks in and out. On the other hand it may be a bit more sophisticated and have electronic adjustment.

The reason I mention it is, if you are planning to own a boat that you want to be able to drive at differing speeds, it might be worth checking the system and how its set up. If not and all you want it is tick over or full chat, no problem. :D
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by MikeDavies » 15 Dec 2017, 19:06

NickT wrote:Hello All,

Does anyone have experience/views on Mercury Verado 200 HP engines please? They are supercharged and therefore only need a small capacity (1.7 litres) to obtain the HP.

They shouldn't be more fuel hungry than a naturally aspirated engine of the same HP but I have heard rumors that they may be...

Any info would be useful as I am looking at a boat with one attached - it has quite a good service history as well which is nice/reassuring!



Thanks



We’ve got one on a Quicksilver 755 Pilot House, about 50 hrs now, does everything easily, smooth, quiet, loads of low down power, acceleration is impressive. Gets used at all speeds/revs and haven’t noticed a cut-in point for the supercharger, feels more like the boost is controlled by a wastegate. Also, the electronic controls and smart craft gauges are lovely, so smooth!

Mike


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by NickT » 17 Dec 2017, 14:01

Hi Mike and Ian,

Thanks for your replies.

The boat I am in the process of buying hasn't been used much since new - just 176 hrs I understand on the engine.

Servicing has been regular and therefore I will just have to ease the engine into higher speeds as it has been on the Thames for a few years.

It has the smartcraft gauges and I will be keeping an eye on the water temperatures like a hawk for the first few hours....

When I take ownership this week I will post some photos.

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by NickT » 18 Dec 2017, 18:56

I completed on the purchase of a Saver 690 today - photos attached.

The verado engine sounds great.

I can't wait to try her out on the Solent...
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by betty boop » 22 Dec 2017, 17:34

looks good Nick, plenty of aft room for G& T's over the May B/hol Weekend 2019 :-)
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