MERCURY 200 OPTIMAX SALTWATER TYPE 60-DEGREE V-6 DISPL. 185 cid MAX RPM 5,750 rpm HP/LB RATIO .39 FUEL SYSTEM Direct Injection GEAR RATIO 1.75:1 WEIGHT 516 lb. ALT OUTPUT 60 amps MSRP **$13,709 These engines hum- both literally and figuratively. Quiet, smooth and with nary a hiccup, these DFIs got a thorought workout on this test and passed with flying colors. I hope Mercury's new SmartCraft electronic controls will soon become standard equipment on most boats.NOTABLE STANDARD EQUIPMENT** 10-year transferable warranty 12-volt receptacle Battery charger Dockside water hookup Bonding systemIMPRESSIONS This qualifies as one of the best, most seaworthy designs Pro-Line has ever introduced. I'd like to see the same running surface on other models. |
I've always objected to the concept of scaling a boat up or down, while keeping exactly the same design, just to fill a size void in a model line. Though this 27 Express looks a great deal like the Pro-Line's 30 Express, it's a totally different boat. To Pro-Line's credit, the company sharpened the entry, took some meat out of the shoulders and turned the chines down a tad, resulting in a much better, more refined boat that runs smoother and dryer on all points.