Please select your home edition
Edition
Wildwind 2016 728x90

TDI diesel powers brilliant new plate alloy blue water fisher

by Jonathan Revitt on 27 Feb 2012
TDI Southern Lazer 3 Mercury Marine
For the first time in the Australia-New Zealand region, Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) TDI engines are being installed in aluminium hulls – and the results are great.

Leading New Zealand boat builder Southern Lazer (Southern Boats) has installed the famous V6 3.0L CMD TDI power packs into its newly remodelled XP-746 and XP-776 all-rounders – to create ideal blue water fishing machines.

The boats were ordered by Peter Carlston, who owns Family Boats in Auckland.

'A client and I first saw the TDI engine when it was launched at the Auckland boat show and we immediately put in the order for a XP-746 with the 225hp version of the motor.

'That boat’s now on the water and the owner is very happy. The engine’s more powerful and smoother than he expected, and it’s given him no problems so he’s rapt.'

Peter’s also a convert, ordering the larger XP-776 with the same V6 3.0L CMD TDI but set up to produce 265hp. That impressive combination is now sitting in his showroom attracting a lot of attention.

'It’s a great looking boat with a very, very nice engine. The TDI is really smooth, as you’d expect with that German engineering, and there’s no smoke unlike all the other diesel motors out there.



The boat weighs in at 1,800 kgs dry which the engine handles easily.

'The TDI gives you plenty of pick up, you certainly don’t need any more power. The TDI suits these boats. I think they handle better than with an outboard.'

In testing with a moderate load of 350 kilos, the TDI pushed the boat to 45 mph (72 k/hr) and needed just five seconds to get onto the plane at 20 mph (32 k/hr).

It’s the CMD TDI’s amazing fuel consumption, however, which sets up the combination as a fantastic new option for blue water fishers.

'The TDI’s fuel efficiency puts it into another class,' said Peter.

'At 25 mph (40 k/hr) it’s only using 20 litres of fuel an hour. That’s very low, making it perfect for game fishing when you want to spend 12 hours on the water.'

In short, Peter’s very happy the CMD TDI power and efficiency is giving him a new option to offer his clients. 'It’s a honey of an engine.'

More at www.brunswick.com or www.mercurymarine.com.au

Ancasta Ker 33 660x82Protector - 660 x 82Mackay Boats

Related Articles

Marine Resources expands Boatbuilding Team with two key appointments
Marine Resources have recently expanded their in-house boatbuilding team, with the addition of two new key members. Leading leisure marine industry and luxury yacht recruitment specialists Marine Resources have recently expanded their in-house boatbuilding team, with the addition of two new key members.
Posted on 16 Mar
Southern Spars takes to the air with new composite engineering project
One of the challenges for companies who have had their roots in the marine industry is diversification beyond that field One of the challenges for companies who have had their roots in the marine industry is diversification beyond that field. Moving into the composites engineering for non-marine projects is becoming a more common occurrence as clients realise the opportunities from utilising the expertise of composite boat and spar builders.
Posted on 8 Mar
New Xperformance - Optimising the cruiser/racer range from X-Yachts
X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many Intl titles Since the company was founded back in 1979, X-Yachts have built a wide range of 'Cruiser/Racers' as well as dedicated racing yachts which have won many famous International titles, and of course One Design Class yachts such as X-79 and X-99
Posted on 14 Feb
World Sailing unites Kiteboarding governing bodies
World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the IKA and the GKA to unite the kiteboarding community World Sailing has today signed a landmark agreement with the International Kiteboarding Association (IKA) and the Global Kitesports Association (GKA) to unite the kiteboarding community and provide clarity of kiteboarding's governance structure.
Posted on 13 Feb
On board interview with Lisa Blair - solo Antartica circumnavigation
So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. So far, Lisa is tracking very well in her attempt to become the first woman to sail solo around Antartica. After the setbacks of a delayed departure due to gremlins in the electronics, we are delighted to have these answers from her on board. She is well and enjoying her time. Climate Action Now, her Hick 50, left Albany in Western Australia on January 22, 2017.
Posted on 8 Feb
The price of legacy
Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 Malcolm Page OAM, two-time Olympic Gold Medallist (470) with Nathan Wilmot in 2008 and Mat Belcher in 2012, became the Chief of Olympic Sailing for the USA on January 1 this year. In and of itself it is hardly the freshest news, and well and truly yesterday’s fish wrapper. It was also a wise choice on behalf of Team USA, for he has succeeded in both the physical and commercial arms of our sport.
Posted on 5 Feb
Zhik becomes Official Clothing Partner to the Extreme Sailing Series
Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik. As it enters the 2017 season, the Extreme Sailing Series™ has established an exciting new partnership with the high-performance clothing brand, Zhik.
Posted on 2 Feb
World Sailing headquarters to relocate to London
World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. World Sailing's headquarters will relocate from Southampton to central London, UK in late summer 2017. The selection of London as the new home for the International Federation comes after an extensive evaluation process of possible locations undertaken since the election of a new President and Board of Directors in November 2016.
Posted on 1 Feb
Henri Lloyd join forces with FAST40+ Class
Henri Lloyd is delighted to announce their three year partnership with the FAST40+ Class. Premium British marine and lifestyle clothing brand, Henri Lloyd is delighted to announce their three year partnership with the FAST40+ Class.
Posted on 1 Feb
Tawera takes the NZ Millennium Cup 2017
The Ron Holland designed and impeccably sailed, Tawera, again dominated a lengthier 27nm course on Day 3 of racing The Ron Holland designed and impeccably sailed, Tawera, again dominated a lengthier 27nm course on Day 3 of racing, taking line honours for a third consecutive day, bringing home the NZ Millennium Cup 2017. Coming into the final day of racing, Pacific Division competitors, Antaeus and Steinlager 2, were tied on points. Rumours of an extensive tactical defence strategy to retain the Pacific
Posted on 1 Feb