Diesel Out­board De­but

They’ve ar­rived! And they’re very fru­gal with fuel.

Boating NZ - - Contents - BY BRETT PAT­TER­SON

THE NEW OUTBOARDS – DIS­TRIB­UTED BY AUS­TRALASIAN MARINE AND IN­DUS­TRIAL EN­GINE SPE­CIAL­IST, POWER EQUIP­MENT – ARE THE:

Ne­an­der Shark 50hp Dtorque made in Ger­many 150hp/200hp OXE, de­signed and built by Swe­den’s Cimco Marine V8 300hp CXO, built by Cox Pow­er­train in the UK.

Power Equip­ment is also the re­gional dis­trib­u­tor for Yan­mar and John Deere en­gines, Mase and North­ern Lights gen­er­a­tors, as well as Torqeedo elec­tric outboards.

While the Dtorque and OXE outboards have just be­come avail­able in Aus­tralia and New Zealand, the 300hp CXO will only be avail­able from mid-2019.

Power Equip­ment gen­eral man­ager Luke Fos­ter says even though the en­gines are from three dif­fer­ent man­u­fac­tur­ers, they share a com­mon fea­ture: they’ve all been de­signed and man­u­fac­tured from the ground up – they’re not ex­ist­ing en­gines sim­ply mod­i­fied for diesel.

And, adds the com­pany’s prod­uct man­ager, Noel Van Der Meulen, they of­fer com­pelling ad­van­tages: “Diesel outboards de­liver se­ri­ous torque with lower fuel con­sump­tion than com­pa­ra­ble petrol-pow­ered outboards. They also have ex­cel­lent re­li­a­bil­ity and longevity, and the fire risk, of course, is lower.”

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