OXE 150HP OUTBOARD
The two-litre OXE – available in 150hp and 200hp versions – is also a turbo-charged engine, but it’s horizontally-mounted with a belt-driven propulsion system coupled to a hydraulic multiplate clutch transmission. This design eliminates the traditional outboard’s vertical shafts and bevelled gears and allows the full torque of the diesel to be transferred to the propeller shaft. A major advantage of the horizontal configuration is that all service points are on the front of the engine – maintenance and servicing can be done on the water.
The configuration also allows crash-stop capability. The smooth gear engagement and precise control is ideal for mooring or carrying out low-speed manoeuvres and trolling functionality. By switching the orientation of the primary belt housing, it is also possible to change the gear ratio to suit high-torque or high-speed operations. With its high torque, the OXE supports large-diameter propellers for high thrust applications, such as displacement vessels and work barges.
The gearbox design allows for a twin installation with clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation. The engines are available in shaft lengths of 20in, 25in and 30in. Weight varies from 280kg to 300kg depending on leg length – a relatively modest penalty of around 25-30kg over an equivalent 200hp V6 petrol outboard.
Cimco Marine says low fuel consumption means a greater operating range, longer intervals between refuelling, lower fuel costs, less maintenance and lower life-cycle costs – all attributes likely to appeal to government, rescue, military and commercial applications.
The closed-circuit cooling system allows for a powerful alternator and cabin heating, important considerations for those operating in cold weather or using demanding power equipment.
The engines meet the new Recreational Craft Directives as well as next year’s Tier 3 emissions standards. Service intervals are 200 hours with a major overhaul at 2,000 hours for heavy commercial use.
OXE engines are currently used commercially in Antarctica by Norwegian adventure cruise line Hurtigruten to power 15 ship-to-shore 20-person RIB tenders. Reports indicate major fuel savings and the engines are proving to be robust and reliable.
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