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or white. Now you have not 50 shades of gray but an un­lim­ited num­ber of color com­bi­na­tions thanks to four fac­tory, op­tional color pan­els, plus a primer-coated panel to cus­tom-paint to match your boat. And these pan­els are ap­pli­ca­ble to cowls of black or three shades of fu­sion white.

But we were about to ex­pe­ri­ence what the new mo­tors had got­ten as well as what was gone.

We jumped aboard a Scout 275 Do­rado with dual 200s and dig­i­tal throt­tle and shift. The silky con­trols en­hance the ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause they are so easy to op­er­ate and can be ad­justed to give just the right amount of fric­tion. Also on board was Mer­cury’s Ac­tive Trim, an au­to­matic sys­tem that trims the mo­tors to the ideal po­si­tion based on an ac­cel­er­a­tion pro­file cus­tom-cal­i­brated to any boat. Merc has of­fered that for a while, but now it can be set and op­er­ated through the Ves­selView gauge. An­other new ad­van­tage: If you over­ride Ac­tive Trim, it re-en­gages when you stop trim­ming. There are five trim pro­files for the boat, and if you find load or sea con­di­tions re­quire more or less trim, you can se­lect a more- or lessag­gres­sive trim pro­file from the Ves­selView gauge. Our en­gines were linked to the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem to dis­play gauge in­for­ma­tion on the big nav­i­ga­tion dis­plays or Ves­selView screens.

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