Mercury Racing 60R Four Stroke Outboard

Mercury Racing 60R Outboard Motor

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No Strangers To Fishing

 Realizing that there may be more to building outboard racing motors for race boats Mercury Racing jumped into the fishing boat world back in 1999. Since then they have developed several engine platforms that we see every day on the water. From the grueling world of tournament fishing where speed is king to the recreational boater that wanted just a little more performance than his neighbor and wasn’t shy about paying the premium for it.

Proven Power With Added Performance

The Mercury Racing 60R outboard is a very proven engine platform based off the  1 liter Mercury 60 Four stroke naturally aspirated inline 4 cylinder single overhead cam. The 60 four stroke has been on the transoms of boats for over 10 years now and a staple for many recreational and commercial boating applications. The 60 had already become a reliable work horse for many so it made sense that Mercury Racing would tweak it a bit to custom fit technical flats fishing skiff applications and came up with the 60R. 

The Physical Difference

Shorter than its cousin the 60 Fourstroke the 60R comes in a 15″ midsection. This is a welcome change for the technical flats skiff market. A technical flats skiff is by nature pretty short. Because of this often times I see extensions put on transoms to fit the 20″ midsection lengths of traditional outboards. This is no longer needed with the 60R. She bolted right to my boat with no adjustment needed. In fact, I run her to the top of the jack plate often when I am on a plane with no issues of cavitation. 

Speaking of balance the shorter 15″ motor of the 60R also has a lower center of gravity making a traditionally tippy technical flats fishing skiff, less tippy keeping the weight of the power head lower to the water. This is great for us “larger” people to be more comfortable on our skiffs. 

Sorter shaft can also means lighter weight. Coming in at just under 270lbs the Mercury Racing 60R is perfect on my skiff. When I switched to the 60R I was replacing my 90hp Four stroke that was over 100lbs heavier. This is a huge weight savings for a skiff that weighs less than 700 lbs.

So Thats the physical differences. Lets talk performance. 

High Thrust Gear Case Makes A Difference

Mercury Racing uses the high thrust gear case for this package. There are a few advantages here. First is lift. A larger diameter gear case will aid in hole shot just with its physical dimensions. As the gear case starts to move through the water a larger diameter case at 4.25″ will start to create lift immediately putting the skiff on a plane faster. With the larger gear case I also get to take advantage of a much larger propeller selection to completely dial in my package to perfection and gain the most out of it.

Larger gear case means more lift and better props to work with. 

No Strangers To Fishing

 Realizing that there may be more to building outboard racing motors for race boats Mercury Racing jumped into the fishing boat world back in 1999. Since then they have developed several engine platforms that we see every day on the water. From the grueling world of tournament fishing where speed is king to the recreational boater that wanted just a little more performance than his neighbor and wasn’t shy about paying the premium for it.

Proven Power With Added Performance

The Mercury Racing 60R outboard is a very proven engine platform based off the  1 liter Mercury 60 Four stroke naturally aspirated inline 4 cylinder single overhead cam. The 60 four stroke has been on the transoms of boats for over 10 years now and a staple for many recreational and commercial boating applications. The 60 had already become a reliable work horse for many so it made sense that Mercury Racing would tweak it a bit to custom fit technical flats fishing skiff applications and came up with the 60R. 

The Physical Difference

Shorter than its cousin the 60 Fourstroke the 60R comes in a 15″ midsection. This is a welcome change for the technical flats skiff market. A technical flats skiff is by nature pretty short. Because of this often times I see extensions put on transoms to fit the 20″ midsection lengths of traditional outboards. This is no longer needed with the 60R. She bolted right to my boat with no adjustment needed. In fact, I run her to the top of the jack plate often when I am on a plane with no issues of cavitation. 

Speaking of balance the shorter 15″ motor of the 60R also has a lower center of gravity making a traditionally tippy technical flats fishing skiff, less tippy keeping the weight of the power head lower to the water. This is great for us “larger” people to be more comfortable on our skiffs. 

Sorter shaft can also means lighter weight. Coming in at just under 270lbs the Mercury Racing 60R is perfect on my skiff. When I switched to the 60R I was replacing my 90hp Four stroke that was over 100lbs heavier. This is a huge weight savings for a skiff that weighs less than 700 lbs.

So Thats the physical differences. Lets talk performance. 

High Thrust Gear Case Makes A Difference

Mercury Racing uses the high thrust gear case for this package. There are a few advantages here. First is lift. A larger diameter gear case will aid in hole shot just with its physical dimensions. As the gear case starts to move through the water a larger diameter case at 4.25″ will start to create lift immediately putting the skiff on a plane faster. With the larger gear case I also get to take advantage of a much larger propeller selection to completely dial in my package to perfection and gain the most out of it.

Larger gear case means more lift and better props to work with. 

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