The Nissan outboard brand will fade from the North American market, according to an announcement made on Dec. 23, 2014 by Tohatsu America Corp. Nissan outboards are re-branded Tohatsu motors that are also distributed by Tohatsu America, which stressed that the decision by Nissan to exit the market will have no impact on the distribution of Tohatsu outboards.
The move by Nissan to cease outboard sales is related to a decision by the company to discontinue the production of Nissan Marine boats and outboards worldwide due to declining demand for pleasure boats, the core product of Nissan Marine Co. Ltd. of Japan. In a statement on its website, Nissan Marine Ltd. said, “We will withdraw from the delivery of newly produced boats by the end of March 2015, but the boat after-sales service and the marina management business of Nissan Marine will be continued. Other marina companies of Nissan group will carry on their current business.”
Nissan outboards first appeared in the U.S. market in 1984. According to Tohatsu, sales of new Nissan Marine outboards will end once the existing inventory is depleted, and Tohatsu will continue to provide service and support for all remaining Nissan Marine engines in the marketplace.
For more information, visit Tohatsu.
Propeller Milestone at Mercury
In December, 2014, Mercury Marine noted the milestone of the 2.5 millionth propeller produced at its investment casting facility in Fond du Lac, Wis., a plant that opened in 1974 and is part of one of the most advanced foundry operations in the world. Mercury Marine is regarded as an industry leader in propeller design and manufacturing. The experience of its foundry operation, and its team of propeller engineers lead by Roger Koepsel, who joined Mercury Marine in 1970, are two key reasons Mercury keeps turning out propeller hits like the award-winning Enertia ECO .
For more information, visit Mercury Marine.
Yamaha E-Commerce Opens
Yamaha outboard, sport boat, and WaveRunner owners can now purchase genuine Yamaha apparel, accessories and service parts directly from a new Yamaha Parts and Accessories e-commerce website, ShopYamaha.com. The site also offers gear and parts for Yamaha and Star motorcycles, Yamaha ATVs and other Yamaha Motor Corporation products. With just a few clicks I was able to locate Yamaha outboard oil change kits and a water pump repair kit. The site also offers a great selection of tow-toys and accessories from marine speakers to docklines and fenders. Not all Yamaha products can be purchased on-line. For example, the fuel additive Yamaha RingFree apparently can’t be shipped through the mail. There’s no replacement for the input and advice of a good marine dealer, but if you live a long drive from the Yamaha store this new site could be handy. It’s also a great way to browse Yamaha products before you head to the dealer.
New SeaStar Jackplates
SeaStar Solutions has introduced two all-new SeaStar hydraulic jackplates with high-output hydraulic actuators that can raise or lower an outboard through six inches of travel in less than 8.5 seconds, according to SeaStar. To ensure maximum performance and control, the slide mechanisms on both units are fully contained so that even when fully extended, the outboard remains rigidly supported within the mount. Heavy-duty stainless steel guide bars and hydraulic rods are chrome-plated to last in harsh saltwater conditions. A high-visibility position scale provides the driver with an at-a-glance visual position indicator. SeaStar is also offering a SmartStick position sensor and gauge option. All the electronics are integrated into the sensor body, making it fully waterproof.
The SeaStar Jackplate is rated for outboards up to 300 horsepower and weighing up to 625-pounds. The SeaStar HD Jackplate is built using higher strength materials and can handle up to 350 horsepower and 785-pounds. The SeaStar Jackplate is available in 4-, 6-, 8-, 10- and 12-inch setbacks. The HD version is available in 4-inch and 6-inch setbacks. Both integrate with SeaStar steering systems and with Power-Pole and Talon anchor systems, according to SeaStar.
For more information, visit SeaStar.
New MotorGuide Gateway Kit
Anglers who embrace technology may be interested in a new MotorGuide Gateway Kit ($249.99) that connects a compatible Lowrance HDS fishfinder/chartplotter with a Pinpoint GPS-equipped MotorGuide Xi5 positioning motor via the NMEA 2000 network. According to MotorGuide, with this set-up the Lowrance HDS user interface displays on-screen controls for all Pinpoint GPS features, including complete Xi5 motor control. Using the screen controls, you can position the boat using real-time data from the fishfinder/chartplotter unit, which may be even more convenient than controlling the motor with the Pinpoint remote.
For more information, visit MotorGuide.