Today I have spent the entire day installing new hardware and software for product evaluation. I still have more installation to do later on today, and hopefully launch the boat and do some tests tomorrow.
If things turns out like both me and Suzuki want, I will be running a pair of Suzuki DF200 next season, which means that my 2011 pair of Suzuki DF 175 will be for sale during the spring.
Suzuki has launched its latest lightweight and fuel-efficient outboard motor – the new four cylinder DF200A.
The new DF200A delivers the kind of impressive performance one would expect only from a V6 engine – but from just four cylinders. In addition to this the new DF200A benefits from a whole host of high specification features, which deliver real customer benefits:
Direct air intake and Variable Valve Timing for higher thermal efficiency and exceptional performance.
2,867cm3 “Big Block” displacement and a higher compression ratio for impressive acceleration and low-end torque.
Lean Burn Control Technology for improved fuel economy.
Knock, O2 and water detection sensors and systems to monitor and control internal engine operating parameters and improve reliability.
Importantly, the new DF200A weighs in at just 226kg, over 12% less than Suzuki’s current V6DF200 model.
New styling and new levels of performance
Just one look at the newly designed cowling of the DF200A indicates that this outboard is something special. However, the shape of the cowling represents more than just contemporary styling. Its design and the special baffling underneath work together to provide a semi-direct air intake system that provides cooler air directly to the engine’s long track tuned intake manifold. The engine breathes even more efficiently thanks to Suzuki’s proven Variable Valve Timing system and twin intake and exhaust valves for each cylinder.
By allowing the engine to breathe cooler air, both acceleration and top-end speed are improved. In fact, Suzuki factory testing reports a 1.2% improvement in top-end speed and an impressive 3.4% improvement in 0-50m acceleration when compared to competitive models.
Another contributing factor to these improved performance numbers is the 10.2:1 compression ratio. By increasing compression of the fuel/air mixture by 9.7%, Suzuki engineers have dramatically improved the power output from its impressive 2,867cm3 displacement DOHCpowerhead.
Market-leading power to weight ratio
When it comes to speed and performance, boaters must balance power and weight. Until now, many boaters have had to deal with the weight of a V6 engine in order to achieve the level of performance they desired. Now, with the introduction of Suzuki’s new DF200A, there’s a real alternative to a V6.
With the DF200A weighing just 226kg, boaters can choose a lighter, inline four cylinder engine without sacrificing power or performance. For those boaters in the market for a new boat and motor, or considering repowering from heavier V6 four stroke outboards (or even older two strokes), the new DF200A provides an attractive choice in terms of size, weight and fuel economy.
Reliability and confidence through engine management sensors
The addition of Knock and O2 sensors helps keep the engine running smoothly. The knock sensor ‘listens’ to combustion, providing information to the ECM to precisely manage engine timing. The O2 sensor monitors engine operating conditions and provides input to the ECM to manage the fuel/air mixture for maximum efficiency and optimum performance.
In addition, the DF200A features a water detection sensor to warn of moisture in the fuel system, a common concern given today’s use of ethanol-blended fuel.
Suzuki’s proven Lean Burn Control Technology
With the introduction of its Lean Burn Control Technology, Suzuki’s engineers have made fuel-efficient four stroke outboards even more economical. By taking full advantage of the computer control afforded by the 32-bit onboard ECM, and through the use of engine sensors monitoring everything from engine timing to ambient temperature, the system is able to provide the precise amount of fuel needed throughout the rpm range.
By utilising Lean Burn Control Technology, the inline-4 DF200A enjoys a significant improvement in fuel economy over Suzuki’s V6 200 horsepower outboard. In fact, Suzuki Factory Testing indicates a 19% improvement at top cruising speeds.
Additional features on new DF200AP models
In addition to the DF200A, Suzuki is also introducing the DF200AP, which benefits from even more technology. The DF200AP will be the first 200 horsepower outboard on the market available with Keyless Ignition, Suzuki Precision Control drive-by-wire controls and Suzuki Selective Rotation. With Suzuki Selective Rotation, dealers and boat builders can set up engines in either standard or counter rotation, thanks to specially-designed gearing in the lower unit and the engine’s electronic shift controls.
A new outboard for today’s modern boater
When Suzuki first introduced its four stroke outboards over 15 years ago, it pioneered many technologies that are taken for granted today. For example, Suzuki was the first to feature fuel injection on its four strokes, the first to incorporate the offset drive shaft with the 2 stage gear reduction and a long track intake manifold, and when Suzuki introduced the world’s first 200, 225, 250 and 300 horsepower four stroke outboards, it designed its engines consistent with the industry-standard mounting dimensions.
In fact, every Suzuki outboard from the portable DF2.5 up to the flagship DF300AP fit on ABYC-standard 26-inch centres, which is a fact appreciated by any boater considering repowering with new outboards.
As Suzuki has introduced its next-generation four stroke outboards, it has also introduced new technologies, such as Lean Burn Fuel Control, that deliver improved fuel economy, performance and reliability.
With a surprisingly low weight, advanced technology like Lean Burn Control, Knock and O2sensors, as well as performance-enhancing compression and intake specifications, boaters looking for a new 200 horsepower outboard need look no further than the DF200A and DF200AP. The advantages in terms of cost of operation (less weight, improved fuel economy, easier maintenance) and exceptional performance, make this engine a perfect match for all kinds of boats in the leisure and commercial sectors.
Masahiro Yamamoto, General Manager for Suzuki Marine’s European Liaison Office, said, “Once again our engineers have delivered a ground-breaking new outboard motor. I am privileged to have been able to test the new DF200A and am pleased to report that it delivers outstanding power and has a very satisfying engine note. I am confident that this new model will be hugely popular right across Europe and will cement Suzuki’s reputation for producing outstanding large horsepower outboards.”
Available later this year, the new Suzuki DF200A is set to redefine lightweight outboard performance and fuel economy. The DF200AP will be available in early 2015.
On a secret trip.
It is both on the behalf of me, Suzuki, and myself :-)
More about this later.
It is so good to be back on the road again. unfortunately, severe back pain/struggle have forced me to stay docked, but now the back is working again, and since I sold two of my companies, I finally have time to be out there chasing the big ones :-)
Lowrance And Simrad Yachting Introduce Sonarhub Sounder
October 31, 2013
New All-in-One Solution Combines StructureScan® HD and CHIRP Sonar
Lowrance and Simrad Yachting announced today the SonarHubTM Sounder. Delivering best-in-class StructureScan HD and CHIRP fishing technologies in one compact module, SonarHub is ideal for marking fish and tracking lure action, and provides easy-to-understand, picture-like views of structure and bottom detail.
Adding StructureScan® HD and CHIRP sonar technology to compatible Lowrance HDS and Simrad NS multifunction fishfinder/chartplotter displays, the SonarHub performance module is a plug-and-play network solution that makes it easier than ever to identify productive fishing areas.
Offering a performance advantage in any situation, the new module’s Frequency Sweeping Pulse Compression technology – known as CHIRP sonar — provides high definition detail to depths of 3,500 feet, while its StructureScan HD functionality gives boaters picture-like displays for more productive fishing, diving and search and recovery operations.
An exclusive combination of DownScan Imaging™ technology and side-scan imaging, StructureScan HD includes an enhanced transducer design that features three dedicated signals for best-in-class side-scanning range and resolution. It provides crisp, clear views directly beneath a boat for a stunning presentation that separates and clearly exposes fish targets from surrounding structure. CHIRP provides anglers with digitally purified, crystal clear images of individual fish markings and clear separation of fish from other targets, structure, thermoclines and the bottom. When paired with an AIRMAR® TM 150 transducer, the CHIRP sonar has extremely efficient pulse generation that provides improved target resolution and noise rejection, as well as wide coverage for perfect arches that clearly identify fish targets.
Leif Ottosson, CEO, Lowrance and Simrad Yachting said: “The new SonarHub module delivers the benefits of our revolutionary StructureScan HD and CHIRP technologies in one device. The all-in-one module adds meaningful benefits by offering two unique views that are sure to help anglers make the most of their time on the water and catch more fish.”
With plug-and-play compatibility with the Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch fishfinder/chartplotter models, as well as Simrad NSS Sport, NSE Expert and NSO Offshore multifunction displays, SonarHub has three built-in Ethernet ports that allow quick and convenient networking without the need for an addtional Ethernet networking module.
The sounder is compatible with a range of transducers including the AIRMAR TM 150 single-channel CHIRP transducer and existing StructureScan HD transducers. The module is also compatible with the all-new SpotlightScanTM Sonar* surround-scanning trolling-motor transducer that pinpoints structure and fish targets ahead and around the boat without disturbing areas before you have a chance to fish them. The SonarHub Sounder is backed by the Lowrance and Simrad Advantage Service Programs.
For more information on the new SonarHub Sounder module, please visit www.lowrance.com or www.simrad-yachting.com.
* SpotlightScan Sonar trolling-motor transducer is only compatible with Lowrance HDS Gen2 and Gen2 Touch displays. The addition of a SonarHub Sounder module is required for SpotlightScan Sonar operation with HDS Gen2 non-Touch models.
Lowrance, a world-leading brand in marine electronics for fishing announced today the new SpotlightScan Sonar trolling-motor transducer.
Delivering a new level of surround-scanning underwater views, the new sonar solution provides picture-like images of key fishing areas on compatible HDS Gen2* or HDS Gen2 Touch fishfinder/chartplotter displays.
Similar to the way a scanning spotlight reveals objects in the dark, SpotlightScan Sonar clearly pinpoints structure and fish targets ahead and around your boat without disturbing key areas before you fish them.
Offering the unique ability to identify productive areas prior to making the first cast, Lowrance SpotlightScan Sonar helps anglers save valuable time on the water and focus on the most productive fishing spots. The SpotlightScanSonar trolling-motor transducer operates at a frequency of 455/800 kHz with a maximum surround-scanning range of 150 feet.
Designed to provide the best possible view both around and beneath your boat, the SpotlightScan Sonar transducer also features DownScan Imaging™ and Broadband Sounder™ technology. DownScan Imaging (455/800 kHz) offers easy to understand images of fish and structure, and award-winning Broadband Sounder (83/200 kHz) technology is ideal for marking fish arches and tracking lure action.
Leif Ottosson, CEO, Lowrance said: “The new Lowrance SpotlightScan Sonar transducer offers anglers a meaningful benefit that provides complete picture-like views in front of, around and beneath the boat.
“Affordably priced and easy to install, SpotlightScan Sonar helps anglers quickly pinpoint productive fishing areas of greatest interest, without wasting valuable fishing time while waiting for a full 360-degree scan.”
The SpotlightScan transducer is quickly installed by attaching it to any bow-mounted, cable-steer, foot-control trolling motor**. Twin scanning beams provide fast refresh rates, and beam indicators are visible on the HDS Gen2 display to guide adjustments for the best possible underwater image.
Protected by a standard warranty and the Lowrance Advantage Service program, SpotlightScan Sonar can be purchased for €499 from authorised Lowrance dealers and distributors from January 2014.
For more information on the Lowrance SpotlightScan Sonar, the entire Lowrance line of marine electronics, or to locate an authorised Lowrance dealer, please visit www.lowrance.com.
*HDS Gen2 (non Touch) models require the SonarHub™ module for compatibility with the SpotlightScan Sonar transducer.
**SpotlightScan Sonar installation requires connectivity to a bow-mounted, cable-steer, foot-control trolling motor. Not for use with hand-steer or electric-steer electric trolling motors.
Fisk och betesfisk. Det finns GOTTT om fisk i området utanför Karlskrona.
Titta titta :)
Äntligen ligger Storm Princess II på vattnet igen.
Tunga lyft är inga problem för killarna på Sandhamn Marine.
Tummen upp för allt hjälp jag fått på Sandhamns Marine.
Kolla vilken underbar vy, jättetrevliga sjöstugor där båten kan ligga precis utanför dörren. Guldläge!
Var också nere hos 1852 Marin och pratade lite Simrad och Lowrance. Fika, och lite prat om deras nya koncept "TrollingParkering" hanns med. Sen händer det också spännande saker inom utombordarnas värld. Suzuki är i en grym utveckling, kan inte säga mer just nu, men stay tuned :)
This Ullman Dynamics captain chair is the rescue for my wrecked back. After testing it for the first time in heavy seas yesterday, I must say that it is way better than my highest expectations.
Captains Domain :)
I wonder how long I will be allowed to be the captain?
Chirping it up a little :) As you can see, we had nice amounts of both bait fish, and predators. To the right in the screen you see a downrigger strike.
And here is the fish, an nice 8+kg Atlantic Salmon.
Hell yeah, looking good!
Another downrigger strike. We did a C&R on that one. In total we caught three salmons, and lost two. A good result considering that it is the first time I fish in these waters. We are fishing in the Karlskrona area on the Baltic Sea this year. We sleep and have the boat docked at Sandhamns Marine, a beautiful place that has some really nice cabins. During the coldest periods I will have the boat parked at 1852 Marin, (check out their "Trolling Parkering"). 1852 is also taking care of the maintenance on my Suzukis. By the way, I will replace my Suzukis during the spring with the new 2014 Suzukis. Drop me an email if you are looking for outboard motors. They are in top shape, and have so far about 200hours on them. Maintenance has been done by 1852 as I said.
RELEASE DATE: 20th September 2013 NSS users can enjoy the benefits of adding an all-new set of features and enhancements to existing features by upgrading their NSS software to version 3.0 The 3.0 software upgrade adds exciting functionality for owners of NSS systems at no additional cost FLIR camera integration – pan, tilt, zoom and menu set up controls direct from your NSS display. GRIB weather file support – import and overlay GRIB weather data on your chart panel. Choose from the many available Cartography options on offer to best suit your location and usage C-MAP MAX-N Navionics Insight Insight Genesis NV Digital Charts Mercury VesselView display integration – display SmartCraft data through your NSS with a VesselView 4 or 7 onboard Fusion Link Audio Server support – control a Fusion-Link device on the NMEA 2000 network from your NSS display Use with an OP40 controller to remotely operate all navigational functions from another part of the boat New Navionics chart features including depth range highlights and dynamic tides and currents Configurable filtering for GPS COG and SOG to smooth fluctuations in received data from sensors Add a GS25 antenna and use the new configuration menus to take full advantage of the GS25 features Receive and view AIS SART transmissions NMEA data logging – record all NMEA 0183 TCP data to the NSS internal memory. - See more at: http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Support/Downloads/NSS-Software-Update/#sthash.6VcciHNo.dpuf http://www.simrad-yachting.com/en-US/Support/Downloads/NSS-Software-Update/
It is a pleasure to announce a winner on the Coastkey share and like competition. The winner is actually a member of a fishing team that always puts the highest priority on their safety on the waters. With a complete Coastkey wireless engine kill switch system the security will be even better. A huge CONGRATULATION goes out to Camilla Thillberg of Team Cape!! I am using, and have been using CoastKey myself for the last four years, and I just love the added security. I hope and believe that you will be as satisfied as I am. Once again, congratulations Camilla Thillberg! Send me your E-mail adress and I will make sure that Coastkey get in touch with you within a few days
COASTKEY Trådlös dödmansgrepp, och startspärr säljes.
Tävlingsvinst, sprillans ny i kartong.
Coastkey är en trådlös sändare som du hänger kring halsen. Inne i båten har du en mottagarenhet som kommunicerar med sändaren. Mottagaren är kopplat till din motor, så om du ramlar ur båten, så stäng din motor av omedelbart. Äntligen en lösning som fungerar för trollingfiskare, då den vanliga dödmans snöret är värdelöst i en större båt.
Jag vill göra vad jag kan för att kunna komma hem till mina döttrar, istället för att drunkna.
Uppge vilken motor du har, så kommer den skickas komplett med rätt kablage till din motor.
Jag har redan Coastkey på min båt(Har använt Coastkey sen 2009, och tycker att detta är en av mina viktigaste säkerhetsdetaljer i båten).
Många försäkringsbolag ger lägra försäkringskostnad, samt lägre självrisk om Coastkey sitter monterat i din båt.
Läs mera om CoastKey, samt vad som gäller kring försäkringar på Costkey sin hemsida, jag länkar till den Engelska, men byt bara till .se eller .no om ni vill till den Norska eller Svenska hemsidan.
Coastkey kostar idag 4995kr - 5400kr+ extra för kablage, jag vill ha 4200kr inkl. frakt. Svenska kronor.