I have always known one thing about boats and that is the fact that find them really cool for other people to own. I like going on other people’s boats, I like talking about other people’s boats, but I have no desire to own a watercraft of my own. That may have changed a little after watching this video from Seven Marine. The company makes awesome (and awesomely expensive) outboard engines that are marine grade GM 6.2L supercharged LS engines that produce 557hp. This video shows a boat with FOUR of the bastards hanging off the back, producing a combined total of more than 2,000hp and a combined price tag of more than $270,000!
In stories that accompanied this video we saw that the boat went 75mph with these engines off the back, which is really hauling some tail for this type of craft. Because we’re so ignorant about the economics behind this stuff we’re going to need some boater input to know whether there is a cost savings or a benefit (other than brute force speed) to these engines as opposed to other options out there.
The sound was interesting to us because it doesn’t really have the roar that you would expect, but when you hear the throttle go all the way into the wide open position there is a wail and a scream that is pretty unique all the same. We’ve never gone 75mph on the water before and doing it in a console style boat like this seems awesome. Also, it is a testament to how hard it is making speed on the water that over 2,000hp (in this design of hull and stuff) still keeps you solidly in the double digit speed range. Boy does it look cool!
Alright boaters…let us know. Is this all about the vanity of owning a cool outboard or are they these engines from Seven Marine brining something to the table?