The Monterey 224FSC has arrived.
Similar in looks to the Blackfin with its award-winning design and its futuristic cock-pit, the obvious change here was the inboard versus outboard engine configuration and the spacious and luxurious cuddy cabin instead of the bow rider on the Blackfin.
The inboard configuration makes for a lighter boat which is also noticeably quieter than the outboard option due to the high-tech dampening in the engine bay. It also appears to create more room in the cockpit too with a back-seat that provides an uninterrupted curve that wraps around the entire beam of the boat and an extended swim platform that provides impressive amounts of room for watersports prep, sunbathing or just swimming with the family in tranquil waters. The Mercury MerCruiser 4.5L 200hp sterndrive, based on the 4.5L 250hp sterndrive introduced by Mercury in 2014, is purposely designed for marine environments. The 4.5L 200hp sterndrive was designed and is manufactured at Mercury Marine’s world headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. The 4.5L is the first of its kind, creating new standards for acceleration and overall performance with design innovations such as a long runner scrolled intake manifold and high displacement, which produces an outstanding power-to-weight ratio.
Geordie told Waterline Magazine “this is the next generation of sterndrive technology and this is a ground-breaking new engine. This is a great power source that provides features, benefits and technology that make boating more enjoyable and worry-free. This engine was purpose-built for marine use and it delivers Mercury’s proven performance, durability and ease of service.” The 4.5L delivers maximum fuel efficiency and exceptionally quiet operation. Its newly designed rear-facing throttle body, anti-whistle throttle plate, engine cover and mounts, lightweight flywheel, fuel supply module, and structural oil pan work together to deliver superior sound quality and smoothness from idle all the way through the power band for a better boating experience. The 4.5L V-6 also offers Adaptive Speed Control (ASC), which automatically maintains the set rpm point regardless of load or condition changes, such as tight turns, tow sports and lower speeds on plane. Mercury Marine built the ultimate anti-corrosion protection system into the 4.5L V-6, using durable cast-iron componentry wherever the engine encounters seawater, and corrosion-resistant aluminium and composites everywhere else. Digital rather than analogue sensors are used throughout.
As with the Blackfin we tested, the boat offers versatile, hybrid functionality from fishing to water sports to cruising. The interior’s abundance of fiberglass surfaces complimented by white leatherette give a feeling of absolute luxury. This is the perfect vessel for boaties seeking an inboard-powered boat that meets the needs of family boating with a 5-star finish. If you are prepared to spend a little more for comfort when you are out on the water then look no further than the Monterey range at Pinnacle Marine. Whilst the inboard configuration was my pick, as Geordie explained it depends on your own personal preferences and the applications in which you are most likely to use your boat. Fortunately the new Monterey range is available in the colour, size and specification you want including the latest outboard and inboard engine options – these boats are built to order and delivered within a matter of just a few months.