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UK debut for new Suzuki DF325A outboard at Seawork 2018

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Suzuki GB PLC is pleased to be returning to Seawork (stand Q3, 3 – 5 July) with an exciting array of commercial outboard motors and boat packages on display, which includes the UK debut of its new DF325A (325hp) model.

Built with commercial operators around the world in mind, this market-leading new dual-propeller outboard has been engineered to run on 91 RON fuel and in doing so, is the first four stroke outboard over 300 horsepower in the world to achieve this. This means that boat owners and operators can rely on high-end performance without any sacrifices.

The high-tech and innovative DF325A provides exceptional acceleration and grip, courtesy of its unique counter rotating dual propellers and market-leading fuel economy, thanks to Suzuki’s proven and unrivalled Lean Burn fuel control technology. As with all Suzuki outboards, the DF325A has been designed to be robust, easy to use and versatile, making it the ideal outboard for large boats and a multitude of tasks. It will be on display on Suzuki’s stand (Q3) and also on the water, powering a new BW Seacat (berth VA42).

This particular craft is a 14m version of their popular S.P.E.E.D. catamaran hull design, built for ROVas, to join three other sister vessels already operating in the Norwegian company’s survey fleet.

Constructed to the Nordic Boat Standards, it will feature a twin DF325A installation, offering far greater grip in the water than equivalent single prop outboards. The twin 325hp units, in conjunction with the Optimus 360 steering system, are expected to give top speeds of 28-29 knots and exceptional levels of slow speed manoeuvrability.

A benefit of this extra grip will be the ability to utilise the ‘Sky Hook Function’, which links the engines and steering to a GPS unit, enabling the vessel to hold station over a particular mark at sea. This is vital for the kind of deep water survey work undertaken by ROVas, often operating in water depths way beyond the capability of conventional anchoring systems.

In addition, clients can expect to see a wide selection of other Suzuki-powered boats from a number of trusted Dealers, Boat Builders and Ambassadors, including:

  1. The Wheelyboat Trust Coulam V20 powered by a DF90A (berth VA17)
  2. Warrior 175 powered by a DF115A (berth VA18)
  3. Ribcraft 4.8m (berth VA19)
  4. Ribcraft 6.8m (berth VA20)
  5. Ribcraft 8.0m (berth VA23)
  6. NEW The Ultimate Boat Company Interceptor powered by 2 x DF200AP (berth VA24)
  7. Gemini RIBs powered by 2 x DF200AP (berth VA25)
  8. NEW Coulam V29 ‘landing craft’ powered by 2 x DF200AP (berth VA26)

There are many compelling reasons why more and more commercial boat operators are turning to Suzuki outboards to power their craft. Key to any marine commercial operation is consistent reliability and ease of servicing, which Suzuki is renowned for. In addition, Suzuki has an excellent network of supporting Dealers across the UK and Ireland providing reassurance and back-up to commercial operators with a view to keeping any downtime or time off the water to a minimum.

Suzuki’s lightweight and compact outboards deliver plenty of performance with low-end torque, instant throttle response, smooth acceleration and fast top-end speed, whilst large diameter propellers aid low speed maneuverability. In particular, Suzuki’s V6 family of 200-350hp outboards have a unique narrow 55-degree cylinder block and an offset drive shaft making them extremely compact and ideal for twin installations.

In addition, there are a whole host of innovative new features and accessories available, such as the keyless start system, the intuitive multi-function gauges and Suzuki’s engine diagnostics App for mobile, all geared up to make owning and using a Suzuki outboard as easy as possible.

George Cheeseman, Head of Marine & ATV for Suzuki GB, said, “Seawork is an essential part of our calendar. It provides us with a great opportunity to discuss opportunities with our existing commercial customers and potential buyers. The introduction of our brand new DF325A, means we now have the ability to power even bigger boats and signals more exciting times for Suzuki in the commercial sector. We look forward to welcoming boat owners, operators and builders onto our stand (Q3) on the quayside to have a chat over a tea or coffee about how we can help them deliver their next project.”