Cummins, Konrad Marine unveil new powerful diesel sterndrive packages at PME

(SEATTLE) (Nov. 18) — Less than one year after announcing the formalization of their relationship, Cummins and Konrad Marine confirm they have added 480 and 550 horsepower ratings to the diesel sterndrive packages they jointly offer.

The 480 rating is approved for both leisure and commercial applications. The package offers 37 percent more horsepower and 129 percent more torque than gasoline outboards; and 46 percent more horsepower and 54 percent more torque than other diesel sterndrive products sold into the commercial space. The 550 rating is currently intended for leisure applications. An impressive 875 foot-pounds offers 162 percent more torque than outboards, and significantly more than any other diesel sterndrive offered in the leisure space.

"These power ratings, coupled with the inherent advantages of diesel, start a very compelling conversation," says Julie Heifner, global business development manager for Konrad Marine.  "Add to this, the exceptionally long life of this package; the fact that Konrad sterndrives can be rebuilt up to seven times to full integrity versus being replaced; and now you have a solution with an extremely low cost of ownership compared to outboards or traditional inboards. This creates a very viable diesel alternative for larger vessels, and as customers will discover, a lucrative one with a long list of advantages."

A wide variety of packages are available utilizing one of six sterndrive models and nine variations of the QSB 6.7L engine so installations can be optimized to meet the customer's top priorities. For example, if efficiently managing heavy loads is the goal, four dual-prop models are available with carrying capacities up to18,500 pounds (8.4 metric tons) per drive.
Offering the components from gauges to props in predefined, fully integrated packages simplifies configuring, ordering, installation, service and support, and ensures consistent and successful applications — and a single point of contact for the builder.

"These packages offer significant advantages for our customers in power, longevity, and cost of ownership," says Geoff Conrad, director of marine business for Cummins NW, USA. "Our team is looking forward to many successful projects in the Northwest."

The companies invite you to learn more and view the solution in a unique display commissioned by Cummins Northwest, and built by Rozema BoatWorks Inc., at Pacific Marine Expo Nov.19-21. Cummins is in booth 1421, and Konrad Marine is in booth 1426.

By Professional Mariner Staff