CHARLESTON, S.C. (Aug. 29, 2014) – Cummins Inc. today announced that Casa Vieja Lodge, a top billfishing destination in Guatemala, has selected Cummins engines for two important repower projects. Release, a 37-foot Merritt, and Makaira, a 37-foot Rybovich®, will both be refit with new Cummins QSB6.7 engines, making the Casa Vieja Lodge’s entire six-boat fleet Powered by Cummins.
The 37-foot Merritt Release made its debut in 1961 as Tuna Teaser. Designed and built by the late Buddy Merritt, this is hull No. 6 out of 13 37-footers he built between 1955 and 1967. It is considered to be the greatest single-purpose sport fishing boat ever designed. The boat is uniquely qualified for turning and backing on fast-moving giant tuna off the Bahama Banks; the 37-foot Merritt has become a classic among big-game fishers. Release, as she is known today, will be repowered with a pair of Cummins QSB6.7 380-hp inboard engines.
Makaira is a 37-foot Rybovich, the boat that inspired modern day sport fishing design. Makaira has always been one of the lodge’s most requested boats, and fishes four anglers in comfort. She will have her Caterpillar® engines replaced with a pair of Cummins QSB6.7 380-hp inboard engines.
“With the way the Cummins engines have performed in the rest of our boats and the support we get from Cummins, there was no question where we wanted to go to get engines for the Makaira,” said Capt. Dave Salazar, owner of the Casa Vieja Lodge. “The new QSB6.7, at 380 hp, was the perfect fit, and will give us the performance we can depend on.”
The QSB6.7 for the recreational marine market has the highest power density, producing up to 550 hp, and meets the most stringent marine emissions regulations in the world: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 3. The QSB6.7 offers more torque, better performance, improved acceleration, reduced noise and reduced vibration over the well-regarded Cummins QSB5.9, all without sacrificing fuel economy.
The QSB6.7 engines used in these two repowers are the latest from the Cummins B Series, with over 10 million B Series engines produced and used around the world in many on- and off-highway applications. The full line of Cummins marine engines, including the QSB6.7, QSC8.3, QSL9 and QSM11, offers high power density and clean emissions while providing boat owners with reliability and performance.
Cummins offers both new and ReCon® engines for marine refits. New Cummins engines are supported by Cummins 6-year/3,000-hour limited warranty, and ReCon engines are covered by a 2-year/2,000-hour warranty. Every ReCon engine has been completely disassembled down to the last nut and bolt, thoroughly cleaned, inspected and restored to its original factory specifications. Critical parts such as rings, bearings, seals and gaskets are replaced with new Genuine Cummins Parts. After final assembly, computerized engine test cells ensure like-new performance.
Warranty plans for new and ReCon engines include coverage for parts, labor and technician travel. Every Cummins marine product comes with a Captain’s Briefing program, an orientation on how to run and maintain Cummins equipment. Cummins Care concierge service provides around-the-clock after-sale support to boaters worldwide to ensure a quality customer experience.
About Cummins Inc.
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