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What is keeping the Merc 60 from running in the states? Why have we not sunset the SST60? inquiring minds need to know

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Over the course of several years, we have written many articles asking people to chime in on what they think is keeping the Merc 60 from landing on US shores and becoming a category or replacing the current SST60. For years now we continue to get the same answers, none of which seem to make any sense to us. Yes, we’ve heard them all. So let’s try this fishing expedition again. We’ve poured out buckets of chum bait over and over so let’s see what we reel in this time. Will we get the same answers we usually get or has someone come up with a new reason why this would not be a viable motor to run in the states.


Let the games begin in 3, 4, 2, 1 Go!

Unfortunately, North American tunnel boat racing is stagnant – with few, new entries into the sport. Entry level classes currently feature antiquated 2-stroke Johnson and Evinrude 45 and 60 class race engines which have been out of production for years. Modern, turn-key, entry-level equipment is nonexistent.

Source: The Little Engine That Does! | Mercury Racing

John Calley

JUNE 11, 2011 AT 9:31 AM

Great beginner class.

Was hoping Mercury would come to the table with an engine to help boost the US APBA class of SST-60.

This 60 hp Chinese built motor isn’t it, unfortunately. We will struggle on with an older motor that performs as intended.

Sorry guys. Back to the drawing board….


  1. Fred Kiekhaefer JUNE 12, 2011 AT 4:38 PM 60 FormulaRace is a great beginner class. Sorry, Mr. Calley, we cannot support both. Racing engines cost us money to develop. Volumes are so small, there is no return on that financial investment. That leaves the public relations value. Since the general boating public has no interest in conventional 2-strokes because of their exhaust emissions, we chose to support entry-level racing with our 4-stroke. They’re cleaner and we currently manufacture them. We all make the choices we must. Hopefully, APBA will enjoy success with their pilot program and APBA racers will join the rest of the world in supporting low emissions racing. Only then can we get behind a 60 hp class — one that looks to the future and reinforces our commitment to the environment.

Source: The Little Engine That Does! | Mercury Racing

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