Please select your home edition
Pantaenius FBW Asset 728x90

Mercury SeaPros perfect for Melbourne Charter Operator, Matt Cini

by Mercury Marine 8 Dec 2018 00:07 UTC
'Jeffery' with V-6 200hp SeaPros © Mercury Marine

It's snapper season so Matt Cini is flat-out busy.

But then Matt Cini and his whole crew at Reel Time Fishing Charters are always flat-out busy, showing anglers the best spots in Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay and surrounding waters.

"Reliability for me is an absolute because my boats are in the water every day, and I can't let people down," Matt said.

Which is why he's so pleased with his decision to repower his boat Jeffery with twin Mercury V-6 200hp SeaPro outboards paired with Enertia 17", triple blade props.

One of two boats in Matt's fleet, Jeffery is an 8.5 metre aluminium centre cab built by Pelagic Boats to carry 10 guests and two staff, and which tips the scales at 4.2 tonnes fully loaded.

"These engines have done 200 hours now and, for me, they are absolutely perfect," he said.

"They have replaced a pair of 200hp Verados which I was very happy with but these are designed and built for hard, commercial reality.

"For me, I think the biggest thing is the torque. It speaks for itself. We load the boat up with 10 people and all their gear - call it an extra tonne - and it doesn't make any difference. I'm very, very impressed."

Matt knows how the SeaPros are performing internally as well as externally.

"When they were serviced the other day the oil came out looking beautifully clean.

"It's like the engines haven't been working at all when they are actually out there all day, every day.

"The SeaPros have the huge gear box on them as well which is great from a commercial perspective because it's got years and years of life in it."

Tested in moderate to rough conditions, the SeaPros still managed to propel Jeffery to a top speed of 53 km/h at 5,200 RPM. The best fuel economy was recorded at 0.6 km/l at 4,000 RPM, giving the boat a range of 360 kilometres.

"The engines have settled in a bit since those initial tests and on a good day I know the fuel economy is better than that and I'm very happy with it," Matt said.

The one-two combination of ample torque and low weight (220kgs) makes these engines ideal for heavily loaded boats.

The SeaPros' commercial calibration meets commercial duty cycles, delivering more power with less engine stress. Further, they boast unmatched corrosion resistance with superior aluminium alloys and coatings plus four serviceable anodes, including one in the cylinder block.

All to deliver an engine that works as hard as its owner.

"Going with the Mercury SeaPros was a great decision," Matt said.

"They are just fantastic. What can I say? I don't have anything bad to report."

For more information, please visit

Related Articles

New Mercury 115hp Pro XS
115 Pro XS is the lightest in its class A professional guide who knows the areas around Cairns and Hinchinbrook, Queensland, like the back of his hand, Jon Snell often needs speed. Posted on 15 Nov 2019
Mercury powers All 4 Adventure
Mercury Marine announced new partnership with the renowned team Mercury Marine is excited to announce its new partnership with the renowned All 4 Adventure team. Posted on 25 Aug 2019
Mercury Racing launch V8 450R outboard engine
Designed for the high-performance disciple craving unrelenting power The new Mercury Racing 450R outboard is purpose designed for the high-performance disciple craving unrelenting power. Steeped in Mercury Racing DNA, the 450R features a 4.6-liter V8 FourStroke powerhead boosted by an exclusive Mercury Racing supercharger. Posted on 19 Jun 2019
Mercury Racing expands MAX5 prop range
Delivering tremendous results in both single and multiple-engine applications The MAX5 lab-finished propeller is a proven performer - delivering tremendous results in both single and multiple-engine applications, including Mercury Racing's 400R outboard and 600 SCi sterndrive, with a reduction in propeller slip of up to 12%. Posted on 21 Feb 2019
Mercury Marine unveils electronic controls
Making the operation easier and more precise At the launch of the Miami International Boat Show, Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion, introduced a new suite of technological solutions for controlling five- and six-engine arrays of outboard boat engines. Posted on 15 Feb 2019
ABT Costa BREAM Series Grand Final 2018
Outsider clinches top title and a Mercury 150 FourStroke Jason Mayberry, a self-confessed outsider, has clinched the ABT Costa BREAM Series Grand Final to take home a $60,000 Bass Cat boat package featuring a Mercury 3.0L 150hp FourStroke outboard. Posted on 6 Dec 2018
Mercury Diesel 3.0L 150-270hp engines introduced
Released at the Sydney International Boat Show Available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp variants, these engines have been engineered, developed and tested over the past three years to lead their class in several key attributes Posted on 2 Aug 2018
Mercury Marine unveils new line of diesel engines
Which improve performance in the mid-range Mercury Marine, the world leader in marine propulsion and technology, today introduced at the Sydney Boat Show, a new line of 3.0-liter diesel engines for sterndrive, inboard and water-jet applications, available in 150hp, 230hp and 270hp. Posted on 2 Aug 2018
MotorGuide trolling motors link to display screens
Through selected Mercury VesselView and Simrad multifunction displays In a boost for passionate fishers, MotorGuide's Xi5 and Xi3 trolling motors can now be operated through selected Mercury VesselView and Simrad multifunction displays. Posted on 20 Jul 2018
New V-8 & V-6 engines for Mercury's Pro XS range
Powerful and precise new engines further expand Mercury's offering Mercury has announced the addition of multiple new Pro XS outboards – V-8 4.6L engines in 200, 225, 250 and 300hp, along with an all-new V-6 3.4L 175hp model. Posted on 7 Jun 2018
Marina Exchange FOOTER 1Nanni Diesel Australia 2020 - FOOTERRaymarine AUS Element HV FOOTER