Forward Facing Drive and Smart Controls
Mercury Marine has announced a new line of forward-facing tow sport drives for MerCruiser engines, the Bravo Four S. According to Boatingindustry.com, forward-facing tow sport drives are highly efficient and provide superior handling. But the Bravo Four S takes tow sports to a new level.
Mercury combined its new forward drive with Mercury SmartCraft technology and a new version of its Smart Tow controls. Smart Tow controls digitally synchronize ballast, surf tabs, and propulsion settings through a Mercury VesselView touchscreen display. Just pick your tow sports activity and the system automatically tunes the boat for the perfect speed and wake. The rider gets a perfect wake and the driver can concentrate on the water ahead.
We carefully studied all the refinements that go into optimizing a boat’s wake for each of the various tow sports and devised a system to make those settings easy for the boater
What are the Advantages of Forward Facing Drives?
Hagadone Marine Group spelled out the advantages of forward drives in a 2016 article.
- Better performance and handeling.
- A more comfortable and quieter ride.
- Safer for tow sport riders. The prop is tucked under the boat.
- Variable trim angles for better wakes, better rides, and better fuel economy.
The Mercury Bravo Four S combines the advantages of a forward facing drive with Mercury Marine Smart Tow Controles advanced technology. The result is a tow sports system that is easier to use, safer to operate, and more fun to ride.
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