Mercury Bravo Four S Tow Sport Drives

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, 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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