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bigz posted 01-17-2001 08:10 AM ET (US)   Profile for bigz  
You can find the details here and there is a link on this page to the full OMC press release 1/15/01 --- Tom
lhg posted 01-17-2001 06:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
BigZ's link is excellent. Once there, follow the link to "What's Next for OMC". I spent close to an hour reading all the information there.

Of particular interest are remarks on the OMC situation by Buckley, CEO of Brunswick and prior head of Mercury division. He blames the EPA for killing OMC and playing right into the hands of the Japanese manufacturers who didn't need to rush the DFI technology because of their 4-stroke engine credits. (that's why Yamaha only now is bringing out the DFI engines - took more time to make sure it worked) OMC had no clean engine technology and had to rush into the Ficht system, which is what killed them.

My personal impression of all of this material is that OMC engines may never again be produced. There are comments such as the Dealer network has been overly optimistic about a re-startup, Current Ficht engines having an fire/explosion risk (a letter from a company engineer), continuing site pollution problems at the main plant, warrantee problems, etc. What a nightmare.

Anybody at all interested in outboard engines should visit this site.

Peter posted 01-17-2001 09:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
Regarding the fire/explosion risk, I think it is real. Our town police boat is a 1995 27 Vigilant. It originally came with two 200 Johnsons. They repowered in 1999 with Ficht and this year when I passed by the boat in August, I noticed the starboard engine's cowling was discolored and looked like it was distorted by heat and the lower mid section looked blackened by smoke. While I never heard what actually happened, I suspected that the engine caught fire.

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