277 Baja Boat w/ 600 Hp Mercury Marine Bravo XP inboard outboard stern drive I/O / k-planes /Latham steering

This boat hull was designed by the folks at Baja, and since then the deck has been restyled by Sea Ray, and all Baja boats are now built by Fountain Boats (they bought Baja awhile ago). She uses a 27’ 5” hull with a swim platform and hull LOA of 29’ 2”. The beam is 8’ 6” and the weight is 5,100 lbs.

Note how much more of a “needle nose” she has and how far back towards the transom it goes. This a very traditional go-fast deep vee with a truely now old fashioned 24 degree bottom at the transom. There are no steps or breaks across the running surface in the Baja 277 boat hull. That all gives and outstanding soft ride in a chop, but takes extra Hp to over-come the drag that such a hull shape requires. Do not under power this boat!

Top power for this race-boat inspired Baja family boat is the 600 Hp Mercury Marine Bravo XR inboard outboard stern drive I/O. Fountain includes both trim tabs (K-planes) and external steering (Latham steering) with this engine and drive power package.

From Merc Racing…The HP600 SCi was the first Mercury Racing sterndrive engine package certified for sale in the European Union (EU). The popular engine, packed with Mercury Racing exclusive components, meets the emissions requirements as set forth in the EU Recreational Craft Directive (RCD) 94/25/EC amended by 2003/44/EC. The engine also meets requirements of the Electromagnetic Compatibility Directive 89/336/EC. The certification expands the availability of the 600 SCi sterndrive engine package to all countries that fall under the EU’s RCD.

The 600 SCi engine continues Mercury Racing’s heritage of producing engines packed with state-of-the-art technology that delight customers with outstanding performance.

The engine outperformed the larger displacement Ilmor MV10-625 in a recent Speedboat Magazine® shoot-out featuring identically rigged Outerlimits 39 Quatro vee-bottom hulls.

The Mercury exclusive Propulsion Control Module (PCM) 07 microprocessor, combined with a 3.3 Liter Lysholm® screw type supercharger, roller camshaft and sequential fuel injection for impeccable idle quality, instant throttle response and unmatched performance throughout the engine operating range…

The 600 Hp Mercury Marine Bravo XR inboard outboard stern drive I/O uses a Mercury Marine cast and built 502 cu. in. block that this year is now being offered with Hp ratings as low as 380 Hp. Note that this 600 Hp engine power requires upgraded by two steps Mercury Marine Mercruiser inboard outboard drive from the Bravo One, and not the Bravo One x, but the Bravo XR I/O drive as a standard Bravo One drive is only rated up to 400 Hp by Mercury Marine.

The standard engine in Baja’s 277 Islander bow rider is Merc’s 320 Hp and Bravo One I/O.


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