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Outboard pioneers Suzuki Marine are constantly striving to bring you the best in marine innovation. With a new dealership in their arsenal, as well as the launch of a brand-new motor and other technological innovations, this year is proving to be all the more reason for Suzuki Marine SA to smile. Leisure Boating takes a look at Suzuki’s new launches.


Boat, Caravan and Camping in Nigel have been around since 1989, expanding from a four-man business with a mere 200 m² premises at their disposal, to today, where BCC is a marine market leader and has developed into a 7 000 m² one-stop boating shop. Joining the Suzuki SA family, and with over 120 pre-owned boats in their arsenal, BCC have certainly cemented their position as one of SA’s top marine retail shops. The official launch of the new Suzuki dealership happened earlier in the year, with amazing specials on offer. BCC will also be sponsoring the annual Three Species Bonanza at Loskop Dam – one of SA’s largest boat angling competitions. The grand prize will be a G-Force Centre Console, powered by a Suzuki 4-Stroke DF90 Lean Burn Engine. Contact Boat, Caravan and Camping in Nigel on (011) 814 1452 or visit


Suzuki has also announced the launch of a new fuel efficient and high-performance 4-Stroke outboard motor – the all-new DF20A. The new model, which made its world debut at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, will be the first in its class to feature battery-less Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). This new system will also be combined with Suzuki’s Lean Burn Fuel Control system, which will result in a number of benefits for boaters, such as: easier starts, more responsive acceleration, and smoother performance – and above all, greater fuel efficiency.

According to Suzuki’s internal testing, this means that at just 44 kg, the new model will be the lightest and most compact outboard motor in its class. The compact size and light weight of the new DF20A makes it an ideal power match for a wide variety of boats, including small RIBs and tenders, inland boats and small fishing boats, to name but a few. In particular, this new outboard is ideal for entry-level boating.

Suzuki has taken the lead once again in pioneering cutting-edge outboard motor technology with the introduction of Suzuki Selective Rotation. When installing two or more outboards to the transom of a boat, a combination of regular rotation and counter-rotation units is normally used. Currently, this means using two separate outboard models – a regular rotation model and a counter-rotation model. Now, Suzuki has introduced a world first, the Selective Rotation, meaning that one outboard model can operate in either regular or counter rotation modes.

This new technology will first be introduced on the new DF300AP. In its standard form, this new model will operate in regular clockwise rotation, using the forward gear. Now, by changing the gear-shift mode and adding a counter rotational propeller, the same outboard can operate in counter rotation mode (anti-clockwise).

In a move that will delight fishermen and commercial boat users, Suzuki has announced the introduction of the Suzuki Troll Mode System for its Lean Burn outboard models, which will give boaters fine control over engine speed at low revs. The Suzuki Troll Mode System is easy to use and comes complete with a specific tachometer and independent control switch. The system can be used with Suzuki’s SMIS digital gauges or with new ‘dual scale’ analogue gauges. Also, the control switch for Suzuki’s Troll Mode System can be installed anywhere on the console to suit the helmsman’s preference. This system will enable fishing boats to move at a constant trolling speed and it will also assist skippers of workboats when they are manoeuvering at close quarters. Suzuki believes that the end-users will find this particular feature extremely useful in both the leisure and commercial boating markets.

The Suzuki Troll Mode System will be available on DF40/60/70/90A and DF300A outboards manufactured from 2012 onwards.

Suzuki will soon be introducing a new look tiller handle for its DF40A-DF115 models and a new multi-function display gauge for its DF40A-DF300A models. The new tiller handle for Suzuki’s mid-range outboards has been more ergonomically designed, making it easier to use. Not only does the handle now adjust to three different positions, the shape of the shift lever has also been changed, making it more comfortable to shift and easier to grasp. The power trim/tilt switch is now on the end of the handle grip which enables users to control throttle and trim simultaneously, plus there is now a throttle grip friction adjuster so that the sensitivity of the throttle can be changed to suit the user or the conditions.

The multi-function gauge is NMEA compatible and can be used in conjunction with DF40A – DF300A models. It will be able to show either digital or analogue displays as well as providing a night mode and has two main features. The first feature is a navigation compass allowing boaters to cruise easily and safely as they can always see the direction of their destination and home port. It also gives you all the engine management information you need at the touch of a button. The gauge will allow you to use all functions of the tachometer, speedometer, trim gauge, voltmeter, hour meter, water pressure gauge and fuel manager. Furthermore, you can also see the shift position, water temperature, oil temperature, and any warning information.

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