50 HP Mercury Outboard Specificationsby Lynn RademacherUpdated July 13, 2023
The Mercury 50 hp outboard motor is designed for powering boats over large rivers or lakes. The outboard is capable of producing 50 units of horsepower, which is beneficial to boats that are navigating water with little protection from wind. The engine's fuel induction system uses a loop charge format. The exhaust leaves the Mercury 50 hp outboard system through the propeller.
The Mercury 50 hp outboard motor is a 4-cylinder motor with an inline configuration. The motor's gear ratio is 2.3:1. Only three gears are available on this outboard motor -- forward, neutral and reverse. The Mercury 50 hp outboard is capable of producing 5,500 to 6,000 rpm. The total weight of the outboard motor is 255 lbs. when dry and disconnected from the mounting frame.
The Mercury 50 hp outboard motor has an electric starter. The engine's ignition provides the starter with an electric spark advance. A 10 amp alternator provides the Mercury 50 hp outboard motor with power once started. The outboard is set up for remote steering, allowing the driver of the boat to be closer to the middle of the craft. The temperature of the Mercury 50 hp outboard is controlled by a thermostat and cooled with a water cooling system.
The Mercury 50 hp outboard motor has a wet sump system with pressurized lube. Ensure the lubrication system has enough grease as a part of routine maintenance service. The Mercury 50 hp outboard motor also provides the operator with warning lights in case a problem occurs with the motor. The warnings include overheating warning, low oil pressure and over-revving of the engine.
Lynn Rademacher started writing in 2001, covering technology, family and finance topics. Her writing has appeared in "Unique Magazine" and the "Ortonville Independent," among other publications. Rademacher holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from South Dakota State University.