Proven and Validated

With the release of the first MerCruiser sterndrive at the Chicago Boat Show in 1961, Mercury Marine founder Carl Kiekhaefer forever changed the boating industry. Until then, outboards were the standard in marine engines, but Kiekhaefer's sterndrive allowed boaters to maintain outboard-like maneuverability in a package that offered unprecedented recreational boating power. With its already stellar marine reputation, MerCruiser quickly captured a commanding majority of the recreational market. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, MerCruiser continues to lead the industry, guided by the same trailblazing ethic that inspired Kiekhaefer's historic first sterndrive.

It's not enough to be all flash with no substance. To stay at the front of the pack, MerCruiser subjects all its products to the industry's most stringent standards. Our engines, drives and electronic systems undergo thorough, multifaceted tests long before they hit the market. You know when you entrust your hard-earned money to MerCruiser, you're investing in proven performance technology.

Mercury Marine changed the game of boating power when it released its first MerCruiser sterndrive a half century ago. Over the years, our commitment to innovation has placed the MerCruiser name among the great pioneers in the industry, always pushing forward by integrating Mercury technological breakthroughs such as SeaCore corrosion protection and Axius joystick control with its sterndrive systems.