Review: Mercury FourStroke 60 ELPT on an Anglapro Sniper 484

By: John Ford, Photography by: John Ford

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How does the Anglapro Sniper 484 perform with a budget-conscious 60hp four-stroke Mercury outboard motor?

We recently reviewed am Anglapro Sniper 484 in Royal National Park, a mere 15km from the Sydney CBD. The latest tinnie from Anglapro Boats, the Sniper 484 is capable of running a 90hp outboard motor. The most popular engine choice is a 70hp, but our review boat was fitted with a budget-conscious 60hp engine instead.

 

Mercury 60 FourStroke

60 hp Mercury Four Stroke outboard motor

I was very interested to see how the Anglapro Sniper 484 would perform with this budget-conscious engine. In soon realised that I shouldn’t have worried – the combination worked well and in the calm waters of Botany Bay we achieved 28.5kts three-up and with nearly a full tank of fuel.

We were out of the hole at 12.7kt and cruising easily at 20kt around 4300rpm. The performance owes much to the new generation Mercury fuel-injected four-stroke, the normal-sized gearbox and a stainless steel Trophy 12in pitch four-blade propeller.

This allowed us to run it right out to its 6000rpm maximum without fuss and produced easily enough torque to push the Anglapro Sniper 484 onto the plane, even without Mercury’s popular Command Thrust gearbox.

Anglapro Sniper 484 review

At 118kg, the 60hp Mercury FourStroke is claimed to be one of the lightest in class and it has been designed to run on fuel as low as 87 octane – even on 10 per cent ethanol if you’re game.

Out at sea the Anglapro Sniper 484 handled a slow swell and short chop close to the cliff base with ease. We ran at around 18-22kt on the way home and the ride was soft even over the bigger waves. Handling was sporty and precise both offshore and in smooth water, and I couldn’t get the prop to cavitate even in full-throttle hard turns.

 

Anglapro Sniper 484 sea trials

Two people, 75 per cent fuel.

RPM

SPEED

1000

4.2kts

1500

5.5kts

2000

6.5kts

2500

7.2kts

3000

8.6kts

3500

9kts

3700 (planing)

12.7kts

4000

15.9kts

4500

21.6kts

5000

23.9kts

5500

25.3kts

6000 (WOT)

28.5kts

* Sea-trial data supplied by the author

 

Mercury FourStroke 60 specs

TYPE three-cylinder fuel-injected four-stroke

RATED HP 60

DISPLACEMENT 995cc

WEIGHT 118kg

GEAR RATIO 2.33:1

PROPELLER 12in three-blade s/s Trophy

 

See the full version of this review in Trade-A-Boat #475, on sale February 25, 2016. Why not subscribe today?

 


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