PLEASURECRAFT ENGINE GROUP BREAKS GROUND ON STATE-OF-THE-ART DYNO FACILITY

LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (May 3, 2017) — Pleasurecraft Engine Group, the leader in inboard marine propulsion, is partnering with Stowe Technologies, the leader in gasoline/diesel dynamometer infrastructure, to develop and build a state-of-the-art dynamometer laboratory at the Pleasurecraft World Headquarters in South Carolina.

Pleasurecraft Engine Group chose Stowe Technologies because of their expertise and long-standing exemplary reputation in dynamometer infrastructures. Stowe Technologies has worked with several premier clients including Richard Childress Racing, Hendrick Motorsports, and the Nascar Research and Development Center.

The new dynamometer lab will be custom engineered for marine specific applications and will include two dynamometer cells, complete with the latest in engine testing and validation technology. This technology will give the engineers at Pleasurecraft a more advanced platform to design, develop, and validate new engines.

Over the years, Pleasurecraft has introduced numerous innovative technologies to the inboard industry, such as their patented CATANIUM® Clean Emission System (CES), patented Fuel Control Cell® (FCC), Vortex Cooling System, and their Power Plus® Transmissions and V-Drive. This new facility will provide the framework for Pleasurecraft to continue to position itself on the cutting edge of inboard technology.

Pleasurecraft President Mark McKinney stated, “We are excited to partner with Stowe Technologies to build this dynamometer facility. Their expertise, combined with the knowledge of our engineers, is key in creating a world class facility that is designed and built to our specific marine engine needs.”

About Pleasurecraft Engine Group: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For over forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service. For more information please visit www.pcmengines.com.

About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.

PLEASURECRAFT ENGINE GROUP HONORED WITH 2016 CSI AWARD

LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (February 23, 2017) – During the recent 2017 Progressive® Insurance Miami International Boat Show®, the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) announced Pleasurecraft Engine Group as a recipient of the 2016 Marine Industry Customer Satisfaction Index (CSI) Award for excellence in customer satisfaction.

The NMMA Marine Industry CSI Awards honor boat and engine manufacturers who actively measure customer satisfaction while pursuing continuous improvement in customer service. Pleasurecraft achieved an independently-measured standard of excellence greater than 95 percent in customer satisfaction based on information provided by new buyers over the past year.

Pleasurecraft President Mark McKinney stated, “We are thrilled to have received this prestigious honor. Our entire team is committed to making sure every customer is completely satisfied with their PCM engine and that they have the best customer service experience possible. We are very thankful to partner with great boat manufacturers whose products amplify the quality of our engines.”

In addition to the 2016 NMMA CSI Award, Pleasurecraft previously earned numerous awards for “Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Inboard Gas Engines” by a leading market research firm.

About Pleasurecraft Engine Group: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For over forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service. For more information please visit www.pcmengines.com.

About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, SeaArk, and Bryant boat companies, Pleasurecraft Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.

PLEASURECRAFT ENGINE GROUP PURCHASES STATE-OF-THE-ART CNC MACHINE

LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (October 5, 2016) – Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG) recently purchased a new OKK HM6000S which was on display showcasing the latest innovations in CNC machining at the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, IL from September 12-17, 2016.

This OKK HM6000S makes the fourth machine of its kind, plus two OKK VP400s, to have been purchased in less than 12 years. These machines make up PEG’s state-of-the-art portfolio of equipment used to machine all cast iron and aluminum parts in-house. Additionally, PEG builds all machine fixtures in-house and performs 100% piece part quality inspection, including pressure-testing components.

The OKK HM6000S provides new concepts in high-speed machining offering drastic improvements in speed, rigidity, and durability over competing machines. This horizontal machining center offers the fastest and most powerful machines in their class, while providing easy access, maintenance, and operation.

PEG President Mark McKinney stated, “We are excited to have this additional piece of equipment as yet another tool to help drive our quality to higher levels. We look forward to the opportunities this purchase may present in the future and the possibilities of further innovation.”

About Pleasurecraft Engine Group: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service. For more information please visit www.pcmengines.com.

About Correct Craft: Celebrating 92 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.

PCM’S HYPERFORMANCE H6DI PULLS TWO NEW WOMEN’S WORLD JUMP RECORDS

ORLANDO, FL (September 29, 2016) – During Monday’s Ski Fluid Invitational in Polk City, Florida Nautique athlete Jacinta Carroll set two new pending Jump World Records pulled by the PCM HYPERFORMANCE H6DI powered Ski Nautique 200. It proved to be an historic day in the world of tournament waterskiing, as Carroll flew 194ft (59.2m) followed by a 198ft (60.3m) jump, making her the first female to ever break the 60-meter barrier.

This isn’t the first time Carroll has broken back-to-back world records. At the 2015 Sunset Cup, the tournament debut of PCM and GM Marine Technology’s powerful Direct Injection engines (H5DI and H6DI), she shattered the previous world record three times with jumps of 193ft (58.8m), 193ft (58.9m), and 194ft (59.1m).

“It’s always amazing to come to America and get a chance to jump behind the PCM H6DI engine. I know that every jump I will get a strong consistent pull giving me the best opportunity to fly far,” said Carroll.

In addition to Carroll’s World Records, there were numerous personal bests pulled behind PCM’s HYPERFORMANCE H6DI with industry leading horsepower and torque at last weekend’s Sunset Lakes Fall Classic. The outstanding performance of the H6DI pulled Centurion athlete Alex Laurentano 184ft to tie her Open Women’s National Record, two M4 Jump Records of 180ft and 182ft, a Chilean Junior Women’s Record of 144ft, and a Finnish Open Women’s Record tie of 179ft.

PCM President Mark McKinney stated, “We couldn’t be anymore proud of Jacinta and her accomplishments. The team here at PCM is excited to see the incredible power and torque of our engines taking these athletes to the highest level and making history.”

About Pleasurecraft Engine Group: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service. For more information please visit www.pcmengines.com.

About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.

PLEASURECRAFT ENGINE GROUP SPONSORED TEAM TAKES THIRD IN SOLAR BOAT DESIGN COMPETITION

LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (June 29, 2016) – A team of University of South Carolina (USC) mechanical engineers, working with Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG), took third place in SOLAR SPLASH®, the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating, held June 15-19 in Dayton, Ohio.

Since 1994, university teams from across the globe have designed and built prototype solar/electric boats for competition in Solar Splash. Each team’s boat goes through technical inspections followed by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories to determine an overall champion. USC’s teams have now earned nine Top 5 finishes including three World Championship titles.

In addition to offering financial support, PEG assisted the USC team through the entire 12-month design process. PEG President Mark McKinney and USC team captain (and new PEG engineer) Carver Buis began by attending a hybrid electric boat show in Fort Lauderdale to learn more about the electric marine world. The most valuable support came from the team’s access to PEG engineers’ inputs and perspectives throughout the entire design process.

“Without the influence of PEG in the solar boat project many design issues would have been overlooked. Due to the experience and guidance PEG provided to the team, we were able to place well in the competition and also take home the award for Most Improved Team,” stated Buis.

McKinney added, “Pleasurecraft is very proud to have helped the USC team earn the Most Improved award and to once again be competitive in this prestigious competition. Working with these students has been a valuable learning experience for everyone involved and we hope to continue participating in this event for many years to come.”

About SOLAR SPLASH: SOLAR SPLASH is a trademark of Solar Splash Inc., a non-profit organization formed to promote engineering education and interest in solar innovation. Solar Splash Inc. seeks to involve college and high school students in hands-on educational activity by hosting the SOLAR SPLASH competition each year. For more information visit www.solarsplash.com.

About Pleasurecraft Engine Group: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service. For more information please visit www.pcmengines.com.

About Correct Craft: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, Yar-Craft, and SeaArk boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.

PLEASURECRAFT COMPLETES MAJOR FACTORY UPGRADES

LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (May 11, 2016) – Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG) recently completed several projects to improve their factory and increase manufacturing efficiencies.

These projects include:

  • An all-new sub-assembly area allowing for more efficient assembly down the line.
  • Additional state-of-the-art production lines specifically for Direct Injection engines.
  • An industry leading run/calibration station that provides automatic diagnostics and engine calibration downloads.
  • A new engine component balance machine providing more accurate calibration and an overall higher quality product.
  • Reorganized storage for plant parts and finished inventory providing better production flow that ensures higher quality and efficiency.

Echoing the new image and culture of PEG since its acquisition by Correct Craft, numerous aesthetic enhancements were made that include freshly painted buildings, updated property fencing, landscaping, a new driveway, and a new company sign.

PEG President Mark McKinney stated, “The entire Pleasurecraft team is excited about the new fast paced, high energy work environment these factory upgrades and manufacturing efficiencies have provided while also improving our already high quality products.” McKinney added, “The support we’ve received from Correct Craft has allowed us to create a new image and culture for PEG that will continue to generate positive moves into the future.”

ABOUT PLEASURECRAFT ENGINE GROUP: Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For over forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service.

ABOUT CORRECT CRAFT: Celebrating 91 years of excellence in the marine industry, Correct Craft is a Florida-based company with global operations. The Correct Craft family includes Nautique, Centurion, Supreme, Bass Cat, and Yar-Craft boat companies, Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Group, and Aktion Parks. For more information please visit www.correctcraft.com.

PLEASURECRAFT SPONSORS UNIVERSITY TEAM IN SOLAR BOAT DESIGN COMPETITION

LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (March 3, 2016) – Pleasurecraft Engine Group (PEG) is sponsoring a team of University of South Carolina (USC) mechanical engineers as they prepare to enter Solar Splash, the World Championship of intercollegiate solar/electric boating, to be held June 15-19 in Dayton, Ohio.

Since 1994, university teams from across the globe have designed and built prototype solar/electric boats for competition in Solar Splash. Each team’s boat goes through technical inspections followed by five on-the-water competitive events. Points are earned in 7 categories to determine an overall champion. USC’s teams have earned eight top 5 finishes including three World Championship titles.

“Our project coincides with a two-semester long class encompassing the entire design process,” stated Carver Buis, USC team member and PEG intern. “We evaluated last year’s USC team design along with their competitors to identify weak areas in need of improvement. The technical knowledge and design advice, in addition to the financial support, we receive from PEG is invaluable in our quest to bring home a fourth World Championship.”

PEG President Mark McKinney added, “Pleasurecraft is always looking to support our community and when we were approached with this opportunity we knew it was a perfect fit. Fostering the next generation of engineers in our industry while supporting the local university has been an incredible experience that we hope to continue for years to come.”

Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service.

Direct Injection: Feel the Rhythm

Place your hand on your heart. Seriously, stop reading this and place your hand on your heart.

Do you feel the rhythmic beat of your heart, powerfully pounding blood through your body? Your heart, as small as it may be compared to the rest of your body, is the driving force that powers you through your day, week, and lifetime.

An engine is just like a heart. Though small, compared to the boat it powers, the engine is the most important feature. Without a smooth-running engine, the boat is useless.

At PCM we believe that the engine needs to be of the highest quality and manufactured to last. Just as athletes train their hearts to withstand the most grueling workouts, we design and engineer our engines to stand above the competition. A PCM engine performs without hesitation and is charged with the latest technologies and features that deliver incomparable enjoyment and reliability.

With this in mind, we’ve spent countless hours researching ways to develop the next great engine to power inboard towsport boats. Built on the idea of HYPERFORMANCE; the serious, obsessive — borderline fanatical — approach and philosophy to building an engine that outperforms the competition in every way – our newest class of engines are the industry’s most innovative engines available.

In September of 2015, we launched the H5DI and H6DI engines. These engines feature the only direct injection fuel system in the inboard towsports industry. They were designed to propel – literally and figuratively – watersports enthusiasts beyond the reach of the competition and allow them to soar to new heights.

These engines are set apart from the competition by implementing the next generation technology of Direct Injection. Take a look and you’ll see why we have been the industry leader for so many years.

Direct Injection Technology 

Essentially, Direct Injection Technology, provides more power and greater efficiency from smaller displacement engines, meaning a great pull just got even better while costing you less at the pump.  All of this is achieved by:

  • Moving the point where fuel feeds into an engine closer to the point where it ignites, enabling greater combustion efficiency
  • A leaner mixture, so less fuel is required to produce the equivalent horsepower of a conventional, port injection fuel system
  • Higher compression ratios that produce more power
  • A more complete burn of the fuel in the air-fuel mixture
  • Operating at a lower temperature than conventional port injection

In addition to this latest technology, the H5DI and H6DI feature our Catanium® Clean Emission System Gen 2, which reduces harmful emissions and dangerous carbon monoxide to create a cleaner, safer marine environment while optimizing performance. A custom-tuned intake manifold ensures optimal torque while the all-aluminum construction of the block, heads and exhaust system allow for the utilization of an open-loop cooling system. This system is the most effective, reliable, and maintenance-free system in the marine industry and backed by the strongest 5-year buyer protection plan, Hypertection.

Of course, no PCM engine would be complete without all the exclusive features made famous by our earlier generation engines. Like what you see? Are you interested in taking your boating to the next level? Talk to your local dealer to learn how you can start experiencing HYPERFORMANCE.

Remember, it’s important not to forget about your boat’s engine, because just like a strong heart powers some of the greatest athletes, you deserve a strong engine to power your passion!

Mark McKinney Appointed Pleasurecraft Engine Group President

LITTLE MOUNTAIN, SC (October 5, 2015) – Mark McKinney has been appointed President of Pleasurecraft Engine Group (Pleasurecraft), following the recent retirement of long-time President, Chuck Thurman. Pleasurecraft is the manufacturer of PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator Engines.

McKinney joined Pleasurecraft in 1991 and after a brief time working in customer service was promoted to Vice President of Operations, where he has served for the last 20 years.

During his time as Vice President, McKinney’s commitment to engineering, innovation, and his passion for the marine industry resulted in multiple patents awarded to Pleasurecraft. He credits his contributions to the company’s success to his management experience, technical knowledge, and his overall love for water sports.

McKinney’s plans for the future of the company are rooted in its tradition of developing and innovating new products with exclusive features while delivering the quality, durability, and reliability for which Pleasurecraft is known.

“I am excited to help our team build upon Pleasurecraft’s incredible legacy,” stated McKinney. “The support we receive from our parent company, Correct Craft, is allowing us to grow and will take us far beyond where we could have ever dreamed,” added McKinney.

Correct Craft CEO Bill Yeargin stated, “I am thrilled to appoint Mark to this new position. The future of Pleasurecraft is bright and we all look forward to working with Mark in his new role.” “We are committed to building on the outstanding legacy of Pleasurecraft Engine Group and each of the company’s outstanding brands,” Yeargin added.

Pleasurecraft Engine Group, owned by Correct Craft, manufactures four engine brands, PCM, Crusader, Challenger, and Levitator, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years Pleasurecraft has led the industry in providing the highest quality, most innovative inboard engines, backed with exceptional service.

Wakeboarding vs. Wakesurfing

How many of the water sport veterans remember the days when all you saw were water-skiers out on the water?

Yep, that was a long time ago. Head out on the water today and you’ll see skiers, boarders, tubers and surfers.

With the influx of riding styles on lakes today, it’s easy to see how the watersports industry has evolved during the last five decades.

When people were first hitting the water back in the day, you mostly saw skiers. As technology advanced, watersports enthusiasts began experimenting to find new ways to fuel an adrenaline rush.

Enter wakeboarding and wakesurfing.

Fast-forward twenty years and more and more people are trading in their water skis for boards. Just look at the popularity of events such as the Wakeboard World Series and the growing number of young riders at wakeparks, and you can easily see this evolution occurring.

If you are a water sports junkie, the differences between wakeboarding and wakesurfing may be as apparent as land and water, but if you are new to the world of watersports and are in search of the next big wave of excitement, you’ll want to know the differences between the two before you head out on the lake.

Here is what you need to know…

First, whereas water skiing allows a rider to sail smoothly across the water, wakeboarding and wakesurfing utilize wakes and waves for a ride similar to snowboarding or surfing.

There are a couple of key fundamental differences between wakeboarding and wakesurfing to note – the first being the way a rider stands on the board. On a wakeboard, riders strap their feet into boots connected to the board, similar to snowboarding. On the flip side, wakesurfers ride as if they are on a surfboard, freely standing.

Additionally, like skiing, wakeboarders hold onto a rope, connected to the boat all the time. Wakesurfing does not require the rider hold onto a rope all the time. Like wakeboarding, wake surfers grasp a rope to stand up on the board, but upon gaining body control and balance on the board, the rider releases the rope and begins to surf the boat-made waves. If you are struggling to get up on the water, check out this valuable resource from USA Water Ski.

By strapping into a wakeboard, riders can stay connected to the board while performing aerial tricks. Since wakeboarders ride holding onto a rope, they can reach faster speeds and launch their boards over wakes to reach breathtaking heights.

For skateboarders looking to try their hand at another sport, wakesurfing might be for you. Boating Magazine touched on the trick styles of the two watersports, and noted that skate boarding tricks cross over to wakesurfing very easily. If you are already performing tricks like kickflips and shuvits on land, you’ll probably find those tricks easier to master on the water than one who has never skated.

While surfers can only ride a wave in the ocean until it breaks, wakesurfers can ride for extended periods of time due to the constant wake created by the boat. With waves constantly coming your way, you can do things like play a guitar while you surf – like this guy.

In addition to the riding style, wake surfboards are typically longer than a wakeboard, measuring four to five feet in length. Styles range from skim-style boards, which are shorter than wakeboards, and the longer surf-style boards, which are better for beginners. New riders can check out some great information provided by Wakeboarding Magazine on guidelines to consider when choosing a wakeboard or wakesurfer.

One other important note is the type of boat used for both styles. Unlike tubing where a simple motorboat can be used, wakeboarding and wakesurfing require a specially designed boat. These boats feature inboard engines that create the wake and are specifically weighted for optimal wake conditions.

For safety purposes, wakesurfing requires an inboard boat where the propeller is under the boat and a greater distance from the rider. The right boat and engine can go a long way in determining one’s success in the sport. If you are in the market for a tow boat, check out what Centurion and Nautique have to offer.

The evolution of water sports would not be possible without the advancements in technology and innovations in boat and engine design. We here at PCM are determined to continue to deliver innovative products that will launch watersports to greater heights.

Our recent launch of our HYPERFORMANCE engines reflects our desire to produce industry-leading products aimed at propelling watersports forward. As we, and others in the industry, continue to develop new technology, who knows what we’ll be riding across the water on, or behind, 50 years from now.