ABYC partners with Evinrude on outboard donation

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West/Rhode Riverkeeper in Maryland has a refurbished 90-hp Evinrude E-TEC engine on its 18-foot center-console runabout.

West/Rhode Riverkeeper in Maryland has a refurbished 90-hp Evinrude E-TEC engine on its 18-foot center-console runabout.

BRP said Evinrude partnered with the American Boat and Yacht Council to donate a newly refurbished 90-hp Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine to the West/Rhode Riverkeeper.

“We’re thrilled and honored to have been selected for this donation,” Riverkeeper executive director Jeff Holland said in a statement. “Our old 50-horsepower outboard died last season. With this new motor, we’re once again able to conduct water-quality monitoring with our corps of citizen-scientist volunteers.”

Technicians at the Rhode River Marina in Edgewater, Md., installed the new outboard on the organization’s 18-foot center-console runabout. Marina owner Brian Conner donated the cost of the installation.

“I am so glad to be able to put our relationships with Evinrude and the West/Rhode Riverkeeper together,” ABYC president John Adey said. “Having ABYC member and Evinrude dealer Rhode River Marina do the rigging is the perfect complement to this donated engine.”

“We’re excited to support the important conservation work of the West/Rhode Riverkeeper,” said Jeff Wasil, engineering manager in emissions testing, certification and regulatory development at Evinrude. “Their dedication to water resource management will ensure that recreational boaters continue to have access to safe and healthy waterways.”

The West/Rhode Riverkeeper is the only citizen-based environmental organization whose sole mission is to preserve and protect the West and Rhode rivers.

The non-profit group keeps the rivers clean through restoration projects; it advocates for better environmental policies and enforcement of environmental laws and keeps sewage from the rivers by providing pump-out service to recreational boats.

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