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Cummins repower project takes it to Guatemala

Makaira, a 37-foot Rybovich, will be repowered with twin Cummins QSB6.7 diesels, making Guatemala's Casa Vieja Lodge's entire six-boat fleet powered by Cummins.

Makaira, a 37-foot Rybovich, will be repowered with twin Cummins QSB6.7 diesels, making Guatemala's Casa Vieja Lodge's entire six-boat fleet powered by Cummins.

Cummins Inc. is embarking on a project to install its 380-hp diesel — the QSB6.7 — in two classic 37-foot sportfish boats, hoping to bring attention to the company's capabilities in the repowering market.

The Casa Vieja Lodge, a top billfishing destination in Guatemala, tapped Cummins to repower Release, a 37-foot Merritt, and Makaira, a 37-foot Rybovich, making the Casa Vieja Lodge's entire six-boat fleet powered by Cummins.

“We are trying to focus our promotion efforts around these projects and also trying to get out the word that Cummins doesn’t only sell to production builders,” Andy Kelly, marketing communications manager for Cummins Recreational and Light Commercial Marine, told Trade Only Today on Wednesday. “There are a lot of boats that have old, tired engines in them and we’ve got a variety of different engines that can fit into those spaces, so you can have cleaner emissions, better fuel economy and warranties. We have a ReCon engine line as well as a new engine line.”

The Merritt made its debut in 1961 as Tuna Teaser. Buddy Merritt designed and built the boat — hull No. 6 of 13 of those vessels, which were built from 1955-1967. She’ll receive twin 380-hp diesels as part of an overall boat refit, Kelly said.

The QSB6.7 engines used in these two repowers are the latest from the Cummins B Series. More than 10 million B Series engines are in service around the world in many on- and off-highway applications.

The QSB6.7 engines used in these two repowers are the latest from the Cummins B Series. More than 10 million B Series engines are in service around the world in many on- and off-highway applications.

Makaira, the Rybovich, has always been one of the lodge's most requested boats, and it fishes four anglers in comfort. She will have her Caterpillar engines replaced with a pair of Cummins QSB6.7 380-hp inboard engines.

"With the way the Cummins engines have performed in the rest of our boats and the support we get from Cummins, there was no question where we wanted to go to get engines for the Makaira," Casa Vieja Lodge owner Capt. Dave Salazar said in a statement. "The new QSB6.7, at 380 hp, was the perfect fit and will give us the performance we can depend on.”

Kelly said new Cummins engines are supported by a Cummins 6-year/3,000-hour limited warranty, and ReCon engines are covered by a 2-year/2,000-hour warranty. The fleet of Cummins marine engines includes the QSB6.7, QSC8.3, QSL9 and QSM11.

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