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VIDEO: Crowds come out for Mercury Marine event in Netherlands

Mercury Marine Europe said it organized and hosted Mercury Days for the fifth consecutive year.
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Mercury Marine said 3,000 people turned out earlier this month for its fifth annual Mercury Days event in the Netherlands.

Mercury Marine said 3,000 people turned out earlier this month for its fifth annual Mercury Days event in the Netherlands.

Mercury Marine Europe said it organized and hosted Mercury Days — a two-day event designed to promote the brand to a European audience — for the fifth consecutive year.

The company said a record 3,000 people attended the Sept. 10-11 event in the Netherlands, testing 60 boats, including small inflatables, pontoons and fiberglass boats powered by an entire fleet of Mercury power, including FourStroke outboards, high-horsepower Verados and twin DSI Optimax Diesel and twin Mercury Diesel V8-4.2 TDI engines.

Many of the boats had the newest technology from Mercury, such as Active Trim and joystick piloting.

“Each year we raise the bar on what is possible for Mercury Days,” Europe, Middle East, and Africa Mercury Marine president Martin Bass said in a statement. “This year we had fantastic weather, great crowds and the perfect mix of power for customers to experience. It was a huge success, and we look forward to an even better event in 2017.”

Here’s a recap of the two-day event:

The event had 20 boats on the water equipped with fishing technology so visitors could experience the lifestyle with Mercury angling ambassadors Daan Verbruggen, Chris Bloemert, Marcel Asbroek and Marc Hoeben.

Marco Kraal, a TV host and angler at VisTV, talked to boaters and children and shared his experiences on the water.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better event,” said Hans Roelants, Mercury Marine director of Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and Germany. “The boats looked great, the engines ran perfectly and we were able to show off the latest technology offered by Mercury Marine.”

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