Evinrude Donates Engines to Inspire New Generations of Boaters

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Engines will power River Scout, a floating classroom for 5th and 6th graders

We couldn't think of a better placement than with the Environmental Studies Center. Their commitment to education provides students with a life-long appreciation for the natural environment.

Evinrude, a BRP company, announced today that it has donated two 150 horsepower Evinrude E-TEC outboard engines to the Environmental Studies Center in Jensen Beach, FL. The Environmental Studies Center (ESC), operated by the Martin County Public School System, offers students environmental education through hands-on field investigations. The E-TEC motors will power the River Scout, a 30-foot T-Craft that serves as a floating classroom for 5th and 6th graders.

“We are grateful to the Ralph Evinrude Test Center (RETC) in Florida and the entire team at Evinrude for the generous donation of these new engines,” said Captain of the ESC River Scout, John Vanilla. “We were in desperate need of replacement motors and, without Evinrude’s assistance, would have a hard time keeping our program going for our students.”

The donated engines were part of an ongoing U.S. EPA emissions test program, which evaluates engine emissions from boats operated in the field. The ESC accumulated hours on the engines in preparation for comprehensive engine environmental compliance testing.

Evinrude is committed to supporting educational programs, such as the ESC, and inspiring new generations of boaters through community partnerships. Students enrolled in the ESC hands-on educational program have the opportunity to participate in real-world scientific processes, such as examining mangrove communities, discovering saltwater grassflat organisms, studying the effects of tides, and collecting and testing samples which indicate overall health of waterways.

“We couldn't think of a better placement than with the Environmental Studies Center,” said Jeff Wasil, engineering manager in Emissions Testing, Certification and Regulatory Development, Evinrude. “Their commitment to education provides students with a life-long appreciation for the natural environment and introduces them to the joys of recreational boating.”

Along with supporting community organizations, Evinrude is committed to preserving the environment so future generations, like the students of Martin County, can enjoy boating on clean water for years to come.

“Evinrude has over 100 years of innovation to give boaters better performance while keeping our environment cleaner than any other engine,” said Tracy Crocker, senior vice president and general manager of Evinrude. “Our E-TEC technology was the first to win the EPA clean air excellence award and we continue to build upon that technology every day.”

For more information on Evinrude’s technology, visit http://www.evinrude.com.

For more information on the Environmental Studies Center, Visit http://esc.martinschools.org/pages/Environmental_Studies_Center

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