The 400R is the first Verado to utilize Mercury Racing’s Sport Master gear case with low-water pickups. These surfacing gear cases enhance performance for go-fast center-consoles, bay boats, flats boats, bass boats and, of course, high-speed V-bottoms. For single-engine applications, the 400R can be ordered with a Sport Master with a cambered skeg to counteract propeller torque. The skeg has a parabolic shape and is offset to starboard. Port and starboard cambered Sport Masters are required for boats equipped with Mercury’s joystick piloting for outboards. While the 400R comes standard with tie-bar mounts on the front for V-bottom designs, Mercury Racing came out with a rear mount for catamarans. For boats that need more bow lift, buyers can get the 400R with a 5.44-inch-diameter HD Verado gear case as well. The motor comes in 20-, 25- and 30-inch shaft lengths. The 20-inch shaft length model with a 5.44-inch gear case weighs 668 pounds.