First, the 305 SS sets a new table for the horsepower gourmands, offering clean, quiet, easy-to-maintain propulsion in a hull and cockpit design that saves weight and maximizes crew comfort and convenience. Second, particularly in the case of Mercury’s new V-8 outboards, the 305 SS pampers the skipper with silky-smooth steering and crisp maneuverability, and rewards each nudge of the throttle with aggressive acceleration. Also available with the Mercury power is joystick steering and the unique ability to manage exhaust porting to give your motors a whisper-quiet Verado purr, or a throaty performance rumble and a little more unstately excitement. And then there’s the adaptive steering with sensors that measure the load on the motor as you feed in rudder, telling the four-stroke outboard to throttle up to maintain a smooth, steady turn. Few skippers can do it as well as these motors can.