40 years

In February of 1975, Paul Fletcher left his job as a marine engine distributor, and with the help of his friend Tom Scott, created Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company (PCM) in Canal Winchester, Ohio  –  embarking on a journey to transform inboard engines.

A few months later Paul and Tom were joined by Chuck Thurman, who would take over the operation side of the business, while Paul focused on the design and creation of the ultimate inboard engine.

While examining the climate of the water sports industry, the PCM brain trust noted the growing ski boat market – the fastest-growing market in the 1970s – due to the rise of water skiing and water sports, and honed in on designing a specialized inboard engine.

PCM achieved its goal soon thereafter, striking a deal with Correct Craft Boats (now Nautique Boats). During the ‘70’s, Correct Craft Boats was the premier builder of inboard ski boats featuring the Ski Nautique model.

Back then, water skiing was the most popular water sport and the powerful Ski Nautique was the most sought after boat in the industry. Paul and the rest of the PCM crew designed an inboard engine specifically for the Ski Nautique, and by the early 80’s, PCM and Correct Craft struck a deal for PCM to become the exclusive engine used in Correct Craft water sport boats. With the new deal, the PCM gang foresaw substantial growth coming and began exploring options to expand their operation to better serve their growing customer base.

In 1984, PCM expanded to Little Mountain, South Carolina. By expanding south, PCM moved closer to its primary market and settled into an area more ideal for manufacturing and distributing products. With the Charleston port just hours away, importing and exporting of parts and engines became a more efficient process.

As the years went by, PCM was manufacturing in both Ohio and South Carolina, while consistently engineering and designing new and innovative inboard engines. While this rapid expansion was taking place, the name PCM became synonymous with water sports. Over time, wake boarding and other facets of the sport began to take center stage in the industry, and more and more tournaments across the country began choosing PCM as the exclusive tow power for their competitions. Over the years, PCM has been the exclusive power behind the Masters Water Ski & Wakeboard Tournament, Wake Games, WWA Nationals, and the World Wake Surf Championships.

As the mid 2000’s arrived PCM continued to rock n’ roll, consistently earning the highest ratings for quality and customer satisfaction in the inboard engine industry by a leading market research team. PCM has continued to prove itself as the leader in the marine propulsion industry, consistently raising the standard and designing innovative engines to remain on the leading edge.

In 2008, PCM consolidated its operation and moved the entire company to the Little Mountain location. This facility, a 140,000 square foot complex on 27 acres, encompasses PCM’s corporate headquarters, engineering and R&D facilities, manufacturing, and parts distribution facilities. The team continued to develop and re-engineer its engines, while securing a number of U.S. patents for components of the industry-leading engines.

Fourty years since Paul started PCM, his vision and goal to transform the water sports industry is still alive and today’s management team continues to embrace and expand on that vision. At PCM, we understand that in the end, every detail matters, and this fall, we will continue to lead the industry in innovative technology.

Very soon we will once again transform inboard engines with the release of a powerful brand new class of engine that will propel water sports to new heights.

Why do we do it? Why do we spend countless hours trying to come up with a new design? We do it because of the vision that was started in 1975 – to build for our customers the ultimate water sports engine.

PCM Launches New Hyperformance Engines

Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company (PCM) has announced the introduction of an entirely new portfolio of watersports engines featuring Direct Injection technology. The only manufacturer in the inboard watersports market offering Direct Injection and the exclusive performance benefits of this technology, PCM has taken standard and high-output watersports performance to a new level, unmatched in the industry.

These new HYPERFORMANCE engines were officially revealed today at the 2015 Surf Expo tradeshow in Orlando, FL. PCM’s HYPERFORMANCE H5DI and H6DI models offer new industry leading horsepower and torque, creating outstanding performance, and are the most fuel efficient engines in their class.

In addition to Direct Injection, exclusive features found in the H5DI and H6DI include a second generation of the industry leading Catanium Clean Emission System, a custom tuned intake manifold, and high quality all-aluminum construction of the engine block, heads, intake, and exhaust systems. PCM HYPERFORMANCE engines utilize an open loop cooling system – the most reliable and maintenance free cooling system in the marine industry.

This new line of HYPERFORMANCE engines continue to provide the same exclusive features made famous by its earlier generation engines including Adjust-A-Flex Mounting, a patented Fuel Control System with dual fuel pumps and 10 micron fuel filters, as well as PCM’s revolutionary Power Plus Performance ratio transmissions.

Mark McKinney, PCM Vice President stated, “We are happy to once again raise the bar for standard and high-output inboard watersports engines through the introduction of our new HYPERFORMANCE models, the only direct injection engines offered in the inboard market.” “Our goal was to design new engines with innovative technology to deliver best-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, while continuing to deliver the outstanding durability available only through PCM. These new HYPERFORMANCE engines not only meet, but far exceed our original goal,” added McKinney.

Pleasurecraft Marine Engine Company (PCM), a subsidiary of Correct Craft, designs and manufactures innovative inboard engines specifically for watersports, from its headquarters in Little Mountain, South Carolina. For forty years PCM has led the industry in customer satisfaction by providing the highest quality product backed with exceptional service. For more information on PCM’s full portfolio of engines visit www.pcmengines.com.