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The Smart Buyer - What to consider when considering a refit

The refit of this Mako involved building a full-height transom to accept an engine bracket.Refitting a boat can be an enjoyable and rewarding task if you undertake it with the proper attitude and planning. For the purposes of this article, I’ll limit the discussion to smaller boats, as refits on larger yachts generally include project managers, interior designers and naval architects.



New outboards, sterndrives and integrated systems

The Mercury Verado gets its impressive midrange acceleration from a supercharger that has electronic boost control.Sterndrive, outboard, diesel, electric — you name it, we’ve seen it in the new product releases from engine companies over the past year.

Outboard manufacturers have been pushing out second-generation 4-strokes, several new sterndrives have hit the market, and diesels continue to improve, with better fuel efficiency, lower emissions and increased performance.



The ‘grunt’ factor and midrange punch

Yamaha's variable camshaft timing technologySome of the engines from Mercury, Yamaha, Volvo Penta and others that are mentioned in this month’s propulsion roundup are equipped with technologies that boost midrange acceleration and performance. One of those technologies is variable valve timing.



The Smart Buyer: Learning to buy with a discerning eye

You should know the type of boat you're looking for and how you will use it before talking to salespeople.Having bought, sold, refit or built more than 40 boats, I like to think I have some idea what it’s about. Even though I’ve worked in the marine industry since 1973, I still find myself buying on emotion instead of sensibility.

Buying anything of significant value is like making an investment; it is worthy of an educated plan of attack. This is what I like to call my “Boat Buyers Survival Kit,” and it can help all of us.



Restoring a classic

Deciding whether to rebuild or buy new is never easy, but when the boat is as pretty as the Rhodes Reliant, the decision might not be as difficult

Famed yacht designer Ted Brewer reportedly once said, “No one yacht is perfect, but the Reliant comes very close to perfection, in my opinion.”

Designed by Phillip Rhodes and built by Cheoy Lee Shipyard in Hong Kong from 1963 to 1976, the Rhodes Reliant 41, with her abundance of teak and polished bronze, is eye candy to classic yacht lovers.

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