A friendly reminder: Make sure a sea trial is part of the purchase process. Buyers should make it clear in their agreement with the dealer, broker, manufacturer or private seller that the purchase hinges on their satisfaction with the boat’s performance.
Advice from a third party with no vested interest in the transaction can provide vital information that will help boat buyers make educated decisions about the boats they purchase. But such advice can be hard to find.
The Armstrong/Yanmar unit houses a diesel sterndrive and creates a boarding platform
Armstrong Nautical Products has teamed with Yanmar America Corp. to produce an enclosed transom bracket that houses a diesel sterndrive.
The Armstrong Yanmar Marine bracket can be used to replace a boat’s current propulsion — outboard, sterndrive or conventional inboard — or can be installed on new boats, says Rusty Sedlack, vice president of Stuart, Fla.-based Armstrong. Bolted to the transom, it holds the entire propulsion package and is available with a variety of Yanmar diesel sterndrives from 188 to 370 hp.
A trailer is often “thrown in” when you’re buying a small used boat from an individual. But if it’s not roadworthy, you may not get to use the boat at all. The trailer has to be suitable for its intended use. You can be more forgiving if you intend to trailer once or twice annually, traveling a short distance to and from your slip and not at highway speeds. A trip from New England to Florida with a twin-engine cuddy cabin is another story.
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