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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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The Smart Buyer - A surveyor may be only one of the experts you need

A prepurchase survey on a yacht with complex systems may call for hiring a mechanical or other experts in addition to a marine surveyor.A dentist friend of mine asked me to help a patient of his find a reputable surveyor for a 2013 64-foot Italian sport yacht that he was about to pull the trigger on. I spoke to the buyer for about 30 minutes, getting the basic specs on the yacht and making sure his intended use for it lined up with its overall strengths and capabilities.



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