Maximizing an inspection during a crowded show is easier with research and a plan
A thorough dockside inspection and sea trial will set you on a course to find your ideal boat
The twin 200-hp direct-fuel-injected 2-strokes on Wally Szeezil's Contender 27 have logged 900 hours in their nine-year lifespan. Well-maintained 2-strokes are capable of running longer, but Szeezil's starboard engine began faltering intermittently last year, which got him thinking that he may soon have to repower his 2001 center console.
Advances in Weight, Efficiency and Power
The production of next-generation 4-stroke outboards keeps zipping along, with manufacturers throttling forward and offering lighter and more fuel-efficient engines. In late 2009, Yamaha launched a lineup of V6 outboards and a new lightweight 3-cylinder 70-hp engine. For 2010, Suzuki focuses on its midrange 4-strokes, with new 40-, 50- and 60-hp engines. And Honda continues the re-engineering it started with its BF90 in 2006, offering an improved, lighter 115-hp engine. That’s not to say the 2-stroke segment has been idle. Evinrude has launched a high-output 15-hp E-TEC and Mercury has four new OptiMax 2-strokes
The economics - and the enjoyment - of overhauling his 21-year-old Mako appealed to this boat owner more than buying new
Though new-boat prices have softened during the recession, some boaters still aren't comfortable laying down big money for a new vessel in a struggling economy.
Count Jim Spalt among them.
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