Patrick Tableau lives in Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez on the west coast of France — next to Beneteau headquarters and only about 150 feet from the sea. He has worked for Beneteau for 30 years and for the past two years has served as Beneteau’s head of product marketing.
Owners and insurance companies sell a wave of damaged boats soon after a major storm hits the coast. These boats can a bargain for those with the skills and resources to repair them, but they also can be the proverbial “hole in the water” waiting to be filled with money, sweat and lost hopes.
One of the most important decisions a new-boat buyer faces is choosing the engine, and boatbuilders increasingly are offering several options when it comes to outboard propulsion.
There’s a lot happening in propulsion these days, from joysticks to outboards and inboards
If it’s been a while since you last took a close look at engines and helm systems, you’re in for some surprises at the winter boat shows.
Technology in the diesel and gasoline inboard and sterndrive segments truly surged in 2012 with lighter, more efficient, quieter and cleaner power plants. Cummins, Mercury, Volvo Penta and Yanmar have been touting new engines and/or drives.
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