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The smart buyer: How many horses do you need?

The Whaler 230 Vantage is offered with several power options.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.



Power for play

There’s a lot happening in propulsion these days, from joysticks to outboards and inboards

 Torqeedo Deep Blue 80-hp electric outboardIf 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.



In the engine room: I/Os and inboards

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.



Inside the box

New sport cruisers from Pursuit and Sea Ray offer a fresh approach to outboard power

Pursuit SC 365i Sport CoupeA number of innovative engines and helm-control systems will hit the market with full force this year. Among the more notable helm systems are those from Yamaha and Mercury, which introduced joystick controls for outboards in the fall.



Outboards in a box: advantages

Outboards in a box: advantagesThe Sea Ray and Pursuit both pass the 40-mph mark with the throttles pegged.



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