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Outboards 2010

Advances in Weight, Efficiency and Power

The outboard evolution continues its upward track with advanced technology that offers less weight and better fuel efficiency. This is a Yamaha F250.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



Renewal comes in a refit

The economics - and the enjoyment - of overhauling his 21-year-old Mako appealed to this boat owner more than buying new

For about half the cost of buying new, Jim Spalt turned his 1989 Mako 261 into a like-new boat with the latest equipment.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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Power and Sail

EdgeWater Power Boats is building performance racing/cruising sailboats for Summit Yachts

The Summit 35 team (from left): Scott Empson, EdgeWater; George Carabetta, a partnet at Summit Yachts; Tom Whidden; Barry Carroll, another partner at Summit; Peter Truslow; and Mark Mills of Mills Design.Tough times can make for some strange bedfellows, but Peter Truslow says it's really not that strange that EdgeWater Power Boats is building a performance racing/cruising sailboat.

Call it technology transfer. Or diversification. Or exploring new markets. Or keeping his Edgewater, Fla., plant humming in the deepest recession since the Great Depression.



Navigating today's electronics market

A Q&A with veteran installer Dave Laska

  • What's the typical life cycle on navigation electronics?

Dave Laska of L&L Elctronics in Branford, Conn., says if there are fewer than five things you dislike about your electronics and/or want to add to your setup, it's probably not time to upgrade.Manufacturers usually forecast a five-year "market" life cycle for a particular model or series before introducing a new model.

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Choosing a broker

The good ones build long-term relationships by balancing the interests of buyer and seller

Many yacht brokers will tell you they are middlemen, though that is much too humble a description. Good yacht brokers are tight-wire walkers, charged with doing a good job for both seller and buyer while balancing over an ethical abyss where one misstep could kill their reputations.

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