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The Smart Buyer: Gauge performance with a sea trial

The writer has done a good number of sea trials.With the economy showing signs of strengthening, you might be ready to consider buying a new or used boat. The winter months are a popular time for people to get serious, perhaps even handing over a down payment.

A friendly reminder: Make sure a sea trial is part of the purchase process. Buyers should make it clear in their agreement with the dealer, broker, manufacturer or private seller that the purchase hinges on their satisfaction with the boat’s performance.

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The Smart Buyer: A consultant can help you find the right boat

In addition to designing yachts, Robert H. Perry offers consulting services for boat buyers.Advice from a third party with no vested interest in the transaction can provide vital information that will help boat buyers make educated decisions about the boats they purchase. But such advice can be hard to find.

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Full steam ahead

Mercury 150 FourStrokeAbout 50 marine journalists gathered at the International Game Fish Association headquarters in Fort Lauderdale recently for a presentation highlighting the benefits of Mercury’s new 150 FourStroke. “This is the lightest 150-hp 4-stroke in the world,” says Steve Miller, Mercury Marine brand manager for large outboards (www.mercurymarine.com), who introduced the new engine to consumers Oct. 27-31 at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. “We have the highest displacement but the lowest weight. There is a saying, ‘There’s no replacement for displacement.’ This is a very low-stressed engine.”

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A new take on the transom bracket

The Armstrong/Yanmar unit houses a diesel sterndrive and creates a boarding platform

Armstrong Nautical Products has teamed with Yanmar America Corp. to produce an enclosed transom bracket that houses a diesel sterndrive.

The Armstrong Yanmar Marine bracket can be used to replace a boat’s current propulsion — outboard, sterndrive or conventional inboard — or can be installed on new boats, says Rusty Sedlack, vice president of Stuart, Fla.-based Armstrong. Bolted to the transom, it holds the entire propulsion package and is available with a variety of Yanmar diesel sterndrives from 188 to 370 hp.

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