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.
EdgeWater Power Boats is building performance racing/cruising sailboats for Summit Yachts
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.
A Q&A with veteran installer Dave Laska
Manufacturers usually forecast a five-year "market" life cycle for a particular model or series before introducing a new model.
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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