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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

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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.

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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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