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Outboards in a box: advantages

The Sea Ray and Pursuit both pass the 40-mph mark with the throttles pegged.

Sea Ray

• Increased deck and cabin space: The outboard

installation results in larger cockpits (with more seating)

and midcabins, compared with similar cruising boats.

• More natural light: The builder can install larger hull-side windows in the midcabin.

• Draft: Outboard power allows boats to get into skinnier water than sterndrives. With the outboards down, the Sea Ray 370 Venture draws 29 inches, compared with 37 inches for the sterndrive-powered Sea Ray 370 Sundancer.

• Quiet operation: Sea Ray and Pursuit have taken quiet 4-strokes and further reduced noise levels with their engine-

compartment installations.

• Service and maintenance: Access to the outboard’s


powerhead in many cases is comparable or better than access

to a sterndrive installation’s engines and components.

• Longevity: The outboards on both boats can be tilted out of the water almost completely, unlike the lower units of sterndrives in similar boats. This contributes to overall engine durability and longevity, especially in salt water. Sterndrives are susceptible to marine growth and corrosion if left in the water.

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- Inside the box

March 2013 issue


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After several years of high-horsepower introductions, outboard manufacturers have shifted their focus to the midrange, with Yamaha debuting a much lighter 90-hp 4-stroke and Evinrude pushing out 2-strokes from 150 to 200 hp with its G2 technology.