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ShrimpBurrito posted 01-26-2003 02:15 AM ET (US)   Profile for ShrimpBurrito   Send Email to ShrimpBurrito  
There's are several tables outling quite a few specs by brand on all the new 2003 outboards in this month's issue (Feb 2003) of Trailer Boats magazine. Also outlined are the Mercruiser and Volvo sterndrives. Included in each table is model name, number of cylinders, weight, starter type, trim type, alternator power, oil system, induction type, fuel delivery method, max RPM, gear ratio, and of course, base price.

A great place to start some comparison shopping.

Bigshot posted 01-27-2003 09:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
I look forward to that issue but those prices are a joke.
ShrimpBurrito posted 01-27-2003 12:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Indeed, but it should at least give you tell you the relative price (i.e. which one is more expensive).

It's more informative for all the tech specs.

SaintGeorge posted 01-28-2003 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for SaintGeorge  Send Email to SaintGeorge     
How to pick an outboard.

1. Go to the area where you are going to use your boat.
2. Ask around who is the best, reliable service in the area for motors. Who is the most straight shooter.
3. Look in the harbor. Chances are most of those motors came from that guy.
4. Go to that best service shop, and buy whatever brand they sell. Right there. Don't go home and buy one for 50 bucks less. Get it there. If they have mulitple brands, ask the MECHANICS which ones to get. Take a peek. Lots of one particular brand in for work out of the two they sell? Think about it.

No amount of "best price" or "best magazine ratings" for a motor will ever make up for service needs. And there is not enough difference in performance between the outboards (please, .3 mpg at 3/4 throttle, and the like???)or (1.3 mph faster? please. are you running WOT all the time? are you racing? If so, get a sport motor like Merc Hi-Perf then) that you could ever make up for just one even mediocre service experience.

Why check and buy where you use the boat, instead of near your home? Well, where do you think you will be when you have a problem?


masbama posted 01-29-2003 09:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for masbama  Send Email to masbama     
One thing about price. I asked my dealer if he could meet a very low internet price. (A grand less) and he got to within $100 but I only had to pay his shipping cost $60 vs. $200 so it basically worked out. The internet is making all businesses compete price wise and it never hurts to ask.

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