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Great summary of all outboards
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posted 01-26-2003 02:15 AM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-27-2003 09:51 AM ET (US)
I look forward to that issue but those prices are a joke.
posted 01-27-2003 12:25 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 01-28-2003 07:11 PM ET (US)
How to pick an outboard.
1. Go to the area where you are going to use your boat.
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?
posted 01-29-2003 09:59 AM ET (US)
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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