New Mercury V8 vs. Yamaha V6 | Wellcraft 241 | Formula 430 - 06/27/2018
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Tariffs Are Resulting in Canceled Boat Orders

Tariffs Resulting in Cancelled Boat Orders
America’s boatbuilders report that orders were immediately canceled after tariffs were imposed. Canada, Mexico, and the European Union account for 70% of the exports of U.S.-built boats.

The reports of canceled orders came in immediately after the EU, Canada and Mexico announced their retaliatory tariffs on U.S. boat exports, and already it totals millions of dollars in lost sales. Particularly hard-hit are the builders of large boats, where only a few units are sold each year world-wide. The loss of just one or two sales can have a devastating impact on a company that may build as few as 5 or 10 large boats a year. One company is projecting a sales loss on the order of 20%. Find out what is happening and who is going to lose their jobs...

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Features Video

Formula 430 SSC:
Innovations at the Fingertip

Formula 430 SSC
Formula 430 SSC

The Formula 430 SSC is a feature-rich performance cruiser that has a large forward cockpit with a deck in two parts that rise at the push of a button to becomes tables. She can handle up to four 400-hp Mercury Racing Verado outboards reached 64.2 mph in our tests. She's laid out as a jumbo bowrider, but step below and you'll find overnight accommodations for four as well as a galley and head. More...

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Test Video

Wellcraft 241 Bay:
Ready for Flats, Bays or Nearshore Angling

Wellcraft 241 Bay
Wellcraft 241 Bay

Large casting decks fore and aft with lots of storage beneath make the Wellcraft 241 Bay a good choice for serious inshore anglers, and she's got enough depth and bow flare to venture outside the inlet on many days. She ran just over 50 mph powered with a 250-hp Yamaha in our tests, and she floats in 14 inches of water, making her a good choice for fishing the edge of the flats. See her in action...

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How Does the New Mercury FourStroke 300 Compare to Yamaha’s 300?

How Does the New Mercury FourStroke 300 Compare to Yamaha’s 300?
Here is the new Mercury FourStroke V-8 300 at left, and the Yamaha V-6 300. Note the two engines are not shown in these images precisely to scale.

The question that everyone interested in the new outboard wars wants to know is how the new Mercury V-8 4.6L FourStroke 300 compares to the Yamaha V-6 4.2L 300-hp outboard. We take a look at a few of the important design specs. See what we found out...

If you have a question about anything to do with boating, send it to us and we’ll get it answered. Ask a Question here…

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Test Video

TAHOE® 550 TS:
19’10” Entry-Level Runabout

TAHOE 550 TS
TAHOE® 550 TS

The Tahoe 550 TS is a 19'10" entry-level runabout priced at just $26,995 with 115-hp Mercury FourStroke and trailer. Her features include a swiveling helm seat that adjusts fore and aft and includes a flip-up bolster, a stereo with Bluetooth®, MP3 input and four speakers, among other amenities that are sometimes options. Powered by a 150-hp Mercury FourStroke upgrade, she topped out at 48.8 mph. Come along on our test...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius:
American Craftsmanship at its Best

Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius

Panoramic windows bring lots of light into the master of the Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius, while the standard blinds provide privacy as needed. She comes in either a two- or three-stateroom layout. Twin pod drives provide near linear fuel consumption, allowing the skipper to set the speed to sea conditions with less concern for range. See what she has in store...

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Dealer Spotlight

St. Barts Yachts in Charleston, SC

Dealer Spotlight
St. Barts Yachts has commissioned hundreds of Beneteau sailboats over the years because it is the closest dealer to the Beneteau factory in Marion, SC.

St. Barts Yachts in Charleston, SC is the area’s new boat dealer for Beneteau power and sailboat lines. St. Barts Yachts is fortunate to have an in-house Service Department in Charleston, SC with 30 years of experience in both sail & power boats. St Barts has offices in Oriental, NC, Jacksonville, FL, Wrightsville Beach, NC, and Charleston, SC. Find out the featured boat...



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