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November 2011

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November 2011 iboats.com Monthly Review

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  • Product Spotlight | New Mercury 150 4-Stroke Features

    Product Spotlight | New Mercury 150 4-Stroke Features

    During the design and development of the new Merc 150 4-Stroke the marketing staff conducted numerous customer studies. Now, the thing to remember is there are two "customer" levels for a manufacturer. Their immediate customer for a manufacturer is their retail dealer. Your local dealer is their real customer. The rest of us who actually run the engines on the back of our boats are the "consumer". We are the dealer's customer. Merc went out and got input from their dealers who...
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  • Product Spotlight | Which Came First? Chick or Egg? - Flats Boat or Bass Boat?

    Product Spotlight | Which Came First? Chick or Egg? - Flats Boat or Bass Boat?

    The first week of November 2011 saw the release of a new 250 horsepower four-stroke outboard from Honda Marine. The new Honda engine expands their offering to include models from 2hp to the new 250. Just a few weeks earlier, Mercury Marine announced its totally new 150hp four-stroke. The Mercury 150 responds to the marketplace demands for a newer, lighter, more compact, durable, strong and economical (to purchase and operate) four-stroke outboard for just about any boating application.
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  • Product Spotlight | Fuel Demand Valve For New Portable Fuel Tanks

    Product Spotlight | Fuel Demand Valve For New Portable Fuel Tanks

    As of January 1, 2011, the EPA requires that all new portable marine fuel tanks follow a zero-emissions policy. To meet these new standards and regulations, fuel tanks can no longer be built as an "open" fuel system. Prior to the change, fuel tanks were manufactured with a fuel filler cap that vented and released gas vapor into the atmosphere. Now that portable fuel tanks must be fully sealed, the gas vapor is unable to vent and has nowhere to escape except to your engine through the fuel...
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  • Ask The Experts | Buying a Used Boat

    Ask The Experts | Buying a Used Boat

    Buying a Used Boat - It May Not Be New, But It's New to You

    You're ready to move up to a bigger boat, downsize to a smaller boat, or maybe Ol' Faithful isn't as faithful as she used to be it's time for another boat. That's great, because there has never been a better time to get a boat. It's a buyer's market.

    Don't let new boat sticker shock nix your dreams; there are thousands of pre-owned (sales speak for used) boats yearning for a home where someone will love and...
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  • Insurance Corner | Tips for Off-Season Boating

    Insurance Corner | Tips for Off-Season Boating

    During the fall and winter, boaters enjoy an entirely new way to experience waterways. They can drop anchors in the normally bustling waterways, and enjoy the scenery. Yet boating in the off-season does come with certain challenges ' the sun sets earlier, temperatures drop faster and there are fewer boats to assist in emergency situations. Therefore, your friends at the National Boat Owners Association prepared a few tips to keep you safe while boating in the off-season.
    1. Prepare for worst
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