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April 6 2018 at 8:03 PM
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Response to The classic fiberglass runabout fleet in the USA is being threatened !

Keep in mind that the outboard is easier to install than an inboard or I/O set up. Outboards also don't have any requirements for emission controls (yet). Today's outboards are as clean burning as inboards, lighter and less expensive for the manufacturer. They are also less expensive to maintain over time versus an I/O system. I'm not happy about it, but that's the way the industry is going.

Additionally, the days of boat owners moving up from trailerable boats to an in-the-water 28-32 footer is over. The cost of owning and maintaining an in the water boat is a huge increase, that most boaters won't pay. My local marina used to have a multi-year wait list for covered slips. Now 28' slips are easy to get, and when i wanted a 32 footer I had my choice of 3 covered and 2 open slips.

Brunswick is dumping Sea Ray to focus on their smaller boat lines, which are almost exclusively outboard powered.

I left the marine industry because it is dying a slow death, and will become divided into two groups. Small outboard power (18 feet and smaller) and larger yachts (40' plus).

Matt G

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