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Note from RJP

April 6 2018 at 8:07 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to Note from John K

Paul, in response to your original comment regarding "thousands" of boats with Yamahas as the only boats you saw. Yes, that is the reality we live in. Florida is a bit of an anomaly.

I hear and have seen as you that only center consoles and only Yamahas are for sale and available in Florida. As is normally the case, business decisions are made based on money. What sells in Florida are that style boat with Yamaha power. Yamaha did a remarkable job in the 90s, 00s and now 10s really turning the market towards Japanese brands and Honda did a remarkable job of turning the market toward 4-strokes. Now Yamaha makes great 4 strokes that have all of perceived quality of a fully mature and well engineered Japanese machine.

In other parts of the country, specifically up here in the northern reaches, the American brands are still the preferred choice. And the outboard industry as a whole has seen an amazing growth over the past 10-15 years. A big reason is pontoons. They are now perceived as the best all around boat for almost all pleasure use. Outboards are no longer stinky, smokey, cantankerous animals only suitable for the transom of a fishing boat. They are the preferred power for many boats of all styles in the $1k to $300k range....basically all of the general "high" volume brands offer an assortment of exclusively designed and powered outboard boats.


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