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If it appears you are seeing even more outboard powered ship in the dealership floor nowadays, you're right. A veritable tsunami trend of modification has actually moved motorboat builders from the old-fashioned stern drive power to an outboard motor application.

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In many cases, with the exact same hull design.

The industry-wide modification are partly caused by the introduction and improvement the four-stroke (4-stroke) outboard. 4-stroke outboard engines today vary in power from 2hp through 350hp (excluding some greater horse power high performance outboard engines).

Honda brought their 4-strokes into United States when you look at the belated 60's, (very first Honda 3hp shown) Yamaha when you look at the mid 80's (existing 350hp Yamaha cut away shown) and Mercury (existing 150hp Mercury shown) within the middle 90's.

4-Stroke outboard motors have grown in popularity because most of them are more cost-effective, fuel efficient, less noisy, environment friendly and easier to steadfastly keep up than stern drives.

However only never walk away from a popular and effective design or hull if you are a watercraft builder.

Listed here is a stern drive watercraft with... outboard energy.

The Starcraft SCX 210 OB (outboard) might be called a "hybrid" boat. The hull & most of every thing over the waterline continues to be fundamentally a stern drive designed ship; with a 200hp outboard hung regarding straight back. Really, "hung" is a bit of an over simplification. You never really just "hang" an outboard in the back of a boat that used to have its engine in the transom. The people at Starcraft worked with Armstrong and Yamaha to switch on this great family bowrider.

According to Peter Barrett, VP advertising for Starcraft: "We spent many roentgen & D hours with Armstrong getting the ship to stabilize correctly. We have had a long commitment with Armstrong and additionally they had been desperate to assist us with this specific project. We're extremely pleased utilizing the performance considering the general measurements of the hull additionally the depth for the cockpit location."

"Our objective, first of all was to duplicate a corner seating comfort and energy that people had in the SCX I/O show. We did so by keeping similar design due to the fact I/O, leaving a conventional room killing splash really and changing the engine location into a generous storage area. Key functions such as the flip-up sundeck, large rear facing stern seating coupled with a big usable stern swim and ski platform would all be lost without the usage of a bracket on this outboard model. This stern swimming platform truly makes this boat a fresh water or salt water tow recreations pet!".

The SCX210 OB we drove ended up being designed with Yamaha's latest 200hp 4-stroke outboard. It features an inline, 4-cylinder, 2.8L, 16 device, DOHC motor that provides a very thin profile for single or double motor application. Relating to Yamaha: "this new four-cylinder, four-stroke F200 is the lightest 200-hp four-stroke in the marketplace and will effortlessly replace lower horsepower or larger V6 outboard motors and therefore boost the overall performance of mid-sized ships." As you can plainly see in some of those photos, the outboard installation not just provides ship countless of use deck area although located area of the installation perfectly balances the ship inside liquid. It isn't bow high or sitting squat inside water.

The SCX210 OB has actually a customized wakeboard tower and you also understand, therefore do a lot of boats today. Also pontoon ships have wakeboard towers; it doesn't always cause them to good wakeboard boats. The SCX is a good wakeboard ship. It's not an inboard competition motorboat; it really is a really good bowrider that sets up a beneficial wake. We ran it at 18mph, 28mph and 40 miles per hour; wakeboard, tubing, slalom and barefoot rates. WOT speed had been 42.3mph.

You need to pay attention to trim and speed you could produce an excellent wakeboard wake that may offer you good atmosphere. At slalom speeds the wake flattens down enough for leisure skiing but at barefoot speeds the turbulence from the prop is quite rough. The two, 500 pound boat places a fantastic hole into the water so it in addition offers a fairly health wake for barefooting. Depending on how crazy you need to get for tubing, it's going to provide a lot of enjoyment behind the motorboat.

The stern drive design in addition provide the vessel tremendous stability. We attacked some wakes from several large cruisers and it also slice the wakes beautifully without delivering a violent shudder into the people.

This watercraft obviously exemplifies the transition from stern drive capacity to outboard energy. It really is done well while growing and expanding the life span of an exceptional hull design.

To find out more regarding the Starcraft line of boats and find your nearest Starcraft dealership select: For more information on Yamaha Outboards browse: // to learn more about Armstrong Transom Brackets click to:

Bill Gius is a three-plus decade marine business veteran with extensive, hands-on accessory, ship and engine knowledge. Bill was working with iboats.com for six years to aid manufacturers and dealers make use of iboats' online marketing, advertising and prospecting services. Bill could be achieved at 800-869-1686 x199 or bill@iboats.com.

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