thinking of buying a boat? don’t do
anything until you read our online
guides to the whole process. we have
information on everything from finding the right boat, to pricing, surveys,
sea trials, warranties, financing, insurance, and much, much more.
had previously been thought possible.
This new technology lets engines start
more easily, accelerate faster, and respond
better to throttle adjustments, in addition
to burning gas more efficiently and emit-
ting less smoke, fumes, and noise. The
downside? The days of do-it-yourself engine
maintenance and repair are over. Due to the
complexity of the new breed of engines, vir-
tually all diagnostic work now has to be done
via computer, leaving owners at the mercy
of their local mechanics. So, once-simple
owner-operator jobs like draining water out
of a carburetor have morphed into complex
tasks involving delicate injectors and expen-
sive computers. And, of course, the new-
technology engines cost about 10 percent
more than their predecessors.
who haS tiMe to Call it the
world wide weB anyMore?
Boats to buy, boats to sell. Boat owner
groups, angler sites, satellite weather, maps
and charts, manufacturing and repair info,
recalls, complaints, and kudos … the list
goes on and on. It’s hard to imagine not
having the answer to every question immediately within reach or a global market of
boats and accessories available at one’s fingertips. While some folks in the early days
of the Internet assumed that only nerdy
types would want to spend time communicating with other people via computer, it
soon became clear that communication and
information-gathering had changed irrevocably for the better.
Now, virtually every dealership has a website to advertise its product line. Consumers
have only themselves to blame if they aren’t
educated on available options, pricing, and
rival brands before heading to boat shows
or dealer showrooms to shop. Shopping
online gives consumers the opportunity to
weigh options and comparison-shop without being pressed to buy. The BoatU.S.
Consumer Protection Database, which contains thousands of firsthand reports about
boats, engines, and marine businesses, is
also online, as are the U.S. Coast Guard’s
databases of safety-defect recalls and manufacturer listings (see sidebar).
Selling online opens up a wider market
for boats, a major plus these days as the current economic conditions make this a buyers’ market. Years ago, it wasn’t unusual for
BoatU.S. Consumer Protection to hear from
owners of defective boats or engines who told
us, “I thought I was the only one,” after we’d
reported about major defects. These days, it’s
BoatU.S. ConSUMer ProteCtion May Be aBle to helP yoU find a workaBle SolUtion.
if yoU need helP, eMail US at ConSUMerProteCtion@BoatUS.CoM or Call (703) 461-2856.
The New Ranger Tugs R- 27
The Trailerable Tug
Introducing the all new R- 27, the asy-to-own, easy-to-operate
diesel inboard cruiser. Powered
by a 180 HP Yanmar 4BY2, and
featuring standard bow and stern
thrusters, the R- 27 exhibits excellent
maneuverability around the dock.
With a fully appointed cabin and easily trailerable 8' 6" beam the
R- 27 expands your cruising options.
Explore more with a Ranger Trailerable Tug.