Charleston Water Taxi Depends on Yamaha to Stay on Time

 

Charleston Water Taxi Depends on Yamaha to Stay on Time

By Craig Lamb

The Ms. Evelyn and Dorothy Marie are 40-foot Corinthian Catamarans that run a continuous loop around Charleston Harbor. From 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, the Charleston Water Taxi boats ferry passengers to and from historical sites and the entertainment and dining district that are unique to the South Carolina coastal town.

The water taxis run every hour with a 30-minute turnaround time over the 4-mile, round-trip excursion. A tight, nonstop schedule running 11 hours each day of the year makes being on time the most important part of the business.

That is why Capt. Scott Connelly and Capt. Chip Deaton, co-owners of the Charleston Water Taxi, depend on Yamaha to power their catamarans.

“People depend on us to be on schedule, every day, seven days a week,” said Connelly, like his partner, natives of Charleston who’ve made lifelong careers of working on the water.

“Keeping that hourly schedule is key to us,” added Deaton. “We are a taxi service and the reliability of Yamaha proved itself to us in the first year.”

That was back in 2005 when they launched the business.

“We went with Yamaha first, knowing it would be the most dependable brand for us, especially with the risks involved in launching a new business,” explained Connelly.

“We went with 150 horsepower outboards and got 800 hours from the first set without any problems,” continued Deaton. “We kept on going with another set of 150s and got 8,700 hours from those outboards.”

“We can’t afford downtime, and at the end of the day we want to go home, be with our families.”

They get to do that thanks to the dependability of Yamaha technology. In fact, the current set of 2.8L F200 In-Line Four outboards has produced remarkable performance.

“We have 7,000 and counting on this set,” continued Deaton.

To put that into perspective, running an outboard motor for 7,000 hours is equivalent to driving a vehicle for 225,000 miles in urban commuting.

“Other than routine maintenance we haven’t had any issues with our Yamahas,” said Connelly.

Click here to see an interactive graphic for benefits of the F200.

Repowering the Ms. Evelyn and Dorothy Marie was made easy with mounting centers and bolt patterns that are identical to Yamaha’s two-stroke HPDI 200. Upgrading to digital rigging was easy, too.

Connelly and Deaton like the faster acceleration, efficient power and best power-to-weight ratio of the F200. Passengers like the benefit of carrying on conversations about their Charleston experience and touring plans. They do that thanks in part to the new Shift Dampener System (SDS) hardware. An SDS propeller, together with counterbalancing shafts, helps minimize shifting vibration for a quieter, smoother ride.

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Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Terminally Well

 

Terminally Well  

By Capt. Gus Cane

Even the most expensive rods and reels are worthless without critical hardware. Catching coastal fish requires a wide variety of terminal tackle—the hooks, swivels, line, leader, crimps and other components that complete the rigs. You might be targeting a certain species. But in the briny, you never know what might show up so it pays to be fully prepared to capitalize on whatever opportunities might arise.

Obviously, line is needed on the reels. The choice between braid and monofilament is a personal one. Both have distinct advantages and disadvantages. Having multiple combos on board offers more flexibility and allows a quick switch from light to heavy if the situation calls for it. If space is limited, carry spare spools loaded with different line classes in case of a break-off, bird’s next or the need to scale up or down.

A similar situation exists with leader material. Multiple spools of different line strengths allow for fast changes. Monofilament leader works well for many applications. For super spooky fish or in clear water conditions, fluorocarbon leader is another option. Again, there are pros and cons to each leader type. Having a mix in the tackle bag will cover all bases. Toothy game fish like king, Spanish and cero mackerel, along with wahoo, barracuda, and sharks, often require the use of wire leader. Single-strand, coated and multi-strand cable are all handy depending on the circumstances. A mix will handle any variables.

The same holds true for an assortment of terminal tackle. Hooks come in multiple styles, sizes, and strengths. A thin-wire 1/0 circle hook nose-hooked to a small pinfish is a good match for a trophy seatrout. But that same hook would be way too light for feeding a palm-size pilchard to an 80-pound tarpon. Similarly, the treble hook on a six-inch surface popper just won’t work as a stinger hook on a kingfish rig. That’s why quantity, quality, and application are so important with terminal tackle. You could go through multiple rigs during a hot bite, and you certainly don’t want to run out or have the wrong stuff. Be prepared, and you’ll be ready for whatever you might encounter.

A good way to organize terminal tackle is by type and sometime species. Clear plastic tackle boxes with multiple (or adjustable) compartments allow loading by size or style. For example, keeping multiple sizes of swivels and crimps in one box allows a quick visual reference. Hooks and sinkers can be organized the same way. The boxes can be color coordinated or labeled with tape or magic marker. Loading several boxes in an open duffel bag makes them easier to tote.

Don’t forget the specialized terminal tackle items either. Plastic beads, copper wire, rubber tubing, dusters, dental floss, floats and balloons all have their place in special rigs. Don’t overlook the rigging tools as well. Pliers, crimpers, needles, deboners, bait knives, scissors and other accessories should be kept with the terminal tackle for quick access.

When you’re 30 miles offshore on a weed line loaded with gaffer dolphin, you don’t want to run out of the right hooks or rigs. Stock up and organize your terminal tackle and you won’t be disappointed.

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Win a Carolina Skiff, support conservation

 

Win a Carolina Skiff, support conservation

By Craig Lamb

The CCA Florida STAR presented by Yamaha is a win-win proposition for saltwater anglers. For 101 days this summer they have the chance to win $500,000 in prizes, including three boats by Carolina Skiff, for catching tagged redfish. There are other prizes and categories too, making this a great excuse for going fishing in the coastal and offshore waters of Florida.

How you win the prizes is by entering STAR, which stands for State-wide Tournament Anglers Rodeo. It is a catch and photograph format tournament that begins on Memorial Day, May 27, and ends on Sept. 4. The tournament is open to members in good standing of the Coastal Conservation Association, or non-members can enter for $65. Entry fee for CCA members is $35. Click here to join CCA.

STAR was a huge success last year. The 157 tagged redfish release throughout Florida coastal waters, and the 13 additional divisions caught the attention of 5,000 registered anglers. The motivation was catching one of the first seven tagged redfish for the chance to win a new GMC Sierra, a boat, motor, and trailer package valued at over $40,000. 

Beyond that, the family-friendly tournament awarded a college scholarship and the chance to win other prizes. Those prizes can be won by entering catches in the additional divisions. Those are Open, Ladies, Fly, Kayak, Lionfish and Professional Guides division. Eligible species are Spotted Seatrout, Snook, Sheepshead, Non-tagged Redfish, Cobia, Dolphin (Mahi Mahi) & Kingfish.

The Tagged Redfish Division is by far one of the most popular for a huge reason. Click this link to find out the reasons why. Even more, reason to enter that division are the three Carolina Skiffs to be awarded.

Those are the all-new Carolina Skiff 21 Fish & Ski and two Carolina Skiff 16 JVX CC models.

The JVX Series is designed and rigged with fishing in mind. With the JVX, getting in the shallow creeks and rivers will not be an issue. The lightweight hull with the modified V-hull design gives you a boat that will carry more weight further and faster with less horsepower, while delivering outstanding performance.

The STAR Youth Scholarship Division presented by Academy Sports + Outdoors offers New Tide member’s free entry into STAR and the opportunity to win one of twelve scholarships totaling $100,000.

Another fun division for STAR anglers, unique to Florida is the Conservation Division. This division is designed to reward anglers that provide the most catch data on all fish caught and released while fishing the tournament, no matter what species or size.

Here’s the win-win proposition for anglers entering STAR. All entries provide a significant amount of catch data. The conservation community uses the information to make science-based decisions that benefit habitat management, stock assessment and more, to make fishing better all around for Florida anglers.

The newest addition to Florida STAR is the Trash Division. Participants who gather trash while on the water and submit a photo entry of at least a 5-gallon bucket full of trash with the 2017 official measuring device in their entry will be eligible for a random drawing at the end of the 101 days of STAR for 1st thru 3rd place.

Participants must use a digital camera or a digital camera phone to photograph their tournament fish. Catch entries will be made via the STAR Smart device application or the STAR website.  It is not necessary to have a smart phone in order to participate.  A digital camera and the ability to enter your catch via the website will work just as well. To find a dealer click the Find a Dealer link here.

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Yamaha Marine Receives 2017 Silver Star of Excellence

 

Yamaha Marine Receives 2017 Silver Star of Excellence

From American Technical Education Association and the National Technical Honor Society® for Contributions to Technical Education
RECOGNIZED FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE MOTORCYCLE AND MARINE SERVICE PROGRAM AT THE TENNESSEE COLLEGE OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY (TCAT) CHATTANOOGA

Yamaha Marine Group announced today that it was awarded the 2017 Silver Star of Excellence from the American Technical Education Association and the National Technical Honor Society®.  Yamaha was recognized for its contribution to the Motorcycle and Marine Service Program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Chattanooga.

The Silver Star of Excellence is awarded to a business in recognition of specific contributions to technical education such as donations of equipment, facilities, training, financial assistance and support such as internships, apprenticeships, and advisory committee members.

Left to right: James King – Vice Chancellor, TCAT System; Jimmy Jones – Master Instructor, TCAT, Chattanooga Sate Community College; Ed Grun, Senior Instructor, TCAT, Chattanooga State Community College; Joe Maniscalco, Division Manager, Yamaha Marine Service; Parks Chastain, Department Manager, Yamaha Marine Technical Training; Jim Barrott, Director, TCAT, Chattanooga State Community College

“Yamaha Marine started its relationship with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology in 2002, and its support has grown each year. In addition to significant product and equipment donations in the last few years, the company has provided full dealership access to Yamaha training materials for technicians in training in an effort to help them become more profitable assets for potential employers,” said Sandra Krebsbach, Executive Director, American Technical Education Association. “As a TCAT technical school program sponsor, Yamaha also has generously provided staff for advisory board meetings and Skills USA®State Competition Judges, going far above and beyond to support student learning program standards and the success of marine industry training overall.”

“Yamaha Marine is committed to helping dealers recruit new technicians by preparing students for a fulfilling and high-demand career in marine service,” said Joe Maniscalco, Division Manager, Yamaha Marine Service.  “We are gratified to support the Motorcycle and Marine Service Technology Program at TCAT Chattanooga for many years and are honored to receive the Silver Star of Excellence award as we both pursue shared goals for the industry.”

In addition to the award, Yamaha was inducted into the National Technical Honor Society® Educator Industry Hall of Fame at the ATEA National Conference on Technical Education on March 15, 2017.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training, and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology, and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA®’s CSI Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

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Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

 

Former Classic® Winner Jones Has a New Competitor on the Water

This Season Alton Jones Jr. Joins His Father to Fish the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® and the Elites

Never, in all of his previous 26 seasons of bass tournament competition, has Alton Jones been concerned with how many fish any other anglers may be catching, but that will change this year. That’s because the Yamaha Pro’s 24-year old son, Alton Jr., will be joining him on both the Bassmaster® Elite circuit and in the 2017 Bassmaster Classic® as he begins his own full-time professional career.

They will be the fifth father-son duo to compete against each other in a Classic,® but the first to do so in the Elite Series. Although they have been fishing together for years, they have never before actually competed against each other.

“He’s a better fisherman than I am, too,” admits Alton, Sr., winner of six B.A.S.S.® events during his career, including the 2008 Bassmaster Classic.® “He’s more versatile, and he understands the fish better than I do. He may not have as much experience as the other pros, but he’s still going to be a tough competitor.”

“Little Alton,” as many know him, graduated from Baylor University with a degree in marketing in 2014, all the while planning to start fishing professionally as soon as he graduated. He spent the next two seasons fishing the Bassmaster® Open Series just to qualify for the Elites and did so through his consistently high finishes in the Central Division this past year. By winning one of those events on the Red River in Louisiana, he also qualified for the Bassmaster Classic® to be held next month at Lake Conroe near Houston.

“Dad had me in the boat with him when I was still an infant,” laughs Alton Jr., now also a Yamaha Pro, “and later I traveled with my parents to each tournament and fished every practice day with him for years. I always thought becoming a bass pro sounded good, but it wasn’t until the 2008 Bassmaster® Elite season that I made up my mind.

“That year, I fished eight Elites as a co-angler and loved every minute. It was an incredible experience because I got to fish with a lot of the top bass pros, and afterward I knew without a doubt I wanted fishing to be my career. I was ready to start immediately, but my parents wouldn’t let me until I earned a college degree. That was a long four years, but I’ve already realized the benefits of having that degree, particularly a degree in marketing.”

Understanding his son’s desire to turn professional, as well as to add extra incentive to complete his college education, Alton, Sr. made a fully rigged bass boat available for Little Alton to use anytime he wanted to, as long as he maintained good grades. Little Alton took advantage of the opportunity, fishing numerous weekend tournaments throughout Texas during his time at Baylor. Those events, in which he won several boats and cash prizes, helped prepare him for the Opens, and ultimately, he believes, for this season’s Elites

Although both father and son visited Lake Conroe before the impoundment went off-limits, they did so separately. The discussions they’ve had about the Classic® lake, as well as about other lakes they’ll fish during the season, have only been about general overall strategies. The experienced father has not given his son any specific information.

“He really doesn’t want any information,” emphasizes Alton, Sr. “He is his own man on the water, and he’s very confident in his own abilities to locate and catch fish. He’s proven that many times over, and besides, our fishing styles are completely different. He doesn’t need my advice.

“When I started taking him fishing with me, I wanted him to grow to love fishing just so he and I could spend time together,” says the long-time Yamaha Pro. “When B.A.S.S.®changed their rules about tournament practice partners, it ended that opportunity for both of us. 

“Honestly, what I’m most excited about this upcoming Elite season is being on the road together and having more father-son time. Am I concerned about fishing against Little Alton? Of course not. Naturally, I’m his biggest fan.” Y

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Introducing the all-new Tidewater 320 CC Adventure

 
Introducing the all-new Tidewater 320 CC Adventure

By Craig Lamb

Luxury appointments and the durability, toughness, and fishability required by serious saltwater anglers. Combining the comfort and style of a yacht into a boat designed for offshore fishing is a tall order. But the engineers and designers at Tidewater Boats did it all in the all-new 320 CC.

From the premium upholstery to the highly refined seating and spacious storage, the Tidewater 320 CC delivers it all in style. The boat is loaded with high-end fishing features that meet the needs of any saltwater angler going miles offshore for a day of fishing. Back at port, the 320 CC turns into a masterpiece suitable for cruising the bays, canals, and inlets in style.

The 320 CC has a centerline of 32′ 2″ with a beam width of 10′ 4.” With a weight of 8,200 pounds, the 320 CC has a capacity of 2,200 pounds. Deadrise at transom is 22 degrees and the boat drafts approximately 23 inches. With a recommended 700 horsepower the 320 CC is ideal for ultimate offshore four stroke. That, of course, is the 5.3L V8 F350C, the most reliable and powerful in its class.

Inside the 320 CC is an abundance of space. Aft cockpit depth is 27” with a midship depth of 37.” Bow depth is 37, ” and the 320 CC has a bridge clearance of 108.” 

Tidewater Boats are designed with distinctive Carolina Flair, setting up the dry ride, to direct waves away from the hull using reverse chines. Tidewater likes to appropriately call that feature the Dry Chine Ride.

Carolina Flair and the Dry Chine Ride are enhanced by another feature adding to the smooth, dry ride. The Corrugated Grid Stringer Vertebra absorbs the shock of waves against the hull in choppy water. Filled with foam to reduce noise and vibration, the stringer system works like a human skeleton to create a rigid, unified construction that tightly secures all of the internal parts. Those include fuel tanks, consoles, seating and storage compartments that are fastened to the stringer system. To ensure a solid, tight fit, every stringer system is customized for each Tidewater model.

Another defining Tidewater feature is the Spray Relief Point. That is the point of impact on the hull deflecting water away from the boat. Multiple SRP areas enhance the characteristic dry ride of the Tidewater.

Composite construction, foam filled hulls, cored decks, and gunwales plus much more quality design, materials and construction are extras that come with the price of a Tidewater.

By taking extra steps not found in most brands, Tidewater has the confidence in providing owners a 10-year, transferrable warranty that covers the hull.

Tidewater stays close to it’s saltwater roots with the manufacturing facility located in Lexington, S.C. Find out more about the complete lineup of models, view the brand catalog,  and find a Tidewater dealer at tidewaterboats.com. Visit the growing community of Tidewater owners on Facebook at Tidewater Boats LLC.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

Yamaha Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction

 

Yamaha Recognized Again for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction
AWARD MARKS COMPANY’S SIXTEENTH CONSECUTIVE IN 2017

Yamaha Marine Group announced today from the Miami International Boat Show® that the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) has again recognized Yamaha with a CSI Award for excellence in customer satisfaction in the Outboard Engine category. This year’s award is the sixteenth consecutive, an achievement no other outboard manufacturer can claim.

In addition, Yamaha’s boat companies Skeeter® and G3® Boats received awards. Skeeter was recognized in the Fiberglass Outboard Boat category. G3 Boats was recognized in two categories: Aluminum Outboard Boats and Pontoon Boats.

“NMMA’s® CSI Award is one of the most important in the marine industry as it indicates we are delivering the best product and experience we can to our customers,” said Ben Speciale, President, Yamaha Marine Group. “The recognition is not earned alone but in cooperation with our boat builders and dealers. We share this award with them and are extremely proud of the accomplishment.”

NMMA® launched its Marine Industry CSI Award Program in 2001 to provide boat and engine manufacturers with an independently-measured, cost-effective tool to help improve customer satisfaction in the boating industry. The program allows participating manufacturer companies to monitor customer satisfaction on an ongoing basis and to create benchmarks in the industry.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA®) is the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA® member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters in the United States. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy, market research and data, product quality assurance and marketing communications.

Yamaha Marine products are marketed throughout the United States and around the world. Yamaha Marine Group, based in Kennesaw, Ga., supports its 2,000 U.S. dealers and boat builders with marketing, training, and parts for Yamaha’s full line of products and strives to be the industry leader in reliability, technology, and customer service. Yamaha Marine is the only outboard brand to have earned NMMA’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit www.yamahaoutboards.com.

This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only and are not intended to be an endorsement.  NMMA is a registered trademark of National Marine Manufacturers Association, Inc.

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Meet the Skeeter Pros at Bassmaster Classic®

 

Meet the Skeeter Pros at Bassmaster Classic®

By Craig Lamb

There is only one place bass fishing fans get the chance to meet their favorite pros while seeing them cast for the world championship title… and the chance is coming soon.

Make plans now to attend the Bassmaster Classic®,  March 24-26 in Houston with the competition playing out on Lake Conroe. The Classic has never been held there and with it come a couple of historical firsts you don’t want to miss.

First, Lake Conroe is one of the top rated bass fisheries in Texas. By competition time the bass will be in post-spawn mode, meaning anglers will be fishing for aggressively feeding bass. For fans, it means they get the chance to see trophy bass come across the scale and the most unique venue and stage in the event’s 46-year history.

Daily weigh-ins will be held at Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros. A custom built stage at third-base will have fans practically able to reach out and touch their favorite pros. Plus, the drama from on the water will unfold on the venue’s high def video display, the fourth largest in major league baseball, spanning 54 feet high and 124 feet wide. Imagine taking in a big league baseball game with a pro bass fishing setting.

The Classic is built around the fan experience. You can even launch your boat on Lake Conroe and follow your favorite pros on the water as they cast for the $300,000 first place award. If staying on land is your thing, you have an even better opportunity to meet the pros up close and get autographs, selfies and even pick up fishing and boating tips.

You can do all that at the Bassmaster Classic® Expo, located within walking distance of the ballpark at the George R. Brown Convention Center. It’s arguably the largest event of its kind in the country with 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, the greatest in Classic history.

Nothing compares to the Classic when it comes to the chance to meet so many pros in one place. Skeeter Boats has an all-star list of the top pros in the Classic, and there are others who will make appearances at the Classic Expo. 

Here’s the lineup of top pros you can meet, and hopefully watch win the Classic. Come see many of them at the Classic Expo in the Skeeter Boats’ booth.

Cliff and Ben Crochet

Cliff Crochet. The popular pro nicknamed “Cajun Baby” is coming off a great 2016 season. He won the Bassmaster® Southern Open held on the Atchafalaya Basin, basically in his own backyard.

Todd Faircloth

Todd Faircloth. The Jasper, Texas pro will be one of the tournament favorites.

Matt Herren

Matt Herren. The Ashville, Alabama pro will be making his seventh Classic appearance. Herren is a shallow water expert and will be a top competitor on Lake Conroe.

Alton Jones Jr.

Alton Jones Jr.  Expect the young Texan and Bassmaster® Elite Series rookie to bring the momentum from his successful 2016 season of B.A.S.S.(R) competition to Conroe.

Alton Jones

Alton Jones Sr. The 2008 Classic champion and native Texan is a pre-tournament favorite to win the title in his home state.

Jared Lintner

Jared Lintner. The California pro is making his sixth Classic and is coming off a successful 2016 season of the Elite Series.

Bill Lowen

Bill Lowen. The Indiana pro is also coming off a hot season on the Elite Series circuit, and he’s a strong contender when the bass bite is hot in shallow water.

Brandon Palaniuk

Brandon Palaniuk. The young pro from Idaho is making his sixth consecutive Classic appearance.

Dean Roja

Dean Rojas. The Arizona pro is a veteran of the sport and always performs well in Texas events.

Chris Zaldain

Chris Zaldain. The Californian is making his third Classic appearance following a successful season on the Elite Series tour.

Classic details

Weigh Ins

Doors at Minute Maid Park open at 3 p.m. each day.

Location: 501 Crawford St., Houston

Outdoor Expo

For more on the expo located at George R. Brown, Convention Center click here.

Location: 1001 Avenida de las Americas, Houston.

In the meantime, get your boat show fix at skeeterboats.com. You can request a brochure or download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

See What’s New with Yamaha Outboards

 

See What’s New with Yamaha Outboards

By Craig Lamb

Getting to see shiny new boats at a boat show is a given. What’s not is getting to take a test ride, and do it in sunny, warm weather. You can do it all at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show®.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

On more than two-dozen boats you can experience Yamaha’s next generation of V6 4.2L Offshore Outboards with the digital F300, F250, F225 and the mechanical F250 and F225.

Those award winners are packed with Yamaha’s legendary reliability, which is why so many anglers won’t trust anything else in saltwater.

Another reason why you’ll find more saltwater boats powered with Yamaha, and especially the next generation of offshore outboards, is the technology defining this new breed of power.

Class leading, 4.2L big-bore design means these outboards have the fastest time-to-plane in their class. [pls confirm this is accurate and you have data to support claim] You also get class-leading displacement with the first-ever marine application of plasma-fused, sleeve-less cylinders. The result is an outboard that is the lightest in its class [is this the 300 hp only? If so, make sure accurate and have datat to support] with 19% more speed than many other competitors in the 300 h.p. class. [again, we need to make sure we have data to support claim]

Fuel economy is a big deal these days in saltwater boating, and you’ll burn less and gain more in performance with these V6s. In fact, up to 17% better long-range fuel economy. [better than what?]

 

 

At the show, you get the unique chance to see both ends of Yamaha’s performance and horsepower spectrum. Check out Yamaha’s purpose-built F350C, the 5.3L 350-horspower beast for big boats. The F350C, the world’s only V8 four-stroke outboard, is the only engine in its class to feature at five-year limited warranty, for pleasure use.

At the opposite side of the spectrum is the all-new and re-designed F25. At 126 pounds it’s the lightest and most fuel-efficient outboard in its class, two stroke or four stroke. [pls make sure it is accurate and we data to support claim] Other impressive firsts for this new outboard in a four-stroke is the new Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI). Battery-less fuel injection offers class-leading acceleration and makes manual starting a very easy, one-handed process from a seated position. 

What is more, the new outboard comes packed with more features, and capability, previously only available on Yamaha’s larger models. You get a variable trolling switch that allows adjustment of engine speed to fine tune lure presentation while trolling.

The F25 is also compatible with Yamaha’s Command Link Plus® digital gauges.

If more in the mid-range outboard power range suits your needs, then two more new models will be displayed at the show. Those are the F90 and all-new F75.

The F90 and F75 are amazingly lighter, faster, quicker and better than ever before. It now leads the 90-horsepower class in torque and acceleration. [pls  make sure claim is accurate and we have data to support] That means the F90 is an even better choice for powering a wider variety of boats, and especially for inshore anglers.

The F75 features a 16-valve DOHC (Double Overhead Camshaft) design and Precision Multi-Point Fuel Injection for outstanding acceleration and efficiency. It offers many of the same advantages as the F90, in a lower horsepower, and with a standard 20-inch shaft.

The F90 and F75 are both compatible with Yamaha’s Command Link® gauges, making it easier and more efficient to monitor system functions like you can on higher horsepower range outboards.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines, and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

Now is also time to take advantage of Yamaha’s Choose Reliability sales event.  For a limited time, choose an eligible, select, new Yamaha 2.5 to 300 horsepower four-stroke outboards* and choose from either five years of warranty protection or a credit of up to $1,500 based on MSRP. Find out more details at your nearest Yamaha dealer.

 

* Offer valid from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017.  Applicable models may vary – Not applicable to new models introduced after December 1, 2016. See authorized participating Yamaha dealer for complete details.  Yamaha reserves the right to change or cancel this Promotion at any time. Other restrictions and conditions may apply. This document contains many of Yamaha’s valuable trademarks. It may also contain trademarks belonging to other companies. Any references to other companies or their products are for identification purposes only, and are not intended to be an endorsement.

 

Original Source: Sportsmans Lifestyle.com

 

Sunshine, Warm Weather and New Skeeter Boats, at the Miami Boat Show

 
Sunshine, Warm Weather and New Skeeter Boats, at the Miami Boat Show

By Craig Lamb

Getting to see shiny new boats at a boat show is a given. What’s not is getting to take a test ride, and do it in sunny, warm weather. You can do it all at the 2017 Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show.

This year’s event, conveniently scheduled during President’s Day weekend, is Feb. 16-20. The show has a new home at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on Biscayne Bay. The location on Virginia Key is easy to get to by land and water.

Shake the winter blues and head to Miami to get your boating season on at the show. Skeeter Boats will have six of its bay boat models on display at the show, with a bonus. The SX240 and SX2250 will be available for on-water demonstrations and test rides.

Dealer reps and factory experts will be on hand to meet, greet and help visitors turn their dream into reality of enjoying an ultimate day on the bay and elsewhere.

The inlets and shallow water connecting to Biscayne Bay make a perfect setting for taking a ride in the SX240, the ultimate coastal boat that is loaded with everything a discriminating angler needs.

The SX240 demo boat is rigged with the powerful and performance-driven Yamaha F300XCA, the next generation of V6 4.2L offshore outboards. Feel the power of leading time-to-plane, class-leading displacement and see for yourself how this class of outboards has groundbreaking fuel economy.

The SX240, 24’ 1” in length with a beam of 101,” comes loaded with these standard features. A Lowrance HDS-9 Gen3 Touch Graph, Seastar Tilt Hydraulic Steering, 17 vertical rod holders, a retractable boarding ladder and an aluminum frame trailer with swing out tongue make this the complete rig for inshore boating.

The demo waters also make the perfect place to experience the performance and fishability of the SX2250. This rig designed for making nimble, high speed turns in the backcountry to handling the chop out in the bay.

The SX2250 comes loaded will all of the standard features of the SX240, including the trailer, which on many bay boats is an option. With the SX250 you get the peace of mind that comes with the reliability of Skeeter, from the driveway to the water.

From stem to stern the SX240 and SX2250 are designed and built on the foundation of nearly seven decades of innovations to the business delivered by Skeeter.

There will be plenty of boats to see and much to do. More than 1,300 boats on land and docked within 550-plus slips, including a deep-water basin for yachts, will greet visitors. There’s a closed and open-air tented exhibit space for marine accessories, electronics, engines, and apparel.

The show address is 3501 Rickenbacker Causeway in Miami. Water taxis, shuttle buses and adequate parking for vehicles and boats will be available.

In the meantime, get your boat show fix at skeeterboats.com. You can download a catalog, build your dream rig, and get Skeeter Team merchandise to wear to the shows.  Got a question? They’ve got answers at the Skeeter factory in Kilgore, Texas. Call (903) 984-0541, or find the nearest dealer here.

Original Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle.com