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Posted by on Mar 4, 2009 in Awards, Environment, News and Events, UK, US |

2010 Outboards, Swedish Awards & Digital YachtWorld Mag

What will outboards look like in 2010? Not too different, but getting better all the time.

Suzuki previewed two new models in February, this DF9.9 especially compact and lightweight.

Suzuki previewed two new models in February, this DF9.9 especially compact and lightweight.

If outboard motors get you where you want to go on the water, we have a preview of 2010 models that might interest you. “The Outboard Expert” at Boats.com is Charles Plueddemann, editor at large for Boating magazine, and he provides a rundown of the latest from four companies–Suzuki, Yamaha, Mercury, and Honda in today’s Preview column.

If you’re looking for high-power and high-speed outboards, this probably won’t be what you’re looking for. Charles looks mostly at  modest-horsepower four strokes, suitable for dinghies, fresh-water fishing boats, and maybe a bit bigger. Seems to me that efficiency and fuel economy are the new peak performance measurements in engines.

From Sweden we have news of a new category of boat awards; these are for Environmental Boats of the Year. As reported in International Boat Industry’s newsletter yesterday, “The Nimbus Nova 27S, Najad 355 and the Whisper 55″ all picked up awards. For more detail about the awards, read this PDF of the Swedish Yachting Association criteria, which were applied by judges from the association, the Swedish Marine Industries Federation, and the Swedish Maritime Safety Inspectorate. Parameters include the materials from which the boats are built, the methods of building, and a life-cycle analysis.

Our in-house news today is that the latest issue of YachtWorld.com magazine, an offshoot of our sister website YachtWorldcom, has been released to the digital world. It’s been printed on glossy paper, too, but many of you will find your own copy more easily (and more cheaply) by signing on for a digital subscription at the magazine’s website. This publication is produced in the U.K. mainly for larger yacht owners, and it’s international in scope, with the intention to make it more so. In the interests of full disclosure, I’ve been dubbed editor of this publication but my colleagues Clare Willison, Sue Milne, and Nicola Willmot have been doing it themselves for months and will continue to keep it looking good despite whatever trouble I cause them in the near future.

John Burnham

Just over a year old, YachtWorld.com magazine features useful stories for the international yacht owner, plus inspiration and a large section of quality brokerage yachts for sale.

Just over a year old, YachtWorld.com magazine features useful stories for the international yacht owner, plus inspiration and a large section of quality brokerage yachts for sale.