Powerboat-World.com
 
 
News Home Video Gallery Newsletters FishingBoating Features Photo Gallery Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising
Sail-World Australia Australian Cruising MarineBusiness-World
Sail-World.com : Avoiding boat show blindness and being shafted by salesmen
Avoiding boat show blindness and being shafted by salesmen

Mark Rothfield

On a Mother’s Day mission last Thursday night I wandered into an electrical store looking for a new Polaroid instant camera (they’re back in vogue apparently) and came out clutching an iPad under the arm that wasn’t busily scratching my head.

But that’s nothing. A mate of mine went shopping for a second-hand, shaft-drive diesel displacement cruiser to putter around the Myall River (NSW) and was within a heartbeat of buying a sterndrive petrol express sportscruiser.

It was nothing like what he wanted for a waterway governed by 4-knot speed restrictions, nor would it suit a mooring some 30 miles and a packed lunch away from the nearest marina. So how does it happen?

He suffered what can only be referred to as ‘boat show blindness’, a temporary but financially painful disease commonly contracted from silver-tongued brokers.

Glistening at the dock, he saw a bonus mid-cabin courtesy of the motors being set aft. He saw a big cockpit and a relatively small pricetag. He heard the blessed assurance, 'sterndrives are fine these days'.

There was barely a thought of refuelling or mechanical service, while running cost concerns swirled into the mists of desire … never to be considered again. For a novice like him, the need to adjust the trim tabs of a small, weight-sensitive express cruiser would only become apparent when it was planing like blazers.

Sterndrives are fine … fine indeed for boatbuilders, that is, because they eliminate the need for shaft and rudder installations and allow designers to cheat on internal space. They are fine, too, when shallow bars are present or you like to nudge up to the beach.

They’re much better nowadays in respect to corrosion resistance, though petrol motors lingering from the heyday of express boats (late nineties, early noughties) are simultaneously hitting that dubious age where replacement is preferable to a rebuild.

There are hoses, rubber bladders and oil lines permanently residing in the water. Installations can be cramped, and it’s essential to run a blower for several minutes prior to starting the engine.

You can't go past the simplicity of a shaft in older boats -  Mark Rothfield   Click Here to view large photo


For my money, and for my mate, the three keywords for a boat over 15 years old are fibreglass, diesel, shaft. Of course, if you spend considerable time at, or close to, a marina and like to dash between destinations then an express sportscruiser should come into reckoning.

The important thing is to not be swayed from your original intent. Buy the boat you want, not one that someone wants to sell you.

But the iPad was a hit, thanks for asking...


by Mark Rothfield

  

Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

http://www.powerboat-world.com/index.cfm?nid=97303

8:34 PM Wed 16 May 2012GMT


Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on
Powerboat-World.com Editorial

Related News Stories:

01 Mar 2012  Houseboats winning the hearts of women
20 Feb 2012  When too much caring is never enough
08 Dec 2011  Tinnies moving ahead in leaps and bounds
14 Oct 2011  One hull, ten outboards - such is our disposable world
01 Jul 2011  Good times come in small packages
25 Jun 2011  It takes a tinnie tragedy to learn a lifejacket lesson
03 Jun 2011  Food for thought - the new age of boating journalism
06 Jan 2011  Premier Composite Technologies to launch new Farr 400
24 Dec 2010  DPI – Blackwater event causing fish kills
21 Dec 2010  Christmas comes early for Moreton Bay anglers
MORE STORIES ...






Power Boat News







Great Barrier Reef plan released for comment by Queensland Minister for Environment,










Brisbane Boat Show begins *Feature by Jeni Bone,


















































GT15 and GT30 European Championships - Jelf takes to the podium twice
Marine Rescue crew saves cruiser in trouble in rough conditions
XCAT Series gets set to conquer another continent in 2015
Dangerous conditions for boaters on most of NSW coast
2014 Mandurah Boat Show - Third largest boat show in Australia
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Eye on the big picture
Mediterranean Grand Prix - Powerboat racing heavyweights head to Ibiza
Mediterranean Grand Prix - World Aquabike stars all set
Antarctic sea-level rising faster than global rate
Powerboat champions gear up for Honda RYA Youth RIB National final
Andrew Scott joins Superior as General Manager *Feature
2014 Gold Coast International Marine Expo - Fastest Jet Ski ever built
Best Birthday Party ever at Southport Yacht Club! *Feature
‘Hall of Fame’ status for Empire Marina *Feature
Girl power all set for Nottingham powerboat racing action
Cowes to Torquay Race 2014 - Intense activity in preparation
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - 13 things to See and do
Australian Offshore Superboat Champ - 15 Superboats in Coffs Harbour
European première for Belize 54 Daybridge at Cannes Yachting Festival
‘Fish Friendly’ accreditation for Sanctuary Cove Marina
Plethora of Powerboat racing action this weekend   
Vicsail Boat show Open Day at Rushcutters Bay   
Marine15 - prospectus available online now + VIDEO *Feature   
Southport Yacht Club achieves Clean Marina certification + VIDEO *Feature   
Port Kembla Volunteers bring in 75 metre monster from 5nm offshore   
Gold Coast Int'l Marine Expo - Make every moment one to remember   
Dangerous conditions for boaters from Queensland border to Sydney   
4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo - Busy opening day   
Summerland 40 LR named Boat of the Year   
More new boats brand Brisbane Boat Show as a spectacular showcase   
Xiamen Int'l Boat Show 2014 moving to a new home   
Yamaha inspires students to succeed   
NSW EPA supports Marina Industry Environmental Accreditation   
Powerful Yanmar 12AY Diesel Series revealed   
Buy a slice of Solar Sailor history *Feature   
Swan celebrates sales success *Feature   
4x4 Outdoors Show and Fishing and Boating Expo on the horizon   
Polar research: Six priorities for Antarctic science   
Stealth i14 out of China   
Bivalves' ability to clean chemicals from waterways   


For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News







Sail-World.com  


















Switch Default Region to:

Social Media

Asia

Australia

Canada

Europe

New Zealand

United Kingdom


http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/Twitter_logo_small.png   http://www.sail-world.com/event_images/image/RSS-Icon.png

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World

 

Contact

Commercial

News

Search

Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text

Feedback

Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery

 

Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery

Policies

 

 

 

Privacy Policy

 

 


Cookie Policy

 

 



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
XLXL NEW PBW
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT