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    • #53910
      Jerry Mona
      Keymaster

      Hi Don, you are absolutely correct.  I occasionally get involved in research studies on behalf of the overall boating industry and I can tell you that rise of new boat prices has been a big issue and major topic of discussion.  Part of this, but certainly not all, is due to new technology.  For example, the need to add catalytic converters to sterndrive engines drove prices up by at least a couple thousand (and the sterndrive segment is now a fraction of its former self).  And, making two stroke engines “clean” added a lot of nice consumer benefits (e.g., less smoke, much better fuel economy) but increased motor prices considerably as well.

      Some manufacturers have tried to address this by offering more value-oriented products in recent years.  Examples include the Bayliner Element, the Tracker “Classic” line of boats and the Sea Doo Spark.  But, the number of models is limited and are often geared towards first time boat buyers.  So, experienced boaters like yourself are often left without affordable options.

      And, the high cost of ownership (purchase price and ongoing expenses/maintenance) has driven a growing number of boating enthusiasts to join “Boat Clubs” instead of owning there own (another topic that I recently studies for the boating industry).

      Thanks again for your post.  It would be interesting to hear if other boaters share your concerns.

    • #50757
      Jerry Mona
      Keymaster

      Hi Charles-

      I am not sure I can help but first help me to understand your question.  What does “lodge some engineering paperwork” mean and what brand is your 115?

      I do have some industry connections but it depends on exactly what you are looking for.

      Thanks,

      Jerry

    • #50758
      Jerry Mona
      Keymaster

      I just want to update my earlier comment now that I have had more experience with Electric Steer trolling motors (specifically, Minn Kota Ultrex).  I have fished a number of times in my  friend’s boat that has this trolling motor and it is awesome!  The Spot Lock feature is a game changer. One afternoon, he and I went fishing on a windy day in our respective boats (I have a conventional cable steer trolling motor).  We were fishing the same point but I had a very difficult time holding my boat position while trying to fish.  Meanwhile, Mark had his spot lock on and was standing on the back of his boat casting with the wind.  Because he was holding steady and could concentrate on fishing, he did far better than me that day.

      When my trolling motor eventually goes, I will definitely get an electric steer model.  For tournament anglers, I think it would be a major disadvantage to not have this technology.

      Jerry

    • #46234
      Jerry Mona
      Keymaster

      Thanks for the feedback.  Yes that interference would make things a bit challenging and annoying.  I had not heard of that happening before but wonder if that is fairly common.  My neighbor has a newer model electric steer on his bass boat and seems to like it.  I must admit, the “spot lock” feature or whatever it is called would be very handy.

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