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Consumers Digest hands out Best Buy awards

In the July / August issue of Consumers Digest magazine, the publication’s editorial staff unveils their much-anticipated list of “Best Buys” in the marine industry. Ranger was honored with two selections, for the Z520 Comanche and Z119, and was the only marine manufacturer with multiple awards in the powerboat category.

Consumers Digest extolled the performance and construction features of both selections as well as their overall value when compared to other boats in their class. The Z520 in particular was a repeat selection, reinforcing the legacy of what’s quickly become the most popular tournament boat of the modern era.

“The Z520 Comanche is a repeat Best Buy selection because it delivers the best value among powerboats that are designed for serious bass fishers,” wrote Consumers Digest editorial staff in their review of the 2012 model. “And many of its features…are rare finds in bass boats at any price.”

The Ranger Z119 was praised in similar fashion. “This model’s extruded and heated transom construction, suspension seats and tandem axle, swing tongue trailer are examples of features that you typically can’t get in this price range.”
More details – including videos, reviews and other industry accolades – touting the total performance design of both the Z520 Comanche and Z119 can be found by logging onto www.rangerboats.com Usedboatyard.com would like to congratulate all of the winners of this award!

Mercury Marine wins three Consumer Digest ‘Best Buy’ accolades
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (June 21, 2012) – Mercury Marine was the only marine engine manufacturer to receive three “Best Buy”outboard designations from Consumer Digest in its July/August issue published this week.

Mercury winners included the new 150 FourStroke in the 150-199 hp category, the 9.9 hp Bigfoot in the Below 50 hp category and the 75 hp OptiMax in the 75-99 hp division.
A total of six outboards received Best Buy recognition from the magazine.

Mercury’s new 150 FourStroke engine was acknowledged for its lightweight, compact design and exceptional value. It was also recognized for its ease of maintenance, which includes a no-spill oil change system, easy-access fuel filter and QR codes that link to do-it-yourself videos.

The 150 FourStroke is designed, built, and tested to be the most reliable and durable 150 hp four-stroke on the planet, which means it will start and run consistently and last longer on any body of water anywhere in the world. The new 150 FourStroke has endured severe field testing in applications as varied as cold 20-foot saltwater swells off the west coast of Canada to commercial fishing in the warm waters of the Bahamas and the unprotected seas around Guadeloupe in the French West Indies. The 150 FourStroke handled thousands of hours of hard-core severe duty, real-world testing in applications the average boat operator should never endure – all with flying colors.

The 150 hp weighs just 455 pounds and is the lightest 150 hp four-stroke outboard in the world. The 150 FourStroke offers a class-leading 3.0L of displacement. It also comes with a three-year warranty.

Mercury’s 75 hp OptiMax direct-injected engine was recognized for its superb acceleration and great value. It consistently outperforms other Direct-Injected engines in holeshot, mid-range acceleration and top-end speed.

The 75 hp OptiMax weighs just 375 pounds – making it perfect for small bass boats and open skiffs. It is a direct injected three-cylinder two-stroke with 1,562 cc of displacement. It comes with a three-year warranty.

Mercury’s 9.9 hp BigFoot offers surprisingly powerful punch due to an extended lower section, a large anti-ventilation plate and an over-sized, high-thrust propeller. BigFoot gear sizes and ratio are boosted, so the engine can turn a 20-percent larger prop than other engines of the same horsepower. That makes it particularly effective at pushing boats that are heavier and larger than a 9.9 hp engine typically can handle.

The 9.9 hp Bigfoot is a two-cylinder FourStroke with 208 cc of displacement. It weighs just 96 pounds and comes with a three-year warranty.

Consumer Digest says it chooses not to highlight premium, midrange and economy selections because of the limited size and price range of the outboard-engine market for each of six groups based on hp. The groups follow National Marine Manufacturers Association statistics – below-50 hp, 50-74 hp, 75-99 hp, 100-149 hp, 150-199 hp, and 200 hp and up.

“Best Buy” outboard engines were selected based on design, efficiency, performance and price. In all cases, the number in the model name reflects the amount of hp for each engine.
Yamaha VMAX SHO outboards recognized by Consumers Digest as a Best Buy

Three Yamaha four-stroke outboards, the Yamaha V MAX SHO(R) VF200, the Yamaha V MAX SHO(R) VF225 and the Yamaha V MAX SHO(R) VF250 have been awarded a Consumers Digest Best Buy rating in the August 2012 issue of Consumers Digest.
“We are pleased the editors of Consumers Digest have chosen the V MAX SHO(R),” said Dale Barnes, Yamaha Marine Group marketing division manager. “The V MAX SHO(R) family incorporates plasma-fusion technology that allows them to be particularly efficient, powerful and light.”Four Stroke V MAX SHO

In determining the ratings, the editors of Consumers Digest considered performance, efficiency and design.
“The VF200 SHO is the least expensive model in the SHO series, which delivers the best horsepower-to-weight ratio of any outboard-engine series that we evaluated,” said the editors of Consumers Digest in the August issue.

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 OEM partners 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(R)’s C.S.I. Customer Satisfaction Index award every year since its inception. Visit http://www.yamahaoutboards.com.

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