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Outboard Boats Buyer's Guide
by A Marine Surveyor with 40 Years Experience

Selecting and Evaluating New and Used Boats

Dedicated for Offshore Type

Specifically targeted to
the open water outboards market

This book shows you how to cut through the fog of marketing hype and get to the heart of the matter - buying a quality, reliable product that has the kind of performance you want.

Illustrated with over 140 real life photos and drawings

New Boats - Used Boats
  • Learn to make your own assessment of boat quality
  • What constitutes good design and bad design
  • Why so many boat builders make serious mistakes. What to look for and how to avoid them.
  • Sea worthiness: The right boat for the right waters.
  • Performance Issues: Why do some boats perform better than others?
  • How to avoid trim problems.
  • Ergonomics: The art of designing products that fit your body size. Nowhere is it more important than with a boat.
  • Navigating the turmoil of the outboard motor market.
  • Choosing the right power options: Outboard, inboard or stern drive.
  • Critical elements of boat rigging
  • Stress cracks: What do they mean?
  • How to research prices and market values

Buyers' Guide to Outboard Boats
- A Guide to Discriminating Buyers

Soft Cover
272 pages
Publisher: D. H. Pascoe & Co., Inc.
Published: 2002
Language: English

Price: $19.50
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Author's Note

July 31, 2002

Some have wondered, "Pascoe surveys yachts, so why is he writing a book on outboards?"

Easy answer there: As the prices of these boats continued to escalate in recent years, increasingly I am asked to survey outboards as people have become willing to pay me a reasonable fee.

This continued to the point where nearly half the boats I did were outboards. And since outboard buyers are most often first-time buyers, such a book made sense to me.

This book is totally dedicated to blue water type outboard boats, not jet boats, I/O’s, pontoon boats, bass boats or mega yachts.

You won’t be just reading part of it and disregarding the rest. Or paying for something that is irrelevant. 

What I mean by "blue water" type boats are boats that are sea worthy for heading out into larger bodies of water, not just small lakes and protected bays, etc.

Buyers' Guide to Outboard Boats strives to be relevant to both the novice and more experienced boat owner by addressing the real world issues he faces based on the hundreds, perhaps even thousands questions I’m asked by customers when I do surveys for them.

Many people want to totally simplify the matter by asking, "Which boat should I buy?" Ah, if life were only that easy! No one can answer that question since no one but the buyer knows completely what he wants and can afford.

Even so, I do my level best to lead the reader to his own answers. I do, of course, have my own opinions and I’m not afraid to give them.

One of these is that I think it is unwise to shortchange quality on a product that is constantly sitting in water and frequently flying off the tops of waves with your life contained between its gunwales.

David Pascoe
Author and Publisher
July 31, 2002
Destin, Florida

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David Pascoe - Biography

David Pascoe is a second generation marine surveyor in his family who began his surveying career at age 16 as an apprentice in 1965 as the era of wooden boats was drawing to a close.

Certified by the National Association of Marine Surveyors in 1972, he has conducted over 5,000 pre purchase surveys in addition to having conducted hundreds of boating accident investigations, including fires, sinkings, hull failures and machinery failure analysis.

Over forty years of knowledge and experience are brought to bear in following books. David Pascoe is the author of:

In addition to readers in the United States, boaters and boat industry professionals worldwide from nearly 80 countries have purchased David Pascoe's books, since introduction of his first book in 2001.

In 2012, David Pascoe has retired from marine surveying business at age 65.

On November 23rd, 2018, David Pascoe has passed away at age 71.

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