For 2006, inboard boats and engines continue to rank highest in the boating industry on customer satisfaction, according to J.D. Power and Associates. We asked the experts why.
“The boats are well-built, they have a highly specialized purpose, their builders are very close to the customers so they know what features to include, and they use inboard engines, which have very reliable drivetrains that are inherently less complex and trouble prone.”
Director of the marine practice for J.D. Power and Associates
“Customers are most satisfied with their products when they're adequately powered. You can't find a 19-foot inboard less than 250 to 300 horsepower, while an I/O owner might have 150 horsepower and get discouraged that he can't get a slalom skier up.”
President of PCM
(whose 2006 index score of 924 was highest among inboard engines and the entire boating industry)
“We deliver better ride and handling than an I/O. Inboards have an advantage with the longitudinal center of gravity and the efficiency of the inboard drive system. Customers enjoy the ride and handling, quick time to plane and cornering. This is what your friends and neighbors are saying. We scored 911 with consumers this year, but our ultimate goal is 1,000.”
President of Correct Craft
(which has held the No. 1 ranking among inboards all four years of the J.D. Power study)
J.D. Power and Associates Marine Engine Competitive Information Study
*Based on a 1,000-point scale. No studies in 2004 because of a change in the surveying period.