Outboard-powered cruisers have never been more prevalent than they are today, owing largely to the growth of outboard motors themselves. The Yamaha 425 XTO Off shore V-8, for example, stands near the pinnacle of available outboard oomph and technology, and is well-suited for boats such as the Pursuit OS 355, which serves as both a capable cruiser and an off shore fishing machine.

A pair of 425s could supplant a trio of Yamaha F300 V-6s on the transom of the OS 355 (with a dry weight

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