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Old 11-13-2006, 12:24 PM
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Default Do you think Fountain's advertising is deceptive?

I was on some long-haul flights last week and ended up re-reading a couple magazines a few times out of boredom, otherwise I don't think I would have caught this.

If you open up one of the recent Powerboat magazine issues and see the 2 page spread for the new 38 Lightning that has the headline:

"103+ MPH* with twin staggered Mercury 660 SCI's
Race Proven, Super Fuel Efficient!"

The * after 103 MPH reads as follows in small print:

"*Be advised that performance figures are merely an estimate of what you can expect based on our factory testing program. The above listed speeds are verified by radar with one test driver and less than ten (10) gallons of fuel. Boat speeds and range can vary depending on weight, fuel load, number of passengers, air tempature, altitude, humidity, barometric pressure, water conditions, wind, engine tuning, horsepower (HP) variance from engine to engine, propellers, and numerous other factors beyond our control."

1 person with less than 10 gallons of gas?
Barometric pressure?
The disclaimer just really surprised me.
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Old 11-13-2006, 12:35 PM
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I was on some long-haul flights last week and ended up re-reading a couple magazines a few times out of boredom, otherwise I don't think I would have caught this.

If you open up one of the recent Powerboat magazine issues and see the 2 page spread for the new 38 Lightning that has the headline:

"103+ MPH* with twin staggered Mercury 660 SCI's
Race Proven, Super Fuel Efficient!"

The * after 103 MPH reads as follows in small print:

"*Be advised that performance figures are merely an estimate of what you can expect based on our factory testing program. The above listed speeds are verified by radar with one test driver and less than ten (10) gallons of fuel. Boat speeds and range can vary depending on weight, fuel load, number of passengers, air tempature, altitude, humidity, barometric pressure, water conditions, wind, engine tuning, horsepower (HP) variance from engine to engine, propellers, and numerous other factors beyond our control."

1 person with less than 10 gallons of gas?
Barometric pressure?
The disclaimer just really surprised me.
No, it is is writing at the bottom of ad.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:19 PM
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Default Re: Do you think Fountain's advertising is deceptive?

I do not find it deceptive at all.

They know how to get the MAX speed out of a boat for sure. And it looks like they tell you exactly how they did it and can prove it.

I know that conditions can cost me as much as 5 to 7 mph in my boat.

The ad looks pretty honest to me.
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:28 PM
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Default Re: Do you think Fountain's advertising is deceptive?

I agree. It would be deceptive if they DIDN't tell you the conditions.
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I do not find it deceptive at all either, just a CYA.
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Nope, not deceptive.
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:46 PM
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Default Re: Do you think Fountain's advertising is deceptive?

If asked how fast your boat goes, do you give someone the speed it'll achieve fully loaded, full of fuel, or the 1/4 tank, by yourself on a perfect day speed?

Myself, I just lie.

But no, i don't think that's deceptive.
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:49 PM
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Nope. Looks like they told us everything needed to know the speed and how it's achieved. Heck, in this industry it's probably the most honest ad out there.
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Old 11-13-2006, 03:20 PM
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Only if you read it...

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yes I find it deceptive...

1. Merc don't make a 660 motor

2. Boat will do 107 not 103
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