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2018 RT 188
« on: January 03, 2018, 06:44:20 PM »

I'm well into the process of purchasing my 1st new boat (RT188).  As I was reviewing the documents on the boat and motor, I noticed the boat is shown as a 2018 model however the Merc ProXS 115 is a 2017 model.  I understand that the motor is still new but I'm curious to know why it's not a 2018 model?
Due to the motor warranty I don't actually see this as a deal breaker but I would like to know why the boat & motor don't have the same model years. 
As I said in the beginning, this is my first time purchasing a new boat so can anyone let me know if this is this a common occurrence with new boats?
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Re: 2018 RT 188
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2018, 07:27:32 PM »

Makes you wonder if they had several of last years models lying around or if this is standard practice.
Iíll have to look locally now lol.
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Re: 2018 RT 188
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2018, 07:31:06 PM »

I have always thought that outboards were designated by production year and not model year.  Obviously if you already have the boat the motor would have had to be built in 2017.  I believe if you check the SN and Hull number they might be 2018 but built in 2017.
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Re: 2018 RT 188
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2018, 07:53:13 PM »

Bud is kind of on the right track I think. I know we're talking Mercs here, but when I re-powered a few years ago, I learned that BRP no longer designates their ETEC or ETEC G2 motors by model year. The serial numbers do include a date code to indicate the year of manufacture but they don't have 2017 models, 2018 models, etc. All service bulletins, mods, and recall items are supposed to be applied to the motor the time it's rigged.

It makes sense from the manufacturer and retail standpoint. No "last year's models" to deal with and the 10 year warranty starts when the owner takes it home.
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Re: 2018 RT 188
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 06:47:02 AM »

It's January 4th, bet the boat, motor and any accessories were built in 2017 like Bud said!
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