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New Boats Tests

Regal 2000: Regal is the first company to win two J.D. Power awards in the same year, so if you are in the market for 20-footer you should put this New Regal 2000 on your wish list of boats to consider. Regal's 2000 bowrider, with its wide 8-foot six-inch beam, offers plenty of room in a compact, easy to trailer package. An impressive standard-equipment list, abundant stainless steel hardware, and refinements like French-stitched upholstery add to the boat's enjoyment, and Regal's FasTrac hull provides impressive speed and economy, even from our test boat's 6-cylinder engine.

Tiara 3900 Sovran: Tiara Yachts has embraced Volvo Penta's IPS drive system technology by choosing to develop their new Sovran series totally around this power package. The 3900 Sovran is this Midwest builder's second offering under this new design platform and touts an impressive amount of space and equally impressive performance.

Tiara 4700 Sovran: Tiara Yachts is probably best known for their versatile Open series but they build a great cruising yacht and we recently had an opportunity to test, the 4700 Sovran. This is a rock-solid performer that features a resin infused hull for superior weight and strength characteristics.

Video Highlights of the J.D. Power Awards Ceremony
*Regal Marine wins two categories and leads privately-owned boat builders to a near-sweep of the 6th Annual Awards....Watch Video

Video Highlights on New Boats and Engine Technology

*Interview with Eddie Smith, Owner of Grady-White
    G-W Wins 6th J.D. Power Award and Eddie makes a promise about his largest boat...Watch Video

*Interview with Fred Kiekhaefer, President of Mercury Racing
     The leader of  Merc's Skunkworks explains features of the NEW 300-hp 3.2 L OptiMax...Watch Video

*World-Famous Reggie Fountain Introduces Two NEW 38-footers
    A "Sportfishing-Cruiser" and a center console are both built for speed...Click Here for Video

*NEW Rampage 41 is Introduced by Capt. Tred Barta
    The layed-back fishing Capt. points out features and benefits...Watch Video

*Interview with Scott Porter, President of Formula
    Scott explains the details of his 5-Year "Formula Guard" Extended  Warranty  Program...Click Here for Video

*NEW Four Winns 338 Vista is Introduced by Rick Fulmer, VP Sales
    Rick shows us the features that are driving Four Winns sales...See Video

*Suzuki Motors' Press Introduction of Two NEW Outboard Models
    The 9.9-hp Suzuki now has power tilt, and the 200-hp model has a 20" shaft for pontoon boats...Watch Video

*Interview with Pete Peterson, World Cat's VP of Marketing

    Pete explains the benefits of a catamaran hull... Click Here to See Video

*Interview with Tom Watson, Sales and Marketing Manager of Yanmar Marine
    Tom gives an overview on the new 2 and 3 liter engines, and benefits of Yanmar power...Watch Video

See the Insides and the Inside Story of the World's First Wave-Piercing Vessel "Earthrace"

    *Interview with owner/skipper just before his attempt on the "Around the World Powerboat Speed Record"
    *Find out how a Cummins/MerCruiser diesel engine runs on chicken fat and French fry grease
    *Learn how far under water this boat can go before it gets "scary"
    *The "Race" started March 10th find out what disaster has already struck "Earthrace!"

**March 13th Update**Earthrace Arrives in Colon, Panama
Panama City, Panama March 13, 2007 Earthrace has now completed the first race leg from Barbados to Colon, Panama, a 1247.3 nautical mile adventure in 83.25 hours (21:15 UTC March 13, 2007). Earthrace averaged 15 knots across the Caribbean. On board Earthrace during the Barbados to Panama leg was Earthrace boat crew, Pete Bethune the Skipper, Ryan Heron the Cinematographer, and Anthony Distefano the Engineer, as well as two sponsors, Bruce Sharp and Paul Farrington.  
During the first race leg the carbon propellers purchased from the German company Air Fertigung Gnbh began shredding within nineteen hours of the race start. Earthrace was forced to slow its speed from 24 knots to 12. The crew became aware of the problem due to the unfamiliar vibration that engulfed the entire boat. To confirm the problem Skipper Pete Bethune dove into the Caribbean waters with a torch to find the propellers were shredding, some of the holes were as large as a dollar bill. The most apparent fear was that without propellers Earthrace would become a sitting target in the same waters they were shot at just five months prior.
Earthrace ground crew Scott Fratcher and wife Allison Thompson quickly evaluated the dilemma, found, purchased, and shipped propellers from New Orleans, Louisiana to Colon, Panama. The newly purchased props are made by HyTorq, and were purchased from Jefferson Marine. The HyTorq propellers have four blades and are 86.36cm by 106.6 cm. These propellers will arrive in Panama City at 10:30 UTC today, Wednesday, March 14, 2007. Once these propellers have cleared customs they will be delivered to Colon, Panama where Earthrace crew will then install them overnight in the crocodile infested waters of Shelter Bay. To then continue through the canal for a day crossing Thursday, March 15, 2007. Earthrace crew and boat are safe and will continue on the record attempt.
The Numbers for Wednesday March 14, 2007
Day: 4
Distance travelled:  1247.3 nautical miles
Relative to record:  33 miles behind
Distance to go: 22,733 nm

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News From Around the Boating World
Moby Dick Strikes Again; Kills Would-Be Rescuer
Video tape catches tragic attack in Japan...read and view

President of Hinckley Yachts Dies at 50 
Gerry DiSchino, president and CEO of Hinckley Yachts of Portsmouth, R.I., died unexpectedly March 10. He was 50...read more.

24-Year-Old Rookie Wins $100,000 in Bassmaster Tournament
Derek Remitz bested 107 of the worlds best anglers in "Battle on the Border"...read more

Two Nordhavns Round Cape Horn Within 4 Weeks!
"No big deal", says one owner. "Next year, Antarctica," says Nordhavn VP...read all about it.

"Earthrace" Props Fail on First Day of World Record Attempt
A switch to carbon fiber props proved to be a mistake.  Will they continue?...read more

Numarine Announces Sea Trials of First Cigarette Yacht
First 55' Cigarette built by Turkish Boatyard...read more

USA. First Choice Marine Introduces Fractional Ownership of Luxury Squadron 74
The company is selling 10% shares in the Tortola-based Fairline...read more

New Giant Marina Planned for Newport, RI for Superyachts
"The Newport Club" will have slips for 1,500 boats...read more

Baja Boats Founder Buys Checkmate
Doug Smith, a 36-year boat-building veteran, plans a "new direction" for an old brand...read more

Four Winns Expands Plant to Build New 458 Cruiser
New 45 will have Twin IPS 600-hp engines...read more

Volvo-Penta's IPS Available in 100 Boat Models World-Wide
Tiara builds its 100th 4300 Sovran with IPS drives...read more

Volvo-Penta Celebrates its 100th Anniversary
Innovation has been a hallmark of the Swedish company...read more

Spotlight on BoatTESTS
This week's most Popular Tests on BoatTEST.com . Click on the model to find out why:


252 Fisherman, 30 Scarab Tournament, 352 Tournament, 360 Coastal


183 Ghost, 1850 Reata, 2200 Bay Ranger 620VS, Z20 Comanche


240 Bowrider, 310 Sun Sport, 370 Super Sport, 400 Super Sport, 45 Yacht

World Cat

230 SF, 250 DC, 270 SD, 270 TE, 330 TE


187 LS Bowrider, 207 LS Bowrider, 217 LS Bowrider, 237 LS Bowrider, Interceptor 232


GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. March 9, 2007 Taylor Made Products is adding fleece fender boots to its ever expanding line of fenders and accessories.

The fleece fender boot is designed specifically to fit hole-thru center style fenders. The 100 percent polyester fender boots come with a reinforced grommetted bottom and an adjustable tie on the opposite end for a snug fit. They are constructed from 12-ounce Blizzard Fleece and are available in two sizes in either blue or black.

"These new fleece fender boots will provide boats with the ultimate in hull protection, without color transfer or marring," said Dave Karpinski, vice president for marketing, Taylor Made Products.

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BoatTEST Video Store

BoatTESTVideo store just added some new "How-To" DVDs which includea Bushnell Onix GPS guide and a Radar Navigation and Collision Avoidance DVD as well as re-released videos onto DVD such as Surf Fishing and Interfacing Marine electronics. For a complete list of our new DVDs check out our store. If there isa topic or an items you are looking for and can not findplease email us at store@boattest.com and we will try to locate it foryou.
BoatTEST Book Store

John Paul Jones: America's First Sea Warrior

This 250 page novel takes a different approach of John Paul Jones astounding life as a sea warrior.  Joseph Callo the author establishes John Paul Jones as a key player in the American Revolution as well as examining what drove him to his achievements.    The author is the winner of the 2006 Samuel Elliot Morison Award for Excellence in Naval literature.   Click here to purchase the book

True 5-Year Warranty

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For Marine Insurance BoatTest.com Recommends Global Marine

Global Marine Insurance is an agency that specializes only in marine insurance, and has been in business since 1989. Over the years they have built up a solid reputation amongst professionals in the marine industry, and that is why BoatTEST.com recommends them to you.

Thinking of Purchasing a Boat? Get a Background Check First

The amount of work that goes into checking boating accident reports from all over the country as well   as Federal Records through the Freedom of Information  Act keeps five people at Boat History busy full time. The data base is huge and  is updated each month.  Find out if your dream boat has been stolen, in an  accident, salvaged after a hurricane, or hit a public record for some other reason.   It could be the smartest used boating buying decision you ever made. Just enter  the hull identification number (HIN) and get any public details on the boat before you buy. Click Here for Report


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