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New Boat Tests

We recently tested three Cobalts and all of the test numbers and articles are up for the 302, 252, and 222 (pictured). Cobalt won its 6th consecutive J.D. Power award this year and we are happy to have tested three of the company's new boats. Stay tuned for the videos, they're coming soon. Click here to see all tested Cobalts.

The Regal 2700 is the company's largest bowrider and with a single Volvo-Penta 375-hp 8.1 GI the 2700 tops out at 60 mph. The boat is large and can hold more friends than most people have. Regal received two J.D. Power awards this year. See the Test.

The Tigé RZ2 is one of the most advanced watersports platforms on the water today. If you are in the market for a wakeboard boat, you should take a good look at this test and read about its "TAPS2" technology.

The Cruisers Yachts 447 Sport Sedan is a sophisticated and fresh looking sport yacht with luxuries from bow to stern. This model features two private staterooms, two heads, and a large cabin layout for entertaining and weekend cruising. Top speed is 34 mph with twin 435-hp Volvo-Penta diesels.

Which Boats Would YOU Like to See TESTED?
We already have over 70 new tests booked for 2007 with many more on the way. Which boats would you like to see tested? If you would like test information and our captain's reports on new boats you are considering for purchase, just drop a line and tell us the brands and models, and we'll try to get them tested before June. Write to: TestDirector@boattest.com.


If you are a regular visitor to BoatTEST.com, you know that each day for the last month we have been putting new videos on our Miami Boat Show "Play List." Following are the latest additions—

*John Adams Predicts "Pod Drive" Revolution
Formula's veteran designer explains why "pod drives" are the wave of the future...see video

*Regal Marine President Explains J.D. Power Award Winning Strategy
Duane Kuck says Customer Satisfaction can only come from staff and dealers...see interview

*Irwin Jacobs Describes the Concept of his New Windsor Craft Boat Brand
Genmar CEO shows his classy – and classic – new 36' Windsor Craft...see video

*Interview with Tiara's David Slikkers
The Slikkers family sets the bar high with their Tiara and Pursuit brands...see interview

*MerCruiser's New "Vazer" System Explained
Take an Opel engine, cut a lower unit in half, and...see video

*See Actual "Vazer" Installation in a Pontoon Boat
New drive system has lots of new applications that save space...see video

*Gordon Houser's World-Class "Ultimate Backwater Fishing School"
More popular than ever, Houser's Gulf Coast fishing school/vacation lodge attracts guests from around the world...Gordon is happy to be seen

*New Scout "High-Performance" 221 Bay Boat
Founder/CEO Steve Potts takes pride in his latest fishing creation...see video

*New Jefferson 35' Center Console Comes in Two Models
Jeff Nash points out the features of his two new Marlago fishboats...click here for the video

*New Starcraft 220 Deckboat is Full of Great Features
Starcraft deserves full marks for designing a faster, safer deckboat and there are more to come...see video

*Pursuit's New 31' Center Console Continues the Company's Tradition
Veteran marketing guru Paul Perry points out the features of this exciting new fishboat...see video

*Jeanneau Introduces a New 42' Prestige to the U.S. Market
Total Marine markets this classic French brand with aggressive pricing...see video

*Challenger Boats Buys Sugar Sand and Gekko Tow Boats
Laurie Phillips explains Challenger's strategic expansion plans...see video

*New Sugar Sand 23' Jet Boat Introduced
Powered by a 250-hp engine this 23 has a top speed over 50 mph...see video

*SportCraft is Back !!! With a new owner with big plans!
Tom Thies is the owner of S-1 Marine, the holding company for SeaStrike and SportCraft. This aggressive, young boat builder has the credo of building good boats for a low price...see and hear him for yourself

*Designer Tom Fexas Remembered at Miami Show
Hargrave's Mike Joyce leads a "memorial Champaign toast" to one of boating's most original naval architects...a man who thought "out of the box" before the phrase was invented...join the video tribute to Tom


Boating News From Around the World

NY Yacht Club Sets Blistering 2007 Cruise Schedule
Find out how you can get more fun out of your cruising boat...read more

Man Survives 8 Hours in the Gulf Stream
A passenger aboard the Carnival "Glory" cruise ship jumped...read more

Viking Yachts Wins World Billfish Series President's Cup
Based on the results from the 40 tournaments in the WBS World Tour...read more

Greenpeace Issues "Pirate" Fishing Boat "List of Shame"
Greenpeace demands governments turn voluntary measures into law...read more

National Geographic Says Many Fish Species Have Declined by 90%
"Nations flout laws" and species are going "the way of the buffalo"...read more

Azimut-Benetti Group Near $1 Billion US in Sales
For the last 5 years the company has grown 20% annually...read more

Boat Dealer Profits Down 23% in 2006
According to Spader Co. the average dealer earned 3.1% of sales...read more

Dockominiums: Growing Trend that is Not Black and White
Will the "average Joe" be priced out of the slip market?...read more

KVH to unveil TracVision M9 at West Palm Beach Boat Show
Designed for boats 80"+ the unit is smaller and better...read more

West Marine Offers New Holding Tank Cleaner
128 ounces of prevention prevents a pound of pain...read more

Terry Bell, COO of MasterCraft, Passes Away
Bell is credited with much of MasterCraft's recent success...read more

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

Four Winns

180 Horizon, 204 Funship, 255 Sundowner, 318 Vista, 348 Vista


2900 Open Classic, 3000 Open, 3800 Open, 4200 Open, 5200 Sovran Salon


1700 Adventurer, 1800 Expedition, 8522 Mirage Signature


1940 OB, 2572 OB


175 Bowrider, 195 Classic,212 Cuddy, 285 Express Cruiser, 325 Cruiser


36 Mariner, 38 Super Sport, 41 Cockpit Motoryacht, 42 Super Sport, 56 Voyager SE


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BoatTEST DVD Store
Wakesurfing has become the fastest growing craze in the watersports industry. WakeSurfing 101 teaches the basic fundamentals including the equipment you need, how to weigh your boat, and step-by-step instructions on your first time getting up. AnnMarie B. from Pennsylvania concurs, "I found Wakesurfing 101 very informative and helpful, especially for someone like myself who is new to the sport."

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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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