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...and who does it.

This year we will test more boats than ever before, about 200, and leading that operation is Capt. Rob Smith, Director of Testing. To find out more about Capt. Rob and how we test...click here.

See a video on how we test.


PC 62 Catamaran
First Italian-made power catamaran hits the U.S. market.  We interview BRB Yachts --the exclusive dealer and importer of this PC 62. Click here for video.

Raymarine C-120
Software Upgrade for 2007 on the C-120 model. Watch video.

Sessa Marine
Italian boat builder Sessa currently offers 8 models in the U.S. from 25'-52'. Click here for video.

Rivolta Yachts
Spanning three generations, Rivolta Yachts continues the tradition of introducing innovative designs. Watch video.

MJM 29Z
This classic look won't go out of style anytime soon, and it cruises at 29 knots. Click here for video.

The Decision to Repower
A Viking 35 owner speaks out on his experience with repowering. Click here for video.

Customer Service Relationships
Dealer speaks out on what to expect from Grady-White. Click here for video.

Great Babes, But Bikinis Don't Float!
The media needs to take a second look at the pictures it is taking.

By Capt. Robert E. Smith, Director of Testing, BoatTEST.com

I continue to be dismayed and horrified every time I see "it." Whether it is from a news camera shot of a helo passing over a popular beach or from the helm of a boat I am driving, seeing people forward of the windshield in a small boat today scares the devil out of me. I have participated in search and rescue and worked in emergency rooms and critical care and witnessed the horrible things that can happen when someone does this, and the inevitable happens...read what happens and why.

Outboard Motors – The Good 'ole Days

#1 It Starts Every Time -- Almost ...see video

#2 Starting an Outboard Motor – the old fashioned way...see video

#3 Stranded Outboard Boat Gets a Chopper Tow...see video


COMPARE TESTED BOATS
by Type and Size


Bowriders...Click Here
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Deckboats...Click Here
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High-Performance...Click Here
Jet Drives...Click Here
Motoryachts...Click Here
PWCs...Click Here



You'veseen our captain's tests and video reports for years –now, we'd like tohear and see YOUR VIDEO report on YOUR boat.  Now is your chance totell us and our members what you like and don't like on your boat. 

All usable submissions will receive a $50 BoatTESTSTORE.com coupon.

Send YOUR Video report to mailto:editorial@boattest.com Be sure to include your first name, last name, email and video title and description or, mail to: Video Review, 51 Bank Street, Suite 2A, Stamford, CT 06901.

**Please send videos 10 MB or smaller




The BoatTESTSTORE.com has dozens of these fun inflatable toys at all price points and all at a big discount from list price. Click here.

You'll have the time of your life on this "water weenie" designed for 1 to 3 riders. Hot Dog has deluxe nylon-wrapped handles with neoprene knuckle guards. There are three neoprene seat pads for comfort and to help you stay on top. It's a whopping 8-1/2 ft. long x 44 inches wide. Click here to order and to watch video.

Viper - The bottoms are shaped like boat hulls which is the key to the unparalleled lively and stable ride.  The durable 30 gauge bladders are completely encased in durable double-stitched nylon, there is no exposed PVC. Click here to order and watch video.

Double Lounge - No man is an island. That is why we suggest you bring your closest friend to enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and contentment on this fabulous lounge. The Double Feel Good Lounge by Sportsstuff is equipped with 2 personal massager pillows, insulated drink holders, and padded footrest. Click here to order.

Rampage - A water-sports Rampage! This amazing new tube offers a thrill ride for one OR two people sitting, kneeling, in the prone position, or even sideways! The angled sides give this tube sensational action on the water while maintaining a great deal of stability. Click here to order.


WARNING: If you misuse these toys they can be dangerous or fatal. If one goes fast enough it is possible to "sail" some of these toys high in the air, with the result that a person will fall and be injured. Keep them on the water, tow them at a safe speed, always have one person driving and another person in the boat watching the towed toy. Read and follow the manufacturers' recommendations.

Click here to see all Water Toys for Sale at Discount Prices.

Thinking of Purchasing a Boat? Get a Background Check First

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

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.



Doral Intrigue
Luxury and spacious design are obvious on the Intrigue, which has generous room for overnights. The Intrigue measures 30' 6" and weighs 12,500 lbs. Top speed was recorded at 38.2 mph at 4700 rpm. Watch Video


Mako 234 CC
Aggressive chines on the 234 CC will help keep you dry as you charge offshore, and increased lifting surfaces get the hull higher out of the water improving overall performance. Click Here for Video


Cobalt 222
With an incredible choice of 26 possible engine options, the 222 has an engine package for everyone plus a whole lot more. She delivered a top speed of 48.7 mph with a 300-hp MerCruiser sterndrive. Watch Video


Boston Whaler 190 Montauk
The Montauk carries its wide beam all the way to the bow, giving this 190 much more room than typical 19 footers. This Montauk has an 8'0" beam and weighs 1,900 lbs. She ran a top speed of 38.6 mph turning 6000 rpm. Click Here for Video


Premier 221 Explorer
The 221 Explorer is packed with functional space, performance, and is ready for adventure. She hit a top speed of 25.2 mph with a single 90-hp Honda 4-stroke outboard. Watch Video


Larson Cabrio 330
Larson is the single point of contact for everything on board from stem to stern, and best of all, their Five to Life Limited Warranty is something to really talk about. Watch Video


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Docking in Front of a Crowd
With 100 people watching, the Skipper got it Wrong...learn more

 Submit Your  Experience--Click Here



Submit YOUR Videos-- and WIN!

We all have them -- videos we have taken aboard our boats, or have taken of other peoples' boats. Now turn them into valuable prizes by entering them in one or all of the categories listed below.  Our viewing members will be the judges – videos with the most votes win!
 Categories  First Place Prize
 1. Boating Bloopers
 Raymarine LifeTag
 2. Big Game Fishing
 Penn 50 Int. Reel
 3. Freshwater Fishing
 Shimano Reel
 4. Great Cruising Spot
 Fortress Anchor
 5. PWC Jumping
 Sterns Life Vest
 6. Wake Boarding
 Sterns Life Vest
 7. Water Skiing
 Sterns Life Vest
 8. How-To-Do-It
 ICOM VHF
 9. General Interest
 Airhead Water Toy

Send YOUR Video report to mailto:editorial@boattest.com Be sure to include your first name, last name, email and video titleand description or, mail to : Video Review, 51 Bank Street, Suite 2A,Stamford, CT 06901.
**Please send videos 10 MB or smaller


San Diego or Bust! The Race is on Again!
But along the west coast of India Money Runs Low

Press Release from Earthrace: Given the delays in Palau, Earthrace can no longer finish in Barbados inside record time.  We have therefore taken San Diego as our new start/finish line with an estimated arrival of 21 June 2007 and a new World Record!

See Earthrace Videos –"From Riches to Rags" click here.

Read the rest of the story...click here.

See Earthrace Video Trailer

Read Earthrace's Latest Adventures



BoatTEST Store is offering a wide variety of options when it comes to protecting your boat and dock. We are introducing from Taylor Made Products a full line of Dock Pro™ Vinyl Dock Edging.  Dock Pro™ Vinyl Dock Edging is molded twice and then molecularly bonded for extra durability and protection.  A tough inner core is surrounded with soft white vinyl for extra cushion against tough docks. Each piece installs easily to the edges of dock piers or floats with screws or nails. Available in popular profiles and a full range of lengths.  Click here to buy. 


Reading Improves the Mind!

BoatTEST recommends these books:

Boat Maintenance:  The Essential Guide to Cleaning, Painting, and Cosmetics by William M. Burr
Boats require constant care. Bill Burr's Boat Maintenance ends those costly searches by providing this comprehensive guide to the techniques and products that can preserve and protect your boat year after year.   

A must have for any boater! Click here to order.


My River Home: A Journey from the Gulf War to the Gulf of Mexico b y Marcus Eriksen.  

Eriksen recounts a personal shift from proud soldier to self-destructive veteran to engaged activist protesting the Iraq War while rafting down the Mississippi.  This is a classic story of a young man's return from war, and his search for peace. Click here to order.




Traveling by Land and Sea with the Magellan Crossover GPS
Captain Rob Smith tests out this GPS...read more





Extended Service Contracts
BoatTEST.com has partnered with SeaSafe to offer your 1998 or newer boat a wide menu of service contracts from 1 to 5 years in length on the whole boat, or just the engines, electronics, trailer, or other parts.  The rates are competitive and the polices are the most comprehensive in the business.

Click here for a price quote.
If you are a boat dealer,
click here.

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Bush Announces "Safe Boating Week"
Read the Full Proclamation...click here

Boat Explodes After Fueling
Exclusive to BTC News: See pictures and read report...click here

Motley Crew Fries Chicken
"Popeye's Famous Chicken" finished second...read about race

Haitians Blame T&C Patrol for 61 Deaths
They say a T&C Patrol boat rammed them...must read

Four Winns Expands Plant for New 45
Jacobs lauds company for sales growth in 2006...read more

Most Boats Sink at the Dock
Tips on preventing launching disasters...read more
NEW Yamaha 9.9-hp 4-Stroke Outboard Engine
As light as a 2-stroke and with two thrust options...read more

New Back Cove 33 Popular
Company says Spring sales exceed expectations...read more

Aluminum Company Targets Boaters
Aluminum Chambered Boats (ACB), Inc. has turned its sights on the recreational boater..read more

NEW Boat Concept: RIB + PWC
Can't afford a megayacht for your PWC?...no problem

Avoid Dams – on Both Sides!
Reverse currents at the bottom and powerful currents at the top...read more

Man's Best Friend Saves Man
In an episode right out of "Lassie" -- a true story...read more
Be sure to check out http://www.informz.net/z/cmVkNS5hc3A/bWk9NDQwMDM4JnA9MSZ1PTAmbGk9MTQ4MDc4Mg/index.html for tests of the latest models.
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