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Court
Ruling Could Kill Boating
Police could stop boaters at launch ramps, says NMMA President

In September, 2006, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a 34-year-old exemption for recreational boats from an EPA regulation intended to stop ballast water discharge from ocean-going freighters and tankers in U.S. waters. If a higher court or the U.S. Congress does not act, 18 million boats will be required to have special EPA permits that could cost $800 or more, according to Thom Dammrich, president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). The court's ruling goes into effect in September, 2008 – unless something is done.

See Exclusive Interview with Thom Dammrich...
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Contact your Congressional Representatives...
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NEW Cobalt 46Z Yacht – 1st Peek!
Cobalt's New 375,000' Yacht Factory on Lake Tellico, Tenn...see video

Ranger Build– "Best Practices"
President Randy Hopper takes us through a "State-of-the-Art" factory that uses "Best Practices" from start to finish...see video


Former President Bush Docking Blooper
No wonder the Secret Service cleared the dock...See Video

Send YOUR Boating Bloopers to mailto:editorial@boattest.comBe 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.

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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 title and description or, mail to : Video Review, 51 Bank Street, Suite 2A, Stamford, CT 06901.

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USCG Says... "Just Wear It!"


Most states require that children 12 and under wear lifevests on boats at all times. 84% of all boat-related drownings occur from boats 26' and under.





You've seen our captain's tests and video reports for years –now, we'd like to hear and see YOUR VIDEO report on YOUR boat. Now is your chance to tell 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 fun inflatable toys at all price points and all at a big discount from the list price.  Click here to see all water toy products.

Click here to watch Airhead's Jumbo Dog in action.
Click here to watch the Matrix V3 video.

The Rock-N-Roll Mega Bowl is filled to the brim with action-packed enjoyment. The first ever bowl shaped towable can be rocked back and forth and rolled side to side as you barrel your way across the water. You can connect multiple Mega Bowls together so everyone can join in the fun! Jam solo, or have a Rock-N-Roll Mega Bowl party! Click here to order.

Children will love sitting in this "giant size sneaker" as they "Cruiz" around the lake! The Tow Shoes are ideal for pulling the little ones around in water and the high-top backrest makes it easy for them to stay in place.  Make the most of your summer with the new high-top Tow Shoes from Sportsstuff.  Click here to order.


Guaranteed to put a smile on any kid's face.  Peel-out with the Kids Kooper racing towable, equipped with a clear PVC windshield, checkerboard play mirrors, authentic racing graphics, and safety bucket seating.  Our Kids stuff is engineered with children's safety in mind. 
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4-Rider space-ship inspired towable spins on its axis like a top as you pull it behind your boat! Vary the spin speed by driving the boat faster or slower. You don't want to spin? No problem. Just thread the tow rope through the "No spinning" harness and UFO provides a more conventional tube ride. Spin to the cosmos with UFO! Click here to order.

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

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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.



Seaswirl Striper 3301
The Striper 3301 combines a great fishing design with a cabin comfortable enough to take the family along on excursions. We tested this model with twin 250-hp Yamaha 4-strokes. To see how she performed click here.    


Formula 310 Sun Sport
The 310 Sun Sport – designed to fill the void between the popular 280 and 330 offers a sensible layout, impressive performance, and excellent fit and finish. On test day the 310 delivered close to 50 mph with twin 320-hp MerCruisers. Watch Video


Mako 264 CC
This boat has been revised over the years, but what still holds true is her terrific heritage and tough-as-nails, no-nonsense build.  With a 21-degree deadrise, you get stability and speed.  Watch Video


Watch a video on how we test
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Doral Elite 265

The 265 BR Elite is the queen of this series and delivers opulence and performance for the growing family. Our test boat was powered by a 320-hp Volvo 5.7 GXi sterndrive. Click here for Video


Triton 225 DC

The 225 Dual Console is a fishing rig at heart, but she offers comforts for the family which her a versatile platform for an array of water activities. With a 225-hp Honda 4-stroke our test boat topped 49 mph on test day.       Click for Video


Yamaha VX Cruiser

This model features a three-person design, 110-hp engine, and three color combinations. One of the most important features of the VX Cruiser is Yamaha's Cruiser seat. To see how the VX Cruiser performed Click Here.

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Service Contracts Are Available Here
Raise the value of your boat, sell it faster, get peace of mind

Capt. Rob Smith, Director of Testing, explains...See Video

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36' Windsor Craft

Back Cove 33

Bentley 184 Pontoon

Carver 42 Super Sport
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Caravelle 232 Interceptor

Cruisers Yachts  330

Tahoe 215

F
our Winns 378 Vista with IPS

Wellcraft 252 CC



Hit a 15' Red Sea Buoy – No Way!
With three chart plotters and 2 radars, how could I hit a Sea Buoy?
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See Earthrace Videos –"From Riches to Rags"click here.

Monsoons, Indian Bureaucracy and Deli Belly Knock Out Crew
Read the latest adventures of Earthrace...click here


Fortress Anchors
Light, Strong, Lots of Holding Power

New anchor designs always get a big play in the boating press, but then after a couple of years they usually fade into the rest of the gray hardware at marine supply stores. An exception to this is the Fortress Anchor. Each year it becomes more and more popular, and it is even turning up as standard equipment on some large, high-quality yachts.

The US Navy and US Coast Guard have tested the anchor, as have most major American boating magazines, and virtually all sources have pronounced it superior in holding power to conventional anchors. BoatTEST.com is adding its name to the growing list of Fortress fans.

Why do we recommend it? Click Here

Fortress Promotion & Informational...See Video

"FAQ" about Fortress Anchors...See Video

Reading Improves the Mind!

BoatTEST recommends these books:

Ring of Ice: True Tales of Adventure, Exploration, and Arctic Life by Peter Stark. In this anthology, Stark offers a documentary history of the changing views of the Artic over the past two and a half centuries. Beginning in 1741 to the present, Ring of Ice presents vivid, frigid and often bloody stories of marooned crews, rescues, stories of survival, skill as told through dozens of native poems and legends as well as some of today' best writers. Click here to order.

Outboard Motors Maintenance and Repair Manual by Jean-luc Pallas. This manual provides superb step-by-step photographs and detailed diagrams that enable every owner to understand the workings of their outboard motor and the ability to fix it with relative ease. This is a must have for every outboard motor owner.Click here to order.



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Shimano Wins Top Award at IGFA Bash
Over 3,000 world records caught with Shimano gear...read more
 
Florida Man Catches his 200th IGFA World Record
First person to reach 200 records ---and he's not stopping there...read more
 
Top Female Takes 27 IFGA Record Fish
IGFA names her "Top Female" for 2nd time...read more

Boater Slams into Tree at Night
Island gets in speeding boater's way; Hurts his head...read more
 
Florida Dolphins Getting Sick and Tumors
Indian River Lagoon ruined by noxious drainage and trash...read more 
Steering Cable Snaps—Man Drowns
Three men (sans life vests) thrown from 20' Carolina Skiff...read more

Another Flyboy Augers In
A pilot crashes looking for friend's boat as he talks on cell phone...read more

Washington: Boating Ed Mandatory in 2008
The state takes proactive step to teach safety...read more

Brunswick Gives $500K in Scholarships
Children of Brunswick employees receive grants...read more

Arctic Melting Fast – What it Means to YOU!
Plus, incredible underwater photos of polar bears...must read

Tall Ships on the East Coast
Don't Miss 25 Tall Ships...read schedule
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