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Project Apollo:
Joystick Technology
Meets the Sterndrive

"One large step for boaters, one giant step for the sport." That's how we would characterize MerCruiser's revolutionary new Apollo Drive – a system that takes the software technology from the Zeus pod drive and applies it to conventional twin sterndrive installations. The result is a sterndrive boat that is so easy to dock in tight quarters that even a caveman – or cavewoman – could do it! It may well prove to be the best innovation to hit the sport since fiberglass.

MerCruiser has kept the Apollo Drive "Top Secret" until it released the news last Monday, June 11th. To read the first full report...click here.

Capt. Rob Smith interviews the man behind the revolutionary Apollo System, Reinhard Burk...see video
 
This Stern Drive spins on a dime and moves sideways as easy as a twist of the wrist...see video
 
Changing from Joystick to conventional steering is automatic...see video
 



Baja Marine:
High-Performance Builder Backed by Brunswick

Baja Marine's technology has allowed this builder of sport boats and higher-performance boats to produce some of the lightest, fastest, and most fuel-efficient vessels on the market today in it class range. We looked at the 2007 Baja 35 Outlaw at the Mercury Media X-Cursion in June to find out exactly what sets Baja apart from it's competition. BoatTEST.com's Chris Hughes interviews Baja president David Olson.

Baja leverages Brunswick's horsepower...watch video


Baja leads in technology...watch video



Bowriders:
We test 65 bowriders, including 14 vessels
25 feet or larger.



The Cobalt 302 is one of the largest bowriders on the market, with an LOA of 31 feet, 6 inches with its swim platform.

Need a boat for swimming, sunbathing, watersports, and transporting family and friends quickly and safely to your favorite anchorage or beach? The bowrider gets the job done in all of these areas. And boat manufacturers are pumping out bigger bowriders all the time.

Find out why bowriders are getting bigger and better and compare the 65 bowriders we've tested...click here.




Have PWCs Made Their Peace
With the Boating Industry?

Once a Considered a Nuisance to "Real" Boaters, the Bru-Ha-Ha Seems to have Subsided...and PWC Sales are UP


NMMA President Thom Dammrich gives his take on the matter...see video





Roses and Brick Bats

Read what choice comments our readers had this week...

To Rate Your Boat or dealer, or to



Water Toys for Big Boys

See Reader's "James Bond Saucer" Video...click here
(J.S., Sacramento Delta)

Send YOUR Boating Bloopers 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. The best blooper of the week will receive a $50 coupon to our ship's store.

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Safety Lanyards:
The Boat's "Safety Belt"


One of the easiest ways to help protect you and crew from the potential hazards of a fall overboard is to wear your safety lanyard. Click here to read more.




You've seen our captain's tests and video reports for years. Now we'd like to hear and see YOUR VIDEO. 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.


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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.

First Look:
New Tiara 5800 Sovran

The First US Boat with triple Volvo Pod Drives


S2 Yachts has deposits on 15 of these yachts thatutilize the fuel-efficiency advantages of Volvo's IPS pod drives. This boatreally lets the sunshine in with its abundance of windows and innovative "skygalley." For the first in-depth look at this high-tech 58-footer, click here.




Doral Alegria

The Alegria, a 45-foot sport yacht, provides all the creature comforts for extended cruises. With twin 500-hp diesels, the vessel tops out at 32 mph. WATCH VIDEO


Carver 42 Super Sport

The Carver offers the performance benefits of Volvo's innovative IPS pod drives, which make docking and low-speed maneuvering virtually stress-free.  WATCH VIDEO


Yamaha SX 230

Are you a first-time boater looking for a 10-seater that packs enough power for all types of watersports? The Yamaha SX 230 should be on your shopping list. Take a close look at the affordable SX230. WATCH VIDEO



Pro-Line 35 Express

This serious offshore fishing platform provides the amenities in its large cabin that are comparable to many express cruisers. WATCH VIDEO



Everglades 350 CC

The 350's wraparound windshield and fold-away fighting chair separate it from the rest of the center console pack. The boat comes with an impressive list of standard fishing features. WATCH VIDEO


JC Pontoon SportToon 25 TT

Customize all you want with this 25-footer from one of the most respected builders in the business. With a single 225-hp four-stroke, she gets a jaw-dropping 5.2 miles to the gallon. WATCH VIDEO

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Capt. Bob explains the BoatTEST.com procedure...see video


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

As your boat gets older, the cost of coverage goes up...See Video

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Featured: Sea Vee 390
Large Fishing/Cruising CC was Tested with Four 300-hp Mercury Verados



BoatTEST.com Editor Chris Landry takes a close look at hull #1 of the Sea Vee 390 powered by Four 300-hp Verados.  Chris liked what he saw both in the boat, and in the vastly improved fuel-effeciency on the supercharged Verados from Mercury.
For complete report...click here/Pix



Four Winns 378 

Boston
Whaler 200

Tiara 4700 Sovran

Tigι RZ2

Baja 35 Outlaw

Defiance
260

Polar Kraft V186T


Larson Cabrio 330

Wellcraft 360 Coastal

Tracker V-18

Cruisers Yachts 497

C-Dory Tomcat 255





Anchor Check
Twenty-four footer drags anchor at high speed...smashes boat. Passengers OK
Lesson #7...Click Here

Submit Your Experience and win $100 Coupon for BoatTESTSTORE


Seloc Manuals Now On-Line

Seloc takes repair into the 21st century by allowing users to access their electronic database via the internet for up-to-the-minute information on their engine.  All of the quality and content you've come to expect from Seloc print manuals is there, plus quick access buttons for Repair, Maintenance Intervals, Spec Charts, and Wiring Diagrams.

Information retrieval is easy thru Quick Access tabs, Explorer-style Table of Contents or a hyper-linked Search Index.  Seloc also created a growing parts database with thousands of parts offered by Sierra International.  And finally, new this year is a dealer/retailer locator database which allows you to search for parts and service providers by zip code.

Subscribing to SelocOnLine allows the user unlimited access to a single make/model/year engine and drive system for one (1) or three (3) years.

One Year Subscriptions: Only $14.95

Three Year Subscription: Only $36.95

Watch Video on the ease of use here

See our other recommended products



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Sea Wolf
  by Jack London – A true Jack London Classic, you won't be able to put in down...click here to purchase.






Two Years Before the Mast: A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea by Richard Henry Dana, Jr. Tracing an awe-inspiring oceanic route from Boston, around Cape Horn, to the California coast, Two Years Before the Mast is both a riveting story of adventure and the most eloquent, insightful account we have of life at sea in the early nineteenth century. Richard Henry Dana is only nineteen when he abandons the patrician world of Boston and Harvard for an arduous voyage among real sailors, amid genuine danger. Click here to purchase.



BoatTEST Video Store is Proud to Present
Under the Waves DVD Series--For Students Pre-K to 4th Grade

Under the Waves DVD Series is a colorful and exciting tool for studentsto explore the depths of the sea. Gold Medal Olympic Swimmer MikeBarrowman leads the underwater adventure to educate students on thewonders of life in the world's oceans and to teach students about thesea creatures that make their homes 1,000 feet under the surface.  Eachepisode features several fun marine creatures and identifies both theircommon and scientific names, as well as information about how eachlives.  A brilliant mix of education and beautiful underwater footage.

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3 Sturgeon Attacks Reported
Two Boaters Left Unconscious as Sturgeons Strike Back...read more/pix

Boat Hits Breakwater at Night
At 30 MPH a Hangover is the Least of Driver's Problems...read WHY

Barge Runs Down Fishing Boat
Sunday Afternoon Boaters Were Anchored in a Narrow Channel and Awake...what happened?

Army Corps Sued in River Death
Suit Claims Danger Signs Not Posted above Daguerre Dam...what happened?

146-lb. Wahoo Cayman Record
A 20-year-old Cayman Island record broken...read more/pix
"Top 10" Places for Boating Fireworks
"Discover Boating" makes its own "Top 10" List...read more

Boat/US Piranha Bites USCG Admiral
USCG Considering Testing and Licensing All Boaters...must read

Basic Questions About Boat Insurance
You Need To Know What is Really Insured...read more

Wisconsin Testing Breakwater Lighting
Unique Attempt to Reduce Accidents at Entrance to Harbor...read more

Boat Explodes After Fueling

27' Dive Boat in Key Largo, FL Blows at Gas Dock...read more/pix

Hatteras Fishing Classic with 500k Purse
The 3rd Annual "Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic" has 39 Boats...read more/Pix

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