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IPS vs. Zeus
First Performance Numbers
Shoot out at the OK Doral! Who got winged?
Doral's Alegria 45 is more than OK, and is the FIRST boat powered by BOTH the IPS and Zeus Systems.

435-hp Volvo Penta IPS


480-hp CMD Zeus Drive

The opening salvo of the "Pod Drive Wars" between Volvo Penta's IPS and Cummins MerCruiser Diesel's (CMD) Zeus took place on August 15th on the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Canada. Word began slipping out the following week and for the last month rumors have been slowly working their way through the design departments of powerboat builders around the world. In fact, the engineers of one builder even stopped work, we're told, on a new boat until the smoke clears on the issue.

As it turns out,'s Director of Testing, Capt. Bob Smith, tested the Alegria 45 two days before the boat-to-boat shootout.

Now that the smoke has cleared, here is the first full report with test numbers for BOTH the IPS and Zeus drives -- in the Alegria 45... pull the trigger here.

To see Capt. Smith's test video and full report on the Alegria 45 with CMD Zeus Drive... click here

To see's Alegria 45 performance with conventional CMD inboard diesel power vs. CMD Zeus pod drive... click here

Solas Props'
New Hub Design Promises
Greater Performance Director of Testing, Capt. Bob Smith, investigates new Solas hub design.

Solas Props recently introduced a new, patented hub design which reduces prop slip and vibration, and increases torque transfer.  To find out how it works and which engines it is for... click here.

New Device Keeps Tight
Tabs On Diesel Fuel Use

FloScan Unit Can Now
be Hooked to Chartplotters

The FloScan Series N2K Diesel Fuel Monitoring System (above) will transmit fuel-flow data to displays from Raymarine, Lowrance and other marine electronics displays. The data includes everything from gallons per hour burned to fuel needed to get to your next waypoint.

With the high price of fuel—both diesel and gas—boaters are becoming more aware of how much they're burning and what speeds and RPM settings get them the most bang for the buck.

A new system from FloScan will allow boaters with diesel-powered vessels to monitor fuel usage through navigational displays from Raymarine, Simrad, Lowrance and other well-known brands... click here for full report.

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The USCG Says:
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Deadly amounts of CO can gather at the swim platform within minutes.

The Coast Guard has issued a safety alert that advises boaters not to use handheld showers at or near the swim platform if either the gas-powered engine(s) and/or genset is in use. The Coast Guard also warns boat owners to never connect a hand-held shower system to the engine's raw-water open cooling system. To read more... click here.

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Outboards vs. Sterndrive Diesels?
A Pair of Suzuki 250-hp 4-strokes
Takes on Twin Yanmar 260-hp I/Os

The Glacier Bay 3080 with twin Suzuki DF250s.

The Glacier Bay 3080 with twin sterndrives (260-hp Yanmar diesels and MerCruiser Bravo 3 drives).

It used to be that if you wanted a long-lasting marine powerplant, the choice of a diesel engine was a no-brainer. But with the emergence of more reliable, higher horsepower, and longer warranties on 4-stroke outboards, now they are an option to seriously consider.

Diesels vs. Outboards in the Glacier Bay 3080... let the fun begin.

New Formula
310 Bowrider

If this isn't the "ultimate" bowrider, it is close to it.

The Formula 310 Bowrider has most of the amenities of far larger boats.

If you are the kind of person who wants the very latest in technology and the best in quality in everything you buy – and you want a new bowrider – then you absolutely must watch our video as Capt. Bob Smith takes and in-depth look at the new Formula 310 bowride. Even if you are NOT interested in a 31' bowrider, you need to see what Formula has done and how they are changing the way boats are designed these days... see the complete test and video.

Brands Currently Using Pod Drives

Over 100 boat models world-wide are now available with IPS drives.

In our opinion the pod drive concept mated with joystick technology is the most important innovation to hit the boating industry since the introduction of fiberglass. By making boat handling so easy, and by making boats over 30% more fuel efficient at cruising speeds, we think this development will do more to help the sport grow than most anything else the industry can do.

Volvo Penta has stolen the march on Cummins MerCruiser Diesel (CMD) by nearly two years and as a result its revolutionary IPS is now being used by over 50 boat builders word-wide, and is being installed in well over 100 models. CMD has, so far, signed up four builders of record.

To find out which brands offer IPS and Zeus pod drives... click here

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The Coast Guard has issued a recall of 7,500 BFA Marine life rafts after the company, owned by Zodiac, identified some failures of over-pressurization valves on four different models manufactured from 1997 to 2006. To find out more... click here

Blowing in the Wind

When I was in my 20s and a charter boat captain on Cape Cod in the 1970s, I owned a 42-foot single-screw, full-keel diesel Bruno and Stillman with a flying bridge. It was a great 12-knot, rough-water fishing boat. But it was not ideal for towing in a friend on this windy day... read more

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Children Rescued From Sinking Vessel
Boat saved; other passengers take her home... read what happened

Satellites Now Map Water Quality
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Maine Bluefin Tuna Catch Down 34%
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Man Overboard Killed in Rescue
Retrieval of 22-year-old Mass. man ends in tragedy... learn more
Pumping Water Aboard Sinks Boat
Two go down with commercial fishing vessel... learn more

Third Brake Light Makes Trailering Safer
Plus, it's a long-lasting LED... read about it

Coast Guard Intercepts Cuban Migrants
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