New Volvo Penta OceanX:
Saltwater Ready With 4-Year Warranty
Stern drive lower units have faced serious challenges during the last 50 years as anyone who has owned one in saltwater can attest. Corrosion, particularly where dissimilar metals meet or where the unit is scratched, and water intrusion into the lower gear case and U-joint bellows, have historically caused pre-mature lower-unit failure. Last year Volvo Penta introduced its solution to this problem -- its a new lower unit called "OceanX." The whole outdrive has a titanium-ceramic coating which has been applied using a SOTA electro-deposition process. Volvo Penta says its new drive is up to four times more corrosion resistant than conventional drives in saltwater. Today we look at how these new OceanX lower units performed during a standard BoatTEST.com
Take a look...
New World Cat 290 CC:
Largest 29' CC On the Planet
The new World Cat 290 CC is about six months old and we continue to be astounded at the amount of storage and built-in amenities this boat has. When compared to monohull center consoles, of course, it has an unfair advantage. With a beam of 9'6" (2.9 m) there is just simply far more space in this fishing machine than in conventional center consoles. So not only does the 290 CC provide a wide, stable platform, its two hulls also make possible storage not found on boats with lesser volume.
Our captain takes a video look at what sets the World Cat 290 CC apart from other fishing boats...
New Tiara 4300 Open:
Have It Your Way
There’s a new flagship at Tiara, and it’s a doozy: The Tiara 4300 Open lets you have all the advantages of an open sportfisherman even if you never wet a line, and doesn't make you pay for lots of fishing gear that you'll never use. On the other hand, if you are an angling addict and want all that fishy gear, Tiara will build your 4300 tournament-ready. Or, you can land somewhere in-between. In short, you can have your 4300 Open just the way you want it. And no matter what way that is, you'll get a first-class boat from a company known for both quality and integrity.
Tiara was about five years ahead of the rest of the industry on this approach, so let's see what the folks in Holland, Michigan are up to now...
Fairline Targa 52 GT:
European-designed power yachts -- especially large express cruisers -- have a decidedly different style from their American cousins. European yachts are, generally speaking, sleeker, more “styled,” with James Bond-ian helm stations, Euro-trendy interiors and Riviera-nymphette-ready sundecks. A good example is the Fairline Targa 52 GT, but with a twist: It’s built in sun-starved England. The U.K. has a culture deeply rooted in the sea, maritime history, and the sport of yachting. The Brits take their boats seriously and so do we.
So, put aside your bangers and mash and join us on the Targa 52 GT...
Formula 40 PC:
Beauty and Styling with IPS
Formula has made the IPS drives standard on the 40 PC and that speaks volumes about not only the IPS, but also about Formula's customers as well. The Formula 40 PC (for Performance Cruiser) is a concept that this premium-quality boat builder pioneered long ago by melding the high-performance of its go-fast boats with the accommodations and amenities of a Euro-styled express cruiser. Over the last couple of years with dozens of IPS-powered boats in the water all over the world, Formula has come to trust the reliability of the Volvo Penta pod drive/joystick system. Of course, the IPS's increased speed and efficiency is legendary. In case you're wondering, the 40 PC is actually 42'7" (13.10 m) length overall.
Let's take a fresh look...
Meridian Yachts Factory Tour
When you do something wrong, you hope no one notices. But when you get it right... well, that’s another matter entirely. Meridian Yachts has been one of the most successful builders of late and there’s a reason for that. They offer quality boats at a reasonable price, in a time when others are scrambling to get their act together in the new paradigm. Of course the build method has a lot to do with both the seaworthiness and price of the boat, so we decided to take a tour of Meridian's new Palm Coast facility and see first-hand how things are done.
Put on your hard hat and safety goggles...
Grand Banks 65 Aleutian RP:
Fast -- Or -- Long-Range Cruiser
Folks tend to equate “Grand Banks” with “trawlers,” but the company has come a long
way since introducing leisurely, low-speed powerboats back in the 1960s. In those
days, a trawler – more properly, “trawler yacht,” since they were really nothing
like a true, round-bilged, fat-bodied trawler – was the last refuge for aging sailors.
Not so today: Grand Banks builds relatively fast boats that can go slow if you want.
The builder's displacement-speed-only boats have been quietly dropped from the Grand
Banks line. One of the company's boats that we have always especially liked is the
65 Aleutian Raised Pilothouse. This is the model that launched the Aleutian Series,
and has more recently been redesigned and restyled. She looks like a displacement
LRC, but she can get up and hustle. Take a look...
Monterey 400 Sport Yacht:
Queen of the Fleet
Monterey's 400 Sport Yacht, the largest model in that company's comprehensive line-up,
lives in a very populous neighborhood. It seems as if every boatbuilder working
in this size range has an express cruiser targeted at couples or families who want
a boat for simply having daytime fun on the water and accommodations enough for
taking the occasional cruise. The mission of the 400 SY and others like it is to
provide these non-piscatorial boaters a balance of speed, comfort, versatility and
value – to give them a boat they can enjoy for a couple of hours on a Saturday,
or a couple of weeks on vacation, or anything in-between. If you see yourself here, you know what to do...
Norway's Windy 42 Grand Bora:
Seaworthy Three-Cabin Express
Viking long boats circa 800 CE are still considered marvels of naval architecture. They were noted for being, light, fast, and extremely seaworthy. Today, Norway is still a seafaring nation and the culture there places great emphasis on the importance of boats of all sizes to its citizens' way of life. Windy is not only Norway's premier builder of express cruisers, but it is also one of the best builders of this type of boat in all of Europe, as well. You can thank the Vikings for that -- it
must be in their genes. Join us as we take a tour of the WIndy 42 Grand Bora...
Rodman 1250 ADV Flybridge:
Spanish IPS Cruiser for the Med
Whether you’re into offshore fishing, or cruising, the Spanish builder Rodman 1250 ADV has a boat for you. Rodman builds a dozen powerboat models from cabin cruisers in the mid-20-foot range (8 m) to 74' (23 m) motoryachts. Founded in 1974 the company is one of the most diversified boat builders in Europe building everything from an America's Cup sailboat to commercial vessels for oil rigs. Rodman offers the 1250 in cruise or fish mode, and both of those styles come in regular, or the more upscale “advanced” (ADV) style seen in our video tour. We think this dual stateroom, single head boat has a lot going for it.
Join us for a pleasant surprise...
England's Princess 54 FY:
A Princess By Any Other Name...
With the 2011 model year, the Princess Yachts name will be used in the Western Hemisphere after being called Viking Sport Cruisers there for the last 15 years. Certainly Princess is a world-wide brand and we have seen them all around the planet. One of the models that has always caught our eye and we find ourselves coming back to her again and again, is the 54 Motoryacht. We are drawn to the boat because of its timeless, classic lines, its accommodation plan, and the fact that it is full of thoughtful, good yacht-building details.
Join us to see what we mean...
You Asked For It... Here It Is: The BoatTEST.com
Boating Course on DVD!
We're happy and proud to announce that BoatTEST.com's Boating Course, narrated by
our own Capt. Steve is now available in a box set of 4 DVDs. Now you can watch it
in the comfort of your living room on your TV. With over 10 hours of video instruction
on 4 DVDs, this course has more video content than any other recreational boating
course available! It is the definitive “Professional Guide for the Average Boater”...
loaded with real-world examples, and how-to do it instruction. This course will
take you from beginner to the professional level of boating knowledge, or if you
are an old salt, it will remind you of all the things you have forgotten. And, it's
great for the whole family! To order your box set of 4 DVDs...
19% More Assistance
Calls This July 4th
Sea Tow reports that during the past July 4th weekend, which is traditionally one of the most active weekends of the boating year in the U.S., there was a 19% increase in marine assistance calls over last year. The company says that the excessive heat that blanked the central and northeastern U.S. seaboard and a general increase in boating activity accounted for the rise in calls. What was most interesting to us was the breakdown for what the assistance calls to Sea Tow were actually for.
To rescue that info...
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Evinrude Offers 5-Year Limited Warranty Until Sept. 6
From time to time the major outboard makers offer an extended warranty program for a limited time to create a sales incentive. On Monday we received an urgent press release from the folks at Evinrude telling us that from now until Sept 6, 2010 they will be extending their factory warranty from its normal 3-year term to five years on their engines of 25-hp and greater. We think that extended engine warrantees are a great value, so if you have been thinking about buying an outboard, consider giving this offer a look-see.
Read the press release...
Shurhold Video Test:
Buff Magic Taken to Task!
Owning a fiberglass yacht with a shiny, gleaming surface is one of the joys of boat ownership. But the hard work that goes into creating that look isn't so much fun. In order to find out how well Yacht Brite Buff Magic and Pro Polish work, we recently tested on a severely neglected hull. Capt. Steve followed the standard procedures, applied the products, and all the while our camera crew was shooting video tape.
See for yourself what our tests turned up...
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Gulf Oil Spill Affect
On Boats' A/C Systems
In response to the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Dometic Marine -- the world's largest maker of marine air conditioning -- has issued "Guidance Notes" regarding the operation of any water-cooled air-conditioning and refrigeration systems affected by oil.
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Accident of the Week
Barge Runs Down
Disabled Duck Killing Two
How many times have you seen small recreational boats dart in front of slow-moving commercial vessels, just for "the fun of it."? The pictures above show the tragic consequences if the small boat loses power. The excursion Duck in the picture above had engine failure in the Delaware River last Saturday and could not get out of the 250' barge's way. Emergency radio calls to the tug went unanswered. Commercial vessels have limited maneuverability and visibility -- even if someone is paying attention at the helm.
See the video, read the story...
How To Make Boat Water Drinkable
Ask any ten boaters what they think of their onboard freshwater quality and at least half of them will admit to not using it for drinking purposes. Yet keeping onboard water supplies good tasting and drinkable isn’t rocket science (although some components may be traced to the Space Program). Our old friend Capt. Pauley has offered to fill us in on how to keep our boat water tasty. Take the plunge here...
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experience your own permanent vacation! Watch a constant parade of yachts as they pass out the harbor from Stamford's many marinas and clubs. Moor your boat in front of your house in deep water. One of only 12 houses in Stamford with views of Manhattan both day and night. Ideal for a yachtsman's
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Lesson of the Week
How to Approach an Inlet and Dock
in a Strong Current
This week Capt. Steve goes over seven new lessons and guidelines on how to dock your boat in a strong current and how to carefully approach an inlet in heavy waves. Capt. Steve will demo some approaches that show you how to dock going into the current,
and he’ll also go over how to dock with the tide behind you, and how to slowly drift into the dock with the tide. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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