Formula 37 PC:
Tested with Axius
Our most recent test of the Formula 37 PC was conducted on a boat equipped with the optional Axius joystick for close-quarters maneuvering. Since our test
boat was docked with only inches to spare both fore and aft, and an adverse current
was flowing under pilings, even Captain Steve was relieved to discover the boat
was equipped with an Axius joystick. Will the good captain finally get his
Find out here...
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Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.:
High-Tech With Operator Benefits
The amount of thought and engineering that has gone into the Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O. is remarkable and the benefits to the boat owner are many. We made a video recently to explain how these features pay-off for the consumer in terms or fewer maintenance issues, better performance and cost savings.
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Sea Ray 280 Sundancer:
Easy Introduction to Cruising
Sea Ray’s 280 Sundancer is designed to be a transitional boat for those stepping up from a dayboat to a real cruising boat. She can accommodate a small family overnight,
entertain friends during daytime cruises, as well as be a watersports tow boat on
steroids. We recently tested the 280 Sundancer.
Boston Whaler 230 Vantage:
Wakeboarding from a Whaler?
Boston Whaler's new Vantage Series of dual console, "do-anything" day boats, includes the 230 Vantage shown above. Yes, this venerable old brand is closely associated with fishing, but at least half of its owners use their boats for most everything else as well. Boston Whaler is capitalizing on that phenomenon by introducing the dual console 230 Vantage. She weighs 5,595 lbs. (2,538 kgs.) with an engine
and will be just at home in freshwater as she will in saltwater.
Let's take a detailed look...
Chaparral 310 Signature:
Stylish Express Cruiser
The team at Chaparral set out to create a luxury express cruiser with sportboat handling characteristics when they designed the 310 Signature. With standard
power she topped out at 43.6 mph. Let's take a look at the full captain’s report...
Sylvan Mirage 8522LZ:
She's A Hole-Shot Wizard
The Sylvan Mirage 8522 comes in two different versions, with only slight changes to the layout differentiating between the CR and LZ versions. Our time onboard the LZ version showed her to be a comfortable boat in a brisk chop and forgiving in sloppy conditions generated by 20 mph winds. With her Revolutionary Planing Technology (RPT) tubes we stayed comfortable and dry at speed.
Read our captain's report...
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Yamaha's Entry-Level Jet Boat
Here's an instance where the term "entry-level" is a misnomer -- we only call her
that because of her size and price. This boat lacks for very little and has a top speed of 50.6 mph with a single engine. She also has amenities such as Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode. Most important is her "Thrust Directional Enhancer" to make docking
easier. How did it work? Find out here...
Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht:
2 Staterooms, Full Galley & Forward Salon
For yachting folks who like their on-water fun to be both fast and luxurious but don't need or want the headaches of owning the Queen Mary, the Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht might be just the answer. She is powered by four 350-hp outboard engines and she topped off at 58 mph WOT during our tests. Best cruise was 37 mph with a range over 250 nautical miles. How about Nassau for lunch then overnight in the Abacos? Next day, do a little fishing in the deep blue. We think this boat has the tropics written all over it.
The NC11 (for 11 meters "New Concept") is a twin cabin boat with a single head and a versatile main deck that can be used in several different ways simply by moving the furniture around. The boat was designed to fit the needs of a cruising couple or a young family looking to share an adventure on the water. Best of all, she is a remarkably easy boat to handle. She comes with either single or twin sterndrive propulsion. We have always thought of her as a small summer cottage on the water.
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Southport 27 CC:
Designed to Handle Big Water
The Southport 27 CC was specifically designed for rugged conditions often found when venturing offshore. Part two of the design goal was to build a CC that was also pleasing to the eye. This boat is a C. Raymond Hunt design which speaks volumes
about her gold-plated pedigree.
Let's take a look...
Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3:
Large Enough For A Rock Concert…
When gross seating capacity is the mission, then the Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 should be considered. The toons are 26" in diameter and the gross weight of this vessel is 3,715 lbs. (1,688 kgs.) dry. The standard boat comes with a 200-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS, a 2-stroke engine for low-end torque. MSRP with engine but without a trailer is $39,995.
Let the party begin...
On the Water Programming
The team at Tigé has brought innovation and technology to the instrument panel of their popular wakeboats. In this world of people who can't figure out how to stop the microwave from blinking "12:00", they thoughtfully made it intuitive
to use. Once a perfect ride is dialed in, then those parameters with the name of the person at the end of the towline can be saved and there’s no fiddling the next time. And there’s much more...
So let’s take a look...
Boat Buying Tips
25 Check Points
With so many choices, figuring out which sportboat is best is not an easy task. With every builder saying that its' boats are the highest quality, have the best features, and are the best value, what is a consumer to do? Our suggestion is to do what our test captains do: look at the details and compare them boat-to-boat. BoatTEST.com captains use a check list of 25 points to inspect before writing their Captain's Reports on the boats they test. Here is the list and a detailed explanation of Point #1 -- Performance.
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Fog Signals and Overview
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This week Capt. Steve uses 15 video clips to give guidelines on fog signals and navigation lights. It’s important to know what to do when fog suddenly comes rolling.
Capt. Steve also goes over the basics on navigation lights, what they mean, and what’s required when running at night, and at anchor. These are basic rules which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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