9 Videos // Mercury Glass Dash // Flyer 6 // Regal 32 - 03/12/2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Mercury Glass Dash
- Regal 32 Express
- Premier 250 Solaris
- Tahoe 215 Xi
- Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan
- Beneteau Flyer 6
- Cruisers Yachts 430 SC
- Bayliner 195 Bowrider
- Robalo 206 Cayman
- Jeanneau Velasco 43
- Tracker Pro Team 190 TX
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Mercury Glass Dash:
Making Data Integration Easy

Mercury Glass Dash
The new Glass Dash from Mercury/Simrad offers functionality and connectivity previously reserved for larger ships and megayachts.

The new "Glass Dash" from Mercury Marine in partnership with Simrad Electronics creates a sea-change in how boaters can receive information from today well into the future. It’s an all-glass dash that integrates the engine systems, boat functions, navigation functions, (fishfinder, radar, chartplotter, etc.) and anything else that has NMEA 2000 connectivity… which is just about everything made for marine use nowadays. Even stereos. The applications are endless as is its ability to be fully customized by the end user. Find out all about it...

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New Test Video

Regal 32 Express:
Joystick Docking into a 15-knot Wind

Regal 32 Express
The new Regal 32 Express that we recently tested was powered by twin Volvo Penta 300-hp V8 with a joystick for easy docking by most anyone. But how does it do in a 15-knot cross wind?

The Regal 32 Express powered by twin Volvo Penta 300-hp V8 engines --the small block -- had a WOT speed of 46.2 mph on test day in Orlando. Best cruise came in at 28.6 mph where the twins burned a total of 20 gph. However, the most important test of the day was at the dock as Captain Steve put the Volvo joysticks (and software!) through their paces by docking into a 15-knot cross wind. More...

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Test Video

Premier 250 Solaris:
A Toon with Sportboat-Like Handling

Premier 250 Solaris
The PTX center toon creates a pivot point for the Premier 250 Solaris to roll into the turns creating a comfortable ride much like a V-hull sportboat.

A quiet revolution has been taking place on lakes and rivers across America in the last 5 years or so and that is the move to pontoon boats by many people from all sorts of other boat types. The image above explains one of the reasons why. Tri-toons can go fast and some of them -- such as the Premier 250 Solaris seen above -- handle very much like a sportboat. Powered by a 250-hp outboard we recorded a top speed of 43.0 mph and her time to plane was 3.3 seconds. More...

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Test Video

Tahoe 215 Xi:
Tested with a 260-hp Engine

Tahoe 215 Xi
The Tahoe 215 Xi is built for watersports as this photo clearly shows. The optional wakeboard tower supports a Bimini with extension.

We tested a Tahoe 215 Xi powered by a 260-hp 5.0 L Mercury sterndrive that propelled this sleek river and lake sportboat through the 50 mph barrier -- hitting 51.2 mph during our test. She got on plane in 3.2 seconds. She comes standard with a 220-hp 4.3 L engine and a respectable list of features. More...

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Test Video

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan:
Easy Docking without the Expense

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan
One of our tests of the Meridian 391 Sedan was to see how well she docks with her standard propulsion system.

Virtually everyone moving up from a smaller boat to a cruising boat is worried about how well they will be able to dock the vessel. (Psssst, don't tell the professional captains around, but it is usually easier to dock a large inboard cruising boat than it is a sportboat.) Nevertheless, we went through the exercise with the 391 in a beam cross current just to find out how easy or hard she would handle in conditions that can be trying for any captain. Find out here...

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New Video Review

Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck:
Stable, Capable, Innovative

Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck
The beam of the 20' 5'' Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck carries well forward, but a double chine narrows at the bow and creates a deep-V for sharp entry.

The New Flyer 6 from Beneteau is actually a series of three boat versions based on the same hull design. In our sea trial and review of the SPORTdeck version we found that this boat can handle big water very well and provides a ride and level of stability usually found in much larger boats. The new Air Step II hull design plays a major factor in this capability. Beneteau has also taken a new approach with the deck design, looking to provide as much usable space, features and modern aesthetic in an outboard model that will not break the bank. Learn more from our video and full review. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe:
Inspecting Features that Count

Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe
This week we look at the interior spaces of the Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe both below and on deck. Note the doorways and walnut cabinetry work over the portlights.

Cruisers Yachts builds a fleet of 10 premium express cruisers from 31' to 54' (9.44 to 16.45 m) that have a number of noteworthy attributes. Heading that list aboard the 430 is her interior accommodations. The second enticing feature, to our mind, is her on-deck grill and mini galley that is adjacent to the boat's large, U-shaped cockpit seating. Take a look...

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Test Video

Bayliner 195 Bowrider:
Fitting-Out for the Summer

Bayliner 195 Bowrider
With an LOA of 19' (5.8 m) and a beam of 7'11" (2.4 m) the Bayliner 195 BR has a dry weight of 3,020 lbs. (1,370 kgs) and a 19-degree deadrise at the transom.

The Bayliner 195 BR is built with a fiberglass inner liner and sells for under $30k with the standard 220-hp 4.3 L Mercury sterndrive. For those planning to have a crowd aboard and towing watersports, consider the optional 260-hp 5.0 L engine (+$2,929). We would also recommend getting the optional "Preferred Equipment Package" that includes a colored gel coat hull, a Bimini top, graphics, and LED courtesy lights in the cockpit (+$1,036). More...

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Test Video

Robalo 206 Cayman:
We Take a Bayboat Offshore

Robalo 206 Cayman
We had fun testing the Robalo 206 Cayman, a boat designed for bays and flats but which we took offshore because it was such a sunny day.

Two of our test captains have driven this boat and both report pretty much the same thing: she handles easily and is surprisingly comfortable in a chop even though she was made for the flats. As can be seen in the above image, we had her jumping waves and made a video of her in slo-mo. We tested her with a 150-hp Yamaha 4-stroke. More...

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Features Video

Jeanneau Velasco 43:
Bright and Cheery Cruising

Jeanneau Velasco 43
The galley is to the port side of the helm and an opening window allows cross ventilation while cooking. The chef is handy to the captain (right, out of the frame) if a second set of eyeballs are needed when piloting. The food prep counter can double as a chart table.

Probably the most noteworthy aspect of the Jeanneau Velasco 43 on deck are the large windshields and windows that surround the helm, galley and salon on the main deck. Visibility from virtually any position inside is outstanding, and of course the converse is true -- light floods the cabin from all directions. But there is more to this 43' cruising boat than glass. Find out here...

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Test Video

Tracker Pro Team 190 TX:
Inspecting for Functionality

Tracker Pro Team 190 TX
On the Tracker Pro Team 190 TX just ahead of the motor well is a hatch covering the fuel tank and battery. We like the fuel tank here to minimize the length of the fuel hose and the battery is easy to remove.

The Tracker Pro Team 190 TX has two large casting decks, both fitted with bases for casting seats. Areas of the hull that are not filled with foam to keep her floating level if swamped are available for storage, and there is quite a lot of it. Powered by a Mercury 90-hp 4-stroke she has a top speed of 42.8 mph and at best cruise (23.5 mph) she got an impressive 8.69 miles to the gallon. More...

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Lesson of the Week

Preparing for an Emergency Situation

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If you hit something and are taking on water you must take decisive action quickly. Use whatever is available to help slow the flow of water going inside the boat while you wait for help to arrive.

This week Captain Steve goes over five lessons and guidelines on emergency situations and what to do to help preserve life while you wait to be rescued. Everyone aboard will have to act quickly, and that’s why drills and practicing emergency situations with your family is important. This means everyone must first put their life jackets on. While someone calls for help on the radio, other crew use whatever they can to try and stop or slow the flow of water into the boat. Do not abandon ship! Rather, keep working to save it. Stay with the boat and get as far on top of it as you can until help arrives. 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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