Edgewater 230 // Boston Whaler 170 SS // Fleming 65 // 15 Reviews - 04/09/2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Edgewater 230D
- Glastron GT 245
- Cruisers Yachts 540 SC
- Sea Ray 230 SLX
- Fleming 65
- Boston Whaler 170 SS
- Premier 250 Intrigue
- Meridian Yachts 341 Sedan
- Carolina Classic 25
- Jeanneau Leader 9
- Tahoe Q4i
- Mercury Joystick Piloting
- Tracker Pro 160
- Monte Carlo Yachts 86
- Bayliner 160 BR
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Edgewater 230D:
Sterndrive Diesel-Powered CC

Edgewater 230D
A diesel engine in a center console? Yes, if greater range, a more comfortable boat and greater stability are wanted. Then, there is a little matter of a clean transom.

The Edgewater 230D we tested is powered by a 220-hp Volvo Penta D3-220 driving a jackshaft to a DuoProp sterndrive. This is a set-up preferred by serious anglers who want to take a mid-sized center console offshore for a considerable distance. She not only has greater range than a gas inboard or outboard, but she also brings better balance to the boat. The diesel engine is one of the most sophisticated we have seen in any size and her modern technology gives the boat strong low-end torque to handle running inlets with muscle and fast throttle response. More...

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New Captain's Report

Glastron GT 245:
3 New Activity-Specific Models

Glastron GT245
The new Glastron GT 245 is being built in three models, each dedicated to a different mission and boater psychographic. The GTS 245 model is shown here.

By building three different models (performance, watersports, or luxury cruising) that can be powered by nearly a dozen different engine options and making as many as four hull colors standard, Glastron has entered the middle of the sportboat market with a boat that should appeal to a wide and varied audience. In our in-depth Captain’s Report we drill down to the details and discover what sets her apart from other boats in class. More...

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Design and Style Review

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe:
Large, Well-Designed Accommodations

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe 540 Sports Coupe
With a displacement of 42,000 lbs. (19,051 kgs.), the Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe is a real express cruiser, not a big sportboat on steroids.

Don't be misled by the "Sports Coupe" appellation -- go below and discover an interior that ranks as one of the largest in class. Because she is powered by IPS drives her accommodations deck takes up fully two-thirds of her length. Everything about her seems over-sized -- she has high headroom (6'10"/2.01 m) in the saloon, large beds, and a huge C-shaped settee on her aft deck opposite a nearly complete on-deck galley with grill. Take a look...

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New Test Video

Sea Ray 230 SLX:
Upscale Interior Execution

Sea Ray 230 SLX
The Sea Ray 230 SLX for 2014 has a new interior treatment that is upscale and functional.

Standard features on the Sea Ray 230 SLX include upgrades such as keyless dash, SmartCraft diagnostic gauges, leather and wood trim and accents, and an adjustable sun pad/rumble seat. Then, there are her options which allow owners to customize the boat for specific activities. The 230 SLX's sleek styling is matched inside with smart upholstery upgrades. Take a look here...

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New Captain's Report

Fleming 65:
A Boat for All Seas

Fleming 65
The Fleming 65 is 71'3" (21.7 m) from bow pulpit to stern platform. The beam is 18'8" (5.70 m) which makes her big inside and comfortable in a seaway.

Many boats look salty and ready to go anywhere offshore, but only a few boats are truly capable of such around the Horn work. At a fully loaded displacement of 124,663 lbs. (56,546 kgs.), powered by twin MAN 800-hp engines, the Fleming 65 is one of them. Our in-depth Captain's Report explains why. More...

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New Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 170 Super Sport:
Simplicity in a Versatile Fish-and-Ski

Boston Whaler 170 Super Sport
Boston Whaler’s 170 Super Sport is a low-maintenance, simple to pack-and-go-play fish-and-ski. She is built to last, as can be attested to by all of her 35-year-old ancestors on the used boat market that are in remarkably good shape.

The 17’ (5.18 m) 170 Super Sport is the largest boat in the builder's 3-boat Super Sport Series which starts at 11' (3.35 m). The 170 is a blend of Boston Whaler’s classic styling brought up-to-date for the 21st century with a more sea-kindly bottom and a sweet, subtle curve to her sheer. The 170 Super Sport’s uncomplicated deck layout and 6'10" (2.08 m) beam provides a good-sized bow and roomy cockpit. Although rated for 40-hp to 90-hp, she is equipped with a standard 60-hp (44.13 kW) Mercury EFI engine. More...

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Test Video

Premier 250 Intrigue:
Tricked-Out for Sport

Premier 250 Intrigue
We don't often see a sport arch on a pontoon boat, but Premier offers one on the 250 Intrigue.

For those who wonder what it might be like to operate a good sized triple-toon, we invite them to watch our test of the Premier 250 Intrigue powered by a single 250-hp outboard. See how she turns, learn how to dock her, and get a feel for the ride from our on-board video. Count the seats available for guests, and note her time to plane (2.5 seconds). More...

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Engine and Operations Video

Meridian Yachts 341 Sedan:
Her Watchword Is "Easy"

Meridian 341 Sedan
Not only is the 341 Sedan a good stepping stone up from a small boat, she is also easy to operate.

The Meridian 341 Sedan has several things to recommend it: 1) She is easy to handle because she's an inboard with big props; 2) She is easy to maintain because she is mostly fiberglass and a good washing down once a week will keep her looking good; and 3) She is economical both to buy and to operate. We prefer the sedan design to an express because of all of the added living space and visibility for little extra cost. More...

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Boat Show Video

Carolina Classic 25:
Offshore Express Fishboat

Carolina Classic 25
Over 400 inboard-powered Carolina Classic 25s built since 1991 prove she is offshore capable, but new outboard power suits this hull well, too.

This trailerable Carolina Classic fishboat is designed to take the punishment encountered by offshore fishermen and provide them with protection and the features they need to complete their mission. Powered by twin outboards and sporting the classic Carolina flare, her 8'6" (2.59 m) beam and 25'2" (7.62 m) LOA offer a surprising amount of workable cockpit space. The 25 comes standard with all the essential equipment and offers a fair amount of customization as well. Our boat show review and full Captain's Report will take you through her fishability and features. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 9:
32' Hardtop Express with Room Below

Jeanneau Leader 9
With a large sun roof and an open cockpit, the Leader 9 offers the best of both worlds -- sun and shade.

The Jeanneau Leader 9 is a 32' (9.77 m) express cruiser that we think is just the right size for style-conscious folks wanting a modern nautical aesthetic but who aren't yet ready for a motoryacht. In the Leader 9, Jeanneau blends clean, tasteful styling with innovative power choices and a price tag that is refreshing in its possibilities. More...

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Captain's Report

Tahoe Q4i:
She Fits in a Standard Garage

Tahoe Q4i
At 18'1'' (5.51 m) the Tahoe Q4i has a complete package weight (with trailer) of 2,694 lbs. (1,225 kgs.).

Tahoe's entry-level fiberglass bowrider is a comfortable way to get into boating, or for old salts, a low-cost way of keeping a versatile boat tied up at the summer lake house for use by children and grandchildren. Best of all, with a storage length of 20' (6.09 m) and a height of 6'4'' (1.93 m) she will fit in the standard garage. More...

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Test Video

Mercury Joystick Piloting:
Multi-Engine Fingertip Control

Mercury Joystick Piloting
With the magic of black box software, the Mercury Joystick can handle four engines as easily as two.

Docking a boat with multiple outboard engines can be problematical and downright confusing with three or four engines. The Mercury Joystick for multiple outboards solves those problems, making the boat easy to dock and safer for all concerned. More...

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Captain's Report

Tracker Pro 160:
Ruggedly Constructed and Priced Right

Tracker Pro 160
The Tracker Pro 160 is made from one piece of aluminum and comes standard with a 20-hp Mercury engine, an aerated livewell, trolling motor, fishfinder and single-axle trailer.

The all-welded aluminum Tracker Pro 160 has a "Ready-to-Fish" package that is appealing to anglers looking for a more affordable option. At $8,995, including 20-hp outboard and a trailer (plus freight and dealer prep) the Pro 160 is hard to beat. People looking for a boat this inexpensive may be concerned about the quality of the vessel, and here we can answer some questions. The grade and thickness of the aluminum used is the same as Tracker uses, in most cases, in its larger outboard boats. The aluminum substructure is substantial and its paint is powder coated and baked on. See our full report on the Pro 160. More...

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Captain's Report

Monte Carlo Yachts 86:
Customization and Features

Monte Carlo Yachts 86
The Monte Carlo Yachts 86 is the fourth model from the Italian brand which is part of the Beneteau Group. MCY tells us they blend naval design, style and technology to create beautiful well-executed yachts. We agree and our tests have shown they can deliver on performance as well.

The flagship from Monte Carlo Yachts is the MCY 86 and when it comes to distinguishing features she has several starting with the level of customization available. Each owner can personalize the design to their tastes, not just through the aesthetics and comfort of choosing materials, but by building a layout that best suits a particular lifestyle. The design customization includes all three decks, with choices of three, four or five cabins as well as the distribution of rooms between the flybridge and main deck. Another distinguishing feature is the build, specifically the level of execution, technology and efficiencies. Manufactured in Monfalcone, Italy, our in depth behind the scenes tour of the facility has shown us how technologically-advanced processes and efficiencies, along with the finest materials, result in a higher overall quality, not just in areas you can see, but throughout the core of the yacht in places you will never see. And we must point out that they do this without breaking the bank, keeping costs lower than many other builders in class. More...

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Test Video

Bayliner 160 BR:
Making Boating Easy, Fun and Affordable

Bayliner 160 BR
With the standard 60-hp engine, the Bayliner 160 BR is designed for youngsters and newbies.

There are two major things that discourage people from getting into boating: 1) The cost; and, 2) lack of experience driving a boat. With its 160 BR, Bayliner tries to considerably lower both of those hurtles. First, its MSRP starts as low as $12,399. Second, with its standard 60-hp outboard and stable hull, there are -- frankly -- few ways to get into trouble with this boat. It is virtually as easy as driving a car, and that was the general idea of the designers. More...

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Lesson of the Week

PWC Safety Tips - Part II

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PWCs are a lot of fun to drive, but like all boats they have their boundaries. Don’t let an inexperienced person go for a joy ride on a PWC.

This week Captain Steve goes over five lessons and guidelines on operating a PWC and some rules to follow. It’s tempting to want to play around on the PWC and perform stunts and jump wakes, but don’t attempt this if a novice since it is easy to fall off, injure yourself or hurt someone else. Also, just because the PWC looks like it can handle two or three riders doesn’t mean it was designed to carry that weight. Follow the capacity plate for the particular PWC. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s USCG-approved Boating Course. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.

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