10 Videos // Glastron 205 // Stingray 212 // Pursuit 385 // 17 Reports - 05/21/2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Sea Ray L650 Fly
- Princess V52
- Glastron GT 205
- Pursuit OS 385 Offshore
- Stingray 212 SC
- Monterey M5
- Monte Carlo MC5
- Prestige 750
- Bayliner 210 DB
- Evinrude E-TEC 90 PS
- Beneteau Swift 50
- Tracker Panfish 16
- Premier 250 Solaris RE
- MJM 50z
- PowerTech PowerStop Prop
- Formula 350
- Hargrave 125' Gigi
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Sea Ray L650 Fly:
Spacious Motoryacht Design

Sea Ray L650
There have been sea changes at Sea Ray and the L650 Fly is a continuation of what we have been seeing in new model design.

The L650 Fly was intended to be the "best of the best" of what Sea Ray is capable of. She has premium upholstery, woodwork, and hardware that Sea Ray feels is all state-of-the-art and will allow her to compete directly against top-tier boats in class. Make no mistake about it, Sea Ray management is aiming at the top boats in class in terms of styling, quality, performance and market appeal. Let's see how it is doing...

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New Test Video

Sweetwater SW 2286:
Performance and Handling Tested

Sweetwater SW 2286
Powered by a 90-hp outboard, this twin-toon Sweetwater SW 2286 is all many boaters will ever need for protected water cruising.

We recently tested the Sweetwater SW 2286 twin-toon pontoon boat which has a rated capacity of 10 people. She was powered by a 90-hp outboard engine (her maximum rating) and had a WOT speed of 22.3 mph with two people aboard. Imagine how fast she would go with 10 people aboard? Expectations are everything. This is a reasonably-priced boat for people wanting to cruise at a leisurely pace in protected water. Sweetwater has other boats (triple-toons) for the hot shots. More...

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New Captain's Report

Stingray 212SC:
A Hull Designed for Speed

Stingray 212SC
The Stingray 212SC hull is one the most noteworthy aspects of this boat. It is designed to make the boat go faster and burn less fuel.

As a builder, Stingray always emphasizes the WOT speed potential of its boats, and the Stingray 212SC, is no exception. The builder's "Z-Plane" hull actually “steps” inward toward the centerline. It works on a different principle than traditional "stepped hulls" and once seen, the logic of the design becomes readily apparent. But that is just one aspect of the boat. More...

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New Captain's Report

Monterey M5:
A Family Sportboat

Monterey M5
The Monterey M5 has a 25'10'' (7.9 m) LOA, with an 8'6'' (2.59 m) beam and a passenger carrying capacity of 2,000 lbs. (907 kgs).

In our opinion, Monterey has always been strong on exterior styling and the new M5 is no exception. What is noteworthy however, in this boat is her creative and well-executed seating all over the boat. It is hard to believe that a designer could come up with a new wrinkle in bowrider seating, but it has been done on the M5. Take a look...

Test Drive

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New Interior Review

Monte Carlo MC5:
Maximizing Comfort and Function

Monte Carlo MC5
A careful examination of the 49'10'' (15.19 m) MC5 reveals a boat that has maximized utility and function in a limited boat length.

The designers of the Monte Carlo MC5 have carefully gone over every square inch -- and cubic inch! -- of the MC5 to make sure that they have packed as much function, utility and practicality into the boat as possible. Helping the process is the boat's nearly plumb bow and vertical hullsides which maximize interior volume. Even though the MC5's exterior styling is somewhat radical and forward leaning, function has not been sacrificed on the alter of trendy style or simple bella figura (Italian for "a beautiful display, often without substance.") More...

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New Features Video

Prestige 750:
Designed for the Entire Family

Prestige 750
Inside the Prestige 750, the décor is modern and simple. Who said "less is more?"

The Prestige 750 has been designed for family boating adventures, and of course that means extended families, too. That can put quite a strain on even the largest yacht, but Prestige has done a good job of providing some places for extra family members in a pinch. The other half of the equation is where does everyone hang out, given different generations, interests and activities? We scope it all out. Take a look...

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Test Video

Bayliner 210 DB:
Certified "Special Find"

Bayliner 210 DB
The 210 DB delivered a smooth, controlled ride with stable turns during our test, just what we like to see in a family bowrider.

The Bayliner 210 Deck Boat have been put through a full test and review evaluation by our test team and the results show this is a well built and family capable boat with very good handling characteristics. We have just learned that Bayliner is now offering a special pricing incentive that we have looked into and certified. This offer is limited to a certain number of 210 DB boats. Watch our test video and read the full test report here...

PRICING Special Incentive
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Design & Style Review

Princess V52:
Materials and Execution Inspection

Princess V52
There is more to the Princess V52 than raw numbers. This week we look at some important details.

One of the difficult things about testing and reviewing large, complex boats such as the Princess V52 is that, in the Words of Wm. Bruce Cameron, "Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted." The materials and execution of the V52 falls into that category and that is why the opinions and observations of our inspection personnel are so valuable. Let's see what else counts...

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Captain's Report

Glastron GT 205:
Distinctive Retro Styling

Glastron GT 205
Glastron's GT 205 is a distinctive-looking boat both inside and out.

The Glastron GT 205 has a laundry list of distinguishing features including her styling which make this boat unmistakably a Glastron. First, is her "Reverse Spear" graphic pattern on her hull sides. Second, is her retro late 1950s look with her slightly curved windshield and her apparent tail fins sweeping up from her hull sides. No matter what her styling brings to mind, it's a look that is eye-catching. More...

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Captain's Report

Pursuit OS 385 Offshore:
Rugged and Feature-Rich

Pursuit OS 385 Offshore
Pursuit has long been known for its robust build and innovative, practical features, and the OS 385 Offshore is no exception.

The Pursuit OS 385 Offshore has a number of important features other than its prestigious name plate. Two different interior layouts are offered to better match an owner's application. Secondly, she has an impressive list of standard equipment. As offered, she is ready for hard and serious offshore fishing. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 90 Pontoon Series:
Special Components Make a Difference

Evinrude E-TEC 90 Pontoon Series
Pontoon boats have significantly different bottom shapes than conventional monohulls, so it stands to reason that they might benefit from a different engine configuration.

The Evinrude E-TEC 90 PS (Pontoon Series) was engineered to meet the specific demands of pontoon boats which are significantly different than monohulls. New features in the PS line include rubber motor mounts to reduce vibration transmitted to the boat, special gear ratios, and a large displacement cylinder block which provides more low-rpm torque and higher thrust. More...

Repower Question

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Test Video

Beneteau Swift 50:
IPS Pods Give Positive Control

Beneteau Swift 50
Typically, the rudders on semi-planing boats are small to reduce drag at high speeds. But at slow speeds they may not work well. The arrow points to the Swift 50's forward facing counter-rotating IPS props which direct thrust where and when the captain wants it with authority that rudders can't match.

Everyone knows that the Volvo Penta IPS joystick system makes docking easy. What is not so widely discussed is the improved control that pod drives give a boat in a high, following sea or when running a nasty inlet. Vessels of this type are often run at displacement speeds when -- depending on a number of factors -- small rudders can have less than the desired control. This problem is eliminated with the IPS pods on the Swift 50 because there are no rudders, rather the thrust from the directional DuoProps provide positive directional control. More...

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New Captain's Report

Tracker Panfish 16:
A Small Boat for Small Fish

Tracker Panfish 16
The Tracker Panfish 16 has a LOA of 16’2” (4.93 m), a beam of 70” (178 cm) and weighs only 766 lbs. (347 kg).

The Tracker Panfish 16 has a mission that’s clearly defined in her name, but she’s equally comfortable fishing for anything from Bass to Great Northerns. Her unique “stick” steering at the forward seat allows for improved visibility while maneuvering through tight streams, flooded timber and high grass. Being a Tracker, she comes fully equipped and at a price point that’s hard to resist. More...

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Test Video

Premier 250 Solaris RE:
Best Practices Create Quality

Premier 250 Solaris RE
Rubber nose cones, polished corner castings, and LED navigation lights are standard on the Premier 250 Solaris RE.

We have visited the Premier factory in Wyoming, Minnesota and can report that the company employs "best practices" in its pontoon boat construction. For example, the Premier 250 Solaris RE has a front deck substructure that is one, solid welded frame. This greatly reduced bow flex in choppy conditions. Premier also uses Tek fasteners, which drill their own hole then tap threads to combine two or more pieces of material. The builder says it uses more of these per cross-member and seam than any other pontoon builder. More...

Test Drive

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Captain's Report

MJM 50z:
Innovations in Power Choices and Design

MJM 50z
The new MJM 50z has an LOA of 54'0'' (16.46 m) and a 15' (4.57 m) beam. She is intended as a boat for an adventurous cruising couple, but there is room for guests.
The image above is a CAD drawing.

One of the great ironies of the new MJM 50z is that while her design was inspired by the lines and look of traditional Downeast workboats, she is one of the most innovative new launches to come along in some time. She has a Seakeeper gyro-stabilizer installed as standard, a choice of two or three engines, sterndrive or pod drive, has bullet-proof Kevlar in the keel, and will carry an ISO "A" rating -- Ocean capable. More...

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Design & Style Review

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe:
Old World Craftsmanship in the New World

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe
When it comes to large yachts, details make the difference. The Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe has a lavish use of woods to give the boat a warm, cozy feel just as one would expect
in an expensive yacht.

There are not too many hardtop express cruisers in this size range on the market, so consumers can easily check them all out as we have. We think boaters will be surprised at the value in the Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe. There is no mystery to performance which is a matter of hull design, weight and horsepower. However, in the interior there is no substitute for top-grade materials and old world craftsmanship -- even if it is found in the New World. To our mind, this is what sets one boat apart from another. The Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe is a good example of what we mean. More...

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Propellers

Powertech PowerStop Prop:
When Reverse Means Now

Powertech PowerStop Prop
By changing the surface topography for the 3-blade prop, PowerTech has designed a prop with improved thrust in reverse.

Virtually all props are designed to provide maximum performance when going forward -- but performance in reverse is very much a mixed bag. The result is that some types of boats, such as houseboats, pontoon boats and barges, are seriously challenged when slowing down, stopping, or maneuvering. PowerTech! has developed a prop that it calls "PowerStop" and it is ideal for certain specific applications. More...

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Design & Style Review

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider:
An Overnight Cabin for Two

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider
Long known for high performance and high style, with the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider, the Midwest builder is on the cutting edge of boat design innovation.

The Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider belongs to the emerging new class of boats that we are calling "mega-bowriders." Because this vessel is so large and has a 10'9" (3.28 m) beam the builder was able to create some important variations on the bowrider concept. First, the passageway to the bow is not on the centerline; second, there is a bench seat for two facing forward in the bow; third, there is a well-designed cabin below large enough for a couple to enjoy overnight. More...

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Charter

125' Motoryacht Available
For New England Charter

Hargrave 125' Gigi
The Hargrave 125' Gigi II has four large staterooms and a 27' (8.23 m) World Cat tender, plus 2 PWCs and other water toys. She can easily host over 60 people for a cocktail party.

The 125' (38.1 m) Hargrave Gigi II will soon be making her way north to New England for the summer charter season. Because she was designed and built for entertaining she has guest seating for over 60 people in six different venues around the boat. Her 25' (7.62 m) beam permits four large ensuite staterooms with settees. When not in party mode her crew of five, including a chef, will pamper guests as she becomes a movable palatial summer cottage. With a boat load of water toys, she is fully-equipped for activities for family members of all ages. More...

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Where in the World?

Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Lesson of the Week

Boating Under the Influence

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Captain Steve says don’t drink and operate a boat – it’s not worth it!

This week’s lesson from Captain Steve is straightforward and should go without saying – operating a boat under the influence is a local, state, and federal crime. Captain Steve goes over your responsibilities as captain – to other boaters on the water, to your passengers, and to yourself. He will explain what the parameters are to be considered boating under the influence. The four videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com's USCG-approved boating course. Watch Captain Steve’s video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.

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