Chris-Craft 36 // Sabre 38 // Maritimo M50 // 17 Reports - 05/28/2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Volvo Penta D6-370
- Cruisers Yachts 380
- Beneteau Sea Trials
- Yamaha SVHO
- Nordic Tugs 39
- Chris-Craft Launch 36
- Grady-White Freedom 192
- Sabre 38 Salon Express
- Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
- Tigé Z3
- Sea Ray 350 Sundancer
- Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O.
- Maritimo M50
- Mako 234 CC
- Malibu 20 MXZ
- Nitro Z-9
- Glastron GT 245
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Volvo Penta D6-370:
Developed for High Speed Ops

Volvo Penta D6-370
The Volvo Penta D6-370 has a crankshaft output of 370-hp (272 kW), a maximum torque of 883 Nm (651 lb./ft) at 2000 rpm and weighs 1,698 lbs. (770 kg), including outdrive.

Volvo Penta’s zeal for designing powerful engines with low emissions for planing boats continues in the D6-370. It shares common characteristics with the other diesels engines in the lineup in that she has a common rail fuel injection system, double overhead camshafts, 4 valves per cylinder, turbocharger and aftercooler and is controlled by the company’s proprietary EVC (Electronic Vessel Control). Volvo Penta makes it available in inboard, sterndrive and IPS configurations and it’s purpose built for the marine environment. More...

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New Captain's Report

Cruisers Yachts 380 Express:
You Pick the Propulsion System

Cruisers Yachts 380 Express
The Cruisers Yachts 380 Express comes in one of two mid-cabin configurations. In the model at the top, the mid cabin has a bulkhead and privacy door. Below, the mid cabin is open for sitting and dining, and converts into a sleeper if desired, with privacy curtain.

There are few express cruisers on the market that permit the customer to pick from so many different propulsion systems as does the Cruisers Yachts 380 Express. The 380 can be propelled with gas or diesel engines from either Mercury or Volvo Penta. And the running gear can be conventional inboard, sterndrive, or IPS pod drive. The implications here on both performance and cost are noteworthy. More...

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Sea Trials

Beneteau Sea Trials:
Five Models Available in NY

Beneteau Sea Trials
The Barracuda 9 is one of several models from Beneteau that has been designed with the Air Step hull, an innovation that reduces drag and increases efficiency.

Beneteau will have several models available for sea trial this weekend at their Cape Yachts New York location. We always recommend that boaters sea trial several models to help them find the one that will best match their needs. The following models are available for sea trial: Beneteau GT 49, GT 44, GT 38, the Swift Trawler 34 and the Barracuda 9.

Test Drive

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Engine Test

Yamaha SVHO:
Purpose-Built for Jet Applications

Mercury ECO Prop
The Yamaha 1.8L supercharged engine is one of the largest displacement watercraft engines on the market. It has been designed to be compact allowing for easy access all around the engine -- whether installed in a PWC or in a boat.

Yamaha has redesigned the purpose-built 1.8L SVHO (Super Vortex High Output) marine engine. This engine is said by Yamaha to deliver 20% more power and torque than its original SHO. Based on the SHO block, this is still the largest displacement engine in the personal watercraft market at 1812cc. But the engine is not the only new item in this jet propulsion system, we will also cover the new jet-pump unit which has received a serious upgrade as well. More...

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Design & Style Review

Nordic Tugs 39:
Good Execution & Fit-and-Finish

Nordic Tugs 39
The Nordic Tug 39 has a lot of wood for boats in this class. We particularly liked the teak and holly deck on our test vessel.

There are several so-called recreational "tugs" on the market today, thanks largely to the pioneering efforts of Nordic Tugs. We have seen them all, and Nordic Tugs have the best fit-and-finish and over-all execution, in our opinion. As anyone who has seen a west coast or a sea-going tug can attest, the "mother ships" are stout and seaworthy. Nordic Tugs should be thought of a trawler-type boat with tug exterior styling. More...

Test Drive

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New Captain's Report

Chris-Craft Launch 36:
Making a 21st Century Statement

Chris-Craft Launch 36
The Chris-Craft Launch 36 seems to have it all -- exterior styling that is at once modern and retro, but every inch Chris-Craft; plus, functionality that leaves no stone unturned -- all executed with both quality and élan.

One of the most popular new boats at last winter's Miami Boat Show was the Chris-Craft Launch 36. In a word, she is "extraordinary," and one of the most exciting boats we have come across in a long time. She is at once a center console, a cruising boat, a long week-ender, a deluxe entertaining platform, a sun bather's dream and overall one of the coolest vessels on the water of any size or type. Regular readers know we don't often get this excited about a new boat. Find out why...

Brochure

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New Captain's Report

Grady-White Freedom 192:
All-Around Capable for Fish or Family

Grady-White Freedom 192
This picture of the Grady-White Freedom 192 pretty much says it all: while she has fishing in her DNA she can also be used as a handsome "do-anything" family boat for other watersports.

For people who do not want a center console, but who do want a boat that looks salty and has the versatility to be a bowrider for watersports and the ability to morph into a coastal fishboat, this could be the answer. The Grady-White bloodlines and mystique come standard. More...

Pricing

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New Captain's Report

Sabre 38 Salon Express:
Classic Cruiser for Two (or More)

Sabre 38 Salon Express
The Sabre 38 Salon Express has several important features beyond its Downeast style: arrows point out the port side hull window which brings light into the mid cabin; the engine room air intake is high on the cabin side to reduce salt spray ingestion; and the aft quadrants of the superstructure are curved glass to improve visibility.

The Sabre 38 Salon Express is an attractive option to consider for someone looking for a comfortable boat with an interior graced with a lavish use of teak. With its expandable cockpit seating and main deck dinette she is made for entertaining. With the galley down, she has cozy accommodations for a couple, two couples, or a small family below. More...

Brochure

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Family Features Video

Boston Whaler 230 Vantage:
The 80/20 Rule: Family Fun/Angler Fun

Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
The bow of the Boston Whaler 230 Vantage is made for picnics, sunning, and just cruising around for the whole family, say, 80% of the time. For that 20% of the time when fishing opportunities are irresistible, she'll be ready.

The Boston Whaler 230 Vantage is simply a boat design that never goes out of style and as a family grows the boat can adapt to children's changing watersports activities. The 230 Vantage dual console may be the only boat some families will ever need, and given the age of the Boston Whalers we see in our neighborhood, the boat should last a very long time, indeed. More...

Test Drive

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Test Video

Tigé Z3:
A State-of-the-Art Inboard Tow Boat

Tigé Z3
Look at the size of the wake that this Tigé Z3 is making for this lucky wakeboarder. We count six people in the gallery with room for more.

The Tigé Z3 is one of the most advanced, specialized inboard wakeboats on the market -- bar none. Tigé has led the industry in many innovations such as touch-screen, full-function boat control and wake-making features such as the Convex VX hull. Find out all about it...

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New Captain's Report

Sea Ray 350 Sundancer:
Going Modern with Interior Design & Luxury

Sea Ray 350 Sundancer
The latest iteration of the Sea Ray 350 Sundancer has an emphasis on modern, elegant interior design and up-graded materials, in addition to more ergonomic spaces on deck.

With this latest version of the 350 Sundancer, Sea Ray has created a more social cockpit, a roomier salon, and now offers the choice of optional interior layouts. While it could be argued that use of space has taken a central theme, we are impressed with materials, fit-and-finish and execution of design in this new version of the classic 350 Sundancer. More...

Brochure

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O.:
No Regular Service for 300-Hours/3-Years

Evinrude 135 H.O.
The Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O. is a "de-tuned" 150 which has almost as much horsepower at the top end and more torque at the low end of the rpm range. This 2-stroke engine is as high-tech as they come.

One of the most popular features of the Evinrude E-TEC 135 H.O. is the fact that the engine needs no scheduled maintenance for 300 hours or 3 years, which ever comes first. This is an important detail that is often overlooked, and means there is rarely a need for an oil change. More...

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Captain's Report

Maritimo M50:
A Thoughtful Use of Space

Maritimo M50
Looking forward in the Maritimo M50 we see her comfortable-looking sofa which is more like what we'd find at home rather than aboard a yacht. Notice the folding chairs and good visibility.

The Maritimo M50 was designed to deliver the space expected by a family in a modern motoryacht. Her full beam master suite, bi-fold doors opening up into the salon from the cockpit, and her enclosed flybridge with over 6'5" (1.96 m) of headroom makes the M50 one of the most spacious yachts in class. She is also built for good sea-keeping. More...

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Test Video

Mako 234 CC:
When Only a Fishing Machine Will Do

Mako 234 CC
Dedicated anglers want no compromise and that is exactly what the Mako 234 CC has to offer -- a single-purpose machine designed to hunt and boat fish of nearly any kind.

The Mako 234 CC is full of fishing features that make this boat ready for tournaments right from the dealer’s showroom. Those fishing amenities include -- leaning post bait-prep station with 31 gallon (117 L) aerated, anti-slosh livewell, rod holders, tackle box storage port and starboard, bait prep area with knife and pliers holder, frozen bait tray, fishboxes port and starboard in cockpit deck, and much more. Find out all about her...

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Captain's Report

Malibu Wakesetter 20 MXZ:
Going Small has Advantages

Malibu Wakesetter 20 MXZ
The pickle fork design provides enlarged bow seating in the Malibu Wakesetter 20 MXZ. The tower not only adds the requisite elevated tow point but a host of other
attractive features as well.

The Wakesetter 20 MXZ has been designed and built for discriminating riders who also want to take advantage of the benefits of a smaller boat. Small boats have their advantages: ease of trailering, responsiveness on the water, easier garage storage, and of course -- lower price. Her small size may make some think that she’s designed to be a loss-leader in the price wars, but she’s among the most premium of boats that Malibu offers. More...

Pricing

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Test Video

Nitro Z-9:
A Hull Designed for Performance

Nitro Z-9
Most bass boat owners we know want three performance characteristics in their vessel-- fast hole shots, high WOT speed, and stability all of the time. Our test of the Nitro Z-9 showed that she delivered.

Nitro Z-9’s Rapid Planing System certainly is aptly named as we recorded a time to plane of 2.6 seconds with our 250-hp test outboard. Her stern pad plus her stepped hull not only give quicker hole shots with minimal bow rise, but our tests have also shown that she has excellent handling throughout the performance envelope. The only chine walk we experienced at high speed was due to outside influences, such as crossing a wake. More...

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Captain's Report

Glastron GT 245:
With Space & Features, She's Family-Friendly

Glastron GT 245
Sportboat owners want room, power to tow with a full house, and durability in a stylish package. The Glastron GT 245 aims to please on all counts.

The GT 245 is the flagship of the Glastron 9-boat GT Series and as such provides the most carrying capacity (1,950 lbs./886 kgs.) and the highest horsepower options (380-hp) of the line. As such she makes a good, all-around family sportboat with the power to tow skiers and wakeboarders with a full load of friends aboard. More...

Brochure

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Lesson of the Week

What Should I Do If My Boat Capsizes?

Capt. Steve Smart Boating Cover
Capsizing in a sailboat is much different than a powerboat. As you see in the picture above, you can help right the boat by getting up on the centerboard and using your weight to bring the boat back over. You will not be able to right a capsized powerboat.


This week Captain Steve goes over four lessons and guidelines on what the boater should do if their boat capsizes. First and foremost get a life jacket on. Stay with the boat and try to get as far on top of the boat as possible in order to keep ones body out of the water. Remember, one wants to keep their body temperature from dropping. Do not attempt to swim for help as it will just exhaust oneself. 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. Watch Captain Steve’s video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.

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