JC Pontoon 246 // Silverton 50 // Regal 32 // 14 Reviews - 06/04/2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Regal 32 Express
- JC Pontoon TriToon 246
- Mercury Verado 200-hp
- Absolute 45 Fly
- Key West 219 FS
- Silverton 50 Convertible
- Boston Whaler 210
- Sea Ray 230 SLX
- CSS 328 Bow Rider
- Manitou 23 Oasis SR VP
- Tiara 44 Coupe
- Glastron GTS 187
- Beneteau Oceanis 41
- Tahoe 215 Xi
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Regal 32 Express:
Inside She's Remarkable

Regal 32 Express
The new Regal 32 Express is remarkable because by day the salon/galley has a cozy L-shaped settee for dining and relaxing; but, by night the backrest flips up and becomes the foot of the forward berth. Note the rich, dark wood.

This category of express cruiser ("32-something") is extremely competitive and we think Regal has pulled out a lot of stops in order to make its 32 Express compelling. Not only can the salon be converted as seen above, but so can the settee on the helm deck which can be used for dining, cocktails or conversation in the cockpit. The helm seat is double wide and there is a wet bar/optional grill right behind it. More...

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New Captain's Report

JC Pontoon TriToon Classic 246:
Pushing Design and Looks

JC Pontoon TriToon 246
The JC Pontoon 246 can be powered by either a sterndrive or an outboard engine -- something that sets it apart from most pontoon boats on the market.

In a nutshell, JC Pontoon’s TriToon Classic 246 hull employs a wide center hull—over 50 percent wider than standard hulls—and also changes the shape of both the port and starboard hulls that makes the TriToon 246 Classic's running surfaces more comfortable in choppy conditions. Equally as important is the exterior styling, with attractive fiberglass bulwarks forward, a V-shaped deck and a stern platform that is more like a monohull than a pontoon boat. More...

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New Captain's Report

Mercury Verado 200-hp:
Supercharging is the Difference

Mercury Verado 200-hp
What sets the Mercury Verado 200 apart from all other outboards in class is her supercharger which allows the engine to have more low-end torque and perform better in hot wather and at altitude.

The 200-hp Mercury Verado is at the top of the four-cylinder Mercury lineup. It’s a fuel-injected, supercharged outboard, designed to be smoother, quieter, and a more powerful engine at low rpm than the competition. It has a strong torque curve for better hole-shots and mid-range acceleration. And, it’s built with a multi-part corrosion protection system for longer life. More...

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New Captain's Report

Absolute 45 Fly:
Can She be a "Small Megayacht"?

Absolute 45
The builder's mission with the Absolute 45 Fly was to create a "small megayacht". We take a look to see how close she comes to that very ambitious goal.

Imagine competing in the Italian luxury yacht market with a brand that is only 12 years old. Frankly, there is only one way to do it and that is to offer the most luxurious vessel possible in class with styling that is in step with the times, materials second to none and a build process that is demonstrably modern. Absolute offers a new 45 yacht that has 2 en suite staterooms below and an aft galley above in a elegant, well-equipped package. More...

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Captain's Report

Key West 219 FS:
Equipped with All Basic Fishing Gear

Key West 219 FS
Key West's mission with its 219 FS is to get serious anglers out on the water safely with all of the basic amenities needed without breaking the bank.

The folks at Key West are fully aware of all of the center consoles on the market so any place they can replicate the features of boats twice the cost they happily do so. For example, the hand-holds extending to the bow from the area of the helm are placed in a carved out radius in the gunwale. The cleats are pop-up, the cockpit is self bailing, there is a 20 gallon livewell with LED lights, 94-quart cooler in the leaning post, a bait prep board, and the transom quarters are rounded to give the boat a stylish look. More...

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Captain's Report

Silverton 50 Convertible:
Three Cabins for Cruising

Silverton 50 Convertible
We like convertibles because they are designed to both cruise and fish. The Silverton 50 Convertible makes a large boat relatively affordable.

After being out of the market for some time, Silverton Yachts is back with 12 models from 33' to 50' (10.06 m to 15.24 m). The brand has always been known for utility and value and in its new incarnation Silverton is holding tight to its old values. This week we look at the flagship of the Silverton fleet, the 50 Convertible. Her hardtop is standard. Below she has two standard cabins each with a private head plus a set of bunks in a third cabin to starboard. More...

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Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless:
16-Degree Deadrise for Stability and Speed

Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless
Beam, bottom shape and CG all work together to make the Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless stable. We particularily like the lightweight canvas T-top which helps keep the CG low.

The Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless has a 8'6" (2.59 m) beam and has a 16-degree deadrise -- both characteristics that make her stable both underway and at rest. While she is made for protected water and coastal work, veteran anglers can pick their weather and take her offshore just like her bigger siblings in the Boston Whaler family. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray 230 SLX:
Packed with Amenities for Family Fun

Sea Ray 230 SLX
The Sea Ray 230 SLX was designed for family fun. With a single upgrade to the optional Cognac (caramel/tan) upholstery seen here, she looks luxurious.

When Sea Ray introduced its SLX Series, it got traction quickly because boaters recognized the premium amenities that the company was building in. In the case of the 230 SLX, that meant a Bluetooth stereo system, new rich upholstery schemes, keyless ignition, a gel-coated engine room, blue courtesy lights that look cool at night, and a seating capacity increased from 10 to 11 people. The standard engine is the 260-hp 5.0 L Mercury with a Bravo III counter-rotating dual prop lower unit. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Sport Series 328 Bow Rider:
A High-Performance Bowrider

Cruisers Sport Series 328 Bow Rider
The Cruisers Sport Series 328 Bow Rider seats more people than most of us have friends. Best of all, when screaming along at 50-mph, 9 of them can face forward.

The Cruisers Sport Series 328 Bow Rider is big, beamy (10'6"/3.20 m), has a deep deadrise of 22-degrees at the transom, and at over 11,000 lbs. (4,990 kg), is quite beefy. Despite all of these attributes that make her as comfortable as can be at speed in a chop, she is fast. Powered by twin Volvo Penta 320-hp V8 engines, we recorded a WOT speed of 50.3 mph. In a boat this size, that is moving. Oh, yes, she has a mini-galley, private head, and sleeping cabin for two below. More...

Test Drive

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Design & Style Review

Manitou 23 Oasis SR VP:
A "Do-Anything" Pontoon Boat

Manitou 23 Oasis SR VP
We tested the Manitou Oasis 23 SR VP powered by a single 150-hp outboard and recorded a WOT speed of 32.8 mph.

The mission of the Manitou Oasis 23 SR VP is to satisfy the needs of owners who often own a sportboat as well, but who want more room for friends and family for both watersports and entertaining. When it comes to comfort and room to move around, its hard to beat any pontoon boat. By pricing the 23 Oasis SR VP between its entry-level Aurora and the high-end Legacy and X-Plode models, Manitou has found a sweet spot that gives customers what they want at a moderate price. More...

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Captain's Report

Tiara 44 Coupe:
Premium Build with Quality Features

Tiara 44 Coupe
We like the new styling of the Tiara 44 Coupe which is very much in step with the times.

The new Tiara 44 Coupe is slated to be launched in late summer and will be at the major East Coast boat shows this fall. We have a full report based on all of the information made available to us, but of course there is no substitute for a sea trial and test. Nevertheless, Tiara's sterling reputation proceeds each of its new builds, and that is why the company typically takes many advance orders. When it comes to quality of materials and equipment, installation and fit-and-finish, we have never been disappointed in a new boat produced by Tiara. See our pre-launch report...

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Captain's Report

Glastron GTS 187:
New Jet Boat for Watersports

Glastron GTS 187
When it comes to watersports of all kinds -- including just swimming around the boat -- the jet-powered Glastron GTS 187 aims to please.

The all-new 2014 GTS 187 jetboat combines Glastron's stable SSV hull with a single Rotax 4-TEC water pump to create thrilling performance. Glastron's jet pump reverse bucket offers better handling, according to the folks at Glastron. This single-engine 18-footer (5.49 m) has a 1,200-lb. (544 kgs.) carrying capacity. Both 200-hp and 250-hp engines are available. More...

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Design & Style Review

Beneteau Oceanis 41:
A Family-Oriented Racer/Cruiser

Beneteau Oceanis 41
The sails of the Oceanis 41 are extremely easy to handle, including the lightweight asymmetrical headsail ideal for use in light-air, off-the-wind sailing.

We think the beauty of the Oceanis 41 is to offer a practical way for a family to enjoy Wednesday-night club racing during the summer as well as taking a family vacation cruise. Typically in the Northern Hemisphere, August is the month for long cruises and that is usually when wind is the lightest. Beneteau has thought of that and offers an asymmetrical "chute" with its tack at the headstay for easy handling. More...

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Test Video

Tahoe 215 Xi:
Family-Friendly and Fishy

Tahoe 215 Xi
BoatTEST sent two of its crew to test and check out the Tahoe 215 Xi to make sure she was both family-friendly and fishy.

The Tahoe 215 Xi was created to be a crossover platform capable of being an "all-purpose" family boat for entertaining or towing sports for up to 12 people. But she can also be a fishing boat and has standard items such as livewell and pedestal seats. We think she does all of these tasks reasonably well in a competitively priced package. More...

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Lesson of the Week

Throwables, Navigation Lights
and Fire Extinguishers

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Captain Steve explains requirements for all boaters.

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