Larson 1750 // Yamaha SX240 // Sea Ray L650 // Sense 55 - 06/11/2014
BoatTEST Newsletter June 11, 2014 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Sailfish 220CC
- Regal 53 Sport Coupe
- Larson FX 1750 SC
- Volvo Penta V8-380
- Chaparral Vortex 203 VRX
- Sea Ray L650
- Beneteau Sense 55
- Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
- Bayliner 642 Overnighter
- Beneteau Swift 44
- Yamaha SX240 HO
- Evinrude E-TEC 90 H.O.
- Premier 235 Solaris RE
- Formula 400 FX8
- Tracker Pro Team 175 TF
- Glastron GT225
- Monte Carlo Yachts 65
- Prestige 450 S
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Sailfish 220CC:
Full Fishing Features
& a Unique Hull

Sailfish 220CC
The working end of the Sailfish 220CC has a full compliment of fishing features -- but that's not the big story. A variable deadrise in different planes makes this boat's bottom different than any other center console on the market.

It is no secret that most center consoles are essentially the same. By definition they all have a center console, livewell, fishboxes, rod holders, cutting boards, and the Sailfish 220CC is no different. What separates one CC from another are the details -- which is what BoatTEST.com specializes in describing and dissecting -- and the price. But the Sailfish 220CC (and all other Sailfish models) has another difference -- her hull shape. This week we look at the Sailfish 220CC and discover how different a center console can really be. More...

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New Captain's Report

Regal 53 Sport Coupe:
3 Staterooms, 2 Heads and Choices

Regal 53 Sport Coupe
The Regal 53 has been redesigned based on owner feedback of it's previous model, the 5260.

The new model Regal 53 Sport Coupe comes in three possible main deck layouts and three different accommodations layout options, one including three staterooms. In addition, Regal makes available a wide variety of fabrics and materials for the interior. All of this is due to the careful analysis of owner feedback garnered from the Regal 5260. We think these changes make an exciting yacht much more functional for a wider range of owner applications. More...

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New Captain's Report

Larson FX 1750 SC:
Fiberglass-Built for Multi-Species

Larson FX 1750 SC
The Larson FX 1750 SC is 17’5” (5.31 m) long with a beam of 8’ (2.44 m).

Larson’s FX 1750 SC (Side Console) is designed to be a strong, multispecies fishing rig that comes completely equipped right down to the trolling motor, fishfinder and painted trailer. She’s a fiberglass alternative to the aluminum boats and made with exacting quality controls, thanks to the proprietary VEC technology that removes the human element from the lamination process and leaves us with a precision-built hull. There's nothing quite like her on the market. More...

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New Features Video

Volvo Penta V8-380:
Inconel Alloy for Reliable Valves

Volvo Penta V8-380
One trickle-down benefit of the billion of dollars the U.S. government has spent on space technology is better steel alloys. Volvo Penta uses one of the these metals for
longer valve life -- Inconel.

How many times have we heard of engine failure because of a "burned" valve, or worse, the engine "sucked" a valve? Because marine engines usually run for long periods of time at higher rpm than automotive applications, tremendous heat builds up, particularly in the exhaust valves. Stock valves can have "material creep", which is to say that the metal changes shape and then causes big problems, again usually in the exhaust valves. For that reason, Volvo Penta uses only "Inconel" exhaust valves in its V8-380 6.0 L gas engine. (It is also used in the V8-430 and V8-350 models as well.) Inconel is an expensive, difficult-to-work steel alloy that is harder, and much more heat resistant than conventional steel. The result is greater engine reliability. More...

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New Test Video

Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX:
Performance and Handling Test

Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX
The new Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX brings the excitement and safety of jet boat propulsion to a traditionally-styled sportboat.

The 203 Vortex VRX delivered a smooth, comfortable ride with positive helm control and good lateral stability at all speeds during our test. Pricing for the 203 Vortex VRX starts at $36,995 for a well-equipped boat with trailer, graphics, and tower included. The 203 VR starts at $32,995 with trailer (tower is optional). More...

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Updated Captain's Report

Sea Ray L650 Fly:
Remarkable Test Performance

Sea Ray L650 Fly
This is Sea Ray's largest yacht and the company has pulled out all the stops to make a good first impression as it enters a new category.

The new Sea Ray L650 Fly is powered by twin 1150-hp CAT C18 ACERT diesels with conventional inboard running gear. For our sea trial, the yacht had a tested weight of 86,075 lbs. (39,043 kg) and we recorded a WOT speed at 2300 rpm of 35.4 mph/30.7 kts. Remarkably for an inboard-powered vessel of this displacement, the L650 Fly has a very wide rpm band of "best cruise" efficiency which is virtually the same from 14.1 kts to 30.7 kts. What this means is that owners can firewall the throttles without a fuel mileage penalty. Study the numbers here...

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Accommodations Video

Beneteau Sense 55:
Accommodation Options Galore

Beneteau Sense 55
Our test captain tries the settee seat that doubles as a navigation table seat when facing aft. Note all of the portlights and windows.

Below, this 55' sailboat is about as big as one can get without going up a notch in size. Beneteau's designers are masters of maximizing interior cubic feet in a sailboat as well as flooding it with light from five directions. Because these boats are built one at a time, and because Beneteau knows that one layout does not fit all needs, many layout choices are available. Find out more...

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Design and Style Video

Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius:
Multiple Venues for Entertaining

Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts is a long-time U.S. builder of high-quality express cruisers and its Cantius Series is as modern as they come.

The Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius design represents a different perspective on the utilization of space; interior versus exterior. It reflects the changes in the way modern families use boats in this size range, both for their own purposes and to host and entertain guests. By thinking out of the box, this builder has created a cockpit that can be used for entertaining, sunning or just knocking about. By creating an aft bulkhead that is essentially glass, those who are inside are put in touch with the outside. All of this and she can cruise to Alaska as well. More...

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Captain's Report

Bayliner 642:
A Cuddy for More Utility

Bayliner 642 Overnighter
We like this hardwood table that is available on the Bayliner 642 Overnighter.

Bayliner created the 21'5" (6.53 m) 642 Overnighter to provide a "mini-cruiser" sportboat that can also offer a sheltered cuddy cabin for an occasional overnight -- or an afternoon nap. Her amenities make her a capable day boat for family and friends, and she offers not only some versatility, but options that increase her comfort level and functionality. Why not go for cruising canvas for even more utility? More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Swift 44:
Easy Handling for Couple Cruising

Beneteau Swift 44
We think the Swift 44 looks "shippy" -- a little bit of a trawler design mixed with a retro style.

The Swift 44 is intended for coastal work, inter-island exploration, and serious cruising -- all done by a couple. This twin stateroom, one-head boat weighs 24,019 lbs. (10,895 kgs.) and is powered with twin Volvo Penta D4 300-hp diesel engines. She comes equipped with most of what is needed to get the dream started and her price is designed for baby boomers ready to retire. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha SX240 HO:
A Boat & Stern for Towing

Yamaha SX240 HO
The folks at Yamaha Watercraft not only popularized jet engines in sportboats, but they also started a revolution in sportboat stern design.

The Yamaha SX240 HO is designed for families who like towing watersports. The builder has designed a stern area with two deck levels and seating, adding almost a third more usable space to the boat. There are soft seat backs, a tow point, and room for three on the large swim platform. This is an ideal place for prepping boards or water toys. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 90 H.O.:
State-of-the-Art Oil Delivery

Evinrude E-TEC 90 H.O.
Dedicated delivery tubes (left) put oil only where it is needed, when it is needed.

With the Evinrude E-TEC 90 H.O., boaters simply fill an oil reservoir and let the engine manage its own supply. The engine's electronic management system automatically recognizes how much oil needs to be metered out to the cylinder sleeves at any given time. Because the system puts precise amounts of oil where it needs to be and when it needs to be there, the Evinrude E-TEC 90 H.O. burns significantly less oil. And best of all, no oil changes are needed. More...

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Test Video

Premier 235 Solaris RE:
A Floating Water Park

Premier 235 Solaris RE
Here we see Captain Steve checking out the changing room/head compartment. Note the towing ring at the lower left.

There are not many pontoon boats available like the double-decker Premier 235 Solaris RE. In many ways it reminds us of the venerable bright red London double-decker buses that have plied the city's streets for generations, saving space, fuel, and money. Likewise, the 235 Solaris RE increases the toon's person carrying capacity to 16 with the PTX triple-toon hull. Not only does the top deck provide shade below, it also is a fun venue for kids who will love the water slide. More...

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Test Video

Formula 400 FX8:
A Sophisticated Hull for Performance

Formula 400 FX8
The Formula 400 FX8 not only has one of the most luxurious interiors in class, but its bottom shape is one of the most sophisticated.

In the 400 FX8 Formula has taken two hull surface concepts and blended them into one bottom to provide hard-to-get performance. The boat's 22-degree deadrise bottom pretty much maximizes riding comfort in this size range, but at the expense of some speed and fuel efficiency. To mitigate that compromise, the builder has introduced not one, but two steps in the boat's bottom. As the boat moves, a vacuum is created in the recessed grooves under the boat, sucking in air, thereby reducing wetted surface -- and friction. This makes the boat faster and more efficient. Best of all the boat runs 5-degrees bow high when on plane and handles well, according to our captain. More...

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Captain's Report

Tracker Pro Team 175 TF:
World-Class Aluminum Construction

Tracker Pro Team 175 TF
The Tracker Pro Team 175 TF is designed with bow and stern casting platforms for both bass and multi-species fishing.

All we can say is that the Tracker Pro Team 175 TF is a win-win for the consumer in this class of boat: "win" because the boat is built with robotics, significant aluminum substructures using best industry practices, and has a powder-coated hull that is baked on for long life. (We have toured the plant and can attest first-hand to that statement.) The second consumer "win" is because high volume and low factory and dealer margins, allow reasonable pricing. More...

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Captain's Report

Glastron GT 225:
Good Ergonomics in a Sportboat Package

Glastron GT 225
Glastron boats have always been known for having sporty good looks. The GT 225 has that plus good interior ergonomics.

Creating a comfortable Glastron GT 225 requires more than a deep-V bottom and properly layered foam seat cushions. It also means that the ergonomics of the boat be realistic and well-executed. We like the proportions of the helm. Both the captain and companion have bucket seats and the U-shaped seating in the cockpit is large and versatile. Find out more...

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Interior & Accommodations Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 65:
Built with Premium, Designer Materials

Monte Carlo Yachts 65
What is high art worth?

What is the difference between a painting by Picasso and one by Homer Simpson? Both use canvas and oil paint, but there the similarity ends. Likewise, the Monte Caro Yachts 65 is more than the sum of its designer fabrics, such as Armani Casa, or exotic construction materials, like the carbon fiber in its hardtop. Conceived by brilliant designers and executed by dedicated craftsmen, we think the MCY 65 is a floating work of art. Take a connoisseur's look...

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Test Video

Prestige 450 S:
Lightweight Pays Off at the Pump

Prestige 450 S
The designers at Prestige have managed to keep their heads and design a boat that actually looks like a boat, instead of a waterbourne sports car.

There is a definite trend these days in virtually every conveyance towards lighter weight. In larger boats, Prestige is one of the builders leading the way in this direction. The 450 S has a dry weight of 24,251 lbs. (11,000 kg.) which pays off when powered with twin Volvo Penta IPS600 435-hp diesels. WOT speed is 39.2 mph, best cruise is 31.2 mph where the boat gets 1.1 smpg. More...

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

Basic Rules of the Road: Part 1

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This is the first lesson in BoatTEST.com's 73-lesson series covering the basic information all boaters should know.


Captain Steve covers some of the basic rules of the road in these lessons which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The boater will learn about lines of demarcation, traveling at safe speeds, how to determine the risk of collision. Part 1 is the first installment of a multi-part series on Basic Rules of the Road. 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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