Prestige 620 S // Mercury Verado 300 // 11 Reports - 06/18/2014
BoatTEST Newsletter June 18, 2014 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Robalo 206 Cayman
- Nitro ZV 21
- Carver C34
- Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.
- Prestige 620 S
- Boston Whaler 350 Outrage
- Mercury 300 HP Verado
- Sea Ray 250 SLX
- Bayliner 210 DB
- Tigé RZR
- Carolina Classic 25
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Robalo 206 Cayman:
Flats Boat with Attitude

Robalo 206 Cayman
You can’t take an old offshore center console name like Robalo to skinny water without the "Full Monty" of fishing features.

The Robalo 206 Cayman is designed to provide a smooth ride in a chop without giving up too much speed or fuel efficiency.  Bow and stern casting decks are high.  Wide chine flats give the boat stability when trolling or at rest. More...

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Nitro ZV 21:
Fiberglass Optimizes Bottom Shape

Nitro ZV 21
There are not many fiberglass multi-species boats on the market, but the ones that are have a decided advantage over aluminum and that pays off in comfort.

For anglers looking for a durable and a comfortable-riding multi-species fiberglass fishing boat, we suggest looking at the Nitro ZV 21. She has all of the fishing features needed in this size and type of boat and because she is fiberglass, her bottom shape has been optimized for comfort at speed in a chop, something that is difficult to do in aluminum. More...

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Test Video

Carver C34:
Quiet Running at Best Cruise

Carver C37
During our test of the Carver 34 we recorded a sound level of just 78 dbA at the helm at 24.1 mph. That’s a good reading for any size boat.

The Carver C34's test numbers speak for themselves: WOT speed during our test was 30.0 mph; best cruise was 24.1 mph burning 31.2 gph. During our maneuvers we found no bad habits in turning or responsiveness to the wheel. Thanks to her high freeboard forward she provided a remarkably dry ride for a boat of her length. In many respects she seems like a boat larger than her 34'. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.:
A Brain with Digital Control

Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.
When Evinrude introduced its Evinrude E-TEC outboards a decade ago, it capitalized on digital software to send commands all over the engine.

The Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.’s EMM is the brain of the whole engine, controlling fuel flow, oil metering and other functions to maximize efficiency and power. That is why its EMM is raw-water cooled – to keep its chips from over-heating and going on the blink, otherwise known as computational dementia. More...

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Test Video

Prestige 620 S:
Linear Cruising Efficiency

Prestige 620 S
There is a reason why some modern boats have inboard power – it makes dollars and sense and the 620 S is a prime example.

With twin Volvo Penta D11 700-hp diesels the Prestige 620 S has a top speed of 31.5 knots. Best cruise we find at 18.1 knots burning 36.5 gph providing a range of 331 nautical miles with a 10% fuel reserve. Fuel efficiency is pretty linear from 13 knots to nearly top speed so we suggest finding a comfortable speed and not worrying about best fuel efficiency. More...

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Test Video

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage:
Builder Infrastructure Pays Off

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage
There are only a few large center consoles on the market that have been engineered as well as the Boston Whaler 350 Outrage. All are expensive, but none have this brand’s reputation and longevity.

The Boston Whaler 350 Outrage was designed to go offshore and down island, virtually anywhere the big convertibles go for billfish. Because this center console is so big and solid, the captain can lock in securely between the large console and the leaning post or seat. The boat’s low CG and beam, her bow flare and freeboard, all work together to make this vessel remarkably seaworthy in blue water. More...

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Mercury Verado 300 HP:
Out of the Box Performance

Mercury Verado 300 HP
When Mercury’s team of world-class engineers developed the Verado they were thinking out of the box to provide new performance possibilities.

The Mercury Verado 300 is the only supercharged 300-hp outboard on the market. The superchanger gives this engine more low-end power than other engines, as well as boosting mid-range acceleration. The supercharger also pays off in hot weather and at higher altitudes when and where naturally-aspirated engines tend to lose horsepower. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray 250 SLX:
World-Class Engineering

Sea Ray 250 SLX
Sea Ray’s engineers and designers have pulled out all of the stops to give the 250 SLX eye-popping dock envy. See what they’ve done…

Because Sea Ray builds so many boats it can afford to have a robust engineering and design infrastructure that can create world-class products. By hiring the best talent available and having safety in numbers, the Sea Ray 250 SLX is a good example of that talent at work – just look at her details. More...

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Test Video

Bayliner 210 DB:
Factory-Backed Pricing

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.

Bayliner wants boaters to know it stands behind every sale of the 210 DB with a "factory backed" approach to pricing. No matter what state you live in you can get the same $2,100 rebate, and now the factory stands behind each and every dealer. This is big news. Watch our test video and read the full test report here...

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Tigé RZR:
Feature-Rich Wakeboat

Tigé RZR
When shopping wakeboats, Tigé is a must for the sort list. She leads the category in innovations and has a near cult-like following of die-hard owners who wouldn’t be caught boarding with anything else.

Regular readers know that we are impressed with the state-of-the-art features on the Tigé RZR. No wakeboat builder, no matter how large, has a more sophisticated wake-making hull and system than Tigé. It has long been a leader in high-tech functions and the RZR has them all. More...

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Boat Show Video

Carolina Classic 25:
Outboard or Inboard Express Fishboat

Carolina Classic 25
The Carolina Classic 25 proves that one does not have to be a hedge fund manager to be able to afford a seaworthy offshore fishing boat.

With her deep-V solid fiberglass hull and 43-square-foot cockpit, the Carolina Classic 25 has been fishing far offshore alongside much bigger boats since 1991 in an inboard configuration. Several years ago in response to customer demand, the builder began offering an outboard alternative. An Armstrong bracket preserves the full transom height for safety and leaves the big-boat style fishing cockpit unaltered. More...

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Lesson of the Week

Basic Rules of the Road: Part 2:
Give-Way and Stand-On Vessels

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Stand-on versus give-way vessel. The boater must get this one right every time.


This week Captain Steve covers some basic rules of the road in these lessons and guidelines. One will learn about the right of way for stand-on vessels and corrective measures that give-way vessels must make in order to avoid collisions. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. 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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