Yamaha 242 // Regal 53 // Pursuit 385 // 18 Reviews - 07/23/2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Monte Carlo MC5
- MJM 50z
- Tracker Pro Guide V-16 WT
- Cruisers Yachts 310
- Mercury Enertia ECO Prop
- Jeanneau NC9
- Sailfish 320 Express WA
- Larson All American 23
- Sea Ray L650 Fly
- PowerTech Prop Selection
- Yamaha 242 Limited
- Pursuit OS 385
- Regal 53 Sport Coupe
- Robalo R180
- Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan
- Tahoe Q7i
- Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
- Glastron GT 245
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Monte Carlo MC5:
Smooth Operator Offshore

Monte Carlo MC5
In turns, the Monte Carlo MC5 leans 17-degrees into the turns which keeps everyone on board comfortable.

Regardless of what speed, when the Monte Carlo MC5 encountered sizable wakes (we tested on a flat day), the result was the same: we simply sliced right through with no pounding, spray, or hardly any rumble at all. Our test crew waited for the "bump", but it never came. This attribute is well documented in our video. When we had to stop to move our camera crew to the chase boat, she laid broadside to the wind and only rolled 10-degrees or less in the swells. This was no doubt due to her relatively flattish stern sections, rather than being a deep-V. More...

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Test Video

MJM 50z:
A Special Boat for Veteran Yachtsmen

MJM 50z
The new MJM 50z is low and sleek and is designed to be a classy indoor/outdoor entertaining platform for day cruising with friends, plus be a comfortable cruiser for a couple or two.

In just 4 weeks the new MJM 50z will be launched and we know a number of veteran yachtsmen who are looking forward to seeing her at the Newport, Annapolis and Ft. Lauderdale boat shows. Builder Bob Johnstone has essentially taken the accommodations everyone seems to like in a flying bridge and put them on the main deck, thus eliminating the climb, to say nothing of other issues. The builder says that she will be exceedingly fuel efficient thanks to her light-weight construction materials and techniques, and she comes standard with a SeaKeeper anti-roll stabilizer. She will carry a CE "A" rating. More...

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Test Video

Tracker Pro Guide V-16 WT:
Rugged Boat for Inland Waters

Tracker Pro Guide V-16 WT
The protection of two consoles connected with a high, wrap-around windshield makes Tracker’s Pro Guide V-16 WT a popular design for anglers who face adverse fishing conditions.

The Tracker Pro Guide V-16 WT's double-plated aluminum hull is braced by a longitudinal stringer system welded into position along the full length of the boat’s running surface and to the boat’s extruded aluminum, corner-braced, box-beam transom. Three well-padded swivel seats with no-pinch hinges offer several seating options thanks to six seat bases in the decks. The cockpit is deep and broad for a 16-footer (4.87 m), giving plenty of space to swing a rod. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 310 Express:
Easy Rider--and Easy to Operate

Cruisers Yachts 310 Express
With a LOA of 31'3" (9.53 m) and a beam of 10' (3.05 m) the Cruisers Yachts 310 Express is roomy enough for a party of 4 to live together comfortably for a long weekend.

The Cruisers Yachts 310 Express features a broad spray rail to help keep water off the windshield and out of the cockpit, even in bumpy going, and the 10' (3.0 m) beam gives stability in beam seas. The double-wide helm seat is deeply padded, and a flip-up bolster eases the ride when the captain prefers to stand rather than sit. Digital engine controls and a tilt steering wheel make for easy operation at the docks or at speed. More...

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Test Video

Mercury Enertia ECO Prop:
Economical Cruising Wheels

Mercury Enertia ECO Prop
The Mercury Enertia ECO prop is designed with a progressive rake that increases as the blade moves from the hub to the outer edge, delivering improved fuel economy at cruising speeds on many boats.

Mercury's Enertia ECO three-blade prop is designed to operate more efficiently in the rpm range where most of us spend the bulk of our running time -- at cruising speeds. Large diameter, large blade areas and careful engineering of the prop delivered in our tests improved efficiency in the midrange. Mercury's proprietary X7 stainless steel alloy makes this an exceptionally durable propeller. More...

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Test Video

Jeanneau NC9:
Multi-Mission Coastal Cruiser

Jeanneau NC9
The Jeanneau NC9 should appeal to experienced owners who understand boats and are interested in function, utility and price.

The Jeanneau NC9 is a versatile vessel that could readily handle anything from distance coastal cruising for one or two couples to being a watersports platform for day boating with the family and a gang of kids. She can be a floating summer cottage that can go anywhere her 2'11" (0.89 m) draft allows. For buyers seeking function, utility and reasonable pricing -- as well as a handsome appearance -- the NC9 has a lot to offer. More...

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New Captain's Report

Sailfish 320 Express Walk Around:
For Serious Offshore Anglers

Sailfish 320 Express Walk Around
The Sailfish 320 Express Walk Around has a LOA of 32’ (9.75 m), a beam of 10’ (3.05 m), and a hull draft of 22” (55.9 cm).

Regular readers know that we like express fishboats for blue water game fishing and the Sailfish 320 Express Walk Around certainly fits the bill. There are large steps on either side of the cockpit so that an angler can easily get to the side decks to work a fish around the bow. Most important, she does not have the "trenches" we see on the traditional "walk-arounds" that are often narrow and rob space from below. More...

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Captain's Report

Larson All American 23:
Comfort, Style and Old School Charm

Larson All American 23
The Larson All American 23 has classic -- and classy -- styling, including swooping sheer lines, rounded stern quarters and centerline walkover at the transom.

A swooping sheer line gives the Larson All American 23 a distinctive look not seen in the U.S. market in years, if not decades. The chromed, sweptback windshield frame adds to the classic feel. Extra comfort touches include a flip-up centerline armrest on the aft bench seat and optional port and starboard seat inserts in the bow which can be removed so both sides offer forward sitting while underway, not just forward lounging. More...

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New Test Video

Sea Ray L650 Fly:
A Sea-Change at Sea Ray

Sea Ray L650 Fly
In the new L650 Fly, Sea Ray has moved decidedly up market in terms of material, equipment and fit-and-finish.

For long-distance cruising in open ocean, the standard SeaKeeper Gyro Stabilizers will be much appreciated by captain and crew of the Sea Ray L650 Fly. The standard lower helm -- absent on many boats in this class -- frees up the flying bridge from being wrapped in isinglass for all-weather operations. The optional Glendinning joystick will make for easy docking for owner/operators, or for seasoned pro captains. And the standard hydraulic swim platform will allow easy handling of the ship's tender with minimal crew. All of this is just the beginning. More...

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Product Video

PowerTech Prop Selection:
Geometry that Delivers Performance

PowerTech Prop Selection
The right prop diameter, pitch, blade area and overall design is key to making any boat/motor package reach its best possible performance.

Optimizing performance in any given boat/motor combination depends heavily on the engineered geometry of the propeller(s). A prop with the right pitch and adequate blade area is a good start, but it may take tweaks in rake, cupping or ventilation through the use of exhaust ports in the barrel to get a boat running right. With over 5,000 available models, PowerTech Props can provide the perfect match for nearly any boat/power package. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha 242 Limited:
Twin Power for Twice the Family Fun

Yamaha 242 Limited
Yamaha's 242 Limited jet offers high performance in a family-sized package with all the creature comforts.

The Yamaha 242 Limited has twin Yamaha 1812cc high-output engines and some cool functions. Get above 3000 rpm and hit the single rocker switch and the engines go to cruise mode. One can incrementally increase or decrease their speed eight increments either way without touching the throttle. In no-wake mode, hit the same switch and there are three increments up or down. The transom area is likely to draw the evening family gatherings even more than the comfortable cockpit. Two aft facing seats, drink holders, a stereo remote and a removable pedestal table all make this a welcoming venue. More...

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Captain's Report

Pursuit OS 385 Offshore:
Yacht Quality in a Fishing Express

Pursuit OS 385 Offshore
Pursuit’s OS 385 Offshore is a classy express cruiser that's also a get-to-the-fish-fast offshore rig.

Pursuit is among the top tier builders in class, with a premium level of construction and fit-and-finish. Touches like the solid Khaya and Maple wood decking in the salon and an electrically-actuated pedestal that lowers the solid wood table to convert it to a double berth are but a few of the marks of top-end quality. No worries about handling at the dock: A standard bow thruster is included, but with twin or triple Yamahas, buyers can also consider the Yamaha Helm Master joystick control system in either the basic version or with the bow thruster. More...

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Captain's Report

Regal 53 Sport Coupe:
Class Act, Inside and Out

Regal 53 Sport Coupe
With solid wood furnishings and top end upholstery materials, the Regal 53 Sport Coupe delivers a yacht-quality interior.

The new model Regal 53 Sport Coupe comes in three possible main deck layouts and three different accommodation layout options, one including three staterooms. In addition, Regal makes available a wide variety of fabrics and materials for the interior. The millwork and finishes, in solid hardwood rather than veneers, are executed by furniture-making sub-contracted craftsmen, not by boat builders. Bulkheads and doors are also solid furniture-grade hardwoods. More...

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Layout & Features Video

Robalo R180:
Quality in a Tough Center Console

Robalo R180
The R180 has plenty of freeboard for coastal operation, and also offers a shallow draft so anglers can take her into skinny water.

The Robalo R180 has Kevlar reinforcement in the keel, Imedge gelcoat to resist UV chalking and "Hydropel" acrylic epoxy resin in the layup to prevent water blistering. Another unusual touch for an 18-footer (5.49 m) is the front-opening console, which allows adequate interior space for a step-down head. More...

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Test Video

Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan:
Choice of 3 Drive Control Systems

Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan
The Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan takes the worry out of docking, whether the buyer opts for the standard "Docking on Command" system with standard drive or the optional pod-drive propulsion.

The "Docking on Command" system comes standard on the Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan with the standard twin 380-hp Cummins QSB electronic diesels, pretty much taking all the worry out of docking in challenging situations. Move the boat-shaped hand-control forward to go forward, back to back up and sideways to waltz straight to port or starboard. Buyers can opt for the QSB models up to 480 horses with standard drive, or with Zeus pod drives to allow shifting the powerplants aft, opening up lots of storage space below decks, and making dock maneuvering equally simple with a joystick. More...

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Test Video

Tahoe Q7i:
Family-Friendly Sportboat

Tahoe Q7i
With the Tahoe Q7i's PowerGlide hull with Hydrostep lifting strakes, we had a quick time to plane of under 3 seconds and a top speed of 53.7 mph.

Everything about the layout of the Tahoe Q7i encourages watersports fun with the family. The towing attachment is standard, or opt for the tower package. Wet storage on the swim platform as well as under the cockpit deck gives plenty of space to store boards, skis and snorkel gear, and the standard Blaupunkt stereo offers Bluetooth capabilities as well as MP3 hookup. A sun pad on the engine cover gives space to stretch out for a snooze. More...

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Test Video

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage:
Safe, Strong and Very Fishy

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
Boston Whaler's 320 Outrage is a rugged, solidly-constructed offshore fishing boat -- with a touch of class and comfort.

Featuring the classic "hull-within-a-hull" Unibody construction, the Boston Whaler 320 Outrage delivers the solid and quiet ride for which the company is famed. The urethane foam "sandwich" between inner liner and outer hull means this is one 32-footer (9.75 m) that's unsinkable and floats level if she ever swamps. And with a 23-degree deadrise at the transom and a 10'2'' (3.09 m) beam, she's ready to take on some serious blue water, calm or snotty. For those who like everything done right, great attention to detail and top notch fit-and-finish, the 320 Outrage (3.09 m) may be on a very short list of boats to consider. More...

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Captain's Report

Glastron GT 245:
Family Day Boat with Style

Glastron GT 245
The Glastron GT 245 is a good-looking dayboat that will work well for tow-sports as well as simply blasting around the lake on a steamy summer day.

Three different models (performance, watersports, or luxury cruising) of the Glastron GT 245 provide a choice of mission within this sporty-looking, family-oriented build. There's under-seat storage for an Igloo cooler aft and lots of cup holders scattered around the boat, as well as all the usual storage under the seats. The changing compartment/head in the port console will also be welcome for families -- the Porta-Potti is optional. The sun pad over the engine box lifts up on one end to create a chaise lounge. More...

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How to Trim an Outboard or Sterndrive Boat

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