11 Videos // Rampage 41 // Sailfish 290 // Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express - 08/13/2014
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Rampage 41 Express
- Beneteau Resin & Coring
- Formula 270 Bowrider
- Monte Carlo MC5
- Sailfish 290CC
- Beneteau Gran Turismo 49
- Cruisers Sport Series 275
- Volvo Penta V8-430
- Sun Tracker BB 18 DLX
- Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish
- Prestige 750
- Tigé RZR
- Nitro Z-9
- Manitou 25 Legacy
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Rampage 41 Express:
Fishing Machine
Doubles as a Cruiser

Rampage 41 Express
The Rampage 41 Express includes a jumbo cockpit for anglers in pursuit of big game fish far offshore.

The Rampage 41 Express has a notable 16' (4.87 m) wide beam, which is 1' to 3' (.30 m to .91 m) wider than most boats in class, delivering lots of extra fishing and living space. She carries 700 gallons (2,650 L) of fuel, 100 gallons more than her closest competitor and 175 gallons or 33% more than most boats in class. She's a relatively heavy hull at 32,849 lbs. (14,900 kgs.), and with just 12 degrees of deadrise, she should be stable in beam seas and relatively fuel-efficient. She offers up to 7' of headroom in the cabin, which is rare in this LOA for an express fisherman. More...

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New Factory Video

Beneteau Factory Resin & Coring:
Smart Technology Saves Weight

Beneteau Factory Resin & Coring
Balsa coring done right is a trademark of the Beneteau line, combining careful layup with engineered materials that deliver exceptional strength to weight ratios.

Beneteau's balsa core technology creates a remarkably stiff hull without excessive weight. Flexible end-grain balsa mats encased watertight in resin-infused glass delivers strength without the mass of solid, heavy fiberglass. More...

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Test Video

Formula 270 Bowrider:
Loud Pipes & Quiet Elegance

Formula 270 Bowrider
Our test of the Formula 270 Bowrider powered by the Mercury 8.2 L MAG 380 horsepower engine cranked off a top end run of 52.1 mph.

Looking fast is good, but looking fast and going fast, is even better. With the single 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG turning a B3 outdrive, Formula's 270 Bowrider will be one of the fastest boats her size on the water this side of an offshore raceboat. But that is only part of her story, because her interior and upholstery looks like something out of a classy Downeast dayboat. For those who want more--and can afford it--opt for the 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG High Output ECT with Bravo III drive. More...

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New Test Video

Monte Carlo MC5:
Italian Flare and a Comfortable Ride

Monte Carlo MC5
The Monte Carlo MC5 is a three-stateroom, two-head cruiser with flying bridge powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS500s. She offers detailing and amenities intended to appeal to veteran boaters.

The uniquely sharp entry of the Monte Carlo MC5 looks like the bow of an aircraft carrier--albeit a very stylish and elegant aircraft carrier--and that's the idea, a wave splitter that can handle some seriously rough water with scarcely a bump delivered to the plush salon and staterooms. Her tall freeboard not only maximizes headroom below but also means she can easily handle larger waves without drenching the windshield at cruising speeds. More...

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New Captain's Report

Sailfish 290CC:
Loaded XL Center Console

Sailfish 290CC
The Sailfish 290CC has a high freeboard and a deep cockpit, performs well and has all of the fishing amenities in the right places.

The Sailfish 290CC is a classic in the genre--wide, deep, brawny and loaded with fishing features including 16 rod holders, 35 gallon leaning post livewell, 30 gallon transom livewell with high speed pickup, four fishboxes in the sole, and rod storage -- name it and it's on board, standard. Her unusual VDS hull works as advertised. More...

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New Video

Beneteau Gran Turismo 49:
Sleek Express Cruiser

Beneteau Gran Turismo 49
The Beneteau Gran Turismo 49 looks fast and seaworthy, and delivers on her promises. Here we see her in a comfortable turn.

We found the performance of the Beneteau Gran Turismo 49 to be remarkable in that her WOT speed and best cruising speed were the same. At 3400 rpm she went 32.2 mph/28.0 knots, burning 38 gph for a range of 262 statute miles. She's a boat that can get where the owner wants to go rapidly, with no fuel penalty. More...

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New Captain's Report

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express:
Trailerable Cruiser that Sleeps 4

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express
Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express offers big boat handling and a deep cockpit in a trailerable boat that sleeps four.

Cruisers Sport Series 275 Express has an exceptional amount of usable deck space for her LOA, thanks in part to the lengthy swim platform extension beyond the hull. The mid cabin layout and large, enclosed head is a sure family pleaser. But what we like best is the forward cabin that seats six for dinner and sleeps two. More...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta V8-430:
Performance Engineered & Lightweight

Volvo Penta V8-430
Volvo Penta's new 430-hp engine has been completely remapped from the 6.0 L block with some of the latest technology, including variable valve timing for more low-end and mid-range torque as well as a stronger top end.

Volvo Penta's V8-430 takes advantage of several advances in technology allowing it to run smoother and cleaner while burning less fuel than its predecessor 8.1 block. And, says the manufacturer, it delivers better hole shot times and better load-carrying abilities than previously possible with the big block V8. It's also nearly 300 lbs. (136 kg) lighter than competing engines. More...

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Test Video

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 DLX:
All-Purpose Fishing Pontoon

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 DLX
The Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 DLX combines the utility of a hard-core fish boat with the stability and comfort of a pontoon boat.

The Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18 DLX is an all-purpose fishing platform with pontoon-boat space and convenience. The bow fishing platform includes two fishing chairs with screw-in pedestals and rail-mounted rod, tool and drink holders, and the rest of the boat is equally well-equipped for angling. The aft fishing station combines rod and cup holders with an aerated livewell/baitwell within close reach of the rear fishing seat. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish:
Multi-Purpose for Families with Anglers

Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish
Striking styling and luxury are rare in ski-and-fish designs, but the Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish scores in both areas.

Chaparral's H2O 21 Ski & Fish is more ski-boat/runabout than fishing boat, but when converted, she not only has all the essentials of a serious fishing boat, but she still has the eye appeal of a luxury runabout. Her cockpit is a bit deeper than the typical ski-and-fish, and also includes more creature comforts likely to please the family. More...

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Test Video

Prestige 750:
Yacht-Class Handling, Intuitive Operation

Prestige 750
The Prestige 750 is loaded with the amenities found in yachts in this class and provides a seaworthy-hull more easily propelled than most for operational efficiency.

The Prestige 750 is somewhat lighter, and shallower in draft, than many in this class. The combination makes her easier to push through the water, which means her engines can be smaller, saving yet more weight, and therefore she should be able to burn less fuel or go faster – or both – compared to her competition. Handling is intuitive: nothing happens fast according to our test captain, and even with a heavy hand at the helm, maneuvers will be calm and sedate as they should be with a motoryacht of this size. More...

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Features Video

Tigé RZR:
Feature-Rich Tow Boat

Tigé RZR
The Tigé RZR gives complete wake control for any tow sport the owner enjoys.

The Tigé RZR can deliver pretty much any wake a watersports fan likes: Our test captain reports it readily creates a monster wake for surfing the endless wave. A little more speed builds a longer wake for trick surfing, a little less delivers a shorter wave with more push for beginners. Overall, she has nearly complete wake control for any tow sport. And just as important, a system called Tigé Touch lets the driver quickly bring the boat back to the most efficient configuration for each person, as well as controlling all electrical circuits and tunes. More...

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Test Video

Nitro Z-9:
Fast Hole Shot, Stable at Speed

Nitro Z-9
The Nitro Z-9 delivered stable handling at our recorded top speed of 70.0 mph powered with a single Mercury 250-hp Pro XS OptiMax.

We know, bass can't swim 70 mph, but the competition can--and the Nitro Z-9 will likely be close to the head of the pack based on our test runs. Her stern pad plus her stepped hull gave quick hole shots (2.5 seconds with the 250-hp Mercury) with minimal bow rise, and our tests showed she has excellent handling throughout the performance envelope, with no tendency to chine walk even at maximum speed. More...

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Test Video

Manitou 25 Legacy:
Impressive Handling, Stylish Comfort

Manitou 25 Legacy
The center tube is mounted lower than the outer tubes, creating a pivot point for the Manitou 25 Legacy to roll into turns much like a sportboat.

Some pontoon boats handle like a piece of plywood with an outboard attached, but that's not the case with the Manitou 25 Legacy. Full length strakes on each tube provide lift without digging in during maneuvers and the low-mount center tube behaves like a planing hull to add speed as well as allowing the boat to lean into a turn. And, all the creature comforts make this a comfortable family boat. More...

Test Drive

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

How to Read Charts and Plot a Position

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Captain Steve explains a grid system and how to read lines of latitude and longitude to help find a location.


This week Captain Steve goes over fourteen short videos and guidelines on reading charts and how to plot an exact position by using degrees, minutes and tenths of minutes to tell anyone exactly where they are in the world. 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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