BoatTEST Offers Educational Pay Per View Videos
Don’t worry – the boat test, engine, equipment and other
videos that you have come to rely upon at BoatTEST will continue to be FREE! But
in order to bring you educational videos that normally sell for up to $35 on DVDs
at marine supply stores, BoatTEST has made special arrangements with the DVD
publishers. Now you can see the best of these DVDs online for a fraction of the
cost – from ONLY $4.99 to $6.99! Now you can see Capt. Cefus McRae’s famous “nuts
& bolts” series of “Back to the Basics” for a fraction of the retail price.
For one low price you can have access for 7 DAYS to the best material from any one
of these educational videos. Just pick the PPV video series you want to view and
show it to the whole family right on your computer.
These special “made for Internet viewing” videos are available only at BoatTEST.com.
Boat Tests & Reviews
Doral Elite 265 BR
The eye-catching design of the Elite Series will make the water sports enthusiast
happy while still maintaining the look and feel of a high-class cruiser. The 265
BR has room for everyone yet still has amenities like an oversized stand-up changing
room with head and vanity and an engine box that has room to get to nearly every
component with ease. This boat is as sexy as they come and should be on your
Go to the complete report and video...
Hydra-Sports Bay Bolt 23
Hydra-Sports put its popular Bay Bolt 23 through a major update to come
out with a hard-charging, heavy-duty fishing machine for light tackle bay fishing enthusiasts. The builder kept the stable beam and proven running surfaces, but changed
just about everything else from the stringers to the
deck and center console. See complete test and video...
Stratos' 294 XL is a tournament rig made of all composites and zero wood. Stratos
builds their line to compete directly with the aluminum builders for stability,
fishability, performance, price, and ease of storage. See complete test and video...
Malibu Wakesetter 23 XTi
Malibu offers two main versions of the Wakesetter: the VLX and the
XTi. The XTi has her engine about midship, balancing the weight and maximizing
seating potential. The XTi’s center mounted engine makes for better handling and
an aft seating zone that features a removable table and wraparound seating for up
to four adults. See complete test and video report...
JC Pontoon NepToon 23 TT Sport
The NepToon series offers a choice of two, or three tubes, and JC Pontoon’s U-shaped
tube provides a more rigid structure and better buoyancy than traditional round
tubes. This NepToon 23 TT Sport combines ample space with great performance—over
38 miles-per-hour—from our test boat’s 200-hp Suzuki four-stroke outboard.
See complete test and video…
Sea-Doo 230 Challenger
The direct drive models from Sea-Doo have more power, more features and some
pretty neat innovations that are both eye-catching and useful. Outwardly, they look
the same as typical sportboats, but in their hearts, or engines, they are quite
a different animal. The 230 Challenger has both the power for watersports and the
speed thrill--on test day the 230 Challenger reached 52 mph with twin 215-hp
supercharged, intercooled engines. See complete test and video...
Triumph 170 DC
Triumph's 170 offers a great entry-level boat for the family that
wants to get into the fishing game at an affordable price. The
170 is a very manageable
boat. With a choice of either Dual Console or Center Console design, you can choose
the one that fits your style of fishing best. This
boat is also affordable and safe for first-time boaters.
See complete test and video…
Southport 28 Express
Southport Boat Works is a relative new-comer to center consoles and is building
specifically around four-stroke engines. Now the company has begun building express
cruisers. The Southport 28 Express comes well equipped with tons of fishing
features, a 580-quart fish box, a 50-gallon livewell, lots
of tackle boxes and a
“Command Link” Comes
To Yamaha F250 Outboard
The fly-by-wire “Command Link” Digital Control System that was introduced last year
on the F300 and F350, is now available as an option on the Yamaha F250. This system
eliminates the old mechanisms and replaces them with wire. There is a back up, get
home system should you have a digital failure which Capt. Smith demonstrates. This
video points out the latest technology employed in the F250, paying particular attention
to the intake manifold and cooling system. To see the latest on this saltwater workhorse…rev
Boat Buying Tips
Good Fit 'n' Finish Counts
Once the auto capital of the world, decades of poor “fit
'n’ finish” have left the “Detroit 3” struggling to survive. Consumers the world over want quality
in their products, no matter how much or how little they might pay for them. When
you buy a new boat you have one chance to make sure that it is everything it should
be – and that is BEFORE you take delivery. To get a “fit 'n' finish” checklist…kick this tire.
Auto Inflatable Life Vests for Your Guests
A major cause of boating insurance claims is the
result of guests falling or inadvertently being flung overboard in high speed turns.
Veteran boaters have learned over
the years to stay aboard, but forget that guests do not have the same learned
instincts – and the results can be tragic. Self-inflating life vests are important in case someone
is knocked out in the process of going overboard. While EVERYONE ABOARD should be
wearing an auto-inflating life vest, at the very least protect your guests with
them. Prices range from $90 up. Shop and compare…
See test of Mustang auto-inflating
Boat Buying Tips
A Perfect Storm for Boat Buyers
Loren Simkowitz is a boat owner who made tens of millions in commercial real estate.
In a recent interview shown on BoatTEST he said "You
make money when you buy a boat or
a property, not when you go to sell it." What did he mean? Simply, that if you buy
low -- and well below the market, when you go to sell, chances are that inflation,
increased scarcity, greater demand or all three will maximize your selling price.
In boats that may mean selling for close to what you paid. To find out why this summer is the "perfect storm for boat buyers,"
and how you can take advantage of it...read on.
A popular Sea-Doo Direct Drive boat is the
230, and little wonder as the boat has several innovative features. First, the boat
has a lot of seating for the size. It also has electric windshields which are the
only ones we’ve seen on a bowrider. To see the other innovations, take a look at this video report done
by Capt. Smith…
Manitou Seeks Dealers
Manitou Pontoon Boats is expanding its dealer network throughout the USA and Canada.
Territories that are open include KY, NC, SC, GA, OH, IN, PA, LA, TX, OK, AR, FL,
AZ, and WA. Manitou has won six straight CSI Awards and two JD Power Awards the
last three years. The patent pending V-ToonTM SHP has gotten the pontoon industry’s attention.
To find out more about dealer opportunities with this top-ranked brand…get a toon-up.
See Manitou video tests...
New EZ Dock for PWCs
Just launched in time for summer, EZ Dock® introduces
the patent pending EZ Port® MAX for PWCs. The EZ Port MAX was designed to accommodate
the increasing size and weight of today’s leading personal watercrafts. “The
all new EZ Port MAX is the next generation in personal watercraft lifts from the
leader in PWC lifts, EZ Dock” said Dan Guthrie, President of EZ Dock. To find out more…dock your mouse.
Captain Robert Smith and Steve Powers review the importance of props, including
how the incorrect prop can affect your boating experience and how to ensure that
you've got the right one. Listen in to learn how to get better performance.
New Wellcraft 210 CC
Wellcraft’s new 210 CC has a beam of 8’6”, displaces 3575 lbs. dry without an engine,
has a fuel capacity of 101 gal., and a 19-degree deadrise. The company says that
this boat has the only full-height outboard splash well built in this type of boat.
The usable cockpit
space is on par with many 22 and 23-footers, Wellcraft says. Inside the console
is a head, and the company is proud of its lighted 104 qt. baitwell and its transferable
10-year structural hull warranty. The MSRP is less than several leading brands we
checked in the same size range. To see detail pictures, specs and engine options…hook this up.
To see Wellcraft video tests.
Hatch Size is Important
Regular readers of this newsletter know that
we don’t often relate news about sailboats but last week an incident occurred that
illustrates the importance of having a large escape hatch.
We have often pointed out that the hatches on the foredecks of powerboats
need to be large enough to enable the biggest member of your crew to easily escape
in case of an emergency. We like to
see hatches at least 22” square or 22” in diameter if round.
See video interview...
To find out what happened to six sailors on their way to
…squeeze through this.
Pat Cunningham of Bertram and Tiara
Pat Cunningham, 65, died Monday in the Cardiovascular Center at the University of
Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor, Mich. after a 10-year struggle with heart disease.
Pat spent most of his career in the boating business working his way up to president
of Bertram Yachts, which he ran from 1982 to 1989. Later he was VP of sales and marketing at Tiara
until his retirement in 1998. Pat was an active member of the boating industry and
at one time was an officer of the NMMA.
For more about Pat’s career…read on.
Ducky Award Winner
“How many people does it take to fix a T-Top?" – D. Emmons
“Upon filling up with gas, the Smith family was now faced with a tough decision:
which of their three children would no longer be able to go to college?” – J. Martinez
“There must be more beer around here somewhere…look under the boat again.”
– B. Crooks
“What do you mean the cooler is missing?” – D. Close
Devil Duck Award
“Hey honey, could you please throw me a beer so I can finish watching our daughter
perform in the wet t-shirt contest?”
– R. Lancon
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