Why Do People Get Hooked on Boating?
If you are a dyed-in-the-wool boater we bet you’ve never asked yourself that question,
but some of your friends may wonder. All boaters have some things in common and
that is why whenever they meet, they have so much to talk about. Boating is not
for just anyone. It takes time, money, knowledge, experience, patience, fortitude,
and one must have a romantic soul. Boaters are a different breed of men and women.
They value things differently than landlubbers. They love nature and like to be
out in it, not sitting in front of a TV watching it on the Discovery Channel. And
they all love one thing more than any other... to find out what that is…open this secret.
Boat Tests & Reviews
Rampage 41 Express
Rampage Yachts offers the 41 Express with optional double stateroom configuration
consisting of a forward stateroom with a comfortable island queen berth and second
stateroom featuring two twin Pullman-style berths. The aft cockpit is well designed
with over 100 square feet of space for big fish action and modular to plan the functionality
to fit your style of fishing armament. See Capt. Rob's video review.
Marquis 40 SC
Marquis developed the 40 SC
for the lucky few who appreciate the best in quality and design. The company's intention
is to bring megayacht luxury to an express cruiser scale and do it with exceptional
styling, construction and performance. Penned by the Italian naval architect firm
of Nuvolari-Lenard this sumptuous machine offers striking lines and an open-air
salon unlike anything else in her class. See complete test and video.
Bayliner 340 Cruiser
The 340 Cruiser is Bayliner's flagship cruiser geared toward value conscious buyers
and it is equipped with a host of standard features and intelligent, contemporary
styling. If inland waters are your cruising domain and you're price savvy about
that playtime, then Bayliner’s 340 Cruiser might just be the cure for those work
day blues. See complete test and video.
Ovation is a new brand developed by Silverton Marine. The Ovation 52 is being built
on a dedicated production line with a dedicated work force. All aspects of the boat
will be handled autonomously from the Silverton Marine line of boats. Editor Jeff
Hammond and author Eric Sorensen sort through the details of the new Ovation 52,
finding things they like and things to change. See video reviews.
Sunseeker Manhattan 70
If you are looking for one of the sleekest motoryachts in the world, one that looks
like it is going 50 knots at the dock, then you need look no further than the Manhattan
70 by Sunseeker. The Manhattan 70 features four ensuite staterooms and Euro-styling
that creates a vessel ideal for world-class venues.
video tour through the beautiful Manhattan 70…
Regal 4060 Commodore
We have come to recognize Regal as a builder focused on design and quality, but
there seems to be a case to make for efficiency as well. The updated 4060 has some
interesting fuel burn numbers at cruise speeds. We tested this model in St. Petersburg,
FL in some rough conditions and came away impressed with the handling, performance
and the amenities that abound in this luxurious yacht. See complete test and video.
Carver 56 Voyager SE
The 56 Voyager SE is the flagship of the Carver fleet
and it has some impressive design features starting with the contemporary pilothouse.
If you’re looking for an update to the traditional dual-station layout that provides
style, luxury, and value then check out the Voyager SE from Carver. Some Carver dealers are selling 2007 boats for below their cost...check
it out here.
Come aboard with Captain John for the
complete test and video review.
Strike 37 Walk Around
The standout feature of the Strike 37 Walk Around is the single level wide walkaround.
Any man, woman or child can safely move stern to bow while fishing the monster fish
or just enjoying the view. It has all of the simplicity of the center console and
yet all of the added features of a full cuddy cabin. Rick O'Neill from Strike discusses
the Cummins engine package. See video review.
Mainship Pilot 31 Sedan Invites Comparison
It is not often that one boat builder asks you to compare its boat with another
brand, but Mainship is doing just that with its new Pilot 31, a Downeast-styled
boat with broad appeal. Mainship is inviting all interested parties to compare their
new Pilot 31 with the Back Cove 29, another Downeast-styled boat with a single diesel
engine. Mainship’s 31 is a four-sleeper, and unlike the Back Cove 29, the galley
is on the bridge deck in a bright, airy arrangement that we like. Capt. Smith has
been aboard the Mainship 31 and you can see his video remarks below. He plans to
run test numbers out west soon, and we’ll pass them on. In the meantime, check out
Mainship’s comparison data with the Back Cove.
See Capt. Smith’s video remarks on the Mainship Pilot 31…
comparison with the Back Cove 29…
Mercury Marine's SmartCraft Gets Smarter
As engines technologies continue to advance the need to monitor engine performance
has become an important part of the boating experience. MerCruiser currently offers
a system called SmartCraft which they continually update. Having a multitude of
engine function data at your fingertips is more than just convenient, it helps to
enhance your enjoyment of boating as well as providing an added layer of safety.
Robert Smith reviews Mercury’s new SmartCraft technology, Vessel View and Digital
Throttle and Shift (DTS) which help simplify the dash, reduce the weight
and connections, and allow you to set up the information in a view that makes sense
New Fairline Targa 64
Coming to U.S. this Fall
Fairline has packed a lot of accommodations into this
three-stateroom, three head, galley down 64’ express cruiser. Powered by twin 1015-hp
Cat diesels it is the flagship of the Targa fleet. The bridge deck is larger than
it appears in the photo above and Fairline has done a good job of making this boat
a high-power day boat or a comfortable cruising boat for 6 plus a captain. The builder
plans on making about 25 of these units in the next 12 months for the world market,
but only 2 will be allocated to the U.S. To see the accommodation drawings and to find out more about the
Targa 64…read on.
“Article Search” Joins BoatTEST
In its never-ending quest to come up with more information you can use to help you
enjoy your boating experience, BoatTEST.com has recently introduced an “Article
Search" feature. It is close to the top of the homepage and the button is just to
the right of the “Video Search” button. Just type in the keyword in the box provided
and presto, article links will come up. If BoatTEST.com does not have an appropriate
article in its massive archives, the system will automatically display whatever
Google finds on the WWW. So now, when
you are doing research on any nautical subject, just come to BoatTEST.com, and ask.
OceanLED Goes Underwater
Why LED light replaces old "bulb" technology.
Are all LED underwater lights the same?
Lee Savage is the CEO of OceanLED, the Pied Piper of underwater
LED lights for yachts. While he would of course like you to buy his brand of underwater
lights, he says so long as you go with an LED system, that is the most important
decision. (What a refreshing approach!) Savage says, “bulb” technology such as halogen
and Xenon lights are things of the past. Take a look at these two very informative videos as Capt. Rob Smith
investigates underwater lights.
Not many builders can say they have had the same designer
for 36 years, but John Adams has that distinction with Formula Boats – and he is
still a young man! That 36 years of experience is a valuable asset to both Formula
and consumers because it means his mistakes are well behind him. These two videos,
and several others, were made by Formula so that John could tell the story of his
Super Sport day boats. All the videos are available when you go to a Formula test
and here are direct links to two of them…
Sport day boat concept…
at Formula’s quality and the future…
See all Formula’s test videos…
Fish Farming is Fishy
If you have never visited a salmon fish farm, count yourself as lucky. Once you
have you may never eat farmed salmon again. Below is a link to a video taken underwater
by a VideoRay robot camera. This is a great demo of what this marvelous device can
do, in addition to checking your prop, your anchor set, the bottom conditions, and
of course looking for fish. Prices start at $6k and you’re in business. If you have
a large yacht, you should never leave the dock without one.
See underwater video of salmon farm…
Visit VideoRay’s website…
Everyone Needs a Watercounter
It is important to have
both enough water under your boat as well as in your water tank when cruising. How
many times have you gone to take a shower, wash your clothes or make some coffee
only to discover that your on board well has gone dry?
Take a look at our video report on the new Watercounter…splish splash here.
Reggie Discusses Merc’s New
It is no secret that Mercury Marine
and Reggie Fountain, Founder and CEO of Fountain Powerboats and now also Baja by
Fountain, have a close working relationship. It was not surprising, then, that Mercury
asked Reggie to wring out their prototypes of the new 350-hp Verado last January.
Reggie put three of them on one of his 38’ center consoles. Merc says production
units will be available in October. We are waiting to be given the green light to
test production units. In the meantime, if you are thinking about buying a brace of these
ponies, then you’ll want to hear what Fountain has to say…super charge this.
6 Days of Monsoons Don't Stop Earthrace
Here at the helm of Earthrace is one of the ship’s crew and skipper Pete
The vessel has no AC or shower.
After six days of monsoon weather and 6 to 8 foot seas crossing the Indian Ocean,
Earthrace made her scheduled pit stop in Oman without incident. Then through the
Gulf of Aden without being attacked by pirates and into the safety of the Red Sea
where no one messes with either the Saudi or Egyptian navies. Earthrace had to slow
down in the Suez Canal on Monday, June 23, where single file at idle speed is mandatory.
As you read this she is on her way across the Med to the finish line in Saugata,
Spain. Stay tuned next week for a complete wrap up of the new record holder of the
“Around the World Powerboat Record”...if she makes it.
Rate Your Boat
How Does Your
For years boat owners have told us what they like and don’t like about their boats,
citing specific brands and models. BoatTEST puts that in its database and shares
it with prospective new boat buyers when they search our test pages. Your review
can save a new buyer lots of money and frustration, by helping them get the right
engine (usually bigger), the important options (such as the anchor windlass), and
alert them as to what to watch out for (such has the helm seat).
To add your
two cents worth about your boat…ping here.
XM WX Weather Service Lets You Dodge Cells
The above screen shots give you an idea of how you can track
and avoid bad weather with this terrific new system.
Of all of the new products we have seen come out in the last year for boaters, the
XM WX WxWorx weather system is the highest tech and the most useful. After all,
given the kind of weather we have been having lately, with thunderstorm cells coming
through packing 50-knot winds, it would be nice to know what is coming and going.
The company sends all you need in a small box, besides your chartplotter or laptop,
and Capt. Smith got the system up and running in 5 minutes. The provider takes data
from all available sources and sends it by satellite to your antenna. In addition
to radar weather maps you also get data from NOAA buoys and even where different
fish species are supposed to be biting. There is nothing like it. Take a moment and see Capt. Smith’s video demonstration…
Halogen Lights Can Be Dangerous
There are many ways a fire can start aboard a boat, but one of the most over-looked
causes is halogen lights. They can and do start fires that can burn a yacht to the
waterline. Two years ago one of our friends got aboard his new, large motoryacht
and smelled smoke. A quick run around the boat turned up nothing until a closet
door that was ajar was opened. Inside, a halogen light was doing a nice job of burning
through a cardboard box that had been placed on a shelf below it. Flames had not
yet erupted, but they were only a couple of minutes away. To find out more about halogen lights and what to do if you have
them on your boat...strike this match.
Ducky Award Winner
“Honey…I think I am stuck between a rock and a windlass!” – A. Rickelman
“Hey babe, one anchor will not be enough today so get ready to jump, okay?”
– S. Lindeman
Honorable (almost) Mention
“This d- - - anchor will catch anything except the bottom!” –B. Mann-Charlotte
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