Alaska Senator Stops EPA Permit Relief Bill!
Last Thursday night, June 26th, Sen. Bill Nelson on the
floor of the U.S. Senate requested “unanimous consent” on S. 2766, the Clean Boating
Act of 2008 (aka, EPA Permit Relief Bill) and it was about to pass, thus sparing
17 million Americans from the onerous, new EPA Regs when…one, lone Senator objected.
But that was all it took to stop the bill cold in its tracks on its way to enactment.
With just 18 congressional “working” days left before the Sept. 30th deadline (see article below explaining this), Sen. Lisa Murkowski
has chosen to try to advance the interests of commercial fishing vessel owners above
the interests of 51,000 Alaskan recreational boat owners – to say nothing of the
17 million American boat owners in the other 49 states. To find out more about Sen. Murkowski, what is going on behind the
scenes, and what you can do about this travesty of boaters' rights (about to be
lost)…sally forth here.
Boat Tests & Reviews
Seaway 24 Offshore
Seaway launched its first boat for the recreational industry at the 2008 Miami Boat
Show with the Offshore 24. The Seaway 24 is a Downeast-style boat with workboat
lines that appeal to boaters tired of the "shake 'n' bake" look. With a Honda 150-hp
on the stern, she showed both power and fuel efficiency. Go to the complete test and video...
Four Winns V258
Four Winns knows that the two things boaters want most is plenty of elbow room and
pin-you-to-the-seat performance for you and your guests. They deliver these
features and more with their stylish weekend cruiser, the V258. See complete test and video...
Premier 221 Gemini
Premier’s 221 Gemini is a boat built for easy launching and set-up, so that you
can get right to the fun. The builder has an industry-wide reputation for
quality and good customer service. This boat is an economical package that
certainly “keeps it simple” while affording your family plenty of opportunity for
fishing, watersports, cruising, entertaining and general fun at an affordable price.
See complete test and video...
Tigé designers and engineers are gaining a much-deserved reputation for SOTA design
and performance. The RZ2 represents one of their most exciting examples of this
with its pickle-fork design which has become quite popular with many builders in
the last couple of years. See complete test and video report...
Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around
Seaswirl calls the 2901 a walk around, but it is so big that you might think of
it as an "express." She is an all-new design from the keel-up, not a warmed-over
something else. She offers overnight accommodations for up to six, a roomy
fishy cockpit and a long list of standard features including a hardtop! We
love what Seaswirl has done with this boat. Check it out.
Vectra 2040 IO
What do you do for the family that loves to ski and loves to fish? Well, you make
them a great "cross-over" boat on a very stable deckboat design. That is exactly
what Vectra has done with the 2040 IO by adding some basic fishing features.
Vectra deckboats are coming on strong and challenging some of the old deckboat brands
which are getting stale. See complete test and video...
The RXT-X is a pumped-up version of the popular RXT, introduced
in 2005. With the addition of a bigger supercharger and an internal intercooler,
the engineers at Sea-Doo have managed to squeeze a reported 255 horsepower out of
the Rotax 4-TEC engine. See complete test and video…
Alumacraft Lunker 165 CS
Alumacraft tells us that they use nothing but the best materials. The hull is cut
and shaped from a single piece of aluminum stock. Using an extruded center keel
and "aircraft grade" rivets, they build a solid hull that resists heaving and provides
a dry, responsive ride. BoatTEST recently tested the Lunker 165 CS with the
new F40 engine from Yamaha. Check out the test results…
Captain Robert Smith points out some of the key features
on Robalo's flagship center console. The Kevlar reinforced hull, tons of storage
and twin Yamahas as power are a few of the points that make the R300 ideal for offshore.
See video review…
Bertram 20 Moppie Repowered
with 220-hp Yanmar Diesel
Mack Boring, the New Jersey distributor for Yanmar recently
repowered a classic Bertram 20, better known as the Moppie. Originally she was powered
by a 175-hp OMC gas engine with sterndrive. Boring replaced the 746-lb. gas sterndrive
package with a 683-lb. 6BY220Z Yanmar diesel driving through a MerCruiser Bravo
III. Mack Boring sent us his test results recently and they were so startling we
asked to test the boat ourselves. In the meantime, we’re so excited by the tremendous
improvement in fuel efficiency and WOT obtained by the Yanmar 220-hp diesel that
we are passing them along.
To see the Mack Boring numbers…plunk your magic twanger.
Rob takes us through the new 6BY Series from Yanmar.
Level Flotation is NOT Universal
There is probably no aspect of a center console boat more
important than its flotation, yet the subject is not discussed much. Many companies
say their center consoles over 20 feet will float or float level, but will they?
And even if they do, does that keep them from capsizing? For the answers to these
questions, we went to Steve Dougherty, president of Everglades, and a man who has
been involved with foam flotation all of his life in center console boats from Boston
Whaler to Edgewater to Everglades.
Promo of the Week
Yamaha Offers Cost-Free
Boating for the Summer!
Yamaha 230 HO
Yamaha 232 Limited
Yamaha 212 SS
If you have ever dreamed about boating free for the summer,
we have good news – Yamaha’s offering the mother of all boating promotions: 0% Down,
0 payments for 120 days, 0% interest for 120 days, and a Visa debit card with $700
on it! With $700 you can “best cruise” from Newport, RI to Bermuda and still have
money left over for a Big Mac. Mind you, to get the 0% down you must have an adequate
credit score, and the rate of interest charged also depends on your credit rating.
This terrific offer is on selected models, including the AR230 which was named the
Boating Magazine “Boat of the Year.” The promotion runs until July 31, 2008, but
why wait until then and miss most of the summer?
See all Yamaha boat tests and videos…
Go directly to Yamaha’s website Summer Promotional page…
The Prop Selection Process
With more propellers out there than boats to put them
on, choosing the correct prop can get confusing quickly. What determines a
prop's performance on a given boat and motor combination? How does the shape
of the blades affect performance and efficiency? Get answers to these questions and more by watching Capt. Rob's
Smoker Craft Looking For Dealer in the West
Smoker Craft Millentia 172
1940 Deck Boat
Smoker Craft, one of the largest builders of aluminum
boats, is currently looking for dealers in the western United States. Sister companies
Sylvan pontoon boats and Vectra fiberglass deckboats are also available. The states
involved are TX, OK, AR, CA, and AZ. Phil Smoker tells us that there are a lot of
advantages to working with a well-established family-owned boat company such as
Smoker Craft, including being able to deal directly with the owner, getting quick
decisions and knowing that warranty work will be taken care of promptly. Established
dealers interested in the Smoker brands should contact Phil Smoker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See Smoker Craft videos and tests…
See Sylvan videos and tests…
See Vectra videos and tests…
Mako & Mercury Team Up
Mako really wants you to have that black power on the
back, so much so that they have a deal that can get you up to $4K cash back.
To find out about the details
How We Test...
...And Who Does It
This year we will test more boats than ever before, about 200, and leading that
operation is Capt. Rob Smith, Director of Testing. To find out more about Capt. Rob and how we test...click here.
Whether you are a new boater or an old salt, prop safety should always take center
stage. Captain Robert Smith shows us that props can be extremely dangerous
and why you should always turn off your engine when swimmers are in the water.
EPA Permit Fiasco
Why There Are Only 18 Days Left to Pass S.2766
Sen. Lisa Murkowski has reserved her right to blow the Clean Boating Act of 2008
out of the water, but even if she ultimately decided not to, with each passing day
the chances of passage grow dimmer. While there are 100 calendar days left until
the Sept. 30th deadline for passage, there are really only 18 “congressional workdays”
To find out why this is so, just watch this video from Uncle Jay…Uncle Jay explains.
Tell Us What You Think
New Functionality On BoatTEST
In addition to the
Rate Your Boat function, BoatTEST.com has a simple and easy to use
“type-in window” below each boat test and engine review. If you have owned
the boat or engines being discussed, feel free to add your comments to help our
new members make the right product selection. BoatTEST.com believes strongly that
the best test is the “test of time.”
Why not add your comments now?
"Rate your boat" by clicking the
Owner Reports tab
on any boat test.
Click on the "Comments" button
located on every engine test page and boat test video page.
Pay Per View Videos: Great Learning Aids
Whether you have questions about seamanship basics, how to choose the right boat
or learning about your new boat, Captain Cefus McRae has an answer for you.
BoatTEST has made special arrangements with the DVD publishers to bring you these
instructive videos--at a fraction of their $35 DVD price. Just pick the PPV series
that you want to view and show it to the entire family on your computer for up to
7 days for one low price. Find out more about Captain Cefus McRae's instructional videos.
Ducky Award Winner
“The extra flotation offsets any additional diaper ballast!” – G. Wolf
“Laugh it up now cuz when you get old I choose the nursing home.” – J. Martinez
Honorable (almost) Mention
“And you thought you were having a bad boating day…I have to go around
looking like a deformed Big Bird!” – S. DelGrippo
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