Boat Tests & Reviews
Cabo 38 Flybridge
The 38 Flybridge is Cabo Yachts’ first new Flybridge model in three years. It is
available with engine options from Caterpillar, Cummins, Yanmar, and MAN that range
from 715 to 800 hp. Capt. Robert Smith takes a good look at the 38. Its 15'1” beam
makes it roomy and adds stability. See Video.
Oyster LD 43
Oyster has been one of the finest names in British sailboat
building for decades, and now is putting a salty toe in the powerboat market. The
LD 43 (for lunch and dinner) is intended for day tripping with a huge cockpit that
seats 6 for lunch and in the salon another 6 can join in a seafood feast. She’ll
be just fine on this side of the pond.
See our video review…
Formula 353 FASTech
In the world of high performance, offshore power boating, one company stands out
from the rest. That company is Formula, and they provide their customers with quality
construction, satisfying features, and heart pounding speed.
The 353 FAS³TECH offers electrically powered footrests and racing-style bolsters.
The helm has a tilt steering wheel and all the controls are within easy reach. The
cabin is fixed with UltraLeather lounges, entertainment center, CD/stereo, and a
stainless sink and demand system. There's enough room for four to spend the night
on the double V-berth and the couches which can sleep two. An enclosed head to starboard
offers good room to move around. See complete test and video...
Mainship Pilot 45
Mainship introduces its latest generation of trawlers with the introduction of the
flagship Pilot 45. Mainship knows the cruising life and how the trawler style and
design fits into it. With many years of experience, Mainship knows what customers
want and deliver it at a price many would not expect possible. They are the largest
builder of these style boats, building over 250 units per year. See Capt. Smith’s video test…step aboard.
Hargrave 82' Capri
Hargrave Custom Yachts is an American company that has its boats built of fiberglass
in Taiwan. Virtually all components are U.S. made. The terrific thing
about Hargrave (after the price, of course) is that you can totally customize the
boat anyway you want it. See complete test and video.
Hunton RS 43
joins the power and performance of a raceboat with the accommodations
and space of an express cruiser.
The RS 43 we reviewed came equipped with triple 315-hp Yanmar Bravo I diesel engines
and according to Hunton this model can exceed a top speed of 50 knots. Come aboard for the video tour with Captain Robert Smith.
Viking Sport Cruiser 54
Jeff Hammond reviews the Viking Sport Cruiser 54 Flybridge with James Noble the
Marketing Manager for Viking Sport Cruisers. The 54 features a three stateroom,
three head layout with a full beam master. These boats are built by Princess
in the U.K. and combine the best features of both cultures. See video review.
Maritimo 48 Convertible
Founded by Bill
Barry-Cotter who has been building boats since 1968, the mission of the Australian
Gold Coast company is to build distinctive long range cruisers. Unlike the American
concept of displacement hulls going 9 knots, Maritimo makes convertibles into long
range cruisers with the addition of a sky lounge, smaller engines, and keeps
them very lightweight. We checked out the 48 Convertible and found that with an
emphasis on range and reliability, this 3-stateroom boat has a lot to offer. Watch video review.
The Pearl 60 from Pearl Motor Yachts is the flagship of their model line. There
is no doubt the Pearl 60 was made for entertaining. The model has plenty of
space for guests to relax and sunbathe as well as an al fresco dining space complete
with a canvas sunroof for either letting in or keeping out the sun. Learn
more about this model and its four stateroom cabin here.
In the Engine Room
7 Yanmar Diesel Tests Show Interesting Relationships
Over the last couple of years we have tested seven boats with Yanmar diesels on
boats ranging from a 9,400-lb. Bertram 31 (re-power) with a 24-degree deadrise powered
by 2 x 315-hp diesels, to a 38,000-lb. Mainship Pilot with a relatively shallow
deadrise powered by 2 x 440-hp diesels. It is instructive to note how weight, deadrise,
bottom shape, beam and horsepower all effect performance. The number that most people
care about these days is miles per gallon (MPG) at best cruise. Guess which of the
seven boats above gets the most miles from each gallon of diesel – we think you’ll
be surprised! (Click on the boats to see their test page.)
Letter to the Editor
Sen. Murkowski Responds to BTC Article
I am writing in response to your July 2, 2008, article “Alaska Senator Stops Permit
Relief Bill.” There were a number of inaccuracies and innuendoes in your article
and I wanted to set the record straight.
First of all, I want to make it clear that as an avid recreational boater and sport
fisherman myself, I do not oppose S. 2766, the Clean Boating Act of 2008. I simply
want the same exemption for small commercial vessels that S. 2766 provides the recreational
fleet. For the rest of the letter…read on.
Sen. Murkowski is Killing
The Clean Boating Act of 2008
Recreational fishing boats in Alaska are a
bit different than those in the lower 48.
The letter above from Sen. Murkowski speaks for itself. You can see by linking inclusion
of her most ardent constituency – Alaskan commercial fishermen – to the Clean Boating
Act of 2008 which was written specifically for recreational boats only, she has
doomed the bill. Sen. Murkowski has twice been honored with the “Person of the Year”
Award from the United Fishermen of Alaska (UFA), the state’s commercial fisherman
umbrella association representing 37 Alaskan fisheries trade organizations. She
has consistently introduced legislation to protect, exempt, subsidize, outright
pay, buy back, or in any other way possible bestow Federal manna (i.e. your tax dollars)
on the owners of Alaska commercial fishing boats both large and small. In her quest
to wrestle a blanket EPA permit exemption for these fishermen, America’s 17 million
boaters are simply collateral damage as far as she’s concerned, or so it seems.
An aide to the Senator, Mike Brumas, called on Monday to say that she hasn’t killed
S. 2766 and that there is “still time” for the bill to pass. With fewer than 18
congressional working days left before America’s boaters turn into EPA pumpkins,
we doubt it. As for Sen. Murkowski, she is now sponsoring the “Fisheries Fuel Tax
Relief Act of 2008,” and would like your Senators to support it. Sign up here…
New Boat Buying Advice
Life-long boat dealer Larry Russo gives his views on how to get a good deal
in a soft market
Larry Russo is one of the most universally respected boat dealers in the U.S. His
father started Russo Marine in 1940 and Larry started working there when he was
8. Over the years he has been president of many industry groups, including the MRAA
(the national boat dealers association), and he is currently chairman of the industry’s
Dealer Certification Program. For the last three years his dealership has been rated
in the “Top 10” in the nation by Boating Industry
magazine. He is not bashful about saying what is on his mind, as you’ll see.
Inflatables for Every Need
Advanced Marine Inflatables has been building recreational dinghies and tunnel-hulled catamarans for almost 10 years in China. The company
uses PBC materials which,
along with the Chinese labor rate, keep prices down. We hope to test these
boats soon to find out if they are as reliable as higher-priced inflatables.
Learn more about AMI and their 21 models..see video.
Visit AMI's website.
A constant problem since the introduction of A/C in boats has been the condensation
from the units which has dripped, spilled, seeped, drained or otherwise made a soggy
mess and stained carpets, cabin soles, seats, bedding, hull liners and just about
everything else. Only a few of the high-end builders
ever did anything about it.
The rest pretended that it was a non-problem.
Now, the world’s largest maker of marine A/C units has solved the problem. See Capt. Robert Smith’s Video Report…
To see additional Dometic product videos, visit our Video Library.
Buckle Your PFD
Learn how to put on your PFD properly before
you head out on the water.
Boaters need to remember to buckle their PFDs—and buckle
them properly—to maximize their usefulness. Personal watercraft riders in particular
often forget to buckle up, or have become indifferent about wearing them correctly,
says Dan McCormick of the Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety. The consequences
can be deadly. Wearing a PFD is smart.
on Russian TV
This is a programming guide for Russia’s Ocean TV where BoatTEST.com’s test
videos have been airing since April.
If you have any relatives or friends in Russia, please be sure to suggest that they
watch the “Ocean TV” channel to view BoatTEST.com’s latest boat tests. Over 50 of
BTC’s latest boat test videos are now regularly playing on Ocean TV. During the
last two years Russia has become an important emerging market for American powerboats,
as well as boats built in Europe. For example, Azimut has a sales office and marina
on a lake outside of Moscow. Glastron is sending container loads of boats to St.
Ocean TV up-links to a satellite which transmits the signal all over Russia. Next
year, we’re told, Ocean TV will be available in North America – in Russian, of course.
All BoatTEST videos remain in English – the international language of boating.
1 Year on Middle East,
India, Asian TV
MarineBiz.TV is up-linked from Mumbai, India to Thaicom and Hotbird satellites
reaching the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
In June BTC celebrated its first year of
content syndication on MarineBiz.TV, a world-wide satellite TV channel that specializes
primarily in commercial maritime subjects, but which also covers recreational boating.
It also puts most of its videos on web TV so that its programming can be seen on
the Internet world wide. Virtually all videos produced for BoatTEST.com’s website
and weekly e-newsletter appear later on MarineBiz.TV. Calling itself the “first
global maritime TV channel” the company was started by a group of naval architects,
marine engineers and ship captains with important connections in Dubai.
BoatTEST.com has the distinction of being the first marine website in the world
to stream video on the world wide web, having commenced on Sept. 15, 2000, and is
pleased to be partnered with MarineBiz.TV.
Capt. Rod School of Navigation
The Capt. Rod School of Navigation has graduated
two more skippers Magna Cum Lapsus. On July 2, just after noon, in dense fog the
175' Block Island ferry hit the starboard stern quarter of the the 140' USCG buoy
tender Morro Bay while horns on both vessels blasted away. The vessels were reportedly
about 3 miles north of Block Island where Block Island was bound. Yes, both vessels
had powerful radars and, yes, it is quite often foggy in those waters this time
of year. And, yes, collisions occur there with some regularity as both the USCG
and ferry captains undoubtedly knew. For the complete story, pictures and video...tap your mouse.
See video of Capt. Rod's School of Navigation...
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Whether you have questions about seamanship basics, how to choose the right boat
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Ducky Award Winner
“Bette Midler’s arrival at Fire Island.”
– M. Antonucci
“As you can see, the rare mating ritual of the human boater. Notice the female waiting
to pick the first male to lift the boat!”
– M. Magello
Honorable (almost) Mention
“Dad, wouldn’t it be easier if we just buy a trailer?” – J. Adamo
“Angry environmentalists attack boater for running aground during the endangered
spotted sandcrab mating season!”
– G. Wolf
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