The 225 is Bayliner’s largest runabout incorporating their “next generation” design. It enhances transom user space, logical storage space and styling. Bayliner set out to build in the kind of room a growing family needs to enjoy their life on the water with friends and neighbors. Come aboard and see if you think they have met this goal. See complete test and video.
The Sea-Doo 230 Wake combines pleasure, excitement and power with the 230 Wake. This direct-drive sportboat will deliver wakeboarders many hours of perfect wakes for tricks and fun, yet is still a boat you will enjoy taking the family and neighbors out on for a ride. See complete test results and video.
When the brand was first introduced thirty-five years ago Mako was widely considered to be the most dependable, most fishable offshore center console built. But then it was sold, and sold, and sold again, and each time its reputation took a hit. A few years ago Tracker Marine bought the great old name and immediately set about restoring Mako to the glory of years ago. We're happy to report that this great brand is now in capable hands. See Capt. Smith’s video review of Mako's 264 Express.
The SuperJet is Yamaha’s popular stand-up Waverunner. For 2008 the Yamaha SuperJet has a new improved hull design promising to make this craft a hot all-around stand-up PWC in the industry. Whether you’re into racing, freestyle, or freeriding, the SuperJet has been a popular choice across the board. See test results and video review.
Why Pontoon Boats are Sweeping the Country
The strongest segment of the boating business this year is the pontoon category.
It is not because they are inexpensive, because today they are loaded with pretty
much everything you can find on conventional boats. To answer the question, we take
a look at one of the pioneers in pontoon building…
New Regulator 30 Express
|Regulator creates both utility and extra value in its new 30 Express that can run to the canyons for fish, or take the family down the coast cruising.|
Regulator was one of the first companies to build a beefy center console specifically to go far offshore, specifically for sport fishing. Because the company is located not far from famed Oregon Inlet on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, through which some of the most aggressive big game and meat fishermen in the country pass, Regulator knew its center console had to behave like a big sportfisherman, yet be half the size. With high freeboard, Carolina flair, an over-built hull, and Outer Banks fishability features, Regulator won instant popularity. Now Regulator expands the utility of its new 30 Express from fishing to the family. It can go to the canyons or sleep three down the coast. See Capt. Rob's test.
In the Engine Room
Wired for the Future:
|Engine Guardian constantly monitors the engine system for low oil pressure, overheating or low drive lube so you can take positive action to prevent failures.|
With the 496 MAG, MerCruiser takes full advantage of the newest engine technology by including Axius and DTS (Digital Throttle and Shift) to provide you the reliability and proven performance that you have come to expect from MerCruiser. This engine is loaded with features so come along on Captain Rob's video review to see all that this engine has to offer.
|When you are docking go slow and remain calm.|
Although sometimes docking can be a challenge, we all must do it and practice makes perfect. This brief video from Malibu Boats walks you through how you can dock with confidence and ease. Repeat until you get it.
|For 25 years, Atlantic Towers has been one of the marine industry's most respected names in fabricated aluminum products.|
The "Tower in a Box" product line is designed to deliver recreational marine structures
that equal or exceed custom builders quality standards with the convenience of prompt
availability and the value of low pricing made possible by volume production.
as Steve Tull from Atlantic Towers takes us through some of their product line...watch
To learn more or to order products visit Atlantic Towers' website.
The World Fuel Fiasco
Why Fuel Prices Will Come Down
The 42% rise in fuel prices during the last six months did not occur because Chinese car sales are up 18% this year. Rather there has been a confluence of factors that have spiked fuel prices almost straight up, and many analysts feel they can be expected to drop back into the low $3 range next spring, if not sooner. Oil traders say that one of the reasons oil prices shot skyward this spring is that China began bulking up on oil to make sure they had plenty for this summer's Olympic Games. We have been through this high fuel price hysteria in the U.S. before -- and have survived. Monday's New York Times reported many nations -- in fact over half the world -- are subsidizing the price of fuel, and when subsidies slow fuel prices will respond. To find out what French, Germans, Saudis, Egyptians and other boaters are paying for fuel...fill up here (half price!).
You Be the Judge:
|Ski Nautique 206.|
Walter C. Maloon founded Correct Craft in 1925 in Florida and the company has been building boats of all types and sizes ever since. However, the company for many years, indeed, from the beginning of the sport, has always built ski boats. Now, 83 years later the company has morphed into Ski Nautique and builds nine models for the ski and wake sport. This week we are asking our readers who are familiar with ski boats, or who have actually owned a 206, to review the boat for us, giving your unique views and insights into this basic family ski boat…review it here.
|Triton TR 210.|
Boat racer and lifetime angler Earl Benz founded Triton and he is still deeply involved with every aspect of building Triton boats. Today, the company which is now owned by Brunswick, has expanded into just about every kind of small fishing boat imaginable, building 59 models in fiberglass and 36 models in aluminum, serving everything from the crappie freshwater market to saltwater center consoles. The company even builds 23 models of pontoon boats. This week we have picked just one of those 118 models – the Triton TR 210 Explorer bassboat. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to review this Triton boat. Review it here.
Clean Boating Act
Boaters' Internet Lightning Strikes Congress for the
|The incredible connectivity of the Internet unleashed the ire of America's boaters on Capitol Hill.|
America's boaters showed their muscle for the first time in the halls of Congress by the passage of the Clean Boating Act of 2008 in record time. Much of the world looks to the U.S. Congress for regulatory and environmental guidance and often takes its cues from the debate in America. The outcome of the Clean Boating Act battle was also awaited around the world, as a couple of BoatTEST's readers note (see letters in the jump). To read what BoatTEST's members from around the world have to say...connect to this.
Slow down when operating your boat
in reduced visibility.
When operating in fog your biggest danger probably comes from commercial vessels of all types, including fishermen. Skippers of these vessels are used to fog and are often complacent, if not downright negligent. (Remember the Block Island ferry which hit the USCG buoy tender a couple of weeks ago?) Commercial fishermen are particularly problematical because they are often short-handed, feel that they know the local waters, and many have a real attitude when it comes to looking out for recreational boaters. You must look out for yourself! In addition to having a high powered radar and keeping a sharp eye on it, going slow, and sounding your horn, we also suggest the following precaution...drink this soup.
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“They said build it and it would rain!!!” – A. Chard
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