Offshore Motoryacht - 08/06/2008
Offshore Motoryacht August 6, 2008 If you cannot view the see the newsletter, click here. Tests You Can Trust

Test & Video Reviews

- Four Winns V378
- Rampage 41
- Altima 45 Euro Sedan
- Absolute 47 HT
Sunseeker Portofino 47

Also Inside:
- Lazzara 92
Triple IPS vs. Twin Diesels
- Axius' Docking Technology
- Less Weight, More Power
- Sunlight Readable Monitors
- MTU Marine Diesels
- Interview with Fairline's President
- Anchoring Basics
- Rate Your Boat
- The Midnight Killer
Angler Killed by Sinker
- Archived Boat Test Fee
- Accident of the Week
- Clean Boating Act is Official
- Reggie Upgrades Bajas
- New Product Reviews
Ducky Award Winner

The New Lazzara LSX 92

Lazzara 92
A computer-generated drawing of the new Lazzara LSX 92 showing some its innovations.

Already one is sold and the first hull is two months from completion. The company plans on building only five of them in 2009, and like the LSX 75 launched two years ago, the LSX 92 promises to literally be a show-stopper. The first show it will stop is Ft. Lauderdale, this fall. For the last 30 days upscale yacht brokers have been quietly flying clients into Tampa, Florida to see #1 under construction – and to speak with the maestro, Dick Lazzara, the American visionary who has been showing the Italians a thing or two about how to create romance and excitement afloat. The 92’s predecessor has been bought by yachtsmen all over the world (for about $4 million each) and the 16th LSX 75 is due to be commissioned next week. With the 92, Lazzara has gone much farther, incorporating concepts that most traditional yacht builders haven’t even considered, and already the buzz is starting. To catch a peek at the new 92, and to get the secret pass code to the LSX 92’s VIP-only website…mum’s the word.

cross ruler

Boat Tests & Reviews

Four Winns V378

Four Winns V378

The V378 is a comfortable boat for entertaining and cruising. She has the amenities to satisfy most every need along the way.  Four Winns has taken the time to listen to their customers and has added some smart features and some excellent options.  See complete test and video.

Rampage 41

Rampage 41

Rampage has six models and all are designed to go offshore and are engineered for reliability. The 41 Express is offered with optional double stateroom configuration consisting of a forward stateroom with island queen berth and second stateroom featuring two twin Pullman-style berths. Come aboard with Captain Rob.  See our video review…

Altima 45 Euro Sedan

Altima 45 Euro Sedan

The Altima 45 Euro Sedan is built first for function then for utility. The salon offers great views and the galley keeps the cook in as part of the group for conversations. Check out the innovation, quality craftsmanship, and attention to detail aboard this new yacht. See video...

Absolute 47 HT

Absolute 47 HT

Absolute prides itself on building yachts with good performance and sporty handling. From the retractable hardtop to the two ensuite cabins for the owner and guest you will see that it sports a lot of space for its size. See Capt. Smith’s video…step aboard.

Sunseeker Portofino 47

sunseeker 47The Portofino 47 ups the ante in Sunseeker's Sports Cruiser range with an updated look that emulates many luxury sports cars. A large power sunroof and sexy interior are just a few of the features Mike Engstrand from Sunseeker points out on the Portofino 47.  See video of the 47 Portofino.

cross ruler

New Boat

Triple IPS vs. Twin Diesel Inboards

Cruisers Yachts 520 Express Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe

Last week we tested the new Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe in Lake Michigan near Green Bay, Wisconsin. As you read this Captain Rob Smith is going over his notes and the videos our crew shot of the new boat and is writing his Test Report. He just emailed the test results which we share with you on the “jump.” This is the first time we have gotten an almost apples-to-apples comparison of a twin diesel inboard drive installation versus triple IPS. The results are surprising, but perhaps not in ways you would expect. To see the data...pound the mouse.

cross ruler

Docking Technology

The Boat Handling Break-Through
of the Decade for Stern Drives

Revolution- Axius Joystick to Sterndrive Kevin and Joystick
A revolutionary docking break-through. The joystick comes to stern drives. Joysticks will change boating.

The #1 fear of boaters is not sinking offshore or drowning, it is docking the boat in front of one's friends and making a hash of it.  Two years ago Volvo-Penta first solved the problem for owners of diesel-powered express cruisers with its IPS, and now MerCrusier has become the first to do it in production gas-powered stern drives with a system called Axius. Capt. Rob Smith interviews MerCruiser President Kevin Grodzki about the fly-by-wire technology.

To see all of BoatTEST's Axius tests and related videos, browse our video library.

cross ruler

In the Engine Room

Yanmar Engines: 
Less Weight, More Power

Yanmar 6LPA-STP2
Yanmar's 6LPA-STP2

Yanmar Marine manufactures engines and drive systems for boats of all sizes.  These engines are known for being light weight, having good fuel economy, reliable performance and lower cost than the competition. Captain Rob Smith takes a thorough look at the 6LPA-STP2.  This 4.2L engine creates a lot of horsepower in a small package and unlike many engines the 6LPA-STP2 is mechanically operated.  To find out why what this means for your overall performance...power up here.

Product Video

Sunlight Readable Monitors

Kep Marine
These LCD screens are designed for the marine industry.

KEP Marine manufactures LCD monitors for the marine industry with screens ranging from 12’’ to 24’’. In addition to the sunlight readable monitors, the company also has new software that can control all monitors from a single screen. Watch video.

Visit Kep Marine.

In the Engine Room

MTU Series 60 Marine Diesel

MTU 60 Series
The last diesel engine that General Motors
built is now a proven success.

With the merger of MTU and Detroit Diesel some years ago, the marinized Series 60 is being marketed to the marine industry as the MTU Series 60. With a turbocharger, supercharger and large injectors the company is rating its high-horsepower model at over 800-hp at 2300 rpm. Other marine versions are available under 500-hp from the same block. See Capt. Smith’s product demo of this engine…



Prop Info

Larson Banner

yamaha pwc

grady-white ad


boat history




Boat Attitude

cross ruler

Builder Interview

Fairline's President Discusses
Design Philosophy and Global Strategy

Derek Carter Fairline Fairline and IPS
What accounts for
Fairline’s rapid
sales growth?
 What is Fairline’s formula for keeping its
designs current?
Will Fairline be designing more boats for
the IPS drives?

Fairline has a global outlook and strategy and along with Princess, Sunseeker, Azimut and Ferretti, is one of Europe’s leading builders of up-market production motoryachts.’s COO, Chris Hughes interviews Fairline’s president, Derek Carter, to find out more about the company’s philosophy and winning strategies.

See our video on the Targa 44.

cross ruler

Safety Tip

The Midnight Killer

Midnight killer

Hardly a week goes by in the summertime that we don’t read about a fisherman, kayaker, or spooning couple being mowed down at night by a high-speed powerboat. Often the perp has been drinking. USCG tells us that 133 people died at night in 2007 in boating accidents. And 68% of those deaths occurred on lakes, reservoirs or rivers. The USCG statistics are not much help when it comes to boat type but we know from just reading the papers that performance boats are involved in a lot of these midnight collisions or rundowns. To find out what you can do to protect yourself from “The Midnight Killer”…check this out.

Accident of the Week

It's Dangerous
After Dark

Dangerous at night
One man was killed and others injured when this 17’ Whaler was hit at 1:15 a.m. Sunday in a NJ river.

Authorities on Sunday were searching marinas and lagoons along the New Jersey shore, trying to find a boat involved in a fatal hit-and-run on the Metedeconk River. The accident took place at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday in Brick Township, near Herring Island, when a 17-foot Boston Whaler was struck by another boat that then sped away, said State Police. The collision killed Robert Post, 49, of Essex Fells and injured four others in his boat, one of whom called 911 from the boat for help. It was a moonless night and no one got a description of the offending boat. To find out if the perp was caught…hit your mouse.

BoatTEST Info.

Archived Boat Test Fee

Archived boats
Archived boats are often ones out of production. Others are no longer
supported by their builders.

We recently got the following email from a new member: “I signed up for this site [BoatTEST], giving you my email address which I'm sure is being sold right now, only to find out that it is a pay-per-view for many of the boats that I want to review. What the heck kind of program is this? It's a bait and switch program for sure!”

Slow down pilgrim. First, we don’t sell or even give away your contact information. We are anti-Spam. Second, we DID tell you on our regular membership app. that we charged for archived videos.  Thirdly, it is not “bait and switch” as all archived tests are clearly marked with a red check mark in the right-hand column. Sorry that we have to charge for some of the older tests and videos, but do you think all of this content materializes magically? 

Fickle Finger of Fate

Angler Killed by Sinker

Fickle Finger of Fate Fickle Finger
Rowan & Martin’s 1970s TV program made a weekly award of the “Fickle Finger of Fate”.

Jaime Chicas, 21, of Roosevelt, NY, was with his cousin and brother-in-law at Jones Beach in Nassau County Friday when his 3-ounce lead sinker emerged from the water and struck him in the face, Newsday reported last week. Chicas was rushed to Nassau University Medical Center, where doctors determined the sinker had penetrated his skull through the bridge of his nose. "There was so much force that it kept going and it lodged through the back of his head. The trauma was simply too severe," neurologist Imran Wahedna said. Wahedna said Chicas was brain-dead by Monday. 

Clean Boating Act

It's Official!!!!

Bush Signing
President Bush has somthing to smile
about for a change.

President George W. Bush is joined by Rep. Steven LaTourette, R-OH, left, and Rep. Patrick Tiberi, R-OH, at the signing of S.2766, The Clean Boating Act of 2008, Tuesday, July 29, 2008, aboard Air Force One on the flight from Euclid, Ohio to Washington D.C.  A great day for boaters.

Industry News

Reggie Upgrades "Bajas by Fountain"

Bajas by Fountain
Last week the first Fountain-made Bajas were launched to much fanfare. The Outlaw 26 is pictured here.

Fountain Powerboats produced the first two Baja boats in their Washington, NC plant and last week celebrated the event with local dignitaries. Reggie gave accolades to the Brunswick Corp. for their assistance in the transition of Baja manufacturing from Ohio to Washington, NC -- and he might have added thanks as well for the $4 million Baja price tag he could not refuse. Fountain also thanked the people responsible for getting him the North Carolina $12 million employment grant. To find out how fast Reggie’s new Outlaw 26 will go…tickle your fancy.

Product Review



Diesel-TeX manufactures a magentic fuel conditioner for diesel fuel.  According to Diesel-TeX, the motion of fuel through the magnetic field reverses the process of repolymerization of diesel fuel, breaking apart the solids which form in the fuel. To learn how to prevent this from happening and how to reduce smoke and soot in your diesel engine.  Watch this clip.

Visit Diesel-TeX's website. 

Product Review



Much like OnStar is for your car, SeaKey is for your boat.  SeaKey is a satellite based monitoring system that offers a wide range of services to cater to your on the water needs.  More than 35 boat manufacturers offer SeaKey as a factory-installed option.  Learn more about SeaKey.

Visit SeaKey's website. 

Boating Tip

Anchoring Basics

Anchoring Basics
Blow boaters talk a good story at the bar, but don't let them fool you, they are as prone to anchoring mistakes as anyone else.

One of our favorite sports while on the hook, sipping a cold one in the cockpit  in the afternoon is to watch boaters come in and anchor. It certainly beats anything on TV, as first one person then another circles around looking for the perfect spot then puts out 2:1 scope, only to be scrambling to the bow 15 minutes later. Anchoring is really easy once you have a few basic steps down.

If you'd like to put your mind at ease the next time you go cruising, just follow our six basic steps of anchoring...drop anchor here.

Rate Your Boat

How Does Your
Boat Score?

Rate Your Boat
Some boats are more fuel efficient and more comfortable than others.

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.

cross ruler

Ducky Award Winner

whats going on here?

First Place

“Yes ma’am, this new Electrolux 4300 not only does shag, plush and wood floors, it is a boat!” – M. Martin


Second Place

“I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.”
–S. Sylvester

Honorable (almost) Mention

“Give me all she’s got Scotty, I need more power!” – S. Ellis

“Ugly, but keep in mind it’s functional.”
– E. Donath

“Klingons vacationing on the Mississippi.”
– T.G.

What's Going on Here?


You write the caption! Will you win the coveted "Ducky Award" for best caption?

Simply fill in your caption and you may get lucky...quack here.


Please send all submissions by 8/10/08.

cross ruler, LLC
51 Bank Street, Suite 2A
Stamford, CT 06901