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.
Triple IPS vs. Twin Diesel Inboards
Cruisers Yachts’ popular 520 Express (l.) and new 520 Sports Coupe.
Comparing IPS and conventional diesel performance revealed some surprises.
The Boat Handling Break-Through
|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.
In the Engine Room
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.
|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.
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…
Fairline's President Discusses
What accounts for
What is Fairline’s formula for keeping its
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. BoatTEST.com’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.
The Midnight Killer
This boat was struck at night by a high performance boat and six people were killed in Ft. Lauderdale in the late 1990s.
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
|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.
Archived boats are often ones out of production. Others are
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
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?
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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
Learn more about SeaKey.
Visit SeaKey's website.
|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
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.
|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.
Ducky Award Winner
“Yes ma’am, this new Electrolux 4300 not only does shag, plush and wood floors, it is a boat!” – M. Martin
“I don’t think we are in Kansas anymore.”
“Give me all she’s got Scotty, I need more power!” – S. Ellis
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