BoatTEST.com has conducted over 1,000 boat tests, but not one of them -- heaven forefend -- was conducted by a woman! As hard as that is to believe, it is the sad fact. Not only is it extremely un-PC, it is downright stupid. We are well aware that virtually no boat gets purchased without the stamp of approval from one's better half. Further, we suspect that in more cases than any man would care to admit, he doesn't care which boat he buys so long as his spouse agrees to one of them! The three videos above are the first of many to come where we offer you a woman's perspective of the boat; in this case the Cruisers Yachts 520 Sports Coupe. The lady conducting the tour is Charity Hughes, BoatTEST's Special Project Manager. No, we're not getting rid of Capt. Rob Smith -- we'll get his unvarnished look at the 520, along with performance numbers, in a future issue. Okay ladies, it is your turn and we deserve it...so let us have it...fire away here.
The Trader 64 Sunliner is a luxury cruising yacht easily accommodating 8 for dinner, even when miles from shore. Her megayacht-like features and highly engineered systems allow her to be operated with confidence and without a professional crew. See Capt. Smith’s video…step aboard the Trader 64 Sunliner.
YOU Customize the All New
The winners of our “Regulator 38 Customization Contest” get one
of BoatTEST.com’s most coveted awards.
Hull #1 should be ready at the Norwalk Boat Show Sept. 18th, but already dealers tell us that they have customers who have sketched out their customization plans for this new – and still very virgin, as it were – 38’ Center Console Regulator. Below is a small galley, head and double bunk, but topside is where most of the creativity will come in. Regulator tells us the boat is designed for the offshore angler who also wants to take his family day cruising, as well as entertain a gang of friends. Some new owners will be moving up, while others are downsizing from large convertibles. We see lots of possibilities for this new Regulator and we invite you to share your creative customization ideas with us – and with the folks at Regulator in Edenton, NC. To find out more about the new boat AND to give us your customization ideas AND to find out exactly what the coveted prizes are…sharpen your pencil.
Huge Factory-Direct Move by Ferretti Group
Paolo Vitelli Talks about Azimut's
|Is the current market saturated?||Azimut's future plans in America.|
The man who has probably had more to do with the evolution of motoryachts from the conservative, traditional nautical designs of the 1950s to the sleek, romantic vessels of the 21st Century is Italian Paolo Vitelli, CEO and owner of Azimut. It was his vision over two decades ago that has brought motoryachts to their current state of design. Azimut is now a $1.3 billion company and Vitelli attributes his company’s success to a “passion for innovation.” To learn more about the man who brought a sea change to power yachting, join BoatTEST editor Jeff Hammond as he talks with Paolo Vitelli about the incredible success of Azimut and about the company’s future plans in America.
Diesel Engine News
|Capt. Rob explores the 8.8L diesel engine.|
Caterpillar offers pleasurecraft diesel power range through continuously evolving product line. The C9 is an electronically controlled, turbo charged and aftercooled in-line 6 cylinder 8.8 liter diesel engine that is well designed for ease of maintenance. This engine has a 24 month warranty with unlimited hours from date of delivery. See video.
|A quick lesson on why propping your boat correctly really matters.|
Captain Robert Smith has told us time and time again that a prop is not a prop is
not a prop. Now he is going to teach us how to test out the prop you
have on your boat to make sure that it meets your current boating needs.
Watch all PowerTech Videos.
Twin counter-rotating props
enable easy handling.
MerCruiser's Bravo III is designed for single or twin applications with engines up to 525-hp and speeds up to 65 mph. According to MerCruiser, the new Bravo III offers best-in-class shifting and is 85% better than their own previous models. See Capt. Rob Smith’s video featuring the MerCruiser Bravo III drive.
Fairline Targa 44 Gran Turismo
We are Looking for a Few Good Tests!
See Capt. Smith's Video about the Targa 44...
Boat Buying Tips
10 Ways to Get a
Most new boat buyers are businessmen used to driving a hard bargain. The trouble is that most of these “yachtsmen” don’t know the realities of the big boat business – where fewer than 1,000 new 50’+ powerboats are sold in the U.S. each year. Builders and dealers are working together to make sure both stay economically healthy and inventories stay low.
To find out about the new paradigm in big boat buying and 10 ways to really save 10%+…plunk your magic twanger.
|Police boats come in many different shapes and sizes these days. Here are some tips for making a stop quick and painless.|
Each year over 650 Americans die in boating accidents, most of which are due to operator error. Moreover, boaters all around the world are notoriously careless when it comes to having required safety gear aboard. Marine police – both paid and volunteer – are on the water to make it safer for you and your family, so when you are stopped don’t cop an attitude. As you have seen on these pages, there are some pretty bad actors on the water. To find out how to deal with marine police and minimize hassle…heave to here.
Kahlenberg Brothers Company has manufactured horns for megayachts for years, and
just recenly they have begun offering horns for the 22-40' boat range. All
Kahlenberg Horns have deep, rich tones and the units are designed for durability
in the most adverse conditions. Hear all about them...
If you have ever spilled oil on your boat, you know that the clean up can be messier than the actual spill. Clean Water Solutions uses products that efficiently "bioremediate oil and other pollutants." These products are both safe and simple to use, protecting your boat, the water and your environment. Watch Clean Water Solutions video.
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|Anti rolling gyroscopes smoothe out the effect of rolling seas so that more people can enjoy the ride.|
Bertram Yachts was the first to bring Anti-Rolling Gyros (ARG) to production boats. Bertram uses exclusive ARG technology, which suppresses rolling motion and reduces rolling angle by up to 50 percent, according to the builder. Captain Rob Smith explains how the ARG system works and why you'll want it on your boat.
|Capt. Forrest Roberts knows motoryachts well.|
Once you've narrowed down your new boat list, the next step is to review the available engines and find out the real cost of maintaining each model. This takes a bit of time and effort on your part, but in the long run it could end up saving you quite a bit of cash and aggravation. Sit with Captain Rob Smith and Captain Forrest Roberts as they discuss what you must consider when choosing the "best" engine.
Why We Boat
Sailfish Extravaganza Under the Boat
|This is an actual picture taken just below the surface off Isla Mujeres, Mexico. Oh, if only we could have been there (with rod and reel, of course).|
We had the pleasure of meeting the renowned National Geographic photographer Paul Nicklen a few years ago on a cruise to Baffin Island. He lives in Whitehorse in the Yukon Territory (how neat is that!) and is world famous for his arctic photos, many taken under icebergs. For these incredible pictures of sailfish feeding, he simply slipped off of a power boat and sank a few feet under the surface off of Isla Mujeres, Mexico, in the Straits of Yucatan. These photos and many more appear in the September issue of National Geographic. We offer them to you because it reminds us of why there is no sport in the world quite like boating. Whether you are a fisherman or a scuba diver or just love nature you’ll love these Nicklen photos…catch and release.
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