Doral is a boutique builder catering to a sophisticated international market of
boaters looking for style, elegance and hassle-free boating. Two weeks ago the company
announced that it will have a 5-year warranty and service contract package that
will cover its cruisers in North America from bow to stern for virtually every component.
The builder now joins the elite ranks of Formula, Larson, Cobalt, Correct Craft,
Riviera and a couple of others in offering a combination of warranty and service
contracts that cover their boats for five years. Doral’s cruiser line of nine models
goes from 25’ to 45’. To learn more about the details of this new warranty program, watch
this exclusive video interview of Doral VP, Denis Jutras.
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Grady-White is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this year and is introducing an
all-new 29’ walkaround, which we think is a fitting tribute to the company that
made this type of boat famous. With a 9’11” beam, this 7600-lb. boat has the heft
to go offshore fishing or go coastal cruising with the family. Grady-White was founded
in 1959 and was purchased by Eddie Smith 41
years ago. To read an un-edited press release from Grady-White which describes
the new Chesapeake 290 in detail…catch this flak.
A 260-hp engine is just the right horsepower to meet many applications in both single
and twin configurations, so it is little wonder that we have tested so many of them.
In the video below Capt. Smith runs us through the features of the workhorse MPI
engine which has DTS and EGS. In case you just entered the room: MPI (Multiple Port
Injection); DTS (Digital Throttle & Shift, aka fly-by-wire); EGS (Engine Guardian
System, which monitors low oil pressure, high coolant temp, low drive lube, low
sea water pressure, low voltage, over-rev, and your blood pressure). Like most MerCruiser
engines, you can get it with the Axius joystick to make docking easy, SeaCore anti-corrosion
system, and Smart Craft which does everything except figure your monthly
payments. This engine takes a Bravo I, II, or III drive which have reduction ratios
from 1.50:1 to 2.43:1 – something that is more important now than ever before.
Watch our short video and we’ll make you an expert…crank her up.
Two weeks ago we looked at 25 objective boat buying criteria in “Stage I” of our effort to separate the medal-winners from the also-rans. Now we get subjective, make value judgments and look for the flaws many boats have lurking beneath their shiny gel coat. “Stage II” in our process draws on our Owners Reports, ABYC Standards, and expert advice to toss the dross and find the true jewel on the “short list.” To discover the final ten hurdles we put our finalists over…jump on this.
BoatTEST.com’s boat testing operation is one of the most complicated and costly
third-party procedures executed by anyone in the boating industry. Test crews, videographers,
helicopter pilots, support staff and the weather all have to be orchestrated like
a Beethoven symphony at the Met. Sometimes the weather does not behave, which is
when you go to our five Mako tests you will not find any test numbers. Twice we
sent our crews to Florida to test five Mako boats offshore and both times weather
prohibited our crews from getting meaningful numbers. So, we have Capt. Smith’s
video examinations of the boats, his 800-word articles, all of the specs, standard
and optional equipment lists, photos, engine options and other data -- but no performance
data. We need you, our trusty readers, to gather some basic performance information
for us. Here’s what we need: Mako model, brand of outboard and horsepower, WOT speed
and best cruise speed. That’s all. Mako builds 7 center consoles, 4 express fishboats,
one dual console, and 15 bay boats with the Mako brand. Email your test results
and any comments you may have, along with your name and the name of the dealership
you visited, to: Mako@boattest.com.
Sylvan’s new 8255 Sport has packed a changing “room”, 14-seats, and top-of-the-line
sound system and a wakeboard tower on a 22’ twin toon boat with a 8’6” beam. Powered
by a single 150-hp outboard, this boat offers a lot of watersports and entertaining
possibilities in a trailerable package. The builder’s “revolutionary” Deep-V RPT
hull design allows the boat to go fast with relatively low horsepower. To find out more about this boat see Capt. Smith’s video…name
Unsecured loans for anything
up to $100,000 all online.
Give your piggy bank a break.
BoatTEST recently came across a company, called First Again LLC, that seems to make the boat financing process a little easier for those boaters with good credit. Although they only finance up to $100,000 they offer a simple process and rates that range from 5.99% to 7.49% for 36 to 84 month terms respectively. Their entire process is online and fairly straightforward. There is no paperwork, it is all done online, the loans are unsecured, and there are no liens or surveys. In fact, the loan does not even have to be for a boat – use the money for a motorcycle, plane, horse, time share, wedding, or that set of dentures you’ve been dreaming about. If you are ready for some financing, give them a try and then let us know what you think...check in here.
|If your old boat is ready for re-power, Honda wants your business and will finance at a good rate, depending on your credit score, that is.|
*Honda Marine announced last week that it is offering a special incentive to boaters to re-power this fall – at a financing rate “as low as 4.99% APR” if bought throughout the fall and winter boat show seasons. Hey that could be a great deal. The Honda 225-hp engines have a MSRP of about $18k, so what does that work out to be for a monthly payment? The Honda outboards now have a 5-year factory-backed non-prorated warranty program and the company says it will finance up to 10 years – twice as long as its warranty. Okay, so what does the * mean? Good question pilgrim, and we’ll tell you if you can…read fine print.
Is the Compass Obsolete?
With GPS and chart plotters now making navigation literally child’s play, why does anyone need an old fashioned compass? After all, isn’t it just an expensive piece of decoration that gets in one’s line of sight? As a youngster once told us, “How boring, it’s always pointing the same direction!” More and more, boat builders are leaving them off of new boats. We’re told that the compass as a navigational device was invented by the Chinese before 1044 AD, so do you still need such old technology? For our take on this burning question…compensate this.
|Maynard W. Lowery in 1999.|
Maynard W. Lowery, 88, and his sister, Alma Lowery, 87, both of Tilghman, MD, were killed in St. Michaels when their car drove into the path of a trooper heading to the scene of a crash, state police said. Lowery was described in The Washington Post in 1984 as "the last builder of traditional wooden Chesapeake Bay-style yachts and workboats" on Tilghman, an island town where the water is both livelihood and recreation. To read more about Lowery’s life and contributions to the sport we all love…move on here.
DECO manufactures a variety of aluminum and stainless steel boat lifts ranging from
1,500 lbs. to 40,000 lbs. These lifts are designed to accommodate "any hoist
scenario" and all lifts come with DECO's Patented Cable retention system (CRS) to
keep your cables in place. Watch DECO Boat Lift video.
Learn more about DECO boat lifts.
A hurricane's path is never known and can change direction at any time. SwingStoppers'
system is designed for you to quickly and easily secure your boat for a hurricane.
According to the company this product can withstand Category 5 hurricane conditions.
Learn more about SwingStoppers.
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