America's farmers would like to see the ethanol blend in fuel go from the E-10 that
it is today, to E-15, E-30 and eventually to E-85, just as quickly as they can plant
the corn to make it happen. But what will that do to your marine engine? The fact that it takes a gallon of gas to make a gallon
of ethanol notwithstanding, powerful forces are pushing this scenario. With a close
election, and famers’ votes crucial to both parties, don't expect much straight
talk from either side about ethanol in your future. Oddly, the groups standing between
the farmers' congressional thresher and the status quo are boaters and power equipment
interests. For insight into what the ethanol lobby is saying and why high ethanol
blends are problematical for your marine engine...tank up here.
After extensive customer surveys, Larson discovered that many owners of express cruisers are looking for greater entertaining space in the cabin. Starting with their 370 Cabrio Day Cruiser, by eliminating the master suite and expanding the salon Larson is changing the way we look at entertaining. See Capt. Ron’s video and complete test of the Larson Cabrio 370 Day Cruiser.
New Bertram 54 Recalls Glory Days
All-new from the keel up, the Bertram 540 improves on the old classic battlewagon
in a number of important ways.
Bertrams were always different. Back in the “old” days when their primary production-boat competition was Hatteras they shunned the squared off Hargrave design with its beautiful Rybovich-inspired sheer line and went for more graceful, flowing curves. Both design approaches were popular and neither defined what a sportsfisherman “should” look like. Times have changed and now the Carolina Style dominates along battlewagon row. But Bertram under Ferretti has kept to that traditional Bertram style, and added many new wrinkles of it’s own. To read how Bertram itself describes their new offering and to see drawings and computer sketches…set your hook.
New Rampage 340 w/ IPS
|The new Rampage has good speed and even better fuel economy, but the real story is the way she backs down on big game. Pod drives are definitely fishy.|
We got on the new Rampage 340 at the dealer meeting this summer before the first
boat was even finished. The hull and deck were complete, but the builder had not yet finished
the interior, so had loaded the boat up with lead pigs and concrete blocks to bring
her up to the 17,200 lbs. spec. Nevertheless what we experienced when backing the boat
down will be noted in fishboat history as the start of something very new and exciting.
To find out what we mean…back down here.
See all test of Rampage boats...
Diesel Engine Tips
Straight Talk from Yanmar About Weight, Contamination, and Pre-Injection
Fall $ Incentives
|Formula President Scott Porter announces 3 new fall incentives (and two are cash!).||Axius has perfected the joystick “skyhook” which makes hanging-out a lot more fun.|
This summer we visited the Formula Yachts dealer meeting on the west coast of Florida and discovered that this fall the company will be offering 3 valuable incentives for buyers in the off season. We also learned that the long-awaited “skyhook” feature has finally been perfected by the engineers at MerCruiser and that great feature is now available on all Formula Axius-powered boats. Get the word on both subjects right from the President’s mouth. See the videos above.
See tests on all Formula boats…
|OceanLED wins US Patent and now owns the rights to use optical collimators with LEDs.|
UK-based underwater lighting manufacturer OceanLED has been granted a US patent for its full range of underwater lighting products. It is the latest in a series of patents that have been granted to the company, including European, Middle Eastern and Australian patents. According to a group statement, OceanLED now owns the rights for using optical collimators with LEDs for underwater lighting. A collimator placed over an LED is said to intensify the light leaving a fixture by over 500 percent — similar to that of a lighthouse.
See BoatTEST videos of OceanLED underwater lights, how they work, maintenance and more...
Bow Falling off Tanker
The recent spate of bows falling off oil tankers has some
tree-hugging environmentalists up in arms.
Not to worry says a high-ranking government official.
In an exclusive interview, a high government official has acknowledged that oil
tanker bows do fall off from time to time but says that it is very rare. Further, he says, in the recent case of a tanker bow falling off near Australia the 20,000
tons of crude oil it contained was kept out of the enviorment. To find out about tanker construction standards, bows falling off,
and how Australia kept an oil spill out of the environment...plunk your magic twanger.
You be the Judge!
Boat Buying Tip
Engine Overhaul Considerations
When buying a new or used motoryacht, make sure you know how easy or hard it will
be to overhaul the engines. When the unthinkable goes wrong, how hard will it be
to pull pistons and cylinder jackets? Can this work be done in situ, or must the
engines be completely removed from the boat – and, can they be?
BoatTEST Readers Suggest Regulator Modifications
We received an out-pouring of (mostly) practical and solid suggestions for Regulator’s
design team and engineers to contemplate. The suggestions were so good, in fact,
that we are going to keep the contest open one more week. BoatTEST readers have
spoken quite clearly about several matters, such as the need for a transom or side
tuna door, the seats in the bow, and desire for a practical anchoring system. Hull
#1 will be on display at the Atlantic City Boat show this weekend, Sept. 4-7, and
hull #2 will be at the Norwalk show, Sept. 18-21. To see all of the suggestions, plus to get a bird’s eye view of
the new Regulator deck plan…tickle your fancy.
If your boat is in a saltwater environment,
simply flushing your engine's cooling
system with fresh water may not get all of the salts out. Salt build-up over time
will reduce the efficiency of your system and may cause catastrophic damage. See what BoatTEST Capt. Rob Smith has to say about "Salt-Away"...
Kohler 7.3 KW Generator
Garmin Touch Screen
|Garmin GPS Map 5012 is intuitive.|
No confusing buttons! The GPS MAP 5012 features an unprecedented touch screen interface, along with a satellite-enhanced worldwide base map and a whopping 12.1" screen that makes navigation as easy as pointing your finger. By connecting to the Garmin Marine Network, you can add sonar, radar and weather. It is the simplest, most intuitive, user-friendly multi-function device on the market today…see video.
|The new Sealine several minutes after rescue had to be abandoned.|
British tabloids had a field day yukking it up over a Sealine factory delivery crew which managed to run a brand new F-37 up on the bricks off Falmouth, England. A British Coast Guard vessel responded immediately and tried to tow the vessel to the closest beach. To find out what happened and how it happened and what might happen to the two British mariners…hit your mouse.
Olympic Boat Centers is in Chapter XI and Brunswick Corp. has offered $48 million
The trend toward “factory-direct” boat sales received another boost recently when
the Brunswick Corp. (parent of Sea Ray, U.S. Marine, Boston Whaler and other brands)
made an offer of $48 million for Olympic Boat Centers to the Federal Bankruptcy
Court. Olympic has 20 stores from San Diego to Seattle and is the world’s largest Bayliner
dealership. Olympic’s lawyers are saying $48
million is way too
low and the bench isn’t saying much other than there will be
an auction. To find out why Brunswick is so interested in Olympic, the auction date and to express your opinion about boat builders buying dealerships…the court's
You be the Judge!
|Merry Men and the Megayacht -- The $36 million was a tempting target. What would Friar Tuck say about a little redistribution of the wealth?|
Were they pirates or simply 21st century merry men from Corsica planning on robbing
the rich to give to the poor? Just as travelling a road through Sherwood Forest
in 12th century England might have tempted men in tights, anchoring off the southern
coast of Corsica might also be considered as pushing one’s luck, even today. After
all, the island is world-famous for its bandits. Imagine what a tempting target
the 178’ megasloop Tiara must have been, and last week the Pirates of the Med struck.
To find out more about these merry men and the megayacht…shiver your timbers.
|KTEN’s Hailee Holliday on Ashley Tolbert’s deadly crash.|
This time the Midnight Killer comes in an unlikely description: a twenty-one year
old woman with a blood-alcohol level above .10. Ashley Tolbert was charged last
week with first-degree manslaughter for an 11:45 PM accident on Lake Murray, OK
on June 1. Prosecutors say Tolbert was drunk when she ran her 2004 Baja Outlaw at
high speed onto shore. One passenger died and two others were injured. She faces
four years to life if convicted. For details…read on.
See local TV video about accident...
You Be the Judge!
LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SA, the France-based luxury goods group that recently acquired UK boatbuilder Princess Yachts, has entered into an exclusive agreement with Dutch investment group Egeria to acquire the Royal van Lent Shipyard for an undisclosed sum. The Feadship-branded yard is currently controlled by CEO Dick van Lent, who will remain as a shareholder and continue in his existing role at the yard in Kaarg, Holland. Reportedly Feadship has annual sales of about $150 million US, building five or six boats a year. Its order book is full for the next several years.
Ducky Award Winner
“Okay, okay, I’ll fish in the front of the boat!” – G. Bryant
“An illusive Wisconsin Musky awakes.”
"This one tastes better than the Merc I had last week.”– J.Leffingwell
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