Catch a Stingray
If You Can...
BoatTEST.com is going off script and asking you to select which Stingray models you’d like to see video on. All eight of our tests were powered by Volvo Penta sterndrives
from 135-hp to 280-hp. Below are the eight boat tests, take your pick. We have not seen any video footage on these models, perhaps it is because they move too fast?
No matter the reason, we want YOU to tell us which models you want to see video
on. Stingray has proven their claim of performance, speed and price
value, but now we want video. After all, video makes everything just a bit
To make your selection just click on the model below.
Test numbers are always good, but isn't video
Boat Tests & Reviews
Smoker Craft 171 Pro Bass
Smoker Craft has been successful in the northern walleye market for many years and
is now expanding into the southern bass market. Smoker Craft continues to
do what it has done best in the northern market by maintaining value and
quality in a rugged aluminum rig with this 2008 model. The 171 Pro Bass is one of
a series of three bass rigs that Smoker Craft has designed. See complete test and video of Smoker Craft's 171 Pro Bass.
Glastron GLS 255
The 255 is the queen of the new GLS line of boats and Glastron has incorporated a number of features you would normally expect to find only on high end boats costing
many thousands of dollars more. The 255 is supposed to be offering more seating
room, more luxury and better performance than her predecessor. To see if Glastron met their goals with the all new GLS 255 watch
our video and review the performance numbers.
Larson Cabrio 220
The Cabrio 220 has been around a few years and has done quite well in the Northeast,
Canada and the Northwest, according to Jeff Kruschek, VP and GM for Larson. It has
also done well in the European market. For '09, Larson made a few changes . This model looks and feels bigger than most 22’ cuddy cabins and often
is mistaken for
an entry level cruiser. She is priced like a cuddy, yet feels like
an entry level cruiser. See Captain Rob's complete test and video of
the Cabrio 220.
Tracker Pro Team 170 TX
Pro Team 170 TX has an all welded Revolution hull designed for a smooth ride and
fishability. The full length longitudinal stringer system and all aluminum
stern mean you should be able to count on this boat to serve you well for decades.
See Captain Ron's complete test and video.
Yamaha 232 Limited
232 Limited is as good looking as she is functional and durable. This jetdrive will serve your
whole family for a long day on the water. The 232 Limited is the company's
most "luxurious" model complete with an extensive features list and a swim platform
you've got to see. See Captain John's complete test and video
of the Yamaha
JC Pontoon TriToon 246
246 TriToon is built on an entirely different hull than JC's SunToon and NepToon
series. This is a noticeable upgrade for JC’s customers, and also something unique
among all pontoon boat hulls. Our test boat topped out over 43 miles-per-hour,
thanks in part to the TriToon’s unique hull shape with angled planing surfaces
on the outer tubes. The wide center tube overlaps the other two to form one hull,
making the TriToon handle more like a deck boat than a typical pontoon boat. Come aboard as we test the TriToon 246.
Take this model for a test drive.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of one of our own employees,
Drew was a lifelong resident of Greenwich, Connecticut. He worked in sales for the
magazine publishing industry for many years, successfully launching new magazines
and helping expand others. Drew was an avid golfer who loved boating and football
and was a devoted father to his young son.
Drew came onboard at BoatTEST as a Sales Manager in September of 2007. He was diagnosed
with pancreatic cancer in March of 2008. Drew passed away on Monday, September 15th.
Although he was part of our team for only a short time, Drew was a true professional,
and left a lasting impression on us all. We are sure that anyone who was lucky enough
to have worked with Drew during his tenure with BoatTEST shares in our feelings
At present it is our intent to create a scholarship foundation for Drew's son's
educational needs. If you
are interested in contributing, please contact Lis Soltes at
If you would like to make a donation to the American Cancer Society in Drew’s honor
please visit, cancer.org.
Doral’s Unique Approach to Boat Building Focuses on Boutique vs All-Inclusive
Doral uses or offers all the best materials available and
they give their customers many options to choose from throughout their boats. Most of the craftsman at
Doral have worked there for 15-20 plus years and take great care in building each boat
one at a time. Some of the quality materials Doral uses include balsa core, 316 grade polished stainless
steel throughout, an epoxy based barrier coat, exotic woods with high-gloss varnish,
30-ounce exterior upholstery vinyl, and this year they have
introduced a new type of coating from CCP called “IMEDGE” which is more UV resistant
than conventional gelcoat. This high-performance coating won’t chalk or otherwise breakdown. This abrasion resistant
and water-tight coating is available as an option on all colored hulls.
We recently interviewed a 23-year veteran at Doral Boats, Luc St-Onge, Yacht Designer
who spoke to us about the quality components and overall fit and
finish of the boats, why they are a bit heavier than others the same size, and what sets
them apart in the industry. Watch our exclusive video.
BoatTEST.com recently tested 6 new Dorals in Canada and we will be sharing these
videos and tests with you in a few weeks.
See performance tests of Doral Boats...
In the Engine Room
Tigé Turns to PCM Power
The six boats we tested were powered by either the 343-hp PCM 5.7L EX343 or the
409-hp PCM 6.0L ZR409. PCM has worked hard to maximize the engines' torque at low
rpm for improved hole-shot performance. The EX343 has 403 ft.-lbs. and the ZR409
has a prodigious 492 ft.-lbs. of torque. PCM has won the JD Power Award four years
out of the last five for highest customer satisfaction for inboard gas engines. The PCM engines also have a three-year warranty which is among the best in inboards.
Sea-Doo Head to Head
The team from Sea-Doo challenged BoatTEST.com to compare, head to head, their two best-performing
personal watercraft with two of their competitors. At press time this was the best
of what these manufacturers have to offer. Come along with Captain John to see how these models compare.
Triumph 1700 Skiff
Triumph is taking the skiff to a whole new level with their all new 1700.
This model is constructed using Triumph's patented Roplene rotational molded plastic
construction technology and uni-hull construction which results in a boat that is
tough, resilient to impacts and for all practical purposes, unsinkable. To learn
more about the Triumph 1700 Skiff...ride here.
Navis USA 3000 Chartplotter
If you are in the market for a new chartplotter you may want to check out the Navis
3000. This model features 10.4 inch 256k color LCD display with 18 channel GPS and
is loaded with features. It can hold up to 20,000 tracking points, 1,000 waypoints
and 50 routes.
Watch the Navis USA 3000 video.
Navis USA is the exclusive distributor of Samyung Marine Electronics in the Americas.
They offer the full product line of Samyung equipment including RADAR, SONAR, EPIRB,
VHF and Chartplotter equipment.
Learn more about Navis USA.
We Love This Boat!
Ever see an old fiberglass boat that looks as if it has been re-painted by the Joker’s
make-up artist? We have and we love ‘em. The reason why – and one of the reasons
we love boating – is that no matter how small your purse, somewhere there is a boat
you can afford. Consider the advantages of the little jewel pictured above. We bet
it actually floats, and with luck that old ‘rude might even start in a cloud of
blue smoke that would make the EPA apoplectic. With a good friend, a bottle of wine
(or, a carton of night crawlers), and a little bit of water, someone one is going
to have a great time. If you know someone who would love to go boating
but who thinks they can’t afford it, send them this picture with our regards.
out our used boat section here.
OceanLED Lights are Great for Fishing
OceanLED began bringing LED underwater lighting to the market after perfecting their
approach and the company continues adding products that make underwater lighting
affordable with applications for both new and used boats. For the hard-core fisherman
or the family that likes to bring the fish around, OceanLED also offers a fish strobe
light that can really get the fish jumping.
Light up here.
Why We Love Boating
Introduced last week for the first time, loyal reader Bill Noble has made another
submission, gleaned from the Internet, and it is an incredible set of pictures of
rays slowly migrating south to Mexico’s Yucatan. We’re told that the pictures shown
here were taken in June. The migrating rays are called golden rays, cownose rays,
hawkrays, or Pacific Ocean golden rays. To see more pictures of these wonderful sea creatures and to vote
Mr. Noble’s payment…pop your tab.
BoatTEST.com Would Like to Hear from You
Tell us what you would like to see more of in our videos. What can we do to better
inform and educate you on the boats we are testing? Over the years your feedback
has helped us create the end products we bring to the screen and your feedback
means a lot to us. We thank you for your support and loyalty over the years. Tell us more.
Aztec, Malibu, PCM
This week three companies have made the USCG’s monthly Recall Report. If you own
these brands or know someone who does, please do everyone a favor and let them know
they should check the report. As boats change hands fairly frequently, the manufacturers
can not keep track of current owners, so word-of-mouth is often the only way to
reach current owners. Pass it on. Check this month’s recalls…read on.
Capt. Steve's "Smart Boating" Lessons
In this week’s lessons Capt. Steve takes us through where to keep your new boat
and how to protect your boat from theft. Capt. Steve has four videos showing you all
the options for storing your boat during the boating season and the financial impact
it will have on your budget. The five videos presented this week are part
of Capt. Steve’s USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch these
videos every week on BoatTEST.com and become an armchair expert. To view this week’s lessons…dock here.
Ducky Award Winner
"Good thing we are spending some quality time together, I could be home watching
the game.”– C. Mondaro
“Honey take a note. Next time let’s put the cooler up front and maybe you won’t
have to work as hard.” – A. Klotz
Honorable (almost) Mention
“Hey, my wife said she wanted a rowing machine.” – R. Fuller
“Ah yes, one of the many advantages of a mail order bride.” – P. Vitsale
“Pass me a beer honey.”– C. Purslowe
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