Boat Loan Money
Is Still Flowing!
Despite all of the reports of credit markets freezing up, sky-rocketing interest
rates, and banks not even lending to other banks, boat loans are still widely available
at reasonable rates. For the last several days BoatTEST.com has surveyed banks,
boat loan brokers, boat dealers and boat builders and we found that boat loan money
is still flowing. While several large consumer insitutions, such as GE Capital
and Key Bank, have gotten out of the consumer boat loan business, other institutions
are still making loans directly, as well as through loan brokers and boat dealers.
That is the good news. However, the free-wheeling days of 100% financing to anyone
with a heartbeat are over, whether it be for a boat loan or nearly anything else.
To find out where to get a boat loan, how much it will cost, and the new qualification
Boat Tests & Reviews
Glastron GLS 215
The GLS 215 is part of the new series from Glastron that brings more style and value to this great old brand. In Glastron’s GLS 215 a lot
of attention was given to upscale upholstery, snap-in carpeting
and functional options like the swing-away footrests for the optional L-seating.
See complete test and video of Glastron's GLS 215.
Larson Senza 206
Larson’s Senza Series, from the company's sport boat line, has become quite popular
the last several years. This 206 offers three different graphics packages: standard,
with no extra graphics at all, the Sport Paint Band package, and the Adrenaline
package, which is a carnival of color and wild graphics. The Senza 206 is more of
a crossover boat designed for the younger, more athletic boater. See Captain Rob's complete test and video of the Senza 206.
Sylvan 8522 Sport
8522 Sport is blurring the lines between pontoon boats, deckboats and skiboats
because it can do it all. This model has Smoker Craft’s Revolutionary Planing Technology
(RPT) tubes that enable these boats to deliver more speed and performance with smaller
engine packages that will save you on both purchase price and fuel economy.
See Captain Rob's complete test and video of Sylvan's 8522 Sport.
Smoker Craft 1866 CC
Whether they are using it as a
shooting platform during duck season or working crab pots in the Florida shoreline
bays and inlets, the
1866 CC Bass and Bay is built for the sportsman. Its semi-V three keel hull shape delivers sharp, responsive handling
and its nearly 8’ beam delivers stability so you can comfortably walk around. See Captain Rob's complete test and video of
the Smoker Craft 1866 CC.
Formula 270 Bowrider
adds to their stable of premier bowriders with the introduction of the 270 Bowrider.
to fill the void between the 260 and 310, this new bowrider has lots of class, lots
of amenities and plenty of performance. It carries the same 10-year Structural Warranty
and transferable 5-Year Formula Guard Limited Protection Plan as the rest of their
line. Come aboard as we test the Formula 270 Bowrider.
Seaswirl 2901 Walk Around
2901 Walk Around has been completely re-tooled, and modernized for today’s competitive
market place, yet retains her classy looks and choice of stern drive or outboard
propulsion formats. We tested with the latter configuration, equipped with
a pair of Evinrude E-TECs strapped to the stern...see
complete test and video.
Malibu Sunscape 247 LSV
largest boat in the Malibu line of high-end ski and wakeboard tow rigs is the 247
LSV. Like all the Malibu boats, you can customize this flagship in many different
ways, depending on your preferred water sports and how serious you are about them. If you’re into skiing, wakeboarding, tubing or just looking for an all-around fun machine,
then the Sunscape model may be for you. We take the Malibu Sunscape 247 LSV for a test ride.
New Bass Boats
New Tournament-Equipped Stratos
Bass Boats For Joe Six-Pack
Stratos wanted to do something special to celebrate its 25th Anniversary and what
they came up with is an elegantly simple idea: take most of the equipment, amenities
and functionality of a bass boat rigged for pro tournaments and stuff them into
a boat priced for the non-tournament bass angler. We love it. The company also redesigned
the hull with a sharper deadrise bow entry so boaters can bash through chop without
cracking a molar. Note the flared beam on the 201 XL Evolution for more platform
space and wrap-around molded seat for a safer, more comfortable ride. These two
boat-engine-trailer packages have more gear and up-grades than we have space to
describe (such as oil-bath hubs on the Road Armor tandem-axle trailers, LED-lighted
storage, dividable aerated livewells, etc.). Stratos will put any engine you want
on the transom. The boats have already started shipping to dealers nationwide. We
think these might be the hottest new bass boats of the season. Take a look and let us know
if you agree-- or, disagree. Simply visit a Stratos dealer, look them over, then write us
The most incisive email wins one of our coveted Duckies. (No trade entries, please!)
Readers Demand Tougher Boat Tests
Last week we asked readers what they wanted and we got an ear full. Tougher tests,
more people in the boats, video sagas, funnier captions and a lot more. BoatTEST
aims to please so we are taking your suggestions to heart. To find out what some readers want, what we have to say about it, and to let us know what you think…plunk your magic twanger.
3M Water Filter
Get rid of the plastic taste, metals and sediment in your boat's drinking water
with this easy to use filter from 3M. Captain Robert Smith explains how this product. If you ever have to change the filter, which is
good for about 500 gallons, he shows that too. Check out BoatTEST's product review of the 3M Water Filter.
Learn more about this product at 3M.
Thrown in the Slammer
The female fishboat-captain-turned-author — best known for being the last person
to have contact with the ill-fated Andrea Gail made famous by the book “The Perfect
Storm”— is facing charges in Canada for allegedly fishing illegally inside Canada's
200-mile limit. Capt. Linda Greenlaw hasn’t been swordfishing for 10 years and now
lobsters from her home in Isle Au Haut, ME and writes books. So why was she out
long lining east of Newfoundland? To find out if Capt. Linda is still in the pokey and why she was
fishing…set this hook.
Secure Your Boat with
Hurricane season is well underway and if you have yet to develop a system for
securing your boat, then you should take a look at this product from TideSlide.
The company manufactures a hurricane mooring device that can secure any boat from
15 feet to 50', the company says. Watch the TideSlide video.
To learn more visit TideSlide online.
“Better buy now…you only have a few good seasons left.”
Bayliner Founder is Still Making Waves
Orin Edson built Bayliner from humble beginnings in Bellingham, WA to what was at
time the world’s largest boat company. His goal of making an affordable boat with
a turn-key approach for beginners and the “masses” still resonates even today and
is a true testament to his legacy.
By making boat ownership affordable, he probably
did more to grow the sport than anything since the invention of fiberglass. Even
he sold Bayliner to the Brunswick Corp. years ago, his passion for boat building
has never left him and he is still making waves. To find out more about this incredible legend…pop this cork.
A Hurricane Barrier Coming Near You?
Boaters in Stamford, CT – BoatTEST.com’s home port -- have the benefit of being
able to get behind an Army Corps of Engineers-made barrier that protects their boats
from a severe storm surge such as the one experienced in the Galveston-Houston area
last month. When hurricanes approach, local residents make plans to evacuate behind
the doors which can be seen open in the picture above. The stone levee to the left
and right of the doors is about 17' above MLW. To find out more about this man-made hurricane hole…open this door.
Classic Champ Likes Jigs For Autumn Bass
"I'll have two jigs, a spinnerbait, and a shallow running crankbait tied on and
ready," notes the Yamaha pro, who's already spent time scouting Louisiana's Red
River where he'll defend his Classic title next February, "but jigs are definitely
my favorite lures this time of year.
Capt. Steve's "Smart Boating" Lessons
In this week’s lessons Captain Steve goes over some basic nautical terms of boating.
While looking at a boat from above, Captain Steve will take you through terminology
that will make any new boater seem like an old salt. The seven videos presented this week are part
of Captain 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…start your engine.
Ducky Award Winner
“You caught it, you clean it!” – D. Sawchuk
“I’m losing my ass on this boat.”
– S. Reeves
Honorable (almost) Mention
“I always launch my boat by the seat of my pants.” – D. Braun
“Honey its official, I’m hooked on boating.”
– M. Martin
“This boat is a real strain on my wallet!!!”
– T. Gillen
“The new optional Acme bow thruster.”
– P. Standley
“This boat really hauls ass!” - A. Crew
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Devil Duck Winners
“A great picture of the editor who picks the captions pulling another great
caption out of his twisted mind…. :)” – J. Fisher
“The girls always said that Jim was well hung.” – D. Patterson
“I don’t think your wife meant it literally when she said to stick the boat up your
– M. Novelli
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