Tomorrow at the Miami International Boat Show MasterCraft will debut its new “300.”
It will be a watershed boat for the Tennessee builder that has been known for 40
years for its up-market tournament ski and wakeboard boats. In MasterCraft’s announcement
press release it said, “We’re no longer just a ski boat company.” With that one
sentence and the boat pictured above, MasterCraft is venturing into the domain of
Formula, Four Winns, Larson and other American builders who have heretofore defined
the modern high-end 30’+ express cruiser. This is a strategic – and possibly brilliant
– corporate move; one designed to give MasterCraft’s future a potential that was
possible as long as it is mired in the hammer-and-tong ski/wakeboat competition.
We could be wrong, but we detect the fine hand of Roger Penske behind this radical
To find out more about this twin engine (gas or diesel) with optional "Joystick
Control", 4-sleeper cruiser -- and how much it costs -- plunk your magic twanger.
During the last several weeks over 150 boat buyers have contacted BoatTEST.com’s Member Services to help them find the right boat at the right price. Currently, over 60 of those buyers have been put in touch with dealers or brokers who have outstanding offers in the current soft market. There are about 90 buyers who have yet to be matched-up by our Member Services with dealers or brokers who have the right boats. If you are a dealer/broker and have an exceptional value on any of the boats listed, then you should contact BoatTEST.com. See the complete list of boats wanted by BoatTEST members --
The advantages of jet drives have been obvious for years, but recently they have picked up in popularity. This has happened in large part because of their success in PWCs built by several companies, and in jet-powered runabouts built by Yamaha and Sea-Doo. In fact, the 23-foot Yamaha runabout is the largest selling boat that size in the U.S. Maine boat builder Hinckley has been installing them for over 10 years in its picnic boat series, Huckins has installed them in its new 56-foot boats, and last year they were even put in a new U.S. warship complete with joystick steering. They are adaptable to virtually all types of engines from outboards to large diesels. Discover some of the advantages of jet drives--
See Capt. John Wenz explain how Yamaha jet drives work --
See outboard engine jet drive video by Yamaha --
The Crownline brand has had a meteoric rise since its founding in 1991 and in 12 years has become one of the top five sportboat builders in the U.S. Today the company has a full line of sportboats from 17’ to 34’. The company is obviously doing many things right. We have always liked the concept of cuddy sportboats but unfortunately many builders give the cuddy scant attention. We think the 255 CCR is notable because it is a cuddy cabin designed to be used. You can actually get four people around its table, plus there is a head with shower and a well-equipped galley. Nearly as many people can be seated in the cockpit with its “U”-shaped seating, as in most bowriders. Join Christopher Hughes, our COO, as he takes a video look at this versatile Crownline --
Ranger’s new for ’09 1850 RS is a versatile
“fish ‘n fun” boat for the whole family.
Ranger is keying in on two groups of boaters with its 1850 RS: owners of runabouts and aluminum fishing/utility boats. By designing the boat for a wide variety of uses and keeping the price down, the 1850 RS will be an attractive package for the young and growing families with kids whose interests will evolve as they get older. Dad, of course, will always be fishing. To find out more about this new model --play your mouse.
See tests of Ranger boats --
This connoisseur of backdoor pipe curled up
in the green room gives a few pointers.
First people just whispered about it, but now it is out of the closet. It’s wake
surfing. That's surfing as in no tow line – just you and your board and the green
It is not often that we get a chance to catch one of wake surfing’s more articulate
dudes giving pointers on what makes good surfing wake. But thanks to the good folks at Tigé who were
able to catch this impresario of the rolling pipe on video tape, we are bringing it
to you. You need not watch this unless your spine tingles when the surf is up and
you like to slide in the pocket -- wake your mouse.
See tests of Tigé boats.
BoatTEST Helps Members
|During the last several weeks BoatTEST’s Member Services Dept. has helped many buyers find the boats they were looking for at bargain prices.|
The Rotax engine that Sea-Doo uses
to power their PWCs and jet runabouts
is an incredible machine.
Made in Austria, the versatile Rotax engine powers everything from killer drones flying over the Khyber Pass to snowmobiles, motorcycles, little cars, and of course, Sea-Doo PWCs and jet boats. With over 5 million of the units in service they have proven themselves in all conditions. Last year Rotax added a larger intercooler and supercharger and now Sea-Doo has the most powerful engine going in PWCs or jet-powered sportboats – the 255-hp Rotax. Hey, that’s 85-hp per! Put that in your pipe and smoke it, GM! Join Capt. Smith as he takes a close look at these remarkable little engines -- chill your mouse.
See tests of Sea-Doo watercraft --
See test of Sea-Doo sportboats --
|There are several third party additions for your Windows Mobile and Symbian mobile phones.|
If you have been looking at some websites with your mobile phone you may have discovered that some will display well, while others offer quite a challenge. Most are somewhere in between. There are several third party additions for your Windows Mobile and Symbian mobile phones which can help make web browsing easier. Of course, the Apple iPhone already has excellent software for web browsing included, as do the Palm OS devices. Blackberry devices also have a built-in web browser which is known for its lackluster appearance. Fortunately, there's a third party replacement for Blackberry also. Learn more about these and other third party browsers.
|The overturned bass boat is pulled from the frigid waters of the Chesapeake after the tragic accident.|
A fishing trip gone horribly wrong leaves two dead and four others hospitalized. One of the deceased is the 89-year-old 2006 winner of the Arizona Father of the Year contest. An honor bestowed on him by the Arizona Game and Fish Department and ESPN Radio for his dedication in passing on his love of the great outdoors to his children. So what went wrong --
|Sometimes it’s as if boaters spray painted “FREE BOAT” on their hull sides!|
Imagine watching as thieves steal your boat. Then picture yourself hopping in your truck and driving after the thieves while calling 911. That’s exactly what happened in Orange County Florida recently as some kids made off with a boat right from the owner's driveway. If you make it easy enough, you too can get your boat stolen. We’ll show you how. Get your crowbar and hop onboard--
“You move!” “No -- you move” “I’m not moving, you move!”
“If I have to come down there --"
Dear Capt. Steve,
I’m a sail boater and I’m just about fed up with you stink potters failing to give the right of way. Recently, I was tacking back and forth across the channel against a stiff headwind, when here comes a ferryboat that just about runs me over. He slowed but never stopped and never altered course to avoid me. I had to come hard about to avoid hitting HIM. And this is coming from a professional. The Rules of the Road state that powerboats shall give the right of way to sailboats, so why are powerboaters so thick-headed about this?
David S. Block Island, MA.
Read Capt. Steve's response.
Now you can leap mighty wave runners
with a single bound!
Some folks in Germany are giving a whole new meaning to the term “Personal Watercraft.”
They call it the Jetlev-Flyer and they say it will go 74 kmh, go as high as 15 meters
and has a range of 300 km. The builder’s website says that the new unit has been
under development for 9 years and has been tested for 6 more years. We couldn’t
think of a better time to introduce it. The inventor is looking for dealers
worldwide. Be the first in your marina to blast off over sailboat masts --
that will really honk-off the ragbaggers. To see a video demonstration --
See Japanese Personal Rocket
Ship (PRS) video --
Capt. Steve's Lesson #23
Rules of the Road
|Stand-on versus give-way vessel.|
This week Capt. Steve covers some basic rules of the road in these new lessons and guidelines on give-way and stand-on vessels. These are rules which all recreational boaters should be aware of. You’ll learn about the right of way for stand-on vessels and corrective measure give-way vessels must make in order to avoid collisions. Learn about making course corrections, making obvious changes so everyone knows what you are doing, slowing down to help reassess a situation, how to determine which boat is the stand-on versus the give-way boat, and other informative tips about the rules of the road. These videos presented this week are part of Capt. Steve’s USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch Captain Steve's video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
View this week’s lessons --
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