It is not often that a new boat comes along that takes
our breath away, but Hydra-Sports' new 4100 SF center console did it. With over 70
companies building center consoles, Hydra-Sports is now king of the hill with the
largest production center console built. This is a mighty fishing machine designed
for serious anglers who want to go out in virtually any sea condition and bring
home the big ones. With a 23-degree deadrise – just one degree less than deep-V
race boats – Kevlar composite construction, and powered by triple Yamaha 350s, she
is made for both speed and rough water. Full of clever fishing amenities, this monster
has comfortable seating for 8 people at the helm and behind. For anglers thinking
about moving up, or owners of large convertibles ready to down-size, the 4100 SF is a “must see” because no matter what you buy, this
boat will be a benchmark --
We count about a dozen 45' convertibles on the market these
days. Most are surprisingly similar in fishing amenities and in salon and galley
layout, but from there on they diverge. When we compared the Rampage 45 to the other
45' convertibles we discovered exactly how carefully she was designed to meet her
competition, besting most in the critical areas of performance with economy, roominess
and other areas. If you have always had your heart set on a 45 convertible, then
you should read our surprising comparisons of the Rampage 45 and her peers --
Because the new Doral 40’ Mediterra is so long on styling and
luxury amenities and is one of the most robust boats in her size-range, her outstanding
performance is easy to overlook. Nevertheless, she is a winner here as well, and
recorded the second highest speed at WOT and at best cruise – nosed out by only
.5 mph in both cases -- that we have tested in her class. The boat we tested was
powered by twin 370-hp IPS 500s (with a joystick) but she has many engine choices,
gas or diesel, with both IPS and Zeus, Volvo or Mercury stern drives and Axius.
To get our take on how the Mediterra stacks up against other express cruisers in
her class -- parse the mouse.
There are not many express cruisers built in the 52’ range
and when we compare the handful that are built we find that the 520 Sports Coupe
Yachts comes out on top in most of the important criteria we examine. With a top
speed of 41.4 mph she is virtually the fastest on the market with triple 435-hp
IPS diesels. And at her best cruise speed of 22.5 those three mills are just loping along burning
only 28.7 gph, pretty much best in class, giving her a 335-mile range. But there
is a lot more to the 520 than performance. Her styling, room, layout, fit-n-finish
and her beefy construction make her compelling. For most people a 52 boat is all
that they will ever need in life. It can cruise virtually anywhere in the civilized
world and do it in comfort with reliable systems and a joystick to boot. To see
what we’re talking about check out our complete test with performance numbers, video
and Captain’s Report --
You are looking at an experimental vessel that the U.S. military has been testing for four years. Last month it was put into active duty off Cartagena, Columbia in drug interdiction exercise with the Columbian Navy. Last fall it caught 3 aliens that had been turned to the Dark Side. The origins of this unique hull are bizarre, nearly every branch of the military has found uses for it, but in a day of increasing popularity of power cats, it has some interesting motoryacht possibilities. 88’ x 40’ x 3’, this vessel has 2000-sq.ft. of accommodation space and can travel 50 knots with quad Cats powering Arneson Drives. If you are intrigued by the possibilities -- go with the Force.
New powerboats have never been so attractive as now.
But which one to choose?
One of the dilemmas that many new boat buyers are facing this spring is simply – Is the deal they’re getting the best deal possible? Is that beautiful new boat that dealer says is a steal for real? Or is there something better down the road? Last month Member Services helped a number of buyers find out the answer. Knowing where all of the non-current models are, what the dealer margin is and the whereabouts of any legitimate new boat repos can quickly answer the question. If you are seriously in the market for any size powerboat of any brand, just sign up for your FREE Member Services program -- you’ll be in hog heaven.
Norberto Ferretti Negotiates to Buy Back Company
In early February when it was reported that the Ferretti Group had missed payments on its debt service on over 1 billion Euros to two European banks, the industry has been waiting to discover the outcome. Last week it was announced that Norberto Ferretti and senior management within Ferretti Spa have offered to inject equity into the company as part of a new debt restructuring proposal that would give them ownership. Ferretti Group owns a number of brands including Bertram, Riva, Pershing, Apreamare and others. For more of the story --
Do You Have
|Your boat has pumps all over it and most use impellers – which can fail for several reasons at any time.|
The failure of a simple rubber impeller can spoil a planned weekend on the water. That’s why any well-equipped boat will have spares aboard. While you can’t have spares aboard for everything, you can have spares for a few of the most likely items to fail and impellers are high on the list. You might have as many as seven or more of them here and there on your boat. To find out more about maintaining and replacing impellers-- pump your mouse.
Stooges Were Here
3 Stooges Steal
|Unmistakable proof that the Three Stooges are still alive was found last week Down Under.|
Thieves stole a dinghy overnight last week from Lyttelton Harbour's Cass Bay, New Zealand, rowed it to a 34-foot yacht, started the engine and took off to sea. "They were idiots," said local Constable Richard Scott. The thieves did not know to turn on the seacock for the raw water engine cooling and “consequently it blew up” said the constable. Then the yacht began drifting toward shore. Not surprisingly, it was yet another narrow escape for the stoogefellows who always seem to get out of these scrapes. To find how the stooges escaped this time -- slap your stick.
|It took 90 minutes to catch on rod and reel, but since it took 13 men to bring it in, it won’t quite make the IGFA record book.|
The Thailand capture of the massive female stingray was part of a program to tag fishy Maeklong River residents. The captive, part of a "vulnerable species" listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, measured a hefty 7 feet by 7 feet. That doesn't include the 10-foot-long poisonous tail. To find out more about this non-IGFA record --
|New York Gov. Paterson has proposed a job-killing tax on boats to raise money for a state with already high unemployment.|
New York’s Governor Paterson proposed a 5% tax on new boat sales in December and we’re concerned that not only New York might implement it, but that other states might copycat the idea. Already a bill has been introduced into the Illinois state legislature and been swatted down just as fast because it was an obvious job killer. In 1991 to 1993 over 500,000 people lost their jobs in the marine industry thanks to the 10% boat tax, and many boat builders and dealers went out of business. To find out what is going on, why it can kill an industry and what you can do about it -- strangle your mouse.
|Thomson Reuters CEO Tom Glocer announces “videos-on-demand” and his company declares it a “completely new” idea.|
Imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, someone once said, and for that reason the BoatTEST.com staff gives Thompson Reuters (the multi-billion dollar global information service) a hearty: “THANK YOU!” The news company is going to create informative videos (Great Idea!) and make their database of videos “searchable” (sound familiar?) on their website (Brilliant, lads!). Obviously the folks at Thomson Reuters are not powerboat owners, but we won’t hold that against them. Last month BoatTEST.com served over 510,271 video plays “on demand” for new boats, engines and related equipment and has been doing it since Sept. 15, 2000. Congratulations Thomson Reuters for dreaming up such a great idea!
|Boat buyers are still searching and more boats are sold each week.|
Over 200 members have signed up with BoatTEST.com looking for new and used boats worth over $10,000,000. If you have a good deal on one of the boats listed we will put you in touch with a customer ready to buy. View list of boats wanted --
The E-Plex System puts all the boat's
electrical controls at the helm.
We recently took a look at Wellcraft’s new 340 Coastal. This fishing and family-friendly boat had several nice innovations that we liked, and hardly any we didn’t like. But one item that topped the nice list (and we checked it twice) was its new touch screen controller for the electrical system. Check out its features and see if you agree. Power up and follow us --
Accident of the Week
NFL Players Caught
|Lone survivor Nick Schuyler sitting on the bottom of the 21’ Everglades center console which was capsized, but floated level probably saved his life. Photo at right shows the boat after rescue.|
The day started out mild as four friends left the Clearwater,
ramp at 6:30 am last Saturday morning. By mid-afternoon the weather turned nasty
and the sea began building up. By Sunday the nation learned of the four missing
anglers, two of whom were NFL players. Monday morning the USCG rescued one of the
men, Nick Schuyler, who had managed to perch himself atop the capsized hull and
was holding on to the outboard motor’s lower unit. The three other men were not
found after an extensive USCG search and yesterday the mission was called off because
after 72 hours in the 68-degree water the men must have succumbed to hypothermia
if not drowned. The boat involved was a 21’ Everglades, a brand that is well-known
to have among the best floatation systems in boats. The fact that the boat
floated level in its capsized state is credited
with saving Schuyler’s life.
To read how this accident happened and some of the back story --
See Reuters video report of the accident --
Late-breaking story from the St. Petersburg Times -- Did Football Players Give Up? --
Capt. Steve's Lesson #26
Using Sound Signals
A vessel leaving a dock in a busy channel should make
their intentions clear by sounding off one long blast.
This week Capt. Steve goes over sixteen new lessons and guidelines on using sound signals to alert other boaters of your intentions on the water. By using specific sound signals boaters can communicate whether they want to pass another boat to port or starboard, cross in front of a slower boat even though they are the give-way vessel, need to hold their position perhaps in a drawbridge scenario, or whether there’s a blind spot and need to alert boaters around the bend. These are basic rules which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of Capt. Steve’s USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch Capt. Steve's video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.
To view this week’s lessons --
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