The 341 Meridian is a sedan which has aspirations of being
a mini motoryacht. The builder says it is designed
for people who want to do extended
cruising, and if it is your dream to someday own a large motoryacht, this is a fine
place to start. There are not many true cruising boats in this size range, so you
owe it to yourself to carefully check out this boat. Thirty-five feet is a bit stubby
for a cruising boat and that is why boats in this range often have a case of the
uglies. Yet, somehow Meridian’s naval architects have managed
to draw a 35’ 10” sedan bridge cruiser that doesn’t offend the eye. And packed into
this boat are more accommodations and utility than one usually finds on these size
One of the most demanding captains we know of is Capt. Steve, so we asked
him to test the Meridian and give us a report --
If you are ready for the long weekends aboard an express cruiser and you don’t want to skimp on style and comfort, the V358 is fast becoming a yacht of choice to take you to your favorite get-away. She has all the comforts, style, and performance expected from Four Winns. Four Winns offers many engine options from several companies so you can have a real choice here to find the right power for your application. Join Captain Rob on his boat test of the Four Winns V358.
Grand Banks Eastbay 55SX
Grand Banks has built in more luxury and room for entertainment and cruising with the 55SX. For the single handers, there is now a side entry door for the helmsman. There are additional changes at the helm which make it more comfortable for long cruises, such as the plush captain’s chair and powered sunroof. The 55SX features two cabins and two heads as the standard layout, but is also available with three cabins. Take a look at Eastbay 55 SX.
As you read this (on Wednesday March 18) two Yanmar 6BY2
260-hp diesels are being lowered into the engine room of a 19-year old Tollycraft
at Collins Marine in Bethel Island, California. This is the latest project for a
man who has sailed across the Pacific and ranged from Panama to Alaska in powerboats
of all kinds. His name is Lee Simpson and he loves living aboard and cruising wherever
he may be – and he does it for less money than most people. The latest boat and
one that he is repowering is a 40’ Tollycraft. To find out more about this exciting repower
project-- step on it.
Doral has tested more engine combinations in
their Alegria than most any other builder in a boat this size. With a top speed
of 41 mph this express cruiser is hard to beat. More important, the boat’s best
cruise is at 30.5 mph where she gets slightly over one mile per gallon. The Alegria
with IPS has joystick steering at low speeds making docking easy and fun. But the
real story with this boat is the incredible attention to detail and the extensive
use of wood below which gives the interior a warm and cozy yacht feel. And she is beautiful-- blending European styling with North American functionality. For more
The new Hargrave Seafarer is a four stateroom boat
for charter on the eastern U.S. seaboard.
Recently we took a special video look at the new 101’ Seafarer built by Hargrave
and now she is ready for charter. The boat is available from now until July
anywhere from the Bahamas to Newport, RI. She comes with a crew of four, including
stew and chef. The folks at Hargrave, who are handling her charter, tell us that
the owner is giving $4000 off on the APA (advance provision allowance). She was
designed for world cruising and has all of the amenities a vessel this size should
Find out more information and her charter rate --
See BoatTEST video of Seafarer --
See BoatTEST videos of all Hargrave boats --
SeaKey Can Save Your Boat (and YOU!)
The SeaKey safety system was first introduced in 2002 and is now installed in over
10,000 boats. This proven system is primarily directed at boater safety and boat
security. Not only can you send an SOS at the touch of a button, but the system
also tracks the boat in case of theft. It’s like “On Star” in automobiles, but it
has far more uses, including keeping track of your kids when they use your boat,
and knowing where your captain really is. Read all about this incredible safety device--
Work From Your Boat With KVH Broadband
Used Boat Prices Drop with Recession
|NFL player Marquis Cooper’s 21’ center console was towed to the Bay Pines boat ramp for inspection.|
Through the Freedom of Information Act the Associated Press has been able to obtain
a 23-page USCG report on the accident that took the lives of three men, two of whom
were NFL players, recently in the waters off of Clearwater, Florida. The report details the effects
of hypothermia and the importance of filing a float plan. New information has come
to light, but the USCG cautions that hypothermia may have affected the memory of
Nick Schuyler, the lone survivor. For the AP report --
Read BoatTEST report “Beware the Angry Sea” --
|Boat Trader and Yacht Trader publications are online and now have a newsletter.|
In case you haven’t noticed, virtually everyone in the marine business is producing e-newsletters these days and our partners at Trader.com joined the party. Trader currently has over 115,000 new and used boat listings. Their monthly newsletter is packed full of boats for sale, boating tips, boat show dates, news, and video tests from BoatTEST. Best of all the Trader e-newsletter is free.
To sign up now --
|Mold remediation need not be a big chore if you catch it early and regularly.|
The last several years mold remediation in houses has blossomed into a multi-million dollar business and has kept many lawyers out of the soup kitchens. We’ve all lived with mold all of our lives, but it is now an environmental flavor of the month, so you’d better not be caught with your spores down. Not only does mold smell bad, it can be bad for your health and degrade the finish of your boat costing you hundred of dollars when you go to sell it. Capt. Pauley will give you the quick cure -- wipe your mouse.
|Thar’s easy pickins for the bold this year if you know where to look. Each week BoatTEST’s Member Services matches up swashbucklers with boats that is nothing short of piracy.|
Looking for a new or used boat but afraid you might not be getting the best deal? Smart buyers know that the best way to come out on a boat is to buy it right. There has never been a better time to buy than today. Simply let BoatTEST.com know what you are looking for and we’ll have dealers calling you with deals. Just sit back and wait for the phone to ring. Sign up here --
|Lincoln almost became a boat dealer upon his return from New Orleans to Illinois by boat as a young man. Unfortunately, a dearth of available product forced him to open a dry goods store instead.|
If you are a boat dealer looking for customers, BoatTEST.com might have some for you. All you have to do is check the list of boats our members are looking for to see if they want what you happen to have in stock. You might get lucky --
Capt. Steve's Lesson #28
How to Read Charts
Capt. Steve explains a grid system and how to read lines
of latitude and longitude to help find a location.
This week Capt. Steve goes over fourteen new lessons and guidelines on reading charts and how to plot an exact position by using degrees, minutes and tenths of minutes to tell anyone exactly where you are in the world. If you’re going to be out in the open ocean it’s important to learn how to read charts for your own safety and to help give direction to other boaters, as well as your coordinates should an emergency arise. Capt. Steve also suggests getting into the habit of checking the Local Notice to Mariners which the Coast Guard publishes to report any changes or deficiencies in aids to navigation. 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.com.
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