In case you haven't gathered by now, Capt. Steve is not shy about giving his opinion and sometimes he even gets a little grumpy, but what do you expect from a Irish sea captain? Recently he took exhaustive looks at two new Wellcraft 21-footers, one a center console, which is called a Fisherman and one a dual console, which is called a Sportsman. Each of these models share a completely new hull design. We found it interesting that the 210 Sportsman powered by the 200-hp 2-stroke Mercury performed as well as it did with regard to fuel mileage at best cruise. The two boats with engines weigh about the same, but when tested, the center console had 300 additional pounds in fuel, yet at best cruise the Sportsman went 32.2 mph getting 2.99 mpg with the 2-stroke Mercury. The 4-stroke Yamaha on the Fisherman had a best cruise of 26.2 mph at 3.23 mpg. Both were turning 15-1/2 x 17 wheels. Guess which one had the fastest WOT? We invite you to compare both models and the performance of both engines on our test pages. And don't forget to watch Capt. Steve's video tests --
See test of Wellcraft 210 Fisherman --
See test of Wellcraft 210 Sportsman --
According to lone survivor Nick Schuyler, NFL football player Marquis Cooper's 21' Everglades swamped then rolled over last month, and subsequently three men died. That Schuyler was able to sit on the level floating hull and hold on to the outboard engine's lower unit is credited with saving his life. 13 months ago BoatTEST.com editor Jeff Hammond spoke with the president of Everglades, Steve Dougherty, about the very subjects of level flotation, swamping and scupper size -- all issues that impinged on last month's accident. We urge you to watch the three important videos above wherein Everglades President Dougherty gives his views of boat building for safety.
Read BoatTEST.com's 3/4/09 article on the accident --
Read AP article in the USCG's 23-page report on the accident.--
Seaswirl, a Genmar company which makes the Striper line of boats from 18’ to 33’, is a company that believes in giving its customers choices. In the case of the 2101 WA/DC Striper there are three different basic configurations, each with 11 or 12 engine options in outboard or stern drive, gas or diesel, from 150-hp to 290-hp – which adds up to at least 35 different choices. We took a stroll through the Striper plant to see how these 23 different versions go together and to find out more about the boats. Join us for our voyage of discovery --
See tests of Striper by Seaswirl boats --
Capt. Rob Smith has some sage advice about sifting through all of the prop scuttlebutt that is easy to get free along the dock. The bottom line is that it all comes down to your engine(s), your specific application and the props' geometry. If you are repowering, replacing worn out props, buying a spare, or just tired of lack-luster performance, why not speak to the the nation's leading authorities on props for powerboats -- the folks at PowerTech! Watch Capt. Rob's video and you'll see what we mean.
This awesome new Alpha Z tower does everything
except curl your toes.
The art of wake boat tower design has come a long way fast. Tigé’s new Alpha Z tower is one of the coolest we have ever seen. It has an incredible anchor light that turns into a running light and then a dome light. There are handholds, integrated speaker pods, lights and chromed wakeboard racks, all in a beautiful swept back towing arch. See this quick Tigé video of the coolest arch on the market -- pump the ratone.
See tests of Tigé boats.
EPIRB's Can Be
This McMurdo 406GPS EPIRB
is lightweight, easy to stow
and could save your life.
The McMurdo E5 SMARTFIND is a 406 MHz EPIRB designed to operate with the COSPAS-SARSAT international search and rescue system. Once removed from its Carry Safe Manual Bracket the unit can be activated automatically by immersion in water, or manually by following the activation instructions printed on the unit. See Capt. Rob Smith's videos explain its features --
Order one from Revere --
|Last Friday two captains in the U.S. Navy joined their comrades in collision from German and Japanese navies in the Capt. Rod Seamanship Hall of Fame. USS Hartford (above) and USS New Orleans.|
Good old Captain Rodney Dangerfield may have departed this life some years ago,
but his legacy of seamanship and boat handling lives on. We have published in the
past pictures and videos of German, Japanese and several other navies slamming
into each other and hapless civilian vessels, now the U.S. joins their ranks. How
two Navy vessels chock full of SOTA electronics could hit each other, much less
hard enough to rupture the USS New Orleans’ fuel tank, is a question only Capt.
Rod could answer. To find out how it’s done -- hit your mouse.
See Capt. Rod’s boat handling video --
Capt. Steve's Lesson #29
How to Use Your Compass to Plot a Course
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