We just completed our test of the Meridian 580 and
we’re here to tell you that this motoryacht is a tremendous value no matter how
you want to look at it. Capt. Steve put the 580 through her paces and he was impressed
both with the boat’s handling and the execution of her interior joinerwork. She
has a surprising list of standard equipment that is usually optional on many
a lot of good, solid design planning went into the 580 which shows us that
this is the builder to watch during the next several years. The Meridian 580 is
an outstanding contender in her class – and a million dollars less than some of
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For the last eight years Jeanneau has been building powerboats and now has 10 express and flying bridge models in their line, from 30’ to 50’. Jeanneau calls its powerboat line “Prestige.” They are modern, innovative and because the company is trying to break into the U.S. they are extremely low priced. If you are interested in something a little different with a European flare you should check out the Prestige line. Come aboard the Jeanneau 38 S.
Hargrave 84 Mar Azul
Hargrave Custom Yachts has long sought to drive home to the motoryacht-buying public how far customers can go to “personalize” the boats they build. Nothing dramatizes the point better than this innovative new design concept which looks like a raised deck pilothouse motoryacht on the outside, but on the inside does not waste valuable main deck real estate as do conventional pilothouse configurations. According to Hargrave owner Mike Joyce, “This boat was designed to be handled by a husband and wife,” and is equipped with everything a cruising couple will need. Take a look at the Mar Azul from Hargrave.
In all likelihood, three men lost their lives because NFL player Marquis Cooper didn’t want to lose another anchor, as occurred on a fishing trip the week before. (Mistake #1) After William Bleakley tied the boat’s anchor rode to a pad eye on the port side transom of the boat, (Mistake #2) Cooper shoved the throttle of his 200-hp outboard forward in an attempted to free the snagged anchor (Mistake # 3). With the anchor holding the boat down and the thrust of the engine trying to push the boat forward, it is little wonder that topping seas in what may have been 40 knot winds spilled over the boat’s transom and swamped it. Survivor Nick Schuyler told FFWCC officers that once the boat swamped, it quickly capsized to the port side. To read the official report of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s report -- read on.
3100 SE: Largest Maxum
|The standard buff black gelcoat on the 3100 SE makes it stand out from many of the other boats at the marina.|
The 3100 SE is the largest boat in Maxum's Sport Cruiser series and the second
largest boat in the builder’s whole line. Maxum is a Brunswick-owned builder and
is generally considered to be a step-up boat from the Bayliner brand. The 3100 SE
is designed to be a versatile express cruiser suitable for day cruising and water
sports, as well as a weekender for a couple or small family.
A bimini and cruising canvas comes standard on the 3100 SE which lengthens this boat’s
season, something we like. To find out our take on the boat’s standard equipment
See tests of Maxum boats --
PT Boats Spawned High-Speed Cruisers
Perhaps it is a coincidence that in the 1970s and ‘80s high-speed cruising powerboats had a dramatic rise in popularity. Could it have been it was because thousands of former WW II PT boat crews were then hitting their peak earning years? Certainly the quest for speed in convertibles and motoryachts caught the engine companies by surprise as they scrambled to cobble together Rube Goldberg diesels that could generate the horsepower to power these brutes. The PT boats used triple V-12 Packard engines which feed on aviation gasoline. To find out what the PT boats were like and why they captured the imagination of a generation --now hear this.
Free Haul-Out For Underwater Lights!
Starting today (April 1, no fooling!) OceanLED will pay up to $1000 for a haul- out for any customer buying four or more of their 3010 Pro-Series underwater lights. The offer is good for the first 250 customers from now until June 30th. You can select any color, any style, in 50-degree or 180-degree lens options. The lights must be purchased through an authorized dealer (not online) or boatyard. OceanLED is suggesting that while your boat is hauled-out, why not get the bottom painted using Interlux paint, which is co-sponsoring their promotion. We love it! While you’re on OceanLED’s nickel, why not check your cutlass bearings, change zincs and have your props re-balanced, too? To find out who your local OceanLED dealer is -- turn on your mouse.
|Malcolm and Linda Robertson had been cruising around the world in their 44’ sailboat.|
The murder of the owner of a 44’ sailboat last week off the Thailand coast has shocked the yachting community and provides warning for boaters cruising in unfamiliar waters. Malcolm Robertson tried to stop thieves from making off with his dinghy and paid with his life. Mrs. Robertson said she was “trussed up naked like a chicken” for nine hours by thieves. Yachtsmen cruising in waters outside North America and Western Europe would be well advised to keep a person on watch throughout the night and be prepared with emergency measures in case of trouble. Radar units are available that sound an alarm when a perimeter is crossed. To find out more about this tragedy and to add your comments for cruising safety --
Boat building the old fashioned way
– one at a time.
There has been much in the news about what is happening in Detroit, in housing, on Wall Street, and elsewhere – but what exactly is the current recession doing to the industry that builds the boats that we love? Everyone knows that sales are down, but what exactly is going on among the companies that dream up, design and build our boats? Will some positive changes come out of this economic trauma? To find out, we surveyed some of America’s premier builders --
|Capt. Rob explains how to install 3M’s boat water filter and change cartridges.|
Bottled water for drinking often costs more than gasoline and that’s why a good on-board water filter is a great way to lower your annual boat operating costs. Water from boat water tanks is notoriously foul and, with good reason, most boaters we know won’t drink it. Yet lugging costly bottled water aboard is a pain, takes up space and is expensive. You only need room to fit one 3M water filter to the freshwater line in your galley, for example, and you can have pure water to drink or to make iced tea, lemonade or whatever. It’s a practical, low-cost way to upgrade your boat this spring. Watch Capt. Rob explain it all --
|The best 2008 U.S. Navy pictures American taxpayer money can buy.|
Last week we reported on the U.S. Navy entering the ranks of Samurai Seamanship with the collision of two of its vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. Our trusty contributor -- and American jingoist -- Bill Noble, has asked us this week to publish the U.S. Navy’s 2008 pictorial slide show so that this newsletter can stay “fair and balanced.” To those 25% of our readers who are not American, we would be glad to publish the slide shows of your country’s navy in action, or inaction, as the case may be. That this is propaganda is no doubt, but we think that you will agree with us that most of the photos would win 1st prize in most any art show. These pictures are in the finest tradition of that truly great WWII Navy band of photographers – the Steichen Unit. Pictures that are hard to forget --
|A boat's heavily oxidized gel coat (left) can be restored to it's original high gloss finish with a treatment of Yacht Brite's Buff Magic|
Have you ever seen a new boat that has a gel coat finish that is so bright and glossy that you want to rub your hand over it and feel its soft, "silky" contours? Have you ever seen an old boat where you have wanted to do that? Weather, UV, oxidation, abrasions, scratches and just plain normal use all take a heavy toll on delicate gel coat. We have found a product that the bobuffatyard pros use that is economical, easy to apply and can make an old boat look like new for under $29. It is called Yacht Brite "Buff Magic," and in 2003 it won the NMMA’s Innovation Award. To find out more and where to get it -- polish your mouse.
Capt. Steve's Lesson #30
Staying on Course and
Wind and current can push you off course, so pay attention to the
compass to make sure
your heading is correct.
This week Capt. Steve goes over nine new lessons and guidelines on setting a course and taking bearings. Capt. Steve explains that bearings are the basic forms of determining your position, and you should always look around to get your bearings with a point on land. Other basics covered in these lessons are the differences between nautical and statute miles, and using speed and distance to find out time to travel. These are basic lessons 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.com.
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