BoatTEST Newsletter - 05/06/2009
BoatTEST Newsletter May 6, 2009 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here. Tests You Can Trust
- New Larson 1750 Bowrider
- Regal's New 2100 RX
- Albemarle 28 Goes Outboard
- Know Your PWC
- New World Cat 290 CC
- Protect Your Engine from Ethanol
- Maxum 2100 SC3
- New Hydra-Sports 2000 CC
- Bayliner 245 Bowrider
- Surveyor's Notebook: Clamps
- What to Do When the Law Hails
Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

New Larson 1750s
Are in Stock and
Priced Right!

Larson 1750
Larson’s newest boat is the 1750 bowrider which started shipping last fall and dealers all over the country have them in stock and are making deals.

Larson has been coming on strong the last few years with innovations, up-grades and strong styling and their latest new boat -- the 1750 – is the line’s “starter sportboat.” We’re told that the new model has gotten a good reception at retail and as we surf the net we see that Larson dealers all over the country have them in stock and are making deals that range from $19,500 to $15,000, depending on the engine and options installed. One dealer even says that for a $175 a month a new 1750 can be all yours. No wonder this model is off to such a strong start -- the pricing is certainly sharp. We can’t remember the last time we saw a good brand name like Larson selling new for as little as about $1,000 per foot, but evidently that’s what’s going on these days. To find out more about the Larson 1750 and what’s going on in the market --

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New Boat

Regal's New 2100
Throws Down the Gauntlet

   Regal 2100
The all new Regal 2100 RX comes in 38 different gelcoat color schemes.
Regal claims in its introductory promotional download that its all-new 2100 sportboat will “set the benchmark for small runabouts in every significant category.” Normally our eye quickly passes over that sort of promotional hype. But Regal management means what it's promotion is saying: “With hundreds of models in the 19’ to 22-foot sportboat segment, each using nearly identical claims, how to tell when a new model truly stands apart?” Then they answer their own question listing four criteria: “Best Performing,” “Most Comfortable,” “Most Innovative,” and “Highest Quality.” We can’t wait to test this boat and find out if Regal is walking the talk. In the meantime, take a look --

Schedule a test drive Regal's website

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New Boat

New Albemarle 28
Goes Outboard!

   Albemarle 28
This boat has all options except two included in the standard price! You need only choose the color and the brand of power – Yamaha F-250s or Mercury 300-hp Verados.
According to Ted Haigler, Director of Albemarle Sales and Marketing, for years their prospective customers had been saying, “If you build an outboard express fishboat, we’ll buy it.” Well, last year Albemarle started building the 288OBXF and anglers are buying them, just as promised. In the process Albemarle, which heretofore had only built inboard boats, discovered a huge new group of anglers who would only buy an outboard-powered boat. Builders like Pursuit, Contender and Grady-White had long known that and now they have some serious competition from a North Carolina builder which is as fishy as they come. Last year, Albemarle left the “Hatteras Collection” (Hatteras, Cabo and Albemarle – all Brunswick companies) and is now on its own once again which means that its management can be more nimble and not have to worry about knocking on Cabo’s door. Finally, the 288 is one of the few boats we can think of that has virtually everything included in one standard price! Find out more about the exciting new 288 --

Put it to the test!
Request a sea trial

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PWC Basics

PWC Safety Instruction
Know Your Watercraft and Your Capabilities

PWC Overview
Basic Overview on
PFDs and Protective Clothing
PFDs and Protective Clothing
Operating your PWC
How to Operate
Your PWC
Riding under Control
Riding Under Control
How to Avoid Collisions
Throttling your PWC
Your PWC
PWC Rules of the Road
Rules of the Road; Know Your Local Laws

Before you hit the water it’s important to follow these safety guidelines for PWC use provided by the Personal Watercraft Industry Association (PWIA). Rules of the water don’t just apply to boaters, they also apply to PWCs and you must remember that you’re sharing the water with other boaters, swimmers, skiers and all manner of water lovers out there. These videos cover the basics of PWC use such as riding rules, what to wear, how to operate defensively, and safety information. The more you know about your watercraft and how it operates, the safer you are as a boater. Safe riding!

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New Boat

World Cat's New 29’ CC
is Full of Innovation

World Cat 290 CC
The World Cat 290 CC.
We love checking out new boats. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, along comes a new model that breaks the mold and makes you say “why didn’t I think of that?” You can imagine what their competition says when they are caught with their thinking caps off. The folks at World Cat are not letting the economy slow them down and have not only brought out an innovative new model, but a few months ago they also bought their stiffest competition – Glacier Bay. So now there is a tremendous amount of cross-pollination going on between the two staffs, the two design approaches, and now between their two huge cat customer groups, as well. The new 290 CC is the first fruit of this aggressive approach to the offshore cat concept and it has so many good features, we stopped counting. We asked Capt. Steve to take a look and give us a full report --

Take the 290 CC for a sea trial

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Ethanol Tips

How to Protect Your
Engine from Ethanol

Ethanol Transmitted Disease
Your engine and its fuel system wasn’t designed for ethanol, but you can keep both working with a few precautions.

Perhaps we’re a little more sensitive to the potential debilitating effects of ethanol in fuel because when it was first introduced to Long Island Sound marinas ( is located in Stamford, CT) it caused a summer of hell for many boat owners around our office. For some owners of outboard engines we know, the summer was pretty much ruined as dealers struggled to fix a problem they didn’t understand. When ethanol is placed in marine fuel it can infect your engine with troublesome maladies too numerous to mention. Let’s call them ETDs (Ethanol Transmitted Disease). ETDs include clogged fuel filters, fouled fuel systems, vapor lock, cracked valves due to a lean fuel mix, and even worse things. Happily you can avoid the worst, and keep your boating summer running smoothly, if you take some simple, low-cost, precautions --



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Owner's Reports

Maxum 2100 SC3
for Cuddy Lovers

   Maxum 2300 SC3
It is the traditional sportboat design, and we still love the looks of a cuddy.

Believe it or not, 86% of the runabouts sold these days are bowriders. They have lots of room for passengers and kids love them. Nevertheless, we still have a fond spot in our institutional heart for the traditional cuddy cabin runabout. Maxum has managed to capture some of the elegance, style and class of the old cuddies with their 2100 SC3. We think the Maxum designers have done a good job of styling a modern boat, yet one that remembers its traditional roots. Just look at that picture above. Note the beautiful black hull (no Clorox bottle here), teak swim platform, the graceful bustle in the stern curving down to an ever-so-modern seat on the transom. Join us as we listen to what our readers have to say about Maxum, sort through engine considerations, and take a look at some of the features that set this boat apart --

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First Look

Hydra-Sports 2000 CC: Quality with a
Low Price

Hydra-Sports 2000 CC
The Hydra-Sports 2000 CC is one of the best center consoles built at a low price-point.

Not surprisingly, in the highly competitive field of center consoles, the brand with the lowest price also has the highest sales. But what is even more surprising is the fact that the second highest selling brand has one of the highest price points! What does this mean? Without putting too fine a point on it, it simply means there are large numbers of buyers who buy on price alone, and a large number who buy quality and brand reputation to the exclusion of most anything else. In the middle are most of the center console boat builders who try for a balance of price, quality, features, warranties, and customer service. If we charted the brands on a four-quadrant grid, in our opinion, the Hydra-Sports 2000 CC would be next to two or three other brands at the high-quality end of the low-priced cluster. So if that is what you are looking for, perhaps you should learn more about the Hydra-Sports 2000 CC --

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Closer Look

Bayliner 245: Good Boat for Family Watersports

Bayliner 245
There are few things that young children enjoy more than playing in and on the water.

If you have a young family and you’re waiting until you can afford that shiny new Cobalt 24, we have some advice: don’t lose this precious summer waiting to be able to afford it – spring for the Bayliner 245 now. The reason is, that one of the unfortunate aspects of kids is that they grow up all too quickly – and the summer of 2009 will only come once. That’s why we are unabashed fans of Bayliner – this builder’s mission in life is to get as many people on the water for as low a price as possible.  We believe in the concept. And, we keep saying, if you haven’t seen the new breed of Bayliners, you'll be surprised when you do. The 245 will be able do provide your family with most any water sport activity from towing, to skiing, wakeboarding, to swimming to just hanging out with friends and family away from the one-eyed monster. Best of all this boat is incredibly affordable. To find out more -- hug your mouse.

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Surveyor's Notebook

Hose Clamps
Done Right

 Hose Clamps
Here’s an example of an economy hose clamp following a brief period of service in the marine environment.

One of the simple items we look at during a survey are the hose clamps at every through-hull fitting and on any hose below the waterline. What we are looking for, specifically? First, we check to see that all connections below the waterline are double clamped. We often find that they are not.  Hose clamps are not all created equal, and some are more prone to failure, as you’ll see. If a hose clamp fails and it doesn’t have a second one as a backup, the vessel is in danger of sinking fast. Learn more --

Boating Safety

When the Law Hails "Heave To"

Police boats come in many different shapes and sizes these days. Here are some tips for making a stop quick and painless.

Each year over 650 Americans die in boating accidents, most of which are due to operator error. Moreover, boaters all around the world are notoriously careless when it comes to having required safety gear aboard. Marine police – both paid and volunteer – are on the water to make it safer for you and your family, so when you are stopped don’t cop an attitude. As you have seen on these pages, there are some pretty bad actors on the water. To find out how to deal with marine police and minimize hassle -- heave to here.

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Capt. Steve's Lesson #35

How to Trim Your Outboard
or Sterndrive Boat

How to trim 

Trimming your drive correctly will give you a better ride and better fuel economy.

This week Capt. Steve goes over ten new video lessons and guidelines on how to trim your outboard or stern drive boat. You’ll learn about the advantages of trimming your drive correctly, how to reduce bowrise, when to raise your drive, what to look out for, and making sure you never run your engine dry. Capt. Steve also talks about getting weather forecasts before heading out and the importance of having a barometer aboard, even if it’s a cheap one. These are basic procedures 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

View this week’s lessons --

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Ducky Award Winner

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First Place

 “Heck yah, E15 is a good thing. Trust me."
- M. Ross

Second Place

"This way, I get one of them there farm subsidies and I get to go boating, too!"
- R. Hoster

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- L. M.

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