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|This is a fiberglass multi-specie freshwater fishing boat almost as light as aluminum and so inexpensive that Momma will applaud your frugality and good judgment for buying it. Above is the FinCraft 1850.|
We all know that the world is rapidly changing and while no one knows what it will
be like when we get on the other side of (whatever you want to call it), we all
know the world will be different. Now everyone, even the fat cats, are watching
every penny and are considering brands they never would have looked at before because
some of them have real value for money. For that reason, there couldn’t be a better
time for the launch of FinCraft, a new brand of freshwater multi-specie fiberglass
fishing boat with a price tag that makes aluminum boat builders apoplectic. The
new FinCraft 17, with 50-hp outboard and trailer, has an MSRP of $14k and the street
price is even less. The parent company, Genmar,
says that with $3k down, they estimate someone can get into the FinCraft 17 for
as little as $136 per month. Where we come from, that means we’ll have to give up
two large Dunkin' Donuts’ coffees a day, and brew it ourselves. Think about it. Smokers
could kick the habit and have enough extra monthly money to go for the big engine,
to say nothing of not dying of emphysema. There probably isn’t a working person
alive in the U.S. who couldn’t trade one of his little “luxuries” or vices for a
FinCraft, if he really wanted to go boating bad enough. That’s why we think these
two boats with three models – the 17 SC or 17 DC and the 1850 DC -- could be “game changers.” To find out more about the FinCraft 17 and 1850 and why we think
change might be afoot --
Visit the new FinCraft website --
The New Tahoe 215 Xi Can Do Most Anything
Tigé RZ4 Flagship “Rocks” for Big Wake
Chaparral’s 236SSi or 236SSX --
Chaparral’s 236 SSi Sportboat is at left and the 236 SSX Sportdeck is at the right. The same hull, but quite different inside. Which one best fits your needs?
Does Your Boat Have Cooties?
Wellcraft’s 30 Tournament CC Has the Scarab Offshore Pedigree
Many years ago Wellcraft Scarabs battled it out on the offshore racing circuit with
Cigarettes, Magnums and Formulas. Then, over 25 years ago, Wellcraft was the first
to marry that offshore high-performance Scarab hull with a center console open deck to create a fast, comfortable, and roomy outboard-powered fishboat. Believe it or not,
at first the conservative fishing crowd was slow to embrace the concept, but once
it did, it changed how people fished offshore. It was a “game changer” but nobody
realized it at the time. Then companies such as Intrepid, Contender, Fountain,
Jupiter and many others all followed in Scarab’s wake. Today's Wellcraft 30’ Scarab
center console is not the same one manufactured 25 years ago,
but she is a refined, and updated descendent of that trail-blazing boat. Come aboard
with us and see if she’s the right boat for you. Bring your chum buckets and follow
|This is what happens when a man lets his kids or wife use the boat. And the question begs, “can’t this be repaired?”|
Sooner or later it happens to all of us, even the most careful of navigators – the
prop gets dinged. Sometimes it’s a little more than a ding, yet all of the blades
are still there, more or less. Your boat dealer, local mechanic, and the local boatyard
will all tell you the same thing -- replace the prop! (They can’t fix it and
want to sell you a new screw.) But you wonder: “Can’t a good prop shop salvage this
with some creative metal working and make it almost as good as new?” If you’ve faced
that dilemma, you are not alone. Here is how to handle prop triage --
PowerTech Propellers website --
|The DX 215 is well balanced with room for four people in the bow and four in the cockpit. It also has the largest head we’ve seen on a 21-footer.|
The deckboat is a relatively new specie of sportboat and we think that Glastron
has just given the type a nice evolution in the right direction. Its designers have
recently applied some outside the box thinking and created a deckboat that answers
the practical needs of a family watersports platform – privacy and ease of transom
egress. This boat has the largest changing room/head we’ve ever seen on a 21-footer.
Now the kids and Mom will have a comfortable and private space in which to change.
We think this boat has some of the more important advantages of a cuddy with all
of the advantages of a bowrider. It’s nice to see things get shaken up now and then,
and more often than not, new ideas become the norm. Come aboard for a look and see
if it works for you --
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Sylvan 8522 Pontoon Has an Executive Feel
Pontoons have long been the boat of choice for folks that do all their boating on relatively protected waters. Not only can they allow you to experience all that boating has to offer, they can do it in a more cost effective way. And thanks to the inherent shallow draft that pontoons enjoy, operating in skinny water is little concern. If you’re impressed with a fiberglass boat’s 5 year hull warranty, then Sylvan’s lifetime pontoon warranty will be sure to please. We took a look at Sylvan’s latest 22 footer, the 8522, and we didn’t come away disappointed. Check out the Captain's Report here --
Volvo Penta's 5.0 GXi
BoatTEST.com has tested 20 boats with both single and twin Volvo Penta 5.0 GXi power and the performance results are remarkably consistent in class among the boats we checked. With 5.0 liter displacement and eight cylinders, this Volvo Penta engine delivers over 250-ft. lbs. of torque at 1000 rpm up to 302-ft. lbs. at 4000 rpm. This relatively flat and powerful torque curve makes the engine ideal for waterski and wakeboard activities by delivering relatively constant torque throughout the useful rpm range. To find out more about this workhorse “small-block” Volvo Penta engine and how it performs in different boats -- start your mouse.
Get Rid of the Chamois
Drying your boat after washing can be a bit of a pain. Chamois are a big help, but you still need to keep wringing them out all the time and can’t stick them on a handle. We gave the Water Blade from Shurhold a workout and have to agree with their claims. The team at Shurhold tells us that because of the design and the materials "It just wipes away water" and that it is "Safe on all boat surfaces." Well it did make the drying process go much faster when we used it, and there were no signs of marks or scratches on any of the surfaces we use it on. The Shurhold system has a holder that the water blade simply slides into. The holder clips onto their handle system with ease, and you can adjust the angle any way you like. In our opinion, another quality product that delivers what it promised. Learn more about the Water Blade and the entire Shurhold system--
Yamaha's Hot 212 SS
Compare similar boats to see what Yamaha provides as standard versus the competition. The 212 SS uses Yamaha’s 21-foot hull and adds some aggressive styling to create a functional and fun machine. The low-profile, tinted windscreen and the extreme graphics scheme give this a sports car look to complement the outstanding acceleration and handling. Take a ride with us as test the 212 SS from Yamaha.
Sailing Is Fun!
If you have ever wondered how much fun it would be to go offshore racing, then we
have a video for you. The folks who like this sport are certainly a breed apart –
most people don’t want to be wet and miserable, cold and clammy for days on end,
but offshore sailboat racers thrive on it. More power to them -- oops, that’s more
wind to them. The best thing about this sport is when you go off watch, you get
to take off your wet foul weather gear (it all leaks, of course) and climb into
a bunk still damp from the guy who just got out of it. Then there is the problem
of the boat being knocked on its ear every so often, dumping the crew out of their
bunks. Ah, the sailing life! As we said, it looks like fun to us. To see what it’s like, run the video, please-- douse the mouse.
Is Pirate Leader Double-Hooked?
One of our eagle-eyed readers has discovered that there might be something amiss with the Somali pirate leader who we pictured negotiating with Pres. Obama last week. He seems to be double-hooked! That was not the only issue our trusty reader had with this news scoop, he says we don’t know the USS Freedom’s schedule. Does that mean it is not going to the Somali coast to catch pirates? Was the AP news story we picked up just Pentagon dis-information? Perhaps it was a bit of Pentagon dis-information being put out to scare the pirates! Anyway, according to our reader -- who says he is a USN Lieutenant Commander on this very ship – we’re all wet. So much for Navy security. To read his correction --
6,302 (Ave.) Boat Thefts Per Year Nationwide
Catalytic Converters Are Coming Soon
If you cancelled your move to California to avoid having to buy catalytic converters for your stern drive or inboard gas engines, then we have some bad news. If you buy a new boat in 2010 – in any state -- you may have to convert. As we noted last year when it happened, the EPA has formalized new exhaust emission standards for marine “spark-ignition” engines and they will be fazed in next year. Based on what boat builders are charging extra for products going into California (which required catalytic converters in 2008) you will be paying anywhere from about $2,750 to $5,000 extra for that new boat. (Most outboard engines comply with the new regs already and diesels are not “spark-ignited”.) Find out more about the impact of this new rule on your future new boat purchase --
Business as Usual At Genmar*
Ice Fishermen Turn to Boating
Capt. Steve's Lesson #39
How to Correctly Tie Up
|First attach the bow line, as it will prevent the boat from drifting backwards, and it will also keep the boat from being pulled away from the dock.|
This week Capt. Steve goes over eight new lessons and guidelines on tying up to a dock and how to correctly use lines in order to secure your boat. Capt. Steve will explain what spring lines and breast lines are used for, and how to use them to your advantage when leaving the dock. It’s important to learn how to properly secure your boat to the dock so it won’t drift back into another boat or pull away too much from the dock. 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 BoatTEST.com.
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