New Boats Are Selling // Mayday Advice // 5 New Boats - 09/17/2009
Offshore Motoryacht Newsletter September 16, 2009 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here. Tests You Can Trust
- Boat Buying Is a New Ball Game
- Hargrave 100' Sassy
- Cabo 38 Flybridge
- Azimut 53
- Cruisers Yachts 420 SC
- Sea Ray 43 Sundancer
- Tiara 4800 Convertible
- Bertram 540
- New Viking 76 Launched
- Formula 400 Super Sport
- Pro Polish Foam Polishing Pads
- U.S. Gets Tough on Pirates
- Senate Bill Could Stop Ethanol
- Madoff's Boat for Auction
- Russia’s Northeast Passage
- Before You Buy
- Pros Use Reverso
- Houseboats Not CO-Safe
- 107 Days from Newport
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

This Fall Boat Buying
is a New Ball Game

Yankees 1958
The 1958 New York Yankees changed baseball forever. Can you pick out Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra, Casey Stenge?What famous batter did we forget? (Check the end of the article for answers.)

The word we are getting from dealers for major boat brands around the country is that many of the popular larger models (i.e. 30’+) that were non-current have been pretty much cleared from inventories, and most of the rest will be sold this fall.  That development together with the fact that most boat builders now have a greatly diminished production capability, and are only building if there are firm cash orders, means that the buying of large boats is going to be a new ball game. To find out what will be happening --

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Making a Motoryacht All Yours
(Or, Fit For Your Queen)

For owners of large motoryachts there is nothing quite so elegant as a master stateroom on the main deck. They are typically found only on 150-footers or larger, but the owners of this boat decided that they would like one in a mere 100-footer. The vessel has two masters – oh, the lucky guests!

By the looks of the magazines you get free in the mail you might think that everyone but you has a large motoryacht. But in fact -- on the whole planet -- there are fewer than 10,000 flush deck or pilothouse motoryachts over 85’. Financial experts say that there are 10 million people in the world with a net worth of $30 million or more, so that means only .001% of the people that could afford one, actually have one. They are, to put it simply, one of the finest rewards a person can give oneself – and spouse – for a job well done in life. But large motoryachts are not for just anyone, and clearly that includes multi-millionaires. One must also have a strong dose of saltwater coursing through one’s veins, be a Romantic with a capital “R”, be a bit of a dreamer, and be a keen observer and a diligent student of the motoryacht breed. Join us as we delve into the connoisseurship of a motoryacht build --

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Boat Video

 Cabo 38 For Deep or Skinny Water

Cabo 38
The Cabo 38 Flying Bridge Convertible is a man’s boat from bow to stern.

Cabo is the newest of the offshore fishing boat builders and it came so far so fast, Brunswick had to buy it a few years ago.  The Cabo 38 sticks with the proven Cabo formula of no frills but a quality build which is as fishy as they come. No frills does not mean no brains. The Cabo 38 is one of the best designed and laid out boats we have seen in this class and it solves a lot of little flaws we find in other convertibles. For example the ladder to the fly bridge is not perfectly vertical, there are fiddles on the galley counters, pipes holding up the hardtop mate with the isinglass seams, the engine room is finished off, and there is a main engine dewatering valve on one of the intakes for emergency work. And she draws only 3’9”. Capt. Rob Smith takes a video look at the Cabo 38, so join him for a detailed inspection. 

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New Yacht

The New Azimut 53:
Size, Style and Sizzle!

Azimut 53
The new Azimut 53 is stylish and has sizzle in every sense of the word. She is sure to turn heads at the dock as well as underway both in the Med and all around the world. All of this and 3 staterooms, too!

Azimut is the leader of style in the production motoryacht world and builders around the globe work hard to keep up. But somehow Azimut always seems to be a jump ahead.  With a comfortable mixture of clean lines and ample windows (that are mirror tinted for privacy by the way) that blend in to the symmetry, the Azimut 53 is an attractive cruiser with room for 6 plus crew. Somehow Azimut’s designers – who we think are the most Romantic and creative on the planet – have managed to shoe horn virtually everything a 65 motoryacht has into 53’. Join us as we take a look at the new Azimut 53 to see exactly how the builder did it. Today’s dress code is casual elegance --

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Deal of the Week

Cruisers Yachts 420: 
“Factory Direct” Pricing Thru Dealers 

Cruisers Yachts 420 SC
The Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe gets slightly better than one mile per gallon at best cruise which is about as good as it gets in this size express cruiser.

The Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe is one of the best executed express cruisers we have tested in the last year. She is a two-stateroom, two-head yacht that can cruise most anywhere you are willing to take her. She is ideal for two-couple or family cruising. A recent call to the plant revealed that there are a couple of these models that are available at “Factory Direct” pricing so long as you work through your local Cruisers Yachts dealer– and it doesn’t get any better than that. Our director of testing, Capt. Rob Smith carefully went through this boat with tape measure out doing a full test. She excels in headroom, use of space and quality of workmanship. The units available at "Factory Direct" pricing have the IPS joystick system. See Capt. Smith’s video and to read his report on the Cruisers Yacht 420 Sports Coupe --

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New Boat

New Sea Ray 43 Sundancer:
A Long, Lean Cruising Machine

Sea Ray 43 Sundancer
The new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer has taken the classic “’dancer” lines and refined them in subtle ways that make, to our eye, an attractive-looking express cruiser. In our opinion, the two-tone treatment of the vessel above in navy blue (or another appropriate color) is well worth the extra up-charge for the colored gelcoat.

The new 43 Sea Ray Sundancer is as good looking as any express cruiser ever produced by this builder in our opinion. Her lines are finer than before. The famous Sea Ray nose droop is not as pronounced as in earlier models, her windshield appears to be more swept back and her black side window mullions slant back at a pleasing angle. Most important to anyone buying an express cruiser with a hardtop – the skipper can stand at the helm and see out the windshield! (This is something you can’t do in many brands of hardtop express cruiser, particularly those from Europe.) The Sea Ray 43 comes standard with twin 420-hp CMD Zeus (pod drives with joystick) propulsion which enhances performance and makes docking a cinch. We sent Capt. Steve to take a look and let us know what he thought. Step aboard the new Sea Ray 43 Sundancer

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Second Look

The New Tiara 4800 Convertible
Takes on the Dreadnaughts

Tiara 4800
The new Tiara 4800 Convertible packs a lot of functionality into 48’ and we think that it has anticipated the new paradigm coming to boating – downsizing.

Tiara Yachts’ new 4800 Convertible is a sign of the times. She is Tiara’s largest convertible, she has three staterooms and two heads packed into 48’, and we can see her going toe-to-toe with even bigger battlewagons. In many respects the Tiara has all of the functionality of a 55’ convertible but is on the order of $700,000 less than 6-sleeper convertibles in the mid-50’ range from top-tier builders. And, Tiara has always been a top-tier builder, right there with Viking, Hatteras and Bertram, although generally building smaller boats. The Tiara 4800 Convertible might just be a giant killer. With clever design, Tiara (which is not known for building inexpensive boats) has produced what we think is a remarkably good value for someone looking for a large battlewagon for offshore fishing, or just plain cruising and entertaining. Join us as we take a look at this quality boat from one of America’s master builders --

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Second Look

Bertram 540 Convertible: New and improved...or is it?

Bertram 540
The venerable Bertram 540 has been redesigned from the bottom up.

Bertram’s 540 is one of the most beloved models of all time. Her following of die-hards has nearly been at cult status. So why then did Bertram decide to fix this model if it wasn’t broken? Basically, nothing stays great forever. Changes in technology can now allow a designer to dial in a boat to better tolerances than were previously possible. Plus, it was just time to raise the bar. What Bertram fans got is a redesigned hull, an innovative galley location, and (here’s the biggie) a return of forward windows in the main salon! But does all that make it better? To find out we sent Capt. Steve on a full test of the new Bertram 540, and his report and video are ready to go. Drop your out riggers here.

New Boat

New Viking
76 Launched

Formula 400 Super Sport
The new Viking 76 Convertible was launched last week and will be undergoing sea trials this week off the New Jersey coast. This is an actual picture, not a CAD drawing.

Recently we reported on the new Viking 76 Convertible and last week she hit the water. The Viking 76 has a sweeping sheer line that makes her look like she is ready to take off into the wild blue yonder. The boat will be ready to meet the public at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show and at Viking’s Riviera, FL facility open house the week before the show next month. To see other pictures of the hull and to read’s report on the boat --

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Second Look

Formula 400 Super Sport With Ralph Lauren Interior

Formula 400 Super Sport
There isn’t a time we don’t see a Formula 400 Super Sport that we don’t drift off into a Bahamas reverie. It’s less than 160 n miles from Miami to Nassau across the flats.

In just a little over five hours you can make it from Miami to Nassau at a best cruise of 30 knots with twin gas 370-hp stern drives getting 1.32 nmpg in the Formula 400 Super Sport. At WOT you can make it in under four hours on a decent day! The Formula 400 Super Sport is for people in a hurry, the folks who Netjet for long weekends but want to do some traveling once they get there. Substitute Georgian Bay, Ensenada , Nantucket, the San Juan Islands or Sardinia for Nassau. Or rip down the Dalmatian Coast or through the Greek Isles in two short days. You get the idea. This deep-V hull will go anywhere you want and with Ralph’s threads down below, you’ll go in style. Director of testing Capt. Rob Smith takes an in-depth video look at the Formula 400 Super Sport --

Foam Pads

 Shurhold's Pro Polish Foam Polishing Pad for the Dual Action Polisher

Shurhold Polish Pad
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Pirate News

Finally, U.S. Gets
Tough on Pirates

Ethanol Fiasco
Eighteen months after Pirates took a French cruise ship and over 9 months after a U.S. merchant ship was taken, the U.S. has acted.

The United States, Britain, Japan, Cyprus and Singapore signed onto an international plan last week in New York to fight piracy off the coast of Somalia. The U.S. government says it is "committed to playing a leadership role" in protecting one of the world's busiest shipping routes. (Glad we weren’t holding our breath waiting for the U.S. to get some "commitment to leadership.") Where is France, Germany, Russia, China, India and the others? This is an issue that all mariners must stand together on because today pirates attack tankers, tomorrow it could be recreational motoryachts. To find out more about this positive development of American spine --

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Ethanol Fiasco

Senate Bill Could Stop Ethanol Steamroller

ethanol fiasco
Finally a modicum of sanity has hit the U.S. Senate thanks to Sen. Collins and her co-sponsors and help from the NMMA in Washington.

For the last year E-10 gasoline blends have been hitting Maine and causing the same problems there for boat owners and other gasoline equipment operators that boaters have experienced in other parts of the country for the last several years. Maine boaters have been raising hell and thankfully for all of us, their Senator – Susan Collins – has responded with a common sense bill to study the effects E-15 could have on the nation’s engines of all sorts, including marine, before heading pell-mell into E-15 and ethanol madness. While the powerful farmers' lobby is sure to open the flood gates of campaign donations to ram through an EPA E-15 waver, it will be hard for Congress to object to a rational “study.” To find out about the good news and what it means -- grease the mouse.

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Fraud of the Century

Chum-Bucket’s Boats Being Sold at US Marshall Auction

Madoff's Boat
This classic 1969 55’ Rybovich is one of three Bernie Madoff boats being auctioned. Thank goodness Rybo isn’t here to see this desecration of his artwork.

Since this is a family publication we will refrain from any remarks about Bernie Madoff, however we will opine that such frauds and hundreds of others like them which go on every week -- but don’t make the newspapers because they only involve a few hundred million dollars -- happen because the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is a joke. While we expected SEC to be cozy with Wall Street slime such as Madoff during the last administration, we have yet to see the current one do any better. Heads up to all bottom feeders, now is your chance to gorge on the misfortune of folks who thought their government would protect them. Don’t choke on this --

Arctic History

Russia’s Northeast Passage Traversed by Commercial Shipping

Cruising NWP
Last year Canada’s Northwest Passage was first traversed by a commercial ship and this month two German vessels crossed to Northeast Passage along the Siberian coast. 

The German merchant ships MV Beluga Fraternity and MV Beluga Foresight arrived this week in Yamburg, Siberia, their owner Beluga Shipping GmbH said Friday. They traveled from Ulsan, South Korea, in late July to Siberia by way of the Northeast Passage, a sea lane that, in years past, was avoided because of its heavy ice floes. They have traversed the fabled Northeast Passage almost exactly one year after a Canadian supply ship traversed the Northwest Passage through the Canadian arctic archipelago. To read about these two historical events and to find out about global warming-- heat your mouse.

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Engine Buying

Before You Buy, Find Out The Hidden Engine Costs

Captain Forrest
Capt. Forrest is a 25-year veteran in boating and says new boat buyers should be alert to the hidden costs of new marine engines.

Capt. Forrest is a no non-sense kind of guy. Like a lot of us, he has been bitten by about every thing that could go wrong on a boat and he would like members to be alert to the maintenance costs of new engines mandated by their manufactures. He says that there is a substantial difference in the costs to the consumer from one brand to another. See and hear Capt. Forrest --

Maintenance Tip

Pros Use Reverso
Oil Changing

Captain Forrest
Capt. Forrest has been working in engine rooms longer than Reverso oil changing kits have been around and that’s why he likes them.

Reverso has been the premier maker of oil change systems for over 20 years and virtually every major top-tier boat builder installs them as standard equipment. In a word they make oil changing quick, easy, and mess-free and you can use them to change the oil in your primary engines, generators and transmissions. Go to Reverso Pump’s website and check out their complete line of handy marine products designed to make maintenance easy and clean. Check out this video of Capt. Forrest explaining why he likes Reverso Oil changers. See it now --

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Accident of the Week

National Park Service Approved 
Not-CO-Safe Houseboats

Aging Houseboat
This aging houseboat looks pretty in the picture, but its 8.5kw gasoline Westerbeke generator vents out the side of the hull and another life has been claimed by CO poisoning.

It has happened again. Thursday evening, August 20th on Lake Mead, Nevada an 11-year-old boy died of CO poisoning while playing in the water on an inflatable raft tied-up near the exhaust for the generator of a houseboat his parents had rented for a summer vacation. This is just the latest CO-related death from rental houseboats on Lake Mead and other western lakes that has gone on almost from the very beginning of their introduction to the lakes decades ago. The houseboat involved was rented from Seven Crowns Resorts which has a houseboat rental concession granted by the National Park Service at Echo Bay on Lake Mead. Seven Crown Resorts claims to be “one of the largest houseboat resort companies in the U.S.” and in addition to Lake Mead, rents houseboats on Lake Mohave, Lake Shasta and in the California Delta, according to its website.

Despite the well-known danger of gasoline generators, Seven Crown Resorts continues to operate many houseboats with non-CO-safe gasoline generators. Despite the well-known danger, the National Park Service continues to approve houseboats that have generators that are not CO-safe. For more on this tragic story --

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NWP Saga

107 Days from Newport to Nome
Via The Northwest Passage

Nome Harbor Nordhavn 57
On Sept. 10th the yacht Bagan made it to Nome, Alaska, which would count for making the Northwest Passage in anyone’s book. If you’ve ever wondered what the harbor at Nome looks like. The Nordhavn 57 leaving Newport, R.I. on September 16th, headed for the Northwest Passage to the Pacific. Only a handful of private yachts have made the Northwest Passage, but Bagan had a relatively easy passage this year.

First in the early 1900s there was Roald Amundsen and it took him three winters in a sailboat with an inboard engine to transit the Northwest Passage.  In 2005 a 57’ aluminum trawler, Idlewild, built by a cattle rancher made it with some help from the Coast Guard. In 2007 the Northwest Passage opened up due to global warming and the news got out and was spread around the world. Last year a 46’ Lee Wilbur modified Downeast power cruiser made it from Southwest Harbor, Maine. This year four cruise ships made their way to the passage, and at least one made it through – twice, one passage east to west and once west to east. Seven recreational boats attempted the passage and at least two that we know of have made it – the Nordhavn 57 Bagan (above) and the 44’ Bavaria sailboat Perithia being sailed by a German couple. The British Marines mentioned two weeks ago made it as far as Gjoa Haven going west to east in their 17’ sailboat before throwing in the towel. For the last installment of’s cyber-tracking of Bagan --

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Capt. Steve's Lesson #53

Mayday: Signaling For Help

Lesson #53
Draw attention to yourself if other boaters are around. Use your flares cautiously as you may only have one chance to attract a boater passing by.

This week Capt. Steve goes over seven new lessons and guidelines on the procedures for sending out distress signals and calling the Coast Guard for help. If you are in distress there are several different methods to call for help such as using channel 16 on your VHF, igniting out flares, honking your horn, waving your arms in the air or using bright colored objects in your boat to call attention. You can even use a mirror to help aid your rescue. In order to improve your chances of getting help you will have to do everything you can right away, never wait for another boater to come to you. Capt. Steve will go over what to say over the radio and what information to give out. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of's USCG-approved video boating course narrated by Capt. Steve.  Watch Capt. Steve's video boating lessons every week on

To view this week's lesson --

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

"When my husband said to me, 'Honey, I want to do it on the dining room table,' I thought I knew what he meant." - J. Miko

Second Place

"...and we get the trolling valves installed then we add the rod holders, the we sell em as do it yourself center consoles." - S. Irvine

Honorable (almost) Mentions

"His mother must be very proud." - R. Davis

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