Hargrave 76, Krogen 58, Meridian 39//Carp Terror! - 12/09/2009
BoatTEST Newsletter December 9, 2009 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here.
Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- Hargrave 76 Ana C
- Rampage 34
- Kadey-Krogen 58
- Tiara 3600 Open
- Meridian 391
- Pearl 60
- Viper 303
- Elegance 54
- Cayago Seabob F7
- Double-Duty Lubricant
- Nordhavn NW Passage Trailer
- Veem Props Change Pitch
- Boating Course for Christmas
- Looking for a New Boat?
- Video Trailer for Nordhavn NW
- Picture of the Week
- Grow Sales Using BoatTEST
- Used Powerboat Sales Up 70%
- Asian Carp Update
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

New Hargrave 76 Sea Trial Performance Test

Hargrave 76
Capt. Steve steers a new Hargrave 76 down the New River in Ft. Lauderdale on the way out to a video sea trial offshore. How does she behave on the edge of the Stream?

If you have ever wondered what its like to be steering a 76’ motoryacht down the twists and hairpin turns of the New River in Ft. Lauderdale, then you’ll enjoy Capt. Steve’s new video. Steering from the flying bridge, he takes this exciting new Hargrave 76 out for a sea trial, putting the yacht through handling maneuvers in addition to our normal speed trials. Steve is an old hand at commanding large motoryachts and has some pretty interesting things to say about the behavior of this one. If you ever dreamed of owning one of these beauties maybe it is time to start getting comfortable at the helm. Take it away Capt. Steve --

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New Video

Capt. Steve Looks at the
Rampage 34 Express Fishboat

Rampage 34
In a former life Capt. Steve was the skipper of an offshore battlewagon so when it comes to the Rampage 34 he has some definite ideas and insights.

Over two years ago, the Rampage 34 was one of the first fishboats to be powered by a pod drive and joystick system. Since that time this match-up of IPS and Rampage 34 has shown its worth offshore many times. If you’ve ever been a skipper backing down on a powerful billfish with its adrenaline up in a sloppy sea, then you know how difficult it can be to keep from losing a feisty fish. An enraged animal can put slack in the line and throw a hook in a heartbeat. Now the Rampage 34 has been updated and refined for 2010 so we wanted to take a fresh look at it. We have always been impressed with the fit and finish of the Rampage 34 and have long known there was more to this boat that just the smart use of the IPS system. In order to get a fresh perspective on the new version for 2010, this time around we asked Capt. Steve to get on the boat. As usual, Capt. Steve did not mince words in his video take...

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Displacement Yachts

Kadey-Krogen Yachts:
In a World of Their Own (Almost)

The Kadey-Krogen 58 displaces 96,830 lbs. (44,014 kgs.) at half load. Her best cruising speed is about 8 knots. Get used to it friends, because as Baby Boomers start hitting 65 you’re going to see a lot more displacement boats on the water.

The Kadey-Krogen 58 (above) at 8 knots gets about 1.64 nautical miles per gallon (6.3 liters per nm) powered by twin 158-hp John Deere diesel engines. In her length and weight category, no recreational boat on earth gets more miles per gallon. How does she do it? The answer is somewhat complex, but basically it is because she is a well-designed displacement cruiser. Displacement cruisers are the boats that most people who want to do serious long distance or transoceanic travel choose. If adventuresome folks are looking for a production displacement fiberglass boat, they only have a few choices, and Kadey-Krogen is one of the most formidable. It has been building motoryachts since it introduced the famous 42-footer in 1977. The company’s boats are designed to be live-aboards as well as LRCs, and that adds another degree of complexity to their design. To find out more about the Kadey-Krogen 58 and more about the whole concept of displacement motoryachts and displacement speed cruising...

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Inside Look

Tiara 3600 Open:
A Versatile Express

Tiara 3600 Open
The 3600 Open makes an attractive combination for the active cruising couple. The IPS drives round out the cruisability while the open cockpit brings the freshest seafood to the table.

With few exceptions, such as the bass boat crowd, the days of manufacturers building uni-tasking boats seems to be a thing of the past. As far as we’re concerned, that’s not bad news. We’ve reported numerous times that sportfishing boats are, more often than not, being used for cruising. In fact, Tiara was one of the first builders to recognize that fact years ago. Thus was born their Sovran line of cruising boats. But Tiara’s Tournament Open line, which started it all in the early 1980s, stayed popular among fishy people and many of the cheese and Brie crowd stayed with the opens, as well. Moreover, during the last decade or so Tiara has become a brand recognized and respected around the world. So with customers all over the world, all with a slightly different individual mission, what was a builder who aimed to please do? The answer can be seen in the Tiara 3600...

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New Test

Meridian 391 Sedan Bridge:
The Test Numbers Are In!

Meridian 391
The Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan Bridge has two staterooms and the option of a lower helm or a settee. Note the large portlight on the starboard side of the VIP cabin.

Two weeks ago we sent Capt. Steve to Palm Coast, Florida, new home of the Meridian Yachts factory, to test, inspect and analyze the Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan Bridge for our members. (Happily, his visit coincided with the company’s announcement that they were hiring back workers and ramping up Meridian production.) Our test boat was so fresh out of the factory that Capt. Steve was the one actually giving the boat its first “shake-down.” At the same time he and our camera crew recorded the boat’s performance on video. Just a day or so later, the boat was packed up and shipped across country to Washington State. Capt. Steve recorded some interesting performance figures and some surprising sound levels, and offers us some of his usually pithy insights into a boat that is beginning to dominate the competition in its size range. Capt. Steve’s full report with video here...

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Over There

Pearl 60 Motoryacht
"Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On"

Pearl 60
The Pearl 60 has huge interior volume but manages to have remarkably pleasant, even sleek, exterior lines, in our opinion.
Pearl 60 Floor
This is one of the big stories of this boat – a 60’ motoryacht with the master in the stern and three staterooms forward. The beam is 16’4”.

Who would have thought that a breath of fresh air in motoryacht design would come from Jolly Old England? But that is exactly where Pearl Motor Yachts is located; not only that, but its factory is in Stratford-on-Avon! If “All the world’s a stage,” as the old Bard wrote, then the Pearl 60 will be a player on it. Our COO, Christopher Hughes, stumbled across this yacht while recently visiting a boat show in Europe and was blown away by the creative use of space in the interior and the pleasing overall lines. A four stateroom boat with a full beam master and a proper VIP cabin is virtually unheard of – as is putting the master in the stern. The boat is available in Europe and other places around the world, but not yet in the U.S. We like this yacht and our guess is that the Red Coats might be coming (again!) to the North American colonies. See video of why Chris is so excited...

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European Feature

Elegance 54
From Drettmann

Elegance 54
The Elegance 54 is a three stateroom motoryacht with a full beam master.

The Elegance 54 is marketed in Europe by the large German marine firm of Drettmann, which has its home office in Bremen, with sales offices in Spain, France, Croatia and Dubai. Elegance is just one of several lines of boats that Drettmann handles. The Elegance 54 has a 15’6” beam and a displacement of about 53,000 lbs. Like all of Drettmann’s boats there is a great degree of customization that can be accomplished and the firm endeavors to match buyer needs with the final build. Let’s take a look at the interior of the Elegance 54... 

Full specifications and pricing


European Feature

Europe Marine V303: A Euro Express with Twists

Viper 303
We like the Europe Marine Viper V303 in that they do the layout a little differently than it would be in the U.S.

It’s always interesting to compare boats, especially if they come from opposing sides of the “pond”. This week, we take a peek at Europe Marine’s slick express cruiser, the Viper V303, which is made in Germany. Europe Marine is a large German marine marketing firm located in Budenheim, near the Rhein River south of Frankfurt. Aside from her sleek lines, we like the fact that the V303 has lots of wood and exceptional stowage space below, and its engine option list is 25 choices long, twin and single. Half of the options are diesels, including three VW diesels connected to Bravo III stern drives. Does this portend America’s future? We asked Capt. Steve to take a look at the Viper V303 and see if he agreed...

Full specifications and pricing

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Underwater Toys 

Cayago SEABOB: Underwater Scooter

Capt. Steve says the SEABOB by Cayago underwater scooter is the most fun you’ll have with your pants off. Maybe Capt. Steve as been at sea too long, or maybe he’s got something here...

Under the heading cool toys for big boys comes the SOTA SEABOB by Cayago, which is undoubtedly the Mercedes of underwater scooters. Its battery is based on the same technology that is used in earth satellites and is said to last 18 years. Its charge will last from 1 hour to 2 hours 30 minutes, depending on how fast you run it. It is ideal for getting from shore out to some coral heads in a hurry and has lots of other applications for both work and play. Made in Stuttgart, Germany, the home of Porsche, this high-performance underwater scooter has a high-torque electric motor powering a water jet and it is so fast your only problem will be hanging on. Capt. Steve discovered the SEABOB at a boat show and says he can’t wait to use one...


Double-Duty Lubricant and Anti Corrosion Product

Royal Purple’s “Maxfilm” lubricates and stops corrosion at the same time.

As experts in the development in synthetic engine and transmission lubrication, we guess it wasn’t a big jump for the chemists at Royal Purple to come up with a useful multi-purpose lubricant. Their product is called Maxfilm and it actually pulls double duty, being both a lubricant and an anti-corrosion solution to many problems around your boat, trailer, tow vehicle or house. We used it on some trailer parts this summer to see if it was as good as the you-know-what product that we had been using for years.  See what we discovered... 

Visit Royal Purple for more information

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Northwest Passage

Video Trailer for Nordhavn Yacht Northwest Passage

Northwest Passage Video
The Nordhavn 57 Bagan was trapped for two days in ice during its successful transit of the Northwest Passage.

The owner of the Nordhavn 57 which in the last year actually circumnavigated North America, and in the process made it through the Northwest Passage, has posted a trailer on YouTube for his forth-coming documentary about the trip. Sprague Theobald is a film maker who this past summer braved the ice of the high arctic, which was the most unusual part of the 8,500-mile trip. We chronicled his transit of the NWP last summer each week in BoatTEST.com newsletters, but now you can see video shot aboard Bagan as she made her incredible passage. Don't miss it...


Veem Props
Change Pitch

Veem Props
The Veem propeller with the blue Interceptor strips inserted.

VEEM engineering group has come out with some pretty aggressive claims about their Interceptor strip technology made for large props used on convertibles, motoryachts and large express cruisers. Today we are going to take a look at one specific application -- the VEEMSportfish propeller. Instead of having to make a multitude of prop changes, trying to find the optimal combination for a particular hull and power combination, with Veem Interceptor props you need only change the high-density plastic strip. By changing the height of the Interceptor strip, the flow of water over the blade also changes as it would be if the prop had a greater pitch. Brilliant idea, but does it work? See Capt. Robert Smith's video review...

Submit prop inquiry

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‘Tis the Season

BoatTEST’s Boating Course Makes a Great Christmas Present

Smart Boating
BoatTEST.com Video Boating Course.

BoatTEST.com has joined with Capt. Steve to present you with an 8 CD-ROM boating course that comes in a handsome plastic box. This course covers everything your spouse, children, or friends need to know to be competent, safe boaters. It costs only $69.95, plus shipping and handling. If that is over your budget, then why not choose from one of five individual subject-area courses for only $19.95, plus shipping and handling.  Order here -- 

The first 25 people to order get Captain Steve's autograph on the front cover!

Member Services

Are You Looking
For a New Boat?

Member Services
There are plenty of new boats for sale, but which one is the right boat for you, are you getting the best price, and which one is a reliable brand?

We know how daunting it can be to find exactly the right boat for one’s specific application because so many boats look like they fill the bill. If you are in the market for a NEW boat 18’ or larger, our veteran staff will be glad to help you, one-on-one, by email or phone. It is part of our “Member Services” program and it is free to you. We receive no fee from builders or dealers – so we can be objective, and we can leverage our contacts in the industry to help you get what you want. To use this service you must be in the market to buy NEW within the next 6 months. Sign in here --

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Picture of the Week

Lighthouse for Heaven

Picture of the Week
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Industry News

Used Powerboat Sales Up
70% In November!

Bottom of the Market
Appears to Be Past

Note the end of the blue line (2008) on the right of the chart, and the beginning of the red line (2009) at the left side of the chart. Those two low points running from October 2008 to April 2009 appear to be the bottom of the market. The figures above are for both power and sail used boats of all sizes reported by YachtWorld.com.

The chart above is based on sales data reported by YachtWorld.com and it should be representative of the U.S. used boat market generally. Sales of powerboats 55’ and over were up 68%, and sales of used boats 45’ to 54’ were up 100%. In the chart above note that the red line (2009) ends just below the line for 2005. Actual prices of boats paid were substantially higher than the average for the previous year according to YachtWorld.com. Bottom feeders take note. For the complete press release...

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Asian Carp Fiasco

Army Poisons Chicago Carp Canal:
One Asian Carp Found!

Asian Carp Carp Map
This is not the mouth of a game fish, folks. It is the hovering device of a devilish monster that eats 40% of its body weight in one day, leaving nothing left for other fish. It has no natural predators in the Great Lakes. The one Asian carp was found up stream of the “Carp barrier.” The “Rapid Asian Carp Response” used a 2,000’ net in a 5.5-mile stretch of the Calumet-Sag Canal where Asian Carp DNA had been found two weeks ago.

Everyone’s worst fears came true last Thursday afternoon when a single 22” Asian carp was found floating in the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal between the Lockport lock and the “electric fence” which was up river. The day before, Dec. 2nd, the poison Rotenone, a fish toxicant, was poured into a 5.7-mile stretch of the canal to stop the carp from swimming up river while the “electric fence” was turned off for repair. Because of the cold water some biologists fear that there were many other dead Asian carp which did not float to the surface and sank instead. In another action the Asian Carp Rapid Response Group used a 2,000-foot net to catch fish in the Calumet-Sag Canal where the Asian Carp DNA evidence was found two weeks ago but no Asian carp were caught. On Friday night at 10 PM the Army Corps of Engineers turned on the "electric fence” after its repairs. To read a comprehensive report on this tragedy in the making...

See local TV news video on the invading carp... 

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Asian Carp Fiasco

U.S. Army Corps Being Sued
To Close Chicago Carp Canal

Asian Carp being shocked by F&W officers in order to count the invaders in a stretch of river leading to Lake Michigan.

With the largest body of fresh water in the world and the whole Canadian Great Lakes watershed on the verge of utter destruction because of the onslaught of the rapacious Asian carp, we have not heard a peep out of anyone in Washington, D.C. about the looming devastation. The terrorists that we are most concerned about today are Asian carp and they have no natural enemies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who are more worried about currying favor with shippers, barge companies, and cement businesses than they are in protecting wildlife as we have know it. Only one man that we know of is taking proactive steps to stop the madness of permitting the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal to stay open – and that is Mike Cox, the Attorney General of Michigan.  He is suing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to permanently separate the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River’s watershed. To find more...

See local TV News video of whining businessmen...

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Capt. Steve's Lesson #64

PWC Safety Tips - Part II

Lesson 64
PWCs are a lot of fun to drive, but you still need to be careful and know your boundaries if you’re a novice rider. Don’t let an inexperienced person go for a joy ride on your PWC.

This week Capt. Steve goes over five new lessons and guidelines on operating a PWC and some rules to follow. It’s tempting to want to play around on the PWC and perform stunts and jump wakes, but don’t attempt this if you’re a novice since you can fall off, injure yourself coming off a wave, or hurt someone else.  Also, just because your PWC looks like it can handle two or three riders it doesn’t mean it was designed to carry that weight. Follow the capacity plate for your PWC.  These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com's USCG-approved video boating course narrated by Capt. Steve. Watch Capt. Steve's video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com. To view this week’s lessons --

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

"As of June 1st, all recreational boaters in the Netherlands are required to wear International Orange on 50% or more of their bodies while on board vessels under 15 meters LOA." - L. Ward

Second Place

"Breaking News: SS Smoke-de-dope double books red light district tour; passengers hail captain hero." - A. Bl

Honorable (almost) Mentions

"Boise, Idaho: Unintended consequence of Chamber of Commerce merging Oktoberfest with the Miss Sweet Potato Pagent." -- R. Davis

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