New Hargrave 76
Sea Trial Performance Test
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 --
Capt. Steve Looks at the
Rampage 34 Express Fishboat
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...
In a World of Their Own (Almost)
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...
Tiara 3600 Open:
A Versatile Express
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...
Meridian 391 Sedan Bridge:
The Test Numbers Are In!
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...
Pearl 60 Motoryacht
"Such Stuff As Dreams Are Made On"
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...
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
Europe Marine V303: A Euro Express with Twists
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
Full specifications and pricing
Trailer for Nordhavn Yacht
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 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...
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Used Powerboat Sales
70% In November!
Bottom of the Market
Appears to Be Past
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...
Asian Carp Fiasco
Army Poisons Chicago Carp Canal:
One Asian Carp Found!
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...
Asian Carp Fiasco
Army Corps Being Sued
To Close Chicago Carp Canal
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...
Capt. Steve's Lesson #64
PWC Safety Tips - Part II
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
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