The New Ferretti 800:
Ferretti Yachts has just announced an exciting new 80’ motoryacht that incorporates some design ideas and layouts which we have never seen executed quite like this before. The new effect of these innovations is to add utility and guest living space into an 80’ motoryacht. By moving the engines as far back as possible, using V-drives, moving crew quarters and the galley far forward, space has been opened up both on the main and lower decks. We think this may well be a layout followed
by other builders in the future. Find out more...
5 Long Range Cruisers
For Retiring Baby Boomers
2010 marks the 65th year since the end of World War II and that means that the first Baby Boomers are going to be hitting retirement age during the next 12 months – and for the next decade! Boomer yachtsmen in Europe and Asia will also start hitting their golden years and all have earned a well-deserved treat for a life well-lived. Now they can do something most of their fathers could only dream of doing – go long range cruising. Over the next few months we are going to feature a variety of sizes, types and brands for your consideration. This week we compare five motoryachts in the 55’ to 60’ range designed to take you anywhere in the world.
Start packing your sea bags...
Viking 52 Express
Viking Yachts 52 Open/ Hard Top:
World's Largest Express Fishboat
The first Viking 52 express was built in 2006 and is was the largest production express fishboat in the world – and it still is! Viking’s two models of 52 express – one an “open” and one a “hard top” -- are both practical and quite functional for both big game fishing and cruising. This model, in our opinion, was in 2006 a pre-curser to a trend. That trend is to smaller, less expensive, more cruiser-friendly boats. The huge big-game dreadnaughts are expensive to campaign and some owners are moving down. Then there are open-boat anglers and express cruiser-lovers who want to move up. Both have a nice place to go with the Viking 52.
Let’s take a look at the Viking 52 and decide which way to go – Open or Hard Top...
A Cool, Sexy Day Boat
Hot! Hot! Hot!! Longtime waterski/wakeboat builder MasterCraft, has decided to stretch its wings and launch a new and exciting day cruiser. They have broken out of the old design templates that most day boat builders use and created something totally different that has our heart racing. We first showed you drawings of this boat over a year ago and by the out-pouring of mail we received, we weren’t the only ones that MasterCraft turned on. For the last year the folks in Vonore, TN have been testing, refining, and working to make it the last word in on-the-water cool. We caught our first look at the New York boat show recently, and we asked Capt. Steve do a video review.
You can check it out, along with his full report, here.
Spain Joins in the Fun
Rodman is a Spanish company that makes its 1250 model in two versions. Well, actually, it’s four. One option equips the boat for cruising, and another rigs her for fishing. And both versions are available in either “regular”, with basic furnishings and trim, or “advanced”, with upgraded fit and finish. All versions are built around a dual stateroom, single-head floor plan. There are dual helms, a center console in the flying bridge, and a second helm in the port side of the salon. Even with side decks, the salon is roomy thanks to her 13’10'’ (4.21 m) beam. There are a lot of things on this boat that we like and we hope American builders take note.
Join our own Christopher Hughes as he takes us on a video tour of the Rodman 1250 accommodations straight from the London Boat Show...
Wellcraft 340 Coastal:
Today-- The Fish / Tomorrow-- The Family
It’s always heartening to hear that when customers speak, builders listen. So is the story with Wellcraft and their many 290 Coastal owners. They wanted a boat to
which they could upgrade without leaving the brand. The response was to task the design team at Wellcraft to create the 340 Coastal. It is a great mix of fishing and family features with the legs to get out and back. We caught a glimpse of her at the New York show and had Capt. Steve give us a tour. (Remember that Wellcraft is now owned by Platinum Equity, the new big dog in the boating industry.)
Check out his video tour and full report here.
New Nordhavn 78:
The North Sea Meets Viareggio
Nordhavn certainly thinks out of the box when it comes to the yacht designs. Last year it introduced a 56’ motorsailer and a 75’ ocean-going sportfisherman. This year, Nordhavn is back to its bread-and-butter motoryacht cruising concept, but with a design that looks more Italian than the boxy, angular, reverse windshield North Sea commercial vessel-look that we have gotten so used to over the years. Nordhavn says that their new 78 “will serve to fulfill the needs of the class of boater who wants the proven ocean-crossing capabilities of a Nordhavn combined with the sleek lines comprised by typical European-style yachts.” The first hull is scheduled to launch in early 2011.
Join us down the Via Veneto...
Silverton 36 Convertible:
Priced Right and Versatile
The basic Silverton 36 model has been around in one size or another for a number of years and is the builder’s most popular boat. Over the years they have refined it, improved it, made it longer, and now it has such a good mix of features that it’s hard to resist for people looking for an affordable boat. She sleeps four comfortably, has a split head, a nice wide beam that allows for a roomy salon and side decks, and options for bringing fish to the table as well. Silverton has long been synonymous with cruisers, and this boat is probably more of a sedan than it is a convertible, but no matter. Let’s take a detailed look at just what makes this good looking boat so right for many people.
Capt. Steve has his full report here...
Hargrave 76 Motoryacht:
We Put Her to the Test
It’s interesting how all of the articles that the boating magazines have published on Hargrave’s newest launch, the 76, only covered the décor and layout of the furniture. We can tell you that what the owner cared about first was how well the boat would handle the seas off Puerto Rico. In case you have never been down there, they can be very rough. That is why we insisted on testing her off Miami on the edge of the Gulf Stream. The folks at Hargrave flipped Capt. Steve the keys and he took the
76 out of a very tight dock, down the New River and out into the ocean. On his way, Capt. Steve got plenty of chances to check out her maneuverability, bow thruster effectiveness, and overall responsiveness to the helm a low speed.
Check out the performance video here...
Jeanneau Prestige 38 S
Has French Panache
Whoever thought a company that began life as a sailboat manufacturer would actually cause a stir in the powerboat arena? At Jeanneau, that’s exactly what is happening, and after you take a look at their Prestige 38S, you’ll see that there is a lot to like. She’s got some features that make her an attractive prospect, and dare we say, even a threat to the U.S. express cruisers manufacturers. Jeanneau has been building power boats for a number of years, they know what they are doing, and now are ready to dazzle North America. Best of all, Jeanneau management is not letting the strong Euro price the boat out of the U.S. market, so value-conscious buyers will want to take a look. BoatTEST.com’s Christopher Hughes caught his first look at her when she premiered in London.
We say Vive Le France and Vive Le Difference...
Cheoy Lee Shipyard:
With the New China
For the last decade or so Cheoy Lee has been a sleeper among the world’s large yacht builders, content to sell a dozen or so fiberglass motoryachts each year and to build one or two megayachts. After all, the yard has its order book full of commercial work. In fact, half of the boats you see in Hong Kong Harbor were built by Cheoy Lee. But as manufacturing and building most anything moves to China, and as the Chinese people themselves develop into a yacht-buying market – last year there were 825,000 Chinese with a net worth of over $10 million and 51,000 with assets over $100 million – the country could some day be the largest yacht-owning nation in the world. Already the Chinese are developing Asia’s version of the French Riviera on Hainan Island, with yacht clubs and large marinas planned.
To find out more about Cheoy Lee and why there may be one of their vessels in your future...
Cruisers Yachts 390 Sports Coupe:
Looking Inside Pays Off
In our opinion the Cruisers Yachts 390 Sports Coupe is one of the best values in an express cruiser in her class. Her displacement is in the middle of her peers and with twin diesels her mpg performance is outstanding. Her top speed and cruising speed is in the top band in class. Take a look at this video of Capt. Steve giving her cockpit and interior a close look and you can judge for yourself how she stacks up against the competition. Now Cruisers Yachts is offering the 390 with three IPS drives, so we reckon her performance will be off the charts. Join Capt. Steve for an in-depth look-see...
A Study in Elegance and Style
The Azimut 85 is easily one of the most cleverly laid out yachts we’ve seen in this class. Starting with four staterooms plus crew quarters, five heads, including what is almost a spa in the master, and a day head on the main deck. There’s dining for eight, and we count five grand areas for socializing on that main deck alone, including a clever outdoor venue at the bow. This is truly a class act that will take you anywhere at semi-displacement speeds. Capt. Rob gives a brief look at the interior, and a full report on her layout.
See the difference for yourself...
Mainship Expedition Coastal
Cruising on a Budget
Not everyone is cut out to cross oceans and not everyone’s schedule in life will allow for months afloat. Mainship knows that there are those among us who are quite content to spend their time discovering the coasts of their own country and spend forever doing it. The Mainship Expedition is a tailor-made answer to the calling of distant shores that may take a day or two to reach, and weeks or months to explore. The Intra Coastal Waterway, The Great Circle, the Florida Keys – all of these locations are made to order for this 41’ Mainship. This boat might even make a comfortable live-aboard as well. Join Capt. Rob as he takes us on a tour of the Mainship Expedition and put yourself at the helm of a very capable cruiser that may change the way you look at the cruising lifestyle.
Man the fenders...
Henriques 35 Express:
Solid Offshore Muscle
When looking at the specs for the Henriques 35 Express, one thing jumps out at you... dry weight 21,000 lbs! That’s a pretty heavy boat for this class, not the heaviest, mind you, but heavy indeed. That speaks to the solid construction that goes into the Henriques 35 Express, and that translates directly into solid handling and stability offshore. She also has the cabin class that buyers of this type of boat are demanding nowadays, with dedication to fit and finish that requires more than tossing a simple V-berth up forward. Join out our Capt. Randy Emmermann as he takes the Henriques 35 Express on a full test, and you’ll see what we mean.
Play it again, Randy...
Sunseeker Predator 64:
If You Have to Ask, You Can't Afford It
Sunseeker has built a strong reputation for building boats for people who have come into one whale of a lot of money and want to make a statement. Sometimes big boat
buyers know something about boats, and sometimes they don’t. But what they do know is that a big, flashy sleek-looking motoryacht makes a statement. It signals to
their private-jet-setting friends that they, too, not only have the big bucks, but also knows how to spend them in style. Sunseeker has gone to great pains to foster this image among high-rollers. This purchase is not about performance, cruising range, dead rise angles, construction materials and boat handling. Rather, it is about Bella Figura and being seen in the proper setting to impress. After all, if clothes make the man, the proper boat makes the yachtsman. Christopher Hughes got aboard the Predator 64 at the London Boat Show to look at things boaters care about and discovered there was more to a Sunseeker than glitz.
If you want to see what all of the commotion is about, watch this...
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Why We Love The Water and Boating
Our friend Bill Noble is back after a long hiatus. We’re told he has taken up golf. Anyway, he has sent us a wonderful portfolio of waterscapes that reminds us once again of why we love the water and boating. It gets us close to nature and no two days are the same when you’re on the water. Noble has switched payment terms from Coors Light to Miller Lite because it is $4 cheaper per pack. Thing are tough all over. Take 10 seconds to celebrate life with us...
Calling Hatteras Owners
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to BoatTEST.com, we can literally focus the experience of the world’s boat owners
on each brand and boat model to help guide future buyers. Hundreds of readers have
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Whaler 345 Conquest
Reportedly a “Fish Magnet”
From time to time we receive reader mail purporting to document that one brand or another of a boat is a “fish magnet” much the same as some boats are well-known, and nearly guaranteed “babe magnets.” We discount most of these claims as merely the unfulfilled fantasies of half-crazed anglers. But this week several pictures hit our desk from a gentleman with indisputable proof that his boat – a new Boston Whaler 345 Conquest -- is a bona fide “Fish Magnet.”
To find out what else this boat raised, and where...
Carp Summit Results: U.S. to Spend $78 Million
On Monday Federal officials announced plans to a group of Great Lakes governors in Washington D.C. to spend $78 million on several programs to stop the migration of Asian carp to Lake Michigan. The plans include erecting additional electric shock barriers, putting in fish nets, using chemicals to kill fish if eDNA evidence is found, take 120 eDNA samples a week, the change the way locks, dams, sluice gates, and pumping stations operate to “impede” Asian Carp migration, and to spend $3 million to promote the eating of Asian carp. Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm said that the measures were inadequate. Michigan attorney General Mike Cox said they were “half-measures and gimmicks” inclined toward Chicago’s wishes.
See local TV news report on Summit...
Capt. Steve's Lesson #72
Fire Extinguisher Requirements
This week Capt. Steve goes over six lessons and guidelines on fire extinguisher requirements. There are four basic extinguishers labeled Class A, B, C and D according to their purpose and type of fire they extinguish. The Coast Guard requires Type B-I or B-II extinguishers to have aboard recreational boats, which are portable and will douse liquid fires such as gas, oil or grease. They must also have a proper marine type mounting bracket to keep them stationary, and where they’re easily accessible. You need to be able to get to them quickly, so keep them in handy spots such as near the engine, in the galley, at the helm, or in a cabin, but not tucked away in a hard to reach space. With a boat fire, time is of the essence. They’re not very expensive, so make the safe choice of maintaining and inspecting them on a regular basis to make sure they’re in working order at all times. If you do have to use a fire extinguisher, remember the word P.A.S.S. which stands for (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep). These videos are just a snippet of basic information which recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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