New Formula 290 BR:
Refining the Elegant
Several years ago we tested the Formula 280 and were impressed with the way Formula finished what was at the time, one of industry’s largest bowriders. But time marches on, and so does Formula’s design department headed up by veteran John Adams. The new Formula 290 BR is a larger, much improved version of the old 280, which was pretty impressive in her day. The new boat weighs about 1600 lbs (727.27 kgs.) more, has a 22-degree deadrise instead of 21, and draws four inches more. But the big news is her layout and detail work which is far richer, with an exquisite finish. We sent Capt. Steve to put her through a full test and let us know what he thought. Check out our latest test of the 290 BR and see if you don’t
Seaswirl 1905 CC:
A Boat Show-Stopper
When we came across the Seaswirl 1905 CC at the boat show, there was a fair-sized
gathering around her. We asked ourselves why? After all, what is so special about a 19’ Seaswirl? After looking closely, we came up with a lot of answers. For starters, she was in the affordability section of the show. Boats that are priced right tend to draw crowds, now more than ever. Further, the new consumer mantra is value, utility, practicality, and versatility and again the unspectacular Seaswirl had all of those attributes in spades. As you climb aboard and look closely, you begin to realize that this is no thrown together package, and her quiet, but useful features become self evident. Join us as Capt. Steve takes us on a walkthrough of the 1905 CC’s layout.
His video tour is right here...
New Video Review
New Crownline 270 BR:
Good Bowrider Utility
Crownline’s 270 BR is designed to hold a lot people and give all of your guests a thrilling day on the water for a reasonable price. The large “U”-shaped cockpit with table can seat as many people as far larger boats. Its walk-through to the bow is as large as we’ve seen on any bowrider and there is ample storage. The boat is suitable for skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding, or just hanging out and swimming. With a 300-hp 350 Mag single engine the boat has an MSRP in the low $80s. Capt. Steve takes us on a tour of the Crownline 270 BR and gives us his no-holds-barred
The video review is this way...
Your Wake-Up Call
Today, we give you a test ride in the Tigé RZ2, a boat that has some of the most sophisticated technology in class. With a-unique-to-Tigé Convex V hull and TAPS² technology, this is a boat that allows you to dial in your exact wake like never before. And, not being ones to let that be their only claim to fame, Tigé took it to the next level of controllability and created Tigé Touch, a touch screen control pad that allows you to program the specific set of operating parameters for the ballast, trim, and speed into one of 20 different named parameters so that you can return the boat to them at the touch of a button. And they put all this into one of the coolest looking boats on the water.
Check out our latest test video and you’ll agree... cool is hot.
Trophy 2206 DC:
A Family Bowrider/Fishboat
There is probably no boat type that is more versatile or more at home in any boating setting than a dual console fishing boat. The salty anglers will accept you, and the sportboat crowd will wonder what you know that they don’t. As everyone knows, Trophy is a Brunswick brand and has the philosophy of giving lots of value and utility for the buck. Combine that approach to boat building with the dual console design and you have the Trophy 2206 DC. It seems to us that this boat does an excellent job of being a successful crossover between family bowrider and basic fishing platform – all at an affordable price! The Trophy 2206 DC does not have all of the esoteric gadgets and gilhickies of flat-out fishing machines, but she doesn’t have the price tag either. In fact, its MSRP with a 200-hp Mercury Optimax engine is just $43,540.
Capt. Steve steps aboard and shows us what you get for your money...
Glastron GLS 215:
Details Make the Boat
There’s a lot of competition in the 21' (6.4 m) range of bowriders, so if you’re going to compete, you better have your act together. Glastron seems to be holding little back with their GLS 215. Etched stainless steel trim in places there others put nothing, carpeting with a pattern that gives it a subliminal wood-grain look, stainless bow scuff plate, and retro-style windshield are just a few examples of things all over the Glastron GLS 215 that make it tough on the high-priced competition. Capt. Rob gives us a look at what sets this boat apart from others in its class.
Check it out here...
Entry-Level Jet Boat Option
Heading out on the water in a small boat is the staple of shore-side Americana. And in tough times like today, small boats are the workhorses of family good times, more than ever before. Yamaha has a line of sportboats that not only pack a lot of fun in a small space, but they do it for less money than much of the competition. That feature alone is typically the tipping point for most buyers, but when you add the safety factor of not having a spinning propeller under the swim platform, and two engines for the price of one, then the jet boats have a pretty strong sales proposition. Today, we do a video walk-through of one of the hottest sellers from Yamaha -- the SX210.
Capt. Steve’s video tour is ready to go...
Manitou Pontoons Introduces
New “Living Room” Afloat
Now more than ever before pontoon manufacturers are offering customer customization that truly lets boaters “invent” their own toon. And, why not? A pontoon boat is little more than a platform upon which “furniture” can be arranged to suit each owner’s individual requirements. A leader in this area is Manitou, a company long known for its quality construction and superior customer service. Recently they introduced a new “module” called the SES, for Stern Entertainment System, which is actually like a cozy living room right on the water. We love the concept.
Let’s take a look at the 26’ Legacy by Manitou and see what is possible...
Lund’s 186 Pro Sport GL
Is Fiberglass and Affordable
There are a lot of shapes made in fiberglass that just can’t be economically made from sheet aluminum. For that reason, several years ago Lund began building multi-specie boats out of fiberglass, yet was still able to keep them relatively light. Today, we take a look at the 2010 model 186 Pro Sport GL equipped with an outboard engine, DF, trolling motor and trailer, that is selling at a package MSRP of $29,995 – the same price as in 2009!
Find out the details and why we think it is a good value...
Buyer of the Week
Canadian Couple Travels 6,324 KM
To Buy Boat -- And Wins Coveted Ducky!
Today's "Buyer of the Week" drove 6,324 KM to pick up and return with a new Hyrda-Sports
Vector 2500VX. If that doesn't rate a coveted Ducky Award, we don't know what
does! Wes and Rose Markowsky take an expedition every summer 1600 km from their home in Alberta, Canada to Prince Rupert on British Columbia’s rugged and exciting Pacific coast. (If you have never cruised or fished in BC’s “Inside Passage” then take our advice and put it on your “Bucket List.”) To explore and
fish BC's exciting -- and often rough -- coastal waters the Markowskys needed a
boat with a high freeboard that also had a reputation for rugged reliability.
After two years of research they settled on the Vector 2500VX with twin Yamahas
200 4-stroke engines.
Find out how they selected the boat and what they do with it...
Micro-Glass Oil Filter
Do you really know what is behind your oil filter? Does it matter? Well, when you are miles away from your dock or home port, yes, it does matter. The team at Royal Purple tells us that they have designed an oil filter they feel provides better protection and one of the ways they achieve this is with the media that they use. This is a 100% synthetic micro-glass media that provides particle removal with 99% filtration efficiency at 25 microns. Since most other filters utilize a cellulose based media, they feel the Royal Purple filter is better. They have also designed the filter to be less restrictive in the flow of the oil, allowing more oil to flow
through the filter with greater ease. Open your fill cap here to get every little detail about these filters.
"Club Shine" for Points
If you are one of those boaters who is not happy unless your boats is clean, gleaming and standing tall, then you will be interested in Shurhold’s new “Club Shine.” Membership is free, and just for joining you get 200 points and the company’s free newsletter. You can then get access to Shurhold’s product reviews and cleaning tips, as well as being able to submit your own articles and tips (earning you even more points, of course). Further, for each $1 you spend with Shurhold, you will earn 2 points!
To join and learn more...
Some boats when going fast (over 25 mph) in certain conditions can begin “chine walking.” The video presented here shows exactly what chine walking is and what can happen if you don’t stop it quickly. A boat chine walks when it gets into a rolling oscillation and heels over, is stopped by the buoyancy of its chine, rights itself to an even keel, but then keeps on rolling until the other chine digs in creating buoyancy causing the boat to roll back the other way. It all happen faster than it takes to explain it. When it happens you are in an unstable and potentially dangerous condition, particularly in small boats, such as a bass boat. You must immediately stop the chine walking. The best way to do it is to quickly back off on the throttle. The cure for chine walking may be to tighten the steering, or moving weight aft in the boat. In all likelihood the longitudinal center of gravity is too far forward.
Now, let’s go to the video tape...
On February 11th a 21’ 2010 Sea-Doo 210 Challenger SE rolled off the assembly line at BRP’s 400,000 sq. ft. (37,000 sq. meters) factory in Benton, Illinois. In operation since 1996, the facility has an array of semi-automated computer controlled fiberglass processes and automotive-style assembly lines. Since BoatTEST.com started in business 10 years ago we have tested 16 boat models
Manufactured by the folks seen in the picture above. Currently, Sea-Doo manufacturers 9 sportboat models from 15’ to 23’ and the company is generally credited with opening up boating to a whole new audience of young skippers. More...
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BoatTEST.com Lesson #75
Using Sound Signals -- Part II
This week Capt. Steve will go over nine lessons and guidelines on using sound signals to communicate from boat to boat. These videos represent the second part of the series on sound signals. Capt Steve will review the rules and go over a few scenarios where signals are not only important but crucial. Sounding your horn lets other boats know what your intentions are. For instance, what do you do when you meet another vessel head to head; or you meet another vessel and you’re on the port side;
what to do when leaving a fuel dock; or, going around a bend where you can’t see if other boats are coming your way? These are all questions which will be answered in this video series. These videos are basic procedures and 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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This week BoatTEST’s panel of judges was unable to reach a 60% super majority on a Ducky Winner without risking a food fight in the cafeteria at world headquarters. As a result, we are putting the 15 finalists to a democratic vote by the whole newsletter membership, where the highest number will win. Please vote for only one of the entries, and no campaigning allowed! We ask our members to take there responsibility seriously, knowing that few honors in the boating world are more cherished than the coveted Ducky Award.
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