Mako 212 Center Console:
Just the Facts
Take a 21' 5" (6.53 m) center console, and give it a full 8' 6" (2.6 m) beam and drop a standard Suzuki 150 onto the transom and what do you get? At Mako, the answer is another winner. Long time builders of solid, no nonsense boats, Mako’s 212 Center Console not only has the tools that make a nice fishing package, they also offer eleven different engine choices and a host of options that, depending on the type of fishing you intend to do, will assure you a boat dialed into your parameters. The base price, with an upgrade to a 200 XL Optimax engine, is a no hassle, no haggle $39,995. Join us as we take a video tour of the Mako 212 CC and see if this is your next fishing rig.
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A Look at the Layout
We found the layout of the Tigé RZ4 interesting, especially when compared to other wakeboats, mostly because something is missing... the big engine box in the middle of the cockpit. Tigé’s boats are all inboards utilizing V-drive transmissions, so their layouts are more inline with a typical bowrider with wide open space. The
pickle-forked bow also allows for more seating room. For other features of the RZ4 layout, check out this video.
You’ll never miss not having that engine box.
Formula 290 BR:
Time to Step Up
We recently tested the Formula 290 Bowrider and came away with the feeling that several
folks with smaller bowriders in the low to mid twenty foot range will suddenly get
an urge to trade up. At 29' (8.84 m) the 290 represents that sweet spot in size where you can expand your boating range without getting out of the comfort zone of what you feel you can handle. You can still do all the things you’ve been doing, but with the 290 not only can you do it with more people, you can also go farther away from the dock.
Check out our test video of the new Formula 290 BR. Is it time to step up?
Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO:
Going the Distance Has Never Been So Fun
Yamaha has such a diverse line of WaveRunners that you don’t have to settle for the one-size-fits-all mindset. Case in point... the Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO. This PWC was made for comfort while cruising long distances. The seat is multi-level
with a raised support that wraps around you. The throttle’s “cruise control” feature keeps the speed settings simple, while the adjustable tilt steering and raised foot chocks allow both driver and passengers to simply relax and enjoy the ride. But if you really want to let loose, the supercharged engine will give you breathtaking acceleration when you want it. And when you don’t, there is a “low RPM” mode to keep even the kids safe.
Check out our video tour of the Yamaha FX Cruiser SHO.
Parti Kraft Celebration 250 Wet Bar:
A New Wave of Fun
There are over 40 companies building pontoon boats, so it follows then, that if you are a builder, you have to bring more to the party than two toons and pretty seats. Versatility, functionality, unusual amenities, and a little pizzazz will be the honey that attracts customers in this discerning market environment. The Parti Kraft Celebration 250 Wet Bar is one of those boats that include features that make you stop and say “well that’s cool”. Even with the standard package, this boat brings more to the... well..., “parti”, than most. Start adding options and watch out! Read our full report to see just what possibilities there are for on-the-water good times.
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Cranchi CSL 27:
Another Italian Work of Art?
If we have one general criticism of American-built sportboats it is that they look very much the same. Often, in class, they have the same layouts, use hardware from the same vendors, use the same engines, and make the same performance claims. It is one of the reasons why boaters come to BoatTEST.com to do their research – they are trying to sort out what is the advantage of one boat over another because they nearly all look alike. The great thing to our mind about the Cranchi CSL 27 is that it is different! One thing is for sure, the Italians certainly have a way of thinking outside the box. Just a glance at the layout will show that this boat is featuring some characteristics that you just don’t find in American boats. We’re not saying that they are better or worse, just that they are a breath of fresh air.
Let’s take a closer look at this Italian beauty and see what is noteworthy.
World Cat 290 CC:
Is She as Roomy as She Looks?
We continue to de-bunk the claims from mono-hull jingoists that cat boats simply don’t cut it. “They perform differently”, “they lean outboard in turns”... and, now it’s “they’re not as spacious as they look”. Okay, let’s see. The only way to show it is to do a video walkthrough and see it with a person onboard. And not a dwarf either, an average-sized Capt. Steve. Come along as he takes us through the World Cat 290 CC and checks out some of the features and the space onboard this twin-hulled fishing machine.
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Should You Render Towing Assistance?
If you came upon the boat pictured above we’d like to think that you’d stop and help in any way you could. But just what does that mean? Could doing the right thing lead to something going horribly wrong? To get answers to these questions and others we sent Capt. Steve to sit down with the folks at our new sponsor, Sea Tow.
Here’s his report...
At the Factory
Engineering a Sea-Doo:
Inside the Power Plant
It is a cut throat world when it comes to musclecraft PWCs and technology is the name of the game. We want to help you read through the hype and get to what makes the difference. So how does Sea-Doo get 255-hp out of a 1.5 liter three cylinder engine? This first video takes a look, by sending the BoatTEST team into the engineering department and seeing for ourselves.
You can learn a lot by watching how a PWC is assembled and that’s why we wanted you to see first hand what goes on behind closed doors at the Sea-Doo plant in Valcourt, Canada. We took a close look at the entire assembly process to give you a better understanding of what’s behind the cool graphics and marketing hype.
Shurhold Dual Action Polisher
Tough and Effective
If you have ever worked with a buffer/polisher before, you know that there are many choice and variations when it comes to pads. You probably have also experienced the same frustration the BoatTEST team has with the pads soaking up all the product. Let’s face it, the point of the polish is to be on the hull or surface you are trying to polish, not getting soaked up into the pad. Shurhold claimed they found a way around this issue, and you know what? They did. We recently put this to the test with not just the Shurhold brand of polish, but with two other brands. We wanted to make sure it wasn’t the polish that was preventing the absorption. At the risk of sounding too positive, there really is a difference.
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Captain Steve's Trailering Tips
Being a good boater starts long before you get out on the water. And if you have not properly prepared your trailer rig you may never even make it. Just as airplane pilots walk around their planes checking out control surfaces before they get into the cockpit, so too, should you, make a careful check of all the straps, chains, connections, bolts and landing gear on your trailer before you head to the launch ramp.
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Is your battery an AGM? Don’t know what that means? Discover the pros and cons of three main types of batteries and decide what would be best for your boat. Capt. Rob gets to the core of batteries with some help from our friends at Discover Batteries. See why gel cells have less power for comparable size wet cell, and why AGM (absorbed glass matt) may be the better technology.
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BoatTEST.com Lesson #76
How to Trim Your
or Sterndrive Boat
This week Capt. Steve goes over seven new video lessons and guidelines on how to trim your outboard or sterndrive boat. You’ll learn about the advantages of trimming your drive correctly, how to reduce bowrise, when to raise your drive, what to look out for, and making sure you never run your engine dry; this means when trimming the engine you’ll want to make sure the propeller is not out of the water. 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 boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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