How A Traditional Yacht
Looks On The Inside
Forgive us, kind readers, for we have sinned. We spent last weekend on a sailboat. The prospect of 104-degree temperatures in homeport Stamford, CT last weekend caused a friend to take pity and a long weekend sail out of Newport, RI was proffered on the 105' (32 m) ketch Whitehawk. As you can see, that was an invitation not to be refused, and the experience got us to thinking about the state of large motoryacht interiors these days. Yes, we know that wood in the interior can be heavy, is expensive to fabricate, and requires a little more care than fiberglass, but it pays dividends in ambiance and the quality of life. And these days handsome wood veneers with foam cores can make heavy-looking joiner work light as a feather. Some new teak vinyls are hard to tell from the real thing and only require a damp cloth to keep looking new.
Whitehawk has a cold-molded wood hull, but it could have just as easily have been a one-off fiberglass hull. Her interior is not 100% varnished wood, of course, and most of the bulkheads are faced with a cream-colored wallboard material that works because of the varnished teak trim that accents and surrounds it. All of this is just food for thought the next time you think about updating your motoryacht: a pleasing way to go might be retro. And just because this is a sailboat, it doesn't mean that there are not a lot of good ideas aboard that can be used on motoryachts as well. Let's take a look...
Formula 34 PC:
A Nimble, Comfortable Cruiser
We’ve come to expect a lot of Formula. They have a reputation for building upscale boats that cost more, but you get more for those extra dollars, too. And, let’s face it, if everyone built boats with the same laundry-list of features, most people couldn't afford the boats. So when it comes to Formula, consumers expect more. The good news is that Formula delivers on those expectations. As her name implies, she goes fast, but more important this boat can be a comfortable cruiser. Just what sort of items is Formula splurging your hard earned cash on? Good question.
the new test video...
Doral 32' Prestancia:
Romance on the Water
Doral has been in business for over 30 years and has created perhaps the most elegantly styled Euro designs to North America. Doral is a small builder in Quebec, Canada that brings a much-needed French flair to what is otherwise fairly predictable express cruisers in the 27' to 33' range. The company also builds boats on a par with top-tier builders such as Formula, Cobalt and others. But when it comes to style, innovation and a bit of romance, Doral leaves virtually every North American builder in its wake, as far as we're concerned. And, the Prestancia (which is 27' 9''/8.5 m on
deck) is more than a pretty face as her test numbers will prove.
Take a look as we carefully go over this boat...
Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick:
One of the biggest leaps forward for boaters of all experience levels has been the ability to control a boat with a joystick. Not only has it added safety and convenience to our operations, but it also represents a giant boost to our confidence levels. You know how it feels when you approach the dock in a stiff crosswind and everyone is watching? Not a problem anymore. But is the system itself complicated? Is it
reliable? To answer these questions and more, let’s step aboard the test boat and take a look at the components of the Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick.
Pursuit OS 375:
Fancy Offshore Fishboat
When serious fishermen with an eye for quality go boat shopping, they only have a few names on their list and Pursuit is one of them. The company is a division of S2 Yachts, Inc., builder of Tiaras, and the Pursuit folks embrace the same manufacturing philosophy: For more than 50 years, three generations of the Slikkers family, owners of S2, have set an unsurpassed standard of quality and integrity in marine design and manufacturing. Word on the docks is, you can't go wrong with either a Tiara or Pursuit -- but if you want to fish -- if you have to fish, like you have to eat or sleep -- you'll choose the latter. (Tiaras are more popular among cruising folks, or those for whom angling is just a casual pastime.)
To learn more...
60' Sea Spirit Passagemaker:
Designed by S&S for Long Range
From the looks of things double-enders are having a resurgence of interest with offshore long range cruising folks. With everyone from Ted Hood to Azimut offering canoe-stern designs maybe there is a trend here. They remind us of the old Wittholz double-enders popularized by Cheoy Lee 30 years ago or more. S&S has drawn a whole line of them from 51' to 88' but only the 60-footer has been built so far. A number of them are now cruising around North America. This fiberglass boat has two or three staterooms and is lavishly finished in teak in a traditional style that cruising yachtsmen like.
Learn the back story and see our video look at the 60' Sea Spirit...
Beneteau Monte Carlo 47:
This French Lady Wears Two Hats
In 1884, a French naval architect named Benjamin Beneteau built his first boat, a sailing trawler for sardine fishing. Since then, the company he founded has built and sold tens of thousands of commercial boats and yachts, both sail and power. None has been sleeker or sexier than the new Monte Carlo 47. Available in two versions – with or without a chapeau (flying bridge) -- the Monte Carlo features a large cockpit, three cabins, tasteful interior design and 21st-century IPS drives. Built in France to CE Category B standards, the Monte Carlo 47 should be ideal for stylish cruising on either side of the Atlantic. Or anywhere else, for that matter.
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Seakeeper Gyro Stabilizer:
BoatTEST Records 49% Reduction in Roll
Since external hydraulic stabilizers create drag costing boat speed, and flopper stoppers require cumbersome rigging and paravanes, the Holy Grail of stabilization has always been internal. In a test conducted on Baltimore Harbor by BoatTEST.com the amazing thing was not that the Seakeeper Gyro Stabilizer reduced roll 49%, but that it reduced it at all! Seakeeper engineers say that their unit will reduce roll 70% to 90% under many conditions, so they were unimpressed by our test results. Under different conditions, we don't doubt that the Seakeeper system could have an affect of that magnitude. During our tests we were purposely trying to create as much roll as possible to test the limits of the stabilizing effect. We were amazed. Perhaps most importantly, at anchor or at a dock the Seakeeper will work wonders when conventional external systems will not work at all because the boat must be moving for them to operate effectively. Seeing is believing.
Take a look...
Azimut 88 Flybridge:
Mini-Megayacht With Style
Let’s say you’ve come into a little money – about $6 million or so – and you want to buy a yacht. With that kind of cash you can shop in the mini-megayacht range, between 80 and 90 feet. But there’s another thing: You don’t want one that looks like all the other $6 million yachts berthed in Palm Beach, or Marina Del Rey, or Harbour Island, or the Riviera or wherever you plan to cruise. And yachts this size aren’t uncommon today, not like 20 years ago when a 90-footer stood out almost anywhere. Nowadays it takes something special to make a splash, something like the Azimut 88 Flybridge. Tipping the financial scales at 4,900,000 Euros (about $6,200,000 at press time), the Azimut 88 is a nice example of a mini-megayacht that won’t melt into the crowd.
take a look...
Greenline Hybrid 33:
Slovenia Leads the Way to Green!
Whether you believe in global warming or not, or that the world’s oil supply is running low, or that we all descend from aliens, the truth is simple: Fuel is getting very expensive, no matter what the cause. And powerboats burn a lot of it. It’s bad enough in the U.S., but even worse in Europe, where gasoline costs almost as much as single-malt scotch, and even diesel can put a dent in your Euro-stuffed wallet. So is it any surprise that a couple of innovative designers have developed the Greenline Hybrid 33, kind of a seagoing Prius that combines batteries, solar cells and a Volkswagen diesel to create an economical cruiser? No – what’s surprising is, these guys are from Slovenia, not usually considered a boatbuilding Mecca.
Jump into the future...
Maritimo C47 Sports Cabriolet:
IPS Winds Up Down Under
Ever think what would happen if something punched a hole in a pod-powered boat? Maritimo founder and CEO Bill Barry-Cotter did. He reckoned that, with the weight of the engines and pods concentrated way aft, the vessel could go down like a stone, stern-first, possibly trapping crew in the forward cabins. Has this occurred to any other yacht builder? Apparently not, because Maritimo is the first builder to install positive buoyancy tanks in an IPS-powered boat’s engine room. Maybe this
is the first time buoyancy tanks have been installed in any boat’s engine room. The company’s new C47 Sports Cabriolet, introduced just a couple months ago, is also the first Maritimo to run with pod power. For more on this slick new express born under the Southern Cross, hit the jump.
You won’t need a PFD...
Yanmar 6LPA 315-hp Diesel:
Repower 28' to 35' Boats While You Can!
Why pay retail for a new boat when you can repower and turn an old boat into a thing of beauty for an affordable cost? We're talking about twin engine gas-powered all-fiberglass boats built in the late 1970s or early '80s from 28' to 35' (8 to 11 m). These old boats include good brands that were built right, but have oxidized gel coat, old gas engines, and ratty upholstery. When repowered with diesel engines, re-painted with Algrip and refurbished inside, you should be able to end up with a boat that looks almost new for under 35% of a new boat price. For example, you should be able to pick up a 1981 gas-powered Bertram 33 for around $50k. With new Yanmar 6LPA twin diesels (about $80k with tranny, installed), a new, professional Algrip job ($6-$9k), and refurbed interior and equipment ($15k -$35k) -- you'll have a total of about $165K in the project. Compare that to a new Something 35 for $450k to $500k.
The key to it all is to replace those old gas engines with Yanmar 6LPA mechanical diesels. Here's why: In 2012 the Yanmar 6LPA will no longer meet EPA emissions requirements and will no longer be sold. Many boaters prefer a mechanical engine over an electronically-controlled one because they think it is more reliable and is easier to work on. That means your $165k investment in a referbed boat will be protected because your boat and engine package will be more valuable to many boats when you go to resell. And the diesel brand that has made its reputation in repower is Yanmar.
Learn more about the Yanmar 6LPA...
Prestige 46 FB:
Elle est Formidable!
We think the French have the right ideas about lots of things, including how to have fun on a boat. Or maybe more accurately, how to design a boat for having fun aboard. The Prestige 46 FB is a case in point: It combines a comfortable flying bridge with a spacious salon and a nearly beach-sized cockpit and swim platform to create a floating playpen for adults. Oh, there are three cabins, too, in case you tire of the outdoors
For more on this Med-style cruiser, come on in...
VanDerHeijden Steelyachts Superior 2000:
Fully Customizable 63
If you had to design your own yacht, what would it look like? What if you were given a hull form and some sample layouts? Of course then it would be much easier to picture yourself in the boat and decide if it’s right for you or not. You would have the ability to enlarge a cabin by sacrificing the one next door, move a bulkhead to open up a room more, or even add a bulkhead to turn one cabin into two. The choice is yours on a Steelyachts, a Dutch company that has built more than 400 fully customized yachts.
Come aboard and take a look at how one owner wanted his laid out and see if it gives you ideas for your next yacht... in steel!
Larson Cabrio 370:
A Euro-Style Day Boat
The folks at Larson were among the first in North America to pick-up on the trend several years ago of people wanting a day boat rather than an overnighter. The result was the Larson Cabrio 370, one of the first large express cruisers to discard sleeping accommodations (or, at least to de-emphasize them) to create an expansive entertaining area below. The result was success from the start and the Cabrio 370 remains one of the best laid out interior plans in the 37-foot range, in our opinion, for day-time entertaining. Her 22-degree deadrise makes her about as comfortable as they come in the choppy stuff and is a reason why this freshwater company made lots of friends in saltwater locations.
Let's take a look at her full test...
Revolutionary New Italian
40' Center Cockpit Cuddy
Tilli Antonelli, who founded the Pershing brand of yachts in 1985 and sold it to the Ferretti Group in 1998 and stayed on as president until last March, last week announced the launch of Wider Yachts in Milano. Firing a shot across the bow of the boating industry, Antonelli said last week, "The boating market nowadays is quite conventional and tends not to have new ideas. Sometimes it is quite difficult to recognize one brand of boat from another, especially in the open day cruiser category."
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BoatTEST.com Smart Boating Course
Rain and thunderstorms swept through most of the country last week, which kept most of us at the dock. What better way to spend your time on land than by brushing up on your boating savvy? The BoatTEST.com Smart Boating course is the perfect way to get the whole family up to the professional level of nautical-know-how right in the comfort of your living room. You can check out our sample videos every week in our “Lesson of the Week” section of this newsletter, but nothing beats getting it all at once. Order your 4 DVD Box Set today. Smart Boating... because safe boating just isn’t enough.
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Dual Action Polisher
A few months ago, the BoatTEST.com team got a hold of the new Shurhold Dual Action
Polisher and decided to put it through a test. Well since the video of that test speaks for itself, we wanted to bring you an update on what happened after the video
was made. Our COO has been using this product on his boat and his cars, each and every week. The report back is that the polisher has held up just as well as any similar professional grade electric tool. After hours of use, two advantages popped out, the adjustable handle and/or side handle, and the RPM adjustment. The handle design and configuration has reduced the amount of fatigue usually experienced with a polisher. Being able to lower the RPMs to apply product to a surface and then adjust to higher RPM settings to remove, buff and polish, has not only produced a great result, but it has saved time, about 40% over a similar product, he tells
You be the judge, see the video...
"Plug a Tuna"
From time to time we come across a little tip or trick that we think some of our
readers might like to know about -- like cedar plugs.
Known for their proficiency in enticing tuna, cedar plugs are said to be practically indestructible and capable of catching just about any pelagic predator that swims. While you may have your sights set on yellowfin or blackfin, don’t rule out a battle with a dolphin, wahoo,
billfish or little guys like the one seen above. At first glance you may be under the impression that the streamlined shape of a cedar plug offers relatively little action, but this can’t be any further from the truth. When trolled at speeds from 6 to 9-knots, the darting and dancing action is deadly effective. And while their irresistible action is what draws in inquisitive predators, their small stature makes them easy targets for unrelenting pelagics. While simplistic there are a few aspects in regards to rigging and running that will greatly enhance your catch ratio, as these classics are prone to pulling hooks. Jump on this bait...
Are You Ready for Heavy Weather?
All boats are built for a specific range of conditions. It is important that every
boat owner know the range of conditions for which his boat was designed, and the
capabilities of his boat and its limitations. Secondly, all boat owners should know
how to manage their boats and their crew when conditions turn challenging. Obviously,
small open boats are the most vulnerable to capsize, but it can happen under certain
circumstances to virtually any boat no matter how large or capable. This week we
are “re-printing” an article that originally appeared in our sponsor Sea Tow’s quarterly magazine,
Lifelines. It is full of sage heavy-weather boat handling advice for owners of Jon
boats to large motoryachts. Batten down the hatches...
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USCG Tiger Team Report
Florida DUI Boater Guilty Of Killing Three
An Okaloosa County, Florida jury found Augusta Frederick Kennedy guilty last Thursday of 3 counts of BUI (Boating Under the Influence) manslaughter. No sentencing date has been set, because he still faces 5 misdemeanor charges related to the crash. Authorities say Kennedy's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit on September 4, 2009 when he crashed his boat into another vessel carrying 4 people, 3 of whom were killed. The three people killed were the mother, father, and aunt of the skipper of a 20' center console.
The USCG "Tiger Team" investigator, Augusto (Kiko) Villalon, made a full report of the accident for the Coast Guard's Office of Boating Safety. This report was also given to the jury which spent less than two hours coming to a guilty verdict on three counts of manslaughter. BoatTEST.com has obtained a copy of Mr. Villalon's
We are publishing the report in its entirety to give readers a clear idea of the responsibilities of boaters when encountering another vessel. Not only are the facts of this tragic accident sobering, but so are the Rules of the Road requirements for every boater. They are rules not to be taken lightly at any time.
Enter the court room here...
Azimut To Begin
Building in Brazil
At a news conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil last week it was announced that Italy's Azimut-Benetti Group will begin building boats in Santa Catarina, Brazil as of next month. Brazil has an extremely high import duty on new yachts making it disadvantageous to import new boats into the country. By building in Brazil, Azimut will not only make is boats available in the fastest growing large economy in South America, it will also be in a good strategic position to export to other markets in the Western Hemisphere, and beyond.
Certified BoatTEST Special Find
The team at BoatTEST is always searching for new and non-current boats which are
exceedingly good values available at prices that make them a “Special Find”. We
have found a boat that fits this bill at Boardwalk Marina in Stratford, CT. This
Fountain 42 Lightning high-performance boat is powered by Twin 700Sci engines and
comes with a long list of standards including a head-up display, engine paint package,
Northstar M84, and custom paint and upholstery. If you are in the market for a boat of this type, get the full details
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With the hot weather in full swing this summer, boaters are out in force -- including the good, the bad and the ugly. The last couple of weekends BoatTEST.com staff members have seen more than a few near collisions, and our in-box is filling up quickly with accident reports from around the country. Since the careless and barely competent boaters do not read this newsletter (nor probably anything else) every responsible boater must drive defensively and keep a proper -- and constant -- lookout for graduates of the Capt. Rodney School of Seamanship.
BoatTEST Making Videos At Fastest Pace in 10 Years!
In the last 58 work days BoatTEST.com staff has produced 65 videos, setting a blistering
pace of over one video per day, on average. Since January 1st, BoatTEST.com has
produced 104 videos and is set to eclipse its previous record set in 2007. BoatTEST.com
videos are seen all over the world and appear on YouTube, BoatTrader.com, Boatshop24.com,
Boatsplus.com, and on hundreds of other sites. BoatTEST.com COO, Christopher Hughes
said that his video crews' calendar is completely booked for August and September
dates are being booked now in preparation for the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show. "Boat
sales are coming back and aggressive boat builders are now laying plans to have
our captains test and review their boats before the fall shows," Hughes said. BoatTEST.com
was founded in 2000 and is celebrating its 10th year streaming videos on the Internet.
How to Extinguish An Engine Room Fire
Several weeks ago we ran an item about a large yacht that had an engine room fire start as the boat entered the Palm Beach inlet. The boat made it to the dock and all hands were able to get off before the vessel was ruined by the inferno. We found ourselves wondering why a large, multi-million dollar yacht didn't have an automatic engine room fire extinguishing system, or if it had been overcome or had failed, why weren't the engine room air intakes closed? Perhaps they couldn't be. All fires on boats are serious, but there is nothing worse than an engine room fire because it is fed by the fuel circulating there.
Here's a stitch in time...
New Strand 122
Costs $24 Million
We think every billionaire ought to have one of the new Swedish Strand 122s. If only Karl Marx had discovered yachting instead of inventing communism he could have saved the world a lot of angst during much of the 20th century. What could redistribute the wealth better than a $24 million dollar yacht that takes tens of thousands of man-hours to build, 20 crew to operate and an army of maintenance staff to keep everything purring? Not only that, but think of how many new yacht designers could become overnight millionaires? All one needs is some CAD software, some hallucinogenic mushrooms, and one dreamy client. See the rest of the boat...
Lesson of the Week
How to Dock with Twin Inboards
This week Capt. Steve goes over six new lessons and guidelines on docking your twin inboard boat. Watch demonstrations with Capt. Steve approaching the dock, backing into a slip, and maneuvering the boat through close quarters. You’ll learn how to pivot your twin inboard, and how to “walk the boat” or move sideways without bow thrusters. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Smart Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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