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- The Cruising Dream
- Viking Yachts 82 C
- Nordhavn 43
- Doral 325 Intrigue
- Rampage 34 IPS
- Vicem 78 Cruiser
- Absolute 47 HT
- Volvo Penta OceanX
- Princess 42
- Hargrave Sea Legend
- Hydra-Sports 4100 Vector
- Regal 42 Sport Coupe
- Bluewater Yachts Paradise
- USCG Required Check
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- USCG Recall
- EPA Approves E15
- Boating Course Now on DVD
- Kahlenberg Horns
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner
- What's Going On Here

Don't Give Up
The Cruising Dream!

The Cruising Dream
The sandy tropical island with palm trees has become the iconic holy grail for generations of cruising boaters. Never give up the dream!

Every day or so we get an email from a member asking us about whether this boat or that one will be adequate for cruising one place or another. Can two people handle a 55-footer, a 38-footer? Is a 29' express too small to take to the Bahamas? Will there be slip space available in the Med in three years? Is it reasonable to go offshore in a single-engine cruiser? Are there still pirates in the lower Caribbean? What is the bridge clearance for rivers and canals in Europe? Which boat is better, brand X or brand Y?

Not surprisingly a lot of boaters want to strike out for parts unknown (to them) with a minimum of cruising experience in "big water." It is primarily for that reason that they are unsure about which boats can handle the job and which cannot, as well as wondering if their own boating skills are up to the task. Of course money, or the lack of a sufficient amount, is the agenda of many boaters who have the cruising dream. Most don't want to give up the quest, but it is easy to tell that the Great Recession has delayed and dialed back a lot of people's dreams and hopes, no matter what they may have been.

We are reminded of Winston Churchill's famous 1941 address to the young students of Harrow School in the U.K. when he said, "Never give in, never give in, never; never; never; never - - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - - never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense.” To those who might snicker that holding dear a dream of faraway cruising is not good sense, we say if it isn't then what is? Enjoying nature, the sea, the salt air and this earth is the very essence of being human, in our opinion. To our members we say hold on to your dreams and lay your plans to fulfill them. Here are a couple of things you should know about your cruising dreams that may help...

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Captain's Report

Viking 82 Convertible:
A Boat for All Seasons

Viking Yachts 82 C
If you take fishing very seriously, but like to cruise, too, the Viking 82 Convertible might be just right: With twin 2,400-hp MTUs, she'll top out at around 37 knots, says the builder; throttled back, her range is about 1,200 n.m. She'll sleep 10 in five cabins, too.

Did you ever wake up not knowing if you want a tournament-ready sportfisherman for chasing trophy billfish, or a long-legged motoryacht able to sleep half the neighborhood? With the Viking 82 convertible you don't have to choose because it is both. Constructed by one of America's most respected boat builders, the 83'5'' Viking is fast enough for canyon fishing, especially with the optional MTU diesels; and thanks to a beam of 22'4'', the cabin is spacious enough for four double staterooms and crew's quarters. Viking is amenable to lots of customization, too: Of more than a dozen 82Cs built (hull no. 12 will be at this year's Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show), no two have been alike in layout. But all have been steered by VIPER. To learn more, jump across by clicking here...

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Second Look

The Nordhavn 43 Workhorse:
Destination Anywhere

Nordhavn 43
The Nordhavn 43 was designed with one thing in mind: long-range voyaging. With a range of more than 3,000 n.m. at 7 knots, it's capable of crossing an ocean, or cruising around the world. Her single diesel is backed up by a smaller get-home engine.

The Nordhavn 43 is a boat built for one specific purpose: long-range bluewater voyaging. It's a nice balance of size (LOA is 43 feet), cost (base boat is $695,000), complexity (single diesel) and cruising range (over 3,000 n.m.), and is designed for folks who want to cross oceans in a reasonably sized, reasonably affordable powerboat. On the other hand, when the voyage is over, most folks will probably want to trade their Nordhavn for something more suitable for coastal cruising: Its top speed is just 8.5 knots, according to the builder. Or maybe they'll just plan another adventure of a lifetime. If you've always dreamed of making bluewater passages, read on by clicking here...

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New Video

Doral 325 Intrigue:
Well Beyond the Ordinary

Doral 325 Intrigue
At first glance, the 325 Intrigue looks like any other pocket cruiser. But looking a little closer we see that Doral really does think beyond the ordinary.

It starts with the side decks, which are relatively rare on a 33' 2'' (10.1 m) boat. But even with the Intrigue’s 11' 2'' (3.4 m) beam, Doral makes it work nicely without introducing claustrophobia into the main salon. As the tour continues, we see more examples of how just a few clever touches, added to what would otherwise be ordinary features, can make a more comfortable feeling boat, and therefore increase the pride of ownership. As for the fit and finish, we found no rattling doors, no leaking windows, just a solid feel that we’ve come to expect from a company like Doral. Step aboard the Intrigue with us and see how Doral brings Euro styling to creative thinking. More...

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Second Look

Rampage 34 IPS:
Its Interior Is World-Class

Rampage 34
Rampage nailed it by being one of the first fishboats to adopt IPS for full-astern fish chasing, and now we take a look at her interior, and get some pointers on yacht connoisseurship.

Rampage hit one out of the park when it mated the popular 34 Express with twin IPS drives. The builder created a very functional and incredibly maneuverable fishing machine that was a trend-setter, using machinery only now being embraced by companies such as Viking Yachts. But as if to say “that’s not good enough” Rampage went on to create a stunner of an interior as well. We recently showed you the features topside, now let’s take a peek below and show you how they did on the cabin. Capt. Steve takes us below decks on the Rampage 34 IPS and points out -- chapter and verse -- exactly which details set this boat apart from the interiors you wash down with a garden hose. Watch the video...

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Vicem 78 Motoryacht:
Back to the Future

Vicem 78 Cruiser
This isn't a renovated 1950s classic, but a brand-new Vicem 78 Cruiser. Her styling and construction both echo the Golden Era of pleasure boating, the post-World War II years.

Vicem, the Turkish boatbuilder known for its cold-molded mahogany yachts, is making waves at the 2010 Cannes and Monaco shows: The company's new 78 Cruiser cuts a classic, angular figure, with lines straight out of the 1950s. She reminds us of the big Huckins and Matthews yachts we used to envy when we were kids, but belowdecks she carries all the modern systems and conveniences 21st-century buyers demand. Intended for yachtsmen -- and women -- who understand the benefits of cold-molded construction (and who can pony up the $5.7 million-plus a fully found boat will cost), the 78 is a boat worth investigating if you're looking for a comfortable medium-range cruiser with classic lines. Jump...

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Med Style

Absolute 47 HT:
Absolutely, Positively Italian

Absolute 47 HT
Sleek lines and lots of glass open the Absolute 47HT to the world.

The Absolute 47HT was introduced in 2007, where we found her in Southampton, England. This luxury sport coupe is built in Italy and found around the world. From the multi-paned retractable sun roof to the bright interiors, and down to the Volvo Penta IPS package, this well-appointed yacht has every modern amenity to make a day, weekend or short cruise relaxing and enjoyable for all. The builder appears to have considered almost everything, including how the dash affects visibility at night. Find out what our captain thought and see a virtual walk through here...

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Engine Video

Volvo Penta OceanX:
An Anti-Corrosion Outdrive

Volvo Penta OceanX
We went to the Volvo Penta testing center to see their latest outdrive for ourselves. First we tested it, now we take a closer look at the components to see how Volvo Penta makes it.

Outdrives are not without their problems. For one thing, just one look and you can see that the power generated by the engine has to take a fairly tortuous route before it gets to the propeller(s). Add to that the fact that they operate in water, and in a lot of cases, salt water, and you can see that there is a potential for trouble. Some of the worst culprits are corrosion, water intrusion, and under-maintained drive oil. But there’s good news. The engineers at Volvo Penta have developed the OceanX. It’s their latest outdrive that deals with lower unit challenges before they become problems. And as far as corrosion goes, its newest alloy and coatings have slowed it to a snail’s pace. Let’s take a closer look at the components and features that may make this the smartest outdrive yet. Join us...

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Captain's Report

The New Princess 42:
Updated and Now in the U.S.

Princess 42
The Princess 42 is familiar to boaters outside the U.S., where it's been sold for years. But Viking chose not to import the 42 under its Sport Cruiser line. Now things have changed, and so has the Princess 42: The 2011 boat has a new interior and more functional styling.

Since 2005 Princess Yachts has been building its nifty 42 (LOA is actually 43'8") flying-bridge cruiser, an ideal boat for a couple or a small family. Since its launch, the 42 has been one of Princess's most popular models world-wide – but it wasn't sold in the United States. For 2011, things have changed, and the 42 is one of several new-to-America Princesses debuting at this month's Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show. With two staterooms, two heads, a compact saloon and a watersports-friendly cockpit and platform, the Princess 42 will appeal to folks looking for European styling and quality in a mid-sized package. For more about the boat, and to learn why we were left out until now, click here...

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Hargrave Sea Legend

How Hargrave Meets the Requirements
of a Woman in a 114’ Yacht

Hargrave Sea Legend
This is a go-anywhere, in style and comfort motoryacht that women as well as men can appreciate.

Meeting the needs of world-traveling yacht owners is never easy, especially when you consider that the needs of two -- the husband and the wife -- usually need to be met equally. The owners of the 114’ Hargrave, the Sea Legend, wanted a vessel that they could take on expeditions virtually anywhere in the world, yet they didn’t want something that looked like an island freighter. They wanted a long range cruiser that could cross the Pacific, go to the Med, and also be an elegant raised pilothouse motoryacht that would be at home in the world’s toniest locations. We asked Charity Hughes to lend a woman’s eye to see how well Hargrave was able to make this boat stand out. Permission to board here...

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Center Consoles

Hydra-Sports 4100 SF:
A Center Console on Steroids

Hydra-Sports 4100 Vector
The Hydra-Sports 4100 SF is one of the largest production CC boats in the world. It is a great option for anglers moving out of convertibles.

Recently the first Hydra-Sports boat rolled out the door from its new production facility in Vonore, Tennessee. Now owned by the same company that owns MasterCraft, every new Hydra-Sports boat will be tested on Lake Tellico, just like every MasterCraft. And for a boat as large and as complex as the Hydra-Sports 4100 SF, the attention to detail, fit and finish, and aftermarket customer service, and the corporate culture at MasterCraft’s plant is vitally important. Over the last 18 months many bluewater fishermen moving up from small fry center consoles and those moving down from large convertibles have both keyed onto the 4100 SF because she has such remarkable capabilities. The big secret of the boat is that she is far more versatile than huge battlewagons, at a fraction of the cost both to buy and to operate. Check out our video of the Hydra-Sports 4100 SF and see what surprises she has in store. More...

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New Video

The New Regal 42 Sport Coupe:
A Tour Thru Her Interior

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Capt. Steve is an obsessive-compulsive type and has to make sure all of the grains are lined up, counter space is adequate and head room is enough (5'6''/3.0 m). Note that the 24'' wide galley counter has fiddles -- Regal is one of the first powerboat builders to begin doing that.

The new Regal 42 Sport Coupe has a layout and features that are new to this brand in this size range. Regal's mission with its new 42 was to make the accommodations and cockpit more livable and to give the consumer lots of choices for interior decor. Counter tops can be granite or Corian in a range of colors. Upholstery, cabinetry and decks can all be selected from a variety of choices so new-boat buyers can customize the interior look to their own taste. The company has made good use of virtually every bit of space in the IPS400-powered express cruiser. To see our new video...

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Certified Special Find

Bluewater Yachts 52:
A Unique Yacht Cruiser

Bluewater Yachts Paradise
The Bluewater Yachts 52 “Paradise” has a 16’6” beam and is powered by twin Cat C-12 712-hp diesels which give her a best cruise speed of 21 knots.

From time to time BoatTEST.com locates a unique opportunity in a yacht of high quality with lasting value at a very good price. When we find such boats, we bring them to our members' attention as a “Certified Special Find” because we personally know the people who built or stand behind these boats. The Bluewater Yachts 52 is a one-of-a-kind double stateroom, galley down, express cruiser that has all of the interior warmth and charm of a Downeast cruiser with a hull that has a flared bow and tumble home stern quarters. From her flying bridge to her galley she is unique but emminently practical and will be appreciated by veteran boaters. She is fully found, has been expertly maintained, and turns heads everywhere she goes. And there is nothing like her in the marina.  And, the price is right.  Yacht connoisseurs only...

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Safety Aboard

Safety Check List

Carbon Monoxide
Every boat should have a carbon monoxide detector in every cabin. They are low cost and high value. You can mount them most anywhere.

One of our video camera operators called in last year to get a new assignment and in the course of the conversation he mentioned that he and his assistant were having headaches and they smelled something funny at night. What are the chances of two people getting a headache at the same time? They weren’t in a boat, they were in a motel room. What they needed was a CO detector, and we told them to leave immediately and go get one. CO is odorless, but prime symptoma are headache or nausea, followed by drowsiness and death. This spring make sure your boat is well equipped with CO detectors with new batteries. Also, it is time to check your US Coast Guard required safety items and required equipment. If you want to refresh your memory on what federal regulations say you must have aboard, consult here...


Shurhold Products
Serious Marine Cleaner

BoatTEST put "Serious Marine Cleaner" to the test on every boating surface we could find: plastic, vinyl, rubber, metal, glass, and fiberglass.

If you have ever tried a regular house cleaner on your boat, then you have probably learned quickly how stubborn saltwater spray and grime can be. We used Shurhold "Serious Marine Cleaner" on glass, plastic, vinyl, fiberglass, rubber and metal. We can report back that we were able to clean all the surfaces with very little effort. On plastics and rubber we liked how fast it cleaned up, but more importantly to us, it did not discolor the surfaces. What we found when cleaning glass was that the "Serious Marine Cleaner" rapidly dissolved the baked on salt spray and grime, and did not leave a film or streaks. On metal it easily removed the grime as well as the rust stains that were around some screws. On the vinyl and other surfaces it was equally as effective. We even went a little nuts and cleaned out the engine compartment and found it great for grease and oil. Serious Marine Cleaner link...

Only In Dreams

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USCG Recall

Parker Hannifin, Ranger, Tracker

The USCG works hard at keeping boaters and their precious cargo safe. Help by passing along to friends recall notice information.

Last month three faulty items were recalled by the USCG. By working together the Coast Guard, boat builders, equipment manufacturers and the boating public can alert owners of the recalled equipment to prevent accidents, injuries and property damage. To find out the models involved and the issues in these recalls...

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Ethanol News

EPA Approves E15, Boats Are Exempt

EPA and E15
The EPA has spoken, but boats have dodged this bullet for now.

Last week the Environmental Protection Agency waived a limitation on selling fuel that is more than 10 percent ethanol for model-year 2007 and newer cars and light trucks. The waiver applies to fuel that contains as much as 15 percent ethanol, known as E15. The decision excludes marine engines and other non-road engines, such as those on snowmobiles, lawn and garden equipment, and other small gasoline-powered engines. Marine industry groups, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association, the Marine Retailers Association of America and BoatU.S., have vigorously opposed E15. Fill up here...

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BoatTEST.com’s Smart Boating DVD Course

Smart Boating
Sometimes it's not what you know, it’s what you don’t know that can hurt you.

When one power driven vessel is overtaking another, which vessel has the right of way?
a) The one which is to the port or left of the other.
b) The one which is to starboard or the right of the other.
c) The vessel doing the overtaking.
d) The vessel being overtaken.

Did you know the answer? This question came straight from BoatTEST.com’s Smart Boating Course, the perfect solution for re-learning what you may have forgotten, or for learning it in the first place. This course will take you to the professional level with 4 DVD’s that you can view in the comfort of your own home.
Order your copy here...

Product Review

Kahlenberg Horns: Can You Hear Me Now?

Kahlenberg Horns
Manufactured from bronze and brass, Kahlenbergs are made to last for the long haul.

One prolonged, two short every two minutes.... If you are sounding that signal in restricted visibility, you more than likely need the other guy to avoid you, as you may not be able to avoid him. So it stands to reason that you need your signal to be heard, and a simple electric horn just may not have what it takes. Now is the time for air. Kahlenberg Horns are widely known in Megayacht circles, but now they have a line specifically for smaller boats in the 25’ (7.62 m) to 45’ (13.7 m) range. Because once in a while, a boat that size may need to be signaling that she’s disabled, and can’t get out of your way. More...

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Member Services

Are You Looking
For a New Boat?

Member Services
The staff at BoatTEST.com has helped thousands of members with their new boat buying, from boats 15' to over 100'.

If you are currently researching a new boat, the BoatTEST staff will be happy to provide their expertise and guidance to you via email or phone. This is part of our "Member Services" program and there is no charge. We do not sell boats and we are not a dealer. Our purpose is to provide you with our insights, experience and recommendations, and to leverage our industry relationships in your favor. There is no charge. Sign in here...

Just For Builders

Are You Getting
the Best Advice?

BoatTEST Impact

If your advertising and marketing partner is not providing you with feedback from boaters that helps you sell your boats, then maybe it’s time for a change. With BoatTEST.com's largest community of self-identified new boat buyers in the world, imagine what you could do with the product feedback we gather each day. As the only marine media organization that maintains constant communication with boaters who are researching their next new vessel, we can provide the guidance and tools to increase your contact and engagement with new boat buyers. For a consulting call, please call Christopher J. Hughes at 203.323.9900 or email him at chrishughes@boattest.com.

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Lesson of the Week

Performing Your Own Boat Maintenance

Lesson of the WeekSmart Boating Cover
If you are one of those handy or hands-on types make sure you use genuine marine parts when servicing your boat.

This week Capt. Steve goes over five new lessons and guidelines on tips for doing your own boat maintenance. It’s a great idea to keep a book or log with all your boat’s manuals, registration papers, instructions for electronics aboard, and any information on previous maintenance performed on the boat. This will not only save you time in having to dig around for these items since everything about the boat is in one binder or folder, but should you ever want to sell the boat, any interested buyers will have all the information and records about the boat right at their fingertips. In these next lessons Capt. Steve will also go over some tips on marine head maintenance, and battery care. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. 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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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

"There's a huge school of them holding on the east side of the sandbar!" - F. Baker

Second Place

"I told you it was flooded..." - S. Huber

Honorable (almost) Mentions

"Two more dunks should get the salt off... "
- K. Choiniere

"Coming soon to a Craigslist near you."
- R. Davis

"The Salem outboard trials of 1992."
- R. Lee

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