Doral 185 Sunquest:
Bowrider with Elegance
Captain John recently tested the 185 Sunquest from Doral - here's what he has to say about it: "Every now and then I get a chance to take a look at a boat from a manufacturer that I’m not really familiar with. It’s especially rewarding when the experience turns out to be something of a pleasant surprise. That was the case recently, when I took an assignment to test Doral’s 185 Sunquest Bowrider. I expected just another sub-twenty foot bowrider but that’s not what I got. The 185 is a fine performer with a look that will turn heads wherever she goes." If you have never considered
a Doral, we suggest that you take a look at this exciting video test. See it now...
Glacier Bay Renegade 2740:
The folks at Glacier Bay went to the drafting table to create an all new catamaran
that not only expands on the already voluminous room that cats are famous for, but
also to focus on ergonomics as well. We’ve reported before that Glacier Bay hasn’t
always been at the forefront of making boats that fit people as well as they can
take a sea. But with this new model, we’re expecting that things will change. Now
that we’ve tested her and have gotten a chance to touch and feel her, we’re ready
to let you in on the results of the performance numbers and show our full Captain's
Catch the Cat...
Bayliner 175 Bowrider:
New Changes to the New Model
Bayliner claims that their 175 BR is their hottest selling boat. That’s not surprising as it’s always been a low priced boat with nice features, but for this new model year Bayliner has made some significant changes which make it a little bit more attractive. Black is now the standard color and there are no options, plus they’ve included black painted trailers in the package deal. Bayliner has also reversed their upholstery colors making the seats easier to keep clean and tilt steering is now standard, as is power steering. Today we take a walk through the 175’s features and see just what it is that makes this entry level bowrider such a practical first boat for so many people, as well as a good second boat... or perhaps even an ideal retirement boat.
Hydra-Sports 23 Bay Bolt:
Well Equipped for Shallow Water Fishing
Our tests of the Hydra-Sports 23 Bay Bolt revealed some very impressive performance figures, but we were more impressed with the features of this skinny water fishing rig. It seems that every aspect of bay fishing is addressed, from multiple baits, to cast netting. With a host of options, like the raised tower and a huge power plant, this is one boat that has a lot to offer. We already premiered the performance video, so if you missed it, you need to take a look.
But for today, we offer the tour of the features that make up the Hydra-Sports 23 Bay Bolt.
Larson 850 IO:
They Call This a Starter Package?
When you take a design for an 18’5’’ (5.64 m) bowrider and compare with others on the market, little changes from one to the next. There’s only so much an architect can do to get creative with a boat this size. But nobody told the design team at Larson that, and they actually managed to throw in some features to their 850 IO that raises the bar on what an entry level boat entails. So with that in mind, let’s run the features video and see what Larson decided to include in their entry level bowrider.
Look and learn...
Manitou 25 X-Plode:
Making a Toon Sporty and Cool
We’ve seen different styles of pontoons over the years and most range from basic flat decks with chairs to the ultra luxury Cleopatra barges. However, few are as
cool as this Manitou tri-toon. The Manitou X-Plode series takes advantage
of not only three toons but also strakes welded onto all three of them for improved
performance and handling. Today, we take a close look at just how cool this series is with a detailed look at the 25 X-Plode.
Toon up here..
Seaswirl Striper 2101 WA:
A Cozy Cabin on a CC Hull
When Striper went to build the 2101 WA, they used their proven hull from the 2105CC for the foundation. What they ended up with was much more than a cabin dropped onto an existing hull. As it turns out, we found this to be a very functional combination that has a lot going for it. The hull is deep-V, the freeboard is relatively high
for this size boat, and the enclosed foredeck makes this 2101 WA dryer and safer
offshore when it gets rough.
Let’s take a video tour of the features of the new Striper 2101 WA...
Nord Star 28 Patrol:
Pocket-Sized, All-Weather Vessel
The 30' 5" (9.3 m) LOA Nord Star 28 Patrol is designed for folks wanting to cruise in a wide range of sea and weather conditions, not all of them friendly. With her secure pilothouse, ocean-worthy hull, rugged construction and Scandinavian heritage, the 28 Patrol is a capable pocket-sized boat, one suited for coastwise service in almost any weather. (Need proof? Many 28 Patrols work as water taxis in Greenland.) CE-certified for Category B, Offshore, the Finnish-built, Baltic-tested 28 Patrol rides on an 18-degree deadrise modified V-hull that balances seaworthiness, speed and comfort. She sleeps 4 in single berths in two cabins; both can be converted to doubles with filler cushions. While the Nord Star 28 Patrol isn't for everybody – folks looking for luxury need not apply -- boatmen and women who enjoy exploring off the beaten path might find her an ideal pocket-sized cruising yacht, and one that will extend their boating season too.
Find out more...
Campion Explorer 682 SC:
A Small Boat for Big Water
Campion Marine's Explorer 682 Sport Cabin should warm any serious fisherman's heart, especially those not wanting to spend a fortune. In just 23' 7" (7.19 m) of length (25' 8" – 7.82 m – with OB bracket and pulpit), Campion fits in several large fishboxes, a live well, lots of other fishy stuff, and even dedicated stowage for the heavy-duty swim ladder. There are three choices of tops,
including one with sliding glass windows; choose sterndrive power and you can have a cabin heater just like the one in your truck. Canadian fishermen take their 682s more than 50 miles offshore (next stop: Japan), counting on Campion's first-class construction and rigging to bring them home safely. If you like hunting trophy fish way beyond the horizon, here's more about the 682 Sport Cabin...
We Test the Evinrude
E-TEC 250 H.O. 2-Stroke Outboard
The Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O. got its H.O. designation for being "high output." We
thought that may have been just talk, but our tests show differently: the
250 H.O. definitely walks the talk. We ran it on the back of an Action Marine 23
Offshore, and we were impressed during the test. This is one engine you need to
Full report with a fill-in on what "H.O." brings to the party...
Allstate PWC Videos -- 7 Minutes to Safety
There were several reports of PWCs exploding or catching on fire last year. In the two
reports where the PWCs were identified, the units were older, which means that PWCs
– just like boats – are far more prone to having fire issues as they age. It makes
sense. PWCs are built to USCG and industry standards, but years of pounding, vibration
and lack of maintenance take their toll. This week Allstate is sponsoring three
safety videos that each last about 2 minutes. Watch and follow the advice
and you should have a safe, fun ride on your PWC. See all Allstate safety videos --
Yamaha FZ Series
When the FZ series was introduced in 2009, one of its main focal points was the
newly designed hull. This new hull included a dihedral keel, a new over-sized water
inlet duct, and angled chines to help with control and stability in turns. When
our own Capt. Steve put it to work on the water, he came away feeling that Yamaha
had more than just a great new Waverunner -- he felt that the company had a winner
on its hands. In fact, in 2010, the FZ has won more than ten national Pro competitions
in both open and stock, Men’s and Women’s competition including APBA National Tour,
Round 1 – Expert Runabout Limited, APBA National Tour, Round 1 – Women’s Runabout
Limited, APBA National Tour, Round 1 – Pro-Am Runabout Stock...you get the idea.
Capt. Steve’s prediction has proved to be correct. See the full test as well as the special “hull” features by squeezing
the throttle now...
What Happens After You Call For
Assistance on the Water
It’s a beautiful sunny day, and it’s finally a time when you don’t have to be on call for work, the family is together, and it’s stopped raining for a change. Looks like it’s time to dust off the boat keys and get on the water. But after only an hour run from the dock, suddenly... nothing but the sounds of silence from your engine. Time to call for an assist. Now here’s the question, what’s the difference between calling as a member and as a non-member of Sea Tow? It’s easy to just say “duh, the price,” but there’s a little more to it than that. It may make you think again on whether the price of the membership is actually worth it. Let’s take a look and do a little comparison shopping.
Shurhold Video Test:
Buff Magic Taken to Task
Owning a fiberglass yacht with a shiny, gleaming surface is one of the joys of boat ownership. But the hard work that goes into creating that look isn't so much fun. In order to find out how well Yacht Brite Buff Magic and Pro Polish work, we recently tested on a severely neglected hull. Capt. Steve followed the standard procedures, applied the products, and all the while our camera crew was shooting video.
See for yourself what our tests turned up...
Rejuvenate Your Topsides
By Painting Over Fiberglass
If you have ever wondered how to bring your fiberglass boat's oxidized topsides
back to their glossy best, consider a paint job. We could think of no better
place to go for some advice on the topic than to the Rybovich Yard in Palm Beach.
We asked veteran Jon Ballard, the paint shop foreman at the Rybo yard, for his take
on the subject. Say what?...
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Tips on Boat Launching and Retrieval
This week Capt. Steve goes over guidelines on the step-by-step process to launching and retrieving your boat. Learn some basic tips on maneuvering your vehicle with the trailer and how to back it up properly. Watch Capt. Steve as he launches his boat and walks you through the process and techniques; from where to position your vehicle, to how much power you should use to get the boat back on the trailer. Capt. Steve will even show you how to do this if you’re boating alone. And he makes it look easy. Just remember practice makes perfect. 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
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