Boarders and Skiers
Wakeboarders or skiers wanting the creme de la creme in a ski boat often turn to Tigé. The company's 20' (6.1 m) LOA RZR is a full-blown, edgy-designed ski/board boat with enough bells and whistles to keep anyone awake. Base price is $57,641.
Is this Tigé for you?
New Features Video
Beauty and Brawn
It’s not hard to see that this is one very good looking boat, but brawny too? Well if you take a 23’5” (7.1 m) boat weighing in at 4900 lbs (2222 kg) and drop in a whopping 400-hp V8 inboard then yeah, we think you’ll have the muscle to fill the boat and still yank even your largest friend out of the water. MasterCraft calls her the X-35, we call her a boatload of fun.
take a look...
New Engine Video
Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius:
How an Engine Room Should Look
Cruisers Yachts' 48 Cantius with IPS not only has more space for accommodations,
but also lots of space in the engine room as well. She has good entertainment space on the aft deck, in the salon and down below, a big master stateroom… all great qualities that we like. But BoatTEST captains are operators, not guests, so when we got a look at the engine compartment, we really started smiling.
That’s why we thought it deserved a video all to itself...
First in Her Class
Princess Yachts is going full speed ahead, launching new model after new model. In January, the company literally rolled out the 32M, a 105' beauty displayed indoors (!) at the London Boat Show. She's the company's largest yacht so far. Despite lagging yacht sales worldwide, Princess reported inking contracts for six 32Ms by the close of the show.
What's special about the 32M?
Silverton 38 Sport Bridge:
When Cost Is the Object
Boats are expensive, so why spend more than you have to? The Silverton 38 Sport Bridge costs substantially less than most of her competitors, sometimes enough less to buy you a Porsche. For more than 40 years, providing maximum value has been Silverton's business plan.
But what do you give up by paying less?
Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport:
She's a Very Fast "Cruiser"
Will your wife let you buy a Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport? Maybe if you show her that
the 30' 2" (9.19 m) LOA Scarab isn't just a fishing boat, you'll have a chance: She has a cuddy with berths, a separate head and even an open-air galley. Built on a race-proven hull, the Scarab is fast and comfortable in a chop, too.
Here's more your wife should know...
Formula Boat Construction:
How Boats Should Be Built
It’s always revealing when doing a factory tour, for here is where you get to see the heart and soul of a company, warts and all. There’s just no way to convert a factory over to a different version just so the cameras can roll. Today we bring you the first of a multi-part look at how Formula builds its boats.
This week we look at how it builds hulls and decks.
Four Winns SL 222:
A Deckboat with Style
We estimate that about 5,500 new "deckboats" were sold in the U.S. last year.
Four Winns calls it's design “cross stream architecture”. Whatever you choose to call it, deckboats are increasing in popularity. On a deckboat not only is there space to have a party on deck, but the seating is roomy, storage abounds, and there are three distinct relaxing areas.
Let's take a look at the Four Winns SL 222.
Regal 42 Sport Coupe:
A Twin Stateroom Express
The Regal Yachts 42 Sport Coupe is an open and airy yacht with two staterooms and two heads that fit nicely into a 42' 4” (12.9 m) hull. It took three tries for us to finally get the test numbers on this boat, and in that three times we had a good opportunity to feel how this boat handles in varying sea conditions, wind conditions, and even docking in crosscurrents. As it turns out, throwing adverse conditions at a boat can tell you a lot about how she'll handle on nice days too. For the whole picture take a look at our full test video as we explore the handling and performance of the all new Regal 42 Sport Coupe.
A Starter Package for the Jet Set
When it comes to doing it for less, Yamaha got the memo. Their
rock-bottom boat prices have been driving sales for years now. So when we went to
take a look at the entry level model in a price conscious line-up, we were skeptical
of what Yamaha would be forced to leave off the boat. As it turns out, it’s not
much: smaller engines, naturally aspirated instead of turbo. And it still had a
lot of get up and go. Full instrumentation, unique bow layout, and
that transom patio that quickly becomes the top hangout on the boat... they’re all
still there. Today, we offer a look at our full test and walkthrough video, to see
just how Yamaha competes in “entry level” mode. More...
Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge:
Performance and Handling Video
“Before you buy, try!” But let’s face facts... it’s not always practical to get
on the water to drive every boat you are interested in, particularly if you think
it may be more than you can handle. That’s where we come in. Our reader feedback
has been showing marked interest in the 441 SB for boaters wanting to trade up,
but they weren’t sure if they could handle a bigger boat, or more specifically...
this boat. So, to show how the boat handles, and reveal her performance
figures, we brought the cameras on test day and showed exactly what to expect for
handling when bringing her into the dock, and what economy you can look forward
A "Ditch Bag"
For Offshore Boaters
For the last several years we have been chronicling on these pages accidents and rescues at sea. The fact is that while we report them only once in a while, they happen every week. Usually the difference between a sad ending and a happy ending is preparedness or dumb luck, often a combination of both. Here’s what you need to put in your "ditch bag" to take the "dumb"
out of the "luck"...
Brought to you by Sea Tow.
Shurhold Fuel Filter
Removes Water & Debris
Ever need to use fuel from a tank you had sitting in a garage or on a boat for a
long time? As we all know, dirt and water are nearly unavoidable when you have stored
fuel. These contaminants clog filters, injectors and needle valves. Water can cause
corrosion, rust and bacteria growth and the next thing you know your engine will
have a bad case of H1 N1. We tested this filter and can report back that it
works as advertised.
Check it out for yourself and watch a short Shurhold video here...
Connecticut Gov. Wants 50% Increase in Boat Sales Tax
Connecticut's new governor, Dan Malloy, wasn't in office more than six weeks when
he proposed to raise the state's sales tax on a few luxury items, including boats
over $100,000, by 50%. The proposed new luxury sales tax would go to 9% from 6%.
Perhaps Gov. Malloy wasn't paying attention when the 1991 federal 10% luxury sales
tax on new boats over $100k nearly wiped out the boating industry in the U.S., costing
the loss of several hundred thousand jobs. These were jobs which never came back
even after repeal! Get this: right next door to Connecticut is Rhode Island which
has NO sales tax on boats! Duh... Find out more about this proposed disaster -- it could be happening
in your state, too, as governors scramble to pay deficits ...
U.S. Boat Sales Estimate For 2010
2010 was the year that pricing switched gears over the months, at different times for different brands and dealers, as non-current inventory was sold off. As the year progressed deep discounts, rebates and other cash incentive devices slowly dried up. Taking its place were far fewer new units, if any, priced where they needed to be for both builders and dealers to stay in business. After nearly three years of a "buyer's market" the new normal began in the boating marketplace. A look at estimated sales numbers by boat type...
4 Americans Killed
By Somali Pirates
Four Americans aboard a 58' motorsailor were hijacked last Friday by 19 Somali pirates in two skiffs in the Indian Ocean and killed at 1 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The other couple, aboard Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle were also killed. An American gunboat was following the hijacked vessel at the time. Read more...
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Lesson of the Week
Rules Pertaining to
Different Types of Vessels
This week Capt. Steve covers basic rules of the road in these ten new lessons and guidelines on: different categories of boats and who must keep out of the way, restrictions on working vessels, fishing vessels and all other vessels which may not be able to maneuver because the nature of their work, sea planes, and why one should never anchor in the middle of a channel. These are
basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented
this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch
these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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