Single Pod Joystick Drive // 10 Buying Tips // Bayliner 335 - 03/02/2011
BoatTEST Newsletter March 2, 2011 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here. Tests You Can Trust
- Bayliner 335 SB
- Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
- ZF Marine 2800 Single Pod Drive
- Nitro Z-8
- Princess 64 Flybridge MY
- Grady-White Freedom 255
- Yamaha VX Cruiser
- Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
- Tigé 2011 Line-up
- Volvo Penta 8.1L
- Call Sea Tow for Assistance
- Shurhold Products
- White Paper for Boat Buyers
- Boating Course Now On DVD
- Picture of the Week
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Bayliner 335 SB Cruiser:
What Secret is
This Boat Hiding?

Bayliner 335 SB
With standard power, twin 5.0L MerCruiser sterndrives, the Bayliner 335 SB will cruise at 29.5 mph (47.5 kph) with a range of 191 miles (307 km), according to her builder. Top speed: 43.4 mph (69.8 kph).

Bayliner's queen of the fleet is the 335 SB, a 32'6" (9.91 m) LOA express cruiser that can be powered with twin MerCruiser gas or CMD diesel sterndrives. And her price (MSRP is $148,826) includes one secret "standard" that Bayliner builds into every one of its boats. Discover what she is hiding here...

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New Features Video

New Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius:
A Lady's Point of View

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
We were certainly impressed with the interior design and layout of the Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius, but we’re guys... what do we know?

When it comes to taking a look at interiors and evaluating design schemes, no one can give the critical viewpoint that a woman can. Call us sexist if you will, but at least we call it as we see it. That’s why when our Charity Hughes reviews an interior it’s usually one of the most watched videos that we run. So, to see if we were spot on or way off the mark with our viewpoint of the Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius interior, we once again turn to Charity to give us the woman’s perspective...

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New Pod Technology

ZF Marine Single Pod Joystick Drive:
A Revolutionary Breakthrough in
Marine Propulsion

ZF Marine 2800
ZF Marine has taken a bold step and modified a traditional multi-outboard center console SeaVee with a single pod drive!  Say what? The results were, to say the least, compelling.

Pods aren’t new anymore, and we all know the huge leap forward they represent in the form of joystick maneuvering as well as the increase in performance. But all of the applications we’ve seen have been with twin pods. What if a boat was powered by a single pod and still gave you joystick capability? Well, that would be something revolutionary. Hold onto your hats for this exciting report...

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New Sponsor Video

New Nitro Z-8:
Quality Bass Boat Innovations

Nitro Z-8
According to the builder, the Nitro Z-8 will run in the 66 – 68 mph range with its standard Mercury 200-hp ProXS OptiMax outboard, up to 77 mph with a 250-hp OptiMax. MSRP is $31,995, including a trailer.

The new Nitro Z-8 has a detatchable dual console, a redesigned bottom, insulated livewell, and lots of standard equipment.  And, she's dry!  At 20'1" (6.12 m) LOA and 8' (2.44 m) beam, she's big enough and stable enough for neophyte and veteran anglers alike. We have a video made by the folks at Nitro to show you the new look...

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New Motoryacht

New Princess 64 Flybridge MY:
1st Year Production Sold Out!

Princess 64
The Princess 64 Flybridge Motor Yacht is a four- to five-stateroom cruiser with a full-beam master amidships and a VIP cabin forward. Standard power is a pair of 1,015-hp Cat diesels.

The new Princess 64 Flybridge Motor Yacht made her first U.S. appearance at the Miami Boat Show in February.  European buyers have already bought out the first year's production, according to a Viking Sport Cruisers spokesman.  Buyers signing contracts today will have to wait more than a year to take delivery.  That's an impressive debut, especially considering the Princess 64 costs upwards of $3 million. What has made this 64'0" (19.45 m) LOA yacht so popular, so soon? Find out what we think...

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New Boat

Grady-White Freedom 255 DC:
A Salty-Looking Family Runabout

Grady-White 255 Freedom
This Grady-White is not just for the avid anglers, but rather for a family who likes to be out on the water in a well-found boat, and who have some exploring to do.

Believe it or not, some people want a family runabout, but not one that looks "Euro-styled." Hey, it takes all kinds! Grady-White has the perfect answer: the salty-looking Freedom 255 Dual Console. It's a bow rider with a lot of room in the cockpit for cruising with friends.  And, since it is from Grady-White, if you want to fish from it now and then, you can do it without looking foolish. Let's take a look...

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New Video

Yamaha VX Cruiser:
New Color for 2011

Yamaha VX Cruiser
You can't go wrong with basic black, or Yamaha's Eclipse Black, either.

We have been testing all the versions of the Yamaha VX series personal watercraft for over eight years now and have come to expect a conservative, refined look when it comes to the colors and graphics. Well, Yamaha decided to change it up a bit with a new color scheme for the VX - they call it " Eclipse Black" and we have a short video to show you the new look.

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Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage:
Close Look at a CC Leader

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
The Boston Whaler 320 Conquest can be used for a lot more than fishing, as this picture shows.

If our reader mail is any indication of what is going on in the marketplace, many boaters have decided they want an offshore CC in the 30-foot range. Many have developed a short list with three or four quality names on it. The Boston Whaler 320 Outrage is one of them. For some of these buyers, this will be their last boat, so they want it to be a good one. Let's take an in-depth look at the 320 Outrage...

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Sponsor Lineup Video

Tigé 2011 Model Lineup Video:
Pushing the Edge Even Further

Tigé makes a model for all watersports disciplines. And every one comes with a punch list of patented features that can be found nowhere else.

Tigé is on a mission to build the most cutting edge, exciting, and visually stunning watersports boats on the planet. While we can’t say whether they’ve accomplished that goal, we can say they’re giving the contenders a real run for their money. Tigé's newest models were featured at the INT US Championships and drew a lot of attention. If you missed the lineup at the show, then here’s your chance to see the latest in action in a promotional video made by Tigé.  Get wet here...

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Engine Test Video

Volvo Penta 8.1L:
Performance Test on a Big Block V8

Volvo Penta 8.1Gi
We’ve brought Volvo Penta to the test table with their 8.1L engine to see how it performs in a typical application.

Taking a look at the details of an engine is one thing, but it only tells half the story. That’s why we also decided that we needed performance numbers to see how this engine operates in a boat, rather than on the test stand. Today, our test bed will be a 13,835 lb (6,275 kg) boat powered by twin Volvo Penta 8.1s See the video and read the Captain's Report....

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How -- and When --
to Call for Assistance

Sea Tow
Calling for assistance can be the smartest thing you ever did in a boat.

Let's face it -- calling for assistance is downright embarrassing. Most people think it's an indication that they can't handle a situation, or are afraid, or have done something stupid aboard, or don't have the rudimentary mechanical skills to solve a simple problem.  There is nothing wrong with calling for assistance and it could be your least expensive option, to say nothing of being the safest. Here's a video explaining how to do it...

Brought to you by Sea Tow.


Shurhold Handles & Brushes: Time Tells All

Shurhold Fuel Filter
This is the largest fuel filter in the Shurhold line.

The team at Shurhold tells us that all their handles are made of high-strength, corrosion resistant, lightweight aluminum. We found their SHUR-LOK quick release system locks quickly and easily to more than 40 attachments. We found the telescoping handles provides excellent versatility by locking at different lengths for various needs.

You can choose from three types of bristles as well; the two we tested have the soft polystyrene with split fibers designed for gelcoat, non-skid surfaces, and anything you don’t want to risk scratching. It's great when a brush is new, but how well will it last? We have been using the same brush for over two years now and can report back that the brush is in great shape. The bristles are still soft, the rubber bumper is like new and the wooden base is uncracked and solid. Visit

Buyer's Guide

"White Paper" for Boat Buyers: 10 "Must-Check" Details in a New Boat

White Paper
They all look pretty at the show, but how do you find the one that will be as good on the water as it looks in the showroom? Here’s a Buyers’ Guide...

When buying a new boat make sure that you don't buy one with an inherent problem, one that cannot be easily fixed. And don't assume that just because you are buying a boat from a famous or highly regarded builder that it does not have a serious design defect that might well diminish your enjoyment of the boat or cost you money at resale time. Over the last 10 years has tested nearly 1400 powerboats and from that research we have identified 10 important details that will help steer you to the right boat. This White Paper is for boat buyers only. To access...

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Smart Boating's Boating Course

Smart Boating
When we transferred our popular CD boating course over to DVD, we had no idea it would sell so well ...or in so many places.

Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about's Smart Boating Course, it’s clearly not only for beginners, but also for veteran boaters as well.  Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look.  Order your copy here...

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

Using Sound Signals
To Alert Other Boaters

Capt. SteveSmart Boating Cover

A vessel leaving a dock in a busy channel should make its intentions clear by sounding off one long blast.

This week Capt. Steve goes over sixteen new lessons and guidelines on using sound signals to alert other boaters of your intentions on the water. By using specific sound signals boaters can communicate whether they want to pass another boat to port or starboard, cross in front of a slower boat even though they are the give-way vessel, and several other things.  The videos presented this week are part of’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on

To view this week’s lessons --

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

“What's the guy from the marina doing in our bathtub, mom?” - J. Mccauley

Second Place

“I don't have to go to private school...please buy dad a boat!” – A. Burke

Honorable (almost) Mentions

“Don't look at me, you married him.”
- B. Blob

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