New Regal 35 Sport Coupe:
Maximizing Interior Space
Regal has recently launched an entirely new boat which seems to combine a lot of the best features that we have seen in some of their previous models, as well as models outside the Regal line. Not only does it have clever innovations to supplement its unique design layout, but once you step aboard, you will not believe this boat
is only 35 feet.
Let’s see what Regal has brought to the table...
FinCraft 17 DC:
Freshwater Fiberglass Fisherman
If you have not heard of or seen a FinCraft, when you do, you will be in for a surprise. Our first thought when we tested this freshwater fishboat was that this boat had gravitas. Then we took a detailed look and an extensive drive and came away knowing
why we had been looking for a freshwater fishing boat all these years. Don't
be fooled by the low price, this boat has a quality build far great than her sticker
Here's what we found...
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Hatteras 72 Motor Yacht:
As Big As Most 80-Footers
At the Miami Boat Show last month we walked down the docks on Collins Avenue where all the large motoryachts were and got on over a dozen of them -- ranging from 72' to 90' (22 m to 28 m) -- in one day. At the time we were struck by how large the Hatteras 72 appeared to be in relation to other motoryachts that were much longer, say, 75, 78, or even 85. Could larger boats somehow be the same size inside, or even smaller in some cases?
Come into our parlor and find out...
New Test Video
Volvo Penta 8.1 Gi (375-hp):
Performance Test & Inspection
When it comes time to test an engine, we try to find a boat that represents the typical application for which the engine was designed. In this case, the test boat
was a day cruiser with a test weight of 13,350 lbs (6,276 kg). Let’s see how our venerable 8.1 Gi did for top speed, time to plane, and most importantly, fuel consumption.
Welcome aboard the test platform...
Designed for the Riviera
Princess Yachts has eight boats in its "V" series of express cruisers. The
V42 (seen above) is the smallest in the line, and not surprisingly, is the largest
selling. We took her out for a quick cruise and can report on her handling.
See the new video...
Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 18:
A Classic Toon Tops the Charts
The original Sun Tracker Bass Buggy was the industry’s first family fishing pontoon boat -- way back in 1983. And it’s still a classic today. Each year the folks at Tracker keep improving and adapting it to the wants and needs of fishing families. The practical, no-nonsense layout targets families who want a basic, affordable
pontoon boat for cruising around and some casual fishing.
Find out about the new wrinkles...
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Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.:
A Remarkable "Best Cruise" Range
When testing boats, some are exciting, some... not so much. No matter how you slice it, when you bolt an Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O. onto the transom of a performance bass boat, the combination is going to make you feel like a kid in a candy store with a pocketful of change. There’s just something about speed that makes the trip worthwhile
and this rig had plenty of it. But when it comes to cruise performance, that was a bit of a surprise.
She is tuned to be fuel-efficient across an incredibly wide rpm range. See
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It’s “Entry Level” – Take It or Leave It!
Yamaha just can’t seem to get enough of driving the competition crazy. Take the AR210 for example. It comes fully loaded with twin engines, über safe jet propulsion, a wakeboard tower, lots of storage, and their hallmark transom patio. Her MSRP beats nearly all other boats in class, entry level or not. She’s not a stripped down version of her big sister, but rather a serious boat with quality features.
Check out Capt. Steve’s report and video tour of the AR210 from Yamaha...
Triton Ambush 18:
Fishing, Hunting, or Hiding
We tested the Triton Ambush 18 and found it to be a serious boat for being able
to take punishment. Run it up on the beach, toss gear inside, throw things around...
whatever, it can take it. When it comes to an outdoor boat you need it to be
as tough as the guys inside. And the Ambush is 18’ of aluminum can-do. With a 90-hp
Mercury Optimax we had her up to 44.3 mph and it will cruise at 21.5 mph for over
200 miles. Toss in a deer carcass and your performance may vary. For more of the story, our full test video is ready for viewing.
Cruisers Yachts 330 Express:
Sterndrive Power with Joystick Control
Have you been thinking it's time to move up to a larger cruiser, but worry about
handling it because you can’t afford pods? Cruisers Yachts has some good news for
you. Their popular 330 Express not only has the trademark Cruisers roominess and
comfort, but now comes equipped with a sterndrive joystick. Now you can have joystick
controllability for a fraction of the cost of pods and get a very capable cruising
yacht that you can dock like a pro. She also features the same level of fit and
finish as Cruisers Yachts' 560, and even uses most of the same components. But the question
remains, can this boat handle choppy seas or is she destined to be a river queen?
the answer, you’ll need to watch the full test video and get Capt. Rob’s take on
how she felt underway.
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Trophy 2206 Dual Console:
A Family Bowrider/Fishboat
It seems to us that the 2206 DC does an excellent job of being
a successful crossover between family bowrider and basic fishing platform – all
at an affordable price! The Trophy 2206 DC does not have all of the esoteric gadgets
and gilhickies of flat-out fishing machines, but she doesn’t have the price tag
either. In fact, her MSRP with a 200-hp Mercury Optimax engine is just $43,540.
Steve steps aboard and shows us what you get for your money...
We Tour Meridian Yachts' Factory
To Answer Some Questions
How does Meridian
manage to make their yachts support flybridges when the salons below have so much
glass? How do they keep decks from creaking and groaning when
pounding to the windward? What does the boat look like before the lid goes on? Are
its electrical runs neat or messy? To find out, we went, well... right to the source:
The Meridian factory. Join us...
Shurhold PVA Towel
Is Put Through the Ringer
When we asked the team at Shurhold what is different about their PVA towels they told us that they absorb 50 percent more water than natural chamois, making for faster and more effective drying. We gave the towels a shot on our test boat after a few hours on the water in Long Island Sound. All we did was spray her down with fresh water and wipe her down from the windscreen to the keel. The total elapsed time to completely dry a 24' boat was 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Take our word for it, there were no spots or streaks left behind, just a nice shine. The towels come in an extra large size of 17" x 27" (43 cm x 69 cm).
Learn more here...
Repair and Maintenance:
Rejuvenate Your Topsides
If your boat is more than a few years old, it probably has lots of dings and scratches in the topsides, mostly around the bow where the anchor has whacked into it and amidships thanks to docking misadventures. (If your boat doesn’t have this kind of damage, you should be using it more.) Chances are there are also dull areas where the fenders have rubbed the gelcoat. Can this damage be fixed? How hard is it to match the color? Or is it time to paint the hull? You have two choices:
Find out more or forget about cosmetics and go boating. It’s your call.
Japanese Coast Guard
of Recent Tsunami
If you have ever wondered would it might be like to be cruising offshore and be hit by a tsunami, this video may help answer that question. In deep water, tsunamis behave quite differently than they do in shallow water. For example, it has been reported that satellite radar recorded deep ocean wave heights of only 2' (60 cm) due to the earthquake off Indonesia in 2004 which killed 250,000 people in Sumatra.
Ocean depth makes a difference as you will see in this video...
Lesson of the Week
How to Correctly Tie Your Boat to a Dock
This week Capt. Steve goes over eight new lessons and guidelines on tying up to a dock and how to correctly use lines in order to secure your boat. Capt. Steve will explain what spring lines and breast lines are used for, and how to use them to your advantage when leaving the dock. These are basic rules 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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