Sea Ray 450 Sedan Bridge:
2012 Model Runs
With Zeus Power
Will pod power mean the end of straight shafts? Maybe, if Sea Ray's new 450 Sedan Bridge is an indication of things to come. Always an innovator, Sea Ray has replaced the drivetrain of last year's 450DB with twin Zeus pods. We think that alone would justify waiting a couple of months for the 2012 Sedan Bridge to hit the market (she's due this summer, says Sea Ray), but redesigning the hull for pods resulted in a raft of other improvements, too.
Find out what they are...
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Hydra-Sports 3000 CC:
She's No Dilettante
The Hydra-Sports 3000 CC has taken on a new look for 2011, but that is not all that
has changed. Hydra-Sports offshore fishing boats have always been as fishy
as they come, tough and reliable. But now that they're being built in the same factory
as some of the fanciest freshwater tow boats, will they become -- how shall we say
it? --a little more delicate? We think our new video will answer that question.
a gander at this...
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Luxury and Value to the Test
If you read our recent report on the Prestige 440S, you know we were impressed. She has a very functional layout, as well as curves that would make a dolphin jealous
- but eye candy will only take you so far. A bargain is only a bargain if you don't end up with buyer's remorse. Granted, that's an unlikely scenario with a boat of this caliber, but this boat isn't typically bought to sit at the dock. She's got legs and she needs to use them. So to see just how far her reach extends, and how the ride will be getting to the end of the journey, we put her to the test. Our full performance and handling review, as well as our full test video, are now ready for viewing.
Will she pass your standards?
Cruisers Yachts 420 Sports Coupe:
Focusing on Design and Materials
The team at Cruisers has been telling us how they are reacting
to feedback from boaters with regard to their interior designs. They tell us they
have focused on designs with contemporary styling, colors, woods, and fabrics that
are fresh and exciting both in Europe and America. Charity Hughes takes a
look at the new 420 interior, and lets us know how well they've done. See here...
Alumacraft Classic 165 CS:
An Inexpensive Starter Fish Package
We love when a good value comes along and slaps us in the back of the head with its obvious benefits. The Alumacraft Classic 165 CS is such a boat, with good handling
and a host of features that will make it a sure hit on your short list. Aside from the value that the boat/motor/trailer/fish finder/trolling motor package delivers,
the construction technique is first-rate. Our test showed that the ride benefits
from the thick hull and the double bow plating. But what sort of performance does
the boat deliver?
For that, you just go to the test video for the answers.
Chaparral 216 SSi:
A Bowrider With Creative Features
Just one look and we were hooked on the Chaparral 216 SSi. I mean seriously, look at the chromed engine intakes, the large sun pad, the comfortable seating... it's all good. When we got to drive it, it was like meeting an old friend who just happened to be carrying all kinds of fun. Today we offer a full performance review and test video that shows off some of the cool features in addition to the outstanding handling.
It's a "see it to believe it" sort of thing, so dock your mouse here...
Targa Tarfish TF1040:
Is She a Fishboat, or Pocket Cruiser?
In Finland, they call Targa boats the "4X4s of the sea," and one look at the company's 10.75 m (35' 3") LOA Tarfish TF1040 will tell you why: Not only is she built to typical Scandinavian standards, but her weathertight pilothouse, deep forward cockpit, uncluttered afterdeck and basic-but-adequate cruising accommodations mean she can wear many hats. Targa says the Tarfish TF1040 is for fishing, but we see her as a miniature expedition yacht, one that would be ideal for adventures in less-than-tropical climates anywhere.
Learn more here...
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Digital Controls for Evinrude E-TEC Engines
The days of running shift and throttle cables from the helm to the engines are a thing of the past. With electronic controls, we are now able to add features to the control stations that were previously unavailable. In addition to being smooth as silk, Evinrude's new ICON electronic controls add push button RPM changes, engine synchronization, and single lever controllability for up to five Evinrude E-TEC engines, among other things. That's why we decided that it was time to give Evinrude's electronic controls and gauges a once-over to see how well they work...and if we need a manual.
A Dutch Treat in Steel from VanDerHeijden
Fiberglass is nice, but skipper a steel boat just once and you won’t want glass again. There’s something reassuring about having a steel hull under your deck shoes,
but not many builders work in steel on this side of the Atlantic. Steel is popular in Europe,
though: the Dutch have been leaders in steel boatbuilding for generations. From what we can see the Dynamic 1700 from VanDerHeijden
Shipyards will do nothing but enhance steel’s reputation. Even more surprising is
the price – comparable to what you will pay for a production fiberglass boat. Better
still, it’s a custom yacht. So if you’re ready for a real boat, read on...
The Pontoon World
Sun Tracker Party Barge 25:
New Features and Under $30K
We could not resist showing you the latest evolution of the Sun Tracker Party Barge 25, with 26'' diameter multichambered pontoon logs and several new features for 2011. Having a proper balance of comfortable seating and usable deck space is the key to a great pontoon design and we think this model has it. Although this video was produced by Sun Tracker, it covers all the items we would show you anyway. And with a boat/motor/trailer package priced at under 30K, it is well worth your time to watch.
Cruising in Turkey:
It's Easier Aboard a Meridian
Istanbul is a destination: Straddling the Sea of Marmara and the Bosporus Strait, this centuries-old city stands at the geographic and cultural crossroads of Europe and Asia.
You may not know it, but if you have a Meridian Yacht and you plan to visit Turkey, you will not be alone. Trio Deniz, Turkey’s exclusive Meridian Yachts dealer, has an expert team ready to support any Meridian owner, whether visitor or resident.
Step into Asia...
Evolution in Design for Generation Next
When it comes to tow boats, only a few names stand out - one of them is MasterCraft. Our years of testing have proved why: These boats consistently deliver exactly what the discerning water sports boater is looking for. In our opinion the X-15's interior design, layout and overall fit and finish overshadow its very good performance and handling.
Here are some of the items we think you should focus on...
Wellcraft 35 Scarab Sport:
Wide Beam, Cuddy Improve the Fishing
Fishermen like to go fast, but they also need plenty of room, so when Wellcraft modified their go-fast Scarab hull to build this Scarab Sport, they added more than a foot of beam. That allowed for a console wide enough to hold a head without crowding the gunwales. Finally, Wellcraft replaced the forward seats with a two-berth cuddy. The result is a serious fishing boat that's also comfortable enough for overnighting or long, long days on the water.
But what about cooking?
Princess 72 Motor Yacht:
Four Staterooms, and a Hidden Surprise
Despite the oft-lamented world financial crisis, Princess Yachts International of Plymouth, England, is building and selling yachts like gangbusters. Their latest model is the four-stateroom (five, if you count crew's quarters) 72 Motor Yacht, 73' 4" (22.35 m) LOA of luxury in the typical Princess style. But while most folks will focus on the sybaritic saloon and flying bridge and the regal accommodations, we were most impressed by something we discovered on deck.
What was it? Find out here.
Lesson of the Week
How to Handle Your Boat
in Different Sea Conditions
This week Capt. Steve goes over five new lessons and guidelines on understanding wave characteristics and how to handle your boat in different types of sea conditions. Learn how to approach a head sea and make the ride more comfortable for you and your passengers, and how to handle the boat in a following sea. 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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