Bayliner 315 SB Cruiser: Stand Up Headroom
Bayliner's 315 SB is one of six entries in the builder's Cruiser range, a half-dozen attractively priced models targeted at the value-conscious boater. At 30' 6" (9.3 m) LOA, the 315 SB has the features and amenities for overnight or vacation cruising for two couples – she has standing headroom next to the mid-berth, too.
What else does this boat have?
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New Test Video
Volvo Penta D4 Marine Diesel:
A Good New-Power or Re-Power Solution
If versatility is the key to success, then it's small wonder that the Volvo Penta
D4 is such a popular engine. It comes in power ranging from 225- to 300-hp, it can be fitted to either a DPS sterndrive, IPS350 or 400 pods, or a straight shaft inboard. To put it to the test, we went with the robust DPS sterndrive that was made specifically to handle the high torque of this diesel engine.
The test boat... a 15,400 lb (6,985 kg) twin with sterndrive joystick.
250 Grand Mariner SL XTR
Typical 'toons don't have handling characteristics that anyone would want to write home about. But Harris FloteBote decided to do something about that,
and created their XTR package. XTR stands for Extreme Turning Radius, and includes a third, center tube. We wanted to see if the handling and turning was really all that it was cracked up to be with this combination, so we put her through a full test.
Dress code is casual chic...
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Beneteau Swift Trawler 34:
A Modern Version of a Classic Cruiser
If you'd rather cruise in something that looks more like a trawler and
less like a big sportboat, then Beneteau has the boat for you.
The Beneteau Swift Trawler 34, European Boat of the Year 2010 in her category, was introduced to the Yanks at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show last October, and several boats have already been sold. At 36' 7" (11.14 m) LOA (inc. platform), the two-cabin Swift Trawler 34 should make a good cruiser for a couple or a family.
But how swift is she?
2011 Nitro Z-7:
Weekend Tournament Basser
Tournament bass boats are loaded to the gills and built for one thing. So what about the weekend tournament enthusiast who doesn't need the top of the line? Nitro has what seems to be the perfect balance of features, performance and a price you can live with.
Take a closer look with our video review.
Chris-Craft Updates Two Models:
Corsair 22 & Launch 22
Just before press time, Chris-Craft informed us that they've introduced improved versions of their 23' 2" (7.06 m) LOA Corsair 22 and Launch 22. The new Launch 22 has an improved forward cockpit with more space, the Corsair 22 easier passage onto the foredeck. Both boats have redesigned aft seats and engine-hatch cushions with a "walk-over" section. Finally, both boats will now be fitted with 300-hp 5.7L engines as standard.
Hydra-Sports 4200 SF:
A 1400-horse Battle Wagon!
The Hydra-Sports 4200 SF has
so many features that we even contemplated breaking our video into two parts in
order to cover them all. But in the end, we figured that it’s worth sitting a little
longer to see what this boat brings to the table. Find out what makes it such
an attractive proposition for those wanting to trade up from smaller center consoles,
and even to trade down from a larger sportfish. More...
A 3-Stateroom Hardtop Express
One thing Prestige Yachts knows how to do is combine luxury with affordability. A perfect example of that is this 500S. Here is a boat with a luxurious layout, boat garage, and three private staterooms including a full beam owner's suite. As for the price, we think this is one of the more positive stories about getting value for your hard-earned money.
Just take a look at the details.
Formula 37 Cruiser:
So Many Engines, So Little Time
Since her introduction in 2002, the Formula 37 Cruiser has been popular with knowledgeable boatmen for both her design and performance. Originally powered with either gas or diesel sterndrives, in keeping with the times Formula now offers the 38' 5" (11.71 m) LOA 37 Cruiser with pod drives, too – gas or diesel.
Which package is for you?
Engine Room 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...
World Cat 320 CC:
Another Myth Is Busted -- Again!
Whenever you put a potential buyer in front of a pair of dealers, one for a monohull,
and one for a cat, you’ll soon hear the claims bouncing back and forth about how
one is better than the other. This one handles better, that one has more room, yada
yada yada… But one claim always rises to the surface, and it’s always against the
catamarans. Since we test boats for a living, we decided that we had an obligation
to put this myth to the test and settle once and for all the claim that monohull
builders have been leveling against the cats. To the testing grounds...
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FinCraft 17 SC:
Offering More While Costing Less
Apprehensive about committing to a new boat purchase? The team at FinCraft understands
this and has partnered with BoatTEST.com to create the Factory-Backed program. This program is a way for boaters to feel absolutely confident that the factory is behind the deal and working very closely with your local dealer to ensure world class service and special pricing on a new FinCraft. Start here...
A Bowrider With Surprises
Cobalt always builds pleasant surprises into their boats, and the 25' 6" (7.77 m) A25 bowrider has several. Her forward cockpit converts between three individual seats and a wraparound bench. Round deck lockers are purpose-built for fender stowage. The aft bench backrest flips forward to turn the sunpad into a double-wide chaise lounge. No surprise, though, is the A25's quality and her fit-and-finish.
Here's our guided tour...
Co-Captains Tell All
Have you ever wondered who designed the boat seen in “World’s Deadliest Catch,” what engines they use or how many hours they go between oil changes, or how often they have to do major overhauls on their engines? Well, perhaps we’re the only ones watching who speculate about such things.
But if you’re like us, you’ll enjoy a video interview we made recently of Time Bandit’s skippers--
Handle & Brushes
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.
Take a look at the video to see the Telescoping Handle and brushes in action.
Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about BoatTEST.com'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.
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Navigating US Rivers and Understanding
the Lock System
This week Capt. Steve goes over five new lessons and guidelines on navigating the rivers of the United States and understanding how a lock system works. There are dams built in quite a few places in rivers across the US, and without locks, boaters would be restricted to traveling only on one side of a dam. Capt. Steve will also explain why it’s important to always wear your life jackets at all times when transiting through locks. 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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