Deep Blue 46:
Designed by BMW
Can you imagine what your automobile might look like if it were designed by a leading naval architect? Neither can we. But thanks to the largest boat builder in Germany -- Bavaria Yachts -- we get to see just the opposite in action. It is the 46' 7" (14.20 m) Bavaria Yachts Deep Blue 46 which was named European Boat of the Year in 2010 in the 12 to 14 meter category.
Buckle up for this ride...
Grady-White Express 360:
The Queen of G-W's Fleet
Fishermen with cash burning a hole in their pockets can put out the fire at their nearest Grady-White dealer, where the Queen of the Fleet is the Express 360, a triple-outboard threat to fish swimming anywhere within a hundred miles of the coast. At 36' 7" (11.15 m) LOA and 13' 2" (4.01 m) beam, and able to corral over 1,000 horses on her transom, the Express 360 is a big, tough, no-nonsense sportfisherman that's as much boat as most of us need.
But there's something puny about her. To find out what that is...
New Test Video
We Put Her to the Test
This is certainly in impressive yacht. When last we left our Prestige 500S we had published the captain's report on the test and it was glowing with praise from our Capt. Steve. He found her to be one of the quietest boat he's tested, as well as one of the smoothest handling. But talk is cheap, so you can see the
test video and decide for yourself.
Is it a liveaboard, a weekender, or both?
Yamaha VX Cruiser:
More Bang Per Buck
Yamaha created their VX line as a way to keep the price of boating affordable. That’s
never a bad thing, especially when the boat has some improvements that separate
it from the competition. Mirrors raised above the “strike zone,” larger swim platform,
expanded seating, more storage… these things all make a difference. The good news
is that Yamaha managed to keep the VX Cruiser at an affordable $9,399.
Meridian Yachts 341 Sedan:
A Compact Cruiser with Attitude
We love to go cruising, and who doesn't? But for many boaters the question usually isn't how big a boat can I afford, but how big a boat can I handle? If either question is a concern to you, then fear not, Meridian has you covered on both fronts. Not only is this boat very cost effective, but trust us when we tell you… between the docile handing and IVC, or Integrated Vessel Control, your concerns about whether or not you can handle this boat are unfounded.
You can...we'll prove it.
Glastron GS 289:
Pocket Cruiser on a Budget
The largest boat Glastron has ever produced is the GS 289 Sport Cruiser with twin
cabins. She has Alphastone counters, leatherette upholstery and other features that
one might not expect to find on a Glastron -- a company that is getting a reputation
for being very competitively-priced these days. You have everything you need for
a weekend aboard, and with the mid cabin, she comfortably sleeps four adults. With
5.7 L Volvo Penta the GS 289 has enough horsepower to perform well even with the
boat loaded with friends and family. Take a look at the video...
Cypress Cay Cayman 250:
T3 Performance for All Watersports
Cypress Cay seems to have successfully worked a triple tube pontoon into a nice handling boat that is designed for several missions. The outer tubes have lifting strakes on the insides, the center tube has them on both sides and our tests have shown that this, along with the spray fins give pretty sporty handling. Cypress Cay has eight different models, all directed to a slightly different user and purpose.
Let’s see what sets the Cayman 250 apart from the rest...
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Larson Senza 206:
Larson’s Top Seller
When Larson decided to make the Senza 206, the goal was to combine performance and
looks in an affordable boat. All you have to do is glance at the boat to see
that they managed to pull off a winner in the looks department. And if you’re not
convinced, just watch how other people notice your boat when you take her to the
ramp. As for performance, that was a question that we had to answer for ourselves,
and the only way to do that was on a full test. Take a look and see
why she's such a hot seller. Watch the test video...
Formula 353 FAS³Tech:
A Screaming WOT of 80 mph!
At Formula, the recipe of simply adding horsepower to get face-flattening speed
wasn’t good enough. They decided that anybody could build a go-fast boat with enough
horsepower and a stripped-out light boat that was a one-trick pony. So Formula decided
that they would go fast the hard way -- in comfort with style and class. Formula
has four high-performance models and the newest of them is the 353 FAS³Tech. But
how fast is fast? And, what kind of skill does it really take to handle one of these
waterborne Indy racers? To find out we sent Capt. Steve over to Formula’s Long Island,
New York facility and we asked him to test the boat. Away we go...
Mainship 414 Trawler:
Are You Ready for Coastal Cruising?
The Mainship 414 Trawler could be just the ticket for folks hoping to embark on long cruises, maybe following the Great Circle Route through the American heartland, voyaging up the inside passage to Alaska or, our favorite, ambling among the islands of the Bahamas. At 41' 4" (12.6 m) LOA, the two-stateroom 414T will accommodate just the right number of people for a boat her size, in our opinion.
How many is that?
Regal 35 Sport Coupe:
Biggest Little Coupe on the Market
The Regal 35 SC is probably destined to go through life, the same way Patrick Swayze's character in Roadhouse did… with people always saying "I thought you'd be bigger!" But the truth is, once you step aboard and see for yourself how truly innovative, and clever this 35 SC layout is, you'll be convinced, just as we were, that it is effectively bigger than its 35'. Step aboard and we'll show you what we mean.
Meet your new weekend getaway...
Video Inspection of the Evinrude 130-hp Outboard
The Evinrude 130-hp outboard engine is unique in many ways. First, 130-hp is a place where most other outboard engine companies don't make an engine, leaving a big horsepower gap in their line. Most engine makers hop from 115-hp to 150-hp. But the 130 range is a sweet spot of ideal power for many boats in the 17' to 22' range. For some
of these boats 150-hp is too much or too costly, and 115-hp may be too little power, depending on how many people are aboard and what the boat's mission is. Generally, boats in this range are deeper-V'd than they used to be for a better ride, but that also means they are harder to push.
Join us as we delve into the details of the Evinrude 130 on video...
Easy Docking for Everyone
Are you the type who has trouble docking your sportboat? Are you also sick and tired of seeing how the boats with pods are the ones that get joysticks and can move any way the stick moves? And are you equally sick of the thought of having to pay for pods just to get a joystick? So are we, but there’s good news. The design team at Volvo Penta (yes the pioneers of recreational pods!) have decided that joysticks should be for everyone, even the sterndrive boat owner. Today, we take a look at the capabilities of the Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick, and whether or not it takes a complete retrofit to get it onto the average boat.
It’s all here in our full test video...
Founder of Ocean Alexander
The founder of Ocean Alexander, Alex Chueh, passed away May 3rd after a long illness. He was 77. He started his company in 1978 with the launch of a 50-footer designed by Ed Monk, Jr. By the mid 1980s Ocean Alexander was an established brand with dealers around the world. Today the company builds 12 models from 54’ to a 155’ megayacht it builds in collaboration with Christensen Shipyards. More...
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Accident of the Week
18' Boat Swamps, Capsizes;
2 Die, 3 Saved
There are several lessons to be learned from a tragic accident that occurred last Saturday off Camano Island, Washington. An 18' recreational boat being used for commercial shrimping on the opening day of the season reportedly was swamped by a wave and then capsized by the next one. Nearby good Samaritans quickly rescued four of the five occupants and sent out a distress call at 7:15 am. Nevertheless two people died, one a 13-year-old boy who was trapped under the boat, the other a man in his late 60s who was not wearing a PFD. But there is more to this tragic accident and both boaters and marine authorities need to take note.
Lesson of the Week
How to Plot a Course Using Basic Tools
This week Capt. Steve goes over eleven new lessons and guidelines on how to use the basic tools of the trade to plot your course on a chart. You’ll learn how to correctly use parallel rulers and dividers, and how to calculate the amount of time your trip will take using a circular slide tool. Capt Steve will also go over how to calculate time between buoys and explains why knowing your estimate time of arrival or ETA is important. 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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