250 Grand Mariner SL
Sporty and Deluxe
Harris FloteBote added performance to their deluxe pontoon boat by adding a center tube with what they call "XTR" (Extreme Turning Radius). The XTR features
include lifting strakes and a set of spray fins, that give the toon very nimble
handling -- almost as good as a sportboat. See the Harris FloteBote 250 Grand Mariner SL features video...
Marlow Yachts 57E CB:
For Serious Cruising, Fast or Slow
At $1.550 million the Marlow 57E CB is as affordable as any boat in her class, but price is not what caught our eye. Rather we are intrigued by her unorthodox concept: she is an “expedition” yacht designed for, and capable of, semi-displacement speeds. This means that you can cruise along at 8 knots displacement speed, or pour on the coal and go 20 knots. Her layout is clever and unusual and one of the most functional we have seen in this size range.
Tahoe 215 Xi:
Fish, Ski, Cruise, Dive...Party!
When researching a 21' boat you should always consider how and where you plan to use the boat. The Tahoe 215 Xi is an example of a deckboat which offers fishing features and the room to bring along several friends. Her bow design allows plenty of room for two people to fish from and the cockpit layout provides almost
as much room as a pontoon boat. In this video review we look at a few key features...
Yamaha 242 Limited S:
One Owner's Final Report
Last year we followed a family of six -- including four teenaged boys -- with their Yamaha 242 Limited S over the entire summer, receiving reports from them every two weeks or so. Here is their final report explaining how each one used the boat, along with their feedback and opinions about its functionality and durability.
Feedback on the 242 Limited S starts here...
New Test Video
Meridian 341 Sedan:
New Offshore Test in 20 Knots
The Meridian 341 Sedan is the company's "entry level" yacht, but don't let that description
fool you. This boat has two cabins, a large salon, the helm on a spacious
flying bridge, and an aft deck. We filled her with fuel and water and tested
her in seas up to 3' in 15-20 knots of breeze. Off the record, Captain
Steve told us he was surprised by how well the 341 handled the conditions. So,
she's "entry level," but she has beef to go offshore.
See the new test...
New Features Video
A Feature-Packed Express Cruiser
Times are tough, and that means buyers are getting smarter, and more discriminating. Prestige knows this, and has been making a lot of waves lately with their ability to provide more boat for less money. Equally important, they don't compromise on things that matter to experienced boaters: expertly installed systems, strong
construction, and traditional functionality. Take a look at our new features walkthrough of the 440S and you'll see what we mean.
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Seaswirl Striper 2101 WA:
A Cozy Cabin on a CC Hull
When Seaswirl built the Striper 2101 WA they used their proven hull from the 2105
for the foundation. The hull is deep-V, the freeboard is relatively high
for this size boat, and the enclosed foredeck makes this 2101 WA drier and safer
offshore when it gets rough. She can stay out when open boats should be headed
home. Let’s take a video tour...
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ZF 2800 Single Pod
It Could Be a Game Changer
Recently when we ran our test of the 34' center console powered by a single
diesel engine driving through a single ZF pod the article scored as one of our all-time
highest in reader interest. What is not to like about a clean transom and
incredible range thanks to diesel fuel efficiency when used with a single pod? Now
we take a close video look at the details that make this a ground-breaking system.
See history in the making...
Everglades New 5 Series 275 CC:
Designed and Built to (Near) Perfection
In our opinion Everglades is the Rolls Royce/Bentley brand in the center console category. Since this company's beginning over a decade ago it has come on strong and quickly, building boats from the get-go that were SOTA, fishy as they come, and packed with innovations. With the three new Series 5 boats -- the 275 CC, 295 CC, and 325 CC -- Everglades has embarked on its Mark II versions of these boats which are making good vessels even better.
Let's look at the new 275 CC...
Larson 850 I/O:
Some Fresh Air in Sportboat Design
When you take a design for an 18’ 5’’ (5.64 m) bowrider and compare it casually with others on
the market, most of the boats may seem about the same. There’s only so much a naval architect
can do to a boat this size, some dealers will tell you.
But nobody told the design team at
Larson that, and they actually managed to create
some features in the 850 I/O that raise the bar on what an "entry level" boat entails. So with that in mind, let’s
run the features video and see what Larson decided to include in their entry level
bowrider. Look and learn...
A Family Express Fishboat
Albemarle owners are people who love to fish, so you can well imagine that this
330XF comes rigged and ready for action. Designed to replace their venerable 32
footer, Albemarle added nearly two and a half feet to the beam of this latest model.
And as families are becoming a bigger part of the purchase decision, the company
paid the same attention to the boat’s interior. The result is a capable cruiser/sportfish
that features almost everything a 40 footer has at a much lower price. That’s a
win-win for customers looking to combine value and multi-tasking into their purchase
National Safe Boating Week
Top 10 Safe Boating Tips
Each year about this time the President of the United States declares "National Safe Boating Week". The reason that he declares it now, is because this coming weekend -- Memorial Day weekend in the U.S. -- is one of the biggest boating accident weekends of the year. The President and the USCG hope that the proclamation will alert "watergoers" (his words, not ours) to take a few extra moments planning for safety before they rush pell-mell to get on the water.
Here are BoatTEST.com's 10 Top Safe Boating Tips...
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...
Filter For Your Gas
Old gas in a can from last year can present some issues. Even fuel from dockside stations can have contaminants, and that's why Shurhold offers three different fuel filter funnels. We have used these filters at BoatTEST and can verify that sand and water are easily and effectively filtered from contaminated fuel.
To get 20% off any Shurhold Mr. Funnel Fuel Filter -- use Coupon code BT3
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Ask Captain Steve
Close quarters launch ramp maneuvering on a busy weekend can cause some angst in boaters who have not had much experience. To avoid trouble, plan what you are going to do, then follow your plan. Single-engine sterndrives, in particular, can be tough to handle in tight spaces, and that is the crux of this week's question to Capt. Steve.
To get his advice...
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Lesson of the Week
Tips on Boat Launching and Retrieval
This week Capt. Steve goes over guidelines on the step-by-step process to launching and retrieving your boat. Learn some basic tips on maneuvering your vehicle with the trailer and how to back it up properly. Capt. Steve will even show you how to do this if you’re boating alone. Just remember practice makes perfect. 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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