New 35' Jeanneau NC11:
As Practical As It Is
When this boat caught our eye at the Dusseldorf Boat Show last winter we were intrigued. When we stepped aboard, we were impressed. When we started digging into the creative features that blend seamlessly into this vessel all over the boat, we were hooked. Take a look at our new features video and you'll see that there's much more to this
yacht than what initially meets the eye.
Bring as many friends as you'd like...
New Chaparral 327 SSX:
A Revolutionary Super-Sportboat
Four months ago the Chaparral 327 SSX won this year’s NMMA “Innovation of the Year” Award for boat design. This boat is the latest in a growing list of sportboats over 30 feet. This boat has a 10' (3.07 m) beam and amenities normally associated with larger express cruisers. The Chaparral 327 SSX is an outstanding example of a new type of boat that seems to be emerging – the Super-Sportboat. The prototype of the 327 SSX debuted at the Miami Boat Show and we were there to take a good, close look at her.
Step aboard here...
New Test Video
Cypress Cay Cayman 250:
Can a Toon Handle Like a Sportboat?
Multi-tasking is the only way a family boat is going to make a success in a tough economy, and with pontoon boats there's usually been a large gap between performance and functionality. Lately however, that gap seems to be shrinking. We think that's good news and worthy of testing the theory that the two can be combined in a pontoon boat. So what does it take to bring performance to a toon? As it turns out, it's not that complicated. So why don't they all do it?
Beneteau Swift 52:
Designed for the Times
The Swift 52 by Beneteau is a raised pilothouse yacht that can cruise comfortably
at 20 knots or 8 knots, take your pick. She has 3 staterooms plus crew's quarters,
a large galley and plenty of entertaining space. She can be easily handled
by a cruising couple on long cruises, or accommodate half of your yacht club to watch the start of the big sailboat race. No matter how she's used, the
Swift 52 will be economical to operate. Join us as we show you why...
Doral Elite 235 Bowrider:
Sleek and Classy at the Same Time
We think the Doral Elite 235 is Lamborghini-sleek and Aston-Martin classy, all in
one. That's a rarity in sportboats which tend to be one or the other, if not
just ho-hum. The Doral Elite 235 is awash in artful design details. She's
not for everybody, and that's where a lot of the Doral attraction lies. Our details and performance video touches on a whole host of thoughtful features. So let's take a look.
MJM 36z Yacht:
A Gentleman's Downeast Cruiser
MJM Yacht's 36z is a downeast-styled vessel that was designed by a veteran yachtsman for some very specific missions. First, she is intended to for the retired older couple ready to downsize, give up their sailboat or large cruising powerboat and who want something that is easily handled by one person. Second, she is intended for the busy businessman who does not have time to adequately make use of a large motoryacht or convertible, wants a boat that can be trucked between seasonal homes, or would like to entertain in the evening aboard and take some short weekends away with his significant other. On top of this, MJM wanted a boat economical to operate. There is really no other boat on the market like the MJM 36z. Find out what makes her so compelling...
New Test Video
20th Anniversary Platinum Edition
What if you took one of Tigé's most popular boats and loaded it to the max with every option anyone would want? Then you'd have the 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition RZ2. Not only is this a serious performance wakeboat, but our tests show that she
makes a capable family sportboat as well. Between the way the RZ2 handles a chop and that roomy layout, this is a boat to show off, even if you leave the wakeboard at home.
See what we mean...
Larson Cabrio 857:
This 28' Pocket Cruiser Goes
When we test boats we look for what will impact the boater's overall experience. Back in February, Larson launched the all new 857 design and then added a twist -- a single Yanmar 260-hp diesel engine. With a large, open layout below designed for
a cruising couple, the diesel-powered 857 has speed, range, and safety. There are two video that you need to watch with regard to this model: the full boat test video and the engine feature video.
Cast off here...
New Features Video
Meridian 341 Sedan:
Moving Up Is Now Easier
We tested the Meridian 341 SB with joystick and thruster controls and discovered
once again that she's a boat that anyone can handle. During the same test in some confused seas
offshore our captain was impressed with how this boat handled them. Now we
take a look at the features and layout of this tidy little sedan. Join us...
Crownline 215 SS:
A Sleek New Bowrider
Crownline has recently launched their latest bowrider for the 2012 model year. It's the 215 SS, and if looks were the only selling factor, they'd be out the door as fast as they make them. But we have to go a little deeper than that. Let's take a look at the details and see how they've done.
Bring on the water toys...
Triumph 195 Center Console:
Solid Boat, Solid Ride
Yes, we all know how well built and unsinkable the Triumph line is with its Roplene construction process, but the real story with this 195 CC is in the ride. Where we've felt tossed about in other boats this size and class, this time we were feeling the ride and handling characteristics of a larger boat. The solid hull disperses wave impacts and that translates into a more solid ride.
We'll show you what we mean...
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Monterey 320 Sport Yacht:
A Day Boat or Cruiser
Built in Florida, this 33' 10" (10.3 m) express cruiser
combines quality construction, a versatile cockpit, lots of standard equipment and
a reasonable price. But what we like best about the 320 SY is her cabin layout:
It's just right for a couple who enjoy taking friends out for the day, but who cruise
on their own overnight.
She should appeal to folks who want maximum usable space belowdecks when they're
not sleeping, and who don't mind losing a bit of privacy when they are. Find out more about the 320 SY...
Crestliner 1650 Fish Hawk:
Fishability Plus Economy
Powered by a 90-hp Mercury Optimax Crestliner's 1650 Fish Hawk has a WOT of 41 mph, which is fast given
the power. Best cruise was 27.6 mph providing 6.7 miles per gallon -- economical
traveling no matter how you look at it. Because the 1650 has a dry weight of less than 1,100 lbs. (500 kgs.) you can tow her with most anything, and easily launch her most
anywhere. The Crestliner 1650 is a price-point
boat that has all of the basic fishing amenities. Take a look at our test video...
Maxing Efficient Propulsion
When it comes to providing fuel efficient propulsion, it is hard to beat a good
diesel engine mated to a sterndrive lower unit with dual props. That is why
Yanmar makes all three and puts them together in one propulsion system.
We tested the 6-cylinder 260-hp 6BY2-260Z combo and the results speak for themselves.
Take a look...
Lesson of the Week
Tie Knots with Confidence
This week Capt. Steve goes over nine lessons and guidelines on tying knots. This is something that is not only important to master, but will also save you time and expense down the road. How many fenders have you lost since you’ve owned your boat? Or, how many times have you needed to leave the dock quickly but there was so much line tied around the cleat it took minutes instead of seconds to untie? 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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