Three Heads Plus Crew
With accommodations like this, who needs a house on the water? The Prestige 60 not only allows for plenty of company, but also offers three distinct entertainment venues, plenty of lounging space in the sun or shade, and even some privacy for a crew of two. And it's all executed in a package that is priced to give some hefty competition to boats below her size and class.
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Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX:
Big Kid on the Block
When it comes to PWCs it seems like everyone is obsessed with horsepower, and the team at Kawasaki is no different. They offer the Kawasaki Jet Ski Ultra 300LX,
a 1498cc supercharged four-stroke, four-cylinder powered machine with 300 horses under the seat. We finally had the chance to review one, but not on the water -
it was stuck on land at a dealership. Still, this machine offers a lot for a boater to think about.
Here is our take on the latest from Kawasaki.
Rinker Captiva 216 Bowrider:
Lots of Space - What About Speed?
The Captiva 216 BR is Rinker’s response to customers who asked for “more space, more storage” in the popular 20-foot-plus bowrider category. Offered in stern drive only, the Captiva’s new-for-2012 hull is designed to get optimal performance from the standard 220-hp MerCruiser 4.3 Alpha One drive while offering WOT speeds approaching 50 mph and the ability to remain on plane at relatively low rpms.
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Tracker Pro Angler 16:
The Best Value on the Water?
If there were a way for you to get a completely rigged and ready fishboat, with trailer, out the door for less than $10k, what would you think? If you're like us, then you'd be thinking "yeah, and now we have to spend a ton on the stuff that doesn't come with it... right?" Wrong! In this case, the only things left on the options list are a cover and brakes for the trailer. Everything else is included, and we mean everything.
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Nord Star 40 Patrol:
Built in Finland with IPS Power
You can always count on the Scandinavians to produce interesting boats, and the
Nord Star Patrol line is no exception. Top of the line is this 40 Patrol, which
combines a quasi-military profile with an inviting flying bridge and wide swim platform.
Built by Linex-Boat Oy, a family-owned company based in Kalvia, Finland, the 42'6"
(12.98 m) LOA x 12'6" (3.85 m) beam 40 Patrol is designed for folks who cruise in
a wide range of sea and weather conditions, not all of them friendly. Join us for some herring and aquavit...
Bayliner 255 SB:
A Trailerable Cruiser That Can Sleep Four
At 25' 1" (7.65 m) LOA, the Bayliner 255 SB has the amenities for overnight cruising for a couple, or two couples if they don't mind converting the dinette. With a beam of 8' 6" (2.59 m), she's trailerable behind a full-sized SUV or pickup, opening up a wide range of cruising grounds. The 255 SB is one of six entries in Bayliner's Cruiser range, all targeted at the value-conscious boater.
Is there anything missing?
Glacier Bay 3480 Cuddy Hardtop:
Why Are Two Hulls Better Than One?
With 37' 6" (11.46 m) LOA and 13' 3" (4.04 m) beam, Glacier Bay's 3480 Cuddy Hardtop combines easily driven displacement catamaran hulls with enough belowdecks volume for two staterooms and a full galley. Her hardtop creates a cozy enclosed deckhouse and,her cockpit is big enough for serious fishing. She could be the ideal boat for lots of folks,
but why do Baby Boomers like her so much?
Beneteau Swift 34:
Engine Compartment Layout
Our recent review of the Beneteau Swift 34 drove home the point that this boat is destined to be piloted by an owner/operator. Because of that, it's inevitable that it'll be the owner checking the oil, changing the filters, and cleaning out strainers. That had us questioning if the engine compartment is laid out for completing these chores, let alone daily maintenance checks - or does the job require major surgery to the decks? To find out, we went on tour of the Swift 34's engine compartment to see just how accessible this engine is, and if it's quiet in the main salon.
Stingray 195 LX:
One of Two Layouts
The thing with bowriders is that you seldom get a choice of how you want to have your boat laid out. At Stingray, you can have a choice, and the LX version, featured here, offers two bucket seats with an aft bench and sun pad. We found the 195 LX to be a nice performer that handled well while delivering top notch speed and agility. She comes in at a base price of $24,155 (less freight and prep), with 5 engine options between MerCruiser and Volvo Penta.
Sun Tracker Party Hut 30:
Taking Parties to New Heights
Space is precious on every boat, but when you need more room, even for storage, then the rule is… think "up!" Builders are always adding upper bunks to fit two into a stateroom, adding storage shelves over galleys and bunks, and of course there's our friend the flying bridge. Sun Tracker has taken a page from the "getting more out of your space" handbook and added a roomy galley plus a second deck to their 31' 2'' (9.8 m) pontoon. Now that's a great use of space.
♪ Well we're moving on up ♪...
FinCraft 17 SC:
How Does VEC Compare With Aluminium?
When Dad looks for a fishing boat to take the kids out for a day with the rod and reel, the qualifications are tough. Typically, aluminum is the way to go because of weight and price. However, FinCraft’s VEC technology for building fiberglass boats has it going head-to-head with aluminum’s price and weight. Add to that the 17SC’s features such as high cockpit sides that help keep everyone onboard, a painted trailer, a 50-hp standard engine, plus a whole host of fishy features, and you have a combination that warrants a second look. So join us as we look at a boat that is drawing stares.
Seaswirl 2105 CC:
Family-Friendly Offshore Center Console
Striper designed the 2105 CC as an offshore fishing boat that will keep
the family happy. We’re not sure what it takes to make a center console family friendly,
but it probably starts and ends with a head in the console and bow cushions. What else
can be done with a center console? As for the fishermen,
that’s another story. For them, we found the 2105 CC to be a virtual blank canvas,
waiting to be painted with
options specific to the mission,
whether it is trolling, casting, jigging, or any combination. For those folks, the
message is clear: The 2105 CC is ready to deliver. But all that is just talk if
the boat doesn’t handle well, so to make that determination, we put her through a
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Inside the Factory
Formula Exterior Finishing Video:
How Does Formula Get That Foot-Deep Shine?
When you are considering a new luxury boat model, there are things you can't always see in the finished product, like the materials and amount of time that went into the fit and finish. We want to take you behind the scenes at Formula so you can see just a few of this distinguishing factors that add to the overall quality of the finished product. In this video segment we focus on the finish of the hull and deck and show you all the steps that make Formula one of the best looking boats on the water.
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She Can Handle Big Water
On a gray, overcast day, while storms were marching through Minnesota and Wisconsin,
we tested Cruisers Yachts' new 48 Cantius in Green Bay, an arm of Lake Michigan. It was far too rough to get fair performance numbers and very difficult even to get video steady enough to watch. But what we did get was a good feel for how hull #1 of this 48-foot boat handled herself in snotty conditions. In the process we also gained new respect for some of the advantages of Volvo Penta IPS pod drives and what they can do that those little appendages called rudders cannot.
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Stealth for Fishing
Glastron GT 205 Ski and Fish:
Stealth Boat Wears Two Hats
fish and ski packages, but this... this is a whole new twist on the
theme and we love how Glastron managed to pull it off. You’ve basically got a sportboat
that keeps its fishy side hidden until the urge strikes you to head off on a sick
day from work. Clever use of seating and storage allows you to convert the boat
over from one use to another, and with the exception of the trolling motor attached
to the bow, you’d never know the fishing part exists. Even better, you don’t have
to make a trip to the dock to accomplish it. To see what we’re talking about, check
out the video with our Capt. Keith. James Bond would be proud.
World's Best Water Hose:
Shurhold Says No Kinks
Manufactured with patented NTS Reflex Mesh technology to eliminate kinks, twists and tangles, Shurhold adds yet another product into the world of keeping our boats looking great. Holding true to their focus on technology and building the very best products they can, they have set the common hose squarely in their sights. Shurhold has taken the hose and tweaked it a bit, with Grip-Tite coupling for an easy, leak free connection at the faucet. This 100% lead free hose is drinking water safe and available in three sizes of 25’, 50’ and 75’ with a diameter of 5/8''. We are not sure how to test this for you, but if it holds up half as well as the other products we have tested from Shurhold, you won’t need the lifetime guarantee they are offering on it.
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DVD Boating Course
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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How To Discover
When you are on plane does your bow seem too high? Is your stagnation line too far forward at max power? Is your boat lethargic out of the hole? Are you unable to reach the rated max RPMs for your engines? All of these and many more boat performance defects may well be caused by your wheels. Our first go-to place when we have questions about disappointing performance is PowerTech!. The folks there are courteous, incredibly knowledgeable, and good-humored. They've seen it all before. The best news of all is that correcting a prop is the cheapest performance fix there is.
Watch our video of Capt. Rob and PowerTech! president Steve Powers discussing possible prop problems...
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7 Minutes to Safety
PWCs are built to USCG and industry standards, but years of pounding, vibration and lack of maintenance take their toll. This week Allstate is sponsoring three safety videos that each last about 2 minutes. Watch and follow the advice and you should have a safe, fun ride on your PWC.
25 Points to Compare
Sportboat Buying Check Point #3:
Which Drive System? How Many Props?
When buying a boat, it's easy to get wrapped up in engine choices, but don't forget the other end of the performance system: the drive unit itself. Each manufacturer offers a selection of drives to fit its engines, and choosing the correct one for the way you'll use your boat, and that matches your own driving style, will make a big difference in your enjoyment of your new boat. While you don't have to become a marine engineer to pick a drive unit, some basic knowledge will help.
Here is the #3 installment in our series of "25 Points to Compare..."
Lesson of the Week
Waterskiing Safety Tips
This week Capt. Steve goes over seven new lessons and guidelines on waterskiing safety and the laws boaters should abide by. Do not operate your boat at maximum speed when pulling a skier. You should be running just above planing speed. Most people tow at from 18 to 22 mph. Do not waterski in high-traffic areas such as channels or near marinas. And never ever waterski at night even if there seems to be plenty of moonlight on the water. Running at high speeds at night is dangerous and irresponsible. Just don’t do it. Always wear a life jacket when skiing. It’s the law in most states. Capt. Steve will also go over some basic hand signals which allow the skier and observer to communicate most effectively.
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