Hydra-Sports 3600 VX:
Adding Overnights to Offshore Fishing
Fishermen know that owning a large boat like the Hydra-Sports 3600 VX is great.
She can get out and back in almost anything, but real fishermen also know that if you're heading offshore, then you don't want to be stuck fishing for just an hour only to head right back home. The typical run to the Northeast canyons takes upwards of 5-6 hours which means you're going to be spending the night there. Thanks to the 3600 VX, you'll likely want to spend even longer.
Let's take a look and see why.
Tahoe 215 Xi:
Floating Party Station
When researching a 21' boat you should always consider how and where you plan to
use her. The Tahoe 215 Xi is a deckboat which offers fishing
features and the room to bring along several friends. Her bow design allows two people to fish and the cockpit layout provides almost as much area as a pontoon boat. In this video review we look at a few key features...
Azimut Flybridge 53:
Her Master Cabin is Fit for a Queen
Introduced in 2009, named Motorboat of the Year 2010 in Europe, the 54' 9" (16.7 m) LOA Azimut Flybridge 53 has a full-beam midships master stateroom with not only an en suite head but also a dinette for two. We're so used to yachts with this layout running pod drives today that it's worthy to note she spins conventional shafts and props, too.
What else did Azimut fit belowdecks?
Beneteau Air Step:
Introduction of New Design Technology
The team at Beneteau is introducing a new hull design that provides some powerful advantages. Some of these advantages include the ability to get on plane much faster
and to use less power to achieve the same speed results. Although Beneteau calls
this new design Air Step, there is far more to it than a step, in fact, they duct air from above the waterline and then vent it through the hull to create a cushion of air to help reduce drag, but unlike other step type designs, Beneteau has been able to increased stability. See all of the details in this video review...
Sea Ray 240 Sundeck:
Sportboat Meets Bowrider
Sea Ray says their 24' 1" (7.34 m) LOA 240 Sundeck combines the capacity and comfort of a bowrider with the performance and styling of a sportboat. They don't mention performance, but our captain tested a 240 recently and was impressed by her smooth manners across the speed range. And her top end of nearly 50 mph with standard power doesn't hurt, either.
But where do you stow your waterskis?
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Rampage 34 IPS:
Cruising Design in a Fishing Machine
When testing the Rampage 34, we were told that the team at Rampage had focused new attention on the interior. With this in mind, we took the time to thoroughly examine the design and the fit and finish of this evolving fish boat. Obviously we found a lot of positive changes,
so to show you in detail, we have a short video review.
Nitro 290 Sport:
Fish, Swim, Ski – This Boat Can Multi-task!
If you think Nitro builds only fishing boats, you're missing one water ski: Yes, the company is famous for bass boats, but they also build multi-tasking models like the cool Nitro 290 Sport. Styled like a runabout, with comfortable seating behind a full-width windshield, the 19' 5" (5.92 m) 290 Sport can tow a skier or wakeboarder as handily as boat a trophy bass.
But what about rod racks?
Hatteras 54 Convertible:
The Smallest Sister in the Lineup
Once upon a time, Hatteras built manly fishing boats, Spartan crafts designed for
the sole purpose of boating fish. But that was then... today, the company
still builts what many experts consider the world's finest fishing boats, but now
they please the ladies, too. Hatteras convertibles accomplish the twin goal
of fish-ability and comfort simultaneously - and although this Hatteras 54 represents what is now the smallest offering from this timeless company's line of convertibles, she's not an "entry-level" yacht. She's much too loaded and much too high end for that.
Let's take a look...
Mako 284 Center Console:
Mako's Flagship CC Gets a Makeover
This 28' 4'' (8.63 m) fish boat is loaded with standard features but still offers some options that will make your 284 even more complete. Of course it's all packaged together in a hull with a legendary performance heritage and a strong rep for delivering a dry ride. The 284 CC is packaged with twin Mercury engines, and you can have your choice of either Verado's or Optimax models up to 300-hp. Mako tells us that this boat has gotten a makeover of some of its key features,
so let's take a look at how they've done.
MasterCraft ProStar 190:
Designed for Serious Enthusiasts
MasterCraft is known for creating watersports boats that not only excel at what they do, but do it with first rate construction and components. This ProStar 190 exemplifies the concepts of a flat wake, dead on tracking, and solid performance… all the characteristics that high end skiers are looking for.
Is it any wonder that this is the boat that is pulling the IWSF Worlds?
Formula 37 PC:
She Has Raceboat DNA
Beauty isn't only skin-deep, at least not at Formula. Under their glossy topcoats, Formulas carry the DNA of some of the toughest raceboats ever built – boats that helped create powerboating as we know it today. (Need proof? Formula was founded in 1962 by racing legend Don Aronow, who collected his first trophies driving Formulas.) Today, one of Formula's most popular, and longest lived, models is the 37 PC. Although she's a little beamier than her racing ancestors, she rides on a modified V hull that combines performance, stability and comfort. Her construction and engineering are raceboat-tough, but her stying and finish is all yacht.
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 few other outboard engine companies build 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...
Shurhold's Water Blade:
Dry It Faster
We want to pass on a helpful hint for drying your boat: the Shurhold Flexible Water Blade helps. When we put this product to the test, we were not very excited. Let’s be real -- drying your boat is a pain, and nothing will change that. Or so we thought. We found that the Flexible Water Blade actually conformed to the shape of the hull and removed all of the water. It leaves the surface streak-free and is very easy on the arms and back.
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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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25 Points to Compare
Sportboat Buying Check Point #4:
What About the Engine Room?
There are so many things to consider when buying a new boat, anyone can overlook one or two. But one thing you should be sure to check, and carefully, before signing on the dotted line is your intended vessel's engine compartment. You'll be spending more time here than you think, and if your engine is difficult to access, or lives in a cramped or poorly arranged space, you'll tend not to visit it as often as you should. It's just human nature. But fall short on maintenance and daily inspections and you'll pay the price down the road. To help you avoid problems,
here is the #4 installment in our series of "25 Points to Compare..."
Lesson of the Week
Preparing for an Emergency Situation
This week Capt. Steve goes over five new lessons and guidelines on emergency situations and what to do to help preserve life while you wait to be rescued. Everyone aboard will have to act quickly, and that’s why drills and practicing emergency situations with your family is important. So this means everyone must first put their life jackets on; while someone calls for help on the radio, other crew use whatever they
can to try and stop or slow the flow of water into the boat. Do not abandon ship! Rather, keep working to save it. Stay with the boat or get as far on top of it as you can until help arrives.
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