Rinker 216//Jeanneau 32//Maritimo 53//11 Reviews - 07/27/2011
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Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- Rinker 216 Captiva
- Jeanneau Leader 9
- Harris FloteBote 220 Cruiser CX
- Sea Ray 210 SLX
- Prestige 440S
- Glastron GT 185 SF
- Maritimo A53
- Tigé RZ2
- Princess Yachts 85
- Four Winns V435
- Sun Tracker Party Cruiser 32
- Yanmar 8LV
- Volvo Penta IPS
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course on DVD
- Sportboat Buying Tips
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

New Rinker 216 Captiva:
Curves in All the Right Places

Rinker 216 Captiva
With a LOA of 21' (6.4 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.6 m) it's hard to create more room but that was the goal. We love the sweeping curves to the sheer line, and they continue on the inside.

The new Rinker 216 Captiva fills a gap that somehow managed to sneak into Rinker's 22-model strong lineup, and her goal is to provide more room than normal in a 21-footer. We've heard that song before, and when we do, the usual solution is to make a wider, flatter, or pickle fork bow… often with the result of simply adding that space at the cost of performance and handing. Rinker managed to make the 216 Captiva boat roomy enough, but we're here to check out the performance of this new model.  Let's find out how she stacks up.

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New Boat

Jeanneau Leader 9:
Day Boat or Compact Cruiser?

Jeanneau Leader 9
The new 32' Jeanneau Leader 9 can be powered by twin 5.7 L Gi DP Volvo Penta gas sterndrives for speed or twin 200-hp D3 diesels for added range and economy. Match the engines to your style of boating.

The Jeanneau Leader 9 is a 30-something express cruiser that we think is just the right size for style-conscious folks wanting a modern nautical aesthetic but who aren't yet ready for a large motoryacht. In the 9.77 m (32') LOA Leader 9, Jeanneau blends clean, tasteful European styling with innovative power choices and a price tag that won't drive you to drink. Let's take a look...

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Captain's Report

Harris FloteBote 220 Cruiser CX:
Ruggedly Constructed and Priced Right

Harris FloteBote 220 Cruise CX
At 23' (7 m) LOA, with a capacity of 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg), the Harris FloteBote 220 Cruiser CX is just right for taking family or friends out for lazy afternoons on the lake.

The Harris FloteBote 220 Cruiser CX is a 'toon tailor-made for folks who just want to kick back and get on the water, and who don't need a boatload of bells and whistles to have fun. But with all the features you need -- lots of well-padded seating, including an aft lounge and sunpad; a fiberglass helm; a Bimini top and a SeaWorthy stereo -- the affordable -- $18,260 -- 220 Cruiser CX might be playing your tune. Learn more...

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray 210 SLX:
Take Her Straight, or Tricked-Out

Sea Ray 210 SLX
Straight out of the box, the 21' (6.4 m) LOA Sea Ray 210 SLX is a typical bowrider. But add the optional Tricked-Out Fission package, and she turns into a cool wakeboarder.

Bowriders are fine for family fun, but sometimes you want to do more than just ride around – maybe you want to do some cutting edge wakeboarding or some acrobatic skiing. Add the optional Tricked-Out Fission package to Sea Ray's 210 SLX bowrider, and you're cool to go. This options package includes all you need for behind-the-boat sports, along with an upgraded MerCruiser sterndrive for more pulling power. Learn more...

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Captain's Report

Prestige 440S:
Full Test and Video

Prestige 440S
With an MSRP of $548K this classy yacht represents serious value for the money.

If you read our recent report on the Prestige 440S, you know we were impressed. She has a very functional layout, as well as curves that would make a dolphin jealous.  But eye candy will only take you so far. A bargain is only a bargain if you don't end up with buyer's remorse. Granted, that's an unlikely scenario with a boat of this caliber, but this boat isn't typically bought to sit at the dock. She's got legs and she needs to use them. Our full performance and handling review, as well as our full test video, are now ready for viewing. Roll 'em...

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High Utility

Glastron GT 185 SF:
Entry Level Multi-Tasker

Glastron 185 SF
Glastron's combination Ski & Fish package has all the makings of a boat that will please everyone, but does that mean that both sides need to make sacrifices to keep the other happy?

The trend these days in boating is toward greater utility and nothing speaks more to that concept than a ski and fish boat.  Glastron’s GT 185 SF was built on a reputation of good styling, performance and affordability. The 185 SF has a good combination of most finny features that a multi-species boat typically have. As expected, this boat is built around the same hull as the GT 185, so you can expect the handling to be on a par with her sister, i.e. exceptional. We think her price + equipment + utility = value equation is hard to beat.  Let's take a closer look and see how they've done.

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Captain's Report

Maritimo A53 Aegean Flybridge:
A Fast Coastal Cruiser

Maritimo A53 Aegean Flybridge
The Australian-built Maritimo Aegean Flybridge line consists of three boats, of which this A53 at 55'8" (17m) LOA is the smallest. The Aegean series incorporates some interesting cruising concepts.

With her enclosed pilothouse up above, the A53 has created additional gathering space that turns the area into a sky lounge with great views.  This A53 also represents the beginnings of a new change in the interior designs at Maritimo. As for the layout, the A53 is a three stateroom-two head motoryacht. If you haven't considered a Maritimo, then take a look at this report.  More...

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Features Video

Tigé RZ2 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition:
A "Sky's The Limit" Package

Tigé RZ2
The 20th Anniversary Edition RZ2 is as tricked out as you're going to want to get... and then some.

In order to celebrate their 20th Anniversary, Tigé decided to pull out all the stops and create a wakeboat that had everything the coolest dude on top of a curl could want. The result is this Platinum Edition RZ2, and we found her to be exhilarating and a fun boat to drive. Today, we take an in-depth tour...

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New Princess Yachts 85:
A Look at Luxury Cruising

Princess 85
With a LOA of 85’1” (25.93 m) and a beam of 20’8" (6.3 m) the Princess Yachts 85 presents a roomy and luxurious entry to the world of long distance cruising.

As the popularity of long distance cruising continues to grow, so does the offering of yachts that are capable of it. To keep up, a builder has to successfully combine a level of reliable functionality and, of course, luxury. Princess Yachts is no stranger to this combination, and now they’ve launched the brand new 85, which brings to the table lessons learned from past builds, and added results from customer feedback on what qualities work the best.  We’ll soon be bringing you a full review, but for now, let’s take a little taste of the luxury that is the new Princess 85, from an owner/operator's perspective. Check out the video......

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Captain's Report

Four Winns V435:
We Identify the Innovations

Four Winns V435
The V435 started out life as the V-408, but now she's been completely re-done, and we think is a winner on all fronts.

Our first impression of the V435 was that this boat had an awful lot going for her, and as such, was one of those boats that stuck in our minds. So much so in fact that we had to go back and take a second look. At the next boat show, we meandered over and gave a second and more detailed look at just how the V435 was put together. As it turned out, our first impression was correct, and we ended up making a list of exactly what we liked and what we might change. The "what we liked" list was much longer. Let's take a look at what we found.

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Sun Tracker Party Cruiser 32:
A Toon For All Seasons

Sun Tracker Party Cruiser 32
The Sun Tracker Party Cruiser 32 has a LOA of 33' 7" (10.2 m) but still maintains a trailerable 8' 6" (2.6 m) beam. Package weight is approx 7,554 lbs (3,426 kg).

Helios was the Greek god of sun, and he may be one of the few souls who don't care for the Sun Tracker Party Cruiser 32, because she offers so much shade, a valuable commodity on the water. Getting out of the sun, to say nothing of the rain or cold, has its advantages. For people who live on northern lakes where the weather can turn on a dime, or it gets cool at sundown, the Sun Tracker Party Cruiser 32 may be the solution.  Let's take a look at this unusual toon.  More...

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Engine News

Yanmar 8LV:
A New 320-370-hp Engine

Yanmar 8LV
It was first unveiled at the Dusseldorf Boat Show, and made its stateside debut at Miami last winter. The new 8LV connects to either Yanmar’s outdrive, marine gear box, V-drive, or a jet drive.

After reviewing and testing Yanmar's popular 6-cylinder engines for years, we looked forward to seeing Yanmar’s latest offering, a light-weight V8 producing 370-hp. Weighing in at only 992 lbs (450 kg) the new 8LV may actually be the lightest in class, even when compared to gas engines. We think this new Yanmar diesel opens up lots of new, very interesting possibilities. Let’s take a look...

Engine News

Volvo Penta IPS System: Here’s the Latest News

Volvo Penta IPS
With their forward facing twin props, the IPS drives have changed a lot of things for the boating industry, from building to operating. The latest wrinkles include its new “add-on” options.

Since its introduction several years ago BoatTEST.com has tested over 50 boats powered by the Volvo Penta IPS system. It has been a game-changer and has opened up serious boating to a far wider audience than would have ever considered larger boats before. Here’s the latest news about IPS and its features. Let’s take a look...


Water Contamination Test Shurhold Fuel Filter Funnel

This simple fuel filter can save you lots of trouble.

If you have water in your fuel, that's bad, but if you do not know that you have water in your fuel, that is even worse. The team at Shurhold has a combination funnel and fuel filter that we decided to put to the test. With three different sizes to pick from, we took a close look at each, then proceeded with our testing. Here is the video that shows the results...

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Where in the World?

Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Smart Boating

DVD Boating Course

Smart Boating
This set of 4 DVDs covers virtually all of the important topics you need to know to go boating safely.

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. Order your copy here...

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25 Points to Compare

Sportboat Buying Check Point #5:
What Hull Shape is Best?

Sportboat Buying
Here's a modern V-bottom in action; see how the strakes both deflect water to keep the crew dry, help prevent the hull from sliding in hard turns, and provide lift for faster planing speeds. The boat is a Formula 290 Bowrider.

When comparing sportboats, don't forget to look under the waterline: While most modern boats ride on some derivative of the V-hull, small differences in design can make a big difference in how well the boat suits your needs. Hull shape will affect top-end speed, wake size, fuel efficiency, relative dryness of the boat, and riding comfort. If you want a boat that fits you to a T, take some time to inspect her bottom. What should you look for? Here are some tips, in installment #5 in our series of "25 Points to Compare..."


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Lesson of the Week

How to Extinguish a Fire on Your Boat

Lesson of the Week
If a fire breaks out on your boat take into consideration the effects of the wind. Maneuver your boat to keep the fire on the downwind side.

This week Capt. Steve goes over seven new lessons and guidelines on how to fight a fire on your boat. Learn the basic steps of extinguishing a fire quickly and efficiently and how to use a fire extinguisher correctly. Capt. Steve will also go over what to do if a fire is in the engine compartment and will explain what a discharge port is and how important it is to use it if your boat has one.

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

"Honey, are you sure Clark and his family are alright with us vacationing with them again this year?" - C. Wilson

Second Place

"Bob, Honey, stow the fenders! We don't want to look tacky." - J. Heckman

Honorable Mention(s)

"We must look like real idiots. There's no fenders on the trailer." -C. Madden

"70 foot trawler with private aft cabin, for sale below market value." - J. Corey

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