Sportsyacht As A Dayboat
The MasterCraft 300 is one of the first -- and maybe only -- sportboat that has been designed and built to the standards of a fine premium yacht in 30.' Her styling and incomparable interior is a synthesis of luxury and sportiness. She is a handcrafted premium sportboat that transcends the class and deserves the name sportyacht. Her mini-saloon is enrobed in soft fabrics and prestigious woods -- and is an intimate retreat complete with galley, dinette, bed, and head. The MC 300 aims to thrill and involve her driver and his guests. We think she will challenge, inspire, and seduce the most jaded sportsman -- and sportswoman -- on the water. Of course, the MC 300 is not intended for just anyone.
Find out if you are among the select few..
Princecraft SVX 27 I/O:
A Deluxe Sterndrive Tri-Toon
Princecraft is a Canadian boat builder which was founded in 1954. Despite its longevity and the fact that it makes dozens of models in three distinct product categories -- fishing boats, deck boats and pontoon boats -- it is not well-known outside of Canada. That is unfortunate because we think Princecraft is making one of the most innovative and luxurious lines of pontoon boats on the market. The company's pontoon flagship, the 27'10" (8.5 m) SVX 27 I/O, is a prime example of what we mean.
Let's take a close look at her...
Formula 350 FX6:
First Peek And She's A "Duesy"
In the early part of the 20th century Duesenberg automobiles were the most stylish, fastest, largest and most remarked-upon cars of their day. "She's a Duesy" became the idiom applied to anything extraordinary. With the FX Series we think that Formula has found its stride with the nautical equivalent of the stunning Duesenbergs that caught the world's imagination so long ago. The FX Series started with the 290 FX4, followed by the 310 FX5, and now the craftsmen at Formula Boats in Decatur, Indiana (not far from where the Duesenbergs were built) are completing the first 350 FX6s.
Here's the first peek...
Rampage 38 Express:
6 Attributes of This Classic Fishboat
rhaps there are a dozen express fishboat models in the 38-foot range, and most have been around enough years to have the kinks ironed out. Walk by them at the boat show and they all look pretty much the same. And most of their builders have solid reputations. No wonder many buyers think the best price deal is also the best boat. Not so fast, Pilgrim. We asked our tests captains to name three things that stood out about the Rampage 38 and they came up with 6 noteworthy attributes that they insisted we pass on to our readers. She's actually quite different than the others.
Find out 6 reasons why...
Jeanneau Leader 10:
Hits the 35' "Sweet Spot"
Empty nesters trading down and young couples moving up often converge in about the same place -- the mid-30' (10 meter) range. It's a popular size because you can cruise coastwise or inland with one or two couples without breaking the bank. The new Jeanneau Leader 10 at 35'7" falls squarely into that space. She is powered by twin gas or diesel sterndrive engines with joystick maneuvering which offers the best combination of speed, ease-of-handling, and cost. With two cabins and a hardtop with the option of a retractable soft top or sliding fiberglass sunroof, what is not to like? Equally compelling is her price.
Let's take a look...
Glacier Bay Renegade 2740:
One of the Roomiest We've Seen
Roomy has to be the buzz word for this boat. That's all we kept saying as we toured the new 2740 from Glacier Bay. Sure she's good for fishing, but if there was ever a crossover to the family side of boating, this is it. Aside from the spacious layout, there's room for everything, including the kitchen sink, and for that matter, the fridge too. Today, let's step aboard and see just how much room a builder can put into a 26' 6" (8.1 m) boat and what sort of amenities do we get to bring with us. (We'll talk later about the stable, dry ride that Mom will like.)
Hatteras 64 Convertible:
We Compare Her To The Competition
More than one businessman has granted himself a 60-something convertible as "special reward" for a lifetime career well done. And we couldn't think of a better But which one to buy? All the major brands are prestigious. With each passing year they look more and more alike. When one comes up with a good, new idea it is copied by the others in a heart beat. So what is the difference and does the brand make any difference at all? This week we take the Hatteras 64 Convertible as our subject, and compare her to the competition.
Chips fall where they may...
New Features Video
An Affordable Wake Maker
By going bare bones, Tigé developed an affordable version of its popular 20' (6.1 m) wakeboat without having to sacrifice the build quality that the company stakes its reputation on. And so what if it doesn't have every gadget and gilhickie built in? This boat is all about price and for a growing number of us that's important. If we can get a quality boat, and a prestigious brand then the details will take care of themselves and we'll have the fun that we came for. Let's take a tour to see if the R20 is worth more than the sum of her parts.
Start counting here...
Single-Engine Docking Made Simple
One of the most popular test videos we have broadcast over the last few months is the one of Capt. Steve demonstrating how easy it was for him to dock the single-engine Bayliner 285 sterndrive. Dozens of readers have asked that we show it again, so here it is. Just after Capt. Steve made this video he called the BoatTEST.com headquarters in Stamford, CT, to say that this boat was so easy to handle at the dock he could "make it deal cards." We didn't quite know what he meant until we saw the video. If you've ever wondered what that is like, take five...
Bavaria Yachts Deep Blue 46:
Maxing Freeboard And Living Space
Can you imagine what your automobile might look like if it were designed by a leading naval architect? Neither can we. But thanks to the largest boat builder in Germany -- Bavaria Yachts -- we get to see just the opposite in action. It is the 46' 7" (14.20 m) Bavaria Yachts Deep Blue 46 which was named European Boat of the Year in 2010 in the 12 to 14 meter category. She carries her beam well forward and below she is huge.
Buckle up for this ride...
Boston Whaler 345 Conquest:
Conquistadores Take Notice
Until Boston Whaler introduced its new 370 Outrage, the 345 Conquest was the largest boat in Whaler’s fleet. While we and just about everyone else have been raving about the 370 and all of the innovations that are built in, it is easy to forget that the Whaler 345 Conquest is still a lot of boat and able to go virtually anywhere that one would take the new 370 – and possibly in even more comfort. As you can see in the picture above, the 345 Conquest has a very unusual coupe design that keeps you out in the fresh air but protects you from wind and spray. The 345 is the largest Whaler in the Conquest line and is not a walk around like her smaller siblings, but rather has grown into an express cruiser. We think it is an exciting concept in this size and type of boat. Let’s look closer...
ZF 2800 Single Pod Drive System:
Stern Wave of the Future?
Let's stop fooling ourselves: Fuel isn't going to get cheaper and we don't need to run our boats at 60 mph. Increasingly what will matter to all of us is the "carbon footprint" of everything we do, including boating. Last winter, we think ZF showed us all a glimpse of the future when it demonstrated what a single pod drive could do in a large center console. Our report and video on the subject was one of the best read and watched reports of the year. What is not to like about a clean transom and incredible range thanks to diesel fuel efficiency when used with a single, dual-prop pod?
See history in the making...
Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.:
Tests on 4 Different Boats
When re-powering or buying a new boat where the builder let's you have your choice of outboard brands, the first question is always how much horsepower is enough? Secondarily, which brand is the most reliable, has the lowest maintenance cost, and will last. Finally, most people ask about fuel consumption at best cruise. Over the last year we have tested four boats with the Evinrude 250 E-TEC H.O. which ranged in weight from 1800 lbs. (818-kg) to 3400-lbs. (1,545 kgs.) and got hard answers to some of those questions.
Start your outboard research here...
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Lesson of the Week
Using Sound Signals - Part I
This week Capt. Steve will go over six lessons and guidelines on using sound signals to communicate from boat to boat. These videos represent part I of a two part series on sound signals. Capt Steve gives an overview on the basic sound signals and the difference between short and long blasts. Learn what one short blast means versus two short blasts, what three short blasts and five short blasts signal. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Smart Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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