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Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- MasterCraft 300
- Princecraft SVX 27 IO
- Formula 350 FX6
- Rampage 38 Express
- Jeanneau Leader 10
- Glacier Bay Renegade 2740
- Hatteras 64 Convertible
- Tigé R20
- Bayliner Docking
- Bavaria Deep Blue 46
- Boston Whaler 345
- Yanmar 6BY-260Z
- ZF 2800 Pod System
- Evinrude 250 HO
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course on DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

MasterCraft 300:
Sportsyacht As A Dayboat

MasterCraft 300
You are looking at one of the most exclusive and innovative day yachts made anywhere in the world. She is the 30'4" (9.25 m), 12,500 lb. (5,670 kg.) twin engine MasterCraft 300.

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..

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Toon News

Princecraft SVX 27 I/O:
A Deluxe Sterndrive Tri-Toon

Princecraft SVX 27
She'll get to the church on time -- and in high style -- with the Princecraft SVX 27 I/O, a boat that richly deserves to be called deluxe because of her long list of standard equipment and her 4.3 L sterndrive engine.

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...

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New Boat

Formula 350 FX6:
First Peek And She's A "Duesy"

Formula 350 FX6
Here is a shot of the team detailing the FX6 to perfection. By the time they're done, the boat looks like is should be under glass in a museum.

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...

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Rampage 38 Express:
6 Attributes of This Classic Fishboat

Rampage 38 Express
The Rampage 38 is probably the fastest, most fuel-efficient boat in class due to her 13' 9" (4.19 m) beam. Her 513- gal. (1,949 L) fuel capacity gives the 38 a 518-nm cruising range at 18 knots with a 10% fuel reserve. Cozumel, anyone?

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...

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Captain's Report

New Jeanneau Leader 10:
Hits the 35' "Sweet Spot"

Jeanneau Leader 10
The Leader line of boats is Jeanneau's entry into the highly competitive express cruiser market. This Leader 10 (10.85 m/ 35’ 7’’ LOA) is the largest in the three-boat Leader lineup. Notice the massive, one piece full beam windshield and side windows.

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...

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Test Video

Glacier Bay Renegade 2740:
One of the Roomiest We've Seen

Glacier Bay 2740 DC
Not only is this a very open boat, but it handles exceptionally well in rough water. We found that the faster we went through the waves, the better the 2740 liked it.

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.) More...

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Hatteras 64 Convertible:
We Compare Her To The Competition

Hatteras 64 C
As convertibles are used more and more for cruising, particularly in Europe and in Latin America, cruising comfort, amenities and practicality are playing a larger role in the decision-making process. How does the Hatteras 64 stack up against 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...

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New Features Video

Tigé R20:
An Affordable Wake Maker

Tigé R20
Notice the basic welded aluminum pipe tower, plus the racks don't swivel. And there are a number of other amenities left off, but the build quality -- and the wake! -- are the same as you'll get on the more expensive versions.

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...

Tigé Wake VideoWhy does Tigé have what some people say is the best surf wake in the industry?

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Boat Handling

Single-Engine Docking Made Simple

Bayliner 285 Docking
Our test video of the Bayliner 285 single sterndrive shows how easy single-engine docking can be with a little practice.

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...

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Captain's Report

Bavaria Yachts Deep Blue 46:
Maxing Freeboard And Living Space

Bavaria Deep Blue 46
An express cruiser with higher freeboard than virtually any other boat in class, the Bavaria Yachts Deep Blue 46 was actually designed by BMW Group Designworks USA in California, a leader in "global design consultancy," according to the company website.

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...

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Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest:
Conquistadores Take Notice

Boston Whaler 345 Conquest
The 345 Conquest is a go-anywhere boat and draws only 1’10” (.6 m). Bahamas anyone? You can cruise this boat just as well as fish from her.

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...

Boston Whaler Conquest LineWatch an overview on Boston Whaler's Conquest line of fishing boats.

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Features Video

Yanmar 6BY2-260Z:
A Complete Sterndrive Power System

Yanmar 6BY2-260Z
Yanmar, by marrying its 260-hp diesel to its own sterndrive lower unit, is able to provide the whole drive system, simplifying service and warranty issues.

Yanmar recently released its second generation of sterndrive diesel engines and we managed to get our hands on the 6-cylinder, 260-hp version, the 6BY2-260Z. Not only was this a redesigned model, but it paired perfectly with Yanmar’s new hydraulic driven outdrive. Let’s see what features this new combination offers and how they performed on a full test...

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Features Video

ZF 2800 Single Pod Drive System:
Stern Wave of the Future?

ZF 2800 Single Pod DriveZF 2800 Pod Drive System
A single ZF pod with dual, counter-rotating props harnesses the efficiency of a pod and the added thrust of a second prop to propel our test boat at a surprising speed and give it remarkable range with diesel power.

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...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.:
Tests on 4 Different Boats

Evinrude E-TEC 250 H.O.
The top speed we recoded for the 250-hp E-TEC H.O. was 72.5 mph on two different 1800-lb. (818-kg.) bass boats. But how did this H.O. engine perform when pushing an offshore fisherman that was twice as heavy?

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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Shurhold PVA Towel
Is Put Through the Ringer

Shurhold PVA Towel
PVA towels are better than a natural chamois.

When we asked the team at Shurhold what is different about their PVA towels they told us that they absorb 50 percent more water than natural chamois, making for faster and more effective drying.  We gave the towels a shot on our test boat after a few hours on the water in Long Island Sound. All we did was spray her down with fresh water and wipe her down from the windscreen to the keel. The total elapsed time to completely dry a 24' boat was 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Take our word for it, there were no spots or streaks left behind, just a nice shine. The towels come in an extra large size of 17" x 27" (43 cm x 69 cm). Learn more here...

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Picture of the Week

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Smart Boating

Smart Boating DVD Course

Smart Boating
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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. It's the most complete boating course available...period. Order your 4-disc box set here...

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Lesson of the Week

Using Sound Signals - Part I

Lesson of the Week
One long blast is used when approaching a bend and you cannot see the other vessel on the other side.

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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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

“And what's left goes in your college fund!”
- B. Carlson

Second Place

“See how the girls get prettier as the boats get bigger?” – T. Kennelly

Honorable Mention(s)

“Yes son, if you make good grades then she does come with the boat, so to speak.”
- D. Ellis

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