New Bayliner 175 BR:
Gets A Makeover
We've never been one to sit on our laurels, so when Bayliner changed its most popular model we were pleased. If the single-edged razor morphing into four blades and cassette tapes giving way to MP3 players has taught us anything it's that there is always room for improvement. We think Bayliner has managed to make some decent and well-thought
out changes. Let's see the Bayliner 175 BR...
New Scout 345 XSF:
Curves in All the Right Places
Scout's newest boat, the 345 XSF center console, is also the company's largest boat and she is a beauty. With a 10' 9" (3.30 m) beam and a displacement of about 10,300 lbs. (4,681 kgs.) with twin Yamaha 350s strapped to her integrated bracket/swim platform, she has the heft to handle both offshore seas and big billfish. As striking as the 345's curves are on the outside, you ain't seen nothin' yet.
Cabo 45 Express:
A Big Peters-Designed Fishboat
There are only a half a dozen or so express fishboats on the market over 41' and the Cabo 45 is one of the biggest. Interestingly, in the mid-40 range the Cabo 45 at 33,000 lbs. (15,000 kgs.) falls right in the middle of the group even though she is a bit longer than most. Her beam of 15' 8" (4.77 m) is also about in the middle of the range of these fishermen. At 11.5-degrees of deadrise at the transom, she is the flatest of all the express fishboats in class which should make her more stable and a bit faster, all other things being equal.
Let's fish for more facts...
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Yamaha FX HO Series:
New Look, New Features
The Yamaha FX HO Series encompasses two machines, the FX Cruiser HO and the FX HO. Essentially these are the same waverunners except for a few cosmetic differences. When our PWC tester in residence arrived for testing, the first thing that caught his eye was the new, more angular redesigned front end.
Let's see what he has to say...
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Stingray 208 LR:
Speed and Added Features
Stingray has built its reputation by producing boats that are fast and reasonably priced. But lately the builder has stepped up and is now offering more features as standard equipment than ever before and this move has certainly added value to its new boats. The 208 LR is one of the Stingray's most popular bowriders and our quick look will show you why.
An Impressive Offshore Motoryacht
The Prestige 60 is one of the most compelling new cruising yachts
that we have seen in some time. She is suitable for varied missions, has styling
that can appeal to most anyone, and has an interior
layout that is hard to beat in a 60-footer or in even most boats 10' longer. The
icing on the cake is her MSRP in the neighborhood of $1.4 million powered by twin
IPS900 700-hp diesels. If you have been thinking of a motoryacht, a trawler, a Downeast cruiser,
or a Euro-styled express in the 60' (18.5 m) range, then we've got a boat for your
Find out why...
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Sea Ray 185 Sport:
Redesigned Based on Owner Feedback
We have been testing new versions of the Sea Ray 185 Sport for nearly 10 years now,
and each new version has been a step forward thanks to Sea Ray's professional engineering
and design staff. The builder takes aboard owner feedback, so a good boat has
just gotten better. Today's 185 Sport incorporates a deep cockpit and bow
area which we like for safety, especially for a family. Let's take a video look...
Sweetwater 2486 FC:
A Multi-Species Fishing Toon
Sweetwater is part of the Godfrey Pontoon family that consists of Aqua Patio, Parti Kraft, and Sanpan Pontoons. Godfrey, which is one of the largest boat builders in the U.S, knows a thing or two about recreational boat construction, particularly when it comes to toons. There are several interesting aspects of the Sweetwater 2486 FC, but perhaps the most compelling one of all is the price -- an MSRP of $21,030 powered by an Evinrude 90-hp E-TEC.
Volvo Penta's DPS:
Position Holding at the Push of a Button
How many times have you had to wait in the middle of a running channel for a bridge to open? How about holding position while you wait for a gas dock to free up? Or the countless other times you just had to wait for whatever reason? Wouldn't it be more convenient to just press a button and have the boat do the work for you? That's the logic behind Volvo Penta's DPS, or Dynamic Positioning System. And if you're a fan of Volvo Penta then you likely have most of the components already installed on your panel anyway. So why not add one more button on the joystick?
Press your mouse's button here...
Boogie & Party While You Wake
Obviously the design team at MasterCraft has been busy. Always known for thinking out of the box, and for being wakeboat pioneers, the folks at MasterCraft have now combined an awesome wakeboat with just the right amount of luxury and amenities to satisfy not only the pros, but the families, too. And they didn't forget to add the "cool" factor either. It all comes together in the X-55, so let's climb aboard and take a look.
To the board room...
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Formula 40 PC:
IPS Performance in a Class Act
One thing we like about the Porter family, owners of Formula, is that you always
know where you stand with them. Take this 40 PC for example. One would think she's
40’ (12.2 m) overall with the bow pulpit and swim platform but you’d be wrong. This
boat is actually 42' 7'' (13 m) LOA. She is 40' stem to stern, the old fashioned,
and conservative, way of describing a boat's length. How easy would it have been
just to call this a 42 PC? Price is another open book with this company. Their website
shows how much its boats cost, no “contact dealer for quote,” and no “give us
your contact information first.”
She's a boat that we felt had to be tested.
Andros Boatworks Backwater 18:
A Good Flats Boat in Chop
When it comes to flats boats, there's usually a large tradeoff between handling
capabilities and skinny water accessibility. With the Andros Boatworks Backwater
18 we found the opposite to be true. Our tests showed a very capable and nice handling
boat in the chop, but one that allowed us to access seemingly impossible shallow
Our full captain's report has the details on how she performed as well as a look
at the features.
Beneteau Swift 44:
For Coastal Cruising World-Wide
The newest boat in Beneteau's Swift series is the ST 44, which replaces
the ST 42, the model that started Beneteau's foray into the trawler market back
in 2004. Like the ST 42, she is intended for coastal work, inter-island exploration,
and serious cruising. This twin stateroom, two-head boat weighs 24,019 lbs. (10,895
kgs.) and is powered with twin Volvo Penta D4 300-hp diesel engines. Her price is
a very pleasant surprise. Learn more...
2011 Nitro Z-7:
Weekend Tournament Basser
Tournament bass boats are loaded to the gills and built for one thing. So what about
the weekend tournament enthusiast who doesn't need the top of the line? Nitro has
what seems to be the perfect balance of features, performance and a price you can
Take a closer look with our video review.
Evinrude E-TEC 50-hp:
Trusty Workhorse For Small Boats
Evinrude's E-TEC 50-hp is one of the smaller outboards in the company's line. Its engineering enables Evinrude to make some profound claims regarding
the lack of required maintenance, and a substantial reduction in moving parts which
translates into longer life. Today, we take a look at some of the key features of
this little engine and put it through a full test and performance review. Your
choices with the 50: pull cord or electric start, tiller or remote, blue or white.
Azimut Magellano 50:
Long Range Cruiser with Panache
Azimut is electrifying the yachting world with its Magellano line of fuel-efficient long-range cruisers, including this 51' 4" (15.64 m) Magellano 50. Introduced last
year she is the mid-sized entry in the new series (a 74 is also available). Not only is the 50 a radical departure visually from Azimut's Med-style cruisers, noted for their speed, sleek styling and sybaritic accommodations, but it also has something few other yachts at this level have -- the option of hybrid power. Azimut's Easy Hybrid system adds twin 23-kW electric motors to the Magellano 50's twin Cummins MerCruiser QSB 5.9 diesels, and will move the yacht at up to 8 knots under battery power alone, in near-silence, says the company.
But there's more to this innovative yacht from Azimut; to find out her other secrets...
Lesson of the Week
Before Departing Familiarize Guests
with the Boat and Safety Procedures
This week Capt. Steve goes over fifteen new lessons and guidelines to follow before departing the dock. If you are taking guests out on your boat they should all be aware of the safety procedures aboard and you must have a life jacket for each one of them. Capt. Steve will go over important lessons on running your blower before starting the engine, taking a proactive approach if you notice any problems early on, common solutions if the engine will not start up, and how to correctly cast off from the dock. 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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