Intrepid 327 CC:
2 Yamaha 350-hp V-8s
Intrepid has had a remarkably successful run with its 323 CC, the largest selling
boat in the Intrepid line. But she wasn't able to hold the newer V-8's that weigh hundreds of pounds more than V-6's. So Intrepid retooled the popular 323, and thus the 327 was born. Now the question remains, how does she perform with the heavier V-8 350-hp Yamaha engines? Does the extra 100 horsepower make up for the added
500 lbs. (272 kgs.) of weight? Let's see...
Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius:
An All-Weather Express
It started with the 48 Cantius, and now this… the 41 Cantius. We were impressed
by the innovative use of space in the 48, and Cruiser Yachts has continued that design theme in its new 41. If you were a fan of the 48, then we think you’ll love this new model. She is smaller and less expensive than her big sister, but she packs a cruising wallop.
Let’s test her...
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New Bayliner 170 OB:
Wakeboard, Fish, Ski or Cruise
If we had to come up with one word to describe the all new 170 OB from Bayliner, it would have to be “affordable versatility.” (Ok, so it was two words.) There are two options packages that caught our eye. First was the ski and fish package.
The second was even more exciting...a wakeboard series package! If you doubt
that a 17' boat with a 115-hp motor can pull a wakeboarder, then you'll want to
watch our new video test.
2-Cabin "Everyman's" 30' Cruiser
According to Jeanneau, its new 30' NC9 is "...aimed at a broad-based new customer segment” and she is the most exciting thing that has come across our bow in months. Here's why: the new world of boating is all about affordable boating. And that means
buyers in the market are looking for boats with a relatively low initial cost, low operating expenses and lots of utility. Forget the days of large, glittering motoryachts with dancing girls, the boating world is now firmly in the new paradigm. Thankfully, the folks at Jeanneau got the message some time ago. Glitz is out and high-utility, good price-worthy products are in. We think Jeanneau is leading the boating industry into the future.
Let's take a look at its new NC9...
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World Cat 290 CC:
She's Both Roomy & Stable
We continue to debunk the claims from mono-hull jingoists that cats simply don’t
cut it. “They perform differently,” “they lean outboard in turns”... and now it’s
“they’re not as spacious as they look.” Okay, let’s see. The only way to disprove
this canard is to do a video walkthrough with a person onboard. And not a dwarf either:
an average-sized Capt. Steve. Come along as he takes us through the World Cat 290
CC and checks out some of the features and the space onboard this twin-hulled fishing
Bring all the gear you want...
Triton 19SE Bass Boat:
Loaded With Standard Features
Triton introduced the 19SE in 2011 to garner a share of the premium 19-foot-class bass boat market that is as competitive as the tournament anglers who drive them. The entry proved so popular among avid bass anglers that Triton found little to tweak in the 2012 model, which maintains features that include the removable passenger console, generous storage capacity and over-sized forward casting deck. This
boat is top-drawer all the way.
How Big Can a 44 Interior Be?
Times are tough, and that means buyers are getting smarter, and more discriminating.
Prestige knows this, and has been making a lot of waves lately with their ability
to provide more boat for less money. Equally important, they don't compromise on
things that matter to experienced boaters: expertly installed systems, strong construction,
and traditional functionality. Not only that, but the Prestige 440S is also full of
amenities. Take a look at our features walkthrough
of the 440S and you'll see what we mean.
Volvo Penta D4 Marine Diesel:
Designed For Rugged Marine Use
If versatility is the key to success, then it's small wonder that the Volvo Penta
D4 is such a popular engine. It powers everything from sportboats to express
cruisers to large trawlers. It comes in power ranging from 225- to 300-hp, it can
be fitted to either a DPS sterndrive, IPS350 or 400 pod, or conventional inboard
To put it to the test, we went with the robust DPS sterndrive that was made specifically
to handle the high torque of this diesel engine. The test boat... a 15,400 lb (6,985 kg) express with sterndrive joystick.
Wellcraft 210 Sportsman:
A Good Family Utility Boat
Lately, some builders have chosen to save money by focusing less on their smaller boats and opting instead to concentrate on selling larger, but fewer boats. Well it seems that Wellcraft didn't get the memo, and instead has chosen to pump new blood into its small boat line. One example of this forward thinking is the 210 Sportsman. A versatile fish & ski package with the quality and solid ride that Wellcraft was founded on.
Meridian 541 Sedan:
3 Staterooms and Huge Saloon
The Meridian 541 Sedan is the second boat in the company’s lineup that has been designed completely around the Zeus pod propulsion system. The pods allow the builder to move the engines farther back in the hull, creating more living space. In this case, the 53’10" (16.4 m) hull is able to accommodate three staterooms with two full heads. This boat was first launched last year, but because retail customers were so anxious to get their new 541 we had to wait for months to get our test.
Read our Captain's Report and watch our test video...
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Ranger 211 Reata:
For Strategic Family Planning
This year has caused us all to do some serious financial and family planning. If boating is a way of life for you, then you need to figure out how to afford the cake and eat it too. Good boats are expensive and frankly, buying one first for fishing, then trading it in on a sportboat for a young, growing family, then trading again into a screaming fishing rig when the kids are gone means you’re going to be losing a lot of bucks along the way. The folks at Ranger have given serious thought and have a very good solution – buy one very well-built boat that is versatile and keep her a lifetime.
It’s a novel concept...
New Features Video
Sea Ray Sport Boats:
New, Easy to Use Sport Tower
When we asked the team at Sea Ray how they came up with the design of the new sport tower for the 260 SD they told us it was mainly in response to customer feedback. One of the key design elements was that the tower had to fold, but more importantly, fold easily, so anyone would be able to lower it. This tower is manufactured from lightweight, high-strength aluminum and finished in a baked-on powdercoat. They added an integrated anchor light on top of the tow point as well as LED docking lights. This new tower is also available on all Sea Ray Sport Boats. Here is a video provided to us by the Sea Ray team which demonstrates the new towing tower.
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25 Buying Check Points
How To Buy A Sportboat -- #10:
Scuppers to Keep
Sportboat From Sinking
Every sportboat has scuppers. But do you know where yours drain – is it overboard or in the bilge? Knowing the answer to that question could mean the difference between being a happy boater or finding your pride-and-joy sunk at its mooring. Check out any boat’s scuppers before buying. Here’s what you need to know...
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Requirements for Recreational Boaters
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