New Rinker 216, Fleming 58, Marlow 97E, Plus 6 More - 09/28/2011
BoatTEST Newsletter September 28, 2011 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here. Tests You Can Trust
- Bayliner Factory Tour
- Fleming 58
- Rinker 216 Captiva
- Marlow Yachts 97E
- Bennington 2275 RCW
- Cruisers Yachts 350
- Yamaha 210 Series
- Ranger 1760 Angler
- Formula 310 FX5
- Tigé RZ4
- Volvo Penta 5.7L
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course on DVD
- PowerTech Propellers
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Bayliner Factory:
Behind The Scenes

Bayliner Factory
Bayliner builds its galleys outside of the boat to improve quality and efficiency.

Boaters have been asking us for years to give them a look behind the scenes at the Bayliner factory. We have divided our look into several segments that focus on one part of the process at a time. In our first segment we give you a look at the cabinetry and wood working departments to show you how Bayliner utilizes a sub assembly process to manage quality and efficiency. Here we start with the raw materials and follow through to a completed boat model. Have a look...

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New Boat

New Fleming 58:
Long Range Cruiser

Fleming 58
The new Fleming 58 is a bigger step up from the Fleming 55 than just 3' (.91 m) of length -- her displacement is 33% greater, going from 66,000 lbs. (30,00 kgs.) dry on the 55 to 88,000 lbs. (40,000 kg) on the new 58 model.

We have some good news and bad news about the new Fleming 58: the good news is that she will have just about everything that you wished the older 55 model had. The bad news is: the first one will not be available until the end of 2012. Designed for the cruising couple that likes comfort, a turn of speed when necessary, and three staterooms including a full-beam master, the new Fleming 58 is sure to be the boat of choice among a lot of veteran cruisers. See the drawings and learn more...

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New Video

New Rinker 216 Captiva:
The Basics Are Done Right

Rinker 216 Captiva
In the popular 21' (6.4 m) bowrider category competition is stiff. Rinker's 216 Captiva seems to have the right stuff to keep up.

Rinker is working hard to produce a new line of sportboats at an affordable price and give consumers a choice beyond the usual suspects. Its latest launch, the 216 Captiva, has a lot of the features we look for in bowriders, such as a wide walkthrough, a deep cockpit, a comfortable helm seat, and good visibility through the windshield. With the basics done right we need to look deeper. Drill down here...

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Captain's Report

New Marlow Yachts 97E:
Bureau VERITAS "Unrestricted Navigation"

Marlow Yachts 97E
The new Marlow 97E was introduced last winter at the Miami Boat Show and is the largest boat built so far by Marlow Yachts.

The flagship of the Marlow fleet is the most impressive new global cruising boat launched this year, in our opinion. While she may not be the largest long range cruiser to come down the ways recently, she certainly is the most practical and we think one of the most innovative. She also has more staterooms than any 97' (29.56 m) motoryacht we have ever seen. Her lines and styling speak for themselves, as does the Bureau VERITAS unrestricted certification. Let's take a look...

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New Boat

2012 Bennington 2275 RCW:
Elliptical Sport Package For Performance

Bennington 2275 RCW
The Bennington 2275 RCW has an 8'6" (2.59 m) beam and is equipped with the optional Elliptical Sport Package (ESP) which features a 32" (81 cm) elliptical center toon to enhance performance for buyers who plan on watersports towing.

Bennington's 2012 2275 RCW packs a lot of comfort in a 22' (6.70 m) tri-toon package that is well-built and she can serve as a sedate cruiser or a watersports platform. Bennington offers lots of cool options, not only in terms of amenities, but also in terms of the actual toons themselves, such as a 32" elliptical center toon that increases her load capacity by three people. The 2275 RCW, like all Bennington boats, has a 5-year bow-to-stern warranty covering most everything on the boat except the engine. Play this toon...

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New Test

Cruisers Yachts 350 Express:
Entertainment Special By Day or Night

Cruisers Yachts 350 Express
The optional hardtop adds a lot of utility to the Cruisers 350 Express and when she’s buttoned up with cruising canvas you have a three-seasons boat. We find fall is often the best time of the year to go boating in the Northeast U.S.

Whoa! That was the first reaction our test captain had as he stepped aboard the new 350 Express from Cruisers Yachts. She is made for entertaining and has maxed out her space both on deck and below to make her an able dayboat.  She is also appropriate for the family on long weekends.  But which engines should you get?  We give you the numbers.   More...

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New Video

Yamaha 210 Series:
Room, Range & Affordable

Yamaha 210 Series
Yamaha’s 210 series consists of two boats: the SX210 and the AR210, shown here.  She comes with the wakeboard tower and Bimini standard.

The team at Yamaha tells us that they created the 210 series to provide an affordable alternative for the person looking for a 21' (6.4 m) watersports platform. Usually when we see the word "affordable" that means we'll end up with a "stripped down" boat, but in this case, not so much. Not only do these boats handle well, but they have a lot of features that others simply relegate to the options list. On Yamaha, everything is standard, so let's take a look and see what you get for your watersports dollars in the 210 series. More...

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Captain's Report

Ranger 1760 Angler:
4-Person Multi-Specie Boat

Ranger 1760 Angler
Ranger Boat’s 1760 Angler is taking dead aim at aluminum fishing boats which have dominated the multi-specie fishing market for generations.

The 1,675 lb. (761 kg.) 1760 Angler is Ranger Boat’s answer to the ubiquitous aluminum fishing boats which are light-weight and relatively inexpensive. But there are some attributes that aluminum boats are hard pressed to touch – such as metal-fleck gelcoat, quieter operation, solid hatches, and one-piece construction. But there is more to the Ranger 1760 Anger than a snazzy look. Find out more...

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Captain's Report

Formula 310 FX5:
Cuddy or Bowrider, The FX5 Is Cool

Formula 310 FX
The 310 FX5 is the second in a new series of boats from Formula that is designed to thrill. With a LOA of 31' 0" (9.45 m) and a beam of 9'6" (2.9 m) she will still be easy to operate single-handed, but you'll likely show it off to as many people as you can.

Last year the new Formula 290 FX4 rocked the rafters, and now there is an encore. It is the Formula 310 FX5, and she has jaw-dropping good looks. Formula Boats has upped the ante on cool by creating the new, longer FX5 and we could almost hear the buzz emanating from the marina where Formula’s newest FX had just been launched for our test drive. And if you would prefer the FX5 version in a bowrider, Formula offers that model as well. Here’s a sneak peek...

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Test Video

Tigé RZ4:
She's an Inboard Sportboat, Too!

Tigé RZ4
Not only is the RZ4 a cool looking boat, she’s a great performer, and gives easy control of the wake.

For over a decade Tigé has pushed the envelope of style and performance with its line of wakeboard boats. But after getting onboard and driving her firsthand, we found that the Tigé RZ4 is not only a serious watersports platform, but a very capable cruiser that the whole family can enjoy. Of course when it's time to get extreme, the RZ4 can deliver on that as well. Take a look for yourself...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta 5.7L Gas Engine:
Dissecting A Popular Engine

Melissa to send screen grab from video Volvo Penta 5.7
Volvo Penta tells us that the 5.7 series delivers great performance throughout the speed range. But is it worth the upgrade money from the 5.0L?  Let’s take a look at the numbers and see.

By the time you’ve reached the realm where an engine the size of the 5.7L is a consideration, you’ll probably be on your second or third boat. Typical usage will fall roughly in the 20-25 feet (6-7.5 m) range for single engine applications, and generally 28-36 foot (8.5-11 m) range for twins. What we’re impressed with, however, is that the 5.7L delivers a horsepower range from 300-320-hp in an engine of virtually the same dimensions as Volvo Penta’s 5.0L. So is it the onboard computer, or engineering? Or is it both?  Let’s take a detailed look at the engine and its components.

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Shurhold's Water Blade:
Dry It Faster


We want to pass on a helpful hint for drying your boat: the Shurhold Flexible Water Blade helps. When we put this product to the test, we were not very excited. Let’s be real -- drying your boat is a pain, and nothing will change that. Or so we thought. We found that the Flexible Water Blade actually conformed to the shape of the hull and removed all of the water. It leaves the surface streak-free and is very easy on the arms and back. Visit Shurhold to order...

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Picture of the Week

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Smart Boating's
Smart Boating DVD Course

Smart Boating
Sometimes it's not what you know, but what you've forgotten. We have the perfect solution for you. Smart Boating, because safe boating just isn't enough.

Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about'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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Repair Tip

How to Repair
An Aluminum Prop

Hey, dings happen! Here's how to repair Dad's prop before he finds out what's up. (He'll never know the difference.)

It is amazing what a little ding on a prop can do to a boat's performance. Bigger dings are bigger problems. Gosh, those props turn so fast its pretty hard not mess up all of the blades when something gets in the way. Thankfully in this day of the Internet, when such a calamity happens all you have to do is get on the web and you'll find good, easy-to-follow advice about how to fix nearly anything, including your dinged aluminum prop. We found an answer this week on, and we're passing along the fix to you. Here's how to give your boat some towing mojo...

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Lesson of the Week

Hunting and Fishing From Your Boat

Lesson of the Week Smart Boating
Each duck hunting season a score of hunters fall overboard and drown. You don't read about it, but it happens. Here's what you should know.

This week Capt. Steve goes over two lessons and guidelines on using your boat for hunting or fishing activities. This isn’t going to be about weapons safety or how to use a rifle or fishing rod correctly. What will be covered is simply using the boat as an additional tool for your hunting or fishing sports. Our advice is to stay a safe distance away from fisherman or hunters as they have usually been waiting a long time in an area for a bite or the right shot, and any noise or wake can disturb their concentration or scare off game. The videos presented this week are part of’s Smart Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

"My boat has outlasted 3 marriages. And SHE says I have a problem with commitment!" - G. Tackman

Second Place

"Dude...sorry I took your boat and your ex-wife." - S. Herman

Honorable Mention(s)

"Let's just say it's no longer called ‘The Carrot Top’." – J Mccauley

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