Behind The Scenes
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.
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Long Range Cruiser
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.
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Rinker 216 Captiva:
The Basics Are Done Right
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.
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New Marlow Yachts 97E:
Bureau VERITAS "Unrestricted Navigation"
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.
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Bennington 2275 RCW:
Elliptical Sport Package For Performance
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.
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Cruisers Yachts 350 Express:
Entertainment Special By Day or Night
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...
Yamaha 210 Series:
Room, Range & Affordable
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.
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Ranger 1760 Angler:
4-Person Multi-Specie Boat
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.
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Formula 310 FX5:
Cuddy or Bowrider, The FX5 Is Cool
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...
She's an Inboard Sportboat, Too!
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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Volvo Penta 5.7L Gas Engine:
Dissecting A Popular Engine
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.
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Smart Boating DVD Course
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.
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How to Repair
An Aluminum Prop
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 eHow.com, 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
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 BoatTEST.com’s Smart Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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