Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius:
The Second in a Popular Style
It started with the 48 Cantius, and now this… the 41. On that boat we were impressed
by the innovative use of space, the seamless transition from the aft deck to the helm entertainment center to the salon below, and now it continues with a smaller and therefore more affordable version. If you were a fan of the first, and who wasn't, then you're going to love this new 41 Cantius even more. Join Capt. Steve as he takes a test drive on what is destined to be a legacy in the making.
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Everglades 320 Express:
For Those Going Up, Down, or Sideways
The Everglades 320 EX seems to be at a very interesting nexus of boat-buying migration. We say "migration" because every owner comes from another boat, and usually another fishing boat. The 320 EX is very expensive ($420,977), somewhat narrow (10’8”/3.25 m), and it is built by a relatively new company (just 11 years old) -- yet despite all of that, anglers are leaving some of the biggest and most prestigious names in boat building to get into the Everglades 320 EX. What is going on here, and why does the 320 EX appeal to certain boaters from all over the waterfront?
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New Test Video
Bayliner 197 SD:
Passenger Capacity - 10, Fun Factor - 11
With so much room on this Bayliner 197 SD you may have trouble deciding if today will be for dining, sunning, tubing, or just hanging out at anchor while the kids swim off the stern. And since every seat has storage, plus a roomy sole locker, go ahead and load her up with the day's supplies. One thing Bayliner didn't leave off was the performance, and we set out to show exactly how well she behaves in our full test video, now ready for viewing.
New Tiara 4500 Sovran:
Steady As She Goes
The new Tiara Yachts 4500 Sovran is powered by twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600 units with Joystick Control, and features the simplicity, modern styling and well-engineered,
professionally-installed systems that we have come to expect from Tiara. The 4500 Sovran is a coastal cruiser and a day boat with an emphasis on functionality and solid performance, thanks to the IPS system and its proven hull shape
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Redesigned Yamaha FX SHO Series:
A Longer Hull Improves Handling
For 2012, the team at Yamaha has redesigned the FX SHO series watercraft by making
the hull longer, installing true mechanical neutral, and giving the front end a
lower, more aggressive look. We put the FX SHO and the FX Cruiser SHO through rigorous
tests so that we could tell you all you need to know about these two new machines.
With the same 1812cc four-stroke, four-cylinder marine engine as previous models,
power was not an issue. What did surprise us was the handling. Here is the full video...
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Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht:
Outboards Lower CG, Increase Room
The Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht is the nautical upward evolution of the company's line
into what can only be called a "sport yacht." Because she is powered by outboards her profile and CG can be low, therefore making her more seakindly. And because
there is no engine room, more interior space is left for accommodations and stowage.
We tested her with four 350-hp Yamaha V8s.
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Chaparral 284 Sunesta:
She Stretches the Envelope
When it comes to incorporating edgy design elements that add functionality, our test of the Chaparral Sunesta 284 showed just how far this builder will go to improve
the boating experience. From the swim platform and stern seating to the cockpit forward through the clever bow area, Chaparral's design team has created a 28' sportboat
that may become a new benchmark in class. Let's see why...
Meridian 541 Sedan:
Huge Forward Saloon is a Winner
Last year only about 300 flybridge sedan boats were sold in the U.S. in all sizes.
Far and away the market leader in this class was Meridian Yachts, which builds just
four sedan models from 34' (10.35 m) to 54' (16.45 m). How has Meridian managed
to dominate the sedan class in just a few years? In our opinion it is because
of their new sedans' styling, innovative interior layouts, and value for money.
Take a look at a recent test we did of the Meridian 541, and you'll see what we
Evinrude's ICON System:
Drive-By-Wire Is the Future
We love the possibilities that digital control has opened up on outboard-powered
boats. Evinrude has created its own version called ICON, with the “I” standing for
intelligent. Smart controllers now allow us to experience push-button controllability
on the company’s E-TEC line of outboards. As we will soon see this is, as they say,
the tip of the iceberg. Let’s step to the helm and see how Evinrude does digital controls.
Beneteau Swift 34:
Cruiser For 2 (or, 4)
When we tested the Swift 34, it was immediately apparent that this is a boat that
a cruising couple could be quickly attracted to. Not only does she have docile single
engine handling characteristics (she has both a bow and a stern thruster), but Capt.
Steve demonstrated that the shorthanded captain will have no problem tying her up
alone. But what most defines the 34's cruising heritage is her layout. High bulwarks,
wide decks, a galley right next to the helm, and salon just abaft, plus a flybridge
with additional gathering space. It all comes together in our features video of
how Swift makes a fast cruiser. More...
Volvo Penta 5.0L Gas Engine:
You’re at the dealership and it’s time to select engine options. "Standard
power is a 4.3L, do I really need
more than that?", you quite naturally ask yourself.
If you’re like most boaters and want to either fill your boat
with friends or do a lot of towing, or both, then we think you should consider moving up
to the 5.0L. That move will give you a boost from 190-hp to 270-hp at the cost of
roughly 50 lbs (22.7 kg) and about 4” (10.1 cm) in length and 3” (7.6 cm) in height,
and yes, a bit of dough. Learn about the 5.0L...
No More Corroded
Snaps or Zippers
If there is something that all boaters can relate to, it's corrosion. So how about when you go to uncover the boat and you can’t get the snap to unsnap, or you can’t get the zippers to move? (#*?@!!) The team at Shurhold has a simple and effective product that can prevent this from happening and keep your language civil. Snap-Stick is designed to keep your snaps and zippers from corroding and also act as a lubricant. Use it when laying up your boat to protect gear all winter.
Watch a video on the Snap-Stick to see it in action....
You can get all the info on the product here.
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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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Royal Purple Test
On a 40-hp Outboard
The last time we tested a sterndrive in Long Island Sound, those of little faith said that wind, waves and changing current could have affected our results. This time we tested Royal Purple against a leading synthetic brand of motor oil in a 40-hp Mercury EFI 4-stroke engine, on a test stand with a hose feeding fresh water through the engine. No wind, waves or current to affect the results -- which were full of surprises for everyone.
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Lesson of the Week
Preparing Your Boat for Transport
This week Capt. Steve goes over six new lessons and guidelines on tips to safely trailer your boat. Before towing pay close attention to your boat’s clearance and make sure all items on the boat are stored away properly, and the load aboard is properly centered. Before a long tow, weigh your trailer and load to make sure you are within regulations. 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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