Rampage 41 Express:
A Fishing Boat
Used For Cruising
More and more hardcore fishing boats are being used as cruising boats and it's not hard to see why. They often handle seas better, they are built to take just about anything, and they're usually made for traveling pretty far distances. Today we are seeing a trend towards manufacturers getting the idea and adding comfortable living and cruising features to these boats. Rampage seems to have a knack for adding real quality and looks into the cruising mix. Case in point is the 41 Express.
Let's step aboard and see how a real fishing boat goes cruising.
New Test Video
New Mako 234 Center Console:
A Classic Design Re-Made
Over the years we have tested many models of Mako boats and found that one constant has been how well they handle. In our test of the new 234 the handling wasn't the only thing we liked. Mako has responded to customer feedback by adding a long list of features as standard, making this boat-motor-trailer package tough to resist. Designed for the avid fisherman, our test showed that the 234 might
appeal to some non-fisherman as well.
Come along for the ride with our test video.
Formula 310 FX5:
High Style Meets Performance
The wait is over and the 310 FX5 has hit the water running. We were watching with interest as this boat went through her long gestation period, and finally we were recently able to climb aboard and test her. As it turns out, her handling gave us as much pleasure as her eye appeal. Let's take a look at just how cool this hot boat is, and while we're at it we'll discuss the price.
She's not for everyone...
New Yamaha 190 Series:
Powered By A Single Engine
The new Yamaha 190 Series is powered with a single, 1812 cc engine, Yamaha's largest for jet-powered boats. In our recent tests this new boat achieved a top speed of 43.2 mph. Time-to-plane was 3.3 seconds. The 190 comes in two models, the AR and the SX, depending on what feature-rich package desired. Like all Yamaha boats it is built to the same high standards of quality of her big sisters. Our test even included towing a wakeboarder.
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New Interior Video
A World-Class Motoryacht
It's a real pleasure when we see a boat that has virtually all the ingredients of
a fine motoryacht done well. From fit-and-finish to a comfortable and functional layout, it all comes together in the Prestige 60. While we were most impressed with the aft galley and the full beam master, there's so much more to this yacht.
Take a look at our new interior video...
New Test Video
Tracker Pro Team 175 TXW:
A Smooth Ride and Feature-Rich
Within Tracker Marine's extensive model line-up, the Bass Tracker Pro Team 175 is one of the most popular. Each year Tracker has focused its design efforts
on providing the fishing features pro and amateur anglers expect. Further,
the boat's modified V-hull and new power-Trac transom design will deliver quick hole shots
and a smooth, comfortable ride. Tracker even goes so far as to "guarantee" a smooth
ride. Our test video shows how comfortable this boat
is and a few other features
you will want to know about.
Take a look at our latest test...
2012 Manitou 27 Platinum SES SHP:
A Newly Patented Hull Design
When it comes to pontoon boats there are perhaps half a dozen names that stand out as being in the top tier of quality, design and performance. Manitou is one of those builders. Earlier this year Manitou was granted a patent for the special aspects of its tri-toon hull design, but that is not the only thing that sets the 27 Platinum SES SHP apart from other toons on the market.
Let's take a look...
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New Features Video
Bayliner 215 BR:
Options Make Her
We've been impressed with the latest launches from Bayliner and this 215 is a case in point. We not only found her to be a very cool-looking boat, but the ride is first rate, and now Bayliner is stepping up the number of optional watersport equipment
New Test Video
Cruisers Yachts 310 Express:
Keeping Up with Big Sisters
The 310 Express is the smallest boat in the 11-model Cruisers Yachts lineup and
that's what makes her unique. Most builders in this range start with sportboats
under 20' (6.2 m) and build up to the 30s. Like the youngest child, the 310
Express works hard to keep up with her larger sisters. For a family of four or two couples on a weekend getaway, we think she should be on a buyer's short list.
All aboard the 310 Express...
New Features Video
Glacier Bay 2770:
New and Improved
As mentioned a couple weeks ago, Glacier Bay redesigned its popular 2670 Cuddy,
and the changes are all reflections of their response to direct customer feedback.
The new 2770 has a redesigned cockpit seating for better ergonomics, added a cockpit entertainment center so no more going below for a simple drink, and these changes
are just the start. Our new features walkthrough video gives a step by step look at just how the 2770 version came out.
Watch the video...
Sea-Doo 210 Challenger S:
Designed for More Interior Space
Any given boat model can look good at a boat show and in a showroom, but when you’re on the water it’s not just about looks. The Sea-Doo 210 Challenger is a 21-foot boat that offers you, in our opinion, a little more boat for the size. With a beam of 8’6” the simple numbers don’t convey what we felt in a recent look at this model. That is because the way in which Sea-Doo utilized the interior space and layout makes all the difference. From the clever transom seating to the bow layout, we came away from this model feeling she had a lot to offer a large family.
Volvo Penta 5.7L Gas Engine:
All Marinizations Are Not The Same
By the time you’ve reached the size boat where the 5.7L is a consideration,
you’ll probably be around 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. But is it worth the money
to upgrade? Let’s look at the numbers.
for New "Reverse" Prop
PowerTech! Propellers has now won back-to-back IBEX Innovation Awards for 2010 and 2011 in the propeller category. The latest PowerTech! Propeller design, named the "PowerStop!", incorporates the world’s first reverse thrust propeller that performs great in both forward and reverse directions, according to the company. This new design incorporates unique cupping, on both the leading and trailing edges, thereby enhancing control for stopping, reversing and maneuvering. Having the ability to stop quicker and maneuver accurately in reverse make this design inherently safer for family and novice boating activities.
Learn more about this design...
Shurhold Shag Bonnet:
New Microfiber Polish Tool
Shurhold has developed a new microfiber polishing tool that it calls the Brite Bonnet Final Polish Pad. Designed to fit on the Shurhold Dual Action Polisher, the design provides you with more microfiber area coming in contact with the surface being polished. A feature that we at BoatTEST like is that the Bonnet is designed with a vapor barrier so you can quickly and easily install it over a wet waxing pad and don't need to worry about moisture bleeding through. The purpose of this shaggy new tool is to remove the excess wax and complete your final buffing. From now until November 20 when you purchase two, you will get a third one free.
You can order online or learn more about this 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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Lesson of the Week
Basic PWC Safety and Tips
This week Capt. Steve goes over five lessons and guidelines on safely operating
a PWC. While they may look easy and fun to drive they still require the driver’s full attention and must be treated like any other boat on the water, with caution and safety in mind. PWCs are not toys. Capt. Steve will go over some key differences of operating a PWC from operating a boat, and he will discuss the most important feature, the automatic shut-off and self circling feature. 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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