MJM's Sophisticated Building
Process and Materials
MJM has created a line of Downeast-styled powerboats intended primarily for genteel day trips and cruising. But beneath the Awlcraft 2000 painted surface of the company's four models is what's most interesting and unique -- pound for pound one of the strongest powerboats built today. Boston BoatWorks, the licensed manufacturer of MJM Yachts, utilizes a process they developed involving pre-preg epoxy, Corecell (an engineered structural foam core), a bi-axial stitched hybrid fabric of Kevlar E/glass, vacuum bagging and oven post-curing. The result is a boat that is approximately 50% lighter than a conventional boat of the same size, with as much as 3 times the flexural strength. We recently visited the builder with our video cameras to bring you the process.
Formula 350 Sun Sport:
A Sport Cruiser with Elegance
Formula originally built the 350 SS to fill a gap in their lineup, but that goal has long been in the "mission accomplished" folder and now the 350 has earned its respect outside her siblings' shadows. She certainly looks pretty, but the big question
is, can she dance? We recently conducted a full test on the 350 SS, so you
can judge for yourself.
Turn on the salsa music...
New Factory Video
Bayliner Makes Upholstery In-House
Most boat builders manufacture their upholstered products in-house and Bayliner is no different. Through a combination of organizational efficiencies and high unit volume, Bayliner is able to control its costs and still have quality control oversight
of the entire upholstery process. The result is a competitive boat at an affordable
Watch our new construction and see the Bayliner team in action...
New Test Video
Sun Tracker Regency Party Barge 250 XP3: Flagship of the Party Barge Fleet
Pontoon boats are popular as roomy, stable platforms for entertaining, angling and cruising on protected waters. Sun Tracker’s Regency Party Barge 250 XP3 is a tri-toon model that targets those who want a comfortable, feature-rich boat on which to welcome guests for cruising, watersports and entertaining. Moreover, this boat is surprising luxurious.
Let's take a look...
New Features Video
Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe:
A Power Yacht For Cruising Families
The 430 represents the point in the Cruisers Yachts lineup where "Express" gives way to the "Sports Coupe" lineup, and she does it with an eye-catching Wenge interior. With dark woods against a light accent, the interior of this 430 has a classy look
just as you would expect in a fine yacht. Let's take a look and see how it all comes together in our features walk through of the Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe.
New Test Video
2012 Tracker Pro Guide V-16 WT:
3 (or 4) Season Fisherman
Deep-V aluminum walk-through boat models are popular primarily among northern anglers who appreciate their added protection from the elements. Further, the forgiving nature of alloy below the waterline when the hull comes into contact with less-forgiving obstacles has long made aluminum the material of choice for these anglers. "Big water" designs usually feature higher freeboard and deeper V'd hulls for negotiating rough, open water.
Let's look closer...
Tahoe Q7 SF:
Well-Balanced For Family Fun
Dual-purpose boats are popular choices for families who want to use their watercraft for both fishing and more active watersports such as tubing, skiing, wakeboarding and cruising. The “SF” stands for “Ski & Fish,” a juxtaposition of the popular “Fish & Ski” designation that appears to say that Tahoe puts its SF models’ towing appeal ahead of amenities that allow for easy angling.
Let's find out if that is true...
Sea Ray 500 Sundancer:
Tested in Blustery Weather
Sea Ray has found that the Zeus pod power choice has been so popular on their 500 Sundancer, that they have made it standard and have completely eliminated the V-drive option.
Sea Ray also offers only twin 526-hp CMD diesels in the 500. With only one choice we were curious to see how she performed, so we took her on a full test in snotty weather. These kind of conditions by their very nature usually prohibit a boat from performing at its best, so we think you'll be interested in what we discovered.
New Yamaha 212SS & 212X:
Jet Boats Made For Watersports
The 2012 Yamaha 212 jet-powered watercraft comes in two versions -- the "SS" and
the "X", the latter of which has a towing tower among other amenities. Both boats
are powered by twin 1.8 liter engines that we have clocked going from 0 to 30 mph in 4 seconds flat. For years we have raved about the user-friendly stern of the Yamaha design and each year the company seems to be able to make it a little bit better. See the test video and captain's report...
New Marlow 97E:
Go Anywhere Motoryacht
Over ten years ago Marlow Yachts founder David Marlow hung his hat on the concept of a light-weight, long range cruiser that could reach semi-displacement cruising
speeds in the 22 to 25 knot range and drop down to hull speed for the long haul. Time, his own products, and indeed those of some other builders, all seem to be pointing many new cruising boats in that direction. Launched early this year, the new Marlow 97E's performance is on target: a range of 650 n.
miles at 25 knots and 4,000 at 9 knots according to the builder. Even more arresting is the incredible amount of usable living space the Marlow 97E has inside. She easily has the useable room of a 125-footer built in a more conventional manner.
Read all about her...
Tricked Out and Turned On
The 20th Anniversary Platinum Edition RZ2 is loaded and tricked out with virtually
everything the builder could think of. How else would a premium wakeboat company celebrate its 20th anniversary? Wake's up...
Ocean Yachts 58 Super Sport:
A Large, Able Convertible for the Times
has always been the lowest-priced brand of the big four American convertible builders. How much Ocean Yachts slowed the other builders’ price escalations we’ll never know,
but there was a time when Bertram, Hatteras and Viking lost sales to aggressively-priced
Ocean Yachts. Long ago, those three competitors caught up with Ocean Yachts
on speed and interior decor, but it still has the uncontested edge on price.
Take a look...
Lesson of the Week
How to Handle Your Boat
in Different Sea Conditions
This week Capt. Steve goes over five lessons and guidelines on understanding wave characteristics and how to handle your boat in different types of sea conditions. Learn how to approach a head sea and make the ride more comfortable for you and your passengers, learn how to handle the boat in a following sea. 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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