Mako 212 Center Console:
Features and Value in 21-feet
The all-new Mako 212 was a good boat for us to test since the team at Mako said they designed her to provide lots of fishing features, performance and space in an LOA of just 21'5" (6.55 m). We tested the 212 in calm waters in the morning and some pretty nice chop in the afternoon. The 212 handled well, provided a nice stable ride and was fun to drive.
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2012 Sea-Doo GTX S 155:
The Latest in
The new 2012 Sea-Doo GTX S 155 carries on in the tradition of luxury PWCs while adding a clever twist, adjustable suspension. In our opinion the ability to adjust your suspension is a huge plus since each rider has a different weight and this impacts the ride. By simply lifting up the seat and with he use of a ratchet tool, you can set the suspension. With the deck being independent from the hull, the suspension system can travel up and down 5.5" (13.97cm). But as usual, this is not the only clever feature on a Sea-Doo watercraft.
New Sea Trial Video
Rampage 41 Express:
The Snotty Weather Test
We set out to do a regular performance test on the Rampage 41 after the Ft. Lauderdale boat show, but when the winds started howling boats began flocking back into the inlet. That's when we decided it was a perfect time to head out and really test the "stones" of this boat. It was a very revealing test, and we came away with some interesting observations from both a rough weather aspect, and a close quarters handling perspective.
Why are all those other boats heading back in?
Rinker 196 Captiva I/O:
Also Available in Outboard
Rinker had a gap in its lineup between 18' (5.49 m) and 20' (6.1 m) that needed to be filled, and the new 196 serves the purpose. To appeal to a wider audience, Rinker correctly made an I/O and outboard version available, and today we'll be putting the sterndrive model through her paces. We found her to be easy to handle and she has a lot of storage for a boat in this class. We tested the 196 in Lake Michigan so let's see the rest of the handling story.
New Features Video
Beneteau Flyer GT 38:
A Different Express Cruiser
Perhaps it was her center mounted helm, or the opening sunroof, maybe the dual configurations to the aft stateroom, or the single piece windshield…however you look at her, we found that the Flyer GT 38 has a lot going for her. She is certainly not a cookie-cutter
express cruiser. This boat recently made her U.S. debut at the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show and turned a lot of heads.
Let's take a detailed walk through...
Designed For Saltwater
Volvo Penta has long been aware of the Achilles' heel of all sterndrive lower units -- saltwater corrosion. The company has spent years of R&D to develop its new, corrosion-resistant OceanX lower unit. While it may not eliminate corrosion altogether, the new outdrive has proven thus far to slow it down to a crawl -- and it has a 4-year limited warranty. We tested an OceanX to see if the new product was up to the performance standards boaters have come to expect.
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Hydra-Sports 23 Bay Bolt:
Skinny Water-- Fat Features
If you like to fish in skinny water, a deep-V hull often won’t get you far, and
the price tag can be brutal. But since shallow waters often team with fish, a purpose-built boat that can get you to these spots in a hurry can be a smart, economical buy. Enter the Hydra-Sports 23 Bay Bolt. With her long list of fishing features, we had more than a good time testing this rig. And with an unbelievable 300-hp hanging off the transom, she didn’t exactly waste our time getting to the testing grounds. If you don't need that much speed, dial her back to a 150 and keep the change.
New Features Video
Cruise the High Seas or the Highway
Here is a boat designed by cruisers for cruisers. She is built tough for offshore work yet can cruise I-95. How many cruisers can do that?
It makes the annual snowbird migration a lot faster and much more economical. But there
is more to the MJM 40z than strength and speed. Beneath her traditional exterior,
is an equally traditional interior -- with some clever twists. This
week, let's take a walk through...
Designed for a Big Splash
When we inspected the Cobalt 323 everywhere we looked we saw only examples of going a step further to bring out the best in quality and features: touches like quilted upholstery on the bulkheads, high-end custom-made hardware, and a stainless steel retractable walkthrough ladder that sets a new industry standard. Throw all this together with a boat load of other features, add a top speed of over 50 mph, and you’ve got a remarkable boat that is on the cusp between a sportboat and an express cruiser.
Meridian 341 Sedan:
All The Cruiser You May Need
We filled a Meridian 341 Sedan with fuel and water and tested her in seas up to 3' in 15-20 knots of breeze and she handled it all quite well. Just because the Meridian 341 Sedan is the company's "entry level" yacht, don't let that description fool you. She may be all the boat you'll ever need. She has two cabins, a large salon, the helm on the flying bridge, and an aft deck. As you can see in the picture above, cruising canvas creates an even larger living area.
Diesel-Powered Stern Drive
It is well-known that diesels are generally more efficient than gas engines, and that sterndrives are more efficient than inboards-- and a lot less expensive than pod drives. By marrying its 6BY2-260 engine with its sterndrive, Yanmar has created an incredibly efficient package for both single and twin installations.
Let’s see what features this new combination offers and how they performed on a full test...
Pursuit ST 310:
Versatile Coastal Dayboat
The Pursuit ST 310 is not a cruising boat, but she has comfortable, plush seating with arm rests, a huge head compartment, an Isotherm refer, a convertible sun pad, and comes standard with hardtop and isinglass side curtains. She is not a fishing machine, yet she has a livewell, a huge fishbox, lots of rod holders, rod storage and tackle drawers. She is not a dive boat, but she has a rack below for three tanks and she has a four-step swim ladder on the transom. So what is she?
Let’s take a look...
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Premier Grand Entertainer:
A Bartender Is Optional
The new Premier Grand Entertainer 260 and 290 model PTX tri-toons have an innovative bar constructed in the stern of the boat -- complete with almost everything you need to get into business, except a liquor license. The concept was simple: put a real, working bar on a pontoon boat, complete with everything needed including bar stools and a rack for stemware. Be the first on your lake to have one of these deluxe entertainment centers next season.
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Handle & Brushes
The team at Shurhold tells us that all their handles are made of high-strength, corrosion resistant, lightweight aluminum. We found their SHUR-LOK quick release system locks quickly and easily to more than 40 attachments. We found the telescoping handle provides excellent versatility by locking at different lengths for various needs. Take a look at the video to see the Telescoping Handle and brushes in action.
Allstate Trailering Tips
Being a good boater starts long before you get out on the water. And if you have not properly prepared your trailer rig you may never even make it. Just as airplane pilots walk around their planes checking out control surfaces before they get into the cockpit, so too, should you make a careful check of all the straps, chains, connections, bolts and landing gear on your trailer before you head to the launch ramp. Capt. Steve gives us his take on the best way to prep so that you will not have a costly accident on the road...
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