Premium Features Defined
In New Video
When it comes to premium hardware and installations, there are some builders that try to do it and some builders that succeed at it. Knowing what to look for can help you tell the difference. Today we take a look at some examples in an up-market fishboat, the Pursuit ST310. If you've ever
wondered why some boats cost more than others, some of the best examples are right here in this video.
So show me...
Cypress Cay Cayman 250:
Now With Sporty Handling
We love an upscale pontoon boat, and Cypress Cay certainly does a good job of creating them. Adding sporty performance to a luxurious toon makes the package come
together in a way that appeals to more people. Cypress Cay does it with their T3 package that consists of a center tube with performance features. To find out how well it works, we put the 250 through a full test and definitely found some performance
characteristics that were impressive.
Let's take a look...
New Review Video
Formula 350 FX6:
Next in the High-End Series
Formula's FX series was designed to add a new level of high-end styling to an already premium brand. The models are being released one at a time, and the latest iteration is this new 350 FX6, 35' (10.7 m) of pure luxury that will have you leading the pack in dock envy. While we haven't hit the water in this new model yet, we did manage to catch our first glimpse at the New York Boat Show. So today we'll take a look at some of the highlights of what make this upscale brand outdo itself.
New Test Video
A New Affordable Center Console
Robalo's new R180 is the company's latest entrance into the affordable center console market. So while we found her to be reasonably priced, we also wanted to find out if there were any sacrifices made, particularly in the handling and performance. To make that determination we took her on a full test.
New Exterior Video
Monte Carlo Yachts 76:
The Monte Carlo Yachts 76 is an extraordinary motoryacht. Designed and built in Italy, she incorporates most of the cleverest innovations developed in this class during the last decade, and then does them all one better by adding some new twists of her own. She is a three-ring circus of external entertainment venues, but also a comfortable long-distance cruising yacht with oceanic legs at displacement speeds. During the last two years she has won eight European awards, including European boat of the year two years running. That is why BoatTEST.com has made an unprecedented third video of this yacht, this one focusing on just the external entertaining areas of the boat.
Cue video #3...
Yacht of the Decade?
New Review Video
Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless:
Focused On Family and Fishing
After taking a close inspection of the new 230 Dauntless it became very clear to
us that, in addition to the traditional keen angler, this boat has a new target audience. We found so many family-friendly features on this boat, that we think
most boating families would love to join dad on his fishing trips. And when
he is not fishing, the 230 Dauntless makes a comfortable boat for cruising or just
"messing about." Take a look at this new features video and you'll see what we mean.
From the New York Boat Show...
New 2012 Crownline 235 SS:
A Feature-Packed Bowrider
The Crownline 235 SS is a bowrider designed to give watersports enthusiasts what they have been asking for. She's packed with useful features and lots of standard equipment. While there is nothing major that is different about the boat, every important detail has been well-executed and we are impressed.
Take a look here and see if you agree...
Jeanneau Leader 10:
Shaking Up the 30-Something Express Market
Jeanneau's Leader series is a three-boat line-up aimed squarely at the 29' to 36'
express cruiser market. The Leader 10 (35' 6'' LOA) is the largest in that line-up
and it brings to the table the classic Jeanneau use of space, and huge amounts of natural light throughout. She's also heavy on form and function, rather than fluff.
It's in this manner that Jeanneau is able to keep the price of the build down and transfer the savings to the customer, making it one of the most competitively-priced
Let's take a look onboard...
World Cat 320 CC:
The Myth-Busting Episode
While we work hard to judge a boat strictly on its merits, outside of the BoatTEST.com offices a battle rages on between rabid mono-hull and catamaran fans. Not surprisingly, the most vocal critics come from the mono-hull folks. Today we put to the test one of the most well-worn claims against catamarans. The platform is the World Cat 320 CC. Find out what we discovered...
Volvo Penta D4:
Versatility Makes It a Popular Choice
If versatility is the key to success, then it's small wonder that the D4 is such a popular engine. It comes in power ranging from 225- to 300-hp, it can be fitted to either a DPS sterndrive, IPS 350 or 400 pods, or a straight shaft inboard.
To see just what kind of stones this popular engine has we put it through a full test.
The test boat...a 15,400 lb (6985 kg) twin with sterndrive joystick...
Regal 24 FasDeck RX:
Regal's Newest Deckboat
Regal Boats has taken its FasTrac hull design and combined it with an all-new deckboat
cockpit layout to provide the best of both worlds. On a recent test we found the 24 FasDeck to be just as roomy as it was sporty to handle. With an innovative aft sun lounge and arena seating this boat can handle crowds aboard and watersports
with ease. We recently tested the RX version which includes the Power Tower and sport hull side graphics. Let's take a look at the full report....
New Test Video
MJM Yachts 40z:
Dayboat for 12 or Cruiser for 2
Our tests show that the 40z has an average top speed of 40.2 kts while burning only 44 gph. Best cruise is linear so dial in whatever speed feels comfortable, secure in the knowledge that it is an extremely efficient speed. Such efficiency results from the designers' background and an effective balance between power and hull geometry.
Additionally, the advanced manufacturing techniques, engineered foam core, and epoxy construction make this boat very light by comparison. With the Volvo IPS pods and joystick controls, handling was excellent underway and in close quarters.
along on a test ride...
Hydra-Sports 23 Bay Bolt:
Versatility and Stability
Boaters tell us they are looking for versatility when they fish in skinny water and stability in an open bay. After we tested the Hydra-Sports 23 Bay Bolt we think we found a boat that meets these needs. With her long list of fishing features, we had more than a good time testing this rig. And with a huge 300-hp engine hanging off the transom, she didn’t exactly waste our time getting to the testing grounds. We took a very close look at this model from bow to stern as well as driving her as hard as we could. More...
Yamaha 212 SS:
21' (6.4 m) of Adrenaline Rush
The Yamaha 212 SS is the culmination of everything that Yamaha has learned about sportboats, all packed into a 21' (6.4 m) package that leaves little to be desired in its handling characteristics or it's functional layout. If you slam the throttles home make sure everyone is hanging on because you'll reach planing speed in just over 2 seconds and accelerate through 30 miles an hour in 2 more.
And it doesn't end there...
Riviera 51 Convertible:
Open Or Enclosed Flying Bridge
We think that a 50’ convertible is an ideal size and type boat for most any activity offshore: cruising, fishing, entertaining, diving, and just hanging out with the family. And she’s just big enough to use as a waterfront summer cottage. There are about eight 50’ production convertibles made by major builders, but none have more significant options than the Riviera 51 Convertible.
See what we mean...
Custom Look and Feel
Cobalt has been known for beautiful designs and luxury appointments in all of its models for many years. Our review of the 276 proves this is still true. When researching boats of this size in the premium price range, it is not often easy to see where the added costs are applied. But in our opinion, the Cobalt 276 clearly shows this in the rich materials, design, and excellent fit-and-finish.
See why we think so in this review video...
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...
Pro Polish from Shurhold
When the team at Shurhold told us that their Pro Polish was “Better than an old fashioned wax” and one of the reasons was that it is a
“polymer based formula with cosmetic grade ingredients,” we just had to send it to our skunk works for testing. The results: when applying we could see swirl marks and water spots disappear, and when buffed out, the resulting finish looked just as advertised, a nice deep luster with a showroom shine. But that was not enough, so after a week of use and four washings, with only drying the surface, we took a picture. We’d say this passed the test.
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