New Boston Whaler
for the Family
The 210 Montauk represents Boston Whaler’s latest launch, as well as the largest
in the popular Montauk series. She comes equipped to not only handle the fish, but also to be a versatile family watersports or utility boat. Indeed, over the years, probably more Boston Whalers have been used for general watersports than for fishing, both in fresh and saltwater. The new 210 Montauk continues that tradition of functional flexibility -- fishing, cruising, towing or entertaining. Learn more...
2012 Chaparral 327 SSX:
There's Nothing Quite Like Her
There is nothing on the market quite like the Chaparral 327 SSX: She's part family bowrider, part performance-minded sportboat and part overnight cruiser. The
new 327 SSX from Chaparral has a deep-V hull, standard fiberglass hardtop, and a huge full-beam cabin. Now the 2012 model has a number of improvements over the award-winning prototype
we reviewed last year. An innovative boat just got better. Designed for boaters moving down from big, expensive express cruisers, and up from small, limited bowriders,
the Chaparral 327 SSX is one of the most functional and versatile new boats to come along in years.
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Cruisers Yachts 310 Express:
Surprise: She's For Real Cruising!
The 310 Express is the smallest in the 11-model Cruisers Yachts lineup, but she's
no starter boat. In our test she had a top speed of 44.2 mph and a best cruise of 23.2 mph giving her a range of over 150 miles. For a family of four or two couples on a weekend getaway, the 310 Express is a good way to begin enjoying the cruising lifestyle.
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Formula 270 SS:
Formula is no stranger to adding upscale features to its product line, and this 270 SS has the right ingredients to make your days on the water a class act. She’s got a lot of thoughtful touches and a few clever innovations thrown in, and if you get the urge to just stay out and drop the hook, she can accommodate overnights just as easily. Our features video walkthrough was made at the New York Boat Show, and if she’s this good looking on the hard, just wait till you see her in the water.
Premier 290 Grand Entertainer:
Who Needs a Waterfront Restaurant?
It’s satisfying when a boat does her job well. This Premier 290 Grand Entertainer is like the difference between eating and dining. A full bar, gas grill, and the capacity to invite all your friends along for the ride are what we call a good time on the water. It’s about time that someone stepped up and made the pontoon experience an evening to remember. Let’s see what else this 290 Grand Entertainer offers in our full report.
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Regal 28 Express:
Pocket Cruiser with Regal Styling
The competition in the 25’- 35’ (7.6 m - 9.1 m) express cruiser market is tough, but Regal doesn’t seem too worried. After seeing the style and comfort level of their latest 28 Express, that mindset is not surprising. We found her to be a comfortable ride with good amenities and tailor-made for a weekend getaway. Let’s take a look at our full captain’s report from a recent test to see how she stacks up.
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Sea Ray 500 Sundancer:
Also a WaveDancer
It’s not hard to find a boat that handles well in calm, protected water, but that’s not how a real cruising boat spends its time. Cruising means getting there and back
and being able to handle lumpy conditions. So that’s what we tested the new Sea Ray 500 Sundancer in… snotty seas in a narrow inlet. In our minds, this is the perfect combination for a test of this type of boat. So join us as we head out Miami’s Haulover Inlet to see how the 500 handles it.
Tahoe Q7 SF:
Affordable Cross-Species Cross-Over
When it comes to buying a boat, some want to fish, some want to play, and then again… some want both. The Tahoe Q7 SF is a combination sportboat that is at home hauling
tubes across the lake or raising fish of any stripes. Tahoe manages to pull it off in a boat that is affordable as well. Our full report on the Q7 SF tells the story.
Wellcraft 232 Fisherman:
Fishing in the Heavyweight Class
Wellcraft’s 232 Fisherman was designed for the serious angler looking for a serious fishing boat. Wellcraft is one of the higher-end brands and that attitude is reflected throughout the build of this center console. Our experience testing Wellcrafts has shown that they're easy to control and handle, mostly due to their rock-solid stability. This particular model tips the scales at 3573 lbs. (1620 kg), which definitely puts her in the heavyweight category for her class.
Let's see how she performs...
Cranchi Fifty 8 Fly (aka 58 Fly):
Let's Entertain Them!
Cranchi is one of Italy's oldest boat companies and makes 18 models, all designed to be low, sleek and fast. In Italy, it seems, no one wants to go slow from one marina to the next, or out to Porto Cervo or across the Adriatic to the Dalmatian coast. The Fifty 8 Fly has three staterooms, two heads, an aft galley and has at least five places where the babes can work on their tans. She is powered by twin IPS Volvo Penta diesels and she has a top speed in the low 30- knot range, depending on engines and weight.
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Cobalt 26 SD:
Deckboat with Class
Cobalt joins most other major sportboat builders with a new deckboat offering in its 26 SD. This 5500 lb. (2496 kg.) boat is trailerable yet as you can see in the picture above, has room for a large gang. She is pretty much what we'd expect to see from Cobalt, but there are also some pleasant surprises. This is a builder known for innovation and there are a couple of new tricks on this new deckboat.
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Cobalt 26 SD
A Third Sterndrive Choice
All things being equal, a sterndrive system is far more efficient than conventional, straight-shaft inboard propulsion. For that reason it was natural that Yanmar -- a major builder of inboard diesel engines for commercial and recreational vessels -- would want a sterndrive lower unit of its own to offer to its customers. A second reason Yanmar would want its own lower unit would be not to have to rely on a third-party vender to make it as tough and long-lasting as they wanted. Third, by providing the diesel engine, marine gear and sterndrive lower unit only one company would be responsible for all of the components in a Yanmar propulsion system. Thus the ZT350 was born. It is incredibly strong and versatile and can be used with gas engines as well.
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Filter For Your Gas
Old gas at the end of the season can present some issues. Even fuel from dockside stations can have contaminants, and that's why Shurhold offers three different fuel filter funnels. We have used these filters at BoatTEST and can verify that sand and water are easily and effectively filtered from contaminated fuel.
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What Should I Do If My Boat Capsizes?
This week Capt. Steve goes over four lessons and guidelines on what you should do if your boat capsizes. First and foremost get your life jacket on. Stay with the boat and try to get as far on top of the boat as possible in order to keep your body out of the water. Remember, you want to keep your body temperature from dropping. Do not attempt to swim for help as you will just exhaust yourself. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. 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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