Hydra-Sports 2100 // Cruisers Yachts 430 // Intrepid 475 // 14 Tests & Reviews - 03/07/2012
BoatTEST Newsletter March 7, 2012 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here.
Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- Pershing 92
- Chaparral 226 SSi
- Princess 60
- Regal 24 FasDeck RX
- Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless
- Beneteau Air Step
- Hydra-Sports 2100 CC
- Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht
- Sea Ray 190 Sport
- Cruisers Yachts 430 SC
- Kadey-Krogen 48 AE
- Manitou 27 Platinum SES
- Volvo Penta OceanX
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course Now On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Pershing 92:
Speed and Luxury

Pershing 92
The Pershing 92 is one of the fastest fiberglass production motoryachts in class thanks to lightweight construction, big engines and surface-piercing props.

The Pershing 92 was designed for a very specific yachtsman or yachtswoman: one who wants both a luxurious motoryacht and high speed -- say, something above 40 knots. Combining those two requirements in a 92' yacht that typically weighs 100 tons or more is not easy. But to those who like the adrenaline rush that comes from high speed in any vehicle, there is nothing like 40 knots in a large yacht. Let's find out how Pershing does it and what it is like. Welcome aboard...

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New Features Video

Chaparral 226 SSi:
Premium Sportboat Features

Chaparral 226 SSi
From her wide, roomy bow to the molded swim platform, Chaparral has created a premium boat with innovative features.

No one ever accused Chaparral of doing things halfway, and this 226 SSi is another example of the way Chaparral does things right. Her wide-tech bow allows for much more room forward for sunning or lounging, and our tests have shown that her extended V-plane hull is a good performer. Let's take a features walk-through in the 226 SSi and see the other features Chaparral brings to this upscale sportboat. More...

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Captain's Report

Princess 60:
A New British Motoryacht

Princess 60
Introduced last fall at the Southampton Boat Show, the new Princess 60 has a 15'10" (4.83 m) beam and draws 4'2" (1.27 m).

The new Princess 60 replaces the old 58 and is a "sister" to the Princess 64 which is also new. The Princess 60 features three ensuite staterooms, a standard hydraulic stern platform, complete electronics, a galley up with full-size standup refer/freezer, crew quarters and is powered by twin Volvo Penta D13 800-hp diesel engines. She has a dry displacement of 59,524 lbs. (27,000 kgs.) and carries 744 gal. (2,818 L) of fuel.  More...

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New Test Video

Regal 24 FasDeck:
Available in Two Versions

Regal 24 FasDeck
That Power Tower is one of the standard features on the 24 RX model and is available as an option on the standard version.

The Regal 24 FasDeck was born from the same FasTrac hull that we've long tested in Regal’s sportboats. Now it's available in a much roomier deckboat that Regal has christened FasDeck and comes to you in both a standard and watersports-oriented RX version. Today, we take the tricked-out RX model on a full performance evaluation to check out a deckboat done the Regal way. Everybody bring your boards, there's plenty of room...

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New Test Video

New Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless:
Putting a Crossover CC to the Test

Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless
Notice how Captain Steve is able to use the reversible helm seat as a leaning post. The 170 measures 17’ (5.18 m) LOA with a 6'10" (2.08 m) beam.

The Dauntless line has been hugely popular for Boston Whaler and with the addition of the all-new 170 -- the smallest boat in the series -- it is now within reach of more people. She's a crossover boat in the true sense of the word - being able to make seamless transitions between fishing and family fun. During our tests, we found her to be a solid-handling and fun boat to operate that will clearly appeal to the young and old in the family as well as the fishing buddies looking for time off on their own. Let's take a look at the full test and performance review...

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Review Video

Beneteau Air Step Hull:
A Design Breakthrough?

Beneteau Air Step
The patented Air Step hull design used in the Beneteau Flyers injects air at the keel of the boat which is then disbursed in channels across the boat's bottom thereby reducing drag.

The concept of stepped powerboat hulls has been around for nearly a century, but Beneteau holds the patent on a unique way of introducing air under the hull. Instead of pulling it in from the chines as most contemporary stepped hull designs do, Beneteau's design brings it in from the boat's topsides in tubes and direct it to the keel. From there the air fans out on both sides of the bottom and is swept aft. We have tested two Beneteau Flyers with the Air Step hull and it is our opinion that they are quicker to plane, have a shorter turning radius and a more gentle re-entry than conventional hulls. We also think that they are probably more fuel efficient at any given planing speed, but we cannot prove that. See our video on the Air Step hull...

Beneteau Flyer Gran Turismo
Flyer Gran Turismo 44
with Air Step Hull
Flyer Gran Turismo 38
Flyer Gran Turismo 38
with Air Step Hull

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Captain's Report

2012 Hydra-Sports 2100 CC:
A Big, Little Boat

Hydra-Sports 2100 CC
The Hydra-Sports 2100 CC has one of the heaviest displacements in class (3,493 lbs./1,587 kgs.) and one of the highest freeboards. Her deadrise is 20-degrees at the transom.

The 2100 CC is the smallest boat that Hydra-Sports builds, but she is perhaps the largest boat in the 21' center console class. Hydra-Sports recognizes that just because its 2100 is shorter than the rest of the boats in its line, the seas she will encounter are no smaller. Because the waves are no shorter when it breezes up, anglers in most small boats have a choice between waiting for a calmer day or risking a wet ride. The Hydra-Sports 2100 CC is a premium boat designed to be able to go out when others stay at home. Find out more...

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Features Video

Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht:
Quad V-8s for Speed and Room

Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht
Hang the engines on the transom and, viola, the boat has more room inside. The Intrepid 475 is also a deep-V speedster topping 58 mph in our test.

While Intrepid is probably best known for being the builder of the ultimate center consoles, the fact is, the company also builds cuddys, walkarounds and sport yachts. The flagship of the 14-model Intrepid fleet is the 475 Sport Yacht. She is an unusual boat and one that has been chosen to be the "Captain's Gig" on several megayachts. Find out why...

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray 190 Sport:
All New for 2012

Sea Ray 190 Sport
The good looks and styling that we’ve come to expect from Sea Ray continue with this 190 Sport. The 19'8” (5.99 m) LOA make her a good starter boat.

If you’re in the market for a stylish, well-equipped sportboat that’s priced right, then the folks at Sea Ray would like to have a word or two with you about their new 190 Sport. We think that she has the right level of amenities and standard features that make her a fair value, and her price at around $31K even includes a color-matched painted trailer. Her standard 135-hp engine should be adequate unless you plan to be heavy on the watersports with a gang aboard. Otherwise you can opt up to 220-hp that Sea Ray says will bring her to speeds in the low to mid 50’s. Let’s see what our captain’s report has to say...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe:
Sport Cruising Put to the Test

Cruisers Yachts 430 SC
Even with a walk-through windshield, those bow rails come way back to a grab handle on the side of the overhead. And our test captain isn't even coming close to reaching the head room at the helm.

Cruisers Yachts really has a knack for creating space in their whole lineup. While testing this 430 Sports Coupe, we were continually impressed with the sheer volume both at the helm deck and down below. This feeling of space also has the side benefit of making her feel like a much larger boat than she actually is, all while maintaining the sporty handling and close quarters maneuverability that IPS pods have to offer. To top it off, at best cruise her 300 gallons (1136 L) of fuel will take you over 300 miles (482 km). More...

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Captain's Report

Kadey-Krogen 48 AE:
Tweaking a Proven Trawler

Kadey Krogen 48 AE
The Kadey-Krogen 48 AE was introduced last year and is the latest iteration of the 48 North Sea model which we tested many years ago.

Kadey-Krogen builds seven models ranging from 39' to 64' (11.88 m to 19.50 m) which are all smack-dab in the sweet spot of the trawler/live-aboard/long-range-cruising market. Over the years it has been the most popular model, probably because it is an ideal size for most couples in terms of room, capabilities, and price. The new 48 AE (for Advanced Ergonomics) has taken aboard owner's suggestions, new equipment, and some new tooling to produce a boat with over 50 improvements. Let's take a look at what they've done...

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Captain's Report

Manitou 27 Platinum SES:
Adding Performance to an Upscale Toon

Manitou 27 Platinum SES
The triple V-Toon pontoons earned Manitou a U.S. patent and improve performance and handling.

Manitou's 27 Platinum SES combines top-tier features with noteworthy performance. Her triple tubes give her nimble handling while being rated to carry up to 300-hp gives her added speed. Couple those qualities with her long list of comfort features and you have a very attractive match that will provide you with a good dose of dock envy on nearly any lake. (If you're only getting one boat, you may as well have one that makes a statement.) More...

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Engine Test

Volvo Penta OceanX:
A Sterndrive Made for Saltwater

Volvo Penta OceanX
Volvo Penta's OceanX sterndrive is made specifically to solve many of the problems that lower units have had that are operated in saltwater.

The marine environment is harsh on metals, particularly in saltwater. UV light, temperature changes, age and saltwater are hard on rubber, seals and coatings on lower units. Who hasn't seen ghastly examples of this in a boatyard over the years? But now there is a very good solution: the OceanX drive system from Volvo Penta. It costs a little more, but can pay for itself pretty quickly and it should increase the resale value of any boat. Find out all about it...


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. You can order online or learn more about this product here...  

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Smart Boating
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Lesson of the Week

Throwables, Navigation Lights
and Fire Extinguishers

Lesson of the WeekSmart Boating
Capt. Steve explains requirements for all boaters.

USCG requires throwables (boats over 16’), navigational lights and fire extinguishers on all boats. This week Captain Steve walks the boater through these required safety devices.   He will explain the requirements for your boat, types of devices available, and when it is time to replace this necessary and required equipment. These eleven short videos presented this week are part of his USCG-approved boating course called “Smart Boating.” Watch Captain Steve's video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

“Naw, I'll hang on to it in case of an emergency.” – J. Sim

Second Place

“Sorry man, this is diesel. Try the next island.” – R. Davis

Third Place

“No, it's not gas, it's rum! What would I do with gas on this island?” – T. Lucas

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