Speed and Luxury
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.
New Features Video
Chaparral 226 SSi:
Premium Sportboat 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.
New British Motoryacht
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.
New Test Video
Regal 24 FasDeck:
Available in Two Versions
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...
New Test Video
Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless:
Putting a Crossover CC to the Test
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...
Beneteau Air Step Hull:
A Design Breakthrough?
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...
2012 Hydra-Sports 2100 CC:
A Big, Little Boat
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.
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Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht:
Quad V-8s for Speed and Room
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...
Sea Ray 190 Sport:
All New for 2012
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...
Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe:
Sport Cruising Put to the Test
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).
Kadey-Krogen 48 AE:
Tweaking a Proven Trawler
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...
Manitou 27 Platinum SES:
Adding Performance to an Upscale Toon
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...
Volvo Penta OceanX:
A Sterndrive Made for 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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