with Carolina Style
The GT63 EFB is the newest and largest yacht in Hatteras' high-performance GT series and she offers the sophisticated buyer a lot of advantages that can be found nowhere else. The GT63 comes in two versions, one with an open flying bridge and one enclosed as shown above. That is the model we recently tested. This new design maintains the classic features that have made custom Carolina sportfishermen the benchmark in style and performance for big game anglers. But the Hatteras GT63 has a build that goes beyond what can be found on the Outer Banks. She is a fighting machine second to none, but also a comfortable cruising yacht with both speed and long legs if need be.
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Intrepid 327 Cuddy:
Adding Overnights to the CC
Sometimes the fish are farther away than a day trip, sometimes you just want to go away for the weekend, and sometimes you just want to take a nap while at anchor. Whatever your reason for needing a cabin, you can now get it in the boat that “hits the sweet spot in the center of the Intrepid lineup” … the Intrepid 327 Cuddy. Building on the same hull that was designed to carry the larger 4-stroke engines that owners in this class demand, this 327 Cuddy still allows for the wide-ranging level of customization that Intrepid is so well known for. Let’s take a look at what one owner demanded as we test this new design.
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The Regal Approach to "Entry-Level"
We love testing entry-level bowriders, mostly because builders have such a wide ranging idea of what the term entry-level means. At Regal, it means taking the time-proven
FasTrac hull, and mating it to a cost-effective platform loaded with features. The result is this new 1900 which we found to be not only a fun boat to drive, but a sporty performer as well. Let's take a look at entry-level from Regal’s viewpoint as we do our full test and performance review.
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Boston Whaler 210 Montauk:
The New Flagship of the Montauk Series
Boston Whaler has made its Montauk series one better with this new 210 Montauk. You may think of her as a fishing boat, but our tests show that she's got the turning performance and shallow draft that spell family watersports for many people. Our
new full test video shows just why this may very well be an ideal crossover boat.
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Strength and Elegance
The MJM 36z is a flat-out joy to operate. With joystick maneuverability she can easily be docked single-handed and due to her hull being well designed, combined with her relatively light weight, we also found her to be a very fuel-efficient cruising boat. As for just how fuel-efficient she is, and what sort of performance you can expect from a 36z, take a look at our latest test video of this well-built cruiser.
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2012 Chaparral 244 Xtreme:
Maximum Wake Sterndrive
When it comes to specialized wake-making boats, the Chaparral 244 Xtreme is in the
top echelon, right up there with the specialized inboard ski/wake models. How could
that be? Simply because the 244 Xtreme started with a huge advantage over those
classic skiboats designed to have no wake at all -- the 244 has a 20-degree deep-V
bottom at the transom which makes a pretty big wake all by itself! Not only that,
but the 244 Xtreme has ballast bags just like the specialized boats trying to sink
their bottoms down where the 244's deep-V already is. But there is actually more
to successful wakeboats than just wake: there is ambiance, throbbing sound,
strut, style, and stunning, head-turning looks that lets everyone know who's got
the coolest ride on the lake. Find out the right stuff...
Mako 212 Center Console:
Few Frills But Affordable
Mako's entry into the 21' class of center consoles is a good, solid, no-frills (but does include recessed trim tabs) boat that has an MSRP price of $49,640 when powered with a 225-hp Mercury Verado like the one we tested. (Not including trailer.) Option it out with a T-top, bow cushions, aft center folding seat, dual-battery rigging, outriggers, compass, portable head and tilt steering and the MSRP is $56,065, plus dealer prep and freight. Powered with a 150-hp Mercury Optimax she is less, of course.
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2012 Sea-Doo 180 SP:
New Nifty, Thrifty Crossover
The 180 SP is the smallest in Sea-Doo’s five-boat Sport fleet that includes a 210 and a 230 model. The 180 is designed for first time boat buyers who want a small boat that is forgiving and safe, yet can tow toys and skiers and be run in skinny water. The 180 SP holds 7 passengers and comes in a package that is not going to break the family.
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Hydra-Sports 2300 CC:
Loaded and Ready To Go Offshore
The folks at Hydra-Sports know what you need to have aboard to go offshore for game fish and have built it all in as standard on the 2300 CC. This boat is not intended for the beginner who doesn't know if he really wants to go fishing or not, but rather for the veteran angler who has been-there-done-that and now wants to do it right. Powered by either a single 250-hp or 300-hp outboard, the 2300 CC will get out to the fishing grounds quickly, and because of its Carolina bow flare, it should be a very dry ride.
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Bayliner 197 Sun Deck:
Max Seating in a 19-footer
Deckboats are hot this year and you will not find one on the market quite like the Bayliner 197 SD. First, except for the helm console, the rest of the boat is ringed in seating. Second, she has one of the largest and most innovative stern sections we have seen in class. Being a Bayliner, you know she's affordable to buy, but we found that her operating costs are also quite reasonable. At 3500 rpm, her best cruising speed, she goes 27 mph and gets 4.88 miles per gallon.
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Formula 310 FX5:
Beauty in Motion
If you want to move up from a sportboat but do not want to leave all of the fun that towing provides, then you might want to consider the Formula 310 FX5. We think that she is an ideal size to make the transition because her cockpit is huge for a 31-footer and has all of the amenities needed for class-A entertaining, yet the she also has the get-up-and-go of a sportboat on steroids. The icing on the cake is the new FX package which we think is one of the coolest concepts on the water.
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Glacier Bay 2770:
A Good Cruising Fishboat
If you are having trouble talking your significant other into a new boat for offshore fishing, with maybe a little cruising mixed in, then we suggest that you take her to see the Glacier Bay 2770. We think she will like its large, protected cockpit and her stability both underway and at anchor. Below the 2770 has a large wet head with shower curtain, separating it from the double berth. As we have noted before, Glacier Bays will go through most anything, so snotty weather is not a concern.
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Meridian 391 Sedan Bridge:
A Capable Family Cruiser
We have always liked the Meridian 391 Sedan Bridge because we think she is a fine compromise between size, accommodations, performance, and an affordable price. She has all of the basic features of far larger Meridians but in smaller spaces. She can go nearly anywhere her big sisters might venture, but she can do it for lower operating costs, getting nearly one statute mile per gallon at 19 mph. Best of all, perhaps, is the fact that she does not have the boxy look of some other boats in class.
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Sun Tracker Fishin' Barge 21:
A Family Fishing Platform
The Sun Tracker Fishin' Barge 21 has made quite a name for herself on inland lakes and rivers in the American heartland for being an economical way to get the whole family out on the water for fishing. Put Mom and the girls at one end and the boys (big and small) can fish from the other and there will be peace in the valley. Alternatively, Dad can bring his buddies out for a relaxing day of fishing and fish stories with a cooler full of soda pop. It sounds like good living to us.
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2012 Sea Hunt Gamefish 25:
Loaded with Standard Features
From the Carolina flare at the 60-degree bow to the standard twin outboards off the transom, Sea Hunt’s Gamefish 25 is designed from the keel-up to go offshore. She is a feature-filled package that should be as comfortable as she
is fishable. Perhaps her best feature is a reasonable price which is not the lowest,
but far from the highest. More...
Full Test of the
Cummins MerCruiser Diesel
QSB 5.9 480-hp
It is not often that we get the chance to test a single diesel engine, as we usually test a pair in a sedan, convertible or express cruiser application. But we tested a single Cummins MerCruiser Diesel QSB 5.9 liter engine powering a 35' center console. This is the same block that has been powering the "Ram Tough" Dodge pick-up trucks since 1989. As a result, it is probably the most famous diesel engine in the U.S. And for years it has been a mainstay in marine propulsion.
Let's see why...
No More Corroded
Snaps or Zippers
If there is something that all boaters can relate to, it's corrosion. So how about when you go to uncover the boat and you can’t get the snap to unsnap, or you can’t get the zippers to move? (#*?@!!) The team at Shurhold has a simple and effective product that can prevent this from happening and keep your language civil. Snap-Stick is designed to keep your snaps and zippers from corroding and also act as a lubricant.
Watch a video on the Snap-Stick to see it in action....
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Basic Rules of the Road:
Capt. Steve covers some of the basic rules of the road in these new lessons which all recreational boaters should be aware of. You’ll learn about lines of demarcation, traveling at safe speeds, how to determine your risk of collision, why one should steer clear of large vessels and who has the right of way. Part 1 is the first installment of a multi-part series on Basic Rules of the Road. These are procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.
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