Family and Fishing Crossover
The 170 Dauntless by Boston Whaler is the smallest boat in the series, thus making its features and safety available to an even larger audience. Today we take a tour of the features of a boat that allows dad and his buddies to fish on Saturday, and then take the kids tubing and skiing with mom on Sunday, all while still allowing room for the food and drinks. Of course all this is built around a hull designed to last for the long haul.
Let's take a look...
New Features Video
Distance Cruising in Style
Looking for a boat that a cruising couple can take practically anywhere while still being able to entertain the crowds that a good-looking boat draws to when
at home? Then join us as we take a detailed walkthrough of the MJM 36z. Because
she is so large on deck and has multiple gathering areas, she handles parties with grace. And because pound-for-pound she has one of the strongest hulls built in a
fiberglass boat of nearly any size, she can be safely taken virtually anywhere her
range permits. There is really no other boat on the market quite like her.
Do you have a specific question? Email the builder email@example.com.
New Features Video
Hatteras GT63 EFB:
A Dual-Purpose Motoryacht
The enclosed flying bridge has been gaining popularity and the new Hatteras GT63
has been getting her share of attention. At 20' she has the widest beam in
class and that pays big dividends all over the boat. Her main saloon is roomier,
her accommodations below are more spacious, her engine room is larger,
is more stable at all speeds. See our new features video and find out more.
Test Drive Challenge
Yamaha Boats and WaveRunners:
Test Drive Challenge
Each year the team at Yamaha tells us that when boaters take a test drive of one
of their watercraft, the majority of them buy. This is a pretty bold claim, so we thought we should pass it on. We have tested these machines for years and found
them to be powerful, reliable and provide excellent handling, now here is your opportunity
to test them.
Yamaha has arranged what they are calling a "Demo Days" event and we recommend that anyone currently considering a sportboat
or PWC take a test drive. After your test drive, email us and tell us what you thought.
A Huge Motoryacht on Rails
Most buyers of large motoryachts have to pick speed or luxury. With Pershing,
they don’t have to choose, they can get both, and it’s a rare combination that only a discerning few get to enjoy. So just how can you get this sort of speed while keeping the owners in the lap of luxury? And just what level of luxury are we talking about? Well let’s take a look and see.
Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius:
World-Class Express Cruiser
Our rigorous test of the 41 Cantius shows that she can go most anywhere her big sister likes to venture and do it fast. Powered by twin Volvo Penta 370-hp D6 diesels she had a WOT speed of 35.1 knots. Best cruise was found at 23.9 knots. The 41 has two staterooms with two heads and just about all of the utility of her big sister. Cruisers Yachts have always been popular in Europe and the 41 should be no exception.
Find out why...
Meridian 341 Sedan:
Full Test Offshore and Inshore
Meridian Yachts builds four models ranging from 34' to 54'. The Meridian 341 Sedan
is the company's smallest boat, so as far as Meridian is concerned she is "entry
level". That means that the boat has to be user-friendly and have no bad habits. We put the 341 through all of our routine maneuvers offshore and then went inshore to get speed numbers. Our test boat was powered by twin 430-hp 8.2 L MerCruiser inboard engines. Of course, our video cameras were rolling for the entire test.
Take a look...
Bass Boat Blaster
Probably the most important discovery during our test was that at WOT speed the Nitro Z-7 does not chine walk. This bass boat was as stable at high speed as she is at rest. Little wonder, then, that Nitros have become the production bass boat to beat in this competitive market. But there is a lot more to this boat than speed.
Take a look...
3 Stateroom Motoryacht
Don't confuse the Prestige 500S with a large express cruiser. She is in a completely different class -- she is a 50' (15.2 m) motoryacht, one that has nearly all of the functionality of a far larger vessel. In terms of her size the Prestige 500S is perhaps the largest motoryacht on the market in terms of interior accommodations and functional main deck space. She has a private, full beam owner's suite, a tender garage, and a galley aft for handy serving in
the saloon and on the aft deck.
Find out more...
Sea Ray 250 SLX:
45 mph with a 300-hp 5.7L Engine
Base price of the Sea Ray 250 SLX is $85,359; add shipping, prep, tax, and some
options and you're looking at close to $100 grand. But for that, you get a big bowrider with room for lots of folks, typical Sea Ray quality and a limited lifetime warranty on the hull and deck. The enclosed head is a valuable feature for families
and the large forward cockpit will be a perfect venue for enjoying a libation while swinging at anchor and watching the sunset. And at 8' 6" (2.59 m) beam she's still trailerable.
Find out more...
Sun Tracker Party Hut 30:
Designed for Big Entertainment
Pontoon boats are ideal for entertaining a group, but if you have lots of friends, then maybe you should think about a double-decker, such as the Sun Tracker Party Hut 30. She is designed with both adults and kids in mind and we're told that adults like the top deck as much as the youngsters. The boat has an enclosed private head and an expanded galley and it can sleep four on the convertible settee and aft sofa.
The WakeMaker Express
Tigé is known for making world-class wake and high standards of build quality, all at a reasonable price. The R20 is Tigé's entry level and she comes with an even more attractive price tag. She has the same laminate scantlings, the same Convex V-hull,
and the same TAPS2 performance ride as her larger sisters, but in a less costly boat. So if the build is the same, then the R20 must be shy of some of the amenities that her bigger sisters have, right?
Take a look at our full report and find out...
Robalo R247 DC:
A Boat for All Reasons
We know many veteran boaters who prefer dual console boats made by fishboat builders
rather than a similar boat made by a sportboat builder. Sounds odd, doesn't it? We'll explain later. The Robalo R247 certainly qualifies as belonging in the fishy
category. At 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kgs.) dry, with a single 300-hp engine and a 22-degree deadrise at the transom she is not afraid of lumpy water offshore. Buy the optional towing pylon and use her for all manner of watersports in smooth water and she'll be happy as well. No matter what you or your family like to do, the Robalo R247 can probably oblige.
Lesson of the Week
Rules of the Road:
Rules Pertaining to Different Types of Vessels
This week Capt. Steve covers basic rules of the road in ten quick video lessons.
different categories of boats and who must keep out of the way, restrictions on working vessels, fishing vessels and all other vessels which may not be able to maneuver because the nature of their work, sea planes, and why one should never anchor in the middle of a channel. These are basic 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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