Tigé R20 // MJM 36 // Prestige 500 // 12 Tests & Reviews - 04/04/2012
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Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless
- MJM 36z
- Hatteras GT63 EFB
- Yamaha Demo Days
- Pershing 92
- Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius
- Meridian 341 Sedan
- Nitro Z-7
- Prestige 500S
- Sea Ray 250 SLX
- Sun Tracker Party Hut 30
- Tigé R20
- Robalo R247
- Yanmar 6BY2-260Z
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Boston Whaler
170 Dauntless:
Family and Fishing Crossover

Boston Whaler 170 Dauntless
Even with full fuel, the 170 Dauntless had a test weight of only 2,780 lbs (1,261 kg) making her easily trailerable with small vehicles.

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... 

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New Features Video

MJM 36z:
Distance Cruising in Style

MJM 36z
The MJM 36z is made for distance cruising in a comfortable boat for one or two couples.

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.  More...

Do you have a specific question? Email the builder mjmyachts@verizon.net.

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New Features Video

Hatteras GT63 EFB:
A Dual-Purpose Motoryacht

Hatteras GT63
She tops out at over 40 kts and her range at best cruise is nearly 440 nm.

The enclosed flying bridge has been gaining popularity and the new Hatteras GT63 EFB 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, and she is more stable at all speeds.  See our new features video and find out more.  Roll 'em...

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Test Drive Challenge

Yamaha Boats and WaveRunners:
A Test Drive Challenge

Yamaha Boats and Waverunners 242 Limited S    Yamaha Boats and Waverunners FX SHO
View detailed tests and reviews of all Yamaha boats and WaveRunners.

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.

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Yamaha Demo Days

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New Video

Pershing 92:
A Huge Motoryacht on Rails

Pershing 92
You might never expect that this beautiful 91’9” (27.1 m) yacht could reach over 40 kts, but that’s exactly what she was built to do.

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.  More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius:
World-Class Express Cruiser

Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius
Smaller sister to the highly successful 48 Cantius, the 41 Cantius has all of the class of her big sister together with surprising performance.

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...

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Test Video

Meridian 341 Sedan:
Full Test Offshore and Inshore

Meridian 341 Sedan
Our Capt. Steve took the Meridian 341 Sedan offshore to see how she would handle seas going in all directions, then went inshore to the ICW to get speed numbers.

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...

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Test Video

Nitro Z-7:
Bass Boat Blaster

Nitro Z-7
This chart says it all about the Nitro Z-7's performance: 59.4 mph powered by a Mercury 150-hp Optimax engine.

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...

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Features Video

Prestige 500S:
3 Stateroom Motoryacht

Prestige 500S
The Prestige 500S motoryacht is powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS600 435-hp engines with joystick but she also has a standard bow thruster.

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...

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Test Video

Sea Ray 250 SLX:
45 mph with a 300-hp 5.7L Engine

Sea Ray 250 SLX
The Sea Ray 250 SLX comes standard with a 5.7 L 300-hp MerCruiser with Bravo III drive. Hot dogs might want to upgrade to the 380-hp 8.2 L Merc for an extra $11,923.

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...

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Captain's Report

Sun Tracker Party Hut 30:
Designed for Big Entertainment

Sun Tracker Party Hut 30
The Party Hut 30 has a rated capacity of 14 passengers and has standard privacy side curtains that button up the cabin and aft deck.

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. More...

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Test Video

Tigé R20:
The WakeMaker Express

Tigé R20
The Tigé R20 is a full-feature wakemaker with Tigé's famous TAPS2 technology built into this 3,500 lb (1,590 kg) 20' (6.09 m) trickster.

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...

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Captain's Report

Robalo R247 DC:
A Boat for All Reasons

Robalo 247R
The Robalo R247 is designed to be a versatile utility boat for all manner of missions including cruising, fishing, waterskiing, diving, or just blasting around. The hardtop is optional.

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. More...

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Yanmar 6BY2-260Z:
Diesel-Powered Sterndrive

Yanmar, by marrying its 260-hp diesel to its own sterndrive lower unit, has created one of the most efficient power packages in class.

It is well known that diesels are generally more efficient than gas engines, and that sterndrives are more efficient than inboards -- and a lot less expensive than pod drives. By marrying its 6BY2-260 engine with its sterndrive, Yanmar has created an incredibly efficient package for both single and twin installations. Let’s see what features this new combination offers and how they performed on a full test...


Shurhold Products:
Filter for Your Gas

Shurhold Polisher
Shown here is the Mr. Funnel fuel filter from Shurhold.

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. Watch the video...

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Smart Boating

Smart Boating DVD Course

Smart Boating
Captain Steve has been teaching safe boating operations for decades and has put that experience into fun to watch videos on 4 DVDs.

It's getting warmer out and for most of us that means the boating season is approaching. Now is the time to brush up on your skills and refresh what you may have forgotten. It’s also a good time to get the family onboard, and the BoatTEST.com Smart Boating course will help you do that in the comfort of your own home. Based on the feedback we’ve been getting, this course is not only for beginners, but for veteran boaters as well. It’s the most complete boating course available... period. Order here...

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Lesson of the Week

Rules of the Road:
Rules Pertaining to Different Types of Vessels

Lesson of the Week Smart Boating
A vessel unable to maneuver is unable to keep out of the way of another vessel.

This week Capt. Steve covers basic rules of the road in ten quick video lessons.  He covers 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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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

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“Don't worry, we're fine... it is on autopilot...”
- M. Strycker

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“But, YOU were supposed to bring the anchor.” - B. Landau

Third Place

“Either there's a hole in the space-time continuum, or Scotty's been nippin' at the sauce again.” - P. Mcgowan

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