New Sea Ray 210 // Beneteau Swift 34 // Crownline 215 // 10 Tests & Reviews - 05/02/2012
BoatTEST Newsletter May 2, 2012 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Boston Whaler 315 Conquest
- Beneteau Swift 34
- Hydra-Sports 2500 CC
- PowerStop Prop
- Prestige 620S
- Bayliner 170 OB
- Cruisers Yachts' Design
- Crownline 215 SS
- MJM Yachts Factory Tour
- Sea Ray 210 SLX
- Yamaha AR240
- Tigé Tow Boats
- Volvo Penta IPS
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

New Boston Whaler
315 Conquest

Boston Whaler 315 Conquest
The all-new Boston Whaler 315 Conquest is part of an ever-growing trend of offshore-capable boats being used for both cruising and fishing.

More and more people are heading offshore or down the coast and not coming back until the next day, or the day after that. For that reason, boats with a rugged fishing pedigree are finding a lot of appeal among the cruising set. Boston Whaler's all-new 315 Conquest successfully bridges the gap between an offshore-capable fishing boat and a comfortable cruiser. We recently took her offshore for a full test and performance review.  See the video and report...

Boston Whaler Factory A look at how Boston Whalers are built...
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Handling Video

Beneteau Swift 34:
Offshore Handling

Beneteau Swift 34
Not only is the single-engine Swift 34 able to cruise at planing speeds, but her low speed maneuverability is outstanding.

The Beneteau Swift 34 tested with a top speed of over 20 kts and a fuel burn at best cruise of only 11.4 gph? She also has a roomy feeling and layout with think is well suited to long range cruising. Her layout also provides a very roomy feel that we think is well suited to long range cruising. So how does she handle? Whether you plan to operate her single handed or with some help or with the family as crew, the Swift 34 handles and maneuvers exceptionally well. Let's take a look at our full test video and see what it's like to get a long range cruising layout up on plane. More...

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Captain's Report

Hydra-Sports 2500 CC:
Ready for Blue Water

Hydra-Sports 2500 CC
The Hydra-Sports 2500 CC has an 8'10" (2.69 m) beam and weighs 5,474 lb. (2,483 kg.) making her one of the largest center consoles in class.

The Hydra-Sports 2500 CC was designed to take avid anglers far offshore in the pursuit of game fish. Virtually everything about this boat is aimed in that direction, from her high freeboard and pronounced bow flare to her deep-V hull with 23-degrees of deadrise at the transom. Her fiberglass T-top comes standard and she will carry up to 500-hp on her transom.  She is ruggedly constructed, has no wood compartments, and uses state-of-the-art materials in her unique hull.  More...

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The New "PowerStop!" Prop: 
Designed to Work in Reverse

Looking aft on this left-hand turning prop the red arrows point to the ridge on the surface of the prop blade that makes all of the difference.

Have you ever wondered why sterndrive and outboard props never seem to work very well in reverse? The reason is that the props are designed to provide maximum performance when going forward. The result is that some types of boats, such as houseboats, pontoon boats and recreational barges are seriously challenged when slowing down, stopping, or maneuvering. Making a prop that was good at going in reverse has historically severely denigrated forward performance. Until now. Last year PowerTech! quietly introduced its revolutionary PowerStop! prop to its target markets and soon it will rolling out this new prop to a far wider audience. Learn more...

Visit PowerTech!'s homepage for additional information.

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New Test

New Prestige 620S:
A Flybridge Express Motoryacht

Prestige 60S
Can you spot what separates the 620S from the 620 (previously known as the Prestige 60)? It’s in front of the flying bridge and it is for people who want the best of both worlds.

There is nothing quite like the sporty feel of an express yacht with an open sunroof and salt air coursing through the boat. On the other hand, there is also much to be said for the calm, cool serenity in the saloon of traditional motoryacht when underway. With the recent introduction of the new Prestige 620S lucky yachtsmen and women can now have it either way. The new Prestige 620S has kept the best parts of the 60, but has a few new ideas all its own. Cast off here...

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Test Video

Bayliner 170 OB:
Wakeboarding or Fishing -- Your Call

Bayliner 170 OB
Our video of the Bayliner 170 OB is remarkable because in it we show how the boat performs with a 115-hp outboard pulling a wakeboarder. Seeing is believing...

The Bayliner 170 OB is an affordable and versatile entry-level boat that can be used for a variety of purposes. The builder makes several option packages available to allow consumers to more closely dial-in the owner's mission. Two of these packages caught our eye: First was the ski-and-fish package. The second was a wakeboard package. If you doubt that a 17' boat with a 115-hp motor can pull a wakeboarder, then you'll want to watch our video test. Ready, set, pull...

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Designed in the USA

Cruisers Yachts' Evolving Design

Charity in Cantius 48
48 Cantius: Watch our interior design and style review with a detailed look at the finish and materials options.

Over the past few years we have been seeing evolving design and styling changes from Cruisers Yachts, especially noticed in their new series of models they call Cantius. In our opinion, these changes blend global design tastes to create pleasing aesthetics and functionality. The team at Cruisers Yachts tells us that boaters needs and wishes are the driving force behind the new looks. Today we are going to focus on three main areas to highlight what we think are the distinguishing features that help set these boats apart. Come on board.

Cruisers Yacht - Rob Entertaining 225 WIDE Cruisers Yacht - Rob Features 225 WIDE
48 Cantius:
Entertaining Features
48 Cantius:
Layout and Functionality

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Captain's Report

Crownline 215 SS:
Customize Her Your Way

Crownline 215 SS
The new Crownline 215 SS is 21'5" (6.5 m) x 8'6" (2.59 m) and has a 19-degree deadrise at the transom.

Crownline offers the 215 SS in a variety of colors so making a boat "yours" is a snap. Aside from the color choices, they also offer a snazzy "Inverse Razor Package" that includes eye-catching graphics, which can complement the wakeboard tower and wet sounds speakers. There are also options for a transom shower, a cockpit table, thru-hull exhaust, and a bow boarding ladder to name a few.  But the most unusual aspect of this boat is her hull design.  Find out more...

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Factory Tour

MJM Yachts:
Epoxy Technology - Past, Present, and Future

MJM Factory
Staff at Boston BoatWorks work on the deck of an MJM yacht. We show you how the hull and deck are built like no other powerboat on the planet in a short video.

MJM founder Bob Johnstone likes to build boats (both power and sail) light and strong and a number of his sailboats have gone around the world -- one four times! MJM powerboats -- ranging from 29' to 40' (8.83 m to 12.12 m) -- are by far the strongest and lightest in their class. In order to find out how they are built and learn of the materials and processes employed we took a trip to Boston BoatWorks and made a short video. See how it's done...

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Review Video

Sea Ray 210 SLX:
All-New, Sporty Bowrider

Sea Ray 210 SLX
The new Sea Ray 210 SLX measures 21' (6.40 m) LOA x 8'3" (2.5 m), has a 21-degree deadrise at the transom, and weighs 3,642 lbs. (1,652 kgs.)

The all-new Sea Ray 210 SLX was introduced in January at the New York Boat Show. We were there with Capt. Steve and our video crew. What we found was a shining example of what defines premium features as the level of luxury was evident from the trailer up. Even the metal flaked color scheme left no doubt that this boat was intended to turn heads, and it certainly turned ours. See why...

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Test Video

Yamaha AR240 Sportboat:
All-Around Tow Boat Package

Yamaha AR240
Twin engines in a 24' sportboat is somewhat unusual, but then there is nothing about the Yamaha AR240 that is "me too".

Built around two of the most technically advanced engines available and configured for the jet-drive propulsion system, the AR240 by Yamaha offers performance, power and lots of room. Our test of the AR240 made it easy to zero-in on the differentiating features and performance for on-water sports of all kinds. In our opinion, the 1812CC 4-cylinder, four-stroke Yamaha Marine engine is the reason this boat is so much fun. Let's get to the video...

Yamaha Factory Go behind the scenes at the Yamaha factory.
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New Videos

Tigé Tow Boats:
Next Gen Tow Sports

Tigé Action
Wake surfing is almost entirely dependent upon having the right boat to provide the right conditions for a lasting dynamic wake.

If you haven't started wake surfing yet, get started. First you need to get a board and find some water. After you get a board, you need a ride, but the right ride. Many boats make a wake, but only a few are designed to create the right wake.  We think that Tigé boats makes some of the best tow boats out there, with looks, performance, and pricing that doesn't break the bank. Here are a few video segments to show you what to do when you have the right wake. 

Tigé Setting Up Your Boat for Wake Surfing Tigé 225 wide
Tigé in action--
Setting up your boat for wake surfing.
Tigé in action --
Surfing a wake.

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Test Video

Volvo Penta IPS:
Backing Down Is a Specialty

Volvo Penta IPS600
Nimble backing down performance is not just for docking.  Backing down on a game fish and keeping the stern pointed in the right direction is critically important. No system does that better than IPS "Sportfish Mode."

 During our test video of the IPS we show how the "Sportfish Mode" works to help anglers keep energetic game fish under control. Of course there are many other benefits to the IPS system which are also covered in the video. Take a look...


Shurhold Shag Bonnet:  Microfiber Polish Tool

Shurhold Products
To make your boat look the best that it can be you need the right tools.  This is one of them.

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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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Smart Boating's
How-To DVD Course

Smart Boating
Sometimes it's not what you know, but what you've forgotten.  Smart Boating, because safe boating just isn't enough.

Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about's Smart Boating Course it’s clearly not only for beginners, but for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete video boating course available...period. Order here...

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Lesson of the Week

How To Dock Your Twin Inboard Boat

Capt. Steve Smart Boating Cover

Always check wind direction and current before docking.  Once dockside, tie the bow line first, then the stern line.

This week Capt. Steve goes over six lessons and guidelines on basic boat handling and docking procedures. Learn why twins allow you to maneuver easier. Learn how to pivot the boat for close quarter maneuvering, move the boat sideways without a bow thruster, and how to back into a slip.  These are basic rules which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

“So we agree, there is this much space between us and the lock wall.” - L. Mackay

Second Place

“Remember, when you're hoisted up the mast and the kids are beating you with piñata sticks -- keep your head tucked in.”
– R. Davis

Third Place

“Don't worry orange is slimming.”
– J. Beleski

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