Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB:
"Utility" is the
Name of the Game
The Hurricane SunDeck 217 OB is built by the company that started the deckboat concept 20 years ago or so. It has continued to build boats that are a variation on the theme and now has 36 models in three different product lines. They all have a few things in common: broad bows, lots of seating, low freeboard, and a port-side helm in all but one model. We've chosen the SunDeck 217 OB to review because it is typical of the Hurricane breed, yet because she has an outboard, she is a little different.
Formula 400 Super Sport:
Powered by 2 Ilmor 725-hp V-10s
Formula announced last week that it has partnered with Ilmor Marine to make available one of the most powerful gas engines on the planet in the 400 Super Sport. The Ilmor 725 MV10-725 is a high-performance, marinized engine that uses the 8.4 L Dodge Viper V-10 aluminum block. The engine is naturally aspirated for greater fuel efficiency and longer engine life. There is no word yet from the folks at Formula as to what the 400’s top speed might be with the twin 725s, but given that we recorded a WOT speed of 61.6 in a 400 Super Sport powered by twin 525-hp engines, clearly we should be seeing adrenaline-pumping racing speeds.
Boston Whaler 210 Montauk:
A New Flagship for the Montauk Series
For fans of the Boston Whaler Montauk line who figured they weren't quite large enough for their tastes, there's good news; Boston Whaler has now created a larger version of this classic crossover between family fun and fishing. The new 210 Montauk takes her position at the head of the pack in a line-up that starts at 15'5" (4.7 m) and previously topped out at 19’ (5.8 m). We have tested the 210 Montauk and
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Hydra-Sports 3600 VX:
When Offshore Means Overnight
You're not going to catch big fish by sticking close to home. Serious fishing is measured in days, not hours, and that means a boat is needed that can go offshore
safely and in comfort. The Hydra-Sports 3600 VX delivers with big water performance and luxury accommodations. And that's just the beginning of the details that this big rig brings to the table. Let's take a look at the full report for an in-depth look.
Meridian Yachts 541 Sedan:
Spacious and Modern
There are three distinct gathering areas on the main deck of the Meridian 541.
Located smack in the middle of them is its galley which makes serving handy and
keeps the chef involved in all the action. The salon is forward and elevated giving outstanding sightlines. But best of all, the 541 comes in a package built on affordability. Let's take a look at the details and see how Meridian Yachts has done in our full features walk-through video.
Regal 24 FasDeck RX:
Deckboat with a Regal Air
The Regal 24 FasDeck RX has space for many of your friends and the features to keep them entertained all day. Because she's built
on Regal’s FasTrac hull concept she not only has impressive speed and economy but also very sporty handling characteristics. She also has slightly higher freeboard
than other deckboats. See our test...
Yamaha FX SHO Series:
Extreme Performance and "Luxury"
Some people want to have that racing performance feel that only a high-end machine
can provide. Some want to have a "luxury" feel and top-end features. Then again, some people
want it all, and that’s the realm of the FX SHO series of WaveRunners
Loaded with features and powered by the supercharged 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, super-high
output Yamaha 1812cc marine engine, the FX SHO WaveRunner gave our test captain
a feeling of "luxurious exhilaration." Lets watch the test ride...
Cabo 44 Hardtop Express:
Taking on the Battlewagons
We found the Cabo 44 HTX to be a compelling compromise between the lighter open express fishboats and much heavier convertible battlewagons. Her 16’6” (5.06 m) beam is carried well forward which gives her a surprising amount of interior room. Her features allow her to compete with larger boats and Cabo's reputation for attention to detail means she has practical utility. Let's take a look at the full report of the
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Tahoe 215 Xi:
Deckboat for Fish & Tow
The Tahoe 215 Xi is an example of a deckboat which offers fishing features and the room to bring along several friends for nearly any watersports activity. Her bow design allows a place for two people to fish from pedestal seats and the cockpit layout provides lots of open room. In this video we look at a few important
Sea Ray 500 Sundancer:
Some people may think these larger Sea Rays are for either sitting at the dock looking pretty as a weekend retreat or for making sedate cruises in protected water. We think that the 500 Sundancer is actually a very capable offshore cruiser.
our test this winter we took a 500 Sundancer offshore to the Gulf Stream through Miami's Haulover Inlet on a rainy day with a stiff wind running against a fair tide. Our video captured it all.
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Featured Up, Priced Down
Robalo has a knack for loading their boats with features without pricing themselves above most of the competition. We found her to be well loaded with everything but bait and tackle.
Let's see how they've done...
Evinrude 130 H.O. E-TEC: Filling An Important Need
The gap between 115-hp and 150-hp is a big one by outboard engine standards.
For many applications 115-hp is not enough power and 150 is more than needed, and
a lot more expensive. That's why Evinrude built a 130-hp unit.
So why does Evinrude bother? Because it correctly realized that this engine can offer so many more possibilities over larger four-stroke engines. Its lightweight allows a lower CG and two 130s can easily replace a single 250 offering redundancy for offshore work. Let's put her through a full test and see exactly how this 130-hp workhorse fares.
Take a close look with this short video...
World's Best Water Hose? Shurhold Says No Kinks
Manufactured with patented NTS Reflex Mesh technology to eliminate kinks, twists and tangles, Shurhold adds yet another product into the world of products. Shurhold has taken the hose and tweaked it a bit, with Grip-Tite coupling for an easy, leak-free connection at the faucet. This 100% lead-free hose is drinking-water safe and available in three sizes of 25’, 50’ and 75’ with a diameter of 5/8''. It has a lifetime guarantee.
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