Formula 350 CBR // Monte Carlo Yachts 65 //Tigé Z3 //14 Tests & Reviews - 06/06/2012
BoatTEST Newsletter June 6, 2012 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Prestige 620S
- Bayliner 175 BR
- Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless
- Formula 45 Yacht
- Harris FloteBote Factory
- Hatteras GT63
- Monte Carlo Yachts 65
- Formula 350 CBR
- Riviera 4400 SY
- Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
- Tigé Z3
- Triton VT 17
- Chaparral 284 Sunesta
- OceanLED Lights
- Cruisers Yachts' Operations
- Volvo Penta OceanX
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Prestige 620S:
Sporty Look with a
Big Boat Feel

Prestige 620S
Our tests show a top speed of 31.5 kts and a best cruise range of 331 nm.

The Prestige 620S is an evolution of the popular Prestige 60 with a redesigned flying bridge that saves nearly 1,000 lbs (454 kg) over the 60. With a pair of IPS900 engines she has good cruise performance with the solid feel of a larger yacht. And of course with joystick maneuverability, there’s no need for a hired captain, making this truly an owner/operator’s yacht.  Let’s take her on a test ride...

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Test Video

Bayliner 175 BR:
How Much Horsepower Is Enough?

Bayliner 175 BR
The Bayliner 175 BR comes standard with a 4-cylinder 3.0 L 135-hp sterndrive.

How many times have you looked to a boat that is priced as a "great buy" and then noticed it's only got a 4-cylinder engine? Based on our tests, it seems that the design team at Bayliner has become adept at tweaking the best performance out of the 175 BR hull with minimal horsepower. So the big question becomes, does the engine have enough power to haul a load of people at decent planing speeds? See for yourself...

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New Features Video

Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless:
She's Ready, Willing and Able

Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless
At 23'6" (7.16 m) this Boston Whaler 230 Dauntless is now the largest in the Dauntless line-up.

Longtime fans of Boston Whaler's Dauntless line-up are familiar with how well these models handle families. The new 230 Dauntless is designed to be adaptable to all sorts of watersports for the whole family.  Let's take a look at our features video and see what she has to offer. More...

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New Features Video

Formula 45 Yacht:
When Space and Comfort Matter

Formula 45 Yacht
At 48'2" (14.68 m) LOA the Formula 45 Yacht has the interior space that can allow two couples privacy when needed along with multiple areas just to hangout.

If you plan on bringing another couple on your boat then there are two ingredients that will make or break the entire journey… space and comfort. The Formula 45 Yacht delivers on both counts and does so with the premium build quality that Formula has long been known for. Today we take a detailed walk-through.  Go ahead and spread out...

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In the Factory

Harris FloteBote:
All Toons Are Not Built the Same

Harris FloteBote Factory
Testing a pontoon boat in choppy water tells a lot about its construction.
For us it was an eye-opener.

There's a lot more to building a pontoon boat than meets the eye, and the team at Harris FloteBote knows this better than most any builder since it has been in business over 55 years.  Once we started looking closely at how Harris FloteBote builds its boats we realized that this was a company that takes customer satisfaction seriously.  Today's video shows how Harris FloteBote makes what we think is one of the strongest pontoon boat lines on the market.  You'll quickly see what sets Harris FloteBote toons apart. Let's climb inside for look...

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Test Video

Hatteras GT63 EFB:
Tested at 40.2 Knots WOT

Hatteras GT 63
The Hatteras GT63 EFB has motoryacht comfort and sportfisherman speed.

It takes a lot to get 102,000 lbs (46,266 kg) up to a speed allowing a yacht to compete in the demanding offshore sportfishing arena. These yachts need to get out fast, stay long, and get back in before the weigh-in closes. For some anglers that means a boat that can go 40 knots.  For others it means a boat that can cruise for long distances at reasonably fast planing speeds, say something in the high 20s, or low 30s.  This is home turf for the Hatteras GT63 EFB. Let's take her on a full test and performance review. And you get to drive...

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Captain's Report

Monte Carlo Yachts 65:
Classy, Sassy and "Economical"

Monte Carlo Yachts 65
It may seem like an oxymoron to say that a multi-million dollar yacht is "economical" to operate, but all things are relative. Her twin MAN V8 diesels with direct shafts should make the new Monte Carlo Yachts 65 one of the lowest cost-to-operate vessels in class.

Just one short year after the launch of what has become the most awarded yacht of the century (the Monte Carlo Yachts 76), its Italian builder has launched a slightly smaller version -- the Monte Carlo Yachts 65. With this second yacht in the series, a style has emerged that clearly defines the brand. As the first launch is set to make its debut in the States at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show in November we take our preliminary look at a yacht that can now bring a highly-acclaimed design within reach of more people. Shoes off as you board please...

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Sneak Peek

New Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider:
World's Largest Bowrider?

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider
In addition to the sheer size of the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider is the creative cabin below the bridge deck. She combines the best of a well-found cuddy, a huge seating area forward like a bowrider on steroids, and an express cruiser bridge deck, cockpit and stern.

We were recently treated to a sneak peek at the mock-ups and tooling of what will probably be the world's largest bowrider. She is the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider and she is one of the most exciting new designs we have seen all year. As noted above she combines the strong features of three distinctly different types of boat into an all-new type that provides a good solution for people who want more utility in a bowrider. We've got pictures...

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Captain's Report

Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht:
World-Class Design & Style

Riviera 4400 SY
The Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht has an LOA of 49'7" (15.12 m), a beam of 15' (4.58 m) and a draft of 3'11" (1.20 m). She has a displacement of 27,600 lbs. (12,500 kgs).

The Riviera 4400 Sport Yacht has been designed with the cruising family in mind. She can sleep five people in two cabins below, but of course the settee above can be made into a sixth bunk in a pinch. The standard boat is designed to be versatile and owners can select the options to make her more appropriate for their specific needs and crew. We find her exterior styling pleasing because at the same time it is both modern, yet understated-- and something that will not be out of date in years to come. She comes standard with twin Volvo Penta 370-hp IPS diesel propulsion. Find out more...

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray 610 Sundancer:
Sea Ray's Luxury Flagship

Sea Ray 610 Sundancer
The Sea Ray 610 is the largest boat in the Sea Ray fleet and is the ultimate boat-owning object of thousands of Sea Ray fans.

Sea Ray has tried to make the 610 Sundancer as cruise-ready and as luxurious as possible with its standard yacht. It pretty much knows how its customers will use the boat, so to make the 610 Sundancer even more enticing vis-à-vis its competition, the builder has loaded in lots of equipment and amenities normally found on the option list of vessels in this class. If you haven't visited the upper end of Sea Ray's fleet lately, then we suggest that you give these boats a second look. More...

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Captain's Report

Tigé Z3:
Big Wake? A Piece of Cake

Tigé Z3
Blond or brunette, all guests will like the sure-footed walkway from the cockpit to the comfortable transom seat.

Tigé’s 2012 version of its popular Z3 is designed for the new generation of wakeboarders who have discovered the fun of wake surfing a nearly endless wave. The Tigé Z3 has a reputation of being one of the hottest -- perhaps the hottest -- wakeboat on the market. This is due in large part to Tigé's patented TAPS2 wave-controlling device that allows the operator to put the wake exactly where it is wanted. Find out more...

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Test Video

Triton Aluminum Boats VT 17:
Strength Comes Standard

Triton VT 17
The Triton VT 17 comes so nicely loaded that her options list has more to do with the trailer than the boat.

The Triton VT 17's is built with welded construction, a grid stringer system, and a reinforced transom.  Powered by a 75-hp Mercury Optimax our test boat showed a top speed of 40.4 mph with a fuel burn of 6.2 gph.  Clearly, the VT 17 was built to stick around for the long haul. Let's step aboard and see what our test reveals. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 284 Sunesta:
Deckboat Roominess, Sportboat Feel

Chaparral 284 Sunesta
The Chaparral 284 Sunesta has a length overall of 28'4" (8.64 m), and a beam of 9’ (2.74 m) but that's only part of why she's so roomy.

The Chaparral 284 Sunesta is a feature-loaded bowrider.  Her extended hull gets her on plane quick and she turns like she's on rails according to our test captain. With a 496 Mag powering the test boat we caught a top speed of 49.1 mph and a best cruise of 33.8 mph. But that's only part of the performance and handling story. Let's take a look at the full test and performance review. More...

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Product Video

Let There Be Light (Underwater)

"In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary." ~ Aaron Rose

Few things have done more recently to add to the ambience of boats as has underwater lighting.  The company at the forefront of this revolution is OceanLED. Its products are now offered as options from some of the top manufacturers and because they're so affordable, we’re seeing them more and more on smaller and smaller boats around the world. They do everything from making a boat look better at dusk to actually attracting fish. For even more fun, connect one of their underwater cameras to a TV and watch the reaction.  Light the way...

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Cruisers Yachts' Design:
A Focus on Operations

Cruisers Yachts - (Image of helm and engine room - combine two to make one
As we keep saying, a first-class yacht is more than the sum of its parts. Here are some important details...

In our testing of Cruisers Yachts models we continue to find many features that add to the overall ease of operation and maintenance of its boats. These are important aspects of what we call yacht "connoisseurship" which Cruisers Yachts executes so well.  On some models it's the layout of the helm, or location and access to major systems and components, and on others it is the layout of the engine room equipment.  We will start with two models, the 390 Sports Coupe and the Cantius 48 and focus our attention on the details done right. Open the hatch to get started...

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Corrosion Prevention

Volvo Penta OceanX:
Corrosion Resistance

Evinrude 130

Volvo Penta's OceanX system is designed to fight saltwater corrosion with new alloys and coatings plus solve other problems that lower units have historically encountered.

The "OceanX" is Volvo Penta’s answer to the corrosive effects of salt water on both metals and rubber in the lower units of a sterndrive system. OceanX’s titanium-ceramic coating is applied using a state-of-the-art electro-deposition process. The coating greatly improves corrosion resistance – up to four times more resistant than conventional drives, says the company. Moreover the OceanX has water intrusion detection devices in the unit's bellows to give early warning of rubber degradation. But there is more to OceanX than this powerful one-two punch. See our video explaining the system...


Shurhold Products:
Filter for Gas

Shurhold Products
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. Learn more...

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Lesson of the Week

Preparing for an Emergency Situation

Capt. SteveSmart Boating Cover 

If you hit something and are taking on water you must take decisive action quickly. Use whatever is available to help slow the flow of water going inside the boat while you wait for help to arrive.

This week Capt. Steve goes over five lessons and guidelines on emergency situations and what to do to help preserve life while you wait to be rescued. Everyone aboard will have to act quickly, and that’s why drills and practicing emergency situations with your family is important. So this means everyone must first put their life jackets on; while someone calls for help on the radio, other crew use whatever they can to try and stop or slow the flow of water into the boat. Do not abandon ship! Rather, keep working to save it. Stay with the boat or get as far on top of it as you can until help arrives. 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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"I love it! I don't have to cut the grass and I get to go fishing anytime I want to."
- R. Justice

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"If we make it to California it will be worth 6 times more when we sell it!" - S. Herman

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"Which way to Seattle?" - A. Gonyea

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