Sea Ray 190 // Rinker 276 // Boston Whaler 370 // 10 Tests & Reviews - 06/13/2012
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Rinker Captiva 276 BR
- Boston Whaler 370 Outrage
- Crownline 235 SS
- Intrepid 327 CC
- Sea Ray 190 Sport
- Robalo R180
- World Cat 320 EC
- Yamaha AR210
- Harris FloteBote 220 Cruiser
- Regal 1900
- MJM Yachts' Factory
- ZF Pod 4000
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Rinker Captiva 276 BR:
Well-Executed
and Good Value

Rinker Captiva 276 BR
The Rinker Captiva 276 BR has a LOA of 28'11" (8.8 m) and a beam of 9’ (2.74 m). This model is shown with the optional arch, docking lights, and bow scuff plate. The black hull is one of seven colors offered.

Rinker created the Captiva 276 BR to be roomy, amenity-rich, and focused on value. She probably has more storage than virtually any bowrider in class and she's large enough to have yacht certification. She is also ergonomically correct from bow to stern. If you have not taken a serious look at a Rinker lately, we suggest that you make the time to look at the 276 BR as we think she has been well-executed. Her starting price is $58,999 with a 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG engine. Full report...

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New Features Video

Boston Whaler 370 Outrage:
Boston Whaler's Ultimate Offshore Machine

Boston Whaler 370 Outrage
Boston Whaler 370 Outrage was designed from the keel up for offshore performance.  She is the largest boat Boston Whaler builds for the public.

Boston Whaler's 370 Outrage was bred from the fishing heritage, but as with most offshore-capable boats her appeal to the cruising set is growing. Today we take a look at a 370 Outrage rigged for a customer intending to take her offshore to remote weekend getaways and how well she’s suited to such a task. It's all in our features video...

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Captain's Report

Crownline 235 SS:
Loaded with Style & Competitively Priced

Crownline 235 SS
The Crownline 235 SS features several upscale items that we usually see as options on other boats in class.

The Crownline 235 SS is a sporty bowrider loaded with features that serve well to keep her competitive in the aggressive market she’s targeting. We found her to be equipped for passenger comfort and with engine choices ranging from 300-hp to 430-hp she will appeal to whatever type of boating you choose.  Let’s go through the rest of the 235 and see what else she has going for her. More...

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Test Video

Intrepid 327 CC:
A Custom Build with Premium Quality

Intrepid 327 CC
The Intrepid 327 CC is a performance center console with a LOA of 32' 7'' (9.93 m) and a top speed of nearly 64 mph with a pair of 350 four-strokes.

The Intrepid 327 CC was designed to update the builder's 323 CC with ability to carry the larger four-stroke engines now on the market. Of course whenever a builder decides to change a hull design, we have to ask if it compromised on performance and handling.  The only way to find out is with a full test and performance review. Intrepids are premium boats and at the very top of their class, so naturally, they are not for everyone.  Let’s take a look...

Factory-Direct Pricing

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray 190 Sport:
Why Is She So Popular?

Sea Ray 190 Sport
The Sea Ray 190 Sport has a length overall of 19'8" (5.99 m) and a beam of 7'3" (2.21 m). She has a dry weight of 2,600 lbs (1179 kg) and 34” (86 cm) draft.

The Sea Ray 190 Sport is a popular model in the entry-level bowrider market. Perhaps that's because of her attractive styling, features, performance, and her price.  Take a look at a full report... 

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Test Video

Robalo R180:
Small Size for Big Fishing

Robalo R180
At best cruise speed we found the Robalo R180 to have a range of 237 miles.  Note her high freeboard which is unusual for a CC of this length.

The Robalo R180 may only be 18'4" (5.6 m) LOA but she has features that allow her to handle coastal fishing right alongside much larger boats. Her relatively heavy weight adds stability and high freeboard that will pay-off in a sloppy seaway.  Although she's intended to be competitively priced we find her to be a compelling trade-off between price and features. As for how she handles, let's take a look at our full test video. More...

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Test Video

World Cat 320 EC:
Ergonomics Are the Key

World Cat 320 EC
The World Cat 320 EC is part of a line-up that has excellent sea handling capabilities that serve to make this a capable offshore boat.

If a boat doesn’t fit right, then it’s not going to be around for very long. We found the World Cat 320 EC to be a comfortable fit in every area. Whether standing at the helm, fishing in the cockpit, or turning in for the night in the cabin, her size and ergonomics are well thoughtout. She’s also has a good mix of fishability and cruising comfort thanks to her roomy layout.  Read the full report...

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Test Video

Yamaha AR210:
A Dose of Watersports Adrenaline

Yamaha AR210
The Yamaha AR210 is completely decked out for watersports, and when it’s time to relax, her layout is just as accommodating.

She comes with twin engines that blast her to a top speed of 46.6 mph and her state-of-the-art tower not only “raises the bar”, but it’s collapsible. All this in a boat size that some consider entry-level. Our tests have shown that this AR210 is among the most capable watersports boats out there and all at an affordable price. Let’s go for a test ride and features walkthrough and see what she’s really made of. More...

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Captain's Report

Harris FloteBote 220 Cruiser CX:
Comfort on an Affordable Level

Harris FloteBote 220 Cruiser CX
The Harris FloteBote Cruiser line focuses on making the brand affordable.  As this photo illustrates she is a good boat for small children and adults alike.

Pontoon boats with every bell and whistle up to and including the kitchen sink are available, but do you really need all that? For most of us the answer is no.  Harris FloteBote believes that the important thing is to get family and friends out on the water in an affordable -- but safe -- pontoon boat platform.  Take a look at the full captain's report on the 220 Cruiser CX...

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Test Video

Regal 1900:
Exhilarating Handling

Regal 1900
The Regal 1900 is a small boat that's big on features for the discerning buyer.

While the Regal 1900 has followed the natural evolution of modifying the product through the years, one thing has remained constant... the exhilarating handling that this boat, with its FasTrac hull, provides. Our latest test video of this pocket rocket shows exactly what we’re talking about, so let's take a look. Hang on...here we go...

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Attention to Detail

MJM Yachts:
How They Are Built

MJM Yachts
This is a view of an MJM that few people ever get.  The stringers, bulkheads and cabinet substructures all work together to provide strength with minimum weight.

MJM Yachts utilizes state-of-the-art construction methods and the most modern materials to build its unusual premium-quality Downeast cruising boats. We took our cameras to Boston Boat Works to record this remarkable process. It is an expensive process that most builders can't afford to use, but it is instructive to know what it takes to get 60/40 glass-to-resin laminate. See how its done...

Email builder for inquiries... mjmyachts@verizon.net

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Engineering

ZF Pod 4000:
Big and Brawny

ZF 4000 Pod
As pods keep getting bigger, so do the boats that they are getting installed on. We tested this version on a 76 footer (23 m) and were impressed with the speed and efficiency.

Pods have revolutionized the way we operate boats, and now they’re coming into vogue on larger yachts thanks to the likes of the ZF 4000 Pod. We recently tested this model on a 76’ (23 m) luxury yacht weighing 101,412 lbs (46,000 kg) and we reached an impressive top speed of 34.3 mph with twin 1200-hp diesels. The pods and joystick allowed for nearly surgical precision when docking, which means a hired captain is no longer necessary. It all comes down to the engineering that ZF puts into its pods, drive components and control software.  Let's take a look at the inside story. More...


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Shurhold Video Test:
Buff Magic Does the Work

Shurhold Products
We put Capt. Steve to work while our cameras were rolling.

Owning a fiberglass yacht with a shiny, gleaming surface is one of the joys of boat ownership. But the hard work that goes into creating that look isn't so much fun. In order to find out how well Yacht Brite Buff Magic and Pro Polish work, we tested them on a severely neglected hull. Capt. Steve followed the standard procedures, applied the products, and all the while our camera crew was shooting video. See for yourself what our tests turned up...

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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Lesson of the Week

How to Survive and Treat Hypothermia

Capt. Steve Smart Boating Cover 

Survival in cold water will depend on how well you are able to minimize your body’s heat loss.


This week Capt. Steve goes over four lessons and guidelines on recognizing the signs of hypothermia, how to help avoid it, and what you can do to lessen the effects on your body. Hypothermia does not only happen in cold water, even in 70 degree water you can still experience a significant loss of body heat.  The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Smart 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


First Place

“It's simple enough and looks good on the water, but it's high maintenance.” – J.D.

Second Place

“You may laugh now, but when I get to the other side I won't have to walk!”
– S. Rochwerg

Third Place

“Fast? Let me tell you that engine's got some legs!” – S. Thompson

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