Bayliner 197 // Four Winns 260 // Beneteau Swift 44 // 10 Tests & Reviews - 06/27/2012
BoatTEST Newsletter June 27, 2012 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Intrepid Factory Tour
- Boston Whaler 315 Conquest
- Hatteras GT63
- Sea Ray 210 SLX
- Monte Carlo Yachts 76
- Rampage 41 Express
- Bayliner 197 SD
- Beneteau Swift 44
- Bennington 2275 RCW
- Four Winns H260
- MJM 40z
- Yanmar 8LV-370
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Intrepid Factory Tour:
How A Premium Boat Is Built

Intrepid Factory Tour
The red tube is carrying resin into the vacuum bag covering an Intrepid deck. The infusion process allows Intrepid to get a 60:40 glass to resin ratio.

Intrepid Powerboats builds state-of-the-art, top-quality, offshore fishing boats and sport yachts ranging from 24' to 47' (7.31 to 14.32 m). Not only that, but the company is probably the most innovative in class. This is the brand most often copied. But what's not so easy (or cheap) to replicate is the construction process that Intrepid uses to built its exquisite boats. See how it's done...

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New Features Video

Boston Whaler 315 Conquest:
A Bridge Between Two Missions

Boston Whaler 315 Conquest
The Boston Whaler 315 Conquest has a length overall of 31'3" (9.53 m) and a beam of 10'8" (3.25 m) and our test showed her to be among the easiest handling boats we've piloted in class.

It's hard not to notice the striking styling of the Boston Whaler 315 Conquest, but she also has the capability to successfully bridge the gap between a hard performing offshore fishing boat and a safe, comfortable cruising boat. On test day, the entire test and video crew were gathered onboard for lunch so it was hard not to notice how well she handles entertaining, too. Let's take a look at our full features video and see how the 315 Conquest handles so many missions. More...

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Features Video

Hatteras GT63:
She Has What Others Haven't Got

Hatteras GT63
We tested the Hatteras GT63 and clocked her at 40.2 knots at WOT powered by twin 1900-hp diesels.  But speed is only part of her story.

When we tested the Hatteras GT63 and went over her carefully we were surprised to discover that she has a number of important aspects and features that can be found nowhere else. She looks like some other yachts on the market in class, but in fact the Hatteras engineering team has created a vessel unlike any on the market. Look at the video and report...

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray 210 SLX:
Styled for the 21st Century

Sea Ray 210 SLX
The Sea Ray 210 SLX may very well be one of the sleekest looking runabouts the company has ever produced.

The Sea Ray 210 SLX is loaded with amenities as standard and has been built from the keel up to run as quietly as possible. Most noteworthy is the high level of her fit-and-finish and her features. And if you think she looks good sitting in the water, you should see her sitting on her optional color-matched tandem-axle trailer. More...

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Features Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 76:
Quality in Design and Materials

Monte Carlo Yachts 76
The Monte Carlo Yachts 76 qualities go way beyond her stunning good looks. She's loaded with premium features through and through, well beyond the cosmetic.

There are several things that impress us about the Monte Carlo Yachts 76: Her design and layout are mixed with a liberal dose of innovations throughout and her multiple gathering areas with her aft galley planted conveniently in the middle of it all. But it's also the subtlety that catches our eye and adds to the feeling of excellence. That is why today we are focusing on the design and materials used throughout this award-winning yacht. More...

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Sea Trial Video

Rampage 41 Express:
When the Going Gets Rough…

Rampage 41 Express
Few things are more enjoyable than taking an offshore boat out in snotty conditions to see what sort of stones she really has.

The sad truth about boat tests is that they are scheduled well in advance, which means we never get to pick the weather, only the time. Often we have a boat made for running in heavy seas and must test her in flat, calm water on a no-wind day. Thankfully, that was not the case with the Rampage 41 Express. We tested her on a day with a blustery wind running against a fair tide and as we headed out, everyone else was stopping and turning back in. So let's see how she performs... 

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Test Video

Bayliner 197 SD:
A Deckboat with Massive Seating

Bayliner 197 SD
Deckboat buyers looking for maximum seating and versatility need to check out the Bayliner 197 SD. Her rated capacity is 10, but she actually can seat 14 adults.

We have all seen sportboats that have a rated passenger capacity that is far greater than the number of seats aboard. Rarely do we see a boat that has actual adult seating that far exceeds its rated capacity, but that is exactly what we have in the Bayliner 197 SD (for Sun Deck). Because of her immense seating she is a boat of remarkable versatility that can include watersports, exploring with the whole gang, or cocktail cruises at sundown. Watch the test...

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Test Video

Beneteau Swift 44:
A New Take On An Old Concept

Beneteau Swift 44
Because the Beneteau Swift 44 is powered by twin Volvo Penta D4 diesels she is easy to handle offshore and easy to dock. An optional bow thruster makes it even easier.

In the Beneteau Swift 44 the builder has created a boat that is roomy where it counts - in the main salon and galley - yet still comfortable below. This two stateroom, two head yacht is designed so that one or two couples can go exploring about anywhere except trans oceanic. During our tests we recorded a top speed 24.8 knots and a cruising speed of 16.9 knots giving her a range of 351 nmiles.  At the displacement speed of 6.7 knots she can go 1,243 nautical miles with a 10% fuel reserve. More...

Beneteau Swift 44 Download the performance chart. Call Beneteau: 410.990.0270

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Captain's Report

Bennington 2275 RCW:
For Genteel Entertaining or Watersports

Bennington 2275 RCW
The Bennington 2275 RCW is a large toon designed like all toons for entertaining and with the addition of a large outboard she can also be a watersports monster.

The mission of Bennington’s 2275 RCW is to be a versatile and luxurious platform for both entertaining and watersports. When it comes to towing, a tri-toon with a big outboard is the way to go because there might be considerable weight aboard. Bennington offers an optional elliptical tube for its toons, something that is quite unusual in class. Find out more...

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Captain's Report

Four Winns H260:
Taking A  Detailed Video Look

Four Winns H260
The Four Winns H260 has an 8'6" (2.59 m) beam, a 20-degree deadrise and a passenger capacity of as many as you can comfortably seat as she has a yacht certification.

We have not yet been asked to test the Four Winns H260, which is a pity since we think she is one of the most exciting 26' bowriders on the market. We have, however, gone over her carefully and even made a video of what we have found. The fit-and-finish for this mid-priced boat was impressive and clearly Four Winns’ designers and production staff have pulled out all of the stops for this model. See our video, read our report...

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Operational Video

MJM 40z:
Focused on Luxury Cruising

MJM 40z
The MJM 40z is not only well laid for out entertaining a large party, but also for the long haul.

We think the MJM 40z meets virtually all of the requirements that a cruising couple needs when going on an extended voyage. She has the storage capacity, the accommodations layout, safety features, and the sea keeping ability to ensure that you'll be able to cruise comfortably and safely even in nasty conditions.  The reason for that is her design and build process.  Let's take a look...

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Test Video

Yanmar 8LV-370:
Big Muscle in a Small Package 

Evinrude 130

Weighing in at only 992 lbs (450 kg) the 370-hp 8LV may actually be the lightest, even when compared to gas engines.

Whether it's an inboard or outdrive installation, we think the horsepower-to-weight ratio of this Yanmar 8LV will be a popular solution in many new builds or repowers. Since it's electronically controlled with CAN-BUS technology, up to three control stations can be added, all with color multi-function displays. And since the exhaust can easily be swapped for a port or starboard installation, it's a natural choice when twins are called for. We put this diesel to the test in a single engine application of a 33'11" (10.34 m) boat weighing 12,950 lb (5,874 kg) to show what sort of performance it is capable of. More...

Have a specific question? Email Yanmar.


Shurhold PVA Towel Is
Put Through the Ringer

Shurhold Products
PVA towels are better than a natural chamois.

When we asked the team at Shurhold what was different about their PVA towels they told us that they absorb 50 percent more water than natural chamois, making for faster and more effective drying. We gave the towels a shot on our test boat after a few hours on the water in Long Island Sound. We washed her down with fresh water and wiped her down from the windscreen to the keel. The total elapsed time to completely dry a 24' boat was 11 minutes and 20 seconds. Take our word for it, there were no spots or streaks left behind, just a nice shine. The towels come in an extra large size of 17" x 27" (43 cm x 69 cm). Learn more...

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DVD Boating Course

Smart Boating
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Lesson of the Week

Basic PWC Safety Tips

Capt. SteveSmart Boating Cover 

PWCs are subject to the same safety laws as boats and must obey the same rules of the road and guidelines.

This week Capt. Steve goes over five lessons and guidelines on safely operating a PWC. While they may look easy and fun to drive they still require the driver’s full attention and must be treated like any other boat on the water, with caution and safety in mind. PWCs are not toys. Capt. Steve will go over some key differences of operating a PWC from operating a boat, and he will discuss the most important feature, the automatic shut-off and self circling feature. 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

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“It's really not as unusual as the flying bass boat...” - T. Powell

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“First they charge for checked bags, then for carry on. Now it is an upgrade for the plane to even fly!” - T. Cash

Third Place

“Boeing design for those pilots who have a fear of heights.” - G. Jo

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