Prestige 550 Flybridge:
A Woman's Point of View
The Prestige 550 Flybridge has four distinct gathering areas, and an aft galley right in between two of them in an open floor plan layout. Her full-beam master stateroom is as big as we’ve seen on much larger yachts and both her forward sunpad and forward stateroom offer innovations that expand their usefulness. Most importantly, because she’s a Prestige, she’s priced right. Let’s step aboard and see how Prestige has done on this 550 Flybridge. Features and walkthrough video...
New Features Video
Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider:
Combining a Bowrider with a Cruiser
As big fans of large bowriders, we still have to admit that they are limited to
fair weather, daytime boating… until now. Formula has come up with a winning combination that combines the spacious layout of a huge 35’ (10.67 m) bowrider with the overnight amenities of a pocket cruiser. That also means she has comfortable shelter
during a passing summer shower. She’s called the 350 Crossover Bowrider or
CBR, and she’s definitely a creation that is long overdue. Let’s take a look at our full features review video and see how it all comes together.
New Features Video
Hatteras Yachts GT54:
Comfort for Ocean Conditions
The Hatteras Yachts GT54 was built to be an uncompromising cruiser providing comfort while offshore or even at the dock. Her exterior styling is as modern and sleek
as the latest Outer Banks custom-built boat. Her interior has touches of Euro-design
blended in tastefully with Hatteras' traditional approach. She has
three staterooms and two heads and is every bit a cruiser as she is a
fisherman. Let’s take a look at our latest features video review.
Inside the Factory
Boston Whaler Factory Tour:
The Difference Is in the Build
Some of the important factors that set Boston Whaler boats apart from others are the design, building techniques, and the materials used. Of course most of this can never be seen just by looking at a “Whaler” at a boat show, or even when driving it. That’s why we decided it was time to highlight these unique build factors in a factory tour video. Let’s take a look.
New Test Video
Sea Ray 370 Sundancer:
A New and Improved Model
Sea Ray has made important changes to the popular 370 Sundancer and most have been based on customer feedback. Notably, Sea Ray has gone from standard V-drives to twin B3 sterndrives powered by 375-hp 8.2L engines. The V-drives are still available
as an option, but the transfer to sterndrives opens up the door to the benefits of Axius for joystick operation. We tested this latest model with the Axius system and loved the handling both at, and away from, the dock. Join us for a ride as we do a full test video.
Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius:
Uniquely Styled Cruiser
We can’t decide if it’s the unique styling, the huge amounts of space, or maybe
the treatment of the multiple entertaining venues scattered about the Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius that make her so appealing. Perhaps it’s a combination of all three coupled with her docile handling characteristics. Here’s our features video review...
Chaparral H2O 19 Sport:
Quality and Value Meet on the Water
Chaparral launches into the entry-level market with the merging of style and quality characteristics -- for which the builder is well known -- in an affordable boat model. The H2O 19 Sport is designed to appeal to families who are just getting into boating and she’s powerful enough for tow sports while still large enough for having friends and family aboard.
Harris FloteBote Factory:
How Quality Toons Are Built
With the increased popularity of pontoons boats comes the need to increase the design and technology to keep the new customers coming back for more, all while maintaining brand loyalty. One company at the forefront of this mindset is Harris FloteBote. It approaches the building process with the intention of ensuring that its boats will not only perform well, but also last for many years. Let's see how they do this with a video look inside the factory.
Intrepid 475 Sport Yacht:
Outboard Power in a Luxury Sport Yacht
There are those who question the decision to power a 47' yacht with outboards, but the decision makes sense to many people for a number of reasons. Most notably is the room gained by hanging the engines off the back of the transom rather than having them inside the boat. Further, the power-to-weight ratio allows her to cruise at nearly 40 mph and the maintenance is a lot easier. Join us on a full test review and see what else we found out.
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Jeanneau Leader 9:
A Balance of Style and Features
Jeanneau's Leader series is a three-boat lineup aimed squarely at the express cruiser market. The Leader 9 features the classic Jeanneau use of space and huge amounts of natural light throughout. She's also heavy on utility and function, rather than fluff, and this is how Jeanneau manages to keep the price of the build down. In
fact, it is one of the most competitively priced brands around in class.
Let's take a look onboard...
Mako 212 Center Console:
Big Boat Features, Small Boat Price
Mako tells us that they made the 212 Center Console to handle both coastal and inshore
fishing in a 21’5” (6.53 m) boat. She comes with a standard Mercury 150 XL OptiMax,
but Mako also offers eight other engine choices and a host of options.
The base price is $37,995. Join us as we take a video tour of the Mako 212 CC...
Riviera 53 Enclosed Flybridge:
Built on Customer Feedback
Because the design team sought input from around the globe there are clever innovations throughout the latest model of the Riviera 53. She is available with either
twin diesels or triples, with IPS or Zeus powertrim systems. Join us as we take
a features walkthrough of this three-stateroom, two-head layout.
Affordable Center Console
Robalo's R180 is the company's latest entrance into the affordable center console market, but she still has the build quality that provides safety and good handling that allow her to take on coastal fishing. To show just what sort of handling we’re talking about we took her on a full test and performance review.
Tahoe Q8 SSi:
Family Fun and Watersports
The team at Tahoe has a reputation for making boats that are affordable and they still managed to pull it off while adding upscale features to their flagship runabout, the Q8 SSi. To see just how well they’ve done we took her on a full video walk-through and performance review.
Let’s take a look...
The RZ4 is at the top of the Tigé lineup and deservedly so. She provides state-of-the-art performance and uncompromising good looks. Her Convex-V hull curves slightly up at the stern and the TAPS 2 ride plate is adjustable to dial in the perfect wake for catching air or wake surfing. With Tigé Touch, ballast, trim, and
speed parameters can be dialed in and saved for each individual. Owners can
also tone down the performance making her a capable family runabout as well.
Let’s go surfing now, everybody’s learning how...
Evinrude E-TEC 50-hp:
Even with this small engine Evinrude not only offers benefits but also choices. The benefits… cleaner burning, self winterization, self break-in, and lower maintenance
costs for starters. The choices…. pull start, electric start, tiller, steering wheel, white or blue. This is an engine filled with perks and our full test video shows it matched to the perfect size vessel, a 1,600 lb (726 kg), 16’ (4.9 m) aluminum boat.
The Little Engine That Can
Royal Purple Test
On a 40-hp Outboard
We tested Royal Purple against a leading synthetic brand of motor oil in a 40-hp Mercury EFI 4-stroke engine on a test stand with a hose feeding fresh water through the engine. No wind, waves or current to affect the results -- which were full of surprises for everyone.
Let’s go to the video tape...
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Negligent Boat Operation Is a Federal Crime
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