Formula 37 PC // Evinrude E-TEC 115 // Premier 250 // 11 Tests - 10/31/2012
BoatTEST Newsletter October 31, 2012 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Beneteau Barracuda 9
- Bayliner 195 Bowrider
- Evinrude E-TEC 115
- Formula 37 PC
- Monte Carlo Yachts 70
- Premier 250 Solaris
- Glacier Bay 3840 Cuddy
- Meridian Yachts 541 SB
- MJM 36z
- Yamaha AR210
- Nitro Z-8
- Tracker Pro Team 175 TXW
- PowerTech Propellers
- Trailering Tips
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Beneteau Barracuda 9:
The Test Results Are In

Beneteau Barracuda 9
The Beneteau Barracuda 9 has a LOA of 28'10" (8.78 m) and a beam of 9'9" (2.98 m). We tested her with a pair of 225-hp Yamaha four-strokes.

Beneteau recently launched the Barracuda 9, which provides a unique opportunity for offshore fishing coupled with a roomy, well-equipped cruising boat. She’s available with an optional flying bridge and has an enclosed pilothouse with seating for five people. Below decks she can handle overnights with a fully enclosed head. All in a package just under 29’ (8.8 m). Let’s see how they did it...

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Review Video

Bayliner 195 Bowrider:
Entry Level with Broad Utility

Bayliner 195 Bowrider
The Bayliner 195 Bowrider has a length overall of 19'5" (5.93 m), a beam of 7'11" (2.41 m) and a draft of 2’11" (.99 m).

Bayliner's 195 Bowrider was designed to ensure that those starting out in boating will get the message that boating can be affordable and safe in addition to being fun. We think the 195 BR represents a solid bargain in the entry level arena. Let’s take a look at our full features review to see how Bayliner has done. More...

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New Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 115-hp:
Adding Power to a Small Package

Evinrude E-TEC 115-hp
With the E-TEC line the old days of high maintenance two-strokes and mixing
fuel and oil are a thing of the past.

Evinrude’s E-TEC 115 is loaded with innovations and requires no break in period, has automatic winterization, and needs no messy oil changes. These are just some of the features that make it stand alone as an attractive package, but since it's a likely optional upgrade to the popular Evinrude E-TEC 90-hp, we also do a side-by-side comparison for making a more informed decision. Let's look at the test video...

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New Captain's Report

Formula 37 PC:
When Speed and Elegance Count

Formula 37 PC
The Formula 37 PC has a length overall of 38'5" (11.71 m), a beam of 12’ (3.7 m) and a draft of 34” (.86 m). The hardtop makes her an all-weather boat.

Formula's 37 PC is a marriage between a hot performance boat and a luxurious cruiser. The result is a premium-quality performance cruiser that has two cabins, one head, a settee and galley down. But she's not only accommodating for overnights, as her large cockpit makes an excellent entertainment platform. She's offered with an optional hard top, although we've yet to see one ordered without it. We found her to have excellent handling characteristics that give credence to her "performance cruiser" moniker. For the full report...

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Captain's Report

Monte Carlo Yachts 70:
The Award-Winning Line Continues

Monte Carlo Yachts 70
The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has a LOA of 69'11" (21.3 m), a beam of 17'9" (5.42 m) and a draft of 5’ (1.52 m).

Monte Carlo Yachts quickly hit the radar screen of anyone seriously looking for a premium motoryacht thanks to the unprecedented success of its first launch, the MCY 76. The MCY 65 followed shortly thereafter, and now comes this… the stunning Monte Carlo Yachts 70. Following the company's theme of clever use of space, top-notch interior fit-and-finish and a vision that has defined the brand, this Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is destined to create her own wakes, and follow no one. More...

Contact the builder.  Ask a question.

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New Captain's Report

Premier 250 Solaris:
45.2 MPH WOT with Evinrude E-TEC 250 HO

Premier 250 Solaris
Top speed during our test was 45.2 mph. Test power was the
Evinrude E-TEC 250 HO.

Luxury and good handling come together in the Premier 250 Solaris. We found her to be roomy and comfortable, while also offering impressive handling during our test on a choppy day with a 20 mph wind gusting across the lake. Her ride was solid and dry thanks to the triple tube PTX package. Test power was an Evinrude E-TEC 250 HO. The whole story is in our full test video, ready for viewing. More...

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Captain's Report

Glacier Bay 3480 Hardtop Ocean Runner:
Dual Staterooms for Extended Cruising

Glacier Bay 3480 Hardtop Ocean Runner
The Glacier Bay 3480 Hardtop Ocean Runner has an LOA of 37'6" (11.5 m) and a beam of 13'3" (4 m).

Glacier Bay designed the 3480 for extended cruises and offshore fishing expeditions. Her helm deck is entirely enclosed giving her all-weather protection when needed while still allowing the pilothouse to be open to the outdoors when desired. Dual staterooms, one in each hull share space with a galley and office space to one side and an enclosed head to the other. It's not until stepping outside that we realized that all of this functionality actually fits in a 37'6" (11.5 m) hull. Well actually, two hulls. More...

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Test Video

Meridian Yachts 541 Sedan:
Meridian's Flagship

Meridian 541 Sedan
While we were understandably impressed with the interior layout of the 541 Sedan, we didn’t expect a lot of surprises from the handling side of the test. How wrong we were.

Meridian Yachts built its reputation by adding a lot of value while keeping its boats affordable. It's a plan that works, for we are told that Meridian has a backlog of orders. This 541 Sedan is the largest in the Meridian Yachts lineup and she offers a lot of bang for the buck. Let's step aboard and put her to a full test and see what she has to offer. More...

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Test Video

MJM 36z:
A Cruising Couple's Yacht

MJM 36z
Part of the beauty of the MJM 36z is in her versatility to handle both the cruising couple and their occasional guests.

The MJM 36z is designed for veteran cruising couples who want to settle down to a sedate lifestyle afloat, day cruising, entertaining friends, and taking long, short-handed passages.  She was designed and purpose-built by experienced cruising people who know what ingredients a yacht like this needs. Aside from her outstanding handling capabilities and exceedingly strong hull, her test numbers speak volumes about her design. Let's test that...

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Test Video

Yamaha AR210:
Building Brand Loyalty

Yamaha AR210
The Yamaha AR210 has a LOA of 21’3” (6.47 m), a beam of 8’6” (2.59 m) and she draws only 15” (38 cm) thanks to her complete lack of outdrive… or for that matter, propellers.

Yamaha’s 210 series was created to provide an affordable alternative to the company’s line of high performance jet boats. But to be clear, “affordable” does not equate to “stripped-down”. This boat has all the performance and features that we’ve come to expect from Yamaha, without some of the pricier add-ons in the upper end of the lineup. Her handling is exhilarating. Yamaha’s version of an "entry level" boat is designed to keep boaters in the brand. Full test video...

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Captain's Report

Nitro Z-8:
Tournament Ready

Nitro Z-8
The Nitro Z-8 has a LOA of 20'1" (6.12 m) a beam of 8 feet (2.44 m) and a draft of
only 14" (35.6 cm).

High level tournament fishing is well within reach with the Nitro Z-8 and her massive storage compartments, large casting decks, insulated livewell, and a redesigned bottom. She also switches back and forth from solo fishing to bringing along a companion thanks to her removable port console. She can handle up to 250-hp and a jack plate will permit venturing into skinny water. Let's check out the video and see what else she has to offer. More...

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Test Video

Tracker Pro Team 175 TXW:
All-Welded Aluminum Construction

Tracker Pro Team 175 TXW
At 993 pounds (450 kg) and 17'7" (5.36 m) LOA, the Pro Team 175 is easily trailerable by small to midsize vehicles.

Our tests show that this Tracker Pro Team 175 was not only among the most comfortable boats we've ever been on in class, but one of the best riding. This is probably why Tracker goes so far as to guarantee a smooth ride… she absolutely delivers. And since she's well-equipped for the professional level, amateurs should find nothing more to want. Our full test and features video shows just how well she handles and some other features anglers will want to know about. More...

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PowerTech Propellers:
Match the Prop to the Job

Evinrude E-TEC 115-hp
With so many variables we strongly recommend research into which prop will be best for your boat, engine, and application.

Most stock boats come with stock props. Generally speaking they do an adequate job for a broad range of applications. But since they are inherently a compromise, boaters wanting superior performance for a specific job often need a special prop. Today we feature an interview with Steve Powers, president of PowerTech Propellers to discuss the factors that determine the ability of a propeller to accelerate. How good is your propeller?...

Trailering Tips

Captain Steve's
Trailering Tips

Trailering Tips
Trailering your boat sounds simple – and is – IF you follow all of the trailer preparation tips that Capt. Steve recommends.

Being a good boater starts long before you get out on the water. And if you have not properly prepared your trailer rig you may never even make it. Just as airplane pilots walk around their planes checking out control surfaces before they get into the cockpit, so too, should you make a careful check of all the straps, chains, connections, bolts and landing gear on your trailer before you head to the launch ramp. Capt. Steve gives us his take on the best way to prep so that you will not have a costly accident on the road...

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Picture of the Week

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DVD Boating Course

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Lesson of the Week

Rules of the Road:
Power Vessels vs. Sail
In Narrow Channels

Lesson of the Week Smart Boating
Navigating safely in narrow channels.

This week Capt. Steve covers basic rules of the road in twelve short segments and offers guidelines on: navigating safely through narrow channels, using caution with larger vessels in narrow channels, how to signal to another boat when there’s a blind spot, overtaking another boat, and rules for power-driven vessels versus sailing vessels when crossing paths. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. 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

Ducky Winner

First Place

“This lake has never been the same since those clowns moved in across the lake.”
– T. Scharf

Second Place

“So that's what the gator hunters do in the off season!” – M. Mentetl

Third Place

“Those Shriners sure are a fun bunch.”
– R. Davis

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