Boston Whaler 270 // Yamaha AR192 // Starcraft 1915 // 13 Reports - 11/07/2012
BoatTEST Newsletter November 7, 2012 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Yamaha AR192
- Volvo Penta V8-380
- Sea Ray 370 Venture
- Beneteau Barracuda 9
- Boston Whaler 270 Vantage
- Chaparral 224 Sunesta
- Starcraft 1915 OB
- Formula 240 Bowrider
- Intrepid 327 Cuddy
- Mako 234 Center Console
- Nordhavn 63
- Prestige 440S
- Tigé R20
- Picture of the Week
- PWC Safety Tips
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Yamaha AR192:
48.6 MPH With A Single Jet

Yamaha AR192
The Yamaha AR192 is a 19’2’’ sportboat with a single supercharged engine powering a jet-drive unit.

Here’s a new nineteen-footer for the watersports enthusiast -- Yamaha’s AR192. With the thrilling water-jet acceleration and a supercharged Yamaha engine, this small boat is big on performance.  We recorded a top speed of 48.6 mph. She’ll also cruise a family for over 70 miles at 35 mph. Yamaha sells the package complete -- everything’s included -- and for an MSRP of $30,999.  More... 

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New Test Video

New Volvo Penta V8-380:
Lighter, Stronger, Higher-Tech

Volvo Penta V8-380
Volvo Penta managed to pack a lot of power into an engine that is smaller and lighter than the competition.

Volvo Penta has applied advances in technology to create an entirely new 6.0L V8 gasoline sterndrive powerhouse. It runs cleaner and weighs less (with the sterndrive attached) than competing engines alone. Variable Valve Timing allows for smoother acceleration and better midrange performance. And her components are designed to last longer, even in a saltwater environment. We recently tested the V8-380 in both single and twin installations. The results are now ready for viewing. Full test video...

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New Test Video

New Sea Ray 370 Venture:
Largest Mid Cabin In Class

Sea Ray 370 Venture
The Sea Ray 370 Venture has an LOA of 37'2" (11.3 m), and a beam of 11'3" (3.4 m), and she's been getting a lot of attention since her launch.

Sea Ray has recently launched an entirely new venture, literally. She's called the 370 Venture and she not only has the largest mid cabin in class, but she's powered by twin outboard engines concealed under her aft seats. It's a clever setup and one that begs for a sea trial. So we climbed aboard to do what we do… test her performance. Let's see how she did. Full test video...

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New Features Video

New Beneteau Barracuda 9:
A Lot of Cruiser in a Small Package

Beneteau Barracuda 9
We've come to find that the design team at Beneteau is very adept at creative use of space. This Barracuda 9 is a perfect example of just how much boat can fit into a 29’10”(8.78 m) hull.

Beneteau recently launched the Barracuda 9, a compelling combination of center console hull with a pilothouse and sleeping cabin below with enclosed head.  She even has an optional flying bridge.  She was a hit at the fall boat shows and light bulbs are starting to go on.  See our video test...

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New Captain's Report

New Boston Whaler 270 Vantage:
New Dual Console, "All-Reasons" Series

Boston Whaler 270 Vantage
The 270 Vantage is part of a new series of boats from Boston Whaler that is designed for multi-purpose boating. The boat shown above is fitted-out to do most anything.

Boston Whaler is introducing not only a new model, but a whole new series called the "Vantage" line.  These boats are designed to fulfill a number of different missions and optional packages are offered so that boaters can customize the boat for fishing, entertaining, day boating, sunning, or watersports. By loading the boat up she can serve virtually all of a boater's activity needs in one vessel. Our captain's report details how the boat serves each function: fishing, entertaining, watersports, and day boating. Read it now...
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Captain's Report

Tigé R20:
Entry-Level Price/Pro-Level Performance

Tigé R20
With an LOA of 20' (6.1 m) the Tigé R20 is an easily managed boat. While she's priced to be entry-level, the performance and build quality are first rate.

Tigé focuses on premium, professional grade wake boats but that mindset has not allowed the design team to forget the entry-level end of the spectrum. That is where the mission of the Tigé R20 comes in. She is designed to be affordable, while still giving the performance Tigé boats are so well known for. She also serves as an excellent transition to those boaters making the switch to inboard propulsion from sterndrives or outboards. This model has been revamped for 2013 so let’s take a look at the full report. More...

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New Captain's Report

Chaparral 224 Sunesta:
A 22' Watersports Monster

Chaparral 224 Sunesta
The Chaparral 224 Sunesta has an LOA of 22'4" (6.81 m), a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m) and is built on the same hull as Chaparral's Pro-level Xtreme towboats.

There are deckboats and there are bowriders, and Chaparral's 224 Sunesta blurs the line between the two. Her "Wide Tech" bow has the characteristic pickle-fork design on deck, but beneath the rail she's all V-bottom with an 18-degree deadrise at the transom. And no need to question her watersports abilities -- this boat is built on the same bottom as Chaparral's Pro-level Xtreme towboats. The result of all of this design amalgamation is a watersports monster in 22'. She is the smallest boat in the Sunesta line, but we think many boaters will need nothing larger. More...

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New Captain's Report

Starcraft Limited 1915 OB:
Ten People in 19’

Star Craft 1915 OB
Powered by an Evinrude E-TEC 115 outboard our test recorded a top speed of 39 mph and a best cruise range of 179 miles. The engine was turning a 13.5" x 15" SS prop.

The Starcraft Limited 1915 OB deckboat is designed for the cost-conscious boater who wants to max the size of a trailerable platform with minimum weight in a fiberglass boat.  She has a modified dihedral hull for improved stability and plenty of thoughtful features from bow to stern.  She is rated for a capacity of 10. We tested her with an Evinrude E-TEC 115 outboard. Base price of the boat is under $22,000. See our full report...

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New Test Video

Formula 240 Bowrider:
Available in Two Versions

Formula 240 Bowrider
In our opinion, the Formula 240 Bowrider is one of the coolest-looking boats in her size range.

The Formula 240 Bowrider is the smallest boat in the Formula lineup, yet she still gets the same attention to detail and upscale features that define the brand. She's available in two versions: the Bowrider which we present today, and the Bowrider Sport version. So first things first, let's check out how she performs in our full test video. More...

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Test Video

Intrepid 327 Cuddy:
Center Console Cuddy Combo

Intrepid 327 Cuddy
The Intrepid 327 Cuddy is built on the same hull as the 327 CC, but with the added bonus of accommodating overnight adventures or providing a surprisingly large place for guests to get out of the rain.

The Intrepid 327 Cuddy has what we think are beautiful lines and curves and more attention to detail than nearly any other brand in class. But the Intrepid 327 Cuddy has more than a pretty face.  Her strength, integrity and handling characteristics are also noteworthy. And since the hull has been redesigned to accommodate larger engines, we couldn't wait to get our hands on her. Let's see what we found in our full test video. More...

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Captain's Report

Nordhavn 63:
When the Going Gets Rough

Nordhavn 63
At 62'6" (19.1 m) the Nordhavn 63 has lines reminiscent of the legendary N62, but she's different in so many ways.

With an "open ocean, unrestricted" rating, a boat needs to be built incredibly strong to handle whatever may come her way.  When the going gets rough 1500 miles from the nearest safe harbor most boaters begin thinking about what is under their feet. So to find out just how well these boats are built, we used the Nordhavn 63 as representative example and take a closer look at the construction methods. More...

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Features Video

Prestige 440S:
A Feature-Packed Express Cruiser

Prestige 440S
At 43'9" (14.3 m), the Prestige 440S represents one of the best values for the money that we've seen in class.

While the Prestige  440S is loaded with features, there still seems to be a balance between what boaters want and what they can afford. This is a continuing theme with Prestige and one that seems to be working quite well for it as attested to by sales this year.Today we take a tour of this 440S and see what it is that makes her so popular. More...

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Test Video

Mako 234 Center Console: Making the Move to Twins

Mako 234 Center Console
At 23'4" (7.11 m) the Mako 234 is a respectable size to trade up into while providing the backup power that only twins can bring.

When it's time to head offshore, anglers may want to start thinking about a boat that can offer the redundancy of twin engines, on a hull that has the proven strength and integrity to handle the conditions. That's where Mako's 234 CC comes in. To see how she performed, we tested her with a pair of 150-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes and not only reached good top-end speeds, but also got a range of over 400 statute miles at best cruise. More...

PWC Safety

PWC Videos --
7 Minutes to Safety

PWC safety
PWC safety from A to Z.

There were several reports of PWCs exploding or catching on fire last year. In the two reports where the PWCs were identified, the units were older, which means that PWCs – just like boats – are far more prone to having fire issues as they age. It makes sense. PWCs are built to USCG and industry standards, but years of pounding, vibration and lack of maintenance take their toll. We have three safety videos that each last about 2 minutes. Watch and follow the advice and you should have a safe, fun ride on your PWC. Watch these PWC safety videos...

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Picture of the Week

Picture of the Week
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DVD Boating Course

Smart Boating
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Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about's Boating Course it’s clearly not only for beginners, but for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating video course available...period. Order here...

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Lesson of the Week

Rules of the Road:
Rules Pertaining to Different Types of Vessels

Lesson of the Week Smart Boating
A vessel unable to maneuver is unable to keep out of the way of another vessel.

This week Capt. Steve covers basic rules of the road in ten quick video clips. He covers different categories of boats and who must keep out of the way, restrictions on working vessels, fishing vessels and all other vessels which may not be able to maneuver because the nature of their work, sea planes, and why one should never anchor in the middle of a channel. 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

“I should'a bought the windshield option!”
– E. Clark

Second Place

"Imagine Dave's surprise when his speed boat time machine actually worked and he wasn't in 1972 any more." – S. Hill

Third Place

“The new flames and biker shorts gave Bob a gnarly hole shot from his 15-hp Suzuki.”
– G. Zier

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