Beneteau Sense 55:
Push-Button Sailing Is Here
The Beneteau Sense 55 is a striking yacht not only because of her modern styling, but also because of many things that can't be seen from the dock. First of all is her comfort -- made possible because of her wide beam and luxurious lounging platforms in her huge cockpit. Second is her ease of handling -- thanks to Beneteau using the latest equipment and deploying it so expertly around the cockpit that she can be easily handled by virtually any weekend warrior. Finally is her room below -- a huge salon, a galley with 14 linear feet of counter space and three staterooms each with their own double bed and en suite head. But that is only the beginning of the story of this remarkable vessel. More...
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A Dual Console Workhorse
Robalo’s latest launch is a dual console crossover that is the smallest sibling to the three-boat dual console lineup right alongside the R227 and R247. We found her to be a comfortable riding boat with high topsides and plenty of interior space. She can handle up to a 200-hp engine, but we tested her with a 150 Yamaha. Thanks to Robalo’s efficient hull design, she achieved impressive performance numbers. Take a look at our full test video...
Cruisers Sports Series 278 Bow Rider:
Firmly in the Premium Category
Between the fit-and-finish and the quality of materials used, the Cruisers Sports Series 278 Bow Rider leaves no doubt that this builder is serious about giving the premium category of sportboats a run for its money. We recently took this 27’ (8.23 m) model for a test ride and came back impressed with her handling and performance. Our captain's report is ready for viewing so let’s step aboard and see how she did.
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Four Winns S235:
Colored Hull Band is Standard
Regular readers know that we like cuddys because they look so sporty, are generally drier in sloppy conditions, and permit the owner to sleep over on the hook or in a marina now and then. The Sundowner S235 has two outstanding features that are usually options in this class of boat:
1) one of the most attractive standard tandem-axle trailers we have seen and, 2) a choice of several colors for the hull band and boot top. But there is much more.
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Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht:
Romance is in the Air
The Hatteras 80 Motor Yacht has four en suite staterooms plus a large captain's cabin aft, a country kitchen, and a flying bridge that can be turned into a sky lounge. We don't need to talk about Hatteras' quality and practicality because that is a given. What we do need to explore is her Romance, something that the Hatteras 80 MY has from her Euro-style superstructure to her full beam master with two-person shower stall and virtually every place in between. Join us for a new look at this stunning lady.
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Sea Ray 280 Sundancer:
Stepping Up to Sporty Cruising
It’s hard not to appreciate the design and styling of the Sundancer series with its mid-cabins and roomy cockpits. This 280 not only makes an efficient weekend cruiser, but because of her 28’8” (8.74 m) LOA she makes an excellent transitional boat for those looking to trade up from bowriders. With a max cruise range of 160 miles, just imagine where the weekends could lead. Our full test video is ready for viewing and shows just how easily she handles.
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The New Beneteau Swift 50:
Filling a Gap with an Open Layout
The Beneteau Swift 50 is a long-awaited addition to a fleet that has had an open hole between the popular 44 and 52 models. Her design incorporates
Volvo Penta IPS drives which opens up the living area inside, while also improving handling and maneuverability. Her three stateroom/two head layout accommodates distance cruising and living aboard. Today we look at the accommodations aboard the Swift 50.
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Jet Drive Operation:
Yamaha Leading the Way
Over the past five to six years the popularity of jet drive propulsion in sportboats has increased dramatically, so much so that several major builders have
designed their own jet boats. Although jet drives are one of the fastest growing type of boat in the sport, many boaters are still not very familiar with jet drive propulsion. In this video, we take a detailed look at the jet drive system on some boats and PWCs from the current leader in the market, Yamaha. More...
Volvo Penta IPS:
A World of Possibilities
While IPS has been around awhile, there are still those who are unfamiliar with just what is possible with a boat fitted with these innovative pod drives. Today, we take a look at a boat fitted with the 435-hp IPS600 drives and put her through the paces. Among the options available... sportfish mode, station keeping, and multiple operating stations are as simple as running another set of wires. Let’s take a look and see how this evolution of design may change not only how we boat, but what boats we can operate. More...
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