Beneteau Flyer 6 // Bayliner Element XR7 // Marlow-Hunter 40 // 15 Reports - 02/04/2015
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Bayliner Element XR7
- Sea Ray 270 Sundeck OB
- Beneteau Oceanis 60
- Sun Tracker BB 16 DLX ET
- Beneteau Flyer 6
- Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
- Mercury Repower
- Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
- Carolina Classic 25
- Marlow-Hunter 40
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP
- Chaparral 243 VRX
- Nordic Tugs 49
- Sailfish 270CC
- Jeanneau Leader 36
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Bayliner Element XR7:
Unique Combo Deckboat
with Pontoon Space

Bayliner Element XR7
The Bayliner Element XR7 combines the features of a pontoon boat with a deckboat, delivering a unique combination of space and performance at a reasonable price.

Bayliner's Element XR7 offers the room, stability, and entertaining capabilities of a pontoon boat combined with the fiberglass hull of a sportboat for aggressive watersports. The upswept bow promises a drier and safer ride in big water than that in most pontoon boats. Decks are all fiberglass, not plywood subject to water damage. And, it sells for the relatively low price of a fiberglass deckboat. More...

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New Captain's Report

Sea Ray 270 Sundeck OB:
Full Transom for a Full House

Sea Ray 270 Sundeck OB
A unique feature of the Sea Ray 270 Sundeck OB is the full-width swim platform -- unusual in an outboard powered boat.

The premium Sea Ray 270 Sundeck OB features a fully usable swim platform with storage to one side and a concealed reboarding ladder to the other. The concept allows added storage and seating space inside the boat compared to a sterndrive setup. All components on the Sea Ray 270 Sundeck OB are top-shelf: Diamond stitching, contrasting threads, custom embroidery, multi-toned vinyls and custom embroidery all speak of a boat that sits proudly in the premium class. More...

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New Captain's Report

Beneteau Oceanis 60:
Flagship for a Growing Fleet

Beneteau Oceanis 60
The new Beneteau Oceanis 60 promises to be one of the most compelling large sailboats on the market. Best of all, she is easy to sail short-handed.

The new Beneteau Oceanis 60 builds on the lines and concepts that have proven to be so successful in the rest of the 9-boat Oceanis fleet which starts at 31' (9.45 m). But there is nothing quite like a 60' (18.29 m) vessel with a navy blue hull, a 2,000 sq. ft. (190 sq. m) sail plan, and a trunk cabin that seems to go on forever to stir the heart of any sailor. Because of her 16'4" (4.99 m) beam she has the room below normally found on a powerboat of her size, but with the comfort of an ocean-going sailboat. She has two layout plans available and an innovative cockpit. More...

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New Captain's Report

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 DLX ET:
Electric-Powered Family Fishing Pontoon

Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 DLX ET
The Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 DLX ET is unique in that she's powered by a Torqeedo 2-hp electric motor, providing near complete silence in a compact and economical family fishing platform.

The Sun Tracker Bass Buggy 16 DLX ET breaks new ground in a production pontoon boat by coming equipped with a Torqeedo electric motor with a lithium battery as the primary propulsion system. The company says it will push the boat at 4 to 6 mph. Fishing features include two fishing seats up front and a livewell to keep the catch frisky. The floor is finished with fishing-friendly, easy-clean vinyl. More...

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New Test Video

Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck:
Designed for Big Water

Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck
The Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck is a very capable offshore model. Manufactured using the injection molding process, she is sturdy enough to handle offshore conditions.

The Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck is a 21' (6.40 m) boat that looks like a lake boat, but was designed to handle big water. Her key feature is her hull design which includes a deep "V" entry, double chines, and the Beneteau Air Step 2 which was designed to reduce drag. We conducted our test offshore and put the SPORTdeck, one of three optional deck configurations, through her paces. The actual boat we tested will be on display at the Miami Boat Show for boaters to see up close. See how she performed on test day and why this boat is so interesting. More...

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New Test Video

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage:
"Open Yacht" That's Fast to the Fish

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
The Boston Whaler 420 Outrage combines the "open yacht" concept with a truly hard-core blue-water fishing boat that delivers exceptional performance on quad 300-horse outboard power.

Our test captain found the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage capable of impressive speeds, topping out at nearly 42 knots (48.2 mph) and cruising at 4500 rpm and 27.7 knots. At that speed the fuel burn was reduced to a 52.1 gph and the range opened up to 287 nm. Handling around the docks is made simple with the optional Mercury Joystick system. More...

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New Video

Mercury Repower:
Tips on Repowering An Outboard Boat

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New outboards can completely revitalize an aging boat, but there are a few factors that need consideration before choosing the right power system for a particular hull.

Mercury Marine experts say that repowering is relatively simple with modern outboards and "fly-by-wire" controls, but there are a few parameters that must be considered to be certain that a particular repower makes economic and operational good sense. The strength and design of the transom are particularly important. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius:
A Connoisseur's Express Cruiser

Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
With Volvo Penta's POD system, including a joystick, our test captain found the Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius a quick study in docking maneuvers, as well as easy to handle at speed.

Powered by twin Volvo Penta IPS500s, delivering 375 horsepower each, our test runs with the Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius hit a maximum rpm of 3630 in 42 seconds, where our test captain reported 31.7 mph or 27.54 knots. We recorded an optimal cruising speed at 24 mph, with a range of 279 miles turning the Volvo Pentas at 3100 rpm burning a total of 28 gph. Just as impressive is her styling and her fit-and-finish which place her firmly in the top tier of her class. More...

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Test Video

Carolina Classic 25:
A "Pocket" Blue Water Fishboat

Carolina Classic 25
The Carolina Classic 25 offers space beneath port or starboard seating that can be configured with tackle drawers, clear tackle tray storage, a drink cooler aft with storage ahead, or another giant fishbox.

The Carolina Classic 25 is a well-thought-out -- and proven -- offshore fishing boat that provides a full-height transom for added security in following seas. Twin outboards mounted on an Armstrong bracket deliver strong performance. She comes fully loaded for fishing with a 16-gallon livewell and wahoo-sized 51'' fishbox. Best of all she is only 25' (7.62 m) and has a price tag to match. More...

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Captain's Report

Marlow-Hunter 40:
Comfortable Cruising; Easy Sailing

Marlow-Hunter 40
The Marlow-Hunter 40's L-shaped galley includes plenty of counter space and drawer space, along with a stainless steel range, refrigerator and a double-bowl stainless steel sink mounted to Corian counters.

The concept of the Marlow-Hunter 40 is to create a larger, more comfortable sailboat that's also easy to sail, and one that may appeal to a more affluent audience, perhaps with more aggressive sailing plans, according to the company. There are a number of unique features, reportedly designed in part by David Marlow himself: the full-beam master stateroom in the stern has a queen bed directly under the cockpit tub. The optional fiberglass hardtop on the targa mainsheet arch is also a bit unusual, but why not? The standard boat is set up for single-handed or short-handed sailing with the mainsail rolling into the mast and the main sheet led back to the port helm. More...

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Features Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP:
High-Tech, High-Performance

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 introduces an array of engineering innovations, including an integrated electronic steering system that is fully integrated into one small unit, completely eliminating the long steering rack located in the engine well. This design frees-up space in the outboard well, allows a greater tilt angle, and reduces steering gear maintenance.

High pressure electronic fuel injection, water cooled EMM and a magneto-style charging system are part of the "clean sheet" engineering that has made the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 one of the most impressive new outboards introduced in recent seasons. Evinrude's optional ICON electronics package now fully integrates engine computer, digital shift and throttle controls, and has coupled them to programmable hydraulic steering. ICON helm controls can be configured to suit the driver and boating conditions with presets for engine speed, trim attitude and steering feedback. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 243 VRX:
Jetboat with Good Maneuverablity

Chaparral 243 VRX
Performance of the Chaparral 243 VRX matches her sporty appearance; she's quick and agile, highly maneuverable and easy to handle even at low speed around the docks.

The Chaparral 243 VRX is impressive on take-off, getting on plane in just 2 seconds, notable at the top end, hitting 54.3 mph, and remarkably, according to our test captain, in low speed maneuvering around the docks. Thanks to a "thrust bucket" that's capable of vectoring thrust from the steering nozzle at 90-degrees to the hull, she can turn in her own length at idle, completely negating the usual rap on jet handling at low speeds -- in fact, our test captain thinks she's far more controllable than some sportboats with outboard power. More...

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Features Video

Nordic Tugs 49:
Versatile Design Offers Layout Options

Nordic Tugs 49
The standard layout of the Nordic Tugs 49 can be altered to suit the owner's preferences and intended use of the boat, whether it's aimed at harbor-hopping or extended, months-long cruising to remote areas.

Because of her tug/trawler-like shape the Nordic Tug 49 carries her 16’1” (4.90 m) beam well forward giving her two large staterooms. Her deep keel and high topsides permit her accommodations decks to be wide, avoiding the necessity for “cheating” angles in decks we have sometimes seen in boats pushing living spaces forward. She's a large and "homey" liveaboard, according to our test captain. More...

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Captain's Report

Sailfish 270CC:
Towable Bluewater Center Console

Sailfish 270CC
The Sailfish 270CC has plenty of freeboard and lots of bow flair, which should make her a competent and relatively dry offshore fishing boat, even in challenging conditions.

The "Variable Deadrise Step Hull" (VDS) on the Sailfish 270 CC delivers wave-splitting performance running in a seaway thanks to the 24-degree deadrise aft, but also provides stability at slow speed, plus fuel economy thanks to the step design of the bottom. She comes fully loaded with every necessary feature for blue-water angling, in a package that can be towed with many full-sized SUVs and pickups without special permits or rigging. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 36:
Versatile, Convertible Interior Spaces

Jeanneau Leader 36
The Jeanneau Leader 36 features a U-shaped dinette around a table that converts into a sun pad at anchor, aft-facing chaise for lying out and a companion seat facing forward.

The Jeanneau Leader 36 features one of the more innovative interior layouts found in yachts of this size: Her mid cabin sleeps 3 adults, but the surprise is found forward. There a salon that seats 4 to 5 people opens to the galley, and this area converts into a large master stateroom with privacy door. More...

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

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

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A vessel unable to maneuver is unable to keep out of the way of another vessel.


This week Captain 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 BoatTEST.com’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.

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