Grady-White 191 // SeaVee 270 // Maritimo M48 // 14 Reports - 03/11/2015
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- Grady-White 191 CE
- Maritimo M48
- Regal 2800
- Prestige 750
- Four Winns H260 SS
- SeaVee 270Z Bay
- Glastron GTS 225
- Volvo Penta SDJS
- Pursuit DC 325
- Cruisers Yacht 48 Cantius
- Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP
- Sea Ray L650 Fly
- Tracker Panfish 16
- Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Grady-White 191 CE:
Versatile Family Center Console

Grady-White 191 CE
The Grady-White 191 CE has a LOA of 19'4'' (5.89 m), a beam of 8'8'' (2.49 m) and a draft of 14'' (40 cm).

The new 191 CE is the second boat in Grady-White's new "Coastal Explorer" Series. She’s basically a center console but when we drill down to the details we see that she’s much more than what she appears. This is a "crossover" boat that not only has good looks, but functionality that takes her from a hard-core fishing platform to a family sportboat, with nothing more to facilitate the transition than a hose and cushion placement. She’s also got two other things going for her... a higher level of fit-and-finish, and the C. Raymond Hunt & Associates-designed "SeaV2" hull. More...

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New Captain's Report

Maritimo M48:
New and Ready for Blue Water

Maritimo 48
The new Maritimo M48 will have a LOA of 49’2” (15.5 m), a beam of 16’5” (5.03 m) and a draft of 3’9” (1.20 m). Maritimo is well-known for its enclosed flying bridges.

The Maritimo product line continues to grow and evolve, and with it comes the introduction of the new M48 presently under construction in the company’s Queensland Australia factory. She’s destined to replace the popular M45 as a two stateroom/two head long range cruising yacht. We're told that the fit-and-finish and exhaustive attention to detail that we’ve seen in the larger Maritimo Yachts will be equally represented here as well. Let’s take a sneak preview of what we can expect. More...

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Regal 2800:
Stepped Hull in a Premium Runabout

Regal 2800
Our test captain reports the Regal 2800 has the comfortable feel of a much heavier boat at speed, cutting through wakes cleanly, with no tendency to pound or to launch off the crests.

The FasTrac stepped hull of the Regal 2800 design draws air in from the sides, breaking the drag of the water and thus delivering improved ride speed and less fuel burn. The design appears functional, according to our test captain, who notes that both top end speed (50.1 mph) and best cruise (30.1 mph delivering 2.2 mpg) in our test runs were impressive for a boat of this size, weight and power. More...

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Prestige 750:
Elegance and Space Afloat

Prestige 750
There's plenty of comfortable space on the flying bridge of the Prestige 750, both for those who want to assist navigation by providing extra eyes-forward and for those who simply want to stretch out and relax. And she fits right in with megayachts

The luxurious Prestige 750 offers a surprising number of guest venues, even for a yacht that's 74'0" (22.58 m) overall. A mini-galley on the bridge allows making lunch without anyone ever having to go downstairs, and a full-size table adjacent offers plenty of seating via a U-shaped settee. Best seat in the boat for ICW cruising is probably the broad couch on the bow, positioned just ahead of an equally spacious sun pad with flip-up sunshade. There's also a power sunshade/privacy screen that drops over the aft cockpit at the touch of a button. More...

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New Captain's Report

Four Winns H260 SS:
Fully-Loaded 26'6" Runabout

Four Winns H260SS
The Four Winns H260 SS catches the eye with dramatic exterior graphics, and our test captain reports she's equally impressive in handling at speed.

The "Stepped Vee" hull and extended running surface of the Four Winns H260 SS, powered by a 350-hp Volvo Penta V8-350 DP, gave a remarkable time-to-plane of just 2.8 seconds in our test runs, and she exceeded 50 mph at WOT. A long list of standard equipment that's usually optional makes the Four Winns particularly competitive in class -- docking lights, stainless steel windshield frame, swim plaftorm mat, snap-in carpet, Porta-Potti and a number of other features are all included in the base price. More...

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New Snapshot Review

SeaVee 270Z Bay:
A Premium Bayboat

SeaVee 270Z Bay
The SeaVee 270Z Bay is an XXL bay boat, with lots of extra fishing room.

With a 15'' (.38 m) draft, the SeaVee 270Z Bay qualifies as a shallow-draft bay boat capable of poking into grass flats and tidal creeks safely. But she's also got the length (27'0"/8.23 m) and beam (9'2"/12.79 m) of a bluewater boat, along with the capability of handling a pair of 225-horse outboards on the transom. Clearly, here's a "bay" boat that can take the angler coastal fishing as well. More...

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New Test Video

Glastron GTS 225:
Eye Candy plus V8 Muscle

Glastron GTS 225
With lots of depth, striking graphics and a bright, color-coordinated interior, the Glastron GTS 225 is hard to miss on the lake or bay, and our test captain reports she's also a nimble performer.

The Glastron GTS 225, powered by a Volvo Penta V8-270 in our test runs, took just 3.1 seconds to plane and reached 30 mph in 7.9 seconds. Top speed was 51.4 mph at 5000 rpm, at which point she burned 20.6 gph, while the "sweet spot" for economical but speedy cruise was 3000 rpms, at which point she ran 27.5 mph while burning just 7.2 gph. More...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick:
Docking Made (Very) Easy

Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick
The Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick fingertip control system makes any captain an expert at docking after only a few trials, according to the company.

Volvo Penta's Sterndrive Joystick system is available in 270 to 430-hp twin installations, providing intuitive docking for captains of all experience levels -- including total newbies, according to our test captain. The drive-by-wire system allows easily walking the boat sideways or even spinning it in its own length, simply depending on the finger-tip control of the stick. A "High" setting is available, easing docking even against strong wind or current. More...

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Captain's Report

Pursuit DC 325:
Bluewater Tough, plus Family Comfort

Pursuit DC 325
The Pursuit DC 325 has the bones of an express fishboat, but she also functions as a comfortable dual console bowrider that adds remarkable utility for nearly any on-water activity inshore or offshore.

Pursuit is known for the quality of its construction and the durability of its hulls, and the DC 325 is no exception even though she adds "bowrider" to her job description. The hull is hand laminated using a vinylester resin barrier coat with a 5-year anti-blister warranty. The hull's structural system is an infused fiberglass grid with a bilge water management system, which includes an extra automatic bilge pump forward. Thru-hull fittings below the waterline are bronze, and are chrome-over-bronze above a 7-degree heel line. The transom that holds the standard 300-hp twin Yamaha outboards has a patented reinforcing grid and is made with 5-ply resin-infused composite. More...

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Layout and Features Review

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius:
Comfortable Cruiser with Design Flair

Cruisers Yacht 48 Cantius
Lots of dark-finish Wenge wood plus teak and holly create a traditional yacht look in the salon of the 48 Cantius. She's flooded with light from numerous windows and portlights, making the interior feel open and airy.

The 48 Cantius is distinguished by her "loft-like" design, in which the bridge deck overlooks the galley and salon below, creating a bright cathedral ceiling effect. The boat has a lot of touches that make it an efficient and comfortable cruiser including an optional washer/dryer, a full-beam master, enclosed shower, and separate AC controls for the sleeping cabins. More...

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Features Video

Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP:
Performance Pontoon with Extras

Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP
The Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP makes innovative use of convertible furniture, including aft seats that can function for booth-style dining/cocktails or folded down as a lengthy chaise lounge/sun pad.

The booth/chaise seating arrangement in the Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP is constructed on its own fiberglass module that drops into place, providing a level of fit-and-finish rarely seen on pontoon boats. Our test captain found the soft-touch Diamonte all-weather marine-grade vinyl throughout particularly comfortable. Thigh bolsters on the helm seat are an unusual but appreciated touch in a performance-level pontoon like this one. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray L650 Fly:
Luxury Yacht for the Owner/Operator

Sea Ray L650 Fly
The portside helm of the Sea Ray L650 Fly gives an excellent view fore and aft underway, and should ease docking chores when coming in port-side to.

With both bow and stern thrusters standard, the Sea Ray L650 Fly should be as easy to dock as any 65-footer (19.81 m) on the market, a big plus for the owner/operator. Dual Stidd helm seats at the lower helm station assures comfort for the captain and navigator, and autopilot, 12” chartplotter and a 4 kW HD open array radar are also standard, easing navigational chores. Joystick and aft-deck docking stations are optional. More...

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Captain's Report

Tracker Panfish 16:
Everyman's Fishing Boat

Tracker Pan Fish 16
Stick steering from the bow seat makes the Tracker Panfish 16 an exceptionally comfortable and efficient fishing boat for protected waters, allowing the captain to operate the boat at speed from his fishing chair.

The Tracker Panfish 16 is an all-welded, shallow-draft aluminum fishing boat delivered as a turn-key package at an affordable price. She's ideal for maneuvering in shallow, stumpy backwater where bass and panfish like to hide, and she's well-equipped with the basics for a comfortable day on the water, including a Minn Kota bow-mount trolling motor and Lowrance fishfinder. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855:
Cruiser for Six

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855
The Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 is a 28'7" (8.72 m) cruiser that offers surprising space and comfort in a well-engineered package.

Not many 28-footers can accommodate three couples in comfort, but our test captain reports that's a possibility on the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 thanks to intelligent use of space and convertible fixtures. A door just to starboard of the helm allows quick access to the side decks, making single-handed docking a simple affair. With two opening side windows, two opening sunroof hatches, the starboard side door and the triple-wide aft doors, ventilation in the cabin is no issue in warm weather. More...

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Lesson of the Week

How to Correctly Tie Your Boat to a Dock

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With current on your bow, first attach the bow line, as it will prevent the boat from drifting backwards, and it will also keep the boat from being pulled away from the dock. Once dockside, tie the bow line first, then the stern line.


This week Captain Steve goes over eight lessons and guidelines on tying up to a dock and how to correctly use lines in order to secure your boat. Captain Steve will explain what spring lines and breast lines are used for and how to use them to your advantage when leaving the dock. These are basic rules 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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