Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP // Bryant Calandra // Ocean Alexander 72 // 19 Reports - 04/01/2015
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- Formula 310 Bowrider
- Beneteau Oceanis 60
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 300
- Boston Whaler 210
- Glastron GTS 187
- Beneteau Flyer 6
- Crestliner 2150 Sportfish
- Mercury Joystick Piloting
- Ocean Alexander 72
- Sea Ray 270 Sundeck
- Bryant Boats Calandra
- Yamaha FZR SVHO
- Monte Carlo Yachts 76
- Nitro Z-6
- Robalo 226 Cayman
- Cruisers Sport Series 258
- Chaparral 223 VRX
- Tracker Targa V-18 Combo
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Formula 310 Bowrider:
Comfort and Style

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An attractive feature of the bow chaise lounges in the Formula 310 Bowrider is the removable center section, which converts this area to upright seating.

The Formula 310 Bowrider is a high-end dayboat with notable seating capacity, in part due to her 9’6” (2.90 m) beam. The upholstery displays the level of quality typical from this companys according to our test captain, with premium vinyl over self-draining DryFast multi-density foams that are handsome, comfortable and durable. We think the 310 Bowrider is one of the classiest large bowriders on the market. More...

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New Features Video

Beneteau Oceanis 60:
Size Means Comfort Offshore

Beneteau Oceanis 60
We like the Bimini on the Oceanis 60 because it makes use of the mainsheet arch. Picture this Bimini with a dodger and isinglass on the sides in foul weather.

The Oceanis 60 is big, and by way of comparison, just consider that she has many of the same specs as the old America’s Cup 12 Meter yachts – except that she has far more beam. 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 offshore in sloppy stuff of an ocean-going sailboat. She has two layout plans available and an innovative cockpit. More...

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New Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP:
Powerful V6 is Lightweight

Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP
The striking three-piece cowling on Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 300 HP allows exceptionally easy access for maintenance, and the company notes the thermoplastic sections are also considerably lighter than conventional “bucket” cowls.

Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 300 HP is built on a relatively small, 210 cu. in. V6 block, and that plus the fact that it’s a 2-stroke with fewer parts than a 4-stroke accounts for its relatively light weight -- just 558 lbs. The engine proved fuel-efficient and fast in our tests of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP in both single and triple applications. This is one of the most innovative new engines on the market. More...

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New Test Video

Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless:
Sure-Footed Premium Center Console

Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless
Boston Whaler’s solidly-built 210 Dauntless has a LOA of 20’6” (6.24 m), a beam of 8’6" (2.59 m) and a draft of just 14” (35.56 cm), making her a capable inshore boat that can also fish off the beaches in good weather.

The Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless exhibits minimal bow rise on acceleration, according to our test captain, and torque from the 17" pitch Enertia prop produced no wandering throughout the acceleration curve. The boat showed no tendency towards chine walking in our tests, nor did she exhibit prop ventilation in extreme turns. Overall, our test captain found her exceptionally easy to handle for the genre. More...

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New Test Video

Glastron GTS 187:
Value-Priced 19'6" Jetboat

Glastron GTS 187
The Glastron GTS 187 brings strengths and features Glastron is known for, including smart styling and Glastron’s much-touted SSV (“Super Stable Vee”) hull, along with a reasonable base price.

The Glastron GTS 187, powered by a 250-hp supercharged Rotax jet system for our tests, delivered rocket-like acceleration, jumping on plane in under 2 seconds and continuing to accelerate right on through 30 mph in 6.3 seconds. Our test captain reports PWC-type handling with just one-quarter turn lock-to-lock steering encouraging exciting spin-outs and near-instant changes of direction. More...

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New Captain's Report

Crestliner 2150 Sportfish:
Versatile All-Around Aluminum Boat

Crestliner 2150 Sportfish
The all-aluminum construction of the Crestliner 2150 Sportfish supplies anglers with a durable and lightweight rig.

The Crestliner 2150 is the largest Sportfish model in the builder's aluminum line. She has convertible seating and option packages to deliver proficient fishing and family cruising capabilities all in one. Choose the SST (Space Saving Transom) transom with cut-away step or the OB transom. A lengthy list of outboard power options gives this versatile boat even more influence on the water and increases her usefulness. To make the boat more personal, the builder offers a simple and easy means of customizing with paint and graphics, along with a long options list. More...

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New Test Video

Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck:
High-Tech Bottom Design

Beneteau Flyer 6 Sportdeck
The Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck Air Step hull is designed to draw in air and create a sheet of drag-reducing bubbles under the stern sections, improving performance.

The Beneteau Flyer 6 SPORTdeck has a complex hull shape designed to increase both performance and efficiency. Ridges running fore and aft on the hull add horizontal running surface to help lift. Her chines are unusual and create added stability both at rest and underway. More...

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New Review Video

Mercury Joystick Piloting:
Much More than a Docking System

Mercury Joystick Piloting
The Mercury Joystick Piloting System is more than a docking system; with its waypoint sequencing feature engaged, the boat can be operated at cruising speeds and the course can be adjusted with the joystick or control pad.

The Mercury Joystick Piloting System makes it simple to slide a boat sideways, accurately move it diagonally, spin the boat on its own axis – or do all three almost simultaneously, according to our test captain. This is a big advantage in crowded marinas or areas with strong cross currents or cross winds. And, the boat can actually be steered and controlled with only one hand. More...

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New Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse:
Long Distance Cruiser/Extended Liveaboard

Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse
The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse has a LOA of 73’5” (22.3 m), a beam of 18’11” (5.79 m), and a loaded draft of 5’5” (1.65 m).

Ocean Alexander has a flair for building yachts with traditional lines combined with contemporary styling. Its latest version of the 72 Pilothouse exemplifies this. Inside, she has a raised pilothouse with a clear view from the helm to the stern. The full-beam master stateroom has a private entrance from the salon. Forward is another entrance for the three guest suites. More...

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New Test Video

Sea Ray 270 Sundeck:
All Decked Out

Sea Ray 270 Sundeck
The Sea Ray 270 Sundeck is a large, upscale deckboat with outboard power.

High-quality cross-stitched vinyl seating and lots of 316 grade stainless steel fittings help mark the Sea Ray 270 Sundeck as a premium-grade deckboat. Standard features include a stylish tower to anchor the Bimini, a roomy port console head and a full-width aft facing seat/sunlounge adjacent the broad swim platform add to her utility. More...

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New Captain's Report

Bryant Calandra:
A Versatile, Secure Runabout

Bryant Boats Calandra
The Bryant Boats Calandra has an exceptionally deep cockpit all the way aft, but hullside treatments maintain a pleasingly streamlined appearance.

The Bryant Calandra is a 23’4” (7.11 m) boat that feels like a 25- or 26-footer, in part because the design carries the 8’6” freeboard so far forward, adding more space ahead of the walk-through windshield. The cockpit is also exceptionally deep for this LOA and type, particularly in the aft quarters, where the sheer-line is raised upward rather than tapering down toward the transom as is more common in competing runabouts. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha FZR SVHO:
Power and Performance

Yamaha FZR SVHO
The Yamaha FZR SVHO is a white-mist special thanks to maximum power and a hull design borrowed from the company's racing teams.

With a 270-horsepower four-cylinder supercharged engine powering just 791 lbs. (359 kg) of PWC, the Yamaha FZR SVHO is predictably an absolute water-scorcher, topping out at an impressive 69.1 mph. Our test captain also liked the overall quality of the FZR SVHO, including premium seating with overlapping French stitches on all seams to ensure durability, plus use of heavy-grade vinyl on seats, with different textures on the backrests. More...

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Salon and Galley Review

Monte Carlo Yachts 76:
Premium Yacht Brings the Outdoors In

Monte Carlo Yachts 76
The aft glass doors of the Monte Carlo Yachts 76 salon slide flush against the bulkhead for a triple-wide opening which really brings the outdoors in, and the windows are low enough to present a view of the horizon line from the seated position.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 76 in our test had the European-style galley isolated from the salon, but it can be set up as an attached "country kitchen" to please American buyers as well. The galley included a top-loading freezer, a Dietrich flat surface stove and an overhead vent, a Miele dishwasher, full-sized refrigerator and a microvwave/convection oven. More...

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Captain's Report

Nitro Z-6:
Loaded for Bassing

Nitro Z-6
The 17'4" (5.28 m) Nitro Z-6 has all of the fishing amenities and equipment needed to put tournament anglers on top of the bass without draining the last drop from their bank accounts.

We are often asked why we feature Nitro bass boats so often. There are several reasons, one of which is we think its the best bass boat value on the market. The Nitro Z-6 is one of the largest-selling bass boats on the market. She's delivered completely loaded, including a factory-matched trailer, at an economical price. Construction is a match for many more expensive competitors; a foam-filled fiberglass stringer system and composite transom help assure long-term durability. More...

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Test Video

Robalo 226 Cayman:
Shallow-Draft, Multi-Mission Machine

Robalo 226 Cayman
The Robalo 226 Cayman can easily transition from skinny-water coves and marshes to coastal conditions.

With a 12'' (30 cm) draft and a deadrise of 15-degrees, the Robalo 226 Cayman is clearly set up for shallow water inshore operation, but with plenty of bow flair and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m), she's ready to head offshore on calm days as well. Powered by a 200-hp Yamaha in our tests, she ran 45.6 mph, and our test captain reported no unusual handling characteristics. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider:
Up-Market Deep-V Sportboat

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider
The Cruisers Sports Series 258 Bow Rider is an up-market sportboat with a 22-degree deadrise at the transom that should deliver a smooth ride even in choppy lakes and bays.

The Cruisers Sports Series 258 Bow Rider has a stepped hull, which our test captain reports gave a confident bite in the water on hard turns, with no indication of a loss of speed. Mid-range power with the 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG was more than adequate to handle watersports, even with a full load of passengers and gear. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 223 VRX:
Easy-Docking Twin Jet Sportboat

Chaparral 223 VRX
The console of the Chaparral 223 VRX is clean and modern-looking, and the 6.5” (16.5 cm) touchscreen eliminates the need for most gauges.

Our test captain reports that the Chaparral 223 VRX "is the easiest jet boat to dock" that he has ever tested. This is an important bit of information. A single-lever controls the twin Rotax jets. At idle around the docks the thrust deflector bucket design makes all of the difference. The bucket is elongated, with open ends allowing the thrust to come out the sides when in neutral or reverse, completely eliminating most issues with low speed operation More...

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Captain's Report

Tracker Targa V-18 Combo:
Welded Aluminum Multi-Species Deep-V

Tracker Targa V-18 Combo
With a length of 19’1’’ (5.82 m), a beam of 8’6’’ (2.59 m), the welded-aluminum Tracker Targa V-18 Combo is ready to deliver a safe, dry ride on most inland waters nationwide.

The Tracker Targa V-18 Combo is a multi-use, multi-species, multi-environment runabout/fishing boat that offers the toughness of an all-welded aluminum hull. The 20-degree deadrise at the transom and relatively high freeboard makes her suitable for big northern lakes, and she comes as an affordable turn-key package that includes most of the necessities for inland day-boating as well as chasing walleyes, smallmouths or stripers. More...

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Basic Rules of the Road: Part 2:
Waterskiing Safety Tips

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