Yamaha 242X E-Series // Bavaria 360 // Ocean Alexander 90 // 18 Reports - 08/26/2015
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Yamaha 242X E-Series
- Grady-White Freedom 375
- Nitro ZV 18
- Bavaria Sport 360 HT
- Yamaha TR-1
- Cruisers Yachts 390
- Ranger Boats 2510 Bay
- Jeanneau Velasco 37F
- PowerTech Prop Selection
- MJM 29z
- Sailfish 275DC
- Sea Ray 230 SLX
- Ocean Alexander 90
- Four Winns H260 SS
- Volvo Penta Sterndrive
- Bryant Boats Calandra
- Regal 30 Express
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Yamaha 242X E-Series:
A Wake Sport Focused,
High Performance Jetboat

Yamaha 242X E-Series
The all-new design to the 2016 Yamaha 242X E-Series is stylish from her ultra wide coverage Bimini, her color-matched interior and sleek profile.

Yamaha knows what the high end wake boat buyers want and loaded this new boat with the equipment to prove it. Yamaha has set out to provide wake enthusiasts with three things: 1) a perfect wake, 2) drive control technology and 3) a thumping stereo system. But Yamaha hasn't stopped there. It has also designed an attractive sportboat with colorful graphics and a full package of amenities. Let’s see how she does addressing these three key areas...

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New Captain's Report

Grady-White Freedom 375:
Family-Friendly "Crossover" Angler

Grady-White Freedom 375
The Grady-White Freedom 375 provides lots of space for the whole family to enjoy towing sports, entertaining, fishing and cruising.

The Grady-White Freedom 375 is fully loaded for fishing and she also offers many of the comforts that will encourage the family to join in for a day on the water. The port console cabin includes a bench seat, a full length sliding berth, aft full length berth, a TV entertainment system, closet and plenty of storage, while the starboard console hides a VacuFlush head, stand-up shower, sink, mirror, and microwave. She offers water access both via a dive door on the starboard side of the cockpit and a transom door aft. More...

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Captain's Report

Nitro ZV 18:
Fully-Loaded Multi-Species Fishing Package

Nitro ZV 18
With a 17-degree bottom and considerably more freeboard than that found in many inland fishing boats, the Nitro ZV 18 should provide a reasonably soft ride in most wave conditions as well as keeping passengers dry.

The Nitro ZV 18 comes fully-loaded for fishing in northern lakes, with a center-bow locking rod box, lots of vertical storage for Plano tackle boxes, and a 26-gallon (98 L) livewell that holds a removable bait bucket in the stern casting deck plus another aerated bucket well forward. Tall acrylic windscreens provide spray and wind protection at the dual consoles, and a Minn Kota 24-volt bow-mount trolling motor is standard. More...

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New Captain's Report

Bavaria Sport 360 HT:
3-Season Cruiser w/ Diesel Sterndrives

Bavaria Sport 360 HT
The Bavaria Sport 360 HT is an express cruiser that offers comfortable three-season cruising thanks to her enclosed cabin and salon, opening hardtop and window design.

Generous freeboard not only makes the Bavaria Sport 360 HT more seaworthy but also adds lots of headroom in the forward cabin. Hull-side windows and the overhead portlights make this interior space exceptionally bright. The interior can be customized with a choice of three wood colors and two deck treatments, as well as several upholstery shades. Wrap-around backrests are a thoughtful safety feature on the aft sun pad. More...

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New Engine

Yamaha TR-1 High-Output:
Smaller, Lighter and More Powerful

Yamaha TR-1
A lively, lightweight new engine that aims to transform the entry and mid-level PWC market.

The Yamaha TR-1 High-Output marine engine replaces the venerable MR-1 engine and is 13% more powerful, 40% smaller in size and 20% lighter in weight. This means more fun and excitement for entry and mid level PWC buyers in 2016. This new 3-cylinder powerhouse is featured on the 2016 Yamaha WaveRunner VX line (VX, VX Deluxe, VX Cruiser, and VX Limited) and V1 line ( V1 and V1 Sport). More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe:
Stylish Family Cruiser

Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe
The companion seat on the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe can function as an aft-facing chaise lounge as well as a standard couch for several visitors, or a forward-facing seat to add another pair of eyes scanning the water ahead.

The new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was designed both for entertaining underway and at anchor, as well as to be a comfortable, stylish family cruiser. The salon is at the bow, unusual in a boat of this size. The seating here has inclined back rests rather than straight for added comfort, and there's space for five or six to have lunch at once. Windows below decks are large and numerous, providing lots of light below. More...

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Captain's Report

Ranger Boats 2510 Bay Ranger:
Bay Boat w/ Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s

Ranger Boats 2510 Bay Ranger
The striking graphics of the Ranger 2510 Bay Ranger mark her as a cut above most bay boats, and the build quality and level of standard equipment emphasizes the company's premium credo.

The 2510 Bay Ranger is a fully-loaded bay boat built to Ranger's exceptional standards of durability and finish. She's rated for up to 300 horsepower, thanks in part to her all-composite, extra strong "Pultruded" transom. Top speed over 50 mph means no bay is too big for this roomy CC. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Velasco 37F:
Practical and Versatile Family Cruiser

Jeanneau Velasco 37F
With a roomy flying bridge, tall salon windows and large hull-side windows, the Jeanneau Velasco 37F provides a great view no matter where guests choose to settle.

The Jeanneau Velasco 37F is a family cruiser at 37'5" (11.4 m) LOA, that packs plenty of premium accommodations into her available space. Two cabins sleep four, and two more can be accommodated on the main deck. Among her many features are a wide, full beam swim platform with two entry gates to the aft cockpit, the trademark Jeanneau side door at the helm making her easier to dock single-handed, and a galley-up design that is both modern and comfortable. More...

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Product Video

PowerTech! Prop Selection:
Picking a Proper Prop

PowerTech Prop Selection
The PowerTech! team says the right prop can make all the difference in hole shot, acceleration and top end performance for any given boat and motor package.

PowerTech! offers a wide variety of propellers to match any combination of boat weight, hull design and power-curve, as well as to suit the boating style of the owner. Lower-pitch props with larger diameter and more blade area tend to improve low-end performance and to work well on heavier boats, while high-pitch, raked props, usually with three streamlined blades, deliver best top speed on performance hulls. More...

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Captain's Report

MJM 29z:
Classic Downeast Styling
Meets Modern Engineering

MJM 29z
The MJM 29z mixes classic Downeast design with 21st century building practice to create lightweight, efficient boats that are also very easy on the eyes to yachtsmen.

The MJM 29z weighs about a third less than comparably-sized boats, thanks to high-tech composite construction. Core Cell structural foam is used in the hull and Airex in the deck. The 29z’s bottom is a composite of prepreg epoxy, E-glass and Kevlar laminate along the keel and chines, and it is supported by a reinforced structural grid. The hull is vacuum-bagged to ensure an exceptionally high 60:40 glass to resin ratio, then baked in an oven for 48 hours to fully cure the laminate. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 275DC:
Bowrider Rigged for Offshore Angling

Sailfish 275DC
The Sailfish 275DC has the lines of a big bowrider, but one look inside tells us her primary mission is offshore fishing.

With the company's Variable Deadrise Stepped (VDS) hull ranging to 24-degrees at the transom, the Sailfish 275DC offers a smooth, dry ride. Her freeboard (47.5'' at mid-bow) and walkthrough windshield should keep the crew dry, even on breezy upwind runs offshore. At the starboard quarter, there’s a 30 gallon (113.6 L) insulated bait well. The corners are rounded and the interior of the well is tinted light blue to reduce the stress on the baitfish. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray 230 SLX:
Premium Sportboat w/ Upscale Amenities

Sea Ray 230 SLX
Multi-tone, top-grade upholstery adds both eye appeal and comfort to the Sea Ray 230 SLX.

Standard features on the Sea Ray 230 SLX bowrider include upgrades such as a keyless dash, SmartCraft diagnostic gauges, leather and wood trim accents, and an adjustable sun pad/rumble seat. Deep bucket seats at the consoles offer comfort and security, and the port seat swivels to provide a good spot for someone to keep an eye on the towline. Upscale touches like stainless steel grills on the speakers, wood-trimmed wheel and a fully gel-coated engine compartment are Sea Ray trademarks. More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht:
Elegance Afloat in an Ocean Roamer

Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht
The Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht is built in the best traditions of blue water naval architecture both to travel the seven seas and to entertain royally at home in tasteful, luxurious surroundings.

With a 22'5" (6.83 m) beam, the elegant Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht has plenty of space for every amenity expected on a yacht of this class. The flying bridge offers a fully-equipped bar, dining area and even an optional lighted Jacuzzi. An enclosed Sky Lounge version is also available. Marble counter-tops and decks in the heads and tall, double-wide doors on the staterooms give a feeling of elegance below decks, according to our test crew. More...

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Test Video

Four Winns H260 SS:
Quick Planing and Lower Planing Speeds

Four Winns H260 SS
The Four Winns H260 SS offers a striking graphics package, a gleaming stainless steel windshield frame and available arch with shade that marks her as an upscale watersports platform.

The Four Winns H260 SS has the company's well-known Stable Vee hull, which has the step well aft at the stern quarters. An extended running surface comes out well past the transom where the outdrive is mounted. Our test shows that this not only provides for a quick time-to-plane (2.8 seconds) but also allows the boat to stay on plane at a lower speed. More...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick:
Intuitive Docking for Multi-Engine Boats

Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick
The Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick greatly improves the docking abilities of the average boater by making low speed handling almost completely intuitive.

When engaged, the Volvo Penta Sterndrive Joystick gives intuitive low-speed control of multi-engine boats through a computerized "brain" that operates the drives independently of each other. Push the stick right and the boat goes right, left and it goes left -- and twist it and the boat spins in its own length, greatly easing docking issues even in strong wind or current. More...

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Test Video

Bryant Boats Calandra:
A Bowrider That Stands Apart

Bryant Boats Calandra
With good cockpit depth and added interior width created by narrowed gunwales, the 23'4'' (7.11 m) Bryant Boats Calandra is not a me-too bowrider.

Our test crew reports exceptional handling and ride in the Bryant Boats Calandra, with no cavitation in sharp high-speed turns, minimal loss of speed and no chine walking. With a 20-degree deadrise and a fueled weight over 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg), she delivered an exceptionally soft ride, says our captain, and the high freeboard and a full windshield keep the crew dry and toasty. More...

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Captain's Report

Regal 30 Express:
Fully-Loaded Premium Express Cruiser

Regal 30 Express
The versatile multi-position aft seating will be one of the more popular gathering areas on the Regal 30 Express anytime the boat is at anchor.

Like others in the company lines, the Regal 30 Express is loaded with standard equipment that would be extra-cost options in other brands. She comes with both a gas generator and an air-conditioning system as well as trim tabs, an electric head, water heater, a remote spotlight, radar arch and lots more. More...

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

Rules of the Road:
Power Vessels vs. Sailing In Narrow Channels

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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.


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 the boat. Captain Steve will explain what spring lines and breast lines are used for and how to use them to one's 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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