Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition // Formula 310 FX5 // Mercury Props // 16 Reports - 09/02/2015
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- Beneteau First 35 Carbon
- Nitro Z20
- World Cat 295CC
- Boston Whaler 170 Super
- Mercury Marine Enertia
- Bayliner Element XR7
- MJM 50z
- Formula 310 FX5
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP
- Tiara 50 Flybridge
- Chaparral 307 SSX
- Beneteau Gran Turismo 35
- Cruisers Sport Series 238
- Maritimo M50
- Tracker Targa V-20 WT
- Sea Ray 510 Fly
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Beneteau
First 35 Carbon Edition:
Ready for Racing

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition
The Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition has a LOA of 35’7” (10.85 m), a beam of 11’11” (3.64 m) and a draft of 7’55’’ (2.30 m).

Beneteau’s First Series racing yachts have long been renowned for their performance, practicality and pedigree. The newest Farr designed offering for the First Series is the Carbon Edition which is a package of performance oriented carbon fiber options and sleek black carbon fiber accents brought together into a cohesive, elegant and sensible design where the “go fast” equipment not only makes the boat sail better, but look better too. These compelling options give the boat a semi-custom feel and will appeal to serious racers, club racers and family weekenders equally. The Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition is the mid-range model in a line up also including 30' and 40' (9 m and 12 m) versions. More...

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New Captain's Report

Nitro Z20:
Value Priced with 70 MPH Speed

Nitro Z20
The Nitro Z20 is aimed at the price-conscious bass-boat buyer who wants a fully-loaded 20-footer that can top 70 mph and do some serious tournament fishing.

The Nitro Z20 is a turn-key tournament bass fishing package. She comes complete with a Minn Kota bow-mount trolling motor, a basic sonar, fore and aft livewells and a low-rider tandem-axle trailer. The rod boxes are "stepped" to keep tackle separated and easy to remove, and there are several added storage boxes where Plano tackle boxes can be stored vertically. Powered with the optional 250-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS, the boat ran an impressive 71.2 mph in our tests. More...

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Captain's Report

World Cat 295CC:
Good Fit-and-Finish in a Fishing Cat

World Cat 295CC
The broad bow of the World Cat 295CC offers lots of lockable storage space in the platform lockers, all gasketed to keep saltwater out -- or these boxes can be converted into insulated fishboxes.

The World Cat 295CC offers an unusual level of fit-and-finish for what is essentially a center console catamaran fishing boat. All seats have pleated inserts of a contrasting color, and bolsters provide additional comfort, even in the broad bow seating area. The double-wide helm seating offers flip-down armrests and individual flip-up bolsters. Hideaway lockable rod boxes in the gunwales are a nice extra touch rarely seen in CCs. More...

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Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 170 Super Sport:
Classic Unsinkable Side-Console Skiff

Boston Whaler 170 Super Sport
Available hull-side colors add styling appeal to the classic lines of the Boston Whaler 170 Super Sport side-console skiff.

The Boston Whaler 170 Super Sport is available as a turn-key package rig with a 60-hp (44.13 kW) Mercury BigFoot 4-stroke engine, tachometer and a galvanized trailer with a swing-away tongue for a relatively affordable $23,951. Options include padded, swiveling bucket seats atop the standard bench seat, a ski tow arch and Bimini, and a console windshield. A 90-horse Mercury 4-stroke with stainless steel prop is also available. More...

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Technical Video

Mercury Marine Enertia ECO Prop:
Improved Fuel Economy for Offshore Boats

Mercury Marine Enertia ECO Prop
The Mercury Marine Enertia ECO prop is designed to improve fuel economy in heavy offshore boats powered by 135-hp and above outboards and Alpha and Bravo One sterndrives.

The Mercury Marine Enertia ECO prop is a 16'' diameter, three-blade raked and cupped propeller made from Mercury's proprietary stainless steel alloy, known as X7. The company says the alloy makes it possible to make blades thinner and more efficient with no loss of strength or stiffness, thus resulting in better fuel economy in many installations. In our test runs with twin 300 Mercury Verados powering a twin-engined Mako 284 CC, the props delivered fuel consumption reductions ranging from 8.9 to 18.6% at varying rpms, and top speed also improved slightly over the standard four-blade prop. More...

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Test Video

Bayliner Element XR7:
Fiberglass Hull with Pontoon Deck

Bayliner Element XR7
The Bayliner Element XR7 is a unique combination of a planing fiberglass hull with a pontoon boat deck, offering performance improvements over pontoon boats.

The Bayliner Element XR7 features the company's proven "M" fiberglass hull, which combines a moderate vee in the keel area with full-length side sponsons. This creates great stability and the deck area offers the space and amenities typical in pontoon rigs. In our test runs, she ran relatively flat in the turns and showed minimal bow rise on acceleration. The high bow should present a considerable advantage over the typical pontoon in dealing with large wakes and sloppy conditions. She should also be much dryer than some toons. More...

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Test Video

MJM 50z:
Fast, Fuel Efficient Cruiser for Couples

MJM 50z
The MJM 50z is a handsome Downeaster with an open pilothouse, designed to make it easy for a couple to enjoy long-range cruising on their own.

Thanks to her moderate weight -- result of advanced construction techniques including vacuum-bagging -- as well as her 15' (4.57 m) beam, svelte for a 55-footer, the MJM 50z delivers impressive performance on moderate power. She topped out at 46.0 mph in our rest runs, powered by three Volvo Penta 435 diesels with IPS drive. Fuel consumption is also impressive -- at 2250 rpms and 24.9 mph, she uses just 21.5 gph. More...

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Test Video

Formula 310 FX5:
Soft-Riding Sportboat With Racing Heritage

Formula 310 FX5
The Formula 310 FX5 is a high-performance sportboat built to the company's well-known standards of fit-and-finish as well as long-term durability.

With a 22-degree deadrise, a sharp forward entry and a weight over 9,700 lbs. (4,399 kg), the Formula 310 FX5 sliced right through intense boat wakes in our test runs, even at her top speed of 58 mph. Like most performance boats, she tends to bleed off speed in high-velocity turns, but accelerates rapidly back to a full plane thanks to the torque of the twin MerCruiser MAG V8s. Livorsi racing-style gauges keep tabs on the engines and the high-ratio steering, 2.9 turns lock to lock, allowing the operator to redirect the boat quickly at speed when necessary. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP:
Integral Hydraulic Steering in High-Tech V6

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 HP
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 is a direct-injected V6 that offers some impressive engineering advances resulting in excellent performance as well as superior fuel economy.

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 is a 210 CID V6 2-stroke outboard that weighs just 558 lbs (253 kg). Advanced technology includes the unique hydraulic rotary steering system, which gives smooth steering with zero wheel torque and also allows a clean transom with no steering tubes or rams visible. An 81-degree maximum tilt allows stowing the lower unit completely clear of the water, while a 133-Amp magneto system provides all the electrical power necessary. More...

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Captain's Report

Tiara 50 Flybridge:
Modern Cruiser for Four -- Or More

Tiara 50 Flybridge
The VIP stateroom aboard the Tiara 50 Flybridge is equipped with separate twin berths, or the two sides can also be pushed together to create a queen. Note the storage drawers in the base.

The layout of the Tiara 50 Flybridge would nicely accommodate a family of four for long-range cruising or maybe an extended summer vacation on the water. Standard layout includes two staterooms and a utility room below decks. A stackable washer and dryer come standard in the utility room, which is located at the foot of the companionway stairs adjacent to the lower helm. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 307 SSX:
52.2 MPH in a Premium Sportboat

Chaparral 307 SSX
The Chaparral 307 SSX readily runs in excess of 50 mph, and plenty of freeboard keeps passengers dry.

The Chaparral 307 SSX, powered by twin 300-hp Volvo Penta V8 sterndrives, came out of the hole in just 4.2 seconds, hit 30 mph in 9.4 seconds, and achieved a top speed of 52.2 mph with the engines turning 4980 rpms. Fuel consumption was typical for her weight and horsepower, topping out at 1.7 mpg at both 2500 rpms and 21.9 mph and at 3000 rpms and 29.6 mph, the running speed most will probably choose in moderate sea conditions when on a long haul. Otherwise, 52.2 mph will give her a fighting chance in any shootout. More...

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Features Video

Beneteau Gran Turismo 35:
Day Tripper Built for Entertainment

Beneteau Gran Turismo 35
The teak cockpit table in the Beneteau Gran Turismo 35 folds open for dining or lowers and folds closed for cocktails. It lowers further still into a sun pad with an insert cushion.

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 35 maximizes day trip features and evening entertaining while devoting a modest amount of space to accommodate an occasional night or two aboard. A dinette that comfortably seats six along with an adjacent minimalist galley, provides a cozy place to get out of the weather or the mosquitoes when necessary, and this area converts into a double bed, adding to the sleeping facilities of the main cabin across the beam aft. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider:
Sportboat w/ a Big Boat Ride

Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider is a premium-level sportboat that delivers a solid ride thanks to a deep-vee bottom and a dry weight over 4,400 lbs. (1,996 kg) with the MerCruiser 4.5L MPI sterndrive.

The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has a 21-degree deadrise at the transom to soften the ride and a single step in the hull at midships to improve on-plane performance and economy. Our test team reports that she leans confidently into the turns, with a good hold and stance in the water and no excessive sliding. More...

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Features Video

Maritimo M50:
Motoryacht Comfort
with Convertible Utility and Ride

Maritimo M50
Salon seating on the port side of the Maritimo M50 includes an L-shaped settee and table, folding out for dining or in for cocktails.

The Maritimo M50 is an interesting combination, a motoryacht on an essentially convertible hull, delivering the room and entertaining space of a yacht along with the sea-kindly, rough water abilities of a convertible. Her air-conditioned, fully-enclosed flying bridge adds living and entertaining space as well as giving the captain an all-weather command post. Bow and stern thruster, controlled by joystick, should make docking simple. More...

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Captain's Report

Tracker Targa V-20 WT:
Tough, All-Welded DC Fisherman

Tracker Targa V-20 WT
The 20’2” (6.15 m) Targa V-20 WT is the largest welded aluminum deep-V that Tracker builds, and she comes fully-equipped to take on big northern lakes and rivers in comfort.

The Tracker Targa V-20 WT offers plenty of speed to explore big lakes and river systems rapidly, and to get home fast when the weather goes bad. In our tests with a 225-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS 2-stroke turning a 14 5/8” x 19” Tempest three-blade stainless steel propeller, top speed was 46.1 mph at 5500 rpm and she burned 20.2 gph, giving her a range of 96 miles. Best cruise came at 3000 rpm where she ran 22.8 mph and burned 4.9 gph, resulting in a range of 197 miles. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray 510 Fly:
Luxury, Performance and Style

Sea Ray 510 Fly
One of the innovative features of the Sea Ray 510 Fly is her flybridge "booth" to port of the helm. It provides seating for two companions facing forward when underway, as well as handling four people for lunch, or flipping down to create a sunlounge.

The Sea Ray 510 Fly has all of the major design and styling elements that define this class of motoryacht: a 20-degree rake to the windshield, a low top hamper, and large, in-hull side windows. She also displays the level of premium materials and fit-and-finish seen on the best continental builds. The dining table is solid cherry, and the "atrium" bulkheads have a wainscot treatment using textured fabrics and walnut dado rail molding to finish the space with a distinctive up-market look. More...

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How to Read Charts and Plot a Position

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