Sea Ray 400 'Dancer // Azimut 72 // Bavaria 400 Coupe // 17 Reports - 10/28/2015
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- Ocean Alexander 100
- Bavaria Sport 400 Coupe
- Sailfish 290CC
- Yamaha 242X E-Series
- Sea Ray 400 Sundancer
- Four Winns H210
- Mercury Reman 383 Inboard
- Jeanneau Leader 46
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 200
- TAHOE 2150
- Prestige Yachts 620
- Glastron GT 205
- Cruisers Yachts 41
- Azimut 72
- Sun Tracker PB 20 DLX
- Beneteau MC5S
- Regal 22 FasDeck
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Ocean Alexander 100:
Luxury Motoryacht for
Living Large

Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht
The forward VIP of the Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht offers a queen berth and vanity along with a cedar hanging locker and en suite head with a double-sized shower.

As might be anticipated in a yacht of her size, the Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht offers a remarkable level of luxury in her accommodations. Marine décor analyst Suzy Stewart was particularly impressed with the his-and-her walk-in closets in the master (hers is larger, of course), his-and-her master bath facilities joined by a double shower, and the extensive use of walnut joinery in diamond patterning throughout much of the below-decks area. Heated marble floors are a sensuous added touch in the bath areas. More...

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New Features Video

Bavaria Sport 400 Coupe:
Ergonomic in Layout and Design

Bavaria Sport 400 Coupe
 The Bavaria Sport 400 Coupe has been designed with real people in mind which means she is comfortable, functional and practical for the American market.

The Bavaria Sport 400 Coupe is a two-stateroom design with a compact full galley on the salon level, giving two-couple or family-of-four cruising capabilities in a 40-something yacht. The port-side seating in the helm area features a reversible seat back on the center portion, creating an extra seat for the dinette. The sliding sunroof provides air and sunshine to this area when desired, and there's a sun pad at the bow, as well. A combination of long hullside windows, lots of headroom and the use of light colors in the master stateroom help to give a roomy, bright feeling. More...

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New Test Video

Sailfish 290CC:
58 MPH with 2 x 300-HP Mercs

Sailfish 290 CC
We tested the Sailfish 290CC in flatwater and with the throttles to the pins she topped out at 58 mph, and provided a smooth ride and showed no bad habits in handling at speed.

The Sailfish 290CC is a classic in the genre -- wide, deep, brawny and loaded with fishing features including 16 rod holders, 35 gallon (132 L) leaning post livewell, 30 gallon (114 L) transom livewell with high speed pickup, four fishboxes in the sole, and rod storage -- name it and it's on board, standard. Her fit-and-finish was first rate and clearly she has been built for rugged offshore work. For those who’d like to see how the Mercury 300-hp Verados performed, this test provides some answers. More...

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Updated Captain's Report

Yamaha 242X E-Series:
New Twin Jetboat with Seating for 12

Yamaha 242X E-Series
Striking graphics and hull colors carried all the way down to the keel make it hard to mistake the new Yamaha 242X E-Series for anything else on the water.

The new Yamaha 242X E-Series is powered by dual 1812cc four-cylinder, 4-stroke Yamaha jet systems, including the company's innovative Articulating Keel for improved handling. She's a rocket-sled out of the hole, getting on top in just 2.5 seconds. Top speed was 50.3 mph at 7550 rpm. Range was best at 5550 rpms and a speed of 32.2 mph, which lowered fuel consumption to 9.7 gph and increased the range to 149 miles. More...

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New Boat

Sea Ray 400 Sundancer:
New 40' Express Debuts at FLIBS

Sea Ray 400 Sundancer
With the standard swim platform, the Sea Ray 400 Sundancer has a LOA of 40' (12.2 m) and a beam of 13’6” (4.11 m). She has all-new styling that should turn heads.

Style and luxury combine to form the newest Sea Ray express cruiser, the 400 Sundancer. A single level main deck seamlessly blends the main social areas and a galley-up design keeps the chef at the center of the gathering. Below, choose from a two-stateroom/one-head layout or a two-stateroom/two-head layout. Either way, her elegance and style will have her well-suited for a formal party or a summer picnic…and everything in between. More...

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Test Video

Four Winns H210:
46.6 MPH WOT w/ 4.5 L MerCruiser

Four Winns H210
The Four Winns H210 maintains a classic modern look, but her performance is a match for any runabout with equivalent power.

The Four Winns H210 rides on the company's "Stable Vee" hull, a design that delivers quick planing -- just 3.1 seconds in our test runs powered by a 250-hp MerCruiser 4.5 L -- and rapid acceleration, reaching 30 mph in only 6.9 seconds. With a 20-degree maximum deadrise, the Stable Vee hull should give a soft ride, and broad hard chines help keep the boat from excessive slide in hard corners as well as adding stability at rest. More...

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New Captain's Report

Mercury Remanufacturing
383 MAG Stroker Inboard:
Repowering Can Work Wonders

Mercury Remanufacturing 383 MAG Stroker Inboard
The inboard version of the 383 MAG Stroker is identified by its blue flame arrestor cover. The sterndrive version is orange.

Mercury Remanufacturing designed the 383 MAG Stroker Inboard to be a lighter, higher-output replacement for a variety of gasoline inboards ranging from 350-cu. in. small blocks to 454-cu. in. big blocks in single-engine watersports towboats and twin-engine cruisers. Repowering can add years to the life of a good boat that simply needed a new ticker to regain its old vim and vigor. And the 383 MAG Stroker Reman is probably better than the engine it replaces even when it was new. More...

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New Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 46:
Versatile Layout in a New Flagship

Jeanneau Leader 46
The large hullside windows on the new Jeanneau Leader 46 let in lots of light in the accommodations area, as well as adding a distinctive look to the exterior.

The new Jeanneau Leader 46 is the company's flagship powerboat at 46'10" (14.3 m), and she's offered in two- or three-cabin versions. Power is Volvo Penta D6-370 or 400s with DP, and a joystick option is available. We have no test numbers on this yacht, but with a 238-gallon (900 L) fuel capacity, her range should be more than adequate for most uses. More...

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New Features Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O.:
Advanced Engineering in a V6

Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O.
The striking cowling of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 H.O. covers 2-stroke engineering advances that are equally impressive.

Evinrude's E-TEC G2 200 H.O. is loaded with high-tech engineering features, including an internal hydraulic/electric steering system that eliminates rams and cables in the motor well. Oversized gearing is designed to handle shock loads when big offshore boats "catch air", and the electronic shift actuator saves weight, avoids corrosion and provides smooth shifting. The magneto eliminates the belts or pulleys necessary with an alternator, while turning out up to 133 Amps. In every way, the new G2 Series is state-of-the-art. More...

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New Test Video

TAHOE 2150:
Decked Out for Watersports

TAHOE 2150
The TAHOE 2150 is a deckboat that comes equipped for towing sports and family fun.

The new TAHOE 2150 comes well-equipped for watersports and general family enjoyment, with standard features including a drop-down changing room attached to the standard Bimini, bow and stern ladders and a carry-off ice chest stowed under the cockpit seat. But she can also be equipped to go fishing — the optional fish package includes swiveling fishing seats that can be mounted bow and stern or stowed away in a dedicated compartment when not needed. The package also includes an aerated livewell in the bow, a fishfinder and a trolling motor. More...

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New Styling and Materials Video

Prestige Yachts 620:
Classic or Modern Interior Options

Prestige Yachts 620
The salon of the Prestige Yachts 620 features lots of windows that are both wide and high, for maximum visibility out and to let light in.

The Prestige Yachts 620 offers two interior materials/color schemes that can greatly alter the feel of the yacht. The dark leather and polished dark natural grain woods option (seen above) gives a sort of "university club" ambience, while the gray oak and cream fabric option sets a brighter, more modern tone. Lots of polished stainless steel is used in fixtures on both material packages. Needless to say, most people select the latter option. Large hull side windows keep things bright and pleasant below decks. More...

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Captain's Report

Glastron GT 205:
Versatile Bowrider with Retro Flair

Glastron GT 205
The Glastron GT 205 is a sporty bowrider with retro design flair, including Fifties-style "tailfins" and a dash reminiscent of classic Corvettes.

The Glastron GT 205 is offered in three different packages, adding versatility of mission in the same 20'6" (6.25 m) hull. The base GT version is naturally the most affordable due to fewer bells and whistles as well as the base engine, a 220-hp MerCruiser. The GTS 205 adds sporty exterior graphics and a upholstery package as well as a soft mat on the bolt-on swim platform. And the GTSF 205 is the ski-and-fish version, with an aerated livewell, trolling motor mount, reversible bow seats/fishing deck, casting seats, a bow casting platform, rod storage, rod holders and the ski/fish two tone deck and hull scheme. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius:
Stylish Big Water Cruiser

Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius
With a tall bow and a fine forward entry, the Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius slices and dices waves, whether they're ICW yacht wakes or rollers in an inlet.

With a 13' (4.0 m) beam, lots of freeboard and plenty of buoyancy forward, the Cruisers Yachts 41 Cantius is a capable big-water cruiser that also functions nicely as a party animal. A popular functional feature is the refreshment bar on the swim platform, complete with two pedestal bar stools -- a great spot for sundowning at anchor or at the dock. More...

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New Captain's Report

Azimut 72:
Ultra-Sleek Chic w/ 4 En Suite Staterooms

Azimut 72
Just when one thought that an Azimut’s profile couldn’t become any more sleek than they were – the builder took this design concept still farther. This time it was done by rounding reverse bulwarks in the stern quarters that are slightly understated yet signal speed. We think the designer has done a masterful job of creating optical illusions amid the builder’s signature design elements – such as the shark fins protruding into the side windows and holding up the hardtop.

The new Azimut 72 is a feast for the eyes, made even more attractive by the gun-metal blue hull sides seen in the image above. Look beyond the ultra-sleek lines and some solidly functional design will be found – such as the extended boat deck that completely covers the aft dining area, the forward lounge seating with table and sun pad, and the fixed flying bridge hardtop. Inside there is a dining table for eight, an open galley, and below there are four en suite staterooms. Even though this will likely be an owner/operator boat, there are good-sized crew quarters aft – suitable for a nanny, cook and stew. More...

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Captain's Report

Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX:
Pontoon Boat w/ Full Swim Platform

Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX
The Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX has a typical pontoon-boat layout inside the rails, but the full-width swim platform at the transom is a plus, providing extra space for swimmers as well as easing outboard maintenance checks, though at some loss of cockpit space.

The Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX is designed to be an affordable pontoon boat, but she has quality touches including pillow-top, multi-layer foam furniture finished with UV-resistant, marine-grade 26-ounce vinyl. The standard carpet is 28-ounce marine-grade, easy on bare feet. She comes with a changing enclosure and Bimini top as standard. More...

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Captain's Report

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S:
Classic Styling in a "Sunbridge" Sedan

Beneteau MC5S
In sun pad mode, the Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S's upper deck allows for the privacy that some sunbathers might seek, and will also offer a pleasant venue for sundowning at cocktail time.

The Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S's design includes an upper deck for sun bathing and entertaining, sans the control station of the flybridge version. Volvo Penta IPS drives, plus the nearly vertical hull sides give added space below decks to fit three cabins plus the optional crew quarters. Headroom is 6'1" (1.85 m) in the master and 6'5" (1.95 m) in the forward VIP stateroom. More...

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New Captain's Report

Regal 22 FasDeck ESX:
Room for a Crowd

Regal 22 FasDeck ESX
With a 34'' (.86 m) cockpit depth at the helm, the Regal 22 FasDeck ESX offers exceptional depth for a deckboat of her LOA, as well as more seating capacity than many in class.

With an 8'6" (2.59 m) beam carried nearly to the bow, the Regal 22 FasDeck ESX is rated to carry up to 12 adults. She delivers on performance, jumping on plane in just 3.4 seconds with the 240-hp Volvo Penta V6 Gen 5 Catalyst sterndrive. She topped out at 45.7 mph in our test runs. More...

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