New Volvo Penta V8-350 // Bavaria 420 // Prestige 550 // Beneteau Sense 50 // 15 Reports - 11/18/2015
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Formula Paint Video
- Yamaha VXS
- Prestige 550 Flybridge
- Volvo Penta V8-350
- Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly
- Beneteau Sense 50
- Chaparral 210 SunCoast
- Sea Ray 290 Sundeck
- Ocean Alexander 72
- World Cat 230SD
- Evinrude E-TEC 115-hp
- Four Winns TS222
- Sailfish 320CC
- Maritimo M50
- Mako 21 LTS
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Formula Boats:
Top-Quality Paint Process
Sets Formula Apart

Formula Boats
Phase two in a 33-step process is when Chroma paint is sprayed on in one of eight special-designed paint booths in the Formula factory. A dedicated staff of 16 people specialize in just the painting process from start to finish.

For those who haven’t noticed, the finish on a painted Formula boat is unlike anything seen in the boating industry. In fact, even though premium-quality automotive paint is used, we will match a Formula finish any day against a Rolls Royce, Bentley, Ferrari or Lamborghini. It is one of the reasons that these boats are so expensive, and it is also one of the reasons why Formulas have a loyal following among boaters that is out of proportion to the number of boats they build. This week we'll take an in-depth look at the details of this remarkable painting process. More...

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Updated Captain's Report

Yamaha VXS:
High Performance Bang for the Buck

Yamaha VXS
Strong styling elements make the Yamaha VXS look as good as it runs.

Yamaha tells us that the mission of the VXS is to provide the highest performing watercraft in a low-cost package. The company trimmed the weight to just 765 lbs. (347 kg), and this gives a head-snapping hole shot of just 1.8 seconds with the 1812cc 4-stroke engine. Top speed was a 68.5 mph, this from a four-cylinder without a supercharger. The reverse bucket has been designed with Yamaha’s patented RiDE technology to deflect and vector the thrust of water from the jet pump nozzle when deployed in reverse/deceleration mode, helping handling around the docks as well as in quick stops. More...

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New Design and Style Video

Prestige Yachts 550 Flybridge:
Innovative and Functional Design

Prestige Yachts 550 Flybridge
In this new video we take a detailed look at the interior upholstery, wood, hardware and amenities that make the Prestige 550 Flybridge a luxurious and stylish motoryacht.

Prestige Yachts designers are noted for emphasizing form and function to deliver a handsome but competitively-priced yacht. Solid composite countertops, leather and wood trim, and polished stainless steel hard fixtures are just some of the elements that give this boat the style and look that we often see in much larger vessels. More...

Dealer Contact Pricing Request

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New Captain's Report

Volvo Penta V8-350:
New 5.3 L Engine Has
Impressive Performance

Volvo Penta V8-350
This new generation Volvo Penta V8-350 was introduced recently and our tests have confirmed that it has wide applications and good performance.

The new Volvo Penta 350-hp small block V8 has a wide range of applications because of its light weight (996 lbs. / 452 kg) in both single and twin-engine installations. Two very important features are its variable value timing (VVT) and in-cylinder fuel injection which give greater torque across a wide RPM range and better fuel-efficiency. It also has a freshwater heat exchanger standard for increased durability. Volvo Penta has created some clever innovations which make the package more user-friendly and more durable in the marine environment. More...

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New Captain's Report

Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly:
German Quality and Precision
On the Water

Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly
Factory-direct pricing through company-owned sales offices in the U.S., and efficiencies in construction due to the builder’s state-of-the-art robotics make the Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly competitive in the marketplace, yet she offers many options found in high-end yachts.

The Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly efficiently fits three staterooms plus a convertible berth in the salon into a LOA of just 44'8" (13.61 m). Space-saving touches are found throughout the yacht. The stairs to the bridge, for example, are set with alternating cutouts for knees and feet that make climbing them easy -- so long as one starts with the correct foot. An interesting feature on the hydraulic swimdeck option is the auto-retracting stairway, which is flush with the deck when the platform is in the up position, but rises to provide access to the cockpit when it is lowered. More...

Test Drive Dealer Contact

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New Captain's Report

Beneteau Sense 50:
Roomy Twin Helm Sailing Yacht

Beneteau Sense 50
The new Beneteau Sense 50's cockpit features dual helms with huge seats and plenty of space for all to relax and enjoy the sailing experience.

The Beneteau Sense 50 is beamy, spacious, and has lots of natural light below decks, thanks to an abundance of windows in the hull and cabin trunk. She is easy to handle, even to single-hand, according to our test captain. The cockpit and interior salon flow seamlessly into one another via a large companionway and large coach roof windows. The cockpit has two large lounging settees, twin double helm seats and an arch that raises the mainsheet traveler above the living space. When fitted with an optional spray dodger mounted to the arch, the cockpit should be well protected on most days. More...

Test Drive Delivery Date

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New Captain's Report

Chaparral 210 SunCoast:
Sportboat Style, Deckboat Space
and Outboard-Power

Chaparral 210 SunCoast
While the squared-off bow of the Chaparral 210 SunCoast gives her deckboat-type space, her underwater lines and performance match many sportboats.

The Chaparral 210 SunCoast is an outboard-powered runabout, providing extra seating and deck space where the motor box usually sits. Maximum beam is carried well forward into the bow, giving space to seat four adults and a couple of kids forward. A stainless steel boarding ladder is tucked into a bow compartment, easing access from the beach, and side-mount cocktail tables are standard both bow and stern. A reversible seatback at the port console creates an observer perch for towsports. More...

Test Drive Dealer Contact

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New Captain's Report

Sea Ray 290 Sundeck:
New Deckboat w/ Trailerable 9' Beam

Sea Ray 290 Sundeck
With freeboard measuring 3’5” (1.04 m) at the stern and 3’9” (1.14 m) at the bow, the Sea Ray 290 Sundeck should provide a dry ride.

Though the Sea Ray 290 Sundeck is a big boat, she delivers performance that should make her a popular watersports platform, reaching planing speed in 4 seconds and accelerating to 20 mph in 5.4 seconds, 30 mph in 8.6 seconds. She offers lots of entertainment options, including a cockpit wet bar that can be upgraded with an electric grill and cockpit refrigerator. A swimstep option makes the swim platform easier to use for kids and for water-loving pets. More...

Test Drive Dealer Contact

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Features Video

Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse:
All the Comforts of a Luxury Home

Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse
The new Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse features a dining area in the pilothouse and four luxury staterooms below.

The main deck of the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse is well-designed for entertaining. A dining area is just ahead and to port of the galley, so the captain remains in close conversational distance with family and friends on the pilothouse deck. A home-size stand-up refrigerator/freezer with French-style doors provides lots of capacity for food and drinks. In good weather, tables on the aft deck or on the flying bridge will be the preferred locations for formal dining. More...

Test Drive Delivery Date

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Captain's Report

World Cat 230SD:
Two Hulls Add Stability
for this Family Runabout

World Cat 230SD
The high bows and sharp entry of the dual hulls on the World Cat 230SD should make her a far more capable rough water performer than most sportboats in her size range.

The catamaran configuration of the World Cat 230SD is not common in runabouts, but it offers the same advantages seen in twin-hull sportfishing boats; quick planing, an exceptionally smooth ride in a chop, and added space forward are among the benefits. She also offers much more freeboard than most sportboats as well as a high windshield, insuring that the cockpit stays dry even on windy days in open water. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 115-hp:
Engineered for Low
Maintenance and High Dependability

Evinrude E-TEC 115-hp
Spark plug wires of the Evinrude E-TEC 115 are shrouded and grounded to prevent electrical interference with sonar units and other electronics aboard.

A major selling point of the Evinrude E-TEC 115 is that there's no required dealer maintenance for the first three years or 300 hours -- no oil changes, since it's a direct-injected, 2-stroke, and no lower unit lube changes are required, either. Electrical power comes from a magneto, which Evinrude notes is more dependable than belt-driven alternator systems. A 10-micron fuel filter under the cowl keeps the system clear of ethanol issues. There's no break-in period; the Engine Management Module handles oiling during the first hours of operation, and can also quickly "fog" the engine for winter layup. More...

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Test Video

Four Winns TS222:
In Search of the "Perfect Wake"

Four Winns TS222
Striking graphics and a complex hull design mark the mission of the Four Winns TS222 as an all-out towing platform.

The Four Winns TS222 is a dedicated towsports boat with ballast tanks, articulating trim tabs and standard Volvo Penta Forward Drive system, all dedicated to creating the perfect wake. Powered by a Volvo Penta V8-320, she got on plane in 3.8 seconds with the ballast tanks fully-loaded. Best cruise was at 3000 rpms and 26.2 mph, where she burned 8.5 gph for a range of 139 miles. At a wakeboarding speed of 10.1 mph and 2240 rpms, she used 5.4 gph. The combination of ballast, tilting drive system and the unique articulating tabs make it possible to shape a clean surfing wake quickly on either side of the boat. More...

Test Drive Dealer Contact

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New Captain's Report

Sailfish 320CC:
Updated Flagship Offshore Center Console

Sailfish 320CC
The Sailfish 320CC rides on the company's Variable Deadrise Stepped (VDS) hull, in which the deadrise varies from 22-degrees at the chines to 24-degrees at the keel. The design is aimed at delivering a soft ride at speed as well as quick planing and stability at rest or at trolling velocity.

With two aerated and lighted livewells, locking under-gunwale rod boxes, a bait-rigging station, tackle catch-all on the console top and lots more, the Sailfish 320CC is definitely ready to go bluewater fishing. She's also family-friendly: The V-shaped lounge in the bow has removable backrests, and a side mount pedestal table turns the bow into an inviting cocktail area. More...

Test Drive Dealer Contact

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Test Video

Maritimo M50:
A Distance-Capable,
Enclosed Flybridge Yacht

Maritimo M50
With lots of freeboard and flair forward, the Maritimo M50 brings the seaworthiness of a flybridge sportfisher to the world of luxury yachting.

The Maritimo M50 powered by twin Volvo Penta 670-hp D11s turning five-blade 29" pitch props in our test runs cruised comfortably at 24.8 mph, and the boat gets 0.67 miles per gallon at that speed, giving her a range of 636 statute miles. For longer passages in areas with fuel supplies, the range can be extended by dropping down to displacement speeds. Joystick controls are available to ease docking. More...

Test Drive Delivery Date

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Captain's Report

Mako 21 LTS:
Center Console for Freshwater

Mako 21 LTS
The sharp bow of the Mako 21 LTS helps soften the ride, while her modest draft and 16-degree deadrise helps her get on plane quickly.

The new Mako 21 LTS would whip most PWCs on the water in acceleration according to our test captain, who recorded hole shot times of just 1.0 second and 0 to 30 mph in 5.0 seconds. This is advantageous in a boat designed for flats fishing, as this one is, because it allows jumping on plane in a very short distance in shallow water. The boat has a 12'' (.30 m) draft with the motor up, making it good for access to flats where redfish and bonefish prowl. More...

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