Evinrude-Powered Scout 350 // Regal 2300 // Tahoe 550 TS // 15 Reports - 11/25/2015
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- Scout Boats 350 LXF
- Regal 2300 RX Surf
- Glastron GT 245
- Mercury Remanufacturing
- Sailfish 275DC
- Tracker Pro Team 195 TXW
- Volvo Penta V8-300
- World Cat 255DC
- Bayliner VR5
- Grady-White Freedom 275
- Formula 40 PC
- Cruisers Sport Series 258
- Prestige Yachts 750
- Robalo R247
- TAHOE 550 TS
- Shurhold Products
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Scout Boats 350 LXF:
Powered by Evinrude E-TEC G2 Triple 300s

Scout 350 LXF
Triple Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp engines provided the 12,461 lb. / 5,652 kg (tested weight) Scout Boats 350 LXF with both power and remarkable range. This rig is designed for rugged saltwater work.

The new Scout Boats 350 LXF is the company's first model designed to mount triple engines. With that kind of power plus a dual stepped hull design, the 34'11" (10.6 m) long, 10'9" (3.28 m) beam center console reached 59.4 mph at 5850 rpm wide open.

Scout Boats 350 LXF With throttles pulled back to 3500 rpm, the boat showed 33.8 mph and a fuel burn of 22.7 gph, with a predicted range of 483 statute miles. Combine that kind of performance with a host of fishing features, plus excellent seating options and an in-console cabin that can overnight two in comfort, and the result is a saltwater multi-mission designed for everyone in the family. More...

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New Test Video

Regal 2300 RX Surf:
Wake Surfer with Forward Drive

Regal 2300 RX Surf
With Volvo Penta’s new Forward Drive, kids can wake surf in safety. Note the centerline access to the swim platform on the Regal 2300 RX Surf.

Powered by a 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300 with the new Forward Drive, the Regal 2300 RX Surf got on plane in 3.5 seconds, passed through 20 mph in 5.8 seconds and 30 mph in 8.2 seconds. The boat is not built for maximum speeds, but we achieved a top end of 46.2 mph at 5600 rpms which is more than respectable. For a cruise, we found the most economical planing speed to be at 4000 rpms, giving us 30.9 mph, 9.1 gph, and a range of 171 statute miles. Our test captain reports amazing agility in turns due to the Forward Drive system. More...

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Captain's Report

Glastron GT 245:
Modern Styling w/ Retro Details

Glastron GT 245
The sun pad over the engine box of the Glastron GT 245 can be folded up to form aft-facing seating, and also converts to a chaise lounge.

The Glastron GT 245 is an interesting combination of sleek, modern styling with retro touches that add eye appeal. Hooded analog gauges and push-pull switches give a classic look to the helm, as does the low-profile, stainless-steel-framed windshield. With power choices up to 380 horsepower, she can be optioned to perform as a sportboat, a tow-sports platform or a family runabout. A port side console compartment functions as a changing room, and can be outfitted with a head and sink. More...

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Repowering Interview

Mercury Remanufacturing:
Repowering Makes an Old Boat New

Mercury Remanufacturing
Bob Swords of Swords Marine Service in Cobbs Creek, Va. explains how repowering can save boat owners tens of thousands of dollars. Mercury’s Remanufacturing engines are actually better than the new ones in many respects, according to the builder.

The owner liked his 1999 Donzi 275Z but what he didn’t like was the boat’s performance which, after 16 years, made the boat – how shall we say it? – a dog. Unfortunately Donzi no longer makes a 27’ (8.23 m) express cruiser and new boats this style by other brands cost $200k plus – which was more than the owner wanted to spend. What to do? The solution was to replace the original 7.4 L gas engine with a Mercury Remanufacturing 6.2 L engine that had the same horsepower and torque curve as the old unit. We tested the “new” Donzi 275Z to see how she performed. Find out all about it...

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Test Video

Sailfish 275DC:
Offshore Angler w/ Day-Cruising Extras

Sailfish 275DC
The Sailfish 275DC is a seaworthy dual console that provides all the necessities for both serious fishing and weekend family outings.

With a high windshield and lots of freeboard, the Sailfish 275DC should provide a dry ride when heading offshore, even on windy, sloppy days. She comes fully loaded for bluewater angling, with a 30-gallon (114 L) aerated and lighted baitwell in the starboard corner of the transom, four rod holders across the transom, and jumbo insulated fishboxes in the sole. She also has a tool rack and tackle storage drawers. More...

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New Test Video

Tracker Pro Team 195 TXW:
Fast, Lightweight All-Welded Bass Boat

Tracker Pro Team 195 TXW
A new welded-aluminum, variable deadrise hull on the Tracker Pro Team 195 TXW turns in excellent performance on modest horsepower.

Powered with a 150-hp Mercury 4-stroke turning a 14 5/8'' x 24'' Tempest Plus SS, the Tracker Pro Team 195 TXW jumped out of the hole in just 3.3 seconds. Top speed was an impressive 57.9 mph at 5800 rpms, while best cruise was at 2500 rpms and 23.7 mph, at which speed she has a range of about 210 miles between fill-ups. More...

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New Captain's Report

Volvo Penta V8-300:
Engineered for Performance

Volvo Penta V8-300
The new, next generation Volvo Penta V8-300 locates daily maintenance-check items where they are readily visible and easily reached.

The Volvo Penta V8-300 features an aluminum block and heads, variable valve timing and direct-fuel injection, delivering state-of-the-art performance and reliability, according to the company. The cylinder heads have “cathedral”-shaped intake ports that promote airflow at higher rpm for a broader horsepower band, along with strong, low-rpm torque. The 5.3 liter (323 cu. in.) V8 can wind up to 5800 rpm, but reaches its peak 300 horsepower at just 4500 rpm, we're told. Variable valve timing improves power across the rpm range. More...

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Features Video

World Cat 255DC:
Roomy Power Cat Ready for Angling

World Cat 255DC
With seating for ten, the World Cat 255DC is well set up as a day cruiser and entertaing, but she also comes fully loaded for offshore fishing.

The World Cat 255DC features dedicated electrical and fuel systems for each of the twin outboards, helping boaters get home safely if one engine goes down. The roomy forward sun lounge has port and starboard cushioned seats for six adults with wrap-around coaming pad seat backs, taking full advantage of the broad catamaran bow. A fiberglass top with aluminum frame, overhead lights, rocket launchers, and spreader lights is standard. More...

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New Test Video

Bayliner VR5:
More Usable Room in a
Compact Runabout

Bayliner VR5
The new 20' (6.10 m) Bayliner VR5 features a cockpit extended 2' (.61 m) longer than the model she replaces, but still maintains the same running surface. The bolt-on swim platform is blended smoothly into the exterior lines of the boat.

Powered with a 200-hp MerCruiser 4.5L engine turning an Alpha drive, the new Bayliner VR5 jumped out of the hole in just 1.8 seconds, making her one of the quickest I/Os in class. She reached 20 mph in 5.8 seconds and 30 mph in 8.2 seconds. Best economy was at 3000 rpm and 26.3 mph, where the fuel burn was 5.75 gph, which gives a range of 136 miles. She handled predictably and responded well to helm input. Even when our test captain made aggressive turns, the propeller held its bite. More...

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New Features Video

Grady-White Freedom 275:
Family Friendly Options
in a Bluewater Fishboat

Grady-White Freedom 275
The Grady-White Freedom 275 is a fully-rigged offshore-capable fishing machine, but she also offers a lot of comforts that should keep the family happy for a long day of coastal cruising, swimming and tow-sports.

The Grady-White Freedom 275 comes fully loaded for fishing, but she's also ready for a full day of coastal cruising with the family. A cocktail-sized table is standard, with fittings to secure it in both the bow and the stern seating areas. One console option puts a deluxe wet bar directly behind the helm seat and includes a Corian countertop, drink holders, sink, storage drawers and a trash compartment. The console can be upgraded with an electric inverter powering a 1300W grill that replaces the shallow storage tray. More...

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Test Video

Formula 40 PC:
Premium Sportboat/Weekend Cruiser

Formula 40 PC
Gleaming stainless steel and high-gloss paint quickly identifies the Formula 40 PC, while the sharp forward entry marks her as a capable rough-water performer.

With twin Volvo Penta 370-hp IPS500 pod drives powering the Formula 40 PC test boat, we reached a top speed of 35.5 knots (40.9 mph) at 3500 rpm. Her best economy was found to be at 3000 rpm and 28.3 knots (32.6 mph). That speed brought the fuel burn down to 27.5 gph for a 231.9 nm range. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider:
Upmarket Sportboat with Style

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider
Stylish lines and a stepped bottom design give the Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider a distinctive, sporty look and 46.6 mph WOT performance.

The Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider, powered by a MerCruiser 350 MAG 300-hp V8 with a Bravo 3 outdrive, took 4.0 seconds to reach planing speed, and accelerated to 30 mph in 7.5 seconds and 40 mph in 9.7 seconds. She rides efficiently trimmed down to about 4-degrees at speed. Best cruise was at 3500 rpm, where she ran 29.1 mph, burning 10.2 gph and providing a range of 175 statute miles, with a 10% fuel reserve. All CSS boats are made with the same high-quality materials used in the parent company's premium express cruisers. More...

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Test Video

Prestige Yachts 750:
Vacuum-Bagged Hull for Lightweight

Prestige Yachts 750
With four staterooms and three heads, plus an optional crew cabin aft, the Prestige 750 makes a yacht suitable for both an owner/operator and the charter trade.

The Prestige Yachts 750 offers a yacht-quality build employing end-grain balsa encapsulated in vinylester resin, thoroughly infused throughout the layup via vacuum bagging. The result is a hull and deck that's light but strong and very stiff, as well as one that reduces noise and provides some thermal insulation. Laser-directed robotic machines cut most of the openings and drill most of the holes in the structure for precision alignment, and this process also speeds up production to keep costs down. More...

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New Captain's Report

Robalo R247:
Seaworthy, Multi-Mission Dual Console

Robalo R247
Optional gelcoat colors give the new Robalo R247 more eye-appeal than plain vanilla fishing boats, and mark her mission as a multi-purpose family boat.

The Robalo R247 is a dual-console family boat ready for cruising, entertaining and watersports, but she's also fully-loaded for offshore fishing. Family-friendly features include a unique double-wide companion seat at the port console that swivels to face forward or sideways. Deep and wide in-sole storage holds watersports gear, and pneumatic assists keep the large hatch lids up for safety and easy access. Lenco trim tabs and a stainless steel tilt wheel are standard. More...

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Test Video

TAHOE 550 TS:
OB Bowrider

TAHOE 550 TS
Lightweight outboard power makes the TAHOE 550 TS an attractive, easy-to-tow package.

The outboard-powered TAHOE 550 TS has extra space in the aft cockpit thanks to the absence of an engine box. She offers noteworthy freeboard for a runabout of this LOA, which should allow her to deliver a dry ride in most conditions. With the 150 Mercury XL 4-stroke turning a 14 5/8" x 19" Tempest Plus 3-blade stainless prop and three adults aboard, she was out of the hole at 4.5 seconds and had an impressive top speed of 48.5 mph. More...

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Product Promotion

Shurhold New Combo Brush:
Two Brushes in One

Shurhold New Combo Brush
The Shurhold Combo Brush combines a soft bristle gel-coat brush with a stiffer scrubbing brush into one tool.

The Shurhold Combo Brush combines the soft bristle brush that many boat owners like for general gel-coat cleaning with the much stiffer but shorter bristles of a more aggressive scrub brush. Gentle strokes clean away salt and surface dirt without scratching the gel-coat, while pushing down hard on stubborn deck stains brings the stiffer bristles into play for some serious scrubbing. As with all Shurhold brushes, this combo deck brush easily snaps into any Shurhold handle, and features a solid wood block back with a rubber wraparound bumper. Exclusive BoatTEST.com Black Friday weekend special $10 OFF use coupon code BTCB at check out. Offer expires 11/30/15, limit 2 per customer. More...

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