Bavaria 450 // Icom IC-M25 VHF // Mako 334 // 17 Reports - 04/20/2016
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Bavaria Sport 450 Coupe
- MAKO 334 CC
- Icom IC-M25
- Ocean Alexander 85
- Yamaha 190 FSH
- Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S
- Mercury Remanufacturing
- Riviera 50 Enclosed
- World Cat 230SD
- Sea Ray 310 SLX
- Volvo Penta V8-430
- Boston Whaler 320
- Formula 310 FX5
- Hatteras GT 70
- Dusky 252 Open
- Four Winns H350
- Pursuit ST 310
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Bavaria Sport 450 Coupe:
4-Season Boating
with 2 or 3 Cabins

Bavaria Sport 450 Coupe
The coupe version of the Bavaria Yachts Sport 450 encloses the cockpit area for comfortable four-season boating, while the standard electric sunroof opens the interior to sunshine and fresh air in good weather.

With a 14'6" (4.42 m) beam, the Bavaria Sport 450 Coupe offers exceptional space for a 45-footer, and the broad hydraulic swim platform adds nearly 4' (1.22 m) of very usable exterior deck space adjacent the aft sun pad/chaise. The trunk area underneath is large enough to hold a small tender or inflated water-toys. Twin Volvo Penta IPS600 drives with joystick control plus a standard bow thruster eliminate docking concerns, and a broad windshield with narrow mullions make for exceptional visibility at the helm. Two en suite staterooms are standard, and an optional layout allows the yacht to sleep six. More...

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Captain’s Report

MAKO 334 CC:
New 64.4 MPH Tournament Machine

Mako 334 CC
With three 350-hp Mercury Verados, the MAKO 334 CC is remarkably fast, and our test crew found that she delivered good fuel economy for the genre and lots of range as well.

With 1050 horsepower on her transom, the MAKO 334 CC topped out at 64.4 mph in our test runs. She's one of the fastest center console fishing boats that we've ever tested. And surprisingly, at a more sedate cruising speed -- 3000 rpms and 29.8 mph -- she delivered a range of about 403 miles. Despite all that power on the transom, we found noise levels moderate at the helm, just 83 dBA at cruise. She comes fully-equipped for tournament level offshore fishing. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Icom IC-M25:
A Compact, Waterproof Radio
w/ "AquaQuake" Technology

Icom IC-M25
The Icom IC-M25 hand-held VHF is waterproof, it floats, and it even shakes the water out of the speaker after immersion.

The Icom IC-M25 handheld VHF is a compact, lightweight marine radio that's competitively priced and offers some unique features. When it's immersed, it emits an audible alarm, the screen lights up, and a red light on the base flashes -- a big plus during a night emergency at sea. When the radio is retrieved from the water, the "AquaQuake" feature puts out low-frequency sound waves that eradicate water from the speaker, preserving sound quality, according to Icom. More...

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Captain’s Report

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht:
World-Class Build w/ 4 En Suites

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht
Large windows both in the salon and on the accommodations level give the Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht a bright interior. She features four en suite staterooms plus additional crew's quarters.

Quality construction accompanies the luxurious level of fit-and-finish throughout the Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht. The giant hull is resin-infused, making her both lighter and stronger. Carbon-fiber reinforcement in key points adds strength with minimal weight, and marine-grade aluminum beams support decks and bulkheads. Alexseal professional-grade polyurethane paint provides a high-gloss finish and ensures longer color retention, eliminating the oxidation -- and lots of maintenance -- that comes with exposed gelcoat. More...

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Features Video

Yamaha 190 FSH:
Jet Power CC Equipped to Fish

Yamaha 190 FSH
The Yamaha 190 FSH is a center console jetboat designed to appeal to both anglers and families that enjoy watersports and day-cruising.

The Yamaha 190 FSH is an unusual combination of a jet drive system with a center console, resulting in a boat that is highly fishable, but that has the sporty handling characteristics of jets, including half-turn lock-to-lock steering. She can run in just 16'' of water, and the Yamaha Articulating Keel gives maneuverability even in off-throttle, low-speed operation. Fishing extras include a livewell, rod racks, bow and stern casting decks, and a convertible aft facing seat. More...

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Captain’s Report

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S:
New 49'6" Yacht w/ Retro Panache

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S
The tulip bow of the Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S adds classic eye appeal to sea-going functionality. Note the circular portlights and the bow chaise lounge/sun pads.

The Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S combines retro exterior styling and modern design in the interior spaces. The S model has no flybridge control station but instead offers a large sun pad/lounge area with convertible table for al fresco dining or cocktails atop the salon. The accommodations level provides exceptional space thanks to smart engineering: use of jackshafts to the IPS drives allow placing the engines forward of the crew quarters/lazarette, for improved balance. More...

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Captain’s Report

Mercury Remanufacturing 540 MAG Bravo 4V:
Big-Bore Muscle for Repowering

Mercury Remanufacturing 540 MAG Bravo 4V
The Mercury Remanufacturing 540 MAG Bravo 4V is a high-output, big-bore V8 replacement for inboards and sterndrives in offshore performance boats.

The Mercury Remanufacturing 540 MAG Bravo 4V is a 440-hp V8 designed to improve acceleration in offshore-style boats with race-like performance while still providing the durability and affordability that owners expect in an every-day engine. It provides racing-engine power at just $16,993.75 per engine, and only the less-expensive Bravo X-Drives are required. More...

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Captain’s Report

Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge:
Yacht-Grade Interior, Bluewater Hull

Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge
The Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge is a "big" 50-footer -- counting the pulpit and transom platform -- her actual LOA is 56'8" (17.26 m).

The Riviera 50 Enclosed Flybridge is an Australian-built convertible with a seaworthy bluewater fisherman hull that includes yacht-grade interior space, luxury, and convenience. Volvo Penta IPS drives increase usable living space, allowing a three-stateroom, two-head layout, and the semi-enclosed flybridge adds both comfort for the captain and an added entertainment venue with interior stairs, providing all-weather access. An expansive grill in the cockpit encourages al fresco entertaining. More...

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Captain's Report

World Cat 230SD:
Practical for Big Water

World Cat 230SD
The buoyancy makes the World Cat 230SD stable at rest and when underway.

The World Cat 230SD is roomy like a bowrider, spacious like a pontoon, and even more comfortable offshore at speed than a deep-V. The 23’ (7.01 m) catamaran hull provides safety and comfort in dodgy weather. We think this design has some major advantages over conventional sportboats in ride, comfort, and seaworthiness. At 21.7 mph for best cruise, she has a 267 statute mile range and over 12 hours of endurance with a 10% fuel reserve. More...

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Sea Ray 310 SLX:
Upscale Runabout Loaded with Extras

Sea Ray 310 SLX
The Sea Ray 310 SLX, shown here with the optional hardtop and electrically-actuated sliding shade system, comes standard with a power tower that improves wake-boarding capabilities.

With seating for 17, the Yacht Certified Sea Ray 310 SLX welcomes a party afloat. Add the cockpit entertainment center with sink and optional refrigerator and grill, and she's ready for a cookout. The boat comes with many standards that are costly options in most other vessels in its category, including the electric tower with articulating Bimini and a dual touchscreen electronics display, enabling multiple control functions. Standard power is twin 250-hp MerCruisers, but she's also available with other power options up to twin 350s, as well as twin 260-hp Mercury Diesel TDIs. More...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta V8-430:
Powerful Lightweight V8

Volvo Penta V8-430
The Volvo Penta V8-430 has been specifically designed to mate with the DPS DuoProp outdrives, as well as the Volvo Penta Forward Drive and OceanX. A 75-Amp alternator is standard.

Technical advances on the Volvo Penta V8-430 include variable valve timing for faster acceleration, increased top speed, and smoother, quicker response in the mid-ranges. Volvo Penta reports that it's up to 20% more fuel-efficient than the big block engine it replaces and is also 300 lbs. (136 kg) lighter. The engine features closed loop cooling to avoid saltwater corrosion and water pickup issues. More...

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Boston Whaler 320 Vantage:
Multi-Mission Coastal Bowrider

Boston Whaler 320 Vantage
The double-wide companion seat of the Boston Whaler 320 Vantage not only offers twin bolsters and a ventilated backrest, it also swivels to the side and fully aft, adding versatility to the seating arrangements at cocktail hour.

The Boston Whaler 320 Vantage is a large bowrider that also offers a convertible settee/twin berth tucked into the port console and a head with shower in the starboard console. Add the "summer kitchen," and this is a bowrider that actually welcomes overnighting in the same boat used for tow sports or serious bluewater fishing or diving. A hullside dive door makes for easy entry into the water. The entire boat displays the low-maintenance durability that has become the Boston Whaler trademark. More...

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Test Video

Formula 310 FX5:
Sportboat with High Style

Formula 310 FX5
The flowing lines and flawless glossy paint distinguish the Formula 310 FX5, as does her performance.

Racing style gauges, Livorsi racing-style throttles and shifters and lots of colorful carbon-fiber trim makes the performance mission of the Formula 310 FX5 clear, and she delivers. Powered with twin 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAGs in our test runs, she topped out at 58.0 mph. A power engine hatch makes it easy to show off all that horsepower, as well as to make the daily engine checks. More...

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Test Video

Hatteras GT 70:
Flagship Sportfish w/ 2 x 2600-hp MTUs

Hatteras GT 70
Pushed by 5200 MTU horses, the Hatteras GT 70 is fast for a sportfisherman of her size, topping out at 41 knots in our tests -- over 47 mph -- in 3' to 5' (.91 m to 1.52 m) seas!

The Hatteras GT 70 ranks high in the quest for the ultimate bluewater sportfish. She offers noteworthy speed when powered with the optional 2600-hp MTUs, and with a range of over 500 miles at cruise, she's a go-anywhere-at-anytime fishing machine. She's equipped with every imaginable fishing option, including electrically operated teaser spools, an ice chipper that can feed directly to the fishbox, and a massive, high-gloss teak fighting chair. We think she has the best layout in class. More...

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Dusky 252 Open Fisherman:
Low-Cost CC w/ Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 Power

Dusky 252 Open Fisherman
The Dusky 252 Open Fisherman includes the "Dusky Drive" engine bracket, giving the boat a full-height transom for improved sea-keeping ability and also effectively increasing the LOA for a smoother ride in bumpy seas.

Priced factory-direct at about $52,000, including the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 as rigged in our test runs, the Dusky 252 Open Fisherman offers an exceptional value in a big, deep center console that's well-equipped to tackle blue water fishing. The available 60-gallon (227 L) livewell is one of the largest in class, a plus for the big baits used to attract billfish, in particular. The fold-down seat at the transom will offer an easy ride on a long run offshore, and the 20-degree deadrise should offer a good combination of wave-cutting ability and rapid planing. The 13'' (.33 m) draft, engine up, will make her easy to beach for a family swim. More...

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Captain’s Report

Four Winns H350:
Seaworthy Bowrider w/ Cabin and Head

Four Winns H350
The large swim platform of the Four Winns H350 welcomes watersports with a centerline ladder, stereo speakers with remote, and a convertible aft-facing sun lounge.

The Four Winns H350 hides a cabin and head with shower below decks, and the large hullside windows provide plenty of light below, as well as adding eye appeal to the exterior. The hardtop is standard, as is the slide-out cockpit shade. Four bucket-type seats, including the captain's chair, are found at the consoles, and all swivel around 360-degrees, adding seating at cocktail hour. Two movable cockpit tables and a grill are also included. More...

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Pursuit ST 310:
Upscale Build in an Offshore Fisherman

Pursuit ST 310
The Pursuit ST 310 is an unusual combination of a luxury-grade harbor cruiser with a serious bluewater fisherman fully equipped for a day of billfishing over the horizon.

The Pursuit ST 310 is an upscale center console with all of the options an offshore angler is likely to want, including a hideaway rod rack under the cockpit seats, a 20-gallon (76 L) aerated livewell, sink, a fishbox with overboard drain, and a large hardtop with rocket-launcher rod holders. She's also well-equipped for a slow cruise around the harbor at sundown with top-grade two-tone upholstery and seating that wraps almost 360-degrees around the forward cockpit. A changing room/head is tucked into the console. More...

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