Wellcraft 222 // Hatteras 100 // Sea-Doo GTX LTD iS 260 // 17 Reports - 08/03/2016
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- Wellcraft 222F
- Beneteau First 35 Carbon
- Monte Carlo Yachts 105
- Regal 26 Express
- Sailfish 320CC
- Fleming 58
- TAHOE 450 TS
- Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS
- Hatteras 100 Raised
- Evinrude i-Dock
- Formula 290 Bowrider
- Grady-White Freedom 235
- Four Winns HD 240 OB
- Tidewater 280 CC
- Premier 310 Dodici
- Beneteau Monte Carlo 5
- Outer Reef 820
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Wellcraft 222F
with Scarab Offshore Package:
Multi-Mission Center Console

Wellcraft 222 Scarab Offshore
The Wellcraft 222F with Scarab Offshore Package includes distinctive hull graphics, an aerated livewell, upgraded leaning post, a fishbox with overboard drain, and a portable head in the helm console.

The Wellcraft 222F with Scarab Offshore Package adds styling and practical features to the company's tried and true 222 model. She has an 8'6" (2.59 m) beam, weighs about 3,400 lbs. (1,542 kg), carries 98 gallons (370 L) of fuel, and has a 2,700 lb. (1,225 kg) load capacity. The 21-degree deadrise is a good compromise, plenty of Vee to ease the ride, yet not so much as to make her tender, and with a draft of just 16" (0.41 m), the 222F with Scarab Offshore Package will function as a bay boat and for fishing the edge of the flats as well as for heading offshore when conditions are right. More...

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New Test Video

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition:
Performance, Practicality, and Style

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition
Among the distinguishing features of the Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition are the black carbon mast with rod rigging, PBO fiber adjustable backstay, a rigid boom vang, a deep draft (7’5”/2.30 m) lead keel, and a retractable carbon bow sprit for the asymmetric spinnaker.

The Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition includes performance-oriented carbon fiber equipment in a cohesive, sensible design where the “go fast” gear not only makes the boat sail better but look better, too. One of the many distinguishing features is the multi-position tilting pedestal, which allows the carbon-fiber wheel to shift near either rail as the helmsperson changes positions. She has an open transom and removable transom bridge beam to allow easier boarding from a dinghy or stern-to at a dock. More...

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New Operation and Performance Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 105:
Advanced Engineering with Italian Flair

Monte Carlo Yachts 105
Huge entertainment areas at the bow and on the flying bridge -- protected by a power sunroof as needed -- provide lots of real estate for entertaining a crowd aboard the Monte Carlo Yachts 105.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 105 is the first MCY over 100' (30 m), and she follows the exterior styling and aerospace construction methods pioneered in the company's four earlier models. Layup includes Kevlar and carbon fiber in a monocoque design made lighter by vacuum-infusion and coring where appropriate, while interior framing is largely aluminum. The salon and dining areas feature deck-to-overhead glass framed in stainless steel for a striking vista of the sea passing below. The raised pilothouse puts the captain out of the traffic flow. More...

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New Test Video

Regal 26 Express:
New Pocket Cruiser Sleeps 4

Regal 26 Express
Lots of freeboard translates to added headroom below decks in the Regal 26 Express, as well as making this stylish pocket cruiser more seaworthy.

The Regal 26 Express offers an exceptionally roomy cockpit with versatile convertible seating. The port console seat can be arranged as an aft-facing lounge, foward-facing lounge, or couch-type seat, for example, and a similar assembly at the transom also makes into a sun pad. The mid-cabin has a double berth across the beam, requiring no conversion when it's time for a nap. The compact galley includes a single-burner stove, sink, full-sized microwave, and a 4.2 cu. ft. refrigerator. More...

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New Test Video

Sailfish 320CC:
Loaded for Bluewater Action

Sailfish 320CC
In our new test video, the Sailfish 320CC had a time-to-plane of 3.9 seconds and went all the way to 30 mph in 6.6 seconds. She is the largest center console in the company's line and is loaded with nearly every fishing option any experienced bluewater angler might want.

With a 10' (3.05 m) beam, the Sailfish 320CC provides excellent fishing space both forward and aft. The variable deadrise hull is intended to give both a cushioned ride in a chop and stability at rest. Powered by twin Mercury Verado 350s, she reached 54.4 mph in our tests and delivered an impressive 447-mile maximum range with the 284-gallon (1,075 L) standard fuel tankage with a 10% fuel reserve. More...

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New Captain's Report

Fleming Yachts 58:
Long-Distance Cruiser w/ 3 Staterooms

Fleming Yachts 58
The Fleming Yachts 58 has an LOA of 65’9” (20.04 m) with the swim platform and bow pulpit and a waterline length of 56’8” (17.3 m).

The Fleming Yachts 58 is intended for long-distance cruising or living aboard and is set up on the helm deck so a couple can easily handle her. With 50% more fuel capacity than her 55’ sibling -- 1,450 gallons (5,489 L) -- the 58’s cruising range is about 1,400 nautical miles at 10 knots and 2,200 nmiles at 8 knots, according to the builder. During these long cruises, family and friends can retreat belowdecks to the three staterooms located forward with two large heads. More...

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Test Video

TAHOE 450 TS:
Fully-Equipped Turn-Key Runabout

Tahoe 450 TS
The 18'5" (5.61 m) TAHOE 450 TS has seating for eight, but she readily fits in most garages thanks to a 20'3" (6.17 m) storage length on the factory-matched trailer.

The TAHOE 450 TS is a value-priced, turn-key package complete with a 90-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard and matching trailer. She features useful standard touches like a tow-line rack hidden away on the bottom of the aft hatch lid and under-sole racks for storing running lights. Standard equipment includes eight cup holders, a walkthrough windshield in an aluminum frame, an AM/FM Bluetooth-capable stereo with MP3 input, and a full complement of gauges. More...

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Captain’s Report

Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 260:
Feature-Rich w/ Suspension
and Braking System

Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 260
With a supercharged 1503 HO Rotax 4-TEC engine, the Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 260 has lots of speed even with multiple riders aboard and also offers plenty of power for towsports.

The Sea-Doo GTX Limited iS 260 is a high-end PWC with high-tech features, including an intelligent suspension system, activity-specific cruise control, and an on-water braking system. The intelligent suspension offers a full 5.5” of travel while self-calibrating compression and rebound for the smoothest possible ride, no matter the conditions. Integrated mooring lines, a dry storage bag, and a full cover are also included. The iBR or Intelligent Braking System employs an aluminum spoiler to rapidly drop speed. Sea-Doo says the machine stops 100’ (30 m) shorter at 50 mph than competitive units. More...

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Captain’s Report

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse:
5 En Suite Staterooms
in an Ocean-Ranging Flagship

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse
The Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse features an elegant open-air "salon in the sky" that has the space and features to entertain a large dinner party or simply to give everyone aboard a ride with the best view on the yacht.

The new Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse is designed to do it all, as her 275,000 lb. (124,738 kg) displacement, two 40 kW generators, a 4,660-gallon (17,640 L) fuel capacity and her twin Cat C32A 1900-hp diesels make clear. She is an ocean-ranging, U.S.-built yacht as au courant-looking as any vessel coming out of Italy, and she displays a high degree of ergonomic function. Her prodigious tankage will allow her to cross the Atlantic easily with stops in Bermuda and the Azores. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude i-Dock:
Effortless Joystick Power Steering

Evinrude i-Dock
The Evinrude i-Dock system allows intuitive slow-speed control of multi-engine boats, taking away the issues with docking even where wind and current create a challenge.

The Evinrude i-Dock system not only provides joystick maneuverability, but also allows the operator to tweak the steering system for both resistance and the number of turns lock-to-lock. It also includes the CanTrac monitoring system, which keeps track of the steering angle of the engines, rpms, and other features on a small digital panel that can be mounted right next to the control stick. First generation Evinrude E-TECs being adapted to the i-Dock will benefit from the power steering that the system includes. More...

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New Focus on the Details Video

Formula 290 Bowrider:
53 MPH WOT w/ Legendary Fit-and-Finish

Formula 290 Bowrider
The famed gleam of the clear-coat finish, a match for that on many luxury sport cars, distinguishes the Formula 290 Bowrider. The paint not only looks much better than gel coat, it also allows a near infinite selection of colors, according to the company.

The well-equipped cockpit of the Formula 290 Bowrider includes a wet bar with Corian top plus available electric refrigerator on the starboard side -- a cooler below is standard. The windshield center has interconnected latches for easy closure, and the frame is heavy-gauge polished 316 stainless steel. Upscale upholstery includes flip-down arm rests for the bow seats and standard bolsters on the console seats. Dual stainless steel Livorsi controls handle the shift and throttle, and engine options from Mercruiser or Volvo Penta range from 300- to 430-hp twins. With the 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAG and Bravo 3 drives in the test boat, she topped out at 53.0 mph. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Grady-White Freedom 235:
Big-Water Capable Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 235
The Grady-White Freedom 235 has big boat sea-handling capabilities, but still offers the agility and shallow draft that makes her an ideal family dual console/runabout, particularly for larger families or on open water bays.

The new Grady-White Freedom 235 is a roomy dual console built on the company's proven SeaV2 continuously variable deadrise hull. She also features the freeboard, arched sheer, and Carolina flair that's characteristic of all Grady-Whites. A 20-gallon (76 L) freshwater tank and transom shower hose add convenience for coastal swimming or washing the mud off Fido. She also has the usual fishing features, including under-gunwale rod racks, trolling rod holders, a flip-out cutting board over the sink, livewell, and fishbox. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Four Winns HD 240 OB:
Beefy Deckboat with Outboard Power

Four Winns 240 OB
Powered with a single Mercury Verado 250, the Four Winns HD 240 OB ran 49.1 mph in our trials. She's rated for outboards to 300-hp and comes complete with a matching trailer.

The Four Winns HD 240 OB is a well-equipped deckboat with more freeboard than many in class, plus the versatility of outboard power. This is a big deckboat, and she has a substantial build, both in terms of strength and luxury amenities. The textured upholstery, JL Audio speakers, and fine stitching are evidence of the upscale details found throughout the Signature Series. Because she's outboard powered, the engine box becomes a massive storage compartment in this model, complete with space for everything, including a dedicated slot for a 5-gallon (19 L) bucket and water toys. Her swim deck has also been specially designed to provide plenty of space to launch watersports on both sides of the outboard. More...

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Test Video

Tidewater 280 CC Adventure:
59.1 MPH WOT w/ Twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250s

Tidewater 280 CC Adventure
The Tidewater 280 CC Adventure powered with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250s delivers notable performance.

The Tidewater 280 CC Adventure produced impressive performance equipped with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250s for our test runs, topping out at 59.1 mph and delivering a range of 382 statute miles at 33.1 mph and 3500 rpms turning 20" pitch 4-blade props. She weighs 5,800 lbs. (2,631 kg) dry, no doubt part of the reason for her performance. She has a 9'10" (2.99 m) beam, 22-degree deadrise, and lots of flare forward. More...

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Test Video

Premier 310 Dodici:
A Tri-Toon w/ Triple Evinrude E-TEC G2s

Premier 310 Dodici
With a 11'10" (3.61 m) beam, the Premier 310 Dodici is the widest of production pontoon boats on the market.

At a weight of just 3,950 lbs. (1,03 kg) but with a horsepower rating of 900-hp, the Premier 310 Dodici is definitely not your father's deckboat. The Evinrude i-Dock joystick system makes her easy to dock despite all the windage. She comes with a lot of luxury touches, including marble tile flooring and an available four-stool cocktail bar. She rides on a 42" diameter center tube, while the outside tubes are 27-inchers. The cushy seats are designed to haul up to 22 guests around the lake in comfort. We recorded a top speed of 57 mph, but the builder says on a good day, they have had the boat over 60 mph with the triple Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5:
Contemporary Yacht w/ Retro Features

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5
The Beneteau Monte Carlo 5 draws inspirations from popular motorboats in the 1920s, but still remains modern and sophisticated.

Beneteau’s Monte Carlo 5 is a modern, high-style yacht with Italian flare. With details like round portlights with opening inset ports in the master stateroom and stylistic affectations of European design, the Monte Carlo 5 represents a motorboat or commuter from early 20th century. She has three staterooms and optional crew quarters in a 43’6” (13.26 m) hull with 14’1” (4.29 m) beam. Headroom reaches 6’1” (1.85 m) in the master and 6’5” (1.94 m) in the forward stateroom. More...

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New Captain's Report

Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht:
Extended Cruising Yacht for 6 Plus Crew

Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht
The Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht measures at 82’ (24.9 m) and a beam of 21’ (6.41 m).

The Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht was designed for extended cruising with family and friends or for those wishing to create a home on the water. The 21’ (6.41 m) beam opens the berthing accommodations to comfortably sleep six guests plus two crew. The 820’s layout offers plenty of space for guests to gather, whether in the salon, aft deck, or on the flying bridge. More...

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