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IN THIS ISSUE
- Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62
- Chaparral 210 SunCoast
- 36'-38' Express Cruisers
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP
- Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
- Scarab 255 Platinum SE
- Maritimo M58
- TRACKER Pro Team 190
- Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius
- Four Winns HD 240 OB
- Riviera Belize 54 Daybridge
- Monte Carlo Yachts 65
- Glastron GTS 180
- Yamaha SX190
- Hatteras 45 Express
- Boston Whaler 315
- Ocean Craft 9.5M
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62:
New Performance Cruiser w/ Family Comfort

Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62
The Oceanis Yacht 62 has an LOA of 62'7" (19.07 m), a hull length of 59'5" (18.12 m), a beam of 17’6” (5.33 m), and an LWL of 56'9" (17.29 m). Her total sail area is 1,973 sq. ft. (182 sq m) with a 105% headsail.

The new Beneteau Oceanis Yacht 62 is a large and capable sailboat perfect for summer cruising at home or a winter adventure in the tropics. And with a compact, easy to reach layout of winches, running rigging, jammers, autopilot, and line handling bags close to the helm, she is easily sailed single-handedly. The Oceanis Yacht 62 is an important step up in luxury and quality, according to our test captain. She is available to see at this week's Annapolis Boat Show. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 210 SunCoast:
Robust Outboard-Powered Deckboat

Chaparral 210 SunCoast
The Chaparral 210 SunCoast’s cockpit depth will appeal to families looking for a secure-feeling boat. Note that the side and rear cushioning comes up to the seated bow passenger’s shoulders.

Chaparral’s new 210 SunCoast combines the sporty performance comfort and nimble handling of a bowrider with the space of a deckboat in an attractive family package. With a 200-hp 4-stroke outboard, she got on plane in 3.4 seconds and ran a top speed of 47.8 mph. The bow has a wider-than-average seating area, which provides good space for adults, and the beach boarding ladder and anchor share the same locker in a smart design. Aft, the swim platform wraps around the outboard on each side. This facilitates moving around the stern and creates great launching areas for a variety of watersports. More...

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Comparison

36’-38’ Express Cruisers:
Six Good Boats to Compare

Sea Ray 370 Sundancer running
Sea Ray 370 Sundancer
Formula 37 PC running
Formula 37 Performance Cruiser
Regal 35 Sport Coupe running
Regal 35 Sport Coupe
Cruisers Yachts 38 Express running
Cruisers Yachts 38 Express
Bavaria Sport 360 HT running
Bavaria Sport 360 HT
Beneteau Gran Turismo 35 running
Beneteau Gran Turismo 35

This week we have six express cruisers in what many experienced skippers think is a good compromise between size and cost. These boats are big enough for four people to comfortably cruise in for a long weekend or a week, are seaworthy enough to make open-water passages in reasonable conditions, have enough lounging space above decks for everybody to stretch out, and enough room below decks for each crewmember to find privacy. The galleys are just that much bigger, the head has just that much more elbow room, compared to last week's boats. But a 36- or 38-footer is still small enough to be handled easily, and annual operating costs are relatively modest. Our captains have vetted all of these boats, and we can attest that they are well-built and fully-equipped for their intended purpose. Compare and contrast them here...

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Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP:
New State-of-the-Art Outboard

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP
The lower priced Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP was designed specifically for a wide range of repower applications.

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP delivers impressive fuel-efficiency plus high torque in the low- and mid-range rpm bands, which owners of bass boats and watersports enthusiasts will appreciate. The TRAC midsection allows for repowering of boats with conventional steering rams, and also saves about 30 lbs. in weight. An oversized ventilation plate helps the prop maintain a bite on the water when the motor is trimmed high, and the skeg has a slight camber, eliminating the need for a trim tab. Most important, our tests of the new E-TEC G2 engines have proven them to be more fuel efficient than their 4-stroke counterparts. More...

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Captain’s Report

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46:
Luxury Yacht w/ Pods or Shaft Drive

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 includes a sun shade built into the aft portions of the roofline to keep the cockpit comfortable. Note the oversize sun pad in the stern.

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 incorporates a redesigned main deck and cockpit, which includes two large electrically-reclining seats. The sliding electric sunroof is a standard feature. She's available as a two-stateroom two-head version or in a three-stateroom two-head model. The Air-Step hull is designed to produce added performance and improved fuel economy with either the standard Volvo Penta twin sterndrive D6 370-hp propulsion system or the optional 435-hp IPS600s. Both systems offer joystick controls for ease in docking. More...

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New Test Video

Scarab 255 Platinum SE:
Fully-Loaded Twin Jet Sportboat

Scarab 255 Platinum SE
The Scarab 255 Platinum SE powered by twin 150 Rotax 4-TEC jet systems brings top-shelf features, comfort, and style to jet boating.

The Scarab 255 Platinum SE comes fully-loaded with upscale features, including snap-in cabana mat flooring, sliding rack for the ice chest, console seat bolsters, pump-out toilet and sink, full sun pad cushions, and movable cocktail table. Thanks to the modified "picklefork" bow design, there's three-across seating forward. Powered with twin 150-hp Rotax jet systems, she topped out at 40.8 mph, planed in 3.5 seconds, and provided spirited handling at speed in our test runs. She also proved easier to handle at the docks thanks to the extended bucket design of the jets. More...

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Test Video

Maritimo M58:
Easy-Handling 61'4" Yacht
w/ Enclosed Flybridge

Maritimo M58
Powered by twin 800-hp Volvo Penta D13s, the Maritimo M58 reached 30.7 knots in our test runs, while at a cruising speed of 18 knots, she offers an impressive range of 578 nm.

An internal stairway provides all-weather access to the fully-enclosed and air-conditioned flying bridge that's standard on the Maritimo M58, and an electric sunroof provides ventilation when the weather is right. Electric bow and stern thrusters are standard, and a second control station on the port side of the cockpit makes for good visibility when docking. Three luxurious staterooms and two heads with showers provide accommodations below decks, and the "sky lounge" on the bridge functions as a second salon for entertaining and cruising. More...

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TRACKER® Pro Team™ 190 TX:
Durable, Tournament-Ready Aluminum Bassboat

Tracker Pro Team 190 TX
The TRACKER® Pro Team™ 190 TX is an agile and durable competition-ready bass boat that can be operated on fuel-efficient outboards of 90 to 115 horsepower and trailered behind smaller tow vehicles than fiberglass models.

With just 90 horsepower on the transom (max HP is 115), the aluminum TRACKER® Pro Team™ 190 TX topped out at 42.8 mph; she's a fully-equipped tournament-rigged boat that's sold at a far lower price than fiberglass models with similar capabilities. The company says that the .100-gauge all-welded hull with TRACKER-exclusive Diamond Coat™ finish is much more durable than fiberglass, as well. Standard equipment includes a 45-pound-thrust Minn Kota Edge foot-controlled trolling motor at the bow, and the locking rod boxes can hold rods up to 8' long. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius:
Distinctive Style in a 3-Stateroom Yacht

Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius
The dramatic arch of the roof line and the large hullside windows give the Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius a distinctive and modern look as well as bringing plenty of ambient light into interior areas both above and below decks.

With the cockpit, salon, and galley all on one deck level, the Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius makes good use of available space for both entertaining and family cruising. Opening the large aft window blends the galley with the aft deck and makes serving and conversation easier. Below decks she has a two or three stateroom layout. The beam, over 15' (4.57 m) at the maximum, provides plenty of space on this level. More...

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Four Winns HD 240 OB Signature Series:
New Deckboat with Style and Speed

Four Winns HD 240 OB
The Four Winns HD 240 OB Signature Series is a robust deckboat that must be seen in person to fully appreciate how large it truly is inside.

The new Four Winns HD 240 OB Signature Series is one of the new breed of outboard-powered deckboats designed for hosting a crowd: She has a USCG-rated capacity of 11 passengers. The outboard design means more seating space on deck and more storage underneath. Also the better weight-to-horsepower ratio of outboards delivers improved performance. She's got lots of freeboard from bow to stern, but styling lines give her a sleek look that's missing on some big deckboats. Multi-function digital instruments give the dash a clean, straightforward appeal. More...

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Test Video

Riviera Belize 54 Daybridge:
Classic Flybridge Style w/ 5-Star Interior

Riviera Belize 54 Daybridge
The cockpit and swim platform areas of the Riviera Belize 54 Daybridge are fully equipped for entertainment, and an extended sunroof keeps the area shaded, as well as offering protection in a shower.

The Riviera Belize 54 Daybridge comes with a lot of features that are optional on many yachts in class. The transom area alone is loaded: an electric BBQ and sink with hot-and cold-pressure water are located beneath a lid on top of the transom, accessible from the swim platform while a tender garage tucks in below. A runner system with electric winch helps ease launching, and the center section of the swim platform hydraulically lowers to facilitate the launch as well as to create a swim area. More...

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Monte Carlo Yachts 65:
Engineered for Efficiency and Elegance

Monte Carlo Yachts 65
The Monte Carlo Yachts 65 is engineered to keep weight down, improving performance. She features Kevlar in the hull bottom, carbon fiber in the hardtop, and cored bulkheads, doors and cabinetry, keeping dry weight to around 62,000 lbs. (281,123 kg).

The Monte Carlo Yachts 65 carries a sweeping sheer line that gives a modern, Euro-style feel, but the round portlights also add a touch of classic elegance. Dark side windows and black support pilasters aft serve to create the illusion that the boat is lower than it really is. She's loaded with premium features that are part of the standard package, including an invisible passerelle that tucks into one of rear stairs. The large teak beach swim platform has standard hydraulic lift for launching the vessel's tender, and her black carbon fiber hardtop adds shade and style without significant weight. More...

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Glastron GTS 180:
Entry-Level Runabout w/ Lots of Style

Glastron GTS 180
Bold graphics distinguish the Glastron GTS 180 as a well-equipped and sporty runabout, but she's still priced to be an entry level boat suitable for young families.

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O. powered Glastron GTS 180 has more usable space aft than sterndrive runabouts of similar size since there's no engine box, and the lighter weight of outboards means improved hole shots and overall performance. The fuel efficiency of the E-TEC G2 is also a big bonus for families wanting an economical boat package. Three-tone Aquaflex vinyl upholstery and optional flip-up bolsters on the console seats add comfort and style. The dual swim platforms extending on either side of the outboard are 36" long, providing adequate space to gear up for watersports, and a ski tow pylon is standard. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha SX190:
Single Jet w/ 3.3 Second Hole Shots

Yamaha SX190
The Yamaha SX190 is powered by a single Yamaha 1812cc High Output jet, which delivered hole shots of just 3.3 seconds and a WOT speed of 43.2 mph.

The Yamaha SX190 jet carries her 8' (2.43 m) beam well forward, adding usable space in the bow seating area as well as making for an easier walkthrough between the dual consoles. The wheel goes lock-to-lock in just a three-quarter turn, giving exceptionally snappy performance and PWC-type handling. The compact 4-stroke engine takes minimal space, giving lots of storage and seating aft. More...

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Hatteras 45 Express:
Fine Fit-and-Finish w/ 45 MPH WOT

Hatteras 45 Express
With an 800-gallon (3,028 L) fuel capacity, the Hatteras 45 Express can travel nearly 300 nautical miles at 30 knots with a 10% reserve.

The Hatteras 45 Express offers a comfortable, solidly-built yacht ideally suited for cruising and fishing. The interior displays the company's traditional excellence in fit and finish of the cabinetry. Performance is another strong suite. Powered with twin 1136-hp CAT C-18 Acerts, she topped out at 39.1 knots, more than enough speed to go fishing far off the continental shelf and return the same day, or to get home rapidly ahead of brewing weather. Her 16'6" (5.03 m) beam provides plenty of accommodation space below deck for extended cruises, and abundant skylights bring in ambient light. More...

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Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse:
4-Season Cruising Fisherman

Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse
The Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse is a fully enclosed bulkhead express fishboat great for foul weather or for rough crossings, but she still offers plenty of space in the aft cockpit for fishing or family fun time.

The Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse provides full protection all around, making her a four-season cruiser/fishing rig. An electric blower pushes air into the pilothouse on warmer days, or buyers can opt for the generator/AC package. Those who will use her more as a cruiser than a fishing boat can order the summer kitchen, which replaces the portside rigging station with a pull-out cockpit grill and cutting board on top of the storage drawers. There's also a below-decks galley with the usual sink, one-burner stovetop, microwave, and dual voltage refrigerator. More...

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Ocean Craft 9.5 M:
Fast, Mission-Ready RIB

Ocean Craft 9.5 M
The Ocean Craft 9.5M is a no-nonsense boat designed for serious work with law enforcement and military clients who need a fast, durable, and dependable RIB.

One look at the black military stealth finish and the single-straddle seats with black powder coated S.S. side handles reveals a lot about the mission of the Ocean Craft 9.5M. She's built for "interdiction." Non-military boaters will find her speed and rugged built suitable for many applications. The builder specified a pair of 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards because of its low maintenance requirements. She tops 55 mph and can provide a reasonable ride through just about anything thanks to her V-bottom design and shock-absorbing seats and helm console. More...

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