New World Cat 320 // Wellcraft 262 // Larson 1850 // 18 Reports - 12/07/2016
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IN THIS ISSUE
- World Cat 320DC
- Wellcraft 262
- Sea-Doo Spark Trixx
- 100'-120' Motoryachts
- Robalo R160
- Sea Ray SLX 350 OB
- Ocean Alexander 70
- Formula 40 PC
- Larson FX 1850 DC
- Beneteau Swift Trawler
- Hatteras GT 70
- Grady-White Canyon 376
- Beneteau Oceanis 48
- Cruisers Sport Series 258
- Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S
- Monte Carlo Yachts 105
- Regal 22 FasDeck ESX
- Sea Pro 208 Bay DLX
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

World Cat 320DC:
New Broad-Beam Cat w/ 16" Draft

World Cat 320DC
The World Cat 320DC is designed to handle rough offshore conditions, but with a 16" (0.41 m) draft, she's also capable of a bit of gunkholing when that's the mission of the day.

With a 10'6" (3.20 m) beam, the new World Cat 320DC provides plenty of room to relax or to swing a rod in both the forward and aft cockpits. The standard hardtop includes a large walkthrough windshield with vent at the top to allow cooling air when desired. An entertainment module with Corian top and stainless sink sits to starboard behind the helm seat, while the port double-wide seat folds to three positions to become a broad chaise or sun pad. More...

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New Test Video

Wellcraft 262 Scarab Offshore:
New Mission-Ready Bluewater CC

Wellcraft 262 Scarab Offshore
With a 21-degree deadrise and a sharp forward entry, the Wellcraft 262 Scarab Offshore is well designed for her mission of chasing gamefish far from land, even in challenging seas.

The Wellcraft 262 Scarab Offshore comes fully-loaded for bluewater fishing with a pair of aerated baitwells in the aft corners of the cockpit as well as an added well behind the console seat. An innovative cooler-seat mounts ahead of the console and slides forward on tracks to become part of the bow sun pad when the mission is relaxing rather than angling. The front of the console swings up to reveal a head or large storage area. More...

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New Test Video

Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX:
Trixx Aren’t Just for Kids

Sea-Doo SPARK Trixx
With the SPARK TRIXX, Sea-Doo has taken entry-level to a whole new-level and allows the new or intermediate rider to perform stunts that used to be limited to the pros.

The Sea-Doo SPARK brought us the question of whether to get a watercraft or a new TV, since the price was comparable for each. Now the company takes its entry-level ride that puts so many on the water and gives the fun a new dose of adrenaline with the SPARK TRIXX. As the name implies, tricks are the keyword, and practically anybody can do it... and we prove it. More...

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Comparison

100'-120' Motoryachts:
We Compare Four Megayachts

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse
Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse
Monte Carlo Yachts 105
Monte Carlo Yachts 105
Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse
Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse
Ocean Alexander 120 Megayacht
Ocean Alexander 120 Megayacht

This week we compare four motoryachts from 100' to 120'. Those with the resources to shop this market have lots of choices to make: do they want a fast, Euro-style yacht that can zip from port to port at 20 knots? Or maybe one that cruises at a leisurely pace, but has a range measured in thousands of nautical miles? If chartering's on the agenda, some layouts work better than others.

For boating with family and friends, maybe a more casual atmosphere works better. In this price range, builders will make whatever custom changes they can to produce a yacht that satisfies the client. They want them coming back for a 150-footer later on. We take an indept look. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R160:
Rated for 90-HP/Easy to Tow

Robalo R160
The Robalo R160 has 22" of freeboard at rest, higher when on plane, helping her to stay exceptionally dry in choppy upwind runs.

With a dry weight of just 1,600 lbs. (726 kg) and an LOA of 16'4" (4.98 m), the Robalo R160 is easily trailerable behind midsize cars and should fit readily into most garages, thanks to the included aluminum trailer with swing-away tongue. Her draft is just 10’’ (25 cm), but she has more freeboard than many bay boats in class, which should keep her drier and safer. She's rated for outboards to 90-hp. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Sea Ray SLX 350 OB:
New Triple Outboard Jumbo Bowrider

Sea Ray SLX 350 OB
The standard hardtop of the Sea Ray SLX 350 OB provides a sleek styling feature as well as shade for the cockpit, and the sliding sunroof allows letting in the rays.

The new Sea Ray SLX 350 OB has triple Mercury 300 Verados as standard power, increased storage space aft, and room for 18 people. With a 10' 6" (3.20 m) beam, she's got loads of space for a crowd in both the forward and aft cockpits, and a large sun pad between the rear seats, and the engine well adds additional lounging room. Joystick steering is standard with the triple engine setup, making for very easy docking. We have just tested her and a full report is on the way. More...

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Captain’s Report

Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution:
Outdoor Entertaining Fore, Aft, and Topside

Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution
Large hullside windows bring lots of light below decks aboard the Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution, and exotic joinery treatments in the interior set this yacht apart from most others in class.

The massive covered flying bridge of the Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution stretches for nearly 60% of the yacht's length and is fully equipped for entertaining, including a wet bar and grill. The foredeck includes a large sun pad, two settees, and a table with broad, safe access even when underway. A standard hydraulic swim platform with a 1,000-pound capacity welcomes a tender, as well as forming a convenient teak beach. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Formula 40 Performance Cruiser:
Top-Shelf Performance Cruiser

Formula 40 Performance Cruiser
With twin 370-hp pod drive engines powering the Formula 40 Performance Cruiser, we reached a top speed of 35.5 knots at 3500 rpm, while her best economy was at 3000 rpm and 28.3 knots, where she got 27.5 gph for a 231.9 nm range.

The Formula 40 Performance Cruiser is a premium-class, high-speed weekender that can provide cruising comfort for the owner and five additional guests thanks to convertible accommodations. The trademark Formula paint job, in pretty much any color combination the owner can envision, adds a level of eye appeal that's unmatched in the genre. An 8.5 kW generator is standard. More...

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New Test Video

Larson FX 1850 DC:
44.1 MPH w/ Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.

Larson FX 1850 DC
Numerous color options on the cowling make the 150 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC G2 H.O. a good style match for the Larson FX 1850 DC.

The Larson FX 1850 DC is built with a proprietary VEC fiberglass construction technology which creates a consistent hull lamination thickness, minimizing weight and ensuring maximum strength. She's rigged for fishing, with a large rod box, 25-gallon (95 L) livewell and swiveling fishing seats that can be mounted forward or aft. Powered with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O., she topped out at 44.1 mph during our test. More...

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News

Beneteau Swift Trawler:
The 1,000th Swift Trawler Launched

Beneteau Swift Trawler
The Beneteau Swift Trawler 50 seen above is the newest model in the high-successful line. We tested her recently, and the video and full test report will be posted soon.

The first Beneteau Swift Trawler was built in 2003, and just 13 years later, in the Fall of 2016, hull #1,000 was launched. For those who don’t know of the miniscule numbers of boats built in this size range, that is a remarkable accomplishment -- to say nothing of "trawlers," each brand of which has annual sales that can be counted on one hand, two at most. The last couple of years, demand has often been so great for the Swift Trawlers that Beneteau has on a couple occasions asked that BoatTEST not write about them -- something that we have only been asked to do a couple of times in our 16-year history. There are now four models, from 30’ to 50’, and they have found a responsive audience because they combine functionality, trawler styling, and simplicity in an easy-to-operate package at an affordable price. To see the complete Beneteau line, click here.

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Test Video

Hatteras GT 70:
Offshore Angling in Grand Style

Hatteras GT 70
A high-gloss painted hull is among the many distinguishing features of the elegant but efficient Hatteras GT 70.

With five staterooms and four heads, the Hatteras GT 70 is ready to take anglers fishing anywhere in the world in grand style. And she gets to the fish fast; powered with twin 2600-hp MTUs, she ran 41.0 knots in our tests. Lots of fuel capacity gives her a range of over 600 NM at a more sedate 1500 rpms and 21.1 knots. We rank her as the number one 70' convertible on the market. More...

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Captain’s Report

Grady-White Canyon 376:
Offshore CC w/ 13'2" Beam

Grady-White Canyon 376
Grady-White’s Canyon 376 center console is built on the biggest hull the manufacturer produces, providing sea handling capabilities that allow tournament level blue-water fishing in nearly all weather conditions.

The Grady-White Canyon 376 is a fully-functional offshore center console, but she also has space to fit a cozy cabin with galley and convertible bunk inside the console thanks to a beam that spans 13'2" (4.02 m). She runs over 55 mph with triple Yamaha 350 4-strokes, according to the company, and has a range approaching 400 miles at cruise. The integrated T-top is standard. More...

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Captain’s Report

Beneteau Oceanis 48:
Roomy, Versatile Sailboat

Beneteau Oceanis 48
The Beneteau Oceanis 48 is well set up for short-handed sailing with the main sheet, halyards, and other control lines running back to the cockpit where jam cleats belay them within a few steps of the twin helms.

The Beneteau Oceanis 48 offers six different cabin configurations, ranging from a simple two-cabin, two-head layout to a five-cabin, three-head layout, all maintaining much of the interior space of the main salon. A double roller anchor pulpit permits a second anchor for a Bahamas moor. Broad side decks make moving forward easy, and numerous deck hatches and skylights bring light below. The cockpit speaks for itself. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider:
Upscale Bowrider w/ Lots of Freeboard

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider
The Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider runs on a stepped hull, clearly visible in this photo, designed to pull air under the running surface and provide a faster, more fuel-efficient ride.

With exactly the same rich fabrics and quality materials employed in the large express cruiser line, the Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider can appeal to boaters who want an up-market sportboat. Each chaise lounge at the bow has a retractable arm rest that locks into place or folds down at the touch of a release button. The 30" depth of the forward cockpit offers more security than most in this LOA. More...

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Captain’s Report

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S:
A Smooth Operator Offshore

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S
The roomy bow of the new Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S offers a sun lounge area forward. Note the classic "hatchet" design of the stem and her sharp forefoot.

Our test Captains report on the Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S is one of the smoothest riding boats they have tested in class. It's all about hull shape. The interior features luxurious but durable modern wood finishes. Most joinery is brushed oak, and the standard galley deck is teak slatted, manufactured by Alpi. The aft deck is also slatted teak, a "teak-and-holly" treatment. Head compartments have teak soles and stair treads are also teak. But the important take-away is her ride. More...

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Test Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 105:
Style and Luxury w/ Practical Engineering

Monte Carlo Yachts 105
The open expanse of the salon, spanning much of the 23'5" (7.15 m) beam of the Monte Carlo Yachts 105, is emphasized by the large windows and sliding glass doors.

The raised pilothouse of the Monte Carlo Yachts 105 provides a dedicated command post for a professional captain, well separated from the main-deck master suite. The black high-tech composite hardtop is light but strong to keep the center of gravity low and reduce rolling in a seaway. An automatic sun roof shades the upper helm station when desired. Dramatically modern exterior lines make her unmistakably Monte Carlo Yachts, and the Portuguese bridge and entertainment area at the bow provide a huge outdoors gathering spot secure even while underway. More...

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Test Video

Regal 22 FasDeck ESX:
Deckboat with High Freeboard

Regal 22 FasDeck ESX
Bold graphics distinguish the Regal 22 FasDeck ESX, as does her exceptionally high freeboard for the genre. This makes her dryer in rough water than low-freeboard deckboats.

The Regal 22 FasDeck ESX is an upscale deckboat with sportboat exterior style. She's one of the few in this LOA to fit a portable head into the port console, and though she offers deckboat space at the bow, she has a sharp forward entry, providing good handling and wake-jumping capabilities. More...

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New Test Video

Sea Pro 208 Bay DLX:
5 MPG at 20 MPH w/ Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.

Sea Pro 208 Bay DLX
The Sea Pro 208 Bay DLX is well equipped for bay and inshore angling, and she's also one of the more graceful offerings in the genre with lots of eye appeal both in styling and in the palate of eight hull colors.

The Sea Pro 208 Bay DLX is fully-loaded for fishing with two 16-gallon (61 L) livewells in the aft corners, both circular with blue gelcoat interiors, LED lighting, and with the drain pipes protected by a plexi cover to keep baitfish and scales from clogging the circulation. She's light for the genre at just 2,250 lbs. (1,021 kg) without the motor, and proved very economical with the Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O., getting over 5 mpg at 3000 rpms and 20.0 mph. More...

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