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IN THIS ISSUE
- Regal 29 OBX
- Riviera 6000
- Mako Pro Skiff 19 CC
- Galeon 420 Fly
- Beneteau First 35 Carbon
- Ocean Alexander 100
- Nitro Z19
- Glastron GTS 225
- Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
- Cruisers Sport Series 238
- Maritimo M51
- Robalo R242
- Sea-Doo Spark Trixx
- Boston Whaler 250 Outrage
- Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly
- Manitou 25 X-Plode SHP
- Hargrave 116
- 28'-31' CCs
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Regal 29 OBX:
Twin Outboard Bowrider w/ 52.6 MPH WOT

Regal 29 OBX
The Regal 29 OBX combines style and quality construction with a rarely seen combination, twin outboards on a bowrider. She's shown here with the optional hardtop with sunroof.

The Regal 29 OBX, designed for twin outboards, delivers improved performance over heavier but less powerful single sterndrive power, according to the company, and also provides additional storage space. Powered with twin Yamaha 200s, she planed in 4.3 seconds and reached a top speed of 52.6 mph in our tests. She's equipped with accessories that many manufacturers offer as options, including a pressurized freshwater system, stereo, depth sounder, vessel sink in the head, and a Sunbrella Bimini top. More...

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Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht:
Sea-Worthy Design, Versatile Layout

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At speed, the hull of the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht throws spray well away from the boat and should provide a consistently dry ride across a range of wind and wave conditions.

The Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht features a versatile layout with two, three, or four staterooms and two or three heads below decks. The broad teak swim platform raises and lowers hydraulically, aiding in launching and retrieval of an optional 10.5’ (3.2 m) inflatable tender with outboard, which can be stored in the transom garage. A standard joystick control station in the cockpit makes for easy docking. More...

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New Test Video

MAKO Pro Skiff 19 CC:
9" Draft and All the Angling Extras

Mako Pro Skiff 19 CC
The MAKO Pro Skiff 19 CC rides on what the company calls the Advanced Inverted Hull (AIV), which provides quick planing, impressive stability, shallow draft, and good fuel economy.

Those who love flats fishing know it's generally expensive to get a roomy boat that also floats truly shallow. But that's not the case with the MAKO Pro Skiff 19 CC, which has an exceptional amount of fishing space thanks to her squared-off bow, yet floats in just 9" (.48 m) of water and has a huge load capacity. Complete with a 115-Mercury FourStroke and a galvanized trailer, this well-equipped Skiff goes for $22,995. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Galeon 420 Fly:
Variable Layout in a 3-Cabin Cruiser

Galeon 420 Fly
With modern lines, lots of glass and abundant entertainment spaces outside and in, the Galeon 420 Fly makes good use of its 43'6" (13.26 m) length.

The unusual transom seating section on the cockpit of the Galeon 420 Fly can adjust forward and aft, giving and taking space where needed. The full-size deluxe galley, placed in the salon standard, can optionally be moved down to the lower deck. Broad curved stairs lead to the flying bridge from the cockpit, and a fold-up Bimini provides shade for the upper command station. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition:
Racing Features in a Comfortable Sailing Yacht

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition
Distinguishing standard features of the Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition include a 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 a package of performance-oriented carbon fiber options and sleek black carbon fiber accents brought together into a cohesive, elegant, and sensible design where the “go fast” equipment not only makes the boat sail better but look better too, according to our test captain. The innovative multi-position tilting wheel pedestal gives a good view forward on all points of sail, and accommodations below deck are durable and comfortable. More...

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Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht:
Feature-Rich, Elegantly Detailed

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The Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht provides comfortable cruising accommodations for eight guests in an elegantly-detailed yacht set up for crewed operation.

The Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht is all about entertainment both in exterior and interior areas of the upper decks. The sky lounge has a wet bar and day head, with a larger wet bar and a large electric grill just aft on the bridge. There's a Portuguese bridge, and an added lounging area at the bow, plus the usual dining/lounging areas aft. Twin Kohler 53 kW generators, twin remote-control winches and bow anchors, chilled water AC, and bow and stern thrusters are among the many standard features. More...

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NITRO® Z19:
Fully Rigged for Competition

Nitro Z19
The sleek NVT hull of the NITRO® Z19 provides lots of lift when the boat is run at speed, reducing drag and delivering a top speed of near 70 mph with a 200-hp Mercury OptiMax Pro XS.

The NITRO® Z19 is a fully-equipped tournament rig delivered as a turn-key package including GALVASHIELD® trailer, trolling motor, 3-bank charger and base electronics for $33,695. Dual aerated 19-gallon (72 L) Guardian livewells are equipped with digital timers and aeration and recirculation systems, plus oxygen generators, optional from most builders. The Rapid Planing System has a notch in the center of the transom to release trapped air on takeoff, and the set-back transom provides more solid water to the propeller, which results in a faster holeshot and improved efficiency. More...

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Glastron GTS 225:
Bold Colors, Classic Style

Glastron GTS 225
Glastrons are known for getting the most out of a propulsion package, and the 225GTS was no exception, hitting 52 mph and planing in just 3.6 seconds.

The Glastron GTS 225 is an interesting combination of classic roadster style in the windshield and dash along with bold, modern exterior graphics. She comes standard with a painted steel tandem-axle trailer fit to the boat. With V-8 power pushing her past 50 mph, she has the performance to back up the aggressive looks. More...

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Captain's Report

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46:
IPS 600 Drives with a Step Hull Design

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 master stateroom utilizes the full beam of 14’ (4.27 m). Located near the center of the 48’ 1” (14.6 m) yacht, there is a full-standing headroom at the foot of the bed.

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 is the second model in a redesigned GT line for the Beneteau shipyards. This new model features a full features redesign including hull and deck taking the components from its 44' predecessor that worked. This new model allows owners and guests to engage in water activities during the day and transition seamlessly to evening entertainment. The cockpit offers innovative scissor doors, which open to make a more inviting space for those launching off the swim platform or those wishing to relax in the salon. More...

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Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider:
Premium Stepped-Hull Bowrider

Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider
The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has a 21-degree deadrise at the transom to ease the ride and a single step in the hull at midships, designed to improve handling and overall performance.

The Cruisers Sport Series 238 Bow Rider has three-tone upholstery of multi-density foam that's a cut above many in class. Helm and companion seats have drop down armrests, a padded bolster, and seat controls for adjustment fore and aft. The extended swim platform not only provides lots of room to gear up for watersports or relax after a swim, it's big enough to haul large watertoys. More...

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Maritimo M51:
Long-Ranging Cruiser w/ Sky Lounge

Maritimo M51
With a fuel capacity of nearly 800 Gallons, the Maritimo M51 is set up to be an ocean-ranging cruiser; her range is an impressive 478 nm at a cruise of 17.8 knots.

The Maritimo M51 features the company's trademark "sky lounge", a completely enclosed and air-conditioned flying bridge that adds considerably to the yacht's entertainment facilities. Bow and stern thrusters are standard, providing easy maneuverability with the twin Volvo Penta D11 670-hp engines turning straight shafts. The master is on two levels, giving the feel of a loft apartment. More...

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Robalo R242:
Durable Build w/ Angling Amenities

Robalo R242
The Robalo R242 has an 8'9" (2.67 m) beam, several inches wider than most in class, making passage from bow to stern easier as well as increasing stability in beam seas.

The Robalo R242 features a variable deep-V hull with a 22-degree deadrise at the transom, and broad, hard chines assist in staying on plane at low speeds, a plus in rough seas or for towsports. The hull is reinforced with Kevlar, providing added strength and impact resistance. Trim tabs recessed into the hull bottom, with indicator lights on the console, are standard. More...

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Sea-Doo Spark Trixx:
Fun, Lightweight Performance Ride

Sea-Doo Spark Trixx
The Sea-Doo Spark Trixx has eye-catching styling and a strong list of standard features for a competitively priced PWC.

With plenty of power and very light weight, the Sea-Doo SPARK TRIXX encourages putting the trim all the way up, standing on the foot wedges and tail-walking across the lake. Tail stands, power slides, and 180-hops are possible tricks for skilled to entry-level riders. The included iBR, Intelligent Brake and Reverse System, is a big bonus standard feature in a price-point ride. More...

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Boston Whaler 250 Outrage:
Classic Fisherman w/ Family Comforts

Boston Whaler 250 Outrage
With a maximum 22-degree deadrise and plenty of freeboard, the Boston Whaler 250 Outrage will be at home taking on challenging inlets and offshore seas.

The Boston Whaler 250 Outrage is a complete redesigned boat of the previous version from this well-known brand with a new variable deadrise hull for improved ride offshore and a revamped bow area that makes it more family-friendly. A U-shaped aft facing lounge provides seating forward, and the optional table makes possible al fresco dining. A filler pad connecting to the seat on the front of the console makes an extended sun pad. More...

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Features Video

Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly:
Well-Equipped Flybridge Cruiser Sleeps 6

Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly
The Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly provides air and light below decks thanks to hull side windows with opening portlights in each stateroom, plus two at midships for the day head and shower.

The Bavaria Virtess 420 Fly comes with a long list of standard features and options like air conditioning/heat, generator, windlass, refrigerator, icemaker, bow thruster, and radar. Boarding stairs fold flush into the optional hydraulic swim platform, rising automatically when the platform is lowered. She features three staterooms and two heads below decks, and the salon table lowers at the touch of a button to create an extra berth for two. More...

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Manitou 25 X-Plode SHP:
Twin-Engine Tri-Toon w/ 52.4 MPH WOT

Manitou 25 X-Plode SHP
With fiberglass sidewalls, lime green color, and bold graphics, the Manitou 25 X-Plode SHP has far more sporty style than most pontoon boats.

The Manitou 25 X-Plode SHP ran 52.4 MPH WOT with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200 HP engines in our tests. On plane, she rides on an oversized 27" (68.6 cm) diameter center pontoon that not only increases speed but also allows her to lean into corners, making for a more comfortable and safer ride. She floats in just 14" (35.6 cm), making her great for sliding up onto a sandy beach for a swim or poking up shallow creeks for a private picnic. More...

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Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse:
5 Staterooms Plus Lots of Range

Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse
The exquisitely-detailed Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse has a top speed of 22.9 knots at 2338 rpm, while at 80% load, she runs 18.9 knots, according to the company. For charter, customers prefer to run at 13 knots burning 50 gph while enjoying the journey as well as the destination.

The Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse layout features five cabins, including a full-beam (24'/7.32 m) owner’s suite forward on the main deck. There are accommodations for up to 10 guests and eight crew, with the crew discreetly separated from the guests. A pair of high-gloss teak pedestal tables in the cockpit can be latched together to create one full-length table accommodating 10 for al fresco dining. More...

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Comparison

We Compare 28'-31' CCs:
Four Boats for Complete Anglers

Sailfish 290CC
Sailfish 290CC
Mako 284 CC
Mako 284 CC
World Cat 295CC
World Cat 295CC
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage

Many boatmen with miles of saltwater under their Top-siders consider boats on the cusp of 30 feet to be just the right combination of size, cost and manageability. Nowhere is this more true than with the four center-consoles we compare in this roundup. Each member of this quartet is as nimble as most gamefish, can venture offshore safely (use your weather sense, of course) and get home in a hurry if necessary, is easy to handle around the marina, but demands very little time or money in upkeep. When the fishing's over each boat can be used as a family cruiser -- although one of them is better at this than the others. To find out which one, read on. More...

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