New Scarab Open 195 Fish // Galeon 430 Skydeck // Sea Ray SLX 310 // 18 Reports - 01/25/2017
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Scarab Open 195 Fish
- Galeon 430 Skydeck
- Beneteau Oceanis 60
- 18'-20' Bow Rider
- Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht
- Wellcraft 241 Fisherman
- Chaparral 230 SunCoast
- Formula 37 PC
- Four Winns HD 220 OB
- Grady-White 251 CE
- Ocean Alexander 70
- Sea Ray SLX 310 OB
- Maritimo M54
- World Cat 230CC
- Hargrave 116
- Sea-Doo GTR-X 230
- Campion Chase 550 OB
- Regal 26 Express
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Scarab Open 195 Fish:
Versatile Family-Friendly Jet Center Console

Scarab Open 195 Fish
The new Scarab Open 195 Fish has a transom that folds down to make a large stern platform for casting, swimming, scuba diving, sunning, and boarding. She is one of the most versatile center cosoles on the market -- and she’s a jetboat, too.

The new Scarab Open 195 Fish is a well-suited center console for those looking for a boat with many missions, including watersports, fishing, and sandbar relaxing. What makes this jetboat stand out from its competitors is its ease-of-use and handling, which will be beneficial for those who are not as experienced in boating, but still want to join in on the fun. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Galeon 430 Skydeck:
Fully-Equipped, Flawlessly Finished

Galeon 430 Skydeck
The SkyDeck of the Galeon 430 features a center helm and lounge seating for guests to enjoy the ride overlooking the massive sunroof forward.

The unusual cockpit arrangement of the Galeon 430 Skydeck is designed to be reconfigured for sunning, lounging, cocktail parties or dining. Exceptional build quality includes flawless dark walnut joinery throughout, with solid wood doors gasketed to prevent rattle when underway. Fuel and water tanks are stainless steel, and 44,000 BTU A/C is standard. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Oceanis 60:
Ocean-Going Sailing Yacht w/ 16'4" Beam

Beneteau Oceanis 60
The deck plan of the Oceanis 60 is typical of Beneteau sailboats except for the added space abaft the helm, where the halyards and trim lines lead to secondary winches making for easy sailing shorthanded.

The spacious Beneteau Oceanis 60 is available with three staterooms, three heads, or with four staterooms and four heads. Crew quarters with two berths and a head come in both layouts. The swim platform folds out from the transom to reveal a dinghy garage. Mast height is just over 90' (27 m), and she carries a 2,000 sq. ft. (186 sq. m) sail plan, with handling eased by well-placed power winches. More...

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Comparison

18'-20' Bow Rider:
We Compare Four Entry-Level Sportboats

Sea Ray SPX 190
Sea Ray SPX 190
Tahoe 450 TS Outboard
Tahoe 450 TS Outboard
Chaparral 18 H2O Sport
Chaparral 18 H2O Sport
Glastron GTS 180
Glastron GTS 180

This week's comparison compares four entry-level boats that are excellent choices for folks young in body, or young at heart -- or both! When it comes to fun vs. cost, well-built entry-level sportboats like these can't beat. All four are affordable, can live on a trailer, require very little upkeep, but can take the owner and guests on memorable river and lake adventures. They are fun for the whole family and all can tow tubes, skiers, and wakerboarders. More...

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Test Video

Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht:
Mediterranean Style in a Classic U.S. Build

Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht
The aft deck of the Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht is protected from rain by the overhang from the bridge, providing a pleasant spot for up to eight dinner guests.

The Hatteras 70 Motor Yacht mixes Mediterranean-influenced exterior lines, the builder’s proven offshore engineering and construction strengths, and flawless contemporary interiors. Her 21' (6.40 m) beam is one of the widest in class. A bottom with tunnels and a 5'3'' (1.60 m) draft opens many cruising grounds, and power options to twin 1800-hp MTUs gives her long legs when needed. More...

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Test Video

Wellcraft 241 Fisherman:
Shallow-Draft Bay Boat w/ Tandem-Axle Trailer

Wellcraft 241 Fisherman
The Wellcraft 241 Fisherman is designed as a bay boat with only 14" (0.36 m) of draft gear up. Her standard tandem-axle trailer has brakes and Galv/Gatorhyde.

One look at the livewells on the Wellcraft 241 Fisherman is all that's required to confirm that she's a dedicated bay boat ideal for the live bait angler with two aerated 34-gallon (129 L) wells, one in each corner of the aft casting deck. This gives her twice the bait capacity of many in-class, a huge plus for those who specialize in tossing live sardines, threadfins, or finger mullet for an assortment of inshore gamefish. There's also a dedicated spot for a five-gallon bucket in the bow storage compartment, another must for live baiters who often store their nets in these buckets. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 230 SunCoast:
Outboard Power in a Quality Runabout

Chaparral 230 SunCoast
Layout of the Chaparral 230 SunCoast includes plenty of seating fore and aft as well as a built-in swim platform that extends on either side of the outboard.

An anchor locker at the bow of the Chaparral 230 Suncoast hides a beach ladder for easy access when the boat is nosed into shore. A filler cushion turns the bow into a sizable sun pad. Hardware throughout is heavy-gauge, polished stainless steel that will stand up to salt as well as freshwater use. The extended swim platform provides room for launching watersports. More...

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Updated Test Video

Formula 37 Performance Cruiser:
Sportboat Performance & Accommodations for 6

Formula 37 Performance Cruiser
The Formula 37 Performance Cruiser provides luxurious and classy overnight accommodations for four to six people, as well as functioning as a roomy entertainment platform for day boating.

The Formula 37 Performance Cruiser has many standard features that are optional in other builds, including a 32” LED/LCD HDTV/DVD with Blu-ray disc player and WiFi in the main salon and a built-in WalVac sweeper system. Flawless polyurethane paint and Imron graphics give the classic Formula finish. Twin 430-hp MerCruisers turned in a 46.7 mph speed at WOT. More...

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New Features Video

Four Winns HD 220 OB:
Roomy Bowrider w/ Outboard Power

Four Winns HD 220 OB
The Four Winns HD 220 OB offers eight different options for engine power, including engines to 250 horsepower from Evinrude, Mercury, and Yamaha.

Upscale upholstery in the Four Winns HD 220 OB includes Comfort-Ride seats that utilize a foam integrated suspension system to absorb impact plus side air vents to keep things cool and ventilated on long days under the sun. The console has luxury car finish with hand-fitted, top-stitched upholstery, and precision-textured trim. She has more freeboard than many in class, and the outboard design adds available storage under the aft seats. More...

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Test Video

Grady-White 251 CE:
Coastal Fishing Machine for the Family

Grady-White 251 CE
With sweeping curves and pin striping that follows the sheer line contours, the Grady-White 251 CE has classic center console lines.

The Grady-White 251 CE is designed to be a coastal fishing machine, and can also function as a watersports platform or bowrider with all of the utility of a deckboat. Her 16-degree deadrise at the transom gives her a respectable top speed and good mid-range fuel economy, and with a draft of 14" (0.36 m), she makes a good boat for poking into shallow flats as well as sliding up on the beach to let Fido out for a run. More...

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New Test Video

Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution:
Engineered for the Owner/Operator

Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution
The standard hydraulic swim platform on the Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution not only creates a teak beach for swimming, but also easily loads a dinghy.

The Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution is designed for an owner who enjoys captaining his own yacht for weekend and extended cruising from a home base, with enough living and entertaining space for family and friends onboard. Her long list of standard equipment includes a hydraulic swim platform, flying bridge hardtop, Volvo Penta IPS drives with joystick plus much more. Wireless interface technology allows an IPad to monitor and control the 70 Evolution's electrical systems and hotel services. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Sea Ray SLX 310 OB:
Premium Runabout Seats 17

Sea Ray SLX 310 OB
The Sea Ray SLX 310 OB offers Mercury Verado outboard power options from twin 300s to twin 350s, promising strong performance as well as good fuel economy.

The Sea Ray SLX 310 OB utilizes large, triangular planes set into the aft edge of the hull to create an articulated running surface that improves acceleration, reduces bow rise, and keeps the boat at optimal trim, according to the builder. The electric PowerTower and Bimini are standard, as are dual touch-screen electronics. Twin outboard power boosts performance and makes for easy low-speed handling. More...

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Test Video

Maritimo M54:
Motoryacht Comfort Plus a Sea-Kindly Convertible Hull

Maritimo M54
Twin 670- to 725-hp shaft-drive power gives the Maritimo M54 good performance with few potential maintenance issues, and standard bow and stern thrusters make for easy control around the docks.

The Maritimo M54 might be seen as a luxury motoryacht built on a convertible hull, delivering the comforts and entertaining space of a cruising yacht along with the sea-kindly, rough water abilities of a convertible. The large, flat foredeck gives a good view over the bow and also serves as a good spot to mount a tender. The enclosed, air-conditioned bridge functions not only for navigation but also as an added entertainment area. More...

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Test Video

World Cat 230CC:
Shallow Draft Flats Rig w/ Twin OB Power

World Cat 230CC
The World Cat 230CC, fully-equipped for angling, has the draft of a flats boat but the freeboard of some coastal center consoles.

The World Cat 230CC provides the stability and sea-keeping ability of a small catamaran with the shallow draft of a true flats boat, floating in just 9" (0.23 m) with the outboards up. Powered with economical Yamaha 115 twin outboards, she has a cruising range approaching 300 miles at 19.0 mph. And she gets on plane in just 2.6 seconds, another plus for those who operate in very shallow water at times, as well as making her a credible watersports tow boat. More...

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Features Video

Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse:
Custom Finish in an Elegant Production Yacht

Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse
The enormous flying bridge of the Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse includes a Jacuzzi, 10-seat bar, electric and gas grills and lots more, and will likely be the most popular spot on the yacht for entertainment gatherings.

Powered with twin 1950-hp Cat C32 Acerts and carrying up to 7,000 gallons (26,498 L) of fuel plus 1,000 gallons (3,785 L) of water, the elegant Hargrave 116 is ready to take the fortunate owner and guests cruising pretty much anywhere on the world's oceans. There are accommodations for up to 10 guests and eight crew. Interior guest areas are predictably luxurious, with white marble flooring insets and high-gloss Sapele wood cabinetry. The marble treatments are continued in the main dining table and countertops throughout. More...

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Test Video

Sea-Doo GTR-X 230:
"X" Means "Extra Performance"

Sea-Doo GTR-X 230
The Sea-Doo GTR-X 230 is now the most affordable watercraft with the extra performance of the “X” Series.

The GTR-X 230 is Sea-Doo’s affordable X-model entry into the performance muscle-craft segment. This new for 2016 model now represents the most affordable performance entry in the company’s 5-model X (for extra performance) model lineup and delivers with exciting performance and no shortage of standard features. It’s powered by the 1500 HO ACE four-stroke, Rotax engine with three in-line cylinders and four valves per cylinder. Oh, and it’s optimized for regular fuel. More...

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Test Video

Campion Chase 550 OB:
Fuel-Efficient Runabout w/ Kevlar Keel Protection

Campion Chase 550 OB
At 5500 rpm WOT, the Campion Chase 550 powered with Evinrude's E-TEC G2 150 H.O. maxed out at 45.5 mph (73.1 kph) while consuming 11.9 gph (45.0 lph) and attaining 3.82 mpg (1.62 kpl).

Three-color French-stitched upholstery and piped edge trim distinguish the interior of the Campion Chase 550 OB. A 10' strip of Kevlar protects the keel area. Powered with Evinrude's E-TEC G2 150 H.O., she got on plane in just 3.2 seconds and hit 45.5 mph at WOT. The 19-degree deadrise is adequate to soften the ride in a chop, and hard chines running all the way to the bow assist in keeping spray under control, according to our test captain. More...

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Test Video

Regal 26 Express:
Compact and Trailerable Express Cruiser

Regal 26 Express
The Regal 26 Express is a compact express cruiser that is a natural transition for folks moving up from a sport boat, yet she's still small enough for watersports.

Though the Regal 26 Express is fully trailerable thanks to her 8'6" (2.59 m) beam and 6,200 pound (2,812 kg) dry weight, she's set up to sleep four. She also fits a compact galley with microwave, refrigerator, and cooktop below decks. She's set up to function as an agile watersports platform, and with 4'11" (1.49 m) of freeboard forward, she's far more seaworthy than most in this LOA. More...

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