Which Boat Trailer is Best? // Hampton 658 LRC // Yamaha FX Limited SVHO // 18 Reports - 04/12/2017
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Hampton Endurance 658
- Yamaha FX Limited SVHO
- Sea Ray Fly 460
- Grady-White Freedom 235
- Four Winns TS 242
- Regency 220 LE3 Sport
- Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht
- Beneteau Swift Trawler 50
- 43'-46' Flybridge Cruisers
- Chaparral 227 SSX Surf
- Cruisers Yachts 60 Fly
- Mako Pro Skiff 21 CC
- Galeon 445 HTS
- Sailfish 320CC
- NITRO Z19
- Scarab Open 195 Fish
- Robalo R242
- How to Choose a Boat Trailer
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Hampton Endurance 658:
3 Staterooms and Ocean-Ready

Hampton Endurance 658
The Hampton Endurance 658 has the robust build of a long range cruiser with the interior accommodations and fit-and-finish of a fine motoryacht.

Docking control aboard the Hampton 658 Endurance is simplified by twin “wing stations” to port and starboard on the aft deck which control the engines and bow and stern thrusters. She has large rudders and is remarkably responsive to the helm, according to our test captain. In every regard she is an owner/operator boat. Nevertheless, our test vessel had a crew cabin, an ideal place for extra guests, a nanny, or delivery captain. When buying a boat like this, an owner can pretty much design the layout. Her interior finish work is up to world-class motoryacht standards, and is ruggedly constructed. More...

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New Features Video

Yamaha FX Limited SVHO:
New Top-Shelf WaveRunner

Yamaha FX Limited SVHO
The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO includes a complete watersports accessory package with everything active families need for a full day of fun on the water.

The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO combines the best of many models into one luxurious, high tech, high performance ride that's loaded with extra features to improve ride, comfort and safety. Premium features include Cruise Assist and the RiDE system, which allows for shorter stops with a combination of a quickly-dropped reverse bucket and cutting engine rpms. The system also improves handling around the docks, according to our test captain. More...

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New Test Video

Sea Ray Fly 460:
Fully-Loaded Fly Bridge Yacht

Sea Ray Fly 460
The Sea Ray Fly 460 comes standard with virtually all of the equipment needed to set off for a cruiser with family and friends.

With the cockpit, galley, and salon on the same level and a 14'2" (4.32 m) beam, the Sea Ray Fly 460 is a good candidate for at-anchor or dockside entertaining. She comes fully loaded with everything to make the family at home afloat, right down to a Dyson vacuum system and a zone-controlled reverse-cycle heating and cooling system. The flybridge helm has full Mercury SmartCraft instrumentation with a VesselView screen, a Raymarine es12 12.1” (30.73 cm) widescreen with integrated 4 kW radar, and another full glass cockpit is found at the down helm. More...

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Test Video

Grady-White Freedom 235:
Salty Styling in a Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 235
The Grady-White Freedom 235 provides the comforts of a family bowrider but with lots more freeboard, flair and interior depth than most.

The Grady-White Freedom 235 is set up not only for fishing, but for seating comfort, sun lounging, skiing and family entertaining. The lockable port console compartment is a step up from the usual on a fishing boat, with dome light, portable head, mirror, storage and teak and holly sole. With her trademark “Rybovich” sheer line, even from a distance she is unmistakably "Grady-White,’’ ready to handle open sea as well as the largest inland lakes. More...

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Features Video

Four Winns TS242:
Dedicated to Wake Surfing

Four Winns TS 242
With an 1,800-pound ballast system and Volvo Penta's Forward Drive, the Four Winns TS242 is an ideal boat for wakesurfing.

The Four Winns TS242 is a dedicated watersports machine equipped with all the extras necessary for some serious board sports. Its features include huge auto-fill ballast tanks, trim tabs, wakeboard tower, Zero-Off speed control, premium audio system and more. She's powered with the Forward Drive sterndrive system which has the props tucked 26" forward of their conventional location. The TS242 combines the advantages of an outboard tow boat with those of a sterndrive without the expense and disadvantages of an inboard. More...

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Test Video

Regency 220 LE3 Sport:
Upscale Pontoon Boat w/ Power Top

Regency 220 LE3 Sport
The REGENCY 220 LE3 rides on three powder-coated performance pontoons with lifting strakes and wave deflectors.

The REGENCY 220 LE3 is an upscale pontoon boat that includes an 11' (3.35 m) color-keyed Bimini top with power-up and power-down feature, LED lights and storage pockets. She also has a full-width swim platform with simulated teak flooring, ski tow pylon and fold-down reboarding ladder. Twin reclining lounges in the stern let passengers stretch out and watch the action on the tow-line. More...

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Test Video

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht:
Flexible Four-Stateroom Layout

Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht
A sliding sunroof adds light and air to the cockpit of the Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht when desired, and a flip-up window opens the galley to the entertainment area.

The Riviera 6000 Sport Yacht has a flexible four-stateroom layout with luxurious full-beam master, three bathrooms, contemporary and stylish hull windows and portholes, dual electric sliding sunroofs and fixed skylights. Dual stairways access the broad teak swim platform, and there's a "garage" that can handle a tender up to 10.5 feet long under the cockpit. Large hullside windows provide lots of ambient light below decks, while a sliding sunroof brightens the salon. More...

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Features Video

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50:
Sensible, Stylish and Thrifty

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50
The engineered-wood Alpi Mahogany cabinetry in the Beneteau Swift Trawler 50 has lots of eye appeal, but it's also a very durable material requiring minimal care.

The mission of the Swift Trawler 50 is to provide safe and comfortable passages along the coast and to nearby islands for a couple or a large family at a reasonable price. Powered with twin 435-hp diesels, she had a top speed of 21.3 knots in our tests. At 7 knots, she has a range of 1371 NM on her 714-gallon fuel capacity. She is competitively priced and annual maintenance costs are low. More...

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Comparison

We Compare 43'-46' Flybridge Cruisers

Sea Ray Fly 460
Sea Ray Fly 460
Prestige Yachts 460
Prestige Yachts 460
Galeon 430 Skydeck
Galeon 430 Skydeck
Aquila 44
Aquila 44

This week we round up four flybridge cruisers ranging from 43' to 46'. For many boaters, a forty-something-footer without a flying bridge is not worth considering. Not for them the jaunty express, but rather they prefer the wind-in-the-face, sunshine-on-the-shoulders experience of life on the flying bridge. What better place to work on a tan, enjoy a 360-degree view of the horizon, or watch the sunset, cool drink in hand with family and friends? Let’s compare four new boats of the breed. More...

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New Test Video

Chaparral 227 SSX Surf:
Wake Surf Machine w/ Forward Drive

Chaparral 227 SSX Surf
When she’s not providing surfing wakes at speeds around 10 mph, the 227 SSX Surf with the optional 350-hp V8 and Forward Drive can get up and run at a top speed of 49.3 mph.

The Chaparral 227 SSX Surf has a bottom design, ballast system, Malibu Surf Gate™ and a Medallion touchscreen at the helm -- all focused on making her an ultimate wake-surfing platform. The Malibu Surf Gates™ on each side of the hull can be opened depending on which side of the boat a surfer wants the wake enhanced. The cast-aluminum folding arch is standard, as is the Forward Drive, which has forward facing dual props on its sterndrive lower unit. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 60 Fly:
Optioned for Entertaining

Cruisers Yachts 60 Fly
An optional grill, sink and refrigerated storage welcome guests to the flying bridge of the Cruisers Yachts 60 Fly.

Optional joystick control for the twin 725-hp IPS power of the Cruisers Yachts 60 Fly includes stations at the lower helm, the flybridge and in the aft cockpit, greatly easing docking chores. She's built for entertainment, with reverse crescent seating, port and starboard chaise lounges and space for two side-mounted cocktail tables on the bow. The spacious flying bridge is shaded by a hardtop, standard, cocktail table, and lounging areas, and a wet bar, grill and refrigerator is available as an option. Most important, the level of fit-and-finish on Cruisers Yachts is impressive. More...

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Test Video

MAKO Pro Skiff 21 CC:
XL Flats Fishing Machine w/ 10" Draft

Mako Pro Skiff 21 CC
These jump seats can be folded flush into the aft casting deck of the MAKO Pro Skiff 21 CC when it's time to fish.

The MAKO Pro Skiff 21 CC floats in just 10’’ of water, making her capable of pursuing reds and bonefish on the shallowest of flats, yet she's got far more fishing space than most ultra-light (and higher-dollar) technical skiffs. Her dry weight is 2,200 lbs. (907 kg), making her easily towable behind most mid-size vehicles, and the galvanized trailer included in the package. More...

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Captain’s Report

Galeon 445 HTS:
Avant-Garde Styling in a Well-Equipped Cruiser

Galeon 445 HTS
With strikingly modernistic lines and innovative uses of space, the Galeon 45 HTS is a real head-turner both underway and at the docks.

The Galeon 445 HTS includes numerous extras as standard equipment, including a fold-out Bimini to provide cockpit shade, another for the bow lounges. A hydraulic swim platform and tender garage make her a natural for hauling a small dingy, as well as providing a teak beach for a swim anywhere, anytime. Flush-mounted reboarding stairs on the swim platform automatically fold into place when the platform is lowered. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 320CC:
10' Beam plus 24-Degree Variable Deadrise Hull

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The Sailfish 320 CC has exceptional freeboard for a boat of her LOA, plus a 10' foot beam and a hull with a 24-degree deadrise at the keel and 22-degrees at the chines at the transom.

The Variable Deadrise Stepped Hull of the Sailfish 320 CC has a deadrise that varies from about 22-degrees at the chines to 24-degrees at the keel. The design is aimed at faster planing and stability, as well as a softer ride in choppy seas. With twin 350 Mercury Verado's, she planed in 3.3 seconds in our tests and reached a top speed of 54.4 mph. More...

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Test Video

NITRO® Z19:
Well-Equipped Basser w/ 68.4 MPH WOT

Nitro Z19
Rod straps on the front deck of the NITRO® Z19 secure an array of rigged and ready rods, while lots more can be stowed in locking storage underneath.

The NITRO® Z19 gets exceptional speed out of the standard 200-hp Mercury Optimax Pro XS, planing in 2.9 seconds in our tests and topping out at 68.4 WOT—almost as fast as larger bassing machines with 250s, but without the fuel penalty. She's a turnkey package complete with the outboard, Minn Kota® trolling motor, Lowrance® fishfinder and a custom-fitted trailer with swing-away tongue, priced at $33,695. More...

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Test Video

Scarab Open 195 Fish:
Jet-Powered CC for Fishing & Fun

Scarab Open 195 Fish
Swiveling fishing seats forward and aft add comfort in the Scarab Open 195 Fish, and the fold-down transom makes a good aft casting platform -- or, swim platform for launching watersports.

The Scarab Open 195 Fish can support many different missions from towing water toys, sandbar relaxing, exhilarating jet-boat maneuvers, and, of course, fishing. She has all the basics for angling, including rod holders, baitwell and fish box, and the unique flip-down transom makes a convenient aft casting platform -- or can serve as a swim platform when the mission is swimming or tow sports. She's powered with a supercharged 250-hp Rotax jet, providing speeds to 45.6 mph. And, she has a price that won’t break the bank. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R242:
Twin Power -- 45.6 MPH WOT

Robalo R242
The Robalo R242 is available with twin outboards, a good choice for those who operate far offshore and want the redundancy factor of two engines.

The Hydro-Lift Hull of the Robalo R242 has relatively wide reversed chines which help to put the boat on plane quickly and keep it there at low rpms, an advantage during long runs in rough water as well as for tow sports. They also make the boat more stable at rest. The 22-degree deadrise is a plus for a softer ride. The trim tabs are recessed into the aft edge of the hull, assuring they won't tangle lines. More...

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New Consumer Article

How to Choose a Boat Trailer

How to Choose a Boat Trailer
Having a trailer adds greatly the the value of a boat in terms of utility and fun boating experieinces.

Not only is a boat trailer a good way to save on the cost of a seasonal slip and winter haul-out, but it also means that the world can become your cruising oyster. With one, a boat in the Midwest can explore exciting coastal locations – or, visit different inland lakes and rivers. There are launch ramps everywhere. When you choose a trailer, there are important criteria to note, such as size, tongue weight, and whether the trailer has single or multiple axes. More...

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