Regal 33 XO // Galeon 660 // Shallow Sport 25 X3 // 18 Reports - 07/12/2017
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Regal 33 XO
- Hampton Yachts 650
- Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
- Shallow Sport 25 X3
- Galeon 660 Fly
- Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO
- Prestige 460 Fly
- Tracker Targa V-20 WT
- Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
- Formula 290 Bowrider
- Bavaria S45 Coupe
- 35’-38’ Express Cruisers
- Glastron GTS 205
- World Cat 280CC-X
- Hatteras 100
- Regency 220 LE3 Sport
- Mercury JPO
- Boat Buying Tips
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Regal 33 XO:
Twin Outboard-Powered Cruiser

Regal 33 XO
An electrically-actuated fold-down tower adds a styling element to the Regal 33 XO, one of the few expresses in class with outboard-power.

Outboard power on the Regal 33 XO frees up a large amount of cockpit space for dayboat entertaining, as well as allowing robust lazarette storage and room for a generator. The ability to trim up gives access to shallows that are a challenge in inboards, and modern outboards also allow for easier maintenance. She has dedicated berths for four and can sleep up to six. More...

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New Features Video

Hampton Yachts 650:
World-Class Cruising Yacht

Hampton Yachts 650
A sharp forward entry, lots of freeboard, and plenty of bow flair all help keep green water off of the luxurious Hampton 650 pilothouse.

The Hampton 650 is distinguished by its lavish use of wood, fine joinery work, and world-class equipment and installations, all at a very competitive price for the genre. A 1,200-pound (544 kg) capacity davit is standard on the flying bridge, and the bridge can be reached via stairs both from the salon and the aft deck. Standard layout includes three ensuites forward plus a large lazarrette aft fitted out for storage, but the lazarette can be outfitted for optional crew quarters. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius:
New 2/3 Express w/ 14' Atrium

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
The Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius features dark, classy woodwork with light tones in the staterooms. Note the three-layer soffit above that handles indirect lighting and air conditioning, the long windows on the sides, and the chest of drawers port and starboard.

The Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius offers two spacious ensuites in the standard layout, and a third can be added optionally. The two staterooms are separated by a common area below deck that includes the companionway to the main deck and a well-lighted 14' (4.28 m) high atrium. The foredeck functions as an added entertainment venue with reverse crescent seating, port and starboard sun lounges, and room for two cocktail tables. More...

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New Test Video

Shallow Sport 25 X3:
9.5" Draft & 300-hp
Evinrude E-TEC G2

Shallow Sport 25 X3 (w/ 1 x 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2)
The elevated console of the Shallow Sport 25 X3 gives the skipper a good view into the shallows ahead, while a draft of just 9.5" (24.1 cm) means she can run exceptionally shallow.

The Shallow Sport 25 X3 is a dedicated flats boat designed for pursuit of redfish and other inshore species typically found in shallow backwaters. It comes standard with a 6" (15.2 cm) jackplate to hike the Evinrude 300-hp E-TEC G2 to maximum height, allowing the boat to ease over the shallowest shoals. And, unlike most extreme flats boats, the tri-hull design allows for a 9' (2.74 m) beam, adding extra deck space both fore and aft. More...

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Captain's Report

Galeon 660 Fly:
Quality Build in a Versatile
3-Stateroom Yacht

Galeon 660 Fly
Entry to the salon of the Galeon 660 Fly comes via double-wide tinted glass sliding doors that are curved from top to bottom -- something that is rarely seen.

The Galeon 660 Fly includes a hydraulically-actuated "teak beach" swim platform extending 5'6" (1.68 m) off the transom as standard equipment -- a useful spot for the ship's tender as well as for enjoying the water. The outstanding joinery includes solid wood doors and cabinetry. Rubber seals around passageway doors prevent rattling and A/C loss. The VIP stateroom at the bow includes skylights, while all accommodations below deck are well-lighted by large hullside windows. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO:
Luxury Musclecraft w/ Class

Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO
The Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO delivers all the performance any rider can ask for and high speed.

The Yamaha FX Cruiser SVHO is the flagship luxury musclecraft from Yamaha. Powered with a Yamaha 1.8 SVHO supercharged jet system, she ran exceedingly fast at WOT in our tests. Premium features include the company's RiDE braking and reverse system and cruise-control. NanoXcel construction reduces weight for the hull by about 25%, according to the company. More...

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Captain's Report

Prestige 460 Fly:
Multiple Entertainment Venues

Prestige 460 Fly
The roomy flying bridge of the Prestige 460 Fly is accessed via stairs rather than a ladder and can be shaded with an optional Bimini when desired.

The Prestige 460 Fly is a luxurious two-stateroom, two-head design taking full advantage of the yacht's 14'1" (4.30 m) beam. Broad chaise lounge pads at the bow have adjustable leg supports, and an optional cabana awning is available to shade the area. A huge lazarette aft can be optioned as an added single berth cabin with wet head. More...

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Test Video

TRACKER® Targa™ V-20 WT:
All-Welded .125” Heavy Gauge Hull

Tracker Targa V-20 WT
With a 102" (2.59 m) beam and swivel fishing seats forward and aft, the Targa V-20 WT is well set-up for three anglers fishing big, windswept northern lakes or coastal bays.

TRACKER’s 2017 Targa V-20 WT is the largest welded aluminum boat in the builder’s line-up. With a hull thickness of .125", she should offer excellent abrasion resistance for beaching on pebbly or sandy shores. She has plenty of cockpit depth and high windshields helping to keep her dry in rough going, and the Deep V deadrise -- 35 degrees at bow and 20 degrees at transom -- eases the ride. The standard package includes a tandem axle trailer with Galvashield™ Impact powder-coat finish. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46:
Multi-Mission Express Sleeps 6

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
The forward VIP of the Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 can be set up as twins or with the halves joined to form a single full-sized bed.

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 salon has two glass doors swinging to port and starboard, creating one large, single-level indoor/outdoor space for entertaining. Like all in the series, she rides on the Air Step 2 hull, which the company says delivers reduced fuel consumption, increased maximum speed, and more nimble handling at planing speeds. She's available in two- or three-stateroom layouts and with pod or sterndrive propulsion. More...

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Test Video

Formula 290 Bowrider:
Twin V8s in a Premium-Level
Bowrider

Formula 290 Bowrider
Sleek sportboat lines and a gleaming painted finish are among the hallmarks of the Formula 290 Bowrider.

The Formula 290 Bowrider ran 53.0 mph in our tests, powered with twin 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAGs. For those who want even more speed, power options to twin 430-hp sterndrives are available. The innovative swim platform ladder is a three-part fold-down unit, making reboarding far easier than with the standard vertical ladder. Her 22-degree deadrise at the transom and 10,000-pound (4,536 kg) weight smooth the ride compared to most bowriders, according to our test captain. More...

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Test Video

Bavaria S45 Coupe:
Variable Layout in a 30-knot Express

Bavaria S45 Coupe
Powered with twin 435-hp diesels, the Bavaria S45 Coupe has a top speed in excess of 30 knots, while at a cruise of 21.2 knots her range is over 290 NM.

The Bavaria S45 Coupe is large for a designated 45-footer, with an LOA of 49'2" (15 m) thanks to the broad swim platform and aft-facing convertible lounge, forming a very usable extension of space. An electric sunroof is standard, and she's available in two- or three-stateroom layout below decks. Models sold in the U.S. also get a 12 kW generator, standard. More...

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Comparison

Compare 6 Express Cruisers from 35' to 38'

35’-38’ Express Cruisers 35’-38’ Express Cruisers
On the left is the Beneteau Gran Turismo 35; at just over 11,000-pound (4,990 kg) displacement, she is the lightest of the six boats we compared. The Cruisers Yachts 38 Express on the right, at 20,000 lbs. (9,072 kg), is the heaviest. Needless to say, there is a world of difference among these boats. Which one is best for you?

Express cruisers in the mid-30s are the most popular size of the type because they are so versatile and relatively affordable. They are big enough to take to the Bahamas, yet small enough that virtually every marina has a slip that will fit. Most of the boats sleep four comfortably and six in a pinch by converting the dining settee. Look at comparison numbers, see the videos, and read the reports. More…

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Captain's Report

Glastron GTS 205:
Retro Styling, Bold Graphics

Glastron GTS 205
Bold tri-color graphics and the characteristic company "spear" design identify the Glastron GTS 205. Sterndrive options to 300-hp are available.

Racy retro styling including analog gauges and a roadster-style windshield marks the Glastron GTS 205. Multi-tone, diamond-stitched upholstery adds comfort and class to the interior seating areas, and a soft pad on the swim platform ensures safe footing. On the included trailer, the boat has a weight of 3,981 lbs. (1,806 kg), which means a wide variety of vehicles, including mid-size SUVs, are suitable for towing. More...

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Features Video

World Cat 280CC-X:
Spacious Easy Rider w/ Stylish Lines

World Cat 280CC-X
The forward seating area of the World Cat 280CC-X provides comfortable lounging for six or more adults thanks to the broad bow, made possible by the catamaran design.

World Cat’s all-new 280CC-X is a center console designed to combine the ride attributes of an offshore catamaran with outstanding fishability and more luxurious appointments that make the boat attractive for cruising. Her moderate 7,300-pound (3,311 kg) weight allows her to run well on twin 200s, keeping fuel usage to a minimum for the genre and extending range at cruising speeds. She's also an attractive boat, unlike some cats, thanks to her sweeping sheerline, tumblehome aft, and striking bow treatment. More...

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Captain's Report

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse:
Twin Cat C-32A Power for Reliability

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse
The huge flying bridge of the Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse has entertainment venues both forward under the hardtop and aft where guests can enjoy some sunshine.

The Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse has modern exterior styling with rounded contours, low-angled windshields, and main-deck side windows stretching nearly the length of the main salon. Her prodigious 4,660-gallon (17,640 kg) fuel tankage will allow her to cross the Atlantic, with stops in Bermuda and the Azores, at speeds faster than most displacement trawlers and long-range cruisers. She also carries 820 gallons (3,104 L) of fresh water, and two 40 kW diesel generators are standard. More...

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Test Video

REGENCY 220 LE3 Sport:
Premium-Grade Pontoon Boat

Regency 220 LE3 Sport
The REGENCY 220 LE3 Sport is a premium grade pontoon boat with many upscale touches including a full complement of LED lights both on the exterior and interior.

The upscale REGENCY 220 LE3 Sport rides on three 26” (66 cm) powder-coated aluminum pontoons and offers power options to 250-hp. Tested with a single Mercury Verado 200, she topped out at 36.2 mph. She can accommodate up to 10 passengers and features reclining aft-facing lounges, two captain’s chairs, and a power Bimini top. Quality touches include synthetic teak covering the full-width aft swim platform and heavy gauge woven vinyl flooring that's cool to the feet and easy to clean. More...

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Product Video

Mercury JPO:
Easy Docking w/ Multiple Outboards

Mercury JPO
The Mercury JPO joystick steering system allows easy maneuvering of boats with multiple outboards.

The Mercury JPO (Joystick Piloting for Outboards) system provides full joystick maneuverability around the dock for boats with two to four outboards. Progressive thrust makes control simple in any direction, and a lighted ring around the base of the stick confirms the direction the boat will move. The boat can literally be rotated in place when the stick is twisted. More...

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New Consumer Report

Boat Buying Tips:
Go Light, or Go Heavy?

Boat Buying Tips
Formula's 353 FASTech is light -- 9,500 lbs. (4,309 kg), roughly -- and fast. In our test, the 353 hit 70 knots, powered by twin 525-hp Mercury Racing sterndrives. Boats like this have to be light to meet the buyers’ expectations for high speed.

Checking the specs of boats in any class will show a range of weights -- "displacements" in naval-architect terms -- among models that appear similar in other respects. Displacement is an important factor that buyers should consider when boat-shopping. Is it better for a boat to be lighter or heavier? You may find our answers surprising. Read on to find out. More...

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