Regal 19 Surf // Cheoy Lee 72 // Leader 33 // 17 Reports - 07/19/2017
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IN THIS ISSUE
- Regal 19 Surf
- West Marine Foul Weather Gear
- Cheoy Lee Bravo 72
- Sea Ray Sundancer 460
- Monte Carlo Yachts 80
- Jeanneau Leader 33
- Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
- Robalo R247
- Yamaha GP1800
- Formula 430 SSC
- Grady-White Marlin 300
- Nitro Z19
- Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius
- Intrepid 407 Cuddy
- Sun Tracker Fishin Barge 24
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP
- What Hull Shape Is Best?
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Regal 19 Surf:
Big Wake for Surfers

Regal 19 Surf
The Regal 19 Surf is a dedicated wakesports boat available at a price well below that of many larger boats in the inboard genre.

Because of the “tractor” nature of the Volvo Penta Forward Drive lower unit and also the Quick Launch tabs, the Regal 19 Surf was very fast to plane, getting up in just 2.9 seconds. Time to 30 mph was 6.8 seconds, also fast -- important numbers for a dedicated tow-sports platform. The wake is created and shaped by the boat’s displacement and the tabs -- she carries no ballast bags. The price is $39,980. More...

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New Captain’s Report

West Marine’s New Foul Weather Gear:
Upgraded and is Breathable

West Marine Foul Weather Gear
Capt. Chris Reid tests boats for BoatTEST and delivers boats in all sorts of weather on the eastern seaboard. We asked him to inspect West Marine’s new line of foul weather gear.

The new “Third Reef 3L Jacket” has three layers of material which makes the jacket both breathable and dry. Each layer performs a different function, keeping water out but air circulating inside to dissipate perspiration. More...

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New Test Video

Cheoy Lee Bravo 72:
High-Tech Build in a 4-Stateroom Motoryacht

Cheoy Lee Bravo 72
With a 19'10" (6.05 m) beam and standard TRACStabilization, the Cheoy Lee Bravo 72 is ready to handle long-range cruising as well as entertaining in the harbor.

The Cheoy Lee Bravo 72 is a Howard Appollonio design incorporating the sea-keeping abilities of a long-range cruiser with the modern lines of a contemporary motoryacht. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray Sundancer 460:
Ideal for 2-Couple Cruising

Sea Ray Sundancer 460
The bow of the Sea Ray Sundancer 460 has a recessed seating area with a sun pad and folding backrest.

Sea Ray’s Sundancer 460 is a 46’8” (14.22 m) sport yacht designed to provide a smooth ride at speeds in excess of 30 knots when desired thanks to twin Cummins® QSB 6.7 - 550 HO diesel V-drive power. With two private staterooms below, she's well-designed for gracious two-couple cruising. More...

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New Features Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 80:
Relatively Fuel-Efficient & Luxurious

Monte Carlo Yachts 80
With high overheads, sliding glass doors, and huge windows, the salon of the Monte Carlo Yachts 80 is open and airy.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 80, powered with the optional twin 1650-hp MAN V12s, has a top speed better than 30 knots, one of the faster in class, thanks in part to her lightweight monocoque construction. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 33:
Sterndrive Cruiser w/ Twin Diesel Option

Jeanneau Leader 33
The Jeanneau Leader 33 is available with sterndrive power to twin 300s, in gas or diesel. She ran 29.5 knots with twin 220-hp diesels provided for our tests.

The lower deck of the Jeanneau Leader 33 features a galley, head, guest cabin, and master cabin in the bow -- a noteworthy yield on the 11’ (3.35 m) beam and 34’ (10.4 m) LOA. The cockpit seating can function for dining, entertaining, or with the seat backs dropped as a large sun lounge. More...

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Features Video

Boston Whaler 230 Outrage:
Designed for Comfort & Fishability

Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
By pushing the padded coaming out and narrowing the caprails, engineers were able to maximize the deck space, legroom, and seating throughout the Boston Whaler 230 Outrage.

The Boston Whaler 230 Outrage powered with a single Mercury Verado 350 proved speedy in our tests, topping out at 52.7 mph, while at a cruise of 27.3 mph she had a range of 255 statute miles. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R247:
Dual Console w/ Twin Outboard Power

Robalo R247
Unlike many outboard-powered dual console boats, the Robalo R247 includes a roomy swim platform forward of the motors, and the clean rigging made possible by the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines keeps this area uncluttered and useful.

The Robalo R247 combines the durability, safety, and sea-friendly bottom design of a bluewater fisherman with the interior layout of a runabout to create a roomy and secure multi-mission family boat, according to our test captain. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha GP1800:
High Performance PWC w/ RiDE System

Yamaha GP1800
The Yamaha GP1800 has a super lightweight hull made with Yamaha’s exclusive NanoXcel2 technology that is sheet molded under extreme pressure to produce what is, according to Yamaha, the strongest and lightest hull and deck in the industry.

The Yamaha GP1800 is a WaveRunner with the largest super-charged engine Yamaha makes, put into a light production performance machine with a race-inspired hull. She also includes lots of features that make her comfortable and easy to drive. More...

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Features Video

Formula 430 Super Sport Crossover:
Bow Rider/Sport Cruiser w/ 64.2 MPH WOT

Formula 430 Super Sport Crossover
The Formula 430 Super Sport Crossover’s cabin includes a table that lowers to convert the dinette into a berth plus lots of LED lighting to add atmosphere.

The Formula 430 Super Sport Crossover is a new breed of boat that has ample lounge space in the cockpit and open bowrider-type seating plus sleeping accommodations for four below. She delivers classic Formula sportboat performance. More...

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Test Video

Grady-White Marlin 300:
Express Yacht w/ Center Console Fishability

Grady-White Marlin 300
Though the company is noted primarily as a builder of top-end open fishing boats, the Grady-White Marlin 300 includes a cabin with touches of luxury.

The Grady-White Marlin 300 combines the versatility and comforts of an express with the fishability of a center console, thanks to her walk-around cabin design. She can accommodate up to four for overnights. More...

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Test Video

NITRO® Z19:
Tournament Class Bass Boat w/ 68.4 MPH WOT

Nitro Z19
The sleek NITRO® Z19 looks fast, and she is, topping out at 68.4 mph in our tests, powered by a 200 Mercury OptiMax Pro XS.

The NITRO® Z19 is a fast, fully-equipped bass tournament rig delivered as a turn-key package including a Mercury® 200HP Optimax outboard, trolling motor, three-bank charger, base electronics, and GALVASHIELD® Impact trailer for $33,695. More...

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Captain’s Report

Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius:
3 Staterooms w/ Media Room

Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius
Large, arched windows, the sliding sunroof, and plenty of overhead lighting create a bright, attractive salon area aboard the Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius.

The new Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius is a three-stateroom yacht with the master also transforming into a media room once the blinds are drawn on the hullside windows. She's set up for day cruising and entertaining, or longer cruises along the coast or offshore to the islands with up to six aboard. More...

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Test Video

Intrepid 407 Cuddy:
Premium Cuddy w/ 58.0 MPH WOT

Intrepid 407 Cuddy
The broad console of the Intrepid 407 Cuddy has plenty of space for two large electronics displays as well as all the necessary operational gauges and controls.

The Intrepid 407 Cuddy is powered with triple 400 Mercury Racing outboards and had a top speed of 58.0 mph in our tests. Accommodations include a queen berth amidships and a convertible settee at the bow, plus a standup shower/head and a compact galley. Fit-and-finish, attention to detail and overall build are among the best in class. More...

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Captain’s Report

SUN TRACKER® FISHIN' BARGE® 24 XP3:
Comfort, Performance & Fishability

Sun Tracker Fishin Barge 24 XP3
The SUN TRACKER® FISHIN' BARGE® 24 XP3 offers comfortable lounging like any quality pontoon boat, but also includes fishing amenities that add versatility.

The SUN TRACKER® FISHIN' BARGE® 24 XP3 rides on three high-performance 26'' (61 cm) pontoon logs with lifting strakes and wave deflectors, and is rated to handle outboards to 200-hp. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP:
Advanced Engineering in an Eco-Friendly V6

Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 HP
Color-matched cowlings and an exceptionally clean installation made possible by the single-tube digital controls distinguish the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300.

The direct-injected Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 engine has high torque at low RPM, and there are fewer parts to maintain because there are no valves, cams, or timing chains. It has a 5-year/500-hour warranty. More...

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New Consumer Report

Boatbuying Tips:
What Hull Shape Is Best?

Boatbuying Tips: What Hull Shape Is Best
Boston Whaler's 380 Outrage proved herself an exceptional rough-water performer in our recent tests, thanks to her V-hull and remarkable construction. She also delivered over 43 knots of top speed -- but not in conditions like this!

Boats come in all sizes and shapes. Some are built for speed, some for comfort, some for making the long haul across oceans. It would be nice if there were one hull shape that could do all these tasks efficiently -- choosing a boat would be a lot easier. Unfortunately, the laws of hydrodynamics say no to this. So how does a boat buyer decide which hull is best? It's easier than it sounds. More...

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