Lightweight 260-hp Diesel targets
20' to 35' boats in multiple applications
Yanmar's 6BY260Z is designed for
more torque at all RPMs.
Yanmar positions its 6-cylinder 260-hp diesel engine
against the Volvo Penta D4 of the same horsepower. Yanmar's 3 liter diesel is almost
40% lighter than the 4-cylinder D4 3.7 liter Volvo Penta diesel. Because the Yanmar
is lightweight with high torque, boat builders are considering it for single, twin
and triple installations…see video report.
A Tale of Two Cities Style then Functionality?
Sabre 42 vs Sunseeker 44
South Casco, Maine Sabre
We spent a week cruising in each of these express cruisers
so that we could "compare and contrast” the functionality of two boats whose builders
were clearly singing from different sheets of music. Both boats are 2003 models,
are privately owned boats, and purchased in the low 600s when new. The Sunseeker
44 is no longer in production, however the Sabre 42 is still being built with minor
modifications from what you will see here.
If you would like to see the first six videos in this
series from the mission, styling, helm, instruments, companion seating, to the bridge
Now that you have seen both boats, please let us know what boat you think did the
best job of—
If you would like to add comments about the boats,
Pods Are Busting
Out All Over
Change is coming fast as most engine makers embrace pod
ZF Pod Drives will be used by
a number of diesel engine brands.
The word on the dock is
that several diesel engine makers in addition to CMD (Cummins MerCruiser Diesel)
are laying plans now to jump on the pod drive bandwagon. Yanmar and Cat are expected
to start employing the ZF pod drive within a year or so. To find out more …click here.
Product Development Chief Discusses Tunnels in Planing
48-year boating veteran Mike
Meyer explains the pros and cons of tunnels
Tunnels and propeller pockets
became popular in the 1970s for several reasons.
Mike Meyer was C.N. Ray's right-hand man for nearly
two decades as Sea Ray rocketed from small stern drives to become the world's largest
builder of inboard-powered boats. As VP of Product Development and Engineering for
Sea Ray from 1970 to 1991, Meyer was in on the creation of the “express cruiser”
type with Sea Ray's famous “Sundancer” series of boats. As well as nurturing it
to stardom and 17 years later they are still going strong.
For the last several years Mike has been a consultant
to Volvo Penta and has been deeply involved with the introduction of the IPS system
to boat builders all over the world. Hear what he has to say about tunnels, hulls,
inboard installations and the IPS.
Only 5,000 40'+ Powerboats Sold New
in the U.S. Last Year
Marinas full of large boats makes
one think that zillions of boats are sold each year.
New boat sales statistics for the first half of 2007
were recently released and not surprisingly, sales were down for most companies
and many were in double-digit decline. NMMA figures indicate that overall sales
for powerboats of all sizes have dropped from about 300,000 a couple years ago to
about 260,000 recently. However, dealers are reporting good fall boat show attendance
this year across the country, so possibly the business has....read more
Large Motoryacht Basin Planned For
Fan Pier will have slips for 96 yachts plus plenty of
The $1 Billion project
will brighten Boston's waterfront and provide new slips.
The new 6-acre, 96-slip deep water marina will be completed
in time to welcome the Tall Ships back to Boston. It will also play an exclusive
part in mid-May of 2009 for the Volvo Ocean Race. Fan Pier's Marina, the first in
Boston to offer “stern to” docking to accommodate megayachts, will be ready to welcome
1,100-lb. Black Marlin
Mark Hislop (r) fought this Marlin
for almost 3 hrs. Captain Tom Hatrick (l).
Taken South of Carins
A record breaking (for south
of Carins) Black Marlin catch off Townsville, Queensland, Australia, has reignited
bitter divisions over the killing of this highly prized game fish. But the man who
landed the 14 ft long, 1,109-lb specimen, fisherman Mark Hislop from Magnetic Island,
near Carins, said the marlin was dead when he got it to wire…click here for details.
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Better Half of Boating – The How-to Guide for Women $34.95
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Half of Fishing – How to Guide for Woman $34.95
This DVD takes the fear and intimidation out of fishing for women who want to fish
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New Marquis 40 SC Has Style and Speed
Designed in Italy, IPS Diesels from Sweden, Wood from Africa, and built in America
The New Marquis 40 SC is truly
an international yacht with innovations galore.
Without doubt the Marquis 40 SC is the most exciting
new design to hit the boat show circuit this fall. Already 40 have been sold and
the builder is ramping up production. This twin stateroom model is just as stylish
inside as out…see our video test.
All of this extravagance weighs
in at 16,800 pounds and measures 36 feet 11 inches long.
The Cabrio 370 Day Cruiser offers an exciting new layout with an extra spacious
cockpit and cabin interior that's well suited for entertaining. Equipped with twin
380 horsepower 8.1L Horizons, our test boat reached a top speed of 36.7 mph. See test
The BoatTEST Team traveled to England to attend the
2007 Southampton Boat Show. The following are the first video installments
from across the Pond.
Bayliner 340 Cruiser
The 340 Cruiser is Bayliner's
flagship, geared toward value conscious buyers
The 340 Cruiser is an evolution on the previous
model year's 325 with few changes other than the tried and true Bayliner price.
Still a bargain, this latest offering from US Marine shows the company's dedication
to improving product styling, finishing quality and confirming that this is not
your father's Bayliner anymore. Watch Video
Riviera 51 with IPS
Riviera 51 is now being built
with twin IPS diesels under the cockpit sole.
Volvo Penta picked the Riviera 51 sportfishing convertible
to be their test boat out of the Norfolk, Va. area. This is an ideal location to
fish for the big ones in the Atlantic and to cruise the Chesapeake Bay. Mike Meyer
tells us about the innovative IPS installation…see video.
Boating Etiquette 101: What not to leave at the dock...Watch this
U.S. Military Buys
Night Vision Scopes
The U.S. Navy and USCG Get ITT Scopes – (Only $3.5K
ITT Corporation will provide AN/PVS-14
night vision monocular devices to the U.S. Military.
ITT Corporation has announced that it received a $37
million contract to provide night vision equipment to the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard
through 2012. This will aid in night time search and rescue and drug interdiction
capability. If you want state-of-the-art night vision…click here
Mexican Navy Accused of Arresting
Gringos in Mexican waters are outraged at being arrested
for not having passports and permits...read
Gem Products Now Available To Boaters
No need to buy aftermarket, now you can buy original
OEM replacement parts.
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Taylor Made Products
Taylor Made offers a style of boat cover to fit every boat, and each cover is made
with the finest quality fabrics and craftsmanship. Taylor Made products offer a
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Extend the use of your boat into the
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