Offshore Motoryacht Newsletter - 10/17/2007

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Raymarine LifeTag Tested discovers that the installation booklet leaves even Raymarine's Tech Support confused

A great concept

Installation booklet with yellow addendum.

Raymarine Rep. and BoatTEST Captain.
We were so enthusiastic about Raymarine's new man overboard LifeTag alarm system that we thought we'd test one out for ourselves. After following the directions for installation we could not get the system to work, so a Raymarine tech kindly drove down from the home office to assist us with the installation. After two hours for what should have been a 20-minute job, we were no closer to a functioning system.

See our complete test and find out what the final results were after two attempts and more than five hours, watch the video to see our real-life installation experience.

Yanmar Sets
New Horizon
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 42

Poole, England
Sunseeker 44
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 deck…click here.

Now that you have seen both boats, please let us know what boat you think did the best job of—

Best Entertainment
Sabre 42 Sabre 42 Sabre 42
Sunseeker 44 Sunseeker 44 Sunseeker 44

If you would like to add comments about the boats, click here.

Pods Are Busting
Out All Over

Change is coming fast as most engine makers embrace pod drive/joystick technology

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.

Ex-Sea Ray
Product Development Chief Discusses Tunnels in Planing Boats
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 more

Large Motoryacht Basin Planned For Boston Harbor
Fan Pier will have slips for 96 yachts plus plenty of new condos

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 the race…read more.

1,100-lb. Black Marlin
Taken South of Carins

Mark Hislop (r) fought this Marlin for almost 3 hrs. Captain Tom Hatrick (l).
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.

Give the Gift of Visualization – Give that woman boater in your life a special DVD made just for her!!

The Better Half of Boating – The How-to Guide for Women $34.95
This introductory DVD is designed to introduce women to the basics of boating. It covers a variety of topics from docking, fueling, anchoring, launching & loading, handling emergencies, radio, basic navigation and much more. Knowing the right things to do and how to do them will make you a valuable asset on any boat.
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The Better 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 or those that want to improve the skills they have. Women deliver the topics from a woman's point of view. This DVD covers everything from tackle, landing, to cleaning the catch of the day.
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Looking for a Holiday gift for the woman boater in your life? BoatTEST Book Store recently added books geared
towards women.

Powerboating: A Woman's Guide by Sandy Lindsey provides a top-to-bottom introduction to powerboating, covering topics such as getting started, driving the boat, reading weather, mastering the art of anchoring, and maintenance. Readers are presented with a rich spectrum of perspectives, opinions, advice, and anecdotes from many powerboating women.
List Price: $14.95
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The Perfect First Mate: A Woman's Guide to Recreational Boating by Joy Smith Joy Smith shares her secrets of keeping both boat and crew, ship shape. With 20 years of being a strong willed captain, Joy knows that the position of First Mate is often less than glamorous.
List Price: $16.50
Our Price: $12.87
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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.

NEW Larson 370
Day Cruiser
Designed for
Extended Entertaining

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 Each)

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 U.S. Anglers;
Sinking Boat

Gringos in Mexican waters are outraged at being arrested for not having passports and story

Gem Products Now Available To Boaters Through Retail
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 variety of different ways to protect your boat from the elements. They pride themselves in having the ability to make and ship your boat cover within 5 business days. Click here to order your Taylor Made Boat Cover

Extend the use of your boat into the Fall and SAVE up to $45!!

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