New Generation Mercury 150 OB | Robalo 246 Cayman SD | Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 - 03/06/2018
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Robalo 246 Cayman SD:
Bayboat w/"Sky Deck" Upper Station

Robalo 246 Cayman SD
Robalo 246 Cayman SD

The Robalo 246 Cayman includes an elevated command platform for two as part of the standard package, allowing the operator a much-improved view of the water ahead for spotting fish as well as navigating tricky shallows. The package also includes an aluminum trailer with disc brakes. More...

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Beneteau Swift Trawler 34:
Short-Handed Cruiser w/Flybridge

Beneteau Swift Trawler 34
Beneteau Swift Trawler 34

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 34 is powered by an economical single Cummins diesel inboard. And, our test captain found her exceptionally easy to dock and tie up single-handed, thanks in part to the optional bow and stern electric thrusters as well as the sliding door adjacent the helm. More...

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Hargrave 80 Deal Maker:
World-Cruiser w/3 Staterooms & 6 Heads

Hargrave 80 Deal Maker
Hargrave 80 Deal Maker

Nothing turns heads in a port of call like a painted hull. Deal Maker, a custom Hargrave 80 ocean cruiser, with a Quantum Brown Metallic finish, three en suite staterooms and a comprehensive list of seagoing equipment, is a suitable platform to reach many in the world. More...

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Test Video

TAHOE® 450 TS:
Well-Equipped 18'5" Runabout Priced Right

Tahoe 450 TS
TAHOE® 450 TS

The TAHOE® 450 TS is a package rig that comes complete with a Mercury 90-hp EXLPT outboard and trailer at a price of $23,995. With the optional Mercury 115-hp EXLPT (adding $1,000 to the price) her top speed was 43.5 mph, while fuel economy at cruise was impressive, topping out at 6.1 mpg at 21.5 mph. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha 242 Limited S:
Twin Jet Bowrider w/51.8 MPH WOT

Yamaha 242 Limited S
Yamaha 242 Limited S

The compact, low-profile engines in the Yamaha 242 Limited S fit easily below large, comfortable seats overlooking the swim platform as well as facing forward into the cockpit. The company's "Articulating Keel" system combined with the steerable jet nozzles provides much-improved maneuvering over conventional jet systems, particularly at low speeds. More...

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New Outboard

Mercury Marine 150 Pro XS Outboard Loaded with Innovation

Industry Update
The Mercury 150 Pro XS is designed for a variety of boats, but tournament anglers will like its light weight of 456 lbs.

The Mercury 150 Pro XS is a high-output 150-hp 4-stroke and Mercury Marine says the inline-4, naturally aspirated outboard meets the company’s standards for hole shot, top-end speed, and durability. Calling it a high-output outboard means Mercury can deliver peak power 10% higher than the rated horsepower and be in compliance with SAE standards. The company says it is designed for fiberglass and aluminum multi-species boats, bay boats, and pontoon boats. More...


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