New Southport 33 | First-Time Buyer Tips | Beneteau’s Joiner Work Secret | Formula 290 BR - 03/22/2018
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New Captain’s Report

Southport 33:
Ray Hunt-design w/Salty, Graceful Lines

Southport 33
Southport 33

A 22-degree deadrise, soft Rybovich sheer, a reverse transom with well-proportioned tumble home in the stern quarters, and broad flare forward make the Southport 33 one of the most beautiful boats in class, in our opinion. Most anyone can design a boat, but it takes a company with the experienced eye of C. Raymond Hunt & Associates to draw everything just right. The tooling and detail work on this boat also places her firmly in the top echelon of ocean going center consoles. More...

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Factory Video

Beneteau Woodworking Process:
Concentrated Production Allows Competitive Pricing

Beneteau Woodworking Process
Beneteau Woodworking Process

Modern computerized manufacturing in Beneteau's woodworking facility allows high-quality cabinetry at a reasonable cost across all the company yachts. Because all joinery for all Beneteau boats, both sail and power is concentrated in one facility, the builder can maintain a highly skilled staff. Because all wood working is conducted in one facility, expensive redundancies are eliminated. See how it all comes together. This is one secret to the builder’s usually competitive pricing. More...

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Test Video

Formula 290 Bowrider:
High-Performance Day Boat w/Legendary Finish

Formula 290 Bowrider
Formula 290 Bowrider

Plenty of highly-polished stainless steel hardware adds to the sparkle of the Formula 290 Bowrider, which also has the company's legendary automotive-grade clear-coated paint finish. Powered with twin 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAGs she was a strong performer, reaching 53 mph in our tests. More...

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Features Video

Bavaria E40 Sedan:
Eco-Friendly Family Cruiser

Bavaria E40 Sedan
Bavaria E40 Sedan

The binnacle-style helm inside the main deck cabin and the oversized wheel of the Bavaria E40 Sedan, welcomes ex-sailors to the world of power boats, and helps make them feel at home. The fold-down transom, which converts to a swim platform, is just one example of many amenities aboard that increase utility. She's available in a two-stateroom, two-bath configuration, or with three staterooms, and one bath. More...

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Test Video

SUN TRACKER® SportFish 22 XP3:
Ready for Fishing, Cruising, and Watersports

Sun Tracker SportFish 22 XP3
SUN TRACKER® SportFish 22 XP3

This one, inexpensive platform can do it all. The SUN TRACKER® SportFish 22 XP3 includes a livewell, bait bucket, rod racks, locking rod boxes, swiveling fishing seats, and a trolling motor plug, making her ready for freshwater fishing. She also includes a changing room/Porta-Potty fold-up stall, easy-operating Bimini, and lots of comfortable couch type seating for up to 11 guests. Pricing starts at $30,355 with a Mercury FourStroke 115 outboard. More...

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First-Time Boater

Basic Safety Gear Required

Industry Update
Be sure to have all of the USCG-required safety gear aboard for both your protection and to pass a USCG inspection.

Not only first-time boat owners, but all boaters should make sure that they have all of the basic USCG-required gear aboard. Remember, as captain of your vessel, it is your responsibility to make sure all safety gear is aboard and that your crew knows how to use it. Do not be embarrassed to tell your crew before setting out how to use each item. That’s what the pros do. See the video...


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