Answers to IPS Question | Top 10 Accident Causes | 26'-31' Dual Consoles Compared - 03/26/2018
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“IPS Drives Saved My Marriage”

Volvo Penta IPS Answers
The Volvo Penta IPS System is over a decade old and has revolutionized boating. Now, owners describe their experience.

BoatTEST members who have owned boats powered with Volvo Penta IPS drives continue to tell us about their experiences with them. One new submission, in particular, caught our eye, so we are updating last week’s report. Who among us has not seen a frustrated weekend warrior berating his hapless spouse standing on the bow with a fender and line in hand? More...

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New Test Video

Boston Whaler 350 Realm:
A New High-Speed Weekender

Boston Whaler 350 Realm
Boston Whaler 350 Realm

With a sharp forward entry tapering to a 23-degree deadrise at the transom, the Boston Whaler 350 Realm is ready to take on rough water, and 4'2" of freeboard at the bow plus lots of flair should keep her dry in most conditions. The hardtop is standard, as is a 7.5 kW generator plus AC and heat both in the cabin and at the helm. She runs over 50 mph with the triple Mercury Verado 350s. More...

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Comparison

We Compare Four 26'-31' Dual Consoles:
Which One is Best?

Robalo R317
Robalo R317
Grady-White Freedom 285
Grady-White Freedom 285
Sailfish 275DC
Sailfish 275DC
World Cat 295 DC
World Cat 295 DC

Today we compare the features of four dual-console boats between 26' and 31' in length. Dual consoles are displacing center consoles as the "go-to" boats for all but true scales-in-their-veins fishing fanatics. Why? Dual consoles have more creature comforts: Better, more comfortable seating; the protection of a full windshield from wind and spray; they can be buttoned up with cruising canvas for rain protection; they are better suited for entertaining and watersports; they have more stowage space; and, in larger models (including the boats in today's comparison), there is room for an enclosed head. More...

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Features Video

Regency Yachts P65:
Premium Build in a Raised Pilothouse Yacht

Regency Yachts P65
Regency Yachts P65

The Regency Yachts P65 is a raised-pilothouse yacht fully-equipped for long-range cruising as well as entertaining in luxury. She has three staterooms, and both the master bath and the VIP include heated stone floors, a mark of the premium touches throughout. Swiveling helm chairs in the pilothouse convert this area to a cozy breakfast venue just a step from the full-sized galley. More...

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Test Video

Aquila 36:
Cruising Cat w/ Twin 350-hp OB Power

Aquila 36
Aquila 36

The Aquila 36 is a catamaran designed for a crowd, with seating for 20 thanks to her 14'7" (4.45 m) beam. She has two en suites below decks, and the standard hardtop provides weather protection for the galley and dining area on the main deck. Top speed was just over 40 mph with the twin 350 Mercury Verados. More...

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Test Video

Azimut Verve 40:
Fast, Seaworthy Weekender w/OB Power

Azimut Verve 40
Azimut Verve 40

With triple Mercury 350 Verados as the standard power package, the Azimut Verve 40 is a 40-knot express more than ready for a fast trip to the Bahamas or other cruising destinations. She can sleep four. She handled seriously rough water in our test runs exceptionally well for her LOA, and the standard bow thruster and the Mercury Joystick system made her easy to handle at the docks. More...

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Review Video

Yamaha Articulating Keel:
Improved Tracking, Easier Docking for Jetboats

Yamaha Articulating Keel
Yamaha Articulating Keel

The Yamaha Articulating Keel system includes a small fixed keel built into the running surface of the company's jet boats, terminating in their unique "articulating keel", which is a steering paddle at the aft end of the hard keel. The hard keel results in straight tracking at speed, while the paddle combined with steerable jet nozzles make the boats much more maneuverable, particularly at low speeds. More...

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USCG Accident Report

Top 10 Causes of Boating Accidents

Industry Update
This picture was shot the morning after the accident. Breakwaters like this one are invisible at night.

We have seen two accidents like the one above over the course of 10 years right in front of our waterfront office. Both happened at night. Both for the same reason. Can you guess what it was? Find out here...


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