Grady-White Freedom 325 | 4 Entry-Level Sportboats Compared | Sea Ray Inboard Wakeboat - 03/27/2018
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Grady-White Freedom 325:
Durable, Well-Equipped Offshore DC

Grady-White Freedom 325
Grady-White Freedom 325

The Grady-White Freedom 325 is a seaworthy, bluewater dual console thanks to her high freeboard, bow flare, and general construction. Her Rybovich sheer line also gives her a distinctive Grady look. Note the standard port-side dive door, a plus not only for swimmers, but also for handling oversized fish. She is completely self-bailing and has extra-large scuppers. The hardtop and large safety glass windshield are standard. More...

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Comparison

We Compare 20'-21' Sportboats:
4 Affordable Bowriders

Sea Ray SPX 210 OB
Sea Ray SPX 210 OB
Tahoe 550 TS
Tahoe 550 TS
Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport
Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport
Glastron GTS 205
Glastron GTS 205

Good things often come in small packages. Consider the four sportboats in today's comparison: All are among the lowest-priced boats in their size range yet each one is from a recognized “name” brand. Each one has the performance it takes to keep younger boaters interested and to remind older boaters that age is just a number. But, since they are “value-oriented” models, the trick is to find the boat which has not skimped on the very thing you want to have. Each builder has taken a slightly different approach to creating an affordable boat. Find out what they are. More...

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Sea Ray SLX-W 230:
Crossover Wakesports Platform w/Upscale Features

Sea Ray SLX-W 230
Sea Ray SLX-W 230

The Sea Ray SLX-W 230 is well equipped for wakesports, and comes loaded with upscale features, including a warm-water shower on the transom, heated air system in the cockpit, a fold-out swim step rather than a boarding ladder, and a huge board-storage compartment under the aft sun pad. Unlike many single inboards, she was surprisingly easy to dock thanks to standard bow and stern thrusters coupled with the MerCruiser 320 V-Drive via a Mercury Joystick. More...

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Captain's Report

Absolute 50 Fly:
Italian Flair, Accommodations for 6

Absolute 50 Fly
Absolute 50 Fly

Bold Italian styling makes it easy to identify the Absolute 50 Fly, and the creative design work carries through into the interior where there are three plush, well-illuminated staterooms and two heads below decks. Crew quarters with wet head aft could double as a hideout for the grandkids on owner-operator yachts. Note the broad sun pads on the flying bridge ahead of the console as well as at the bow. More...

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Evinrude 10 Year Coverage:
A Legacy of Dependability

Evinrude 10 Year Coverage
Above is an ad that Evinrude is using to promote its 10 Year Coverage sales promotion. It is one of the most compelling offers we have seen from an outboard engine maker.

Ole Evinrude invented the outboard engine in 1909 because he got tired of rowing his boat across the lake where he had a summer cottage. And almost exactly 100 years later, the engineers at Evinrude re-invented the 2-stroke Evinrude engine, making it the lowest emissions outboard on the market, and making it as fuel-efficient as a 4-stroke. Because it is a high-tech 2-stroke with over 100 fewer parts than all of the 4-strokes, it has far fewer things to go wrong. For that reason, and others, the company is able to offer a 10-year “coverage” of the engines, covering everything except regular replacement items such as the fuel filter -- on engines bought before April 30, 2018. More...

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USCG Accident Report

What Type of Boat Is Most Vulnerable?

Industry Update
Not surprisingly, this superyacht/battleship -- sans 16-inchers – is the least vulnerable recreational type afloat.

Today, we take a look at various types of boats and how many are annually involved in accidents causing injuries or death. The results may surprise you. More...



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