Formula 310 Bowrider | 4 Beneteau Sailboats Compared | Monte Carlo Yachts 65 - 03/30/2018
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Formula 310 Bowrider:
High-Performance w/2 x 400-hp Mercury Racing OBs

Formula 310 Bowrider
Formula 310 Bowrider

Formula boats are known for their performance, and during the last two years this builder has moved boldly into outboard propulsion. The Formula 310 Bowrider we tested is powered with twin 400-hp Mercury Racing Verados mounted on an Armstrong bracket. She topped out at 54.5 mph. Our test boat also displays the well-known Formula painted exterior finish, available in a wide variety of colors and graphics finished off in clear-coat for lasting, premium automotive-grade beauty. The metallic color matched outboards are icing on the cake. More...

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Comparison

Go Fast or Go Easy:
We Compare Four Sailboats

Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition
Beneteau First 35 Carbon Edition
Beneteau Oceanis 35.1
Beneteau Oceanis 35.1
Beneteau Oceanis 38.1
Beneteau Oceanis 38.1
Beneteau Oceanis 41.1
Beneteau Oceanis 41.1

We're comparing four sailboats, all by Beneteau, the largest selling sailboat brand in the U.S. Sailboats are not what they used to be a generation ago -- they're a lot more comfortable and easier to sail these days -- and much of this change was pioneered by Beneteau. Beneteau not only offers both race- and cruise-oriented hulls, large and small sail plans, and different deck layouts, but also several cabin options for most of their boats. Compare these four boats to see the differences in functionality. More...

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Monte Carlo Yachts 65:
Distinctive Design, Space-Age Construction

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Monte Carlo Yachts 65

The sweeping sheer line, aft tumblehome, and hull side portlight design distinguish the Monte Carlo Yachts 65. Note how the dark carbon fiber sunroof does not detract from the flow of the cabin roof and the overall line of the yacht. A Portuguese bridge leads to a large sunning area at the bow. More...

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Test Video

Mercury Joystick Enhances Skyhook, Heading, and Route Functions

Mercury Joystick Piloting for outboards
Mercury Joystick Piloting for outboards

Mercury’s Joystick Piloting System for outboards has improved intuitive function and eliminated the separate keypad and brings autopilot control into the joystick. Our test captain points out that this joystick is not just for around the dock anymore. The two-mode Skyhook system holds position, while heading control uses simple joystick commands. And the routing system can integrate with any brand of chartplotter. More...

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Features Video

Sea Ray L550 Fly:
3-Stateroom, 2-Bath Fully-Loaded Cruiser

Sea Ray L550 Fly
Sea Ray L550 Fly

The optional Bimini converts the exceptionally comfortable bow lounging area of the Sea Ray L550 Fly into an all-day venue likely to be the most popular spot aboard for displacement-speed cruising. She has many standard features that are extra-cost options on most, including the Sea Ray Interface/Tablet Control that allows monitoring systems from anywhere aboard, bow and stern thrusters, and a hydraulic swim platform. More...

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Sailfish 270CC:
Designed for Blue Water Anglers

Sailfish 270CC
Sailfish 270CC

Carbon-fiber reinforced deck beams run athwartships to stiffen the deck of the Sailfish 270CC, while Kevlar reinforces key areas for strength, including where the transom attaches to stringers and hull side. She has 40" (1.02 m) interior depth forward, and that coupled with her 9' (2.74 m) beam should make her a dry and stable offshore fishing platform. More...

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USCG Accident Report

Mechanical Causes of Accidents

Industry Update
Exhaust system failures can become more than a major headache.

When looking at the USCG accident statistics, one is struck by how few are actually caused by mechanical failure. Nonetheless, they do happen, and it is good to know what could go wrong. More...


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