Hatteras M60 | Beneteau Oceanis 45 | Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider - 04/25/2018
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Hatteras M60:
Inspection of Fit-and-Finish Details

Hatteras M60
Hatteras M60

Our test captain took a close look at the Hatteras M60, noting the construction and the fit-and-finish details from the flying bridge and foredeck to the accommodations on her lower deck. See the noteworthy features he discovered on this three-stateroom cruiser, as well as one particular detail that sets the Hatteras M60 apart from nearly every other yacht in class. Get all of his insights here.

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Captain’s Report

Beneteau Oceanis 45:
Twin Helms, 4 Layout Options Below

Beneteau Oceanis 45
Beneteau Oceanis 45

The Beneteau Oceanis 45 is set up for daysailing, weekending, or long-term cruising. Dual helms feature leather-wrapped wheels with dual compasses and matching electronics. The main sheet runs to the arch, freeing up the coach deck for a larger companionway, while Genoa sheets run directly to the helm. A 14'9" (4.50 m) beam means lots of space on deck and below. See more here.

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Test Video

Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider:
High Performance & Clever Cabin

Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider
Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider

The Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider is a large bowrider built on a performance hull with a 21-degree deadrise and powered with twin 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG ECTs. Our test revealed she's predictably fast, and she fits a berth for two, microwave, and a head below decks – that’s the “crossover” part. See what happens when it all comes together here.

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Boston Whaler 250 Outrage:
Redesigned Classic w/Angling Extras

Boston Whaler 250 Outrage
Boston Whaler 250 Outrage

The redesigned hull of the Boston Whaler 250 Outrage has a 22-degree deadrise at the transom, and her 9' (2.74 m) beam promises stability at trolling speed. Note the stout, integrated supports for the optional hardtop, clearing deck space, providing hand-holds, and maximizing visibility forward. The three-sided tinted windshield atop the console helps keep the captain dry, and an adjustable vent allows air flow when needed. U-shaped seating at the bow is another upgrade, with a filler that turns the area into a sun pad, and an optional table that's the right size for lunch. See whether she’s better suited for fishing or family here.

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Test Video

Riviera 445 SUV:
Versatile Cruiser Sleeps 7

Riviera 445 SUV
Riviera 445 SUV

The Riviera 445 SUV is ready for cruising, fishing, diving, and island hopping thanks to her wide-open cockpit and convertible accommodations. A cockpit grill and refrigerator welcomes entertainment aft, and a lounging pad forward would make a great sundowning spot. Twin Volvo Penta IPS600s and a fuel capacity significantly greater than almost any boat in class give her a range of 482 NM at 18 knots. See our test here.

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USCG Report

What Causes Boaters to Get Hurt?

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While some accidents on the water result in injury, two people escaped this one and were picked up by a fellow boater, according to reports.

Looking at the primary cause of a boating accident that injured someone can help us all understand where the safety of our passengers is at risk. Contributing factors include aspects of vessel operation, failure of equipment, conditions of the environment, and more. Operator inattention, the force of a wake hitting the boat, excessive speed – it’s all there. When we have a look at this data, we think about how many close calls boaters avoid. Have a look at the eye-catching chart.


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