Does Your VHF “Distress” Button Work? | Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish | Beneteau GT 40 - 05/29/2018
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The Monte Carlo Yachts 96 is an exceptional entertainment platform for large groups, with sliding glass doors not only to the cockpit but also to the side decks giving the entire salon and formal dining area an al fresco feel. For a showstopping effect, optional fold-out bulwarks turn the side decks into balconies overlooking the sea. Only for those who have arrived...

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Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish:
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The Chaparral H2O 21 Ski & Fish is part of the company's entry-level lineup, but the model name says it all. She’s ready for family towsports and day-cruising and adds all the essentials for angling including a bow-mount trolling motor, aerated livewell, fishing seats, and locking rod storage. She is also priced competitively with virtually all other entry-level boats. Find out all about her...

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The Beneteau Gran Turismo 40 displayed impressive speed in our test runs with the twin 370-hp Volvo Penta D6 engines, thanks in part to her Air Step hull, which not only reduces friction but also provides an easy ride in bumpy seas. Joystick control simplifies docking, especially with the optional bow-thruster. See what else we found out...

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Sailfish 241 CC:
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The Sailfish 241 CC is a high-sided center console with a robust hull featuring Kevlar in the construction that provided a combination of soft ride on plane and beam stability at trolling speed. She's equipped to fish, but is also family friendly, with plenty of comfortable seating. See what our test numbers say...

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With hundreds of possible variations in cowl colors and decals, the Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard can match the color scheme of nearly any boat. The advanced two-stroke outboards are known for high efficiency, low emissions, and tremendous torque in the low- and mid-rpm ranges. See how all the features come together...

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How Does that Red “Distress” Button Work on My VHF?

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That distress button, shown here on an ICOM IC-M506 can save lives, provided it’s set up to work.

Every now and then, a BoatTEST.com reader asks a question to which every boater needs to know the answer – it could be life or death. One reader wrote to us asking “How Does that Red 'Distress' Button Work on My VHF?” The answer, sadly, is that if a boater doesn’t know for sure it’s set up to work properly, then it probably won’t. Learn why...

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