Back Cove 32 Tested | Bennington Q27 Toon | Sea Ray SLX 350 - 06/22/2018
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Back Cove 32:
Downeast Cruiser
for All Seasons

Back Cove 32
Back Cove 32

The Back Cove 32 is a Downeast cruiser with classic lines and noteworthy functionality. She's designed for a couple to enjoy on long cruises, as well as for entertaining friends close to home. Powered with a single 425-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel she had a top speed of 26 knots, and her 185-gallon fuel capacity gives her a range of more than 700 miles at a displacement speed of 6.7 knots. Come along on our test and inspection...

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Hampton Yachts E658 LRC:
Designed for a Discerning Owner/Operator

Hampton Yachts E658 LRC
Hampton Yachts E658 LRC

Our test captain found nearly the space and amenities of an 80-footer in the Hampton Yachts E658 LRC. And, she begs the question, How much motoryacht does one really need? The fact is that most owner/operators don’t need anything larger than 65’ (20 meters), so why spend the extra money? How do they fit all that luxury and seamanlike rigging into this 68-foot-LOA bluewater cruiser? Join our test and inspection and find out...

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Sea Ray SLX 350:
Remarkable Seating in a Mega-Bowrider

Sea Ray SLX 350
Sea Ray SLX 350

Sometimes onboard seating is treated as an afterthought, shoehorning the capacity to uncomfortable levels. Not so on the Sea Ray SLX 350, a robust bowrider with seating for 18, with spots for 11 people to face forward. Plenty of other thoughtful guest-comfort features from a hardtop with extending sun shade, to a power-actuated swim-platform step, will make this boat an inviting choice. See what she has to offer...

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Test Video

Bennington Q27:
Luxury Tri-Toon Rigged
w/Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s

Bennington Q27
Bennington Q27 in Biscayne Bay south of Miami.

Powered with a pair of 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, the Bennington Q27 reached a top speed of 58.0 mph. At 3000 rpm, she ran 28.5 mph getting 1.9 mpg. This tri-toon seats up to 18 guests, and the skipper can benefit from Evinrude’s iDock integrated joystick when all those eyes are upon him/her. See the inspection and sea trial...

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Safety Tip of the Day

Kids Must Wear PFDs

Kids Must Wear PFDs
While some locales require lifejackets for kids, they’re just a good idea.

Some kids resist wearing PFDs. Let us tell you that they have saved countless lives where the parents who were not wearing a PFD didn’t make it. If they complain, tell them it is the law (which it is) – and lay it down. Here are some tips...

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Standard Features: Mercury V-8 vs. Yamaha V-6

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The new Mercury FourStroke 300 is a 4.6L V-8 outboard with a long list of standard features. See how it stacks up with the Yamaha F300 4.2L V-6.

Mercury Marine has taken what it calls a “holistic boating experience” view of its engines and control systems. It has worked hard to integrate the power and the electronics that now go with it, to make boating more pleasant for the operator, and more of an integral part of the activities on the boat, such as helping with fishing and towing sports. We list 9 standard features on the new Mercury V-8 platform and discover how many Yamaha offers as well on a similar horsepower platform. See for yourself...

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