Special Edition Newsletter 11/14 - 11/14/2007


15 Tiara 5800 Sovrans Sold at
Ft. Lauderdale Show
Builder Hires 50 Additional Employees to Ramp-Up Company's Production

33 of Tiara's new 58-foot cruising boats have been sold this fall as the demo pictured above hopped from show to show down the east coast.

With a base price of $1.5 million, and a fully-outfitted price of about $1.7, Tiara Yachts of Holland, Michigan sold more boats of this size than any other builder at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show to our knowledge. Overall, Tiara sold 30 units at the show. To find out why the 5800 Sovran was so captivating…read on.

237' Mega-Cat Couldn't Get into
Ft. Lauderdale
Boat Show!
For the price of a new 58' Tiara you can get this yacht right now! No Waiting -- Seller is reportedly “Motivated”

We are told that over $8 million has been invested in this steel-hulled yacht. She comes equipped with four DDA 16-V diesels but she still
needs a little work.

Show-goers were disappointed that the Atlantic Marine 237' mega-cat didn't make it into the show because its 95' beam was wider than the channel into the show. To find out more about what might (or might not) be a trend in mega-yachting, and who to call to buy this deal of a lifetime (for someone), just ring our chimes…

Lazzara Leads In Fine Interior Design and Finish
New Interior in 84 Motoryacht Shown for the First Time at the Lauderdale Show

Lazzara 84
Dark walnut joinerwork gives the 84 an old world elegance in modern design.

Lazzara bought its own furniture factory to get the craftsmen needed to meet its high level of finish work expectations. The company's attention to detail and high QC standards, plus its design innovations make each motoryacht a work of art.
See Editor Jeff Hammond's video of new interior treatment.

Check out the five stateroom layout.

New Larson LXi 288 Is a Huge Bowrider
New Five-Year
Stem-to-Stern Warranty
Shows Larson's Commitment to Quality and Customer Service

Larson 288
The new LXi 288 is a big, beefy watersports and entertainment platform that takes a backseat to no boat. The list of standards is long and its super warranty is awesome.

Larson has been coming on strong the last several years and if you haven't seen a new one lately, you owe it to yourself to do so. The new LXi 288 bowrider is typical of a totally new look at Larson. This boat is packed with thoughtful standard features both in equipment and design. See Test and Video.

New Doral 36 Hard Top With Twin 260-hp IPS Diesels
New Hard Top model cruises at 25.0 mph with range of 336 miles

This hard top when buttoned up with standard cruising canvas extends the season.

If you are used to going below on a express cruisers and being greeted by the plastic fantastic, you may well fall in love with Doral's interior on the Boca Grande. It has rich wood cabinetry and warm-tone, high-quality fabrics. Overall it is obvious that Doral is pumping a lot of TLC into everything it is doing. See Capt. Robert Smith's test and video.

New VideoTest Header

Nor'easter Slams Newport:
Which Boat Will Survive Rocks? Power or Sail?
Nature does some boat testing of its own. Can you guess which boat survived?

Noreaster story
80-knot winds were recorded November 3rd off Newport, RI and these two unfortunate boats dragged their moorings up to a rocky beach.
Which one survived nature's test?

Two unidentified boats -- one power, one sail-- are captured here as they are washed onto a rocky lee shore. Which boat do you think had the strength to withstand a terrible pounding?

For the answer, simply click on your guess, and you'll be taken to seven pictures that tell the rest of the story.

Powerboats Rule! Sailboats Survive!

New Altima
45 Euro Sedan

The Altima 45 has traditional styling that never goes out of style.
Altima imports their boats from two boat yards in the Far East and the 45 is lavished with woodwork that makes this two stateroom boat cozy. Powered by twin diesel engines, the boat can travel at displacement speeds for long range and fuel economy, or get up on plane. See Capt. Robert Smith's video.

New Sailfish 3160: Designed for Saltwater

The newest Sailfish 30-footer incorporates proven features in a new model.

A 10' beam and a 300-gallon fuel tank make this 30-footer capable of going offshore in relative comfort to get the big ones. Capt. Robert Smith takes a close look in a new video.

New Manitou 24
Has Many Uses
A single 250-hp Evinrude
drives this tri-toon
46 mph WOT--WOW!

Manitou 24 X-plode
You can pull skiers or wakeboarders, or bring Grandma aboard in a wheel chair.

Capt. Robert Smith was amazed at the tight handling, speed and all-around versatility of this well-made tri-toon. See Video test.

BoatTEST.com Readers Like
Regal Marine's “Window Express”

Regal's “Window Express” provides light below and a flat foredeck for anchor handling.

Regal Marine is building four models from 25' to 33' with windows in the raised foredeck. (See picture above.)

88% of the readers responding to our survey last week about Regal's “Window Express” said they liked the concept of getting more light below in an express cruiser.

72% said they liked the “Distinctive Look” of the “eyebrow” and forward black window.

68% thought that other builders would copy this design. As pointed out in the video report, this design is a throwback to trunk cabin designs of the 1960's that were popular on most major brands. Deja vu all over again. See "Window Express" report.

24% of BoatTEST New Members
Come From Outside the U.S.
Australia and UK Lead Outside North America; Greenland ranks 93rd,
Iran 100th in October

The World Wide Web takes BoatTEST.com's tests, videos, e-newsletter and buying information to power boaters and marine product buyers all over the planet.

BoatTEST.com constituency of members and visitors has grown rapidly the last two years and now 24% of the new BTC members are from outside the U.S. Find out more about BoatTEST.com's global reach.

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New Viking 60
Leads Battlewagon Fleet Sales

Viking Sells 25 Convertible Behemoths at
Ft. Lauderdale

Viking had every one of its battlewagons on display at Ft. Lauderdale in the biggest show of awesome fire power since the Battle of Midway.

Viking has hit a responsive cord with its new 60' convertible, a four stateroom yacht that is designed for big game action far from home.

Editor Jeff Hammond takes a video look at the Viking 60.

Viking President Pat Healey describes what sets the 60 apart from the competition – a totally biased report.

New Four Winns V258 Makes a Good Entry-Level “Pocket Cruiser”
An enclosed head,
sleeps 4, has galley,
34-mph cruise, trailer…

Four Winns
The V258 "Pocket Cruiser” was a popular boat at the Fort Lauderdale Show. MSRP: $85,000.

It is never too soon to start out family cruising, and we think that the V258 by Four Winns is a terrific entry-level boat. There is a little bit of everything and a nice list of standard equipment including hot water, transom shower and stereo. It is an affordable way to begin to enjoy the fun of wide-ranging cruising. Read test, see video.

Buddy Davis Explains How Carolina Boats Evolved
Part II of our Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show Interview

Watch Part I of the Buddy Davis Interview
Next Week: Buddy Talks about
Center Consoles

New Cabo 38 Flybridge Is Beamy Twin Cabin Fisherman

Run to the canyons in this economical fishboat for under $800k MSRP.

Capt. Robert Smith takes a good look at Cabo's new 38. Its 15'1” beam makes it roomy and adds stability. See Video.

New Outerlimits SV-40 Smokes the Competition
Defying the Government's Ban on Smoking Cigarettes in Public Places, Outerlimits is Bad

Outerlimits is located in Bristol, RI – where boatbuilding matters, not bikinis and bimbos.

Mike Fiore has been building go-fast boats for 15 years and cares passionately about construction, design, speed and safety. Someday he may get into branded handbags, hot pants, and thong underwear, but for now his focus is on boats and speed. See video report on the SV-40.

New Sessa 36— Center Console Italian Style
It is the Ultimate Italian Center Console: Stylish, Fast, Bunny Pad for 3,
two cabins for 4, al fresco Dining for 10, Romantic, -- A Fantasy Island for the Fortunate Few -- $500K

The 1974 Romantic classic movie “Swept Away,” which took place on the Italian Riviera, seems an apt way to place the Sessa 36 in its proper nautical milieu. The Sessa 36 is not for everyone.

The Sessa is 36 is really over 37 feet long, so pardon us for calling it a 37. But any way you look at this work of art she epitomizes what the Italians do better than any other boaters in the world – they create elegant, sultry, and exciting venues on the water that challenge one's imagination.

Editor Jeff Hammond takes a video tour of the Sessa 36 (aka 37).

Learn more about Sessa Marine and see pix of the Sessa 36/7.

New Sunchaser 820 Breaks into Freshwater Fishing Market

Sunchaser is taking dead aim at the big lake fishing market. Why not fish in comfort with a few friends? Who said you could only fish from a tippy tin boat?

Sunchaser is breaking new ground with their 20-ft. 820 4.0 model pontoon boat which is designed for both cruising and fishing! It is nothing short of the new freshwater “convertible.” And, powered by a 50-hp 4-stroke Honda, this rig is affordable. Sounds like fun to us. See Test and Video.

New Riviera 45
Is Designed for Great Barrier Reef
Aussie Fishermen are used to huge rollers where the Black Marlin lurk and this boat can take it

The Riviera 45 has three cabins, a large cockpit and a flying bridge that seats eight.

Riviera boats are built for rugged conditions because that is where their Australian customers take them. All Riviera boats come with Sea Safe stem-to-stern service contracts so this boat should be trouble free. Editor Jeff Hammond takes a video look...

Flybridge and Cockpit

Salon and Staterooms

New Video Test Header

New Eastbay 55 Refined by Customer Input
Scores of owners were polled before Grand Banks designed the new 55

Cranchi 43 HT
If you want that salty Downeast look there is nothing like an Eastbay 55.

Grand Banks, builder of the Eastbay line, consulted with their Eastbay 47 and 49 owners before putting pencil to paper for their new 55. The result is an interior layout that really works and a large cockpit for entertaining. You can feel comfortable anchoring in front of any yacht club in America with this classic. Capt. Robert Smith takes a video look.

Rampage 41 Express Fishboat
Means Business

With a 16' beam and a 12-degree deadrise this boat is stable and fast

A 700-gallon fuel tank and twin diesels give this boat range at an affordable price.

Rampage has six models and all are designed to go offshore and are engineered for great fishability. Capt. Robert Smith takes a good look at a new 41 Express.
Pursuit S 310:
A Center Console For Cruising
Pursuit acknowledges
the obvious: Most people cruise their CC with friends on day trips in pursuit of rays and lunch

With comfortable, “at-speed” seating for eight, the Pursuit S 310 is a comfortable day boat.

Pursuit has designed this boat with 24-degree deadrise which means it will be as comfortable as they come in chop. With a table and wrap around seating in the bow, and two facing bench seats aft, your party can be broken into two groups for fun entertaining and conversation on the hook. Capt. Robert. Smith tries this boat on for size.

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