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We Test the New V-8 Mercury 4.6L Verados

We Test the New V-8 Mercury 4.6L Verados
The new Mercury V-8 Verados are now the largest-displacement engines in the 250 to 300-hp range. They are 4-stroke and naturally aspirated.

It is not often that a major engine maker introduces a completely new platform of engines, but when it happens it is usually a momentous event. The reason is that years of research and engineering, and tens of millions of dollars have gone into the development of the new engines. They are terribly complicated, they need to be precision-made, yet they must also be assembled quickly and be easy to repair. Most of all they need to be reliable and better than the competition.

The new Mercury 4.6L V-8 Verados are such an engine. They abound with features and solutions to problems such as noise, vibration, lower gear case reliability and ease of owner operation and maintenance. But the question begs – can they perform as well as the in-line 6-cylinder supercharged Verados, and how do they measure up against the competition? Take a look at our in-depth Captain’s Report...

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Review Video

Hargrave 80 Deal Maker:
Large Owner/Operator Motoryacht

Hargrave 80 Deal Maker
Hargrave 80 Deal Maker

The Hargrave 80 Deal Maker has been set up for ease of handling by an owner/operator. The Airtex hydraulic lift swim platform on the transom raises and lowers for launching and retrieving the RIB-style tender or for swimming. It has a 2,000 lb. (908 kg) capacity and can be lifted completely clear of the water for improved running efficiency. “Deal Maker” also has five control stations and a Naiad hydraulic bow thruster to simplify operations for the owner/operator of this custom yacht. Have a closer look...

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New Test Video

Shallow Sport 32 X3:
Shoal-Draft Trimaran w/300-Mile Range

Shallow Sport 32 X3
Shallow Sport 32 X3

The Shallow Sport 32 X3 trimaran powered with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboards had her most economic cruise at 4500 rpm and 37 mph. At that speed, the 27.75 gph fuel burn translated into 1.33 mpg and a range of 300 miles with 10% fuel reserve. The hull design is aimed at maximum beam stability and delivers the shallow-water fishing benefits of a draft of just 15.5 inches. More...

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Test Video

REGENCY® 254 LE3 Sport:
Premium Pontoon Boat w/48.7 MPH WOT

REGENCY 254 LE3 Sport
REGENCY® 254 LE3 Sport

Plush seating forward and aft welcomes up to 12 guests aboard the REGENCY® 254 LE3 Sport, a high-performance tri-toon with a luxury feel and a quality build. She's fast for a pontoon, with a top speed of 48.7 mph ahead of the optional 350-hp Mercury Verado. The "Quiet Ride" fence and railing cut down on vibration and noise, and are powder-coated, like the triple pontoons, for long-term appearance and durability. See how she ran...

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Test Video

Galeon 405 HTS:
Pocket Yacht Sleeps 4

Galeon 405 HTS
Galeon 405 HTS

Though the Galeon 405 HTS is the smallest yacht in the company's line, she incorporates the same high-quality fit and finish, materials, and execution found in the larger models. She's intended for cruising and entertaining, both done with panache, and she can pick up and run at over 35 knots when the situation calls for it. She fits a full galley, salon, master suite, mid-cabin and two heads belowdecks. See the details...

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Safety Tip

Equip a Personal Watercraft the Right Way

Safety Tip of the Day
Having the right gear, like a compass, can help
a PWC rider avoid problems.

Personal watercraft are fast and fun, but their riders need to think about gearing up the same way other boaters do. From sunblock and proper attire to communications gear, the right equipment can make a big difference. But some items are often forgotten. Check out the whole list here...


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