How to Choose the Best Sportboat | Sea Ray Sundancer 400 | Rinker 23’ Q3 OB Bowrider - 07/27/2018
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Which Boats Are
Best for Watersports?

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console
Many designs can function as a towsports platform, but buyers who choose one most closely matched to their level of skill and which best fits their family size will probably get the most use from their purchase.

To choose the right watersports boat, first consider which tow sport is the family favorite, how serious everyone is likely to become about participating, and what the budget will be. Then select from inboard, sterndrive, jet or outboard power based on whether specialty use or greater versatility is the goal, and look closely at specialty features, such as towing arches, ballast bags, and even a kicking stereo, any number of which can turn a family runabout into an effective wakesports boat. Learn how to zero-in on the right boat for you...

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Features Video

Sea Ray Sundancer 400:
Designed for Smart Entertaining

Sea Ray Sundancer 400
Sea Ray Sundancer 400

With a single-level main deck and wide-opening door in the aft bulkhead, the Sea Ray Sundancer 400 delivers a classy indoor-outdoor living and entertaining experience as good as most boats in class, but with many more standard features included, at a reasonable price. Have a closer look at all the details here...

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Test Video

Fountaine Pajot MY 44:
Comfortable Cruiser w/Catamaran Deck Space

Fountaine Pajot MY 44
Fountaine Pajot MY 44

Captain Steve was impressed with the broad beam of the Fountaine Pajot MY 44 catamaran. She tucks a large owner’s suite in the port hull, two guest staterooms into the starboard side, plus a large compartment on the main deck, which can function as added berth space, laundry, a pantry, or even a sitting area… it’s all up to the owner. The trend to cats of all sizes is picking up in the U.S. See this design up close...

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Test Video

Sea-Doo RXP-X 300:
Feature-Rich PWC w/300-HP Rotax Power

Sea-Doo RXP-X 300
Sea-Doo RXP-X 300

Powered with a 300-hp Rotax ACE 1630cc jet system, the Sea-Doo RXP-X 300 has enough speed to satisfy any rider. The design uses Sea-Doo’s Ergo-Lock seating system to allow the rider to grip the machine with the strength of the legs for added security in hard cornering. Adjustable three-position rear sponsons offer a range of cornering stability — lower for sharper turns, higher for a more freestyle riding experience. Check out what she can do here...

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New Editor’s Report

Rinker Q3 OB:
Outboard Power Adds Performance
and Interior Space

Rinker Q3 OB
Rinker Q3 OB, 23’ bowrider.

The 23’ Rinker Q3 OB has a “swing-back” companion seat that transforms into an aft-facing lounge. She’s got deep “hot-tub” seating in the bow, and wide upholstered benches in the cockpit. Outboard power adds excitement while increasing usable onboard space and the company’s proprietary Stow-n-Step seats boost versatility. See all the details here...

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Test Video

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console:
57.6 MPH w/Twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s

Ocean Runner 29 Center Console
Ocean Runner 29 Center Console

Powered with a pair of two-stroke Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s, the Ocean Runner 29 Center Console had an impressive top speed of 57.6 mph. At 3500 rpm she ran 27.9 mph and got 2.0 mpg, giving the boat a range of about 400 miles on her 220-gallon (833 L) fuel capacity. The Ocean Runner rides on a 24-degree deadrise hull, giving her a superior ride in choppy offshore runs. See what else we found out...

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