Cobalt 30SC w/2x Outboards | 717 Miles by PWC | Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe - 08/01/2018
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Cobalt 30SC:
Outboard Power on a Versatile Layout

Cobalt 30SC
Cobalt 30SC

The outboard-powered Cobalt 30SC takes advantage of its 29’8” (9.04 m) LOA and 9’9” (2.97 m) beam to create a layout that welcomes guests aboard with four separate seating areas, well-thought-out stowage, and outboard power with available joystick control. Get a closer look at her here...

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Features Video

Riviera 68 Sport Motor Yacht:
Twin MAN V12 in a Long Range Sports Yacht

Riviera 68 Sport Motor Yacht
Riviera 68 Sport Motor Yacht

Twin MAN V12-1550 diesels generating 1550 horsepower (1,140 kw) are standard power for the Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht. The builder has selected them because of their horsepower-to-weight ratio and because MAN has world-wide service capabilities. Headroom in the engine room is 6’7” (2.00 m), and there's plenty of space between engines for daily checks. The Twin Disc Quick Shift transmission and V-drive has PTOs on each unit that power the bow and stern thrusters, and provide hydraulic redundancy in case one engine is down. More...

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Review Video

Evinrude Superior Torque:
Power on Every Turn of the Crankshaft

Evinrude Superior Torque
A basic law of physics says that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. 2-stroke engines have twice the number of combustions than a 4-stroke engine and that is why they have more torque.

With their 2-stroke design, Evinrude's E-TEC G2 series outboards maximize torque with a power stroke on every turn of the crankshaft, compared to competing four-strokes, which only have a power stroke on every other revolution. The engineers at Evinrude in concert with the professors and the main frame computer at the University of Wisconsin broke the code on making 2-stroke engines as fuel-efficient as 4-stroke engines – and more so in many cases. One of the key design elements is direct – in the cylinder – injection which optimizes power and fuel efficiency and minimize emissions. No 4-stroke engine on the market under 350-hp has that. It’s all explained here...

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Test Video

Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe:
2 Cabins w/Gas Power

Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe
Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe

Bold exterior styling is the signature of the Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe. Her top speed with the standard twin 350 Mercruisers was 41.5 mph in our tests but power options up to twin 380-hp Mercruiser 8.2 MAG ECTs are available. She can accommodate four in the two staterooms belowdecks, and a convertible dinette adds two more berths for guests in a pinch. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 325DC:
Designed for Family and Fishing

Sailfish 325DC
Sailfish 325DC

The Sailfish 325DC is designed for the family and for fishing, but the very nature of her size makes her ideal for day-boating picnics and entertaining. The design combines a soft ride and beam stability, according to our test captain. She also has higher topsides and a deeper cockpit than many in class, a plus for safety when running inlets and rough seas with kids and pets on board. See all the details...

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PWC Cruising

PWC Cruising for Millennials

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Two intrepid PWC owners took their craft on a 717-mile cruise across three of the Great Lakes.

Exactly 10 years ago we ran a report about two boaters who took their PWCs across three of the Great Lakes. The risks were enormous, but they overcame some problems and made it. Since that time, both Yamaha and Sea-Doo have built PWCs expressly for “touring.” Further, advancements in PWCs have come a long way in the last 10 years.

While most owners don’t take more than a long day-trip, increasingly some millennials are finding that a well-equipped PWC can be an easy rider and they are looking for a nautical Route 66. A BoatTEST.com member recently told us he was planning a 200-mile voyage and needed to carry extra fuel aboard. We wish him well and good luck. Find out what it was like going 717 miles
on a PWC...



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