How to Pick a Trailer | Sea Ray SLX 280 | Swift Trawler 30 - 08/31/2018
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How to Choose a Boat Trailer

How to Choose a Boat Trailer
Having a trailer adds greatly to the value of a boat in terms of utility and fun
boating experiences.

Not only is a boat trailer a good way to save on the cost of a seasonal slip and winter haul-out, but it also means that the world can become your cruising oyster. With one, a boat in the Midwest can explore exciting coastal locations – or visit different inland lakes and rivers. There are launch ramps everywhere. When you choose a trailer, there are important criteria to note, such as size, tongue weight, and whether the trailer has single or multiple axes. More...

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Sea Ray SLX 280:
Bow Rider with "Quiet Ride" Technology

Sea Ray SLX 280
Sea Ray SLX 280

Sea Ray’s "Quiet Ride" technology is not a marketing gimmick. It’s the real thing and something we have tested, comparing it to a sistership without the attributes of the Quiet Ride technology. We recorded a 5 to 10 dbA reduction in noise – which means a noticeable difference to the ear. Not only was lots of insulation added in the engine box, gaskets on all doors and hatches and other improvements are part of every Sea Ray. Most important, the transom was “tuned” to vastly reduce the harmonics that amplify engine noise through vibration. Find out all about it...

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Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC:
Solid Motoryacht w/3 En Suites

Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC
Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC

The Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC is a Howard Apollonio design with Kevlar-reinforced hull that maximizes space, comfort, and efficiency. Her 1,750-gallon (6,624 L) fuel capacity gives her a range over 900 NM at 10.3 knots with the twin Cat 1,000-hp diesels, and a maximum speed was 20.3 knots in our tests. Her interior areas are richly finished in matched-grain African Makore cherry. More...

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World Cat 230CC:
Shallow-Draft Cat Ready for Flats and Beach

World Cat 230CC
World Cat 230CC

The World Cat 230CC has the draft of a flats boat, the roominess of a center console, the legs for long distance, and the rough-water comfort of a deep-V, according to our test skipper. The T-top option includes rocket launchers, LED light for the cockpit, and a high mounting point for the anchor light. She carries her 8'6" (2.59 m) beam nearly all the way to the bow, adding fishing and lounging space as well as storage. More...

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Beneteau Swift Trawler 30:
A Couple’s Affordable Cruiser

Beneteau Swift Trawler 30
Beneteau Swift Trawler 30

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 30 features an asymmetrical main deck layout, with the deckhouse to port, the walkway to starboard. With the cockpit on the same level as the salon and a two-panel sliding door which nestles together on the starboard side, a seamless entertainment area is available aft. Powered with a single 370-hp Volvo Penta diesel, she's a planing trawler, with a top speed of 23.0 knots, while best cruise is at 16.7 knots, where she has a range of about 220 NM. More...

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