Regal 19 Surf | Barletta L25U | Absolute 50 Fly - 09/04/2018
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Barletta L25U:
0-to-30 MPH in 6.5 Seconds
w/Merc FourStroke V-8 300

Barletta L25U
Barletta L25U

The Barletta L25U we tested is a 5,300-lb. (2,404 kg) tri-toon that’s designed for watersports and comfort. The new large-displacement 4.6-liter V-8 Mercury FourStroke 300 outboard generated impressive acceleration during our tests and she has a WOT speed of 47.2 mph with 2 people aboard. Check out how she performed here...

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Absolute 50 Fly:
Accommodations for 6, Plus Crew

Absolute 50 Fly
Absolute 50 Fly

The VIP in the bow of the Absolute 50 Fly has the same level of luxury furnishings as the master, and also benefits from the abundant hull side windows. The en suite head is shared with the 3rd guest cabin. The full-beam master is amidships. It features a walk-in closet, walk-in shower and vessel sink in the head, and full laundry facilities. The third stateroom sleeps two, and there's also crew quarters with head aft, for a total capacity of seven guests. More...

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Test Video

Regal 19 Surf:
Quick Launch Tabs Replace Ballast Tanks

Regal 19 Surf
Regal 19 Surf

The Regal 19 Surf is a dedicated wakeboat featuring unusual "Quick-Launch" tabs that take the place of ballast tanks to allow building a large wake on demand, without the issues of pumping hundreds of pounds of water aboard. The tab system also results in very quick planing, just 2.9 seconds in our tests, and can be set to automatically adjust to running attitude once the boat is out of the hole. Standard power is the 200-hp Volvo-Penta Forward Drive, which also contributes to rapid planing as well as putting the props well under the hull and away from those in the water. More...

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray Sundancer 350:
Stylish Express w/Easy Bow Access

Sea Ray Sundancer 350
Sea Ray Sundancer 350

The Sea Ray Sundancer is a stylish express offering easy access to the bow for a picnic or sunbathing via the walk-through windshield. She offers optional layouts below, with either a salon or a queen berth forward, depending on whether the owner prefers her as a dayboat or a weekender. Powered with twin 375-hp Mercruisers, she ran nearly 40 mph in our tests, while at 29.4 mph she had a maximum range of 193 SM. More...

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Test Video

Boston Whaler 350 Realm:
Crossover Ready for Sloppy Conditions

Boston Whaler 350 Realm
Boston Whaler 350 Realm

With a 23-degree deadrise, high freeboard and lots of flair, the Boston Whaler 350 Realm is ready to take on rough seas offshore, but her large lounging area forward welcomes leisurely days cruising inshore waters or harbor-hopping with the family. The seating area in the cabin quickly converts to an overnight berth for two. She's ready to get offshore fast when the mission is fishing -- top speed with triple 350 Mercury Verado's is over 52 mph. More...

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Satellite TV Comparison

Can My Boat Have Satellite TV?

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While the coverage range may differ for domes of different sizes, satellite-TV systems have gotten into smaller and smaller boats.

Choosing a satellite-TV system for a boat is no simple task, but we have done much of the legwork and put together an easy-to-use comparison chart showing the range of systems out there. While many systems are suitable for megayachts and large motoryachts, the most surprising aspect was the fact that smaller boats can get plenty of the same features as the larger units, with domes that fit the boat and don’t look out of proportion. Check out our chart here...


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