New 23 TriToon
JC Pontoon’s New SunSport 23 has two stern fishing
chairs! Tops at 32.6 with Honda
The bass pros might not
ready for pontoon fishing boats, but we like the functionality that
JC Pontoon added to their traditional TriToon design.
The folks at JC Pontoon are innovators and were the
ones who introduced the TriToon 25 years ago. Now they’ve added two swivel fishing
chairs port and starboard of the outboard engine. We love it. If the fish aren’t
biting, just lay down and take a nap until they are! With all of the room of a pontoon
boat, Dad can bring Mom and the kids along while he and his fishing buddy try their
luck at the stern. Optional livewell and fish boxes are available. Take a look at our Capt.’s video, we think you’ll be impressed…
New 247 Baja “Islander” Is a Sport Boat
We got 60 mph from the
375-hp stern drive – try the 425-hp option if you want to be the meanest kid on the
The 247 “Islander” is a sport boat with muscle – up
to 425 hp – and a 23-degree deadrise.
If you are looking for a sportboat with a little more excitement than your Dad’s
Buick, then you should take a look at Baja’s new 247 “Islander.” She is set up like
a sport boat (with enclosed head) so you can ski and wakeboard and take the kids
swimming, but when the local show-off comes along, you’ve got the power to wipe
the smile off his face. The boat has the same rugged construction as its offshore
stable mates, and molded-in hull graphics, but at 4600-lb. it is easy to trailer.
our test and video.
Henriques 30 Express Fishboat
This well-built express
is designed for canyon running with reliability, fishability and comfort
With 2 x 380-hp Cummins
diesels, she cruises at 25 mph with a range of 334 miles.
Celebrating its 30th year in business this year, it
is fitting that the company’s newest model should be a 30-footer (33’ with bow pulpit).
She has an all-new deep-V hull with a fine entry to make square seas as comfortable
as possible. The fiberglass hardtop, half tower and generator come standard, along
with most of the other fishy stuff you need to head for the canyons. Capt. John Wenz
was impressed with the quality of construction and installation. See test and video.
New Boat Buying Advice Life-long boat dealer Larry Russo gives his views on how
to get a good deal in a soft market
Larry Russo is one of the most universally respected boat
dealers in the U.S. His father started Russo Marine in 1940 and Larry started working
there when he was 8. Over the years he has been president of many industry groups,
including the MRAA (the national boat dealers association), and he is currently
chairman of the industry’s Dealer Certification Program. For the last three years
his dealership has been rated in the “Top 10” in the nation by
magazine. He is not bashful about saying what is on his mind, as you’ll see.
About Russo Marine…from Leading
…to Brunswick Corporate Loyalist.
215 SSi Sinks
at the Dock
Did the consumer get good “customer service” or not?
be the judge!
Questionnaire at end of article.
on day #4 of ownership, the new SSi 215 was submerged
at the dock.
At 7am on a Monday morning this year David Isabelle
got a phone call from his marina and was told his three-day old Chaparral 215 had
sunk. It was David’s second boat. And while he was certainly disappointed that his
shiny new SSi sank, what really made his blood boil-- apparently -- is what he considers a cavalier customer service
attitude taken by the builder. Twenty-three days later Chaparral delivered a new boat, paid all of his expensed, a day of lost incove, and even threw in added cruising canvas.
Find out what happened and when…and "you be the Judge."
Happen at the Dock
simple precautions can keep your boat afloat where it is
new, never-been-used fire boat sank at the dock in its marina in the James
River. When found at 7am, the bow was pointed straight up in the air.
Edward Murphy, author of Murphy’s Law ("If something
can go wrong, it will go wrong") must have been a boater. Thankfully boats are
tied up at the dock 95% of the time, which is where things go wrong – when it comes
to sinking – 80% of the time. Also, 95% of the time a boat is at the dock, no one
is on it, so when something does go wrong there is no one around to fix it.
To find out why
boats sink at the dock and what you can do to prevent it…turn the page…
3-Way Adjustable Helm Seat Base
Low-cost fix for sportboat helm seats that are
fixed, too low, wobble, or won't swivel
seat base can double your boating pleasure.
See Video of Capt. Robert Smith demonstrating
the 3-way pedestal.
The #1 complaint among BoatTEST.com’s “Owner Reviews” on sportboats is that the
helm seat is not positioned correctly for the owner’s use. Usually the seat is too
low and can not be raised. Often it is too close to the wheel for tall or corpulent
helmsmen. Many don’t swivel 180-degrees to aid conversation when at anchor. If you
have any of those problems with your helm seat, for $250 and the price of a few
screws and bolts, you can have a helm seat the way you always wanted it. Purchase from the BoattestStore…
This is not a new product. It has been around for several years, but many sportboat
builders don’t install it as standard. Instead, they make their best guess as to
how tall their buyers are and bolt a simple fixed pedestal to the cockpit sole.
This helps keep the price of the boat down, which is a good thing, but an improperly
situated helm seat is a very bad thing. If you are buying a new sportboat with a
fixed helm seat, simply buy one of these Garelick units (part No. 75637) and give
it to your dealer to install for you. He’ll be glad to do it to make the sale.
System for Outboard Engines
TeleFlex’s new Sea Star
system makes steering easy
If you have added new 4-stroke engines to your boat
without hydraulic steering, you are probably surprised by how much extra effort
it takes to steer. The new engines are heavier and after a long day on the water,
they can wear you out. That is why Teleflex, the leading name in recreational marine
steer, has introduced its new SeaStar hydraulic system for the aftermarket. It is relatively low cost and easy to install. See Capt. Robert Smith demonstrate the unit
Has Motors up to 115-hp
This 50-year old company now has a
full line of outboard motors up to 115-hp
115-hp model has many
Tohatsu says that its outboards provide the environmental
offerings of four-strokes while never compromising the powerful running performance
of two-strokes. The 115 has three step adjustable trolling speed control, quick
acceleration response, compact size, and fuel economy. To see Capt. Robert Smith’s
video review of the 115-hp …
“Norwegian Teak” Now Accepted
Scores of builders around the Globe
are using Flexiteek on everything from tenders to megayachts
Flexiteek looks like the
real thing yet eliminates most maintenance.
Islands by Bland Simpson is a book for everyone who loves the North Carolina
shores. With gorgeous pictures by Ann Simpson and its portrait of coastal life it
is a must have.
Buy this Book.
A Historian's Coast: Adventures into the Tidewater
Past by David Cecelski. This illuminating, entertaining and essential
work by Cecelski is a historical aid-to-navigation. A collection of literary beacons
from Knotts Island to Navassa. Cecelski presents the rapacious turpentiners of the
Rich Islands, and the intrepid boatman in his paper canoe, and lights the way through
the trickiest currents and riptides of North Carolina's coastal past. $18.95
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Reversion Product Introduced
still seems to be a problem and a new invention claims to be
The two risers pictured at left are from the port engine and were standard, the two risers on the right are from the starboard engine and were fitted with the “Dry-Tech Reversion Control System,”™ Patent Pending.
At the turn of the century (2000, that is) water ingestion
or water reversion was a hot topic and engine companies using GM blocks grappled
with the problem and solved it. Or, did they? Increasingly, industry sources tell
us the problem has not really been solved. Now, a new company called Performance
Resources, LLC, claims to have invented a product that will solve the problem once
and for all. To find out more…ingest here
See BoatTEST's video of New Product Solution
“BoatTEST” is becoming an internationally-known
name thanks to the Internet
By special arrangement,
BoatTEST.com is now available in Chinese in China on their version of AOL. Capt.
Robert Smith has signed up for a Berlitz course and expects to be speaking passable
Mandarin in about six weeks, albeit with a slight Guangdong accent.
In the late 14th Century and early 15th Century
China had the largest ocean-going naval and merchant fleet in the world. So, we’re
betting it is only a matter of time before the Chinese remember their glorious nautical
past by going boating. By 2011 the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River will be
completed creating a 373-mile long lake and we reckon it won’t be long thereafter
that the FLW has it’s first million yuan bass tournament.
140 New Videos
in Two Months
October and November are
record video months for BoatTEST.com – Global Leader in Marine Internet Videos
The last two months BTC has produced over
5 solid hours of video boat tests, reviews, product introductions, boat show coverage
Somewhere it was written “don’t hide your candle under a bushel,” so forgive us
for sounding our own Kahlenberg this week, and for changing metaphors. BoatTEST.com,
which was founded in 2000 with about 70 videos, now has over 2800 in its library,
including about 900 full boat test videos. During the last two months we made
and put on the BTC Network of websites over 140 videos which are from about 40 seconds
to five minutes each in duration. Most are available free. About 500 of the tests
are in the “archives” and we charge a small fee for unlimited viewing for a week,
month or year. (The fees help pay the light bill, and thank you for the help.)
During the last six months we have been joined by several new webcasts, video newsletters,
and Internet “TV Channels” and we welcome them all to what we feel is the most important medium of communication ever invented in human history. Our job is to help you find
the right boat for you and not put you to sleep in the process. So stick with us,
as we work hard to get better and better.
Passes New Emissions Registration Requirements
NMMA supported new legislation to protect
California boat dealers from non-compliant buyers
California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed
into legislation a law that would require a dealer or buyer of a marine engine under
500hp to submit documentation to the state verifying it meets California emissions
requirements. The new law will start on July 1, 2008. For engines over 500-hp, dealers
or owners will submit the registration documents on January 1, 2009.
FLW King Series Winners
Snag $112,500 Purse
Champions discover 3-day
old bait doesn’t work
TEAM Holligan wins $112,500
in King Fish FLW tournament in Biloxi, Miss
On the strength of a 36-pound, 7-ounce catch in the
final round of competition, Team Hooligan walked away with the prestigious 2007
Kingfish Tour Championship title. “The irony for us is that we caught three fish
today and that’s two more than we caught all week,” said the team spokesman. (Shows
you what happens when you use fresh bait.)
Read the rest of this fishy story…
Pier Survives Speeding Fiberglass on Redneck Riviera
Unlit, derelict pier 875 feet
into Gulf gets in the way of boater in a hurry at night.
What’s left of the
Gulf State Park Pier is unlit and nearly claimed the lives of 5 boaters
Five people were injured recently when their 23-foot Formula traveling about 30
mph hit unlit pilings left exposed since 2004 when Hurricane Ivan damaged the Alabama
Gulf State Park pier, marine police said Friday. The boat sunk about 300 from the
To find out who was at fault …plunk your magic twanger
to Pass in
Front of Ferry
With brains and luck like this, next
he should try beating the Brownsville Express to a
Pictured left is the 25
foot speed boat that almost got past 100 foot ferry. Local sport is
to scare the captain of the Port Aransas
Three people were tossed into the ship channel after
their fishing boat crashed into the front of a Port Aransas ferry recently. The
driver of a 25-foot fishing boat was trying to pass in front of the 100 ft long
R.E. Stotzer Jr. car ferry as it was leaving the boat launch at Harbor Island, near
Corpus Christi, TX . Crew members aboard the Stotzer tossed life rings to the men
while another fisherman pulled them out of the water. No one aboard the 25 footer
was wearing a lifejacket. The three men were taken to Bay Area Medical Center. One
of them was reported to have suffered a 6-inch cut on his forehead.
To find out what the USCG had to say about this incident…
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