J. D. Power Awards
Privately-owned boat builders again sweep “satisfaction”
awards; all are repeat winners!
Click on the pictures above and you will find out the secrets of their success.
But the boating public, for the most part, doesn’t really need J.D. Power to tell them
who is tops in customer satisfaction anymore, and as long as winners cough up the
fees charged by the survey firm for advertising their little trophy, the awards
will go on. This year the awards were based on 9718 returned surveys, a 25% drop
from the previous year.
74% of new boat buyers answering the lengthy survey said that they experienced
problems with their new boats, and topping the list of aggravations were carbureted
engines. In the category of small runabouts, 80% of the boats have this 19th century
technology – and according to J. D. Power 40% of the problems small runabouts have
are related to the carburetor. To find out about all of the winners, and the scores
of the losers – many just an eyelash behind – check out and save our full report…read on
So You Want
To Buy a Motoryacht?
Nothing stirs passion in a boomer’s heart
quite like a flush deck motoryacht
Motoryacht Buying: Points to Ponder
Buying a large motoryacht is NOT like buying a house,
and it is a lot harder to get it right.
One point to remember
when you are buying your dream boat: Who is going to buy it next?
Motoryachts are like small towns: you generate your
own electricity, treat your own sewage, provide your own cable TV service and much
more. Buying one is not something most people take lightly because you are talking
millions of dollars, but with so many choices, where does one begin? The answer
is not at the boat show, a boating magazine, or even BTC’s Offshore Motoryacht where
hundreds of specs and pictures are listed. The best place to start is with a blank piece of paper and pencil…ponder
Before You Buy:
Does the Boat "Measure Up" ?
All boats look good in the pictures, but make
sure YOU fit in the boat, and the boat fits YOUR needs
Capt. Eric Sorensen takes a look at a typical 38-foot express cruiser and measures
important aspects of the boat. Even big boats are smaller than you may think. Naval
architects are trying to cram a lot of amenities into a small space, so you must
make sure that you fit into the boat. In a dealer’s showroom, don’t hesitate to
stretch out on the bunk, stand in the shower stall, or sit on the head. These little
details may mean the difference between the boat that looks good and the one that
actually is good. This is the third installment in a series of videos on express cruiser
Largest T.A. Powerboat
Fleet Enters Bermuda
Our video series continues
as 18 boats make their
way to Bermuda on their way to the Med
If you have ever thought about long distance cruising
then you will want to watch the second installment of the epic 2004 transatlantic crossing. The Nordhavn video saga continues as the little fleet heads into the Atlantic
toward Bermuda on their 4000 mile crossing. Even if you have no interest in world cruising, these videos
give insight to what life at sea can be like in the 21st
Century aboard a powerboat.
See first installment of T.A. videos…
Want information about Nordhavn Yachts...
You Be the Judge!
The boating industry is hungry for boat-owner feedback.
Here is your chance to let the brass know what you think
Your STYLE preference?
Your WARRANTY requirements?
Is boating in
BoatTEST wants to get your feedback to builders so that
they can bake your ideas and concepts into the next generation of boats. With the
advent of the Internet the consumer has never before been so influential. And now,
most builders have access to a five-axis router with CAD which means new tooling
can be made in months not years. Take a few minutes to share your thoughts with
us and we’ll get your advice into the executive offices of America’s boat builders.
Captains, Deck Hands
Help us celebrate the joys of powerboating, cruising,
boat maintenance, varnish work
Here, two power
boaters find themselves up a creek without a steam engine and need professional
instruction. Perhaps your skills and expertise could help other BTC readers.
BTC Publishing’s weekly e-newsletters are read around
the world by boaters seeking information on powerboat buying, operation, maintenance
and enjoyment. We are looking for a few good contributors to help us keep our readers
supplied with up-to-the-minute information on subjects such as, say, steam engines.
A once in a lifetime opportunity…plunk
your magic twanger
For Sale: One
Options on Saddam’s
boat included missiles, a mosque, and secret submarine escape pod. For Sale: $35
Every dictator should
have a megayacht and Saddam had two. But what happened to the other one?
Who would have thought that Saddam Hussein was also
a closet yachtsman? He owned two huge megayachts, one a gift from the Saudi
Royal family (another group of ardent yachtsmen) as thanks for waging war on Iran, an
8-year altercation that cost 1 million lives. The 269’ Ocean Breeze (nee Quadisiyah
Saddam) now lies in Nice. While she is for sale by a well-known international yacht
broker, no one is claiming ownership. The new Baghdad government is demanding the
yacht back, but the French government has claimed the boat until a proper title can be determined.
For the rest of the story, and to find out what happened to Saddam’s
other megayacht…buzz off
Reader Feedback, Opinions,
Inquiries, Ideas, Suggestions
When a thought crosses your mind about boats and boating,
chances are hundreds of other boat owners would be interested in what you have to
say. Let us know what you’re thinking and we’ll try to produce an article to answer
your questions, publish your thoughts, or just take it to heart. To make it easy
for you, all you need do is …Sound Off, 1,2,3,4
This picture struck a responsive cord in
our readers and we received over 200 caption suggestions. BoatTEST’s awards committee
was unable to reach a decision on one winner, so this week we will award two of
the coveted rubber duckys.
First Place (A tie)
"Excuse me ladies... but
which way to the GYM?"
"Girls, I'm in water up to my knees. Do you know where your outdrive is?"
"Hey ladies, once you've had a man with no neck you'll never go back".
"For the last time Larry, we do NOT want to see your dinghy!"
Honorable (almost) Mention
Big Larry had done a great job of getting the ladies on board. Unfortunately
he didn't leave any room for himself.
"It might be your boat but you still can't come."
"Honey, you'd look a whole lot better with a shirt on sitting on that 58 Sea Ray
You write the caption.
Will you win the coveted "Ducky Trophy" for best caption? Simply
fill in your caption and you may get lucky...quack here
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