New Hatteras 56 MY//New Larson 330//Mainship 45 Test - 04/02/2008

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Mainship 45 Pilot

There is a lot to like about the Mainship 45 starting with the fact that it is a twin stateroom, 2-head cruiser with galley down. The test boat was powered by twin Yanmar 440-hp diesels, and at best cruise has a range of 632 miles at 22 mph, and 100 rpm off the pins goes 28 mph with a range of 510 miles. With an MSRP of $555k ($300k less than the competition) you are getting a lot of boat and functionality for the money. See Capt. Smith’s video test…step aboard

Formula 370
Super Sport

We’ve tested the 370 SS before but not with the Axius drive. Once you’ve had Axius, you’ll never go back. The 370 SS or Super Sport has amenities and fit-and-finish second to none. From the FAS³TECH® stepped hull to the comfortable interior, the 370 SS is designed to thrill and chill. Take a look at the video and photos of this boat – the grace and elegance of this design speaks for itself. Formula was the first in the industry with a 5 year extended protection plan warranty. See video test…begin chilling
bertram ARG

Windsor Craft 36 

A few years ago, Irwin Jacobs decided he wanted to bring back to life the iconic old-world craftsmanship in mahogany boats with classic looks. He wanted to build a day boat that was as authentic as possible to those produced in the 1920s – but equip it with all of the latest amenities and with technology undreamed of in the Gatsby era. He wanted the real thing – not just a fiberglass replica with a high price tag.  See Capt. Smith’s video…step up here

Wellcraft 30 Tournament

Wellcraft’s legendary 30 Tournament is a world-class fishing machine with about every feature you could imagine. We used the highly popular “Compare” feature to measure this boat against the stiffest competitors on the chart and we discovered that she has the greatest fuel capacity and greatest range of the lot, at 476 miles. She was also a lot heavier than most of the boats in her size range which indicates to us she has the beef to stand up to those square ones offshore. See our video…cast here

Video Review

Larson 330 DC

Our bet is that the new Larson Cabrio 330 Day Cruiser will be one of the hottest sellers of the year. Why? In a word, it is breath-taking. The cockpit is huge for a 33-footer and while it is designed for entertaining, you can do most anything from this platform. Below it is also designed for entertaining, but if you really want to turn it into a four-sleeper, you can.
Seeing is believing…watch our  video

Video Review

Nordic Tug 37

While at the Southampton Boat Show last fall we thought we would revisit a new model of the Nordic Tug which we had tested a few years back. We found that the builder had updated the interior and over all she stood the test of time with her twin cabins forward and her 527-mile cruising range with a single Cummins 330-hp diesel going 14 mph. Not surprisingly, the boat sold on the first day of the show. See Capt. Smith’s video review…toot here

World's Greatest 

A Look at the Lower Unit

Merc’s Bravo III Has Beef and Thrust
It will steer you straight at low speeds and max your thrust
at high speeds.

Counter-rotating props are only the beginning of the story of MerCruiser’s highly successful Bravo III drive. This ruggedly-constructed lower unit is designed to harness 450 horses and keep on ticking through rough, high-speed offshore abuse. The proof is the company’s 3-year warranty. See Capt. Smith’s video review…

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Fairline Yacht Video Look

The Phantom 48 Packs in the Amenities
This British yacht offers 65’
of functionality in 48’.

The Phantom 48 has 3 cabins, 2 heads,
plus a galley down.

Fairline Yachts prides itself on first rate quality and joiner work. The 48 Phantom is finished in American White Oak which makes this boat look light and airy. Not only has the builder shoe-horned in three staterooms below, but it also has a galley down and a snug captain’s cabin abaft the engine room. She also has a flying bridge that was artfully designed for entertaining. With a draft of only 3’8” you can take her to the Abacos worry-free. See Capt. Smith’s video first look at this Phantom…welcome aboard

Embedded Steel Motor Mounts
Keeping 2000 horses in harness
is not easy.

Bertrams thrive in rough water – but it’s no accident, it’s because of innovation.

The early days of Bertram Yachts were also the early days of fiberglass construction. For the first time boats could be propelled off six foot waves and come crashing down on deep-V hulls without splitting asunder. But Bertram learned quickly that there was more to rugged, hang-together boat construction than merely the deep-V design. For example, the tremendous G-forces in pounding offshore can turn engine mounts to corn meal in the blink of an eye.

See Capt. Rob Smith examine Bertram Yachts steel engine mounts…pound here

See gallery of Bertrams taking a pounding in the early days…and still ticking

Video Review

Oyster LD43

Oyster has been one of the finest names in British sailboat building for decades, and now is putting a salty toe in the powerboat market. The LD 43 (for lunch and dinner) is obviously intended for day tripping with a huge cockpit that seats 6 for lunch and in the salon another 6 can join in a seafood feast.  She’ll be just fine on this side of the pond.
See our video review…rule Britannia!

Video Review

Outerlimits SV 40

These offshore race boats offer speed, noise, and thrills that are hard to find anywhere else except a race track. Over the years several Indy and Formula One drivers have tried their hands at offshore powerboat racing and all have said that the sport can be just as brutal as auto racing. Thankfully, with the advent of enclosed cockpits, these offshore speedsters are no longer as dangerous as they once were. Our Capt. Smith is no Reggie Fountain, but he takes a look at the Outerlimits SV 40…see video

New Boat

Hatteras is Back with a 56’ Motor Yacht
The smallest flush deck motoryacht in the Hatteras line, this 56 has 3 staterooms and a flybridge helm.

The Hatteras 56 has an 18’2” beam
and a $2M price tag.

Today, only a few U.S. builders are in the motoryacht market and we’re happy to see that Hatteras is expanding its franchise by moving down in size to an entry-level motoryacht. A few years ago the company was purchased by Brunswick (which also owns Sea Ray and Meridian) and it was logical to think that Sea Ray and Meridian owners would be encouraged to move up into the Hatteras line. With the introduction of the 56’ Motor Yacht that natural evolution of “move-on-up" has been made even easier. To see interior drawings, specs, and to get our take on Hatteras’ new boat…please remove shoes

Safe, Practical Underwater Lights

Safe, Practical Underwater Lights
LEDs are used in stop lights
for good reason.

Why pay money and take your chance on underwater lighting? Like almost everything else in boating, if you don’t have the right – and the best – equipment you might be disappointed. OceanLED has some powerful proven technology built into its units. See Capt. Rob Smith’s in-depth video examination of OceanLED underwater lights…flick this switch

Interview with Azimut’s President

Azimut’s Future Plans Laid Bare
President Paolo Vitelli shows the vision that grew his company to world leadership.

Egg Harbor

The Man Behind the The Surgical Mask
A plastic surgeon is giving four great old brands a face lift.


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A Tiger Team Report to the USCG
CO Leak at Generator Kills Three
CO detector doesn’t work as odorless, colorless gas
fills a 16-year-old boat.

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This 16-year old boat had just been inspected by a surveyor and sold.
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Generator exhaust hose clamps were tight. Note rust stains on sole.
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Aqua-Meter CO detector failed to sound an alarm during tests.

Almost every year several people die in the U.S. from CO poisoning aboard boats. Usually the perpetrator is the generator or the exhaust hose. Last year, on June 18th, three people were found dead aboard a newly purchased used boat in Baltimore, MD. The USCG immediately sent a “Tiger Team” to investigate. To read the “Tiger Team” report and to grasp the obvious lessons from this needless tragedy…read on

Survey of the Four Gas Generator Companies
Kohler ONLY makes Low-CO Gas Gen Sets Westerbeke and Cummins Onan still using old,
problematical technology, but it’s lower cost

In 2006 Kohler started making ONLY Low-CO gasoline generators.
Northern Lights

Northern Lights only makes diesel generators.

Westerbeke makes gas gen sets both with and without Low-CO emission technology.
Cummins Onan

Cummins Onan does not make Low-CO gas gen sets.

If you have, or you know someone who has a gasoline generator in a boat, then you will want to know all about it. First, is it a new Low-CO emission generator? If it is a Westerbeke built after 2005 it MIGHT be. If it is a Kohler built in 2006 or after, it IS. If it is anything else, in all likelihood it is not a Low-CO emission gasoline generator. As the report appearing above makes abundantly clear, old gasoline generators can be as deadly as any deranged serial killer. To find out more…read on

EPA Permit Fiasco Update

Will Senate Pass EPA Permit Exemption
in Time?

The clock is ticking and the Senate is apathetic. This could spell
doom for boaters – we’ve
been there before.

Rostenkowski created the 10% Luxury Tax on boats in 1990, nearly killing motoryachts.

In Sept. 1990 the 10% Luxury Tax went into effect and stayed in place until August 1993 – and during those 36 months scores of marine companies went out of business and an estimated 100,000 people lost their jobs in the marine industry. This travesty of justice was caused on purpose by the man whose picture appears above. To find out why he did it, and why the current senate might sit on its hands and pretend they know nothing about the boaters being socked with expensive EPA Permitting on Sept. 30th…read this

BoatTEST Exclusive

Captured Video Reveals Teacher
of Samurai
Navy Captains

Now it can be told—Capt. Rod was on a secret CIA mission to teach U.S. Allied Navies Piloting Basics.

Capt. Rod teaches wake control, Samurai piloting and anchoring techniques.

In a highly-classified video recently received, it was disclosed that Capt. Dangerfield was really an undercover agent for the CIA tasked with teaching piloting, seamanship, and small warship handling at both the Japanese and German naval academies. Like so much of what the CIA does, it didn’t go quite as planned as you will see from this video…steer here

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Diesel Engine News

Marine Diesels Exempt from EPA Emission Regs
Score one for common sense.

Full Marina
At last the EPA discovered diesel-powered
boats are hardly used.

On March 14, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Stephen Johnson signed a new rule to reduce emissions from locomotive and marine diesel engines. To get the good news...pop this cork


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The coveted “Rubber Duck” award winner is...
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First Place
“This is the last time we take your mother-in-law fishing!"
--W. Meek

Second Place 
"We told you once, “If you don’t bring beer, you don’t go fishing. Period!"
--Bill G.

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Rescue of the Week
alaska ranger
A survivor
in his dry suit.
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Alaska Ranger
in better days.
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One of the ship's life rafts swept away empty.

Crew members are reported to have said that there was water in the rudder compartment before Alaskan Ranger left the dock. It seems a leak at the rudder overwhelmed the crew and then seals on watertight bulkheads failed, making it impossible to save the vessel. To see videos and read press accounts…read more 

Senators Who Are Saving Boating Roster

Roster of Senatorial Heroes
and Potential Heroes

We will run this roster every week until S. 2766 becomes law or the EPA Permit Deadline of Sept. 30, 2008-- whichever is first.

Is your senator for boating, against boating, confused, on the fence, or just not tuned in yet to what is going on?  Check the roster below, then you'll know what to do.

"The Save Boating" Senators Undecided
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Barbara Boxer
Sen.Barbara Boxer
jeff sessions
Sen. Jeff Sessions
Richard Shelby
Richard Shelby
Sen. Bill Nelson
Sen. Lisa Murkowski
Sen. Ted Stevens
Sen. Jon Kyl
Sen. John McCain 
Sen. Blanche L. Lincoln
Sen. Mark Pryor
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
Sen. Wayne Allard
Sen. Ken Salazar
Sen. Christopher J. Dodd
Sen. Joseph Lieberman
Sen. Joseph R. Biden
Sen. Thomas R. Carper
mel martinez
Sen. Mel Martinez
Sen. Saxby Chambliss
Sen. Johnny Isakson
Sen. Daniel K. Akaka
Sen. Daniel K. Inouye
Sen. Larry E. Craig
Sen. Michael D. Crapo
Sen. Richard J. Durbin
Sen. Barack Obama
Sen. Evan Bayh
Sen. Evan Bayh
Sen. Richard G. Lugar
Sen. Charles E. Grassley
Sen. Tom Harkin
Sen. Sam Brownback
Sen. Pat Roberts

Sen. Jim Bunning
Sen. Mitch McConnell
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu
Sen. Mary L. Landrieu
David Vitter
Sen. David Vitter
Sen. Susan M.Collins
Sen. Susan M.Collins
Sen. Olympia J. Snowe
Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski
Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy
Sen. John F. Kerry
Sen. Carl Levin
Sen. Carl Levin
Debbie stabenow
Sen. Debbie Stabenow
Sen. Norm Coleman
Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Amy Klobuchar
Sen. Thad Cochran
roger wicker
Sen. Roger Wicker
Chris Bond
Sen. Christoper S. Bond
clarie mcCaskill
Sen. Claire McCaskill

Sen. Max S. Baucus
Jon Tester
Sen. Jon Tester
Sen. Chuck Hagel
E. Ben Nelson
Sen. E. Benjamin Nelson
John Ensign
Sen. John Ensign
Harry Reid
Sen. Harry M. Reid
New Hampshire
Judd Gregg
Sen. Judd Gregg
New Hampshire
Sen. John E. Sununu
New Jersey

Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg
New Jersey

Sen. Robert Menendez
New Mexico
Jeff Bingaman
Sen. Jeff Bingaman
New Mexico
Pete Domenici
Sen. Pete V. Domenici
New York
Sen. Hillary R. Clinton
New York
Chuck Schumer
Sen. Charles Schumer
North Carolina
Richard Burr
Sen. Richard M. Burr
North Carolina
Elizabeth Dole
Sen. Elizabeth Dole
North Dakota
Sen. Kent Conrad
North Dakota
Sen. Byron L. Dorgan
Sen. Sherrod Brown
Sen. George V. Voinovich
Sen. Tom Coburn
Sen. James M. Inhofe
Gordon Smith
Sen. Gordon H. Smith
Ron Wyden
Sen. Ron Wyden
Bob Casey
Sen. Bob Casey Jr.
Arlen Specter
Sen. Arlen Specter
Rhode Island
Jack Reed
Sen. Jack Reed
Rhode Island
Sheldon Whitehouse
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse
South Carolina
Jim DeMint
Sen. Jim DeMint
South Carolina
Lindsey Graham
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham
South Dakota
Tim Johnson
Sen. Tim Johnson
South Dakota
John Thune
Sen. John Thune
Sen. Lamar Alexander
Bob Corker
Sen. Bob Corker
Jon Cornyn
Sen. John Cornyn
Kay Hutchison
Sen. Kay B. Hutchison
Sen. Robert F. Bennett
Sen. Robert F. Bennett
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch
Patrick Leahy
Sen. Patrick Leahy
Bernard Sanders
Sen. Bernard Sanders
John Warner
Sen. John W. Warner
James Webb
Sen. James H. Webb Jr.
Maria Cantwell
Sen. Maria Cantwell
Sen. Patty Murray
Sen. Patty Murray
West Virginia
Robert C. Byrd
Sen. Robert C. Byrd
West Virginia
JD Rockefeller IV
Sen. John Rockefeller IV
Russell D. Feingold
Sen. Russell D. Feingold
Herb Kohl
Sen. Herb Kohl
Michael Enzi
Sen. Michael B Enzi
Sen. John Barrasso
Sen. John Barrasso