Is Your New Boat’s Prop Right?
The propeller is often overlooked when buying a new boat.
Capt. Smith asks PowerTech’s
Steve Powers what a new owner should look for.
Usually the propeller you get with your new boat will
be the right one, but the builder might not have anticipated your needs, and it
is best to play it safe. Before taking delivery, council with your dealer about
how you plan to use the boat and where. Get his input, then check the Test Reports on
BoatTEST.com for your engine and boat. When in doubt, call PowerTech.
of Steve Powers explaining what to look for…prop up here.
The Mighty 23’ SeaCraft is
But she’s all new and far better than in the “good old
The new SeaCraft 23 is
designed for the SKA and she is loaded with features.
$1000 Down Payment Credit
on New Stratos Boats
The 186 XT (left) and
the 176 XT (right) have down payment bounties of $500 each.
From now until May 15, 2008 you can get a $1000 credit
on your down payment for a new Stratos 200 XL or 201 XL so long as it has a Mercury,
Yamaha, or Evinrude engine and is sold by a participating Stratos dealer. Other
models, including the two pictured above, will receive a $500 down payment credit.
To see our tests of Stratos boats….
4 Die As Barge
A floating crane pulls
the remains of a
32’ aluminum cruiser.
William Hill Jr., 59, was killed recently when a
tugboat, with several barges in tow, collided with his 32-foot aluminum cabin cruiser.
The crash happened shortly after 8 p.m. just east of Wilson Dam in Wilson Lake
in the Tennessee River. TVA police said they are still looking for three other bodies
of people said to have been on the boat at the time of the accident.
For more details and a link to a silent video showing the boat…read on.
“Formula Guard” Warranty Clarification
Formula’s 5-year Warranty program
is one of the best in the business.
BoatTEST Visitors Up 57% in
362,000 unique visitors did new boat research and watched
a growing number of videos.
In March the World Wide Web connected 362,000 different people from all
over the world to BoatTEST.com.
BoatTEST saw a huge jump in visitors in March vs. a
year ago, from 230,000 in ’07 to 362,000 in '08.
Also, 23% of the visitors came two or more times during the month, up 4 percentage
points from the previous year. 22% of the visitors were from outside the U.S. The
total number of pages viewed was 2.4 million. In 2000 BoatTEST.com became the first
marine website in the world to stream video, but also preceded many major news media
organizations such as CNN, NBC and others. Today, BTC has a video library of over
3,000 videos – all on your favorite subject.
To do research in our video library, simply go to the home page and type in your
subject (just as you would with Google) in the box next to “Video Search.”
Try it now…
If it doesn’t look right,
it probably isn’t. Boating safety is everyone’s business.
Most USCG recalls are turned in by the manufacturers
themselves because they are good corporate citizens and they know safety comes first.
However, many recalls are the result of consumers bringing matters to the attention
of the USCG’s office of boating safety. To
contact the USCG…go here.
To check last month’s recalls…
Radar Weather Maps On Your
Chartplotter New system takes the guess work
out of NOAA weather reports
With WxWorx weather service
you always know what is coming.
FREE Boat Valuation For BTC
Get FREE ABOS “Marine Blue Book” values for Used
The ABOS “Marine Blue
Book” is used by many of the nation’s leading boat dealers to price their used boat
Now BTC VIP Members can have access to the same pricing
source used by America’s leading boat dealers in setting prices for used boats that
they sell, and to valuate boats that they take in trade. Now, you can have access
to that vital information BEFORE you go to trade in your boat or sell it – and when
buying a used boat. Find out what that boat should REALLY be selling for!
The ABOS “Marine Blue Book” is sold only to the trade for $229.95 and is not intended
for consumers. Why be in the dark when valuating your boat? Get a professional valuation
in minutes by becoming a VIP Member of BoatTEST.com.
For details about this fantastic offer and to learn more about BTC VIP Membership…
wanting to order the ABOS “Marine Blue Book"…
Revolutionary New Pontoon Boat Hull Design
New Sylvan design goes faster
with less horsepower!
Last year BoatTEST.com tested the prototype of a revolutionary
new design in pontoon hull shapes. The two-pontoon boat went 41.6 WOT, unheard of
for such a vessel. The secret of the 22’ Signature’s incredible speed was that instead
of the round aluminum “logs” that have been used by virtually every pontoon boat
builder for 75 years, Sylvan engineers designed the bottom to have a deadrise of
about 14-degrees like that on a fiberglass catamaran hull. Sylvan calls the hull
RPT for Revolutionary Planing Technology.
See exciting new Sylvan RPT video commercial…
for the prototype…
Read more about the new design…
350-hp Verado Outboard
The new 350 Mercury will
in October, the company says.
Mercury announced at the Miami Boat Show that it is
joining Yamaha with a 350-hp outboard motor. The application for this size outboard
is limited pretty much to large center consoles and outboard-powered express fishboats.
There are presently about 2000 of these type boats sold annually in the U.S. See
Capt. Smith’s video look at the new Merc 350…crank this.
Large Cruise Yacht Taken by
Where is Stephen Decatur
when he's needed?
The beautiful 290’ Le
Ponant has three masts, but don’t be fooled, she is really a
single-engine powerboat in disguise.
Having once spent
a month aboard Le Ponant in the Med, our ears perked up when we read last Friday
that she had been taken by pirates off the Somalia coast. She has been traveling
that route each spring for years, and her young crew was well aware of the potential
To find out more…jingle
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Discover Batteries Are
Safe and Powerful
Discover Batteries pack more amps per sq. in
Discover Batteries are
means you are green.
Discover has been in the energy business for 60 years
and makes a full line of AGM batteries. That means when you use them you do not have
to worry about explosive hydrogen or chlorine gas emissions, you don’t have to fill
them with water, and you need no special chargers.
To see a product video…charge this.
Whaler 180 Dauntless Makes
The new 180 Dauntless
comes standard with a 135 Verado and all the basics.