Summer is Here!
It's Time to Go Boating!
As our friend Larry Russo told us last year, “It’s time to go boating…you don’t
have too many seasons left.” No matter how many seasons you have left, we doubt
that there are enough to do all of the boating, visit all the places, fish all the spots, entertain all the friends, and enjoy all of the sunsets with your
family that you would like. Don’t wait until next year – start now. Forget about
the Europeans have been paying these prices for 50 years. Home
will come back, but there is one thing that you will never get back: the Summer of 2008. To find out
why we love boating and what we'd hate to miss…capture these moments.
Boat Tests & Reviews
The Ferretti 881 Motoryacht is a Mk II version of the beautiful 880 which was introduced
several years ago. The big difference is the master stateroom which is the most
innovative we have ever seen in this size motoryacht. The boat is full of practical
innovations such as the "teak beach" and a separate room for ship's systems equipment.
Overall the engineering and the attention to detail is second to none. Come aboard as Editor Jeff Hammond takes us through this model.
Visit Ferretti's 881 web pages...
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Altima imports their boats
from two boat yards in the Far East and the 45 is lavished with woodwork that makes
this two stateroom boat cozy. Powered by twin diesel engines, the boat can travel
at displacement speeds for long range and fuel economy. See Capt. Robert Smith's video.
Visit the Altima 45 web page.
Formula 350 Sun Sport
You will not sacrifice style or performance with Formula's 350 Sun Sport. This
hot model is designed to deliver style, grace and speed to the family who wants
it all. It carries a 10-year structural hull warranty, transferable 5-year Formula
Guard Limited Protection Plan and striking Imron graphics. See video and complete test results...
Visit the Formula 350 Sun Sport web page.
Hinckley T38R Convertible
Eric Champlin of Hinckley Yachts speaks with Jeff Hammond about the company's T38R
Convertible. Elegant, sexy and timeless, this Downeast model sets new standards
in classy day-boats. Innovations such as the hydraulic push button top and
the JetStick for easier maneuvering around the dock add to the joy of this classic
aboard for video...
Visit the Hinckley Yachts home
Strike 37 Walkaround
The standout feature of the Strike 37 Walkaround is the single level, wide deck.
Any man, woman or child can safely navigate from stern to bow while fighting a monster
fish or just enjoying the view ahead. It has all of the simplicity of a center console
and yet you can still comfortably enjoy all of the added features of a full cuddy
See video on the Strike 37 Walkaround.
the Strike 37 Walkaround web page.
New Regulator Express 30/33
Regulator calls its new express a 30, but it is actually larger than a number of
33 footers on the market. So when you are comparing boats on your short list, put
Regulator in with the bigger boats where she belongs. With a beam of 10' 7" she
is right with many 33s, and with a displacement of 11,350 lbs. dry, she actually
is heavier than most 33-footers we looked at. Like all Regulators, she is offshore-ready.
Her best cruise is from 24 to 38 mph, a very wide window that you don't see on
most boats. The only mistake Regulator made was by not calling her a 33.
See videos above.
The Epicenter of Expedition Yachts
Almost 20 years ago Nordhavn launched their first expedition yacht. Since that
time, the dream of its two entrepreneurial founders has launched a whole new category
of the sport -- Expedition Yachting. They didn't invent the concept of world cruising,
of course, as that quest had long burned in the hearts of men. Nor did they even
create world-ranging production fiberglass boats, for sailboats own that distinction.
But Nordhavn can lay claim to being the first company that set it sights on world
cruising in a production fiberglass powerboat built by people who knew what they
were doing and care passionately about getting the details right. It has spawned
Now everyone from kids out of college to 80-year-old America's Cup helmsman Ted
Hood is designing "Expedition" yachts. Its time has come and Nordhavn is here with
a fleet of boats that appeal to almost any purse. If you are at all interested in
this type of boat our interview with Dan Streech, co-founder of Nordhavn, is "must" viewing.
To visit the Nordhavn website...steer this course.
New 2007 Carvers BELOW Dealer Invoice!
A new 2007 Carver’s 56 Voyager,
the flagship, now can be yours at rock-bottom cost.
It should come as no news that many boat builders are running promotions to clear
out non-current (i.e. not 2008 models) dealer inventory. Late last week Carver Yachts
announced what might be the mother-of-all clearance sale deals: new 2007 Carver
models can now be purchased below dealer invoice at participating dealers. That means that you get a new boat with a full factory warranty without taking the depreciation hit so common on new boats. We spoke with Carver’s VP of Sales to find out more about this
unusual sales program. To find out what he said…hold on to your hat.
Bass Pro Shops and MarineMax
Team-up for Sales Event
Bass Pro Shops and MarineMax are working together this June to offer a huge nationwide
sale of their boats through Bass Pro Shops (which is owned by Tracker) and MarineMax
(a publicly-traded company which specializes in Sea Rays) to sell their respective
boats. While the sale is applicable at all Tracker Marine Group and MarineMax dealerships,
17 special locations at Bass Pro Shops have been set up with a multitude of activities
and incentives. If you have never been to a Bass Pro Shop, then you owe it to yourself
AND BoatTEST recommends you visit one ASAP -- there is nothing like them in the
world! There will be free hats and T-shirts and prizes such as trips. Who knows?
This could be the first date of a long romance...For more information...
Why Repower with Yanmar
Kevin Carlan is the sales manager for Mastry Engine Center
in St. Petersburg, Florida. Mastry is a major distributor of Yanmar engines and
has been involved with re-powering boats for many years. Kevin eats, sleeps and
breathes diesel re-powering. He knows Yanmar engines and the problems and
opportunites related to repower better than most people. We asked him some very
basic questions and were surprised by the detail of his answers. If you are thinking
about repowering, see all of BoatTEST's interview videos with Kevin Carlan...
Doral Boats Seek
Dealers in U.S.
Doral Boats, built in Grand-Mere, Quebec, Canada, builds a line of 20 models stretching
from a 17’ sport boat to a 45’ express cruiser. The company was founded in 1972,
first to service the Canadian public, and now has grown to distribution in 29 countries.
Its boats combine the classy styling found in Europe with the practical functionality
found in American boats. Doral is now seeking dealers in the U.S. and has an attractive
package to offer dealers. To find out the details…read on
The new Squadron 55 has 3 staterooms.
Thirteen years after introducing the first Fairline Squadron 55, the company has
created an all new 55 which will be introduced this fall at the Genoa and Cannes
boat shows. The company says that it has already taken orders for 35 of the new
3-stateroom yachts. Equipped with twin Volvo Penta D 12-800 EVC 775-hp diesels the
boat will retail for £775,000, excluding VAT, or about
For more information about this new motoryacht…whistle a tune
For several years now the boating industry has been "certifying" marine dealers.
As of May 1st, 389 dealers have been certified. The industry has been doing this
because in the past dealer service has been uneven and in some cases detrimental
to the sport. BoatTEST.com applauds the program and we urge our readers to use a
"Certified Marine Dealer" when buying a new boat. Following are some valuable
List of Certified Marine Dealers...
Video explaining why certification was started...
Consumer Bill of Rights...
benefits of using a Certified Dealer...
Who to contact with a dealer complaint...
Firestorm of Outrage Over Ethanol Fuel Fiasco
Last month we published an article about a California lawyer who has created a class
action suit against the oil companies for putting ethanol in marine fuel that ended
up destroying the fiberglass fuel tank in his old boat. The article hit a raw nerve
among BTC readers who have experienced the problem. Letters poured in from all over
the country recounting how E10 has ruined carburetors, fuel tanks and gas engines.
Dozens want to join the class action and add California and the U.S. Congress to
the list of defendants.
To find out what our readers have to say, and to discover a clever way to replace
your dissolving fiberglass fuel tank...read on.
Earthrace Averages 17.5 Kts
Considering all of the problems that Earthrace encountered
during its first try for the Around the World Powerboat record, the first 24 days
this trip have been a piece of cake. Seas have been manageable and all critical
equipment (except the head) has performed well. As we go to press Earthrace is
in Hawaii, having covered over 10,000 nm from Saunto, Spain.
For more information
and pictures...race this.
See Earthrace video from first
EPA Permit Fiasco
Both Committees Pass EPA Permit Relief Bill
Fewer than 45 "Congress-working-days"
remain for both houses of Congress to pass the Clean Boating Act of 2008 which will
give boaters relief from the impending Sept. 30th deadline. If the legislation is
not signed into law by then, the EPA will be required to issue -- and boaters will
be required to pay for -- permits regulating the overboard discharge of water from
all sources. Big hurdles have been overcome and two big ones remain -- 1) getting
both houses to bring the bill up for a vote, and 2) passing it. This will not be easy to
do in 45 days. To get an exclusive report on the strategy for passage and to
find out what more you can do...plunk your magic twanger
Write Congress -- You have nothing to lose except your EPA Permits!
Death by Rigid Dinghy
Dinghy Capsizes, Famous Doctor Dies
Rigid dinghies used as tenders are dangerous, a fact that unfortunately was driven
home again last Friday afternoon in Rockland Harbor, Maine. Dr. Edwin C. Hirsch,
72, plunged into the 48-degree water and died when the dinghy he and a friend were
in shipped water and quickly capsized as the men were rowing out to their boat.
Neither Hirsch nor Kevin Wilkins, 46, who survived, were wearing life vests.
find out more about this accident and about Dr. Hirsch...read on.
See TV News video of accident and pictures of survivor clinging
to a mooring...
Ducky Award Winner
“The shortest distance between two points is a straight line. The highway is for
amateurs...” – Nick S.
"It doesn't matter how far away the water looked on the screen, GPS is not to be
used as autopilot! Claim denied." – Josh M
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