Boat Tests & Reviews
Glastron DS 215
Glastron's DS 215 deckboat offers an amazing choice of activities. There is a built-in
entertainment station, room for friends and family, and the forward swim platform
doubles as a fishing platform. She is a good performer at an affordable price.
Go to the complete report and video...
JC Pontoon NepToon 23 TT
The NepToon 23 Fish is built on a 23-foot hull, which is the company's largest selling
platform. She is a floating living room for most of the
boat, but leaves about three feet in the stern dedicated to fishing. She has a vinyl
deck that is easy to clean, plus a pair of removable fishing chairs, a livewell
at the stern and a trolling motor plug in the bow. See complete test and video...
Skeeter WX 1880
The WX 1880 is a combination fish and ski boat. It is not a compromise boat by any
stretch of the imagination. It is part of their Deep-V series of deep water boats
and it performs the function of a top notch fishing rig as well as a high-performance
ski boat equally well. See complete test and video...
Manitou 20 X-Plode Cruise SHP
The Sport Handling Package delivers eye-popping performance and she
turns like a speed
boat. Our test boat ran an impressive 43.3 mph with the 175-hp Evinrude E-TEC outboard.
See Captain Rob's complete test and video report...
SeaCraft SC 23 Tournament
The SC 23 Tournament Edition is prepared to compete and is loaded with fishy features
that will have you enjoying your time aboard and being noticed by
those around you.
See our video of the SeaCraft SC 23 Tournament…
Yamaha FX SHO Cruiser
The FX Cruiser SHO is the flagship of the Yamaha fleet. This top-of-the-line watercraft
is aimed at the discriminating buyer who is looking for the total package of luxury,
features, and most of all, performance. See complete test and video...
Watch Yamaha's FX Cruiser SHO Commercial.
Inside View of Tigé Boats
BoatTEST's Capt. Rob Smith takes a look at design and construction details with Tige's Kip Davis.
A lot of work goes in to each boat built by Tigé, our
favorite boat builder in Abilene, TX. If you have ever thought about buying a tournament-ready
ski/wake boat, no matter the brand, then you will appreciate these eight videos
Capt. Rob Smith made at Tigé. There is more to Tigé than a pretty face and
a funny name, as you will see.
See 8 videos about what goes into a Tigé...
See 7 Tigé video tests...
Like You Have Never Seen Them!
Premier Pontoon boat company has made some of the finest -- and most watchable --
promotional videos we have ever seen in the marine industry. They are not throbbing
hard-sell with a lot of balderdash, but rather each video is a story of how a typical
owner might use that particular boat. If you are in the market for a pontoon boat
-- or think you may be some day -- then you owe it to yourself to watch a few of
these Premier videos. Find out how elegant and practical pontoon boats really can
be. A perfect counter-point to watching Premier's videos is to watch a BoatTEST.com
test video of the same boat. Then you will have a 360-degree view of the boat from
both the performance and functionality stand-points, as well as getting a usage
perspective. Full marks to Premier!
See Premier's promotional "in-use" videos of 13 models...
See BoatTEST performance tests and videos of 10 Premier models...
Marine Video Search Engine
Now BoatTEST visitors can access our library of over 3,000
videos on dozens of subjects, simply by typing in “key words” in the “Video Search”
window. In addition to 1000 boat test videos, there are also over 1000 videos on
related subjects such as boat reviews, product reviews, buying tips, piloting and
boat handling information, as well as hundreds of company videos on all manner of
subjects. Each month BoatTEST adds about 200 new videos to its library so that you can
access information on a variety of powerboat subjects. To access this powerful library,
simply type in the subject, or the name of the category, or brand in the box adjacent
to the words “Video Search.” See below…and enjoy the views!
The Boating Lifestyle
Why We Love Boating
It is good to remember
why we all love boating and these five video clips capture the essence of what makes
this sport unlike any other. The moments you see captured here are all about living
in the present and creating memories that will last a lifetime. We thank the good folks
at Hydra-Sports for sending us these videos, which were all taken aboard a Hydra-Sport
3300 Center Console in the Gulf of Mexico.
Enjoy the Boating LifeStyle! To see our tests of five Hydra-Sports...dive
Honda Introduces New 40-hp and 50-hp Engines
Honda Marine has redesigned its BF40 and BF50 horsepower outboard engines to incorporate
Electronic Fuel Injection as well as a host of Honda-exclusive technologies. Honda
says that the new models have the fuel efficiency and quiet operation of Honda’s
other four-stroke outboard engines, plus light weight and powerful acceleration.
Honda’s exclusive Boosted Low Speed Torque (BLAST) system and a new high-performance
gear case combine for a strong holeshot, while Lean Burn Control provides a fuel
savings of nearly 20 percent and better at cruise, says the company. To find out more about the new Honda...start
The BoatTEST crew just tested the BF40, check the next newsletter for a full report.
New Yamaha 40-hp Outboard
Just a week or so after the Honda announcement, Yamaha also introduced a 40-horsepower
four-stroke midrange outboard, called the F40A. Like Honda, Yamaha says their new
engine will run “more efficiently" and reliably thanks to the addition of electronic
multi-point fuel injection and other improvements from Yamaha’s engineers.
To read all about the new Yamaha outboard and to see the specs…pull this cord.
Suzuki Aims at Repower with New 70-, 80-, 90-, 100-hp OBs
Early this spring Suzuki Marine launched four “New Generation”
4-strokes for 2009 -- DF70, DF80. DF90 and DF100. The company says that these new
4-strokes have been redesigned from the ground up and
are faster, lighter, and more fuel efficient than their first generation models.
Suzuki is targeting these new and improved engines to the outboard repower market.
There are millions of good old boats still powered by 1950s technology, i.e. fuel-guzzling
2-strokes. To find out all about the new engines from Suzuki…re-power your mouse.
Bass Pro Shops & MarineMax: “Unprecedented Discounts
Bass Pro Shops and MarineMax, the two largest marine retailers, have joined forces
to present what they call the “Great American Boat Sale.” The two retailers tell
us that they are offering “unprecedented discounts and deals” on Tracker Marine
and Sea Ray boats. Onsite financing is available from both retailers, making a visit
one-stop shopping. From now until June 15th this sale is applicable at all Tracker
Marine Group and MarineMax dealerships, over 150 of them, but the biggest events
will be found at 17 special locations at Bass Pro Shops set up with a multitude
of activities and incentives. Visit the official website for details about the “Great American
Fuel Economy Winner
Alumacraft Pro 175 with 75-hp Honda
Each year we look over the boats we have tested to see which boats have the most fuel-efficient
performance numbers at “best cruise.” In 2007 the winner was the Alumacraft Pro
175 bass boat powered by a 75-hp Honda engine with the new “BLAST” technology.
find out which brand boats and power ranked #2 and #3, and to find out all of the
basic performance numbers…plunk your magic twanger.
See video test of Alumacraft Pro 175…
of explanation of 75-hp Honda with BLAST technology…
video on introduction of 75-hp Honda…
Earthrace Going Strong
Capt. Pete Bethune and his four-person crew are enjoying the results of good weather
and few mechanical problems and have traveled 13,887 nm as of day 33. They arrived
in the evening of May 31st (last Saturday) in Palau, the place where they waited
many days last year for spare parts for one of their engines. This is not to
say that there haven't been a few troubles along the way, this time.
To find out where they were and to read some of the Captain's log...join
video interview of Pete Bethune and go inside Earthrace.
Memorial Day Weekend Mishaps
Every year there is a rash of accidents and tragedies on Memorial Day weekend as
thousands of boaters with cabin fever madly dash across the water, many for the
first time of the year. This year was no exception. Sadly, virtually all of the
accidents could have been avoided if the operator had simply been operating his
boat prudently. Most deaths could have been avoided if people had been wearing
life vests. To read about a few accidents that caught our eye, and to learn
some important safety tips…close eyes, check this out.
Letters to the Editor
Letters pour into the BoatTEST world headquarters every week
on virtually everything we write about, as well as things we've never thought of.
Our loyal readers keep us on our toes, and we thank them for thinking of us, no
matter what they think. We cleaned out our inbox this week, and we thought you might
enjoy reading what some of your fellows have had to say.
As we often say, publishing is never a victimless crime...follow
Ducky Award Winner
“It might not look like much, but this boat hauls ass!” – D. Massey
"Another silly ass hits the water without a life vest." – N. Eley
“This boat is so easy to operate. Any jackass can do it.” – A. Klotz
“Who is the jack ass that forgot the beer?”
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