Proper Engine Room // 9 Tests & Reviews // Rules of the Road - 02/23/2011
BoatTEST Newsletter February 23, 2011 If you cannot view the newsletter, click here. Tests You Can Trust
- Tigé RZR
- MasterCraft X-35
- Cruisers Yachts' Engine Room
- Princess 32M
- Silverton 38 Sport Bridge
- Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport
- Inside the Formula Factory
- Four Winns SL 222
- Regal 42 Sport Coupe
- Yamaha SX210
- Meridian 441 Sedan Bridge
- What Should be in a Ditch Bag
- Shurhold Products
- Boat Tax in CT
- U.S. Boat Sales 2010
- Pirates Kill 4 Americans
- Boating Course Now On DVD
- Picture of the Week
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Tigé RZR:
A Tricked-Out Platform
for Boarders and Skiers

Tigé RZR
The Tigé RZR is a 20' (6.1 m) LOA platform for wakeboarders, wakesurfers, and skiers. Powered by a Pleasurecraft 303-hp ProSport 5.0L V-8, she rides on a patented ConvexV hull with the TAPS2 trim tab for wake control. The futuristic Alpha Z tower is optional.

Wakeboarders or skiers wanting the creme de la creme in a ski boat often turn to Tigé. The company's 20' (6.1 m) LOA RZR is a full-blown, edgy-designed ski/board boat with enough bells and whistles to keep anyone awake. Base price is $57,641. Is this Tigé for you?

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New Features Video

MasterCraft X-35:
Equal Parts Beauty and Brawn

MasterCraft X-35
It’s so versatile that MasterCraft dares you to invent a new water sport that the X-35 can’t warm up to.

It’s not hard to see that this is one very good looking boat, but brawny too? Well if you take a 23’5” (7.1 m) boat weighing in at 4900 lbs (2222 kg) and drop in a whopping 400-hp V8 inboard then yeah, we think you’ll have the muscle to fill the boat and still yank even your largest friend out of the water. MasterCraft calls her the X-35, we call her a boatload of fun. Let's take a look...

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New Engine Video

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius:
How an Engine Room Should Look

Cruisers Yachts Cantius 48
With twin IPS pods, there’s a lot of room to move around in this engine room, but there’s more to the layout than space.

Cruisers Yachts' 48 Cantius with IPS not only has more space for accommodations, but also lots of space in the engine room as well. She has good entertainment space on the aft deck, in the salon and down below, a big master stateroom… all great qualities that we like.  But BoatTEST captains are operators, not guests, so when we got a look at the engine compartment, we really started smiling.  That’s why we thought it deserved a video all to itself...

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New Boat

Princess 32M:
First in Her Class

Princess 32M
If Princess keeps going like this, the folks who run the London Boat Show will have to find another venue: In 2011 the new Princess 32M was somehow shoehorned inside the Excel exhibition hall. Later this year, Princess is building a 40M; we know she won't fit.

Princess Yachts is going full speed ahead, launching new model after new model. In January, the company literally rolled out the 32M, a 105' beauty displayed indoors (!) at the London Boat Show. She's the company's largest yacht so far. Despite lagging yacht sales worldwide, Princess reported inking contracts for six 32Ms by the close of the show. What's special about the 32M?

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Captain's Report

Silverton 38 Sport Bridge:
When Cost Is the Object

Silverton 38 Sport Bridge
Silverton's 39'11" (12.17 m) LOA 38 Sport Bridge has an MSRP of just $404,740 with twin Crusader 8.1L MPI gas engines, $495,875 with Yanmar 380-hp diesels. She sleeps four in two cabins, two more in the salon.

Boats are expensive, so why spend more than you have to? The Silverton 38 Sport Bridge costs substantially less than most of her competitors, sometimes enough less to buy you a Porsche. For more than 40 years, providing maximum value has been Silverton's business plan. But what do you give up by paying less?

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Captain's Report

Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport:
She's a Very Fast "Cruiser"

Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport
The Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport's starboard console leaves room for an "amenity station" to port, with a stove, sink and fridge. Max power is 600-hp, but most boats carry twin 250s.

Will your wife let you buy a Wellcraft 30 Scarab Sport? Maybe if you show her that the 30' 2" (9.19 m) LOA Scarab isn't just a fishing boat, you'll have a chance: She has a cuddy with berths, a separate head and even an open-air galley. Built on a race-proven hull, the Scarab is fast and comfortable in a chop, too. Here's more your wife should know...

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Formula Boat Construction:
How Boats Should Be Built

Formula Boats
We’ve been touting the fit and finish of the “Formula Difference” for years. But now we take a look at the source -- the Formula factory.

It’s always revealing when doing a factory tour, for here is where you get to see the heart and soul of a company, warts and all. There’s just no way to convert a factory over to a different version just so the cameras can roll.  Today we bring you the first of a multi-part look at how Formula builds its boats.  This week we look at how it builds hulls and decks.

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Four Winns SL 222:
A Deckboat with Style

Four Winns SL222
With a wide deckboat bow, split chines, a reverse transom, and clever deck layout, this is one cool boat, both on the water and on the trailer.

We estimate that about 5,500 new "deckboats" were sold in the U.S. last year.  Four Winns calls it's design “cross stream architecture”.  Whatever you choose to call it, deckboats are increasing in popularity.  On a deckboat not only is there space to have a party on deck, but the seating is roomy, storage abounds, and there are three distinct relaxing areas.  Let's take a look at the Four Winns SL 222.

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Performance Video

Regal 42 Sport Coupe:
A Twin Stateroom Express

Regal 42 Sport Coupe
This newest Regal has a lot of features that make for a very practical cruising yacht. Regal takes full advantage of her LOA of 42'4” (12.9 m) and beam of 13’ (4 m).

The Regal Yachts 42 Sport Coupe is an open and airy yacht with two staterooms and two heads that fit nicely into a 42' 4” (12.9 m) hull. It took three tries for us to finally get the test numbers on this boat, and in that three times we had a good opportunity to feel how this boat handles in varying sea conditions, wind conditions, and even docking in crosscurrents. As it turns out, throwing adverse conditions at a boat can tell you a lot about how she'll handle on nice days too. For the whole picture take a look at our full test video as we explore the handling and performance of the all new Regal 42 Sport Coupe. More...

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Affordable Boating

Yamaha SX210:
A Starter Package for the Jet Set

Yamaha SX210
Our test boat was powered by a pair of Yamaha 1052cc four cylinder marine engines. Top speed was 47.7 mph with a best cruise speed of 31.2 mph.

When it comes to doing it for less, Yamaha got the memo.  Their rock-bottom boat prices have been driving sales for years now. So when we went to take a look at the entry level model in a price conscious line-up, we were skeptical of what Yamaha would be forced to leave off the boat. As it turns out, it’s not much: smaller engines, naturally aspirated instead of turbo. And it still had a lot of get up and go. Full instrumentation, unique bow layout, and that transom patio that quickly becomes the top hangout on the boat... they’re all still there. Today, we offer a look at our full test and walkthrough video, to see just how Yamaha competes in “entry level” mode. More...

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Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan Bridge:
Performance and Handling Video

Meridian 441
We tested the performance of the 441 SB on the waters of the Florida Intracoastal Waterway.

“Before you buy, try!” But let’s face facts... it’s not always practical to get on the water to drive every boat you are interested in, particularly if you think it may be more than you can handle. That’s where we come in. Our reader feedback has been showing marked interest in the 441 SB for boaters wanting to trade up, but they weren’t sure if they could handle a bigger boat, or more specifically... this boat. So, to show how the boat handles, and reveal her performance figures, we brought the cameras on test day and showed exactly what to expect for handling when bringing her into the dock, and what economy you can look forward to. Test video...

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Safety Tip

A "Ditch Bag"
For Offshore Boaters

Sea Tow
The well-equipped ditch bag could mean the difference between a close call and your last call. We give you a list of 15 “must have” emergency items.

For the last several years we have been chronicling on these pages accidents and rescues at sea. The fact is that while we report them only once in a while, they happen every week. Usually the difference between a sad ending and a happy ending is preparedness or dumb luck, often a combination of both. Here’s what you need to put in your "ditch bag" to take the "dumb" out of the "luck"...

Brought to you by Sea Tow.


Shurhold Fuel Filter
Removes Water & Debris

Shurhold Fuel Filter
This is the largest fuel filter in the Shurhold line.

Ever need to use fuel from a tank you had sitting in a garage or on a boat for a long time? As we all know, dirt and water are nearly unavoidable when you have stored fuel. These contaminants clog filters, injectors and needle valves. Water can cause corrosion, rust and bacteria growth and the next thing you know your engine will have a bad case of H1 N1.  We tested this filter and can report back that it works as advertised. Check it out for yourself and watch a short Shurhold video here...

Tax Fiasco

Connecticut Gov. Wants 50% Increase in Boat Sales Tax

CT Tax
The 281' yacht Cakewalk was launched last year at the Derecktor Shipyard in Bridgeport, CT, the largest yacht built in the U.S. in 75 years. She cost $82 million to build and employed hundreds of people.

Connecticut's new governor, Dan Malloy, wasn't in office more than six weeks when he proposed to raise the state's sales tax on a few luxury items, including boats over $100,000, by 50%. The proposed new luxury sales tax would go to 9% from 6%. Perhaps Gov. Malloy wasn't paying attention when the 1991 federal 10% luxury sales tax on new boats over $100k nearly wiped out the boating industry in the U.S., costing the loss of several hundred thousand jobs. These were jobs which never came back even after repeal! Get this: right next door to Connecticut is Rhode Island which has NO sales tax on boats! Duh... Find out more about this proposed disaster -- it could be happening in your state, too, as governors scramble to pay deficits ...

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Industry News

U.S. Boat Sales Estimate For 2010

Boat Sales
2010 was another tough year for the boating industry which is evolving to cope with the new paradigm. Non-current boats have pretty much been flushed out of the system.

2010 was the year that pricing switched gears over the months, at different times for different brands and dealers, as non-current inventory was sold off. As the year progressed deep discounts, rebates and other cash incentive devices slowly dried up. Taking its place were far fewer new units, if any, priced where they needed to be for both builders and dealers to stay in business. After nearly three years of a "buyer's market" the new normal began in the boating marketplace. A look at estimated sales numbers by boat type...

Pirate News

4 Americans Killed
By Somali Pirates

Jean and Scott Adam
Jean and Scott Adam and another couple were killed by pirates off the coast of Somalia Tuesday.

Four Americans aboard a 58' motorsailor were hijacked last Friday by 19 Somali pirates in two skiffs in the Indian Ocean and killed at 1 a.m. local time on Tuesday. The other couple, aboard Phyllis Macay and Bob Riggle were also killed. An American gunboat was following the hijacked vessel at the time. Read more...


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Smart Boating's Boating Course

Smart Boating
When we transferred our popular CD boating course over to DVD, we had no idea it would sell so well ...or in so many places.

Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about's Smart Boating Course, it’s clearly not only for beginners, but also for veteran boaters as well.  Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look.  Order your copy here...

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Where in the World?

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Lesson of the Week

Rules Pertaining to Different Types of Vessels

Capt. Steve Smart Boating Cover

A vessel unable to maneuver is unable to keep out of the way of another vessel.

This week Capt. Steve covers basic rules of the road in these ten new lessons and guidelines on: different categories of boats and who must keep out of the way, restrictions on working vessels, fishing vessels and all other vessels which may not be able to maneuver because the nature of their work, sea planes, and why one should never anchor in the middle of a channel. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on

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Ducky Award Winner

Ducky Winner

First Place

“A lotta people would have overlooked this parking spot!” - M. Collins

Second Place

“Good thing those rocks stopped us, we almost hit that metal beam.” - W. Williams

Honorable (almost) Mentions

“Hey honey, the generator quit running. How am I going to make dinner?” - C. Combs

“Didn't I tell you to put the fenders lower?”
- M. Paul

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