Triton 21 // Robalo 305 // Bavaria 39 // Beneteau 49 // 10 Tests - 04/03/2013
BoatTEST Newsletter April 3, 2013 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Beneteau GT 49 Fly
- Intrepid 375 Walk Around
- Yamaha AR190
- Bavaria 39 Sport
- Triton 21HP
- Nord Star 37 Patrol
- Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
- MJM Factory Video
- Robalo R305
- Tahoe Q7 SF
- Volvo Penta V8-380
- Meridian Yachts 341 SB
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Beneteau GT 49 Fly:
From a Woman's Point of View

Beneteau GT 49 Fly
The Beneteau GT 49 Fly was created to provide a balance of European design and materials with a practical use of space in a package that is competitively priced in her market segment.

The Beneteau GT 49 Fly is a sport cruiser that offers an open concept feeling full of natural light. In our review we take a detailed look at the materials Beneteau chose for this model to in addition to details women are more likely to care about. For instance, in the master stateroom the builder has combined eight different materials and multiple textures and colors in a way that makes this model look modern and serene. See the new video...

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New Boat

Intrepid 375 Walk Around:
Blasting Through the Gulf Stream

Intrepid 375 Walk Around
The Intrepid 375 Walk Around has a LOA of 37'5" (11.4 m), a beam of 11’ (3.4 m), and a draft of 2'6" (.8 m). She represents an entirely new design from Intrepid that adds overnight accommodations to an offshore capable hull.

Building on the success of its 375 Center Console, Intrepid Powerboats has stepped up its game and created a customer-inspired overnight version that seamlessly blends comfort, safety and accommodations. But make no mistake… being a company that takes no shortcuts this is not the same hull with a new deck. The 375 WA was built from new molds. More...

Cruisers Yachts Factory An inside look at Intrepid's manufacturing techniques.
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Test Video

Yamaha AR190:
Value-Packed Jet Drive

Yamaha AR190
At 19'2" (5.84 m) the AR190, and her sister the SX190 represent new, smaller models from Yamaha, but they're both still big on standard features.

One of the most striking features of the new 190s from Yamaha is that they're small enough to take anywhere and they're also economical with their single engines. Parents will love the safety factor of the jet drive, but with only one engine, we were curious to see if Yamaha sacrificed performance in favor of price. As it turns out, we were easily able to tow a wakeboarder during our test. Let's take a look at the video and see what other performance tricks she has up her sleeve. More...

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New Snapshot Review

Bavaria 39 Sport:
2 Staterooms, Galley Down

Bavaria 39 Sport
The Bavaria 39 Sport has an LOA of 38'8" (11.80), a beam of 13'1" (3.99 m) and a draft of 3'6" (1.05 m) with the drive down. Displacement is 18,040 lbs. (8,200 kg.) dry.

The last several years German boat builder Bavaria has been working hard to improve its powerboat line and its credo calls for more room, utility and value. The 39 Sport is a good case in point of just how Bavaria is going about achieving those objectives. The latest model has two staterooms with a galley and salon down and seating for 12 people on deck. She is powered by twin Volvo Penta 260-hp D4 diesel sterndrives with options up to twin 370-hp D6s. She is also available with twin MerCruiser gas engines. As one might expect with Bavaria, she has over 7' (2 m) of headroom in her salon below. Learn more...

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New Snapshot Review

Triton 21HP:
For Those Ready To Move Up

Triton 21HP
The Triton 21HP measure 21' LOA and has a 95" beam. Her dry hull weight without engine is 1,840-lbs. and she is rated for power ranging from 200 to 300-hp.

There comes a point in life when it is time to leave the old, weather-beaten bass boat and step up to the brand and model which has all of the bells and whistles and is executed with such skill that it generates real pride of ownership. Better yet, having a prestigious boat but also one which is a good value for money, is an even bigger win-win for most people. We think the Triton 21HP offers just that sort of opportunity. Our snapshot review will explain why. See more...

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Snapshot Review

Nord Star 37 Patrol:
For When the Going Gets Tough

Nord Star 37 Patrol:
Nord Star is based in Finland and in spite of its name actually makes recreational cruisers. That's why its interiors, like the 37 Patrol above, are yacht quality.

Some of the best recreational boats in the world are made in Finland, the most famous case in point being Nautor's Swan sailboats which for decades have been the gold standard in that class. But Finland also has quite a number of powerboat companies and one of the most prominent and respected is Nord Star. The 37 Patrol is a good example of the builder's approach to boat building which is to make the outside extremely seaworthy and the inside well-finished and comfortable. See what we mean...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius:
What Makes Her So Popular?

Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius
The Cruisers Yachts 45 Cantius has a LOA of 45’ (13.7 m) and a beam of 14'6" (4.3 m). She represents a whole new perspective on the utilization of space.

This latest 45 Cantius is one of Cruisers Yachts' most stylish to date. She is a good boat for entertaining, while seamlessly transitioning to a cruising couple's boat. We tested her with a pair of Volvo Penta IPS500s and not only got excellent cruise numbers, but very respectable range numbers across the board. And, with joystick functionality, she handles effortlessly at the dock. But there is more to her popularity than just numbers and a joystick. More...

Cruisers Yachts Factory Behind the scenes at the Cruisers Yachts' factory.
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Factory Video

MJM Factory Tour:
How to Build Stronger and Lighter

MJM Factory Tour
MJM yachts are among the best built in the industry and the factory chosen to build them is behind that integrity.

We took a tour of the Boston Boatworks factory to see just how differently this company builds the MJM brand of yachts. As it turns out, the methods used are different in some significant ways. The end result is a yacht that is stronger and lighter than most anything in class. And we haven’t even touched on the qualities of the design itself. Learn more...

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Test Video

Robalo R305:
The Walkaround Flagship

Robalo R305
With an LOA of 29'2" (8.89 m) and a beam of 10'6" (3.2 m) this R305 represents the largest of the four boat walkaround lineup.

Robalo set out to create a roomy crossover boat to allow for fishing, family activities, and overnight capabilities. Somehow the Robalo R305 manages to blur the line between the three. We found creative use of space both above and below decks and innovative thinking throughout. Today we run Robalo's flagship through a full test. More...

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Captain's Report

Tahoe Q7 SF:
A Family That Boats Together…

Tahoe Q7 SF
Tahoe’s 20'6" (6.24 m) Q7 SF offers families a choice of on-water activity options at an affordable price.

For those looking for a boat that forges the bond between family members without breaking the bank, the Tahoe Q7 SF has all the right ingredients. Whether the float plan calls for fishing, tubing, skiing, or just drifting down the river with a picnic lunch and the engine off the Q7 can rise to the occasion. She comes well-equipped as a package deal including trailer for $32,995. More...

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Test Video

New Volvo Penta V8-380:
Next Gen Technology

Volvo Penta V8-380
Volvo Penta managed to pack a lot of power into an engine that is smaller and lighter than the competition.

Volvo Penta has come up with an entirely new 6.0L V8 engine that runs cleaner and weighs less even with the lower unit than competing engines alone. Most of this new engine's innovations take place on the inside, out of sight, so that’s where we focus our features inspection. More...

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Features Video

Meridian Yachts 341 Sedan:
A Flying Bridge Cruiser

Meridian Yachts 341 Sedan
Meridian Yachts has designed the 341 to give the express boat market a run for its money by adding a flying bridge.

Go to any marina and odds are that a fish thrown in any direction will probably land on an express cruiser. It seems that builders are so sure that this is the dominant market that they’ve backed away from flying bridge yachts altogether. At Meridian Yachts however, they beg to differ. It decided long ago that the focus would only be on flying bridge cruisers with an eye towards affordability by way of leaving out the fluff. And go figure, they’re selling as fast as they’re built. Let’s take a look at the smallest boat in the Meridian Yachts lineup, the 341 SB and see what makes this entry-level cruiser tick. More...

Docking on Command Learn more about Meridian's Docking on Command.

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Lesson of the Week

What Should I Do If My Boat Capsizes?

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Capsizing in a sailboat is much different than a powerboat. As you see in the picture above, you can help right the boat by getting up on the centerboard and using your weight to bring the boat back over. You will not be able to right a capsized powerboat.

This week Capt. Steve goes over four lessons and guidelines on what you should do if your boat capsizes. First and foremost get your life jacket on. Stay with the boat and try to get as far on top of the boat as possible in order to keep your body out of the water. Remember, you want to keep your body temperature from dropping. Do not attempt to swim for help as you will just exhaust yourself. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of's USCG-approved boating course. Watch Captain Steve’s video boating lessons every week on

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Ducky Award

Ducky Winner

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"See. I told you that if we trolled with the trailer we might catch a boat." - R. Nelson

Second Place

"Runs in water so skinny you'll be tempted to drive her home!" - J. Pease

Third Place

"That's the whole point of installing the 'Keel Saver' -- no more waiting at the launch ramp!" - D. Gallagher

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