Rinker 216 // Carolina Skiff 23 // Azimut 40 // Pershing 92 // 16 Reviews - 04/17/2013
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Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- Intrepid 245 CC
- Azimut 40
- Manitou 22 Aurora VP
- Mako 234 Center Console
- Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht
- Carolina Skiff Ultra Elite 23
- Cruisers Sport Series 258
- Evinrude E-TEC 250 HO
- Bayliner 197 SD
- Monte Carlo Yachts 70
- Yamaha SX210
- Sun Tracker Party Hut 30
- Rinker 216 BR
- Tracker Pro-Guide V-16 SC
- Pershing 92
- Mercury Joystick Piloting
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson
- Ducky Award Winner

Intrepid 245 CC:
Offshore Pedigree with
A Tender Side

Intrepid 245 CC
At 25' 3" (7.87 m) LOA with an 8'6" (2.6 m) beam, this 245 is the smallest boat Intrepid makes, but it has the same attention to detail as the biggest.

The Intrepid 245 CC is one of the company’s most popular models. Why is that? The short answer is that at 25' 3" (7.87 m) LOA she’s just the right size to fit in the garage or on the deck of most superyachts roaming the oceans. Now the question becomes, why would someone who can afford anything, get an Intrepid? Let's find out...

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Captain's Report

Azimut 40:
Everybody Should Have One

Azimut 40
Hold on young lady! It must have been a thrilling ride for this brave model as the skipper put his Azimut 40 through an S-curve at over 30 knots. Note the trademark "tail fin" on the flying bridge.

The sad fact of life is that not everybody can ever hope to afford a $5 million Azimut megayacht. It's a pity... but happily Azimut has found a solution to that sorry state of affairs. It is the Azimut 40 with an MSRP of $595,000. Surprisingly for a 40-footer the Azimut 40 has two staterooms, each with en suite heads. The galley is down which means the main deck is purely for entertaining, socializing and a little piloting. As we often say, small boats can be the best deal in town. More...

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Captain's Report

Manitou 22 Aurora VP:
Doing More With Less

Manitou 22 Aurora VP
The Manitou 22 Aurora VP is called an entry-level boat by the builder, but we think she is much more than that because of her functionality. Max horsepower is 150.

For people shopping for a toon that is high-quality yet not loaded with bells and whistles -- and therefore priced accordingly -- we have a suggestion: take a look at the Manitou 22 Aurora VP. On deck she has all of the basics -- seating for a max rating of 11 people, a functional raised helm station, and plenty of deck space for entertaining. But below the waterline is another story -- this triple-toon is built for decent performance with a maximum outboard size of 150-hp. Taken together we think this model offers lots of utility, the class of a top-tier builder, and good value. More...

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Test Video

Mako 234 Center Console:
Making the Move to Twins

Mako 234 Center Console
At 23'4" (7.11 m) the Mako 234 is a respectable size to trade up into while providing the backup power that only twins can bring.

When it's time to head offshore, anglers may want to start thinking about a boat that can offer the redundancy of twin engines on a hull that has proven strength and integrity. That's where Mako's 234 CC comes in. To see how she performed, we tested her with a pair of 150-hp Mercury Verado 4-strokes and not only reached good top-end speeds, but also got a range of over 400 statute miles at best cruise. See what we mean...

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Engine Room Video

Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht:
An Engine Room Done Right

Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht
This Hatteras 60 Motor Yacht is built for cruising in ocean conditions and has an engine room second to none.

We’re all boaters at heart, but what separates the die-hards from the casuals is the love for the mechanical side. So when Hatteras announced they'd come out with a new boat we plotted a course straight to the engine room. What we found when we arrived was yet another shining example of just how efficient and functional an expertly laid out engine room can be. Engine room review video…

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Captain's Report

Carolina Skiff 23 Ultra Elite:
Affordable Bay Fishing Boat

Carolina Skiff 23 Ultra Elite
The Carolina Skiff 23 Ultra Elite has a LOA of 22'11," a beam of 8'4" and it draws 10",
according to the builder.

Go to any flats location or shallow saltwater bay in the southeastern U.S. or the Bahamas and we guarantee that one of the most numerous brands on the water will be Carolina Skiff. For years this builder has produced large numbers of fiberglass fishing boats for protected water. That's its specialty -- along with some of the lowest prices in the industry. The 23 Ultra Elite is a slightly larger version of the Ultra Elite SS 19 and 21 models that have been on the market for some time. Let's take a look at her...

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Test Video

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider:
Feature-Rich and Cool Styling

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider
The Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider has a LOA of 25’ (7.62 m), a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m) and a draft of 39.5” (100 cm).

Cruisers Sport Series is a new division of KCS International designed to offer sportboat buyers the level of quality materials and craftsmanship that puts into its large Cruisers Yachts' models. We recently tested the 258 Bow Rider and found her to be a feature-rich boat that can handle large crowds. In this video, we test the handling characteristics to see if all the attention went to the amenities, or if she handles as well as Cruisers Yachts' large yachts. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 250 HO:
We Test It On a Ranger Z520 Comanche

Evinrude E-TEC 250 HO
Top speed - 72.5 mph. Best cruise - 55 mph burning 14 gph. This picture looks a bit like the Headless Horseman, but we assure you Captain Steve is driving.

Bolt an Evinrude E-TEC 250 HO onto the transom of a performance bass boat, such as the Ranger Z520, and the combination is going to be nothing short of thrilling. There’s just something about speed that makes the trip worthwhile, and this rig had plenty of it. But when it comes to cruise performance, that was a bit of a surprise, and we found that there’s something for everybody in these test figures. More...

Ranger Boats Z520 Comanche E-TEC 250 tested on a Ranger Z520 Comanche  
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Test Video

Bayliner 197 SD:
Room for 10 Plus Lots of Gear

Bayliner 197 SD
With seating for 10 including the captain, there’ll be no worries about who to leave behind.

To show how Bayliner gets maximum performance out of minimum power, we tested her with the standard 135-hp sterndrive engine. We recorded a top speed of 39.1 mph and a cruise range of 154 miles. But her 10-person capacity is probably the more pertinent number of this Bayliner 197 SD. She can be powered with engines ranging from 135-hp to 225-hp. More...

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Test Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 70:
New Launch Tested

Monte Carlo Yachts 70
The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has a LOA of 69'11" (21.3 m) and a beam of 17'9" (5.42 m).

The new MCY 70 has now made her world debut, and she shows that Monte Carlo Yacht’s flair for styling, fit-and-finish, as well as creative use of space, continues. Her looks exemplify the theme that has defined the brand, and now we’ve discovered that her handling and performance are on par with the quality we’ve come to expect from this builder. It’s all in our latest test video.  The test...

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Test Video

Yamaha SX210:
Entry-Level at 47 MPH

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 we went to take a look at this SX210 entry-level model we were skeptical of what Yamaha would be forced to leave off the boat. As it turns out, it’s not much. While she has smaller engines that are naturally aspirated instead of turbocharged she still had a lot of get up and go. Today, we offer a look at our full test and inspection video, to see just how Yamaha competes in “entry-level” mode. More...

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Captain's Report

Sun Tracker Party Hut 30:
Upward Mobility

Sun Tracker Party Hut 30
The Sun Tracker Party Hut 30 has a length overall of 31'2" (9.5 m) and a beam of 8'6" (2.59 m). Power options range from 115-150 hp.

The Sun Tracker Party Hut 30 uses a second level to add much desired real estate without adding to the overall length, and therefore, the docking expenses. Couple that with her galley, head, and convertible sleeping accommodations and it all becomes a toon that’s all about the smart use of space. More is better...

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Updated Report

Rinker 216 BR:
Fast with Standard Power

Rinker 216 BR
The Rinker 216 Captiva BR is 21' LOA and weighs 3,655 lb. (1,661 kgs.) dry.

The Rinker 216 Captiva has all of the basic equipment most people are looking for in a 21' bowrider. We tested her with a 220-hp MerCruiser and she scored 47.9 mph which is plenty fast for this size boat, in our opinion. But with 37 engine model options going all the way up to 320-hp from both Volvo Penta and MerCruiser, Rinker should be able to meet any requirement for this boat. More...

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Test Video

Tracker Pro Guide V-16 SC:
Everyman's Fishing Boat

Tracker Pro Guide V-16 SC
For boaters looking for fishing on a budget, the Tracker V-16 deserves a close look.

With all-welded construction, and easy-to-clean vinyl decking, durability is a cinch. With a boatload of standard fishing features, including a 23 gallon (87.06 L) livewell, her fishing capabilities are met. But the best part is the price. She's fully rigged and ready to fish as soon as she leaves the showroom floor, and comes in at $15,995 powered by a Mercury 60 ELPT FourStroke outboard. Let’s take a look at the details and see what they offer. More...

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Video Review

Pershing 92:
Heart-Stopping Style and Speed

Pershing 92
This is the design look that launched a thousand ships. The 91’7” (27.9 m) long express motoryacht is a continuation of Pershing's sleek, trend-setting architecture.

Most buyers of large motoryachts have to pick speed or luxury. With Pershing, they don’t have to choose, they can get both, and it’s a rare combination that only a discerning few get to enjoy. And just what level of luxury are we talking about? Let’s take a look and see. More...

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Test Video

Mercury Joystick Piloting:
Outboard Joystick System

Mercury Joystick Piloting
Yes, these two outboards are on opposite tangents just as they appear to be -- and they are turning the boat on a dime thanks to Mercury's new joystick.

After testing the Mercury Joystick Piloting system on two Boston Whaler models and a Mako, we came to one clear conclusion: this system works perfectly. The amount of control and the responsiveness when moving the joystick gives complete control over the boat, even in currents and extremely tight docking spaces. Capable of operating with a twin, triple or quad engine rig, Mercury's new outboard joystick takes boating to the next level. More...

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Lesson of the Week

Basic Rules of the Road: Part 1

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This is the first lesson in BoatTEST.com's 73-lesson series covering the basic information
all boaters should know.

Capt. Steve covers some of the basic rules of the road in these lessons which all recreational boaters should be aware of. You’ll learn about lines of demarcation, traveling at safe speeds, how to determine your risk of collision. Part 1 is the first installment of a multi-part series on Basic Rules of the Road. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com. Those not wanting 73 weeks can order the 4-DVD course. See below.

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Ducky Winner

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