Yamaha 192 // Sylvan 23 Toon // Lazzara 76 // 13 Reports - 07/24/2013
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Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- Nordic Tugs NT 34
- Lazzara Breeze 76
- Yamaha AR192
- Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
- Jeanneau NC14
- Volvo Penta IPS600
- Carver C34 Sea Trial
- Sun Tracker FB 20 DLX
- Chaparral 284 Sunesta
- Evinrude E-TEC 115
- Prestige 720
- Bayliner 210 DB
- Sylvan Mirage 8522 LZ
- Mako 284 CC
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson - What Is Going On Here?

Nordic Tugs 34:
Strictly for a Cruising Couple

Nordic Tugs NT 34
The Nordic Tugs 34 is designed for a couple to live aboard and do some serious cruising. We take a close look at the interior to see how she works out.

Whenever we do serious cruising in the northern latitudes of North America we surprisingly often come across couples happily cruising along in Nordic Tugs, such as the Nordic Tug 34 we recently tested. She is the second smallest boat in the builder's line, and we're told that the people who buy them actually use them for their intended purpose, rather than just letting them sit on a mooring in front of the yacht club. That says a lot, both about the boat and the people who buy them. Learn more about the Nordic Tugs 34...

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New Snapshot Review

Lazzara Breeze 76:
A Motoryacht for the Times

Lazzara Breeze 76
The Lazzara Breeze 76 cruises at 20 knots according to a factory spokesman. It’s propulsion system pumps out 1800-hp, much less than other boats in class.

When we studied 12 motoryachts in the 76’ range in preparation for this report on the Lazzara Breeze 76 we were astonished at the differences between her and most other yachts in class. For example, she is the lightest and has the lowest standard horsepower propulsion system. In our report we cover 20 “distinguishing features” but there are, in fact, many more. Lazzara is not among the biggest production motoryacht builders, but it is certainly one of the most savvy as the Breeze 76 demonstrates. Take a look at our report and see what we mean...

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Test Video

Yamaha AR192:
Single-Engine Speed Demon

Yamaha AR192
Capt. John wrings out the Yamaha AR192 in our test which clocked this 19’2'' (5.84 m) jet boat going from 0 to plane in 3.5 seconds and to 30 mph in 5.1 seconds.

Powered by a 1.8L 4-stroke Yamaha engine designed specifically for marine use in jet craft, the AR192 has performance usually expected of much more powerful boats. Not only does she go fast, but her “Thrust Directional Enhancer” makes docking easier than ever before. Capt. John said, “This is the most maneuverable jet drive boat that I have ever brought in to a dock. I’m sure a beginner could feel confident right out of the blocks.” That’s high praise from our usually skeptical captain. More...

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New Features Video

Sea Ray 240 Sundeck:
At the Top of the Deckboat Game

Sea Ray 240 Sundeck
Our test Sea Ray 240 Sundeck was equipped with two tables, one in the bow and one in the stern for entertaining. The boat is rated to carry 13 people.

Sea Ray’s avowed goal with the new 240 Sundeck is to be the most luxurious, most prestigious deckboat on the market. She diverges from most deckboats by having plush, stylish upholstery, upscale amenities, and a relatively deep cockpit to make it more secure for precious cargo. She comes in sterndrive or outboard versions with several engine options. We recently inspected a new 240 Sundeck paying close attention to details of her interior. See how they’ve done...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau NC14:
Twin Volvo IPS 300-hp Diesels Standard

Jeanneau NC14
Jeanneau's 45' (13.71 m) NC14 is a study in boat design for the times we live in.

The NC14 has been designed to be economical to operate. Pods are an efficient drive system in this size boat and that combined with her light weight and 13'5" (4.1 m) beam, means that her fuel economy will be about as good as it gets. Her nearly plumb bow means no wasted space inside. In the pilothouse, furniture serves double duty to give the vessel added utility without extra cost. The NC14 was designed for both weekend cruising around home and month-long coastal voyages. More...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta IPS600:
Father of the Pod Revolution

Volvo Penta IPS600
The Volvo Penta IPS600 started the pod revolution just 8 years ago and now everyone takes it’s watershed innovation for granted.

When it was first introduced in late 2005 industry wags wondered if the forward facing props would be accepted by the boating industry and consumers. Never mind that forward-facing props had been used for years in U.S. Navy vessels and on most modern passenger ships because they are more efficient. Eight years later we have the answer. Today a majority of builders in the appropriate 40’ (12 m) size range have incorporated the Volvo Penta IPS600 into hundreds of models. The system uses the Volvo D6, in-line 6 cylinder 435-hp engine that was designed specifically for marine applications and it remains one of the most competitive engines in boating. But that is just part of the story of this important propulsion system. More...

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Sea Trial Opportunity

Carver C34:
Available for Sea Trial

Carver C34
The Carver C34, undergoing testing by Capt Steve in this image, proved to be a capable and comfortable cruiser.

We recently put the new Carver C34 through a full test and review off the coast of Long Island, New York. Not only did this new boat handle and perform well, she also won us over on her looks, an attractive modern design. This boat will be available for public sea trial on August 3rd and 4th at Mariners Cove Marina on the southwest side of the Shinnecock Canal, 9 Canoe Place Road, Hampton Bays, New York 11946, 631-728-0286. We encourage anyone in the market for this type of cruiser to take her out and see if they think Captain Steve's report is on the money. More...

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Captain's Report

Sun Tracker Fishin’ Barge 20 DLX:
For a Little Bit of Everything 

Sun Tracker Fishin’ Barge 20 DLX
The Fishin’ Barge 20 DLX has an LOA of 21’11” (6.68 m), and 8’6" (2.54 m) beam and weighs 1,700 lbs. (772.72 kgs.)

To those wondering why pontoon boats have become so popular, the above image has the answer. There is dedicated seating for 10 people and lot’s of deck space making it easy to walk around without tipping the boat or getting in someone’s way. Note the three casting seats, two on the bow and one on the stern. A fishfinder, rod holders, 2 livewells, and measuring ruler come standard, along with a 40-hp 4-stroke Big Foot Mercury outboard. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 284 Sunesta:
Made for Entertaining

Chaparral 284 Sunesta
The entertainment console features a pull-out cooler, trash bin, sink and optional grill with hood. But that's just one aspect of the boat.

Chaparral's 284 Sunesta is an artful combination of a deckboat (read: more seating in the bow) and a fully functional sportboat with relatively high freeboard to keep passengers dry and kids secure. But the features we like best are her entertaining amenities like the one above. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC 115:
Details That Pay Off for Boaters

Evinrude E-TEC 115
Capt. Steve examines the Evinrude E-TEC 115-hp engine pointing out important features which set it apart from other outboard motors.

The Evinrude E-TEC technology which was introduced 10 years ago was revolutionary at the time because it allowed its 2-stroke engines to compete toe-to-toe with 4-stroke outboards in terms of fuel efficiency. But there is much more to the Evinrude 115-hp engine story than the normal advantages of reliable 2-stroke power than that. We go through the engine detail by detail and explain how Evinrude engineering pays off for the consumer. More...

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Captain's Report

Prestige 720:
A Motoryacht with Purpose

Prestige 720
The Prestige 720 has a displacement of 91,271 lbs. (41,400 kgs.) dry, a beam of 17'10" (5.46 m) and draws 5'2" (1.59 m). She is powered by twin MAN 1000-hp. diesels.

Over the last several years Prestige Yachts has made quite a name for itself among owners of mid-size and large motoryachts from 39' to 62' (11.88 m to 18.89 m). Now, with the introduction of the Prestige 720 it has entered the rarified atmosphere of megayachts – where expectations are high and prices are usually even higher. Prestige knows full well the reasons for its success and has incorporated many of those attributes into its new 720. We take a detailed look...

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Test Video

Bayliner 210 DB:
A Deckboat to Be Reckoned With

Bayliner 210 DB
Bayliner's 210 Deck Boat is a new design that incorporates features that many higher-priced deckboats have missed. This three-level activity launching pad on the stern of the 210 outboard model is an example of such a detail. Take a look…

Most major sportboat builders have introduced new deckboats in the last few years that are trying to appeal to a growing market of buyers who want to seat more people and at the same time are looking for a lower-priced boat. Obviously, this is Bayliner's turf. The new 210 DB is this builder's second generation of deck boats and she incorporates loads of helpful design features we think boaters will appreciate. More...

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Test Video

Sylvan Mirage 8522 LZ:
Time to Plane: 2.6 Seconds!

Sylvan Mirage 8522 LZ
The twin toon 23’10” (7.26 m) Sylvan has deep-V shaped pontoons and a pod for the Evinrude E-TEC 150-hp outboard. She is not only fast out of the hole but has a WOT speed of 34.9 MPH – which is fast for a twin toon boat.

Sylvan calls the patented shape of its pontoons “Revolutionary Planing Technology” (RPT) and there is nothing in the pontoon category like them. Our test confirmed the builder’s claim that it enables a quicker time to plane. We were also much impressed by the WOT speed as it was something we would expect from a tri-toon but not a twin toon. Moreover, the Mirage gets up on plane in a level attitude. We’d say the combination of the high-torque 2-stroke Evinrude E-TEC 150-hp engine and the bottom shape of the toons make a compelling match. More...

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Captain's Report

Mako 284 CC:
Second Generation Improves Breed

Mako 284 CC
Two key features of the Mako 284 Center Console are her relatively high freeboard and deep cockpit. The freeboard at the transom is 30" (75 cm). Note the gunwales reach up to the anglers'  thighs in the stern. The 284 is well-known for being a dry boat and its freeboard, bow flare, and wide chines are the reasons.

A couple of years ago Tracker Marine, which owns Mako, decided that since it had achieved its goal of being the biggest boat builder in the world in terms of units sold, that it would change its focus. The company would switch from quantity at rock-bottom low prices, to quality at reasonable prices. Thus was born the Gen 2 version of the Mako 284, which is the flagship of Mako's 4-model line. The hull is the same, but inside the boat is very much different. Find out more...

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Lesson of the Week

How to Approach an Inlet and Dock
in a Strong Current

Capt. Steve Smart Boating Cover
The seas will build up more as you approach an inlet so you’ll want to watch the waves closely and notice the pattern before heading in.

This week Captain Steve goes over seven lessons and guidelines on how to dock your boat in a strong current and how to carefully approach an inlet in heavy waves. Capt. Steve will demonstrate some approaches that show you how to dock going into the current, and he’ll also go over how to dock with the tide behind you, and how to slowly drift into the dock with the tide. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Smart Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com.

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"I'm gettin' tired, won't this thing ever plane?" - R. Ryan

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"I told you buying the autopilot would be worth it." - J. Finstuen

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