Yamaha VXR // Sea Ray 510 // Chaparral 223 VRX // 17 Reviews - 10/01/2014
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Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust
- Sea Ray 510 Fly
- Chaparral 223 VRX
- Ocean Alexander 90 MY
- Cruisers Yachts 390 EC
- Ranger Boats 621 VS
- Jeanneau Velasco 43
- World Cat 255DC
- Mercury 8.2 MAG
- Yamaha VXR
- Pursuit DC 325
- Regal 32 Express
- Nordic Tugs 34
- Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
- Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan
- Robalo R180
- Tahoe 215 Xi
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 250
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Sea Ray 510 Fly:
Flying Bridge Cruising is Back

Sea Ray 510 Fly
The Sea Ray 510 Fly is meeting the needs of an evolving style that appeals to a more global market. She has a LOA of 50’10” (15.5 m) and a 15’4” (4.67 m) beam.

The Sea Ray 510 Fly sends a clear message that Sea Ray is expanding its horizons outside of an industry that seemed to be focusing largely on express cruisers. By designing a large flying bridge motor yacht, the 510 Fly not only brings the look and feel of a real cruising boat, but the practical advantages are many. With more and more fish pot buoys on our waters the improved visibility from an elevated position can’t be denied. It also adds another entertainment venue without increasing the overall length. Sea Ray’s design team focused on maximizing the bridge deck to accommodate everything from sunning, to dining, to social gathering.  More...

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New Captain's Report

Chaparral 223 VRX:
Twin Engines, Jet Propulsion, Proven DNA

Chaparral 223 VRX
The Chaparral 223 VRX has a LOA of 22’3” (6.78 m), a beam of 8’6" (2.59 m)
and a draft of 16'' (41 cm).

The second of six jet boat launches, the 223 VRX is every bit the Chaparral we expected her to be. She seats 10 in comfort, and as a watersports platform she’s sure to thrill. Acceleration was brisk, but it was her handling that convinced us that she’s pure Chaparral. No chinewalk in turns, clean wake penetration, and a solid feel. Top speed during testing ...52.9 mph. More...

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New Video

Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht:
7 Seas Cruising or Royal Entertainer

Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht
The 90' (27.4 m) Ocean Alexander has a 22'5" (6.83 m) beam and displaces 209,000 lbs. (94,800 kg) making her one of the heaviest boats in class. That beef and beam should make her one of the best riding vessels in her size.

The Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht is ruggedly-built for serious long-distance cruising almost anywhere in the world. She is not intended to be a French Riviera glitter-bug dashing from marina to beach and back again at 35-knots, nor is she a ponderous, lead-mine shackled to slow displacement speeds. Rather, she is a versatile motoryacht built in the best traditions of blue water naval architecture both to travel the seven seas and to entertain royally at home in tasteful, luxurious surroundings. More...

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New Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe:
Smart Styling, Clever Engineering

Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe
The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe combines smart engineering with thoughtful designs to deliver lots of multi-purpose spaces for entertaining as well as for enjoying longer cruises.

Clever engineering makes the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe an unusually versatile vessel for entertaining: the sliding aft L-shaped lounges can be combined to create an intimate lunch spot for up to eight guests, while the touch of a switch drops the seat backs to create vast sun pad areas. No step between the aft deck and the helm area adds to a feeling of usable space and safety in a seaway. More...

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New Test Video

Ranger Boats 621VS:
Multi-Species Fishing Machine

Ranger Boats 621VS
The Ranger 621VS combines the company’s top-quality build standards into a boat that’s at home anywhere from the Great Lakes to local bass ponds.

Ranger’s 621VS is an impressive multi-species fishing machine that's equally at home chasing southern largemouths or northern walleyes and smallmouth, and comes geared up ready for serious tournament competition as well as weekend warrioring. Space for 12 rods up to 8' long and a console redesigned to flush-mount 12'' electronics are just part of the long list of features. More...

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Features Video

Jeanneau Velasco 43:
Practicality and Comfort

Jeanneau Velasco 43
The Jeanneau Velasco 43 makes a welcome platform for day boating and entertaining, but offers storage and amenities to allow her owners to stay onboard for an extended period of time for cruising.

The Jeanneau Velasco 43 combines highly nautical practical features — such as the side-opening door from the lower helm station — with luxury and style. She is also intended to create a pleasing home away from home for longer cruises. Three skylights deliver a remarkable amount of light to the galley and helm area. More...

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Test Video

World Cat 255DC:
A Truly Offshore-Capable Bowrider

World Cat 255DC
While she has a 26’ (7.9 m) LOA her roominess far exceeds comparable monohulls of the same length.

Not only is the World Cat 255 DC among the roomiest boats in this size range, she boasts 25% more cockpit space than the model she replaces. Couple that with her high freeboard and the sea keeping ability that only a cat can provide and it’s easy to see how this is a hugely popular model for World Cat. She’s also among the best we’ve seen for peace of mind. For example, the twin engines are connected to independent fuel and electrical systems for total redundancy, she can handle seas better than a monohull of the same size, and she offers more stability at rest thanks to the spread of her twin hulls. It all adds up to a big boat in a small space that entertains up to 10 people. More...

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Test Video

Mercury 8.2 MAG:
Marine Muscle for Multiple Applications

Mercury 8.2 MAG
Mercury’s 8.2 MAG is a dependable workhorse suitable for a wide variety of sterndrive applications. It’s available in two versions, the 8.2 MAG ECT which produces 380-hp and the 8.2L MAG H.O. ECT which produces 430-hp.

The 8.2 MAG is the first V8 engine completely dedicated to Mercury’s own design and its exclusive use. These engines are appropriate for small and large sportboats, express cruisers, express fishboats, sedans and cruisers, high-performance boats, offshore race boats, small convertibles, houseboats, ski and wakeboard boats, and utility boats of all kinds. The engine's prodigious displacement gives it mighty low-end torque, plenty of reserve power in the mid-rpm range, and extra durability for longer engine life. More...

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Captain's Report

Yamaha VXR:
Enhanced with RiDE System

Yamaha VXR
The powerful 2015 Yamaha VXR has been upgraded with a new control system called “RiDE” which allows the rider to decelerate in half the distance and change between forward and reverse from a left-hand lever.

With a dry weight of 767 lbs. (348 kg) and a 1.8L high output engine, the Yamaha VXR delivers on performance both in acceleration and top end, and our test driver found her to be an exhilarating ride from hole shot to full bore. She also offers an added safety feature in the new RiDE system that allows deceleration in half the distance of the company’s previous models in this performance range. More...

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Captain's Report

Pursuit DC 325:
Premium Versatile Day Boat

Pursuit DC 325
Pursuit used the DC 325 to launch a subtly refined new look. The boat’s new sheer line dips just a bit at the bow and sweeps much more gracefully aft from the transom to the swim step. The lines of the windscreen and side windows have also changed a bit from previous Pursuits.

The all-new Pursuit DC 325 combines open-boat luxury with sport utility to create a boat that can be used for most any day-boat activity. The boat can be used for fishing, entertaining, diving, camping, cruising or just hanging out with lots of friends or an extended family. She has the bones of an express fishboat, but she is instead a dual console bowrider that adds remarkable utility for nearly any on-water activity offshore. Her creative use of interior console space and convertible seating should allow her to appeal to a wide audience. More...

Pursuit DC 325 Pursuit promotional video of the DC 325.

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Test Video

Regal 32 Express:
Innovation for More Utility

Regal 32 Express
This photo catches Captain Steve in the process of converting a salon sofa seat back into the foot of a full-sized bed. In this way, two important functions are served on the Regal 32 Express.

With quality build touches such as trim stripes molded into the gel coat, birch flooring below, a solid teak table and hand-crafted cabinetry in the salon, the Regal 32 Express displays notable luxury in a sporty-handling and handsome package good for a variety of leisure pursuits on the water. More...

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Design and Style Video

Nordic Tugs 34:
Long Range Cruiser with Extras

Nordic Tugs 34
The Nordic Tugs 34 can readily add day boat puttering duties to its primary mission
as a long-range cruiser.

Though the Nordic Tugs 34 is clearly designed as a long-range cruiser just right for a couple, it can also function as a fuel-efficient day boat ideal for a sundown picnic cruise or close-to-home boating. A protective heavy duty stainless skeg under the prop assures soft groundings will not be cause for undue alarm should the captain seek a hidden anchorage. Most important, because she is ruggedly built, most weather is not a concern. More...

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Test Video

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage:
Build Quality = Offshore Reliability

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
The Boston Whaler 320 Outrage has handling characteristics best described as solid, nimble, and comfortable.

The Boston Whaler 320 Outrage, like all of its models has been completely designed and engineered in house by the Boston Whaler team. The processes and materials used to build this offshore fishing rig have been meticulously chosen to create a rugged, big water capable boat that will deliver a solid ride. They have also focused on and deliver when it comes to comfort and practicality. She has wide walkways to permit fighting from any position, and her expansive cockpit allows for an impressive spread of gear. The 320 Outrage is also very capable as a family and entertaining venue. With her optional "summer kitchen" with grill, refrigerator and freezer and freshwater sink, she is also ready to entertain. She can seat six or eight in the bow around a table and more on the fold-out transom seat. More...

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage Boston Whaler-produced video: Legendary Fishing.

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Design and Style Video

Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan:
Wide Open Spaces Above and Below

Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan
The Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan has a comfortable, open design with many practical features.

With two large staterooms below and numerous venues for guests to spread out topside, there’s plenty of space to give the Meridian Yachts 441 Sedan a feeling of genteel comfort. Both the salon and flying bridge seating are large and our test captain particularly liked the double-wide companion seat on the flying bridge. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R180:
Smooth-Running Inshore/Coastal CC

Robalo R180
The Robalo R180 should appeal to the angler who wants a quality coastal fishing boat at an affordable price — and because she only draws 11” with the outboard up, with the addition of a trolling motor, she can also function as a flats boat.

The Robalo R180 has a higher freeboard than most center consoles in this size, and consequently delivers a dry, secure ride in bumpy seas. Our test captain found she handled re-entry smoothly when launching off waves, landing softly and stern-first for easy control. More...

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Test Video

Tahoe 215 Xi:
Multi-Mission Deckboat

Tahoe 215 Xi
The Tahoe 215 Xi was created to be a crossover platform capable of being an "all-purpose" boat for entertaining up to 12 people, a fishing boat with standard items such as livewell and pedestal seats, and a runabout for towing sports, all in a fully-equipped package.

While the primary mission of the Tahoe 215 Xi deckboat is to be used as a watersports platform for swimming and towing, she can also be used for fishing thanks to two removable swivel chairs, fore and aft pedestal base positions, starboard under-gunwale rod storage, aerated bow livewell and wiring for optional trolling motor. She also has the sort of family space usually seen in much less agile pontoon boats. More...

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New Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.:
Fresh, Innovative Outboard Engineering

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. is a brand new engine from the top of its innovative and stylish shroud to its cambered skeg, with impressive improvements in both torque and fuel economy.

Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 250 H.O. is new from top to bottom, with a plethora of engineering firsts that put it at the forefront of 2-stroke technology, too. It’s the first 2-stroke engine designed specifically for direct-injection, and the improvements in fuel economy and mid-range torque are significant, according to Evinrude. More...

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Lesson of the Week

Requirements for Recreational Boaters:
Take Life Jackets Seriously

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Captain Steve explains requirements for all boaters.

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