Regal 24 // World Cat 320DC // Boston Whaler 420 // 14 Reports - 10/29/2014
BoatTEST Newsletter Ocotber 29, 2014 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
- World Cat 320DC
- MJM Factory
- Beneteau MC4
- Tracker Panfish 16
- Mercury Joystick
- Sea Ray 510 Fly
- Regal 24 FasDeck RX
- Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan
- Nordic Tugs 49
- Robalo 246 Cayman
- Jeanneau NC11
- Tahoe Q4i
- Cruisers Yachts 430 SC
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Weekly Lesson

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage:
Huge New Model -- The First Peek

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
The all-new Boston Whaler 420 Outrage has a 13' (3.96 m) beam, a 31" (.79 m) draft, gear up, and displaces 24,800 lbs. (11,249 kg)
with quad 300-hp Mercury outboards.

We think Boston Whaler has opened an exciting new chapter in its development as a boat builder with the all-new 420 Outrage. This boat seats 20 people in some innovative seating both fore and aft. Below, she has a galley, enclosed head, convertible settee, table and sleeping accommodations for two. Her hardtop is standard, as is her air conditioning, generator, two refrigerators/freezers, side dive door, bow thruster, and four 300-hp Mercury Verado engines -- plus, much more. Find out all about her...

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New Captain's Report

World Cat 320DC:
A Versatile Cruiser/Fisher Cat

World Cat 320DC
The all-new World Cat 320DC has a LOA of 32’2” (9.8 m), a beam of 10’6” (3.2 m)
and has a hull draft of 16” (40.6 cm).

World Cat has been riding high on the success of its 295DC for some time now, and it was inevitable that the concept needed to grow. Well, grow it did and the result is the all-new 320DC. Destined to make her world debut at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show this week, she’s a boat that should draw some serious crowds. Let’s take a brief preview at what she offers. More...

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In the Factory

MJM Factory:
High-Tech Lamination -- Lighter and Stronger

MJM Factory
The MJM Yachts state-of-the-art lamination facility assures that every hull is strong,
durable and exceptionally light thanks to a combination of high-tech materials
and advanced building procedures.

Boston Boat Works, where MJM Yachts are built, features a modern lamination facility that's a model for the industry. Layup includes computer cut and numbered foam coring of multiple densities throughout the hull and deck, all vacuum-bagged and heat-cured to assure a remarkably strong yacht that weighs as much as nearly 50% less than many boats of similar size. More...

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Beneteau MC4:
Interior with a Modern Look

Beneteau MC4
The MC4 rivals her larger stable mate (the MC5) with many of the same features.

"Entry-level" is a relative term, and while a 45’3” (13.8 m) cruiser may not be considered as such, the fact is that the MC4 is a good introduction to yacht-style cruising for those who want a boat that looks out of the ordinary. She comes standard with two ensuite staterooms with an option for a third cabin. She offers entertaining amenities both on her main deck and flying bridge. And she exemplifies Beneteau's open layout and clever use of space. More...

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Captain's Report

Tracker Panfish 16:
Stick-Steering Backwater Fishing Machine

Tracker Panfish 16
The Tracker Panfish 16 is a durable, shallow-draft fishing buggy that promises years of service, even in gnarly backwaters.

The Tracker Panfish 16 is an exceptionally durable fishing boat thanks to all-aluminum welded construction that can handle years of heavy use. Injected foam stiffens the boat and delivers a quiet ride as well as providing flotation. The "stick" steering up front means anglers can remain in their fishing seat while running, and get back into action fast when they slow down with the standard bow-mount trolling motor. It also saves space and makes moving around in the boat easier and safer. More...

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Test Video

Mercury Joystick Piloting:
Worry-Free, One-Hand Docking

Mercury Joystick
Mercury's Joystick Piloting system for two or more 250 to 300-hp Verado outboards makes it almost intuitive to slip a boat into a difficult dockage.

Mercury's Joystick Piloting system provides effortless low-speed maneuvers in tight quarters, eliminating the need for bow thrusters in most applications. Joystick Piloting also integrates with "Skyhook", Mercury's trademarked feature which utilizes GPS along with an autopilot to hold the boat in a fixed position. For boaters who have wanted to move up in size but may have thought their docking skills would limit that, Joystick Piloting might be a welcomed solution. More...

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Features Video

Sea Ray 510 Fly:
Modern Styling and Solid Engineering

Sea Ray 510 Fly
The Sea Ray 510 Fly is designed to take full advantage of interior and cockpit space, and her fit-and-finish has been upgraded to suit the motoryacht market where she will compete
both at home and abroad.

The Sea Ray 510 Fly has all of the major design and styling elements that define a modern vessel in this class of motoryacht: 20-degree rake to the windshield, low top hamper, and large, in-hull side windows. The interior employs luxury materials as prospective buyers might expect; a solid cherry-wood table seats six and decks are polished hardwoods as well. A notable touch in the galley: stemware is set in individually-sculpted foam receptacles that will keep them safe in the most jumbled seaway. More...

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Test Video

Regal 24 FasDeck RX:
Premium Sportboat with Lots of Space

Regal 24 FasDeck
The Regal 24 FasDeck RX combines the company's proven FasTrac sport hull with a deckboat cockpit layout to provide the best of both worlds. On test day we found the 24 FasDeck RX to be just as roomy as she was sporty to handle, and top-end materials combined
with good fit and finish.

The 24 FasDeck RX offers Regal's well-known level of fit-and-finish throughout, according to our test captain. The head compartment is oversized for a boat of this length and well finished -- reportedly, one of the best in class, complete with cherry veneer cabinetry. Three standard interior color packages all feature soft-touch vinyl, diamond-stitched side panels, and French-stitched seams. More...

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Test Video

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan:
When It's Time to Move Up

Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan
We think the designers have done a good job of packing a lot of utility into the Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan, a "right-sized" boat for first-time yacht buyers, small families and empty nesters.

The Meridian Yachts 391 Sedan easily accommodates two couples or a small family for either weekends or mini-vacations away from the home port. Because she is so easy to handle, she also makes a good transitional motoryacht for those moving up from day boats or bowriders. More...

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Test Video

Nordic Tugs 49:
Big Water, Long-Range Cruiser

Nordic Tugs 49
The Nordic Tugs 49 offers a high level of overall fit and finish in a distance cruising boat that's easily operated by a couple or even single-handed.

Our test captain reports that the Nordic Tugs 49's full keel not only gives her good tracking ability, slows her rolling and lowers her CG, but it also protects her prop and rudder from grounding. It offers remarkable peace of mind and eliminates one of the greatest hazards of long distance cruising -- damaged props in out-of-the-way places like the remote reaches of the Great Lakes or Alaska. More...

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Captain's Report

Robalo 246 Cayman:
Center Console with Lots of Extras

Robalo 246 Cayman
The Robalo 246 Cayman is a fully-loaded and handsome premium entry in the bayboat category, but one that won't break the bank.

The 9' (2.74 m) beam on the Robalo 246 Cayman makes her exceptional in the bayboat category where most are at least 6'' (.15 m) narrower, as do the huge flush-deck casting platforms bow and stern. The front-entry console head is unusual in a bayboat; compact but large enough to make this hard-core fisherman a family-friendly vessel. More...

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Features Video

Jeanneau NC11:
An All-Seasons Cruiser

Jeanneau NC11
With lots of glass and high overheads, the Jeanneau NC11 gives an open and airy feel to the salon, plus lots of wind and spray protection for the family on chilly days.

With the right balance between roominess in the salon and space in the cockpit, the Jeanneau NC11 is well suited for cruising and extending the boating season. The aft seat slides fore and aft to provide more room in the cockpit -- or more room abaft the seat on the swim platform. For sunny days, open the electric retractable sunroof, presenting open air over the entire forward half of the salon. More...

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Captain's Report

Tahoe Q4i:
All-Around Family Utility Boat

Tahoe Q4i
The Tahoe Q4i is a dedicated sportboat designed for blasting around the lake at full speed, cruising in comfort and towing tubes, wakeboarders, kneeboarders or skiers.

Tahoe's entry-level Q4i bowrider is a comfortable way to get into boating, or for old salts, a low-cost way of keeping a versatile boat tied up at the summer lake house for use by children and grandchildren who come to visit. It's got everything needed in a good all-around family boat, and nothing unnecessary to boost the price. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe:
Cruising with Speed and Style

Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe
The Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe offers two staterooms, two heads, side deck and walkthrough windshield passage to the bow plus a convertible sun roof in a sporty, high-performance cruising package.

High overheads and an open, airy-feeling below decks make the Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe a pleasant venue for cruising, and two staterooms make her the right size for a family with two children, or for two cruising couples. With a range of over 300 miles at cruising speeds, she'd make a nice ICW or Great Lakes port-hopper, with adequate sea-legs to head offshore when the spirit moves. More...

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

Preparing a Boat for Transport

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Towing a boat is a big responsibility. Make sure to follow the proper steps and guidelines when preparing a boat for transport.

This week Captain Steve goes over six lessons and guidelines to safely trailer a boat. 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 these video boating lessons every week on

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