Scarab 165 Jet // World Cat 320 // Beneteau Oceanis 35 // 16 Reports - 01/07/2015
BoatTEST Newsletter January 7, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
15 year anniversary
- Beneteau Oceanis 35
- Pursuit DC 325
- Scarab 165
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 250
- Cruisers Yachts 540 SC
- Beneteau ASA First 22
- Chaparral 223 VRX
- Prestige 750
- Nitro Z-8
- World Cat 320 DC
- Jeanneau Leader 36
- Volvo Penta D3-220
- Monte Carlo Yachts 70
- Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
- Mako 204 CC
- Beneteau Resin and Coring
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Beneteau Oceanis 35:
Versatile 35 Offers 3 Layouts

Beneteau Oceanis 35
With three keel options and a hull design resulting from Beneteau's extensive tank testing, the Oceanis 35 is a good fit for the sailor expecting a bit more performance on the water.

The Beneteau Oceanis 35 -- like all Oceanis vessels -- is designed to sail on her lines without an excessive amount of heel. This is welcome news for most guests and new sailing couples who are often disoriented by inordinate heeling. Twin steering stations are handy when sailing short-handed as most cruisers do; the captain can be positioned near the sheet winch plus have good visibility. Below, the interior can be configured in three ways. More...

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Captain's Report

Pursuit DC 325:
Large Dual Console for Fishing/Cruising

Pursuit DC 325
The Pursuit DC 325 converts from a competent offshore fisherman into an XXL bowrider when the mission calls for it.

The Pursuit DC 325 has a huge -- almost circular -- seating area in the bow, that can be used for cruising and entertaining. With the insertion of the standard table it becomes a dining venue, or add a center cushion and it's a sunning lounge. The impressive list of standard equipment includes a 3-hp bow thruster, electric windlass, hardtop with integrated lights, 7 stereo speakers, freshwater and saltwater washdown connections, trim tabs and more. More...

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New Captain's Report

Scarab 165:
Entry-Level Jet Delivers Thrills

Scarab 165
The Scarab 165 is an entry-level jet boat for those who need a bit more space than that available on even the largest PWCs, but still want the "wet and wild" potential of a personal watercraft.

The Scarab 165 jetboat fills a niche between full-on PWCs that one "rides" and jet boats that one "drives". She has a wheel rather than handlebars, and she's got a rated seating capacity of five. The combination of low weight, shallow draft, and the vigorous torque available from her jet engine -- a 150 Rotax -- clearly puts the emphasis on performance and fun. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.:
Software Mapping for Each Application

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.
Evinrude's E-TEC G2 250 H.O. features advanced engine mapping aimed at delivering lots of torque instantly at a variety of load and climate conditions.

Advanced engine mapping is part of the reason for exceptional performance from the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O., according to the company. Operating instructions for each particular application are electronically “burned” into the EMM main logic chip. The system not only produces superior acceleration and mid-range torque, but also maximizes fuel economy, as well as adjusting for changes in load, temperature and other factors. And, it can be updated by a dealer laptop as improvements become available in the future. More...

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Layout and Features Review

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe:
5-Star Yacht, In and Out

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe
The Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe has joinery work, glass work and general fit-and-finish as good as any boat in class.

Our test team reports that the Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe delivers an overall feel of luxury and comfort via high headroom, large beds, plush reclining seats and settees, and plenty of room for lots of guests. Arched, nautical-looking door frames add a touch of elegance not usually seen in yachts of this LOA. Cherry woodwork creates a warm, yachty feel and six portlights bathe the interior in natural light. She also has superior mechanical and electrical systems installations. More...

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New Captain's Report

Beneteau ASA First 22:
One-Design Sail Trainer

Beneteau ASA First 22
The Beneteau ASA First 22 is built specifically as a one-design sail training vessel. Her cockpit is extra large to accommodate 4 adult students and an instructor -- all sitting on one side of the cockpit.

The Beneteau ASA First 22, designed as a sail training vessel, but available to all, has a swing keel allowing passage in shoal areas, and the self-bailing cockpit and positive flotation add safety. The company says her sail plan will not overpower the boat, and her boom is above the heads of the sitting students. Twin spade rudders make control possible even if a student should blunder into broaching conditions. More...


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Test Video

Chaparral 223 VRX:
Spacious, Quick and Capable Jetboat

Chaparral 223 VRX
With the comfort and space of a dedicated watersports boat plus typical jetboat acceleration and turn-on-a-dime handling, the Chaparral 223 VRX is an exciting ride for the whole family.

With the thrust-control bucket attached abaft the steering nozzle, the Chaparral 223 VRX delivers unusual low-speed maneuverability for a jetboat, and our test captain reports she delivered remarkable acceleration as well as exhibiting good wave-cutting ability and a dry ride. Perhaps most important is the fit-and-finish and amenities of this jetboat which are among the best in class. More...

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Test Video

Prestige 750:
A Large Motoryacht with Performance

Prestige 750
The Prestige 750 is heavy enough to provide a solid, comfortable ride in most conditions,
yet is light enough to provide superior performance.

The Prestige 750 is a large motoryacht with four staterooms designed for lavish entertaining but also for good performance. Because she is relatively light at just under 100,000 lbs., (45,359 kg) dry, has a 17' (5.18 m) beam, and is powered by high horsepower-to-weight MAN 1200s, she provides economical performance at all speeds for a motoryacht of this size. Her top speed is 28 knots and at 19.2 knots she burns just 61.6 gph. More...

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Captain's Report

Nitro Z-8:
Ruggedly-Constructed and Priced Right

Nitro Z-8
The Nitro Z-8 comes fully loaded with the equipment pros expect and need in the top levels of bass tournament competition, delivered at a reasonable price.

The Nitro Z-8 comes ready for serious angling right out of the box. She has twin 8' (2.44 m) rod boxes forward and two 20 gallon (75 L) each aerated livewells aft, with timers and pump-outs. A Motor Guide 70-pound-thrust trolling motor is standard at the bow, while a Lowrance Mark 5X is flush-mounted in the console. More...

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Captain's Report

World Cat 320DC:
Big Cat with Room to Spare

World Cat 320 DC
The new World Cat 320DC has a notably broad beam at 10'6" (3.20 m), and she carries that beam almost all the way down to the waterline, creating lots of usable space throughout the twin hulls -- to say nothing of having remarkable stability in a seaway.

The helm deck of the World Cat 320DC maximizes the available space with cushioned seating for four on two separate fiberglass foundations to port. The seat backs can be moved fore and aft meaning the seats can be configured four different ways. We've never seen anything like it. A pull-up cocktail table eliminates the need for having dedicated storage, as with the bow. Compact accommodations for overnighting are hidden away in the port hull, while the starboard side contains a wet head. More...

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New Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 36:
Versatility through Creative Design

Jeanneau Leader 36
The Jeanneau Leader 36 bottom shape was designed by Michael Peters, a N.A. well-respected for creating sea-kindly semi-deep-V hulls that are a good compromise between ride and performance. She is intended for entertaining around home and the occasional short cruise with two friendly couples or a small family.

The Jeanneau Leader 36 has a unique interior layout: her mid cabin sleeps 3 adults, but the surprise is found forward, where a convertible salon is created by a settee that folds up from the foot of the bed just forward of the galley/head area. When the owner wants privacy, sliding pocket doors return this area to a master cabin. We think the design adds remarkable versatility to the yacht and gives her the utility of a larger vessel. More...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta D3-220:
New Diesel Engineered for Top Performance

Volvo Penta D3-220
A host of engineering innovations on Volvo's Penta D3-220 five-cylinder diesel, including piezo-electric fuel injectors, result in improved combustion, better fuel economy at all rpms, reduced emissions and a longer lasting engine, according to the company.

Volvo Penta says its D3-220's state-of-the-art turbo design, which includes adjustable vanes inside the turbo to direct and regulate exhaust gas pressure, makes turbocharging effective at low rpms for nearly instant power and clean burning. Combined with precision high-pressure fuel injection, the system also delivers good fuel economy. More...

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Test Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 70:
Jet-Age Engineering, Design and Style

Monte Carlo Yachts 70
The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 has exceptional design and construction while also delivering excellent performance and handling.

From the ridged aluminum substructure under the subfloor to the engineered foam core and honeycomb structural elements, the Monte Carlo Yachts 70 is an example of a balance of jet-age technical engineering and old world craftsmanship. The company says soft mounting of the interior environments to the boat's structure achieve a unique level of quiet as well as layout versatility. She carries a CE "A" rating. More...

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New Captain's Report

Sea Ray 470 Sundancer:
A Redesigned Classic with Pods

Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
Sea Ray's venerable 470 Sundancer's standard propulsion is V-drive inboards, but Zeus pods are an attractive alternative providing enhanced performance.

For 2015, the Sea Ray 470 Sundancer has an enclosed coupe, with the layout designed as one continuous entertaining space between the exterior cockpit, interior salon and fore-and-aft settee adjacent to the two-person helm. In the spacious and airy area below, there is a much larger mid cabin with a diagonal queen bed. Premium materials are found both above decks and below. We tested her with twin Cummins 480-hp diesels driving through Zeus pods. We tested her with twin Cummins 480-hp diesels driving through Zeus pods. More...

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New Captain's Report

Mako 204 CC:
Center Console Fishing Machine

Mako 204 CC
Mako’s 204 CC is a solid, offshore/inshore-capable fishing platform that comes well-equipped, right down to a factory-fitted tandem-axle aluminum trailer.

Mako's 204 CC has the necessary depth and flare to perform well in near-shore angling action, and the 18-degree deadrise should provide quick planing and reasonably soft entry when running in chop. The 12'' (1.30 m) draft makes her a good inshore boat as well, and there's plenty of storage below decks for the gear anglers want for a day on the water. More...

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Factory Video

Beneteau Resin and Coring:
Maximum Strength, Minimum Weight

Beneteau Resin and Coring
Beneteau's resin-infusion process assures maximum strength and minimum weight in its hulls, and a continuous materials testing program assures consistency in the finished product.

Beneteau's carefully engineered end-grain balsa coring allows the builder to shave hundreds of pounds from the finished weight of its hulls, resulting in improved performance and greater fuel economy than solid fiberglass hulls. The builder also says balsa coring can be laid up thinner than PVC coring with no loss in strength, resulting in increased space inside the hull. Vinylester resin eliminates worries about osmosis. More...

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Throwables, Navigation Lights
and Fire Extinguishers

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