Yamaha 190 FSH // Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS // Four Winns H440 // 17 Reviews - 02/18/2015
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- Four Winns H440
- Boston Whaler 210
- Grady-White Canyon 336
- Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41
- Crownline 255 SS
- Yamaha 190 FSH
- Jeanneau Resin and Coring
- Bryant Calandra
- Beneteau GT 38
- Bayliner Driving and Docking
- Cruisers Yachts 430 SC
- Evinrude E-TEC 115 PS
- Mako 234 CC
- Monte Carlo Yachts 86
- Nitro ZV 21
- Prestige 450 S
- Powertech Propellers
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Four Winns H440:
Dayboat Extraordinaire

Four Winns H440
The Four Winns H440 is the largest bowrider in the industry, according to the company, and she also has two cabins below and is a unique design concept.

The battle of the mega-bowriders got a huge shot of steroids with the recent introduction of the Four Winns H440, which is the largest production bowrider on the market. She is really more of a hardtop express cruiser with a bowrider cockpit forward instead of the ubiquitous twin sun pads. Her designers have keyed in on how more and more people are using their larger express cruisers these days -- as day boats for picnics, day-time sight-seeing, towing sports, and general entertaining. That puts a premium on the day-boat utility and means useable deck space is important. The H440 is an amalgam of several concepts and can sleep six below in two cabins, plus have a salon, mini galley and head, as well as having three entertaining venues on deck -- the bow, helm deck and cockpit. More...

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New Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless:
Tough Multi-Mission Center Console

Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless
Whether fishing the flats, cruising the ICW, enjoying watersports or just hanging out with friends on the hook, the Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless is a top-quality center console.

The Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless displays a notable ability to morph seamlessly from hard-core inshore angling platform to bay cruiser to watersports tow machine. All of this in a towable package that should hold value for many years, if history is any guide. That outcome is due primarily to the impressive Boston Whaler construction standards as well as being a testament to the people who buy them. More...


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New Captain's Report

Grady-White Canyon 336:
Canyon Runner with Grady Clout

Grady-White Canyon 336
Grady-White's Canyon 336 is built to deliver a comfortable ride in virtually any fishable sea conditions. Further, her hull was designed with twin Yamaha 350s in mind so the combination maximizes performance and handling characteristics.

The Grady-White Canyon 336 has the greatest beam in class by over 1'6" (.46 m), which means lots of extra fishing space as well as excellent stability at trolling speeds. She also has the greatest fuel capacity in class at 333 gallons (1,261 L) which gives her exceptional range. The full transom adds sea-keeping capability, especially in following seas, and overall she is intended to be a suitable alternative to a big game battlewagon. More...

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New Captain's Report

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS:
Compact Hull, Spacious Interior

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Designed for relaxation and comfort, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS also delivers the thrill of responsive sailing.

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS has a spacious owner’s cabin aft that features a private head and shower compartment and plenty of storage for a week or so on board. She offers owners all the luxury of a 45' (13.7 m) sailboat in a more compact package. Forward, a VIP guest cabin with private head compartment provides guests with privacy and room. She's easy to sail, built strong, and is competively priced. More...

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New Captain's Report

Crownline 255 SS:
Spacious Bowrider with Extras

Crownline 255 SS
The 25'8" (7.82 m) length and 8'6" (2.59 m) beam of the Crownline 255 SS means lots of seating (for up to 12) and plenty of space to move around, and the aft-facing swim-lounge adds even more area for relaxing, right where it's needed when the boat is at anchor.

We think the Crownline 255 SS is a sleek and good-looking bowrider. Large families and those who like to bring a lot of friends to the lake on weekends, will find she has the capacity of a pontoon boat without the frumpy baggage. A standard onboard battery charger and dedicated dock fender storage are among the many unique features on the 255 SS. More...

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New Boat

Yamaha 190 FSH:
Jet Drive CC Fishboat

Yamaha 190 FSH
The 190 FSH from Yamaha Watercraft Group is a jet-drive powered center console fishboat with all the features expected in a fishing rig.

Yamaha Watercraft Group has introduced its latest model, the 190 FSH, which is a jet-powered center console fishboat. She has a 19’2” (5.84 m) length overall and is powered by the proven 1812CC high-output Yamaha marine engine. She has a draft of only 16'' (.41 m), 18-degree deadrise and all the fishing features expected in a dedicated fishing rig. She also has the Yamaha Articulating Keel, which our testing has shown provides excellent control and handling. Maintaining the DNA of Yamaha's existing sportboats, this model is sure to provide on water fun for the entire family. We have an initial photo review of this interesting new fishboat. See it now...

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Factory Video

Jeanneau Factory Review:
Resin and Coring

Jeanneau Resin and Coring
Jeanneau and Prestige Yachts utilize three main techniques in their manufacturing process: 1) hand lay up; 2) injection molding; 3) vacuum resin infusing, as seen in the above image.

We recently spent time visiting several of the Jeanneau manufacturing facilities to have a detailed look at its building materials and processes. As a company offering over 120 models in both sail and power ranging from 19' to 75' (5.79 m - 22.9 m), it is interesting to see how they select and test the resin and coring materials, as well as the three processes they use with these materials when building different types of boats. More...

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Boat Show Look

Bryant Calandra:
Looks Fast Anywhere

Bryant Boats Calandra
We spied the Bryant Calandra at a recent boat show and how could we miss her? There is nothing like "Arrest Me Red" to get a boater's attention and this high-style 23' (7.01 m) Bryant will have all the boats on the lake gunning for her. (Better get the big engines or a different hull color.)

The new Bryant Calandra is 23'4" (7.11 m) LOA, has a 8'6" (2.59 m) beam, displaces about 4,750 lbs. (2,155 kg) and has a 20-degree deadrise at the transom. Note her raised sheer line in the stern quarters which sets her apart from most other boats in class. Bryant is the only sportboat builder we know of that puts its 49 gallon (185 L) fuel tank in the bow, thus improving time-to-plane performance and decreasing bow rise when getting underway. But that is not the only thing that sets her apart. More...

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Design & Style Video

Beneteau Gran Turismo 38:
An Express Cruiser That's a Rare Gift

Beneteau GT 38
The Beneteau Gran Turismo 38 has the command console in the center of the boat, unusual in an express cruiser, but a feature our test captain found comfortable with very good visibility.

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 38 is an express cruiser featuring the company's Air Step hull, which our test captain says delivers improved WOT, as well as more agile handling at all planing speeds. She's also somewhat unusual among 38 footers sold in the U.S.A. in offering diesel sterndrive power. (It's old hat in Europe.) We like the centerline command console, which gives the captain equally good sightlines when docking on either side. More...

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How-to Video

Bayliner Driving and Docking:
Safety Always Comes First

Bayliner Driving and Docking
Captain Jim Hughes stepped aboard a Bayliner 185 Bowrider to offer some basic tips on boat handling that may prove very useful for those just getting started in the nautical life.

Captain Jim Hughes, aboard a Bayliner 185 Bowrider, provides lots of suggestions on getting underway, trimming at speed, how to make power turns, docking and lots more. This useful video is for beginning captains, so feel free to pass it on to a friend that is just getting into the sport. Central to all maneuvers, says Hughes, safety always comes first. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe:
Weekend Getaway Cruiser

Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe
The Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe provides a picture-window view from the helm, and access to the bow is available both via a walkthrough in the windshield and a walkaround on the side deck.

With twin Volvo Penta 370-hp IPS500 pods powering the Cruisers Yachts 430 Sports Coupe, our test crew reached a top speed of 37 mph at 3550 rpm. She is more than a comfortable cruiser, she can also entertain family and friends in style. But the real story here is how she looks both inside and out. More...

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Captain's Report

Evinrude E-TEC 115 Pontoon Series:
Purpose-Built for Pontoon Boats

Evinrude E-TEC 115 Pontoon Series
The Pontoon Series from Evinrude is designed to produce more torque and thrust, run quieter and smoother and therefore produce a more comfortable ride in keeping with the pontoon boat experience.

The Evinrude E-TEC 115 Pontoon Series has lower gearing, a modified electronic "map", among other things, than those found on the standard Evinrude E-TEC 115. In virtually all respects, the Evinrude E-TEC 115 Pontoon Series was designed for powering pontoon boats. Because she has more low-end torque, she's better for towing. Because she has special mapping for a pontoon boat application, its fuel economy is maximized. More...

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Test Video

Mako 234 CC:
Right-Priced Family Fisherman

Mako 234 CC
We've seen a Mako 234 CC go across the Gulf Stream in some snotty conditions so we have high respect for her seakeeping ability.

Our test captain gave the Mako 234 CC high marks in handling, reporting she turns like she's on rails. She leaned up to 21-degrees into the turns, helping to keep the crew secure in their seats. Trim tabs recessed into the hull, an unusual feature on a value-priced boat, quickly level the hull as needed, and their inset position avoids fish snagging lines. More...

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Test Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 86:
Opulence Meets Smart Engineering

Monte Carlo Yachts 86
The magnificent Monte Carlo Yachts 86 offers consumers a compelling option to one-off custom building, with a custom interior approach in a fixed hull and deck. Opulence in materials and Italian fit-and-finish combined with state-of-the-art engineering have produced what we think is a noteworthy motoryacht.

There is nothing in the market quite like the Monte Carlo Yachts 86 -- except, perhaps another MCY sibling. She has a style and lines that are unmistakable -- even at a couple of miles. She's built more like a commercial airliner than a yacht, and that sets her apart from both other production motoryacht brands and custom builders as well. Best of all, the builder offers a generous décor allowance that means owners can have the interior their way. More...

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Test Video

Nitro ZV 21:
Dual Console Fisherman for Multi-Species

Nitro ZV 21
The Nitro ZV 21 is a broad, deep-hulled and fast fishing boat designed to take on anything big northern lakes can throw at it.

The Nitro ZV 21 comes fully-loaded to suit the multi-species angler; there's a 26 gallon aerated aft livewell with bait bucket and a 5.5 gallon insulated bow baitwell with removable bucket, a 36-volt, 101 lb.-thrust Minn Kota trolling motor at the bow and a giant center-line locking rod box that can hold up to 25 rods. More...

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Test Video

Prestige 450 S:
Yacht with a View

Prestige 450 S
The Prestige 450 S has an open and airy master stateroom with private entry, but she also demonstrates the company’s attitude towards keeping the glitz to a minimum and thereby maximizing value for the money.

The Prestige 450 S with pod drives and joystick takes all the worry out of being close to a dock or tight slip, and our test captain found she was equally capable offshore, where she cut through seas with little fuss and took rollers at cruise speed with little fanfare. Turns were fairly casual at speed due to limitations of the pod drives, but quicker maneuvers at lower speeds are simple and sure. Best of all, we think she is a lot of boat for the money. More...

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Powertech! Propellers:
Finding the Right Prop is Easy for Experts

Powertech Propellers
Choosing the right Powertech! Propeller is a matter of matching the prop geometry to the available power, the hull design and the intended use of the boat.

Prop selection is not a black art for an experienced recreational marine propeller expert. That's why PowerTech! is our go-to place for all questions about props. These folks are experts and seem to know every trick in the book. They can zero-in on the exact combination of prop diameter, pitch, blade area, cup and rake that will deliver desired performance in a given boat/engine package. It's possible to prop for best hole shots, for best top speed, or for best fuel economy, but the propellers that suit most boaters combine the best of all three. More...

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

Fog Signals and Overview On Navigation Lights

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Only official lights such as these are allowed to be on at night underway.

This week Captain Steve uses 15 video clips to give guidelines on fog signals and navigation lights. It’s important to know what to do when fog suddenly comes rolling. Captain Steve also goes over the basics on navigation lights, what they mean, and what’s required when running at night, and at anchor. These are basic rules which all recreational boaters should be aware of. 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.

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