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BoatTEST Newsletter March 4, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
15 year anniversary
- Maritimo M65
- Formula 310 Bowrider
- Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S
- Four Winns H290
- Mercury 4.2L TDI
- Sea Ray 19 SPX
- Carolina Skiff SC 23 LX
- Back Cove 30
- Bayliner 642 Overnighter
- Carver C34
- Cruisers Yachts 540 SC
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O
- Nordic Tugs 39
- Scarab 195 HO
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Maritimo M65:
World-Class Luxury 65

Maritimo M65
The Maritimo M65 presents a striking image at speed: standard power is a pair of Volvo Penta D13 engines putting out 900-hp each, but options up to twin 1200-hp MAN V8s are available.

The enclosed flying bridge of the Maritimo M65 functions as an upper salon -- also known as a "sky lounge" -- as well as the wheel house. There is no lower control station, adding more usable living space on the main level as well as allowing the bow to be used to store the ship's tender. She has the lines -- and presumably also the sea-handling capabilities -- of a large sportfish convertible, but her interiors are all luxury yacht, made for entertaining and cruising comfort. More...

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Formula 310 Bowrider:
Upscale Bowrider Seats 12

Formula 310 Bowrider
The Formula 310 Bowrider is a premium quality day boat with high capacity seating (12+), luxurious amenities and exciting performance in a capable offshore hull.

The Formula 310 Bowrider offers a wide range of power options all the way up to twin 430-hp V8s. She delivered strong performance with twin 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG ECTs with Bravo III drives in our tests, topping out at 50.1 mph turning 5200 rpm while consuming 48.1 gph. Best cruise was 3500 rpm, with an average speed of 31.6 mph to deliver 1.59 mpg, and she got on plane in just 3.7 seconds. More...

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New Captain's Report

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S:
Luxury Express with Sky Sundeck

Beneteau MC5S
In the new Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S, the flying bridge gives way to a sedan design, still utilizing the upper deck for sun bathing and some entertaining.

Though the Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S is not a flybridge model, she still offers an upper deck to catch some rays or enjoy a meal in wrap-around seating at a high-low table. The tulip-shaped bow and round portlights deliver a distinctive retro look to the yacht, but she's fully loaded with modern engineering beneath her radiant skin. More...

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Four Winns H290:
Stylish Bowrider with Cabin

Four Winns H290
With striking styling and sportboat speed thanks in part to her "Stable-Vee" hull, the Four Winns H290 delivered impressive performance in our test runs.

The Four Winns H290 with twin 300-hp Volvo Penta V8-300 CEs reached 51.9 mph in our test runs, burning 44 gph getting 1.2 mpg. Best cruise was 28.4 mph, at which she delivered 1.8 mpg, for a cruising range of 194 miles, allowing a 10% reserve. Hull side windows are a styling touch that also lets light into the compact but useful sleeping area to port, and the head to starboard. More...

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New Features Video

Mercury 4.2L TDI:
Clean Power, Lightweight Package

Mercury 4.2L
Mercury's 4.2 L TDI meets EPA "clean diesel" Tier III standards while delivering lots of torque in a compact package and best-in-class weight.

Mercury's 4.2 liter TDI diesel in 335 and 370-hp versions is based on Volkswagen’s 4.2-liter V-8 block, incorporating the TDI common-rail, direct-fuel-injection system with twin variable-geometry turbochargers designed to eliminate turbo lag. A vermicular graphite casting process for the block and aluminum heads keeps weight for both versions down to 836 lbs. (379 kg). More...

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New Captain's Report

Sea Ray 19 SPX:
Value-Driven Runabout

Sea Ray 19 SPX
The Sea Ray 19 SPX is an exceptionally deep bowrider for a hull under 20' (6.10 m) long, and despite being value-driven, she delivers many of the quality touches that are the mark of the Sea Ray brand.

The Sea Ray 19 SPX is a reasonably well-equipped and surprisingly affordable bowrider in standard conformation, but by adding optional packages buyers can turn her into a well-dressed tow machine, or even a credible fishing vessel. The standard 135-hp MerCruiser/Alpha package keeps the price down, and should also be very economical to operate. More...

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New Captain's Report

Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner: Inside/Outside Fishing Platform

Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner
Though the Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner is designated as a bay boat, she has adequate freeboard to slip out the inlet on the right days.

The Carolina Skiff Sea Chaser 23 LX Bay Runner should be quick on plane with a deadrise of just 16 degrees, and this shallow-V will also make her effective in easing across the flats for redfish or other inshore species. But with a horsepower rating of 200 and plenty of freeboard, she can function off the beach to chase tarpon, kings or other nearshore species, and she comes equipped with all the fishing necessities. More...


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Captain's Report

Back Cove 30:
Shallow Draft "Lobster Yacht"

Back Cove 30
Varnished cherry woodwork and dove-tailed joinery in the drawers mark the quality of construction in the Back Cove 30's interior.

The Back Cove 30 displays the classic lines of a Downeast lobster boat, but with lots of luxury touches that raise her into the yacht class. A prop pocket allows her to operate in just 2'6'' (.76 m) of water, and a choice of single-diesel engines deliver good fuel economy and range, according to our test captain. More...

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Bayliner 642 Overnighter:
Economical Runabout with Cuddy

Bayliner 642 Overnighter
Bayliner's 21'4" (6.53 m) 642 Overnighter is a small cruiser that offers a cuddy cabin for an occasional overnight, plus the necessary amenities to make her a capable day boat for family and friends.

The Bayliner 642 Overnighter is a practical all-around boat that won't break the bank. Our test captain found her to be a spirited performer for day-boat use, with adequate space below for a couple to overnight on occasion. Touches such as the dedicated hideaway storage for the Bimini top and 2'' overboard cockpit drains, raise this boat above many competitors in class. More...

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Design and Style Review

Carver C34:
Broad and Spacious Retro Cruiser

Carver C34
The Carver C34 is a somewhat beamy 35-footer, spanning 13' (3.96 m) at her broadest point, allowing exceptional space both above and below decks for a boat of this LOA.

The Carver C34 is an eye-catcher with her retro styling, including a nearly plumb or vertical straight bow, round portholes and a sheer line reminiscent of some of the old Rybovich sportfishers. She's both broad and deep, providing lots of space below for the master as well as a double-berth guest cabin and standup head. The salon has opening windows port and starboard and a 24" flatscreen TV, DVD player, stereo and radio are all standard More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe:
High Performance Luxury Cruiser

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe
The Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe is a wide, deep and heavy, fully-equipped luxury cruiser, but she delivered exceptional performance in our test runs, planing quickly and maxing out at over 40 mph.

With three Volvo Penta 435-hp IPS600s powering the Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe in our test runs, the yacht reached a top speed of 41.4 mph at 3621 rpm. At that speed she burned 65 gph for a range of 287 statute miles. Best cruise came in at 2500 rpm and 23.1 mph where we had a 28.5 gph fuel burn and a range of 364 statute miles. Time to plane was just 5.4 seconds, almost sportboat performance. More...

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Features Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.:
Engineering Firsts for Power, Economy

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.
The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. offers easy maintenance access thanks to removable side plates, but the company says no maintenance is normally necessary for the first 500 hours except to check the fuel/water filter.

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. is loaded with engineering firsts, but among the most obvious is the Integrated Hydraulic Steering that's built right into the mounting bracket, eliminating the exposed steering rams, cleaning up the installation and protecting sensitive parts from exposure to corrosion. The engines also include digital shift and throttle. The 2-gallon oil reservoir, tucked inside the cowl rather than taking up space in the boat, is reported to last 25 hours based on ICOMIA usage. More...

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Design and Style Video

Nordic Tugs 39:
Tugboat Style, Trawler Comfort

Nordic Tug 39
The Nordic Tug 39 gets her design profile from commercial tugboats, but she provides the comfortable accommodations and interior fit-and-finish of a quality recreational trawler.

Lots of dark, rich teak decorates the interior of the Nordic Tug 39, making a welcoming venue for a retired couple headed on a long voyage down the ICW or through the Great Lakes. Her small diesel delivers dependable power while consuming very little fuel, giving her impressive range between fuel dock stops. Our test captain reports the second cabin is big enough for overnight visitors on occasion. More...

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Captain's Report

Scarab 195 HO:
Small-Package Performance from a Storied Manufacturer

Scarab 195 HO
The Scarab 195 HO is designed to offer customers the thrill of jetboat handling and performance along with creature comforts in an aggressive styling package.

Recreational Boat Holdings (Michigan) has aquired the Scarab Boats namesake, and the resulting partnership is a true testament to the pedigree each brings to the table. Amongst the jet boat lineup is the 195 HO, featuring a 250-hp Rotax engine and a capacity for 8 passengers. More...

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Picture of the Week

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Lesson of the Week

How to Dock Your Twin Inboard Boat

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Always check wind direction and current before docking. Once dockside, tie the bow line first, then the stern line.

This week Captain Steve goes over six lessons and guidelines on basic boat handling and docking procedures. Learn why twins allow you to maneuver easier. Learn how to pivot the boat for close quarter maneuvering, move the boat sideways without a bow thruster, and how to back into a slip. These are basic rules which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on

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