Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius // Carver C43 // Jeanneau 64 // 18 Reports - 03/25/2015
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15 year anniversary
- Jeanneau 64
- Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius
- Four Winns H260 SS
- Lagoon 39
- Grady-White Express 330
- Mercury Verado 350
- World Cat 320CC
- Maritimo M50
- Sailfish 220CC
- Carver C43
- Manitou 25 Legacy SHP
- PowerTech Propellers
- Regal 53 Sport Coupe
- Bayliner 160 Bowrider
- Tiara 44 Coupe
- Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
- Prestige 620
- Tahoe 215 Xi
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Jeanneau Yachts 64:
Luxury Sailing Yacht

Jeanneau 64
Scoring high in design, luxury and comfort, the Jeanneau 64 also offers production boat engineering and reasonable pricing in a potentially world-ranging sailing yacht.

The lines of the Jeanneau 64 reveal her modern design heritage, and her builder has rigged her for easy, short-handed sailing. The large cockpit offers plenty of space for guests to relax and enjoy the ride away from the mechanics of sail handling. Below decks, there's lots of light thanks to abundant hullside windows, and the interior design can be varied to provide three, four or even more cabins. Our test captain notes she is "as modern and trendy below as a Paris runway during fashion week". More...

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Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius:
Sleek and Roomy Express Cruiser

Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius
Building on the tremendous success of the Cantius line (41, 45 and 48), Cruisers Yachts is currently tooling a 59' (18 m) model that will incorporate all of the successful aspects of the smaller vessels into a motoryacht-sized express.

As the CAD image above shows, the Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius will be as sleek and as modern as any express cruiser on the water – no matter where it was designed and built. The Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius reserves the entire main deck for entertaining, offering no fewer than five inviting venues stretching from bow to swim platform. The accommodations layout features two large en suite staterooms and a lower salon. Buyers who prefer a third stateroom can readily be accommodated, according to the company. More...

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Four Winns H260 SS:
Quick and Sassy Sportboat

Four Winns H260SS
The Four Winns H260 SS has all the makings of an upscale sportboat, riding on a hull that allows the lowest horsepower offering to push her over 50 mph.

The Four Winns H260 SS delivered a WOT performance of 51.0 mph in our test runs, powered by a single 350-hp Volvo Penta V8-350 DP. At that speed she consumed 28.5 gph and got 1.8 mpg. Best cruise was at 3500 rpms, where she ran 27.8 mph and used just 8.4 gph for a 3.3 mpg consumption. Time to plane was quick with the DP drive, just 2.8 seconds. More...

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Captain's Report

Lagoon 39:
Roomy Catamaran Offers Multiple Layouts

Lagoon 39
The Lagoon 39 carries her catamaran width for much of her length, providing about 20% more interior living square footage than typical conventionally-designed monohull sailboats of the same length according to the builder.

The Lagoon 39 is offered in five significantly different layouts, ranging from two ensuite staterooms to four. The hull design is unusual: under the bridge span, the fiberglass is shaped like a gull wing. According to our test captain, this design should virtually eliminate pounding in a seaway, and it also moves the center of gravity aft, and making tacking smarter. More...

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Grady-White Express 330:
Bluewater Fisherman w/ "Family" Comforts

Grady-White Express 330
The Grady-White Express 330 is equipped as a capable bluewater fishing boat, but our test captain found she also includes many amenities that make her comfortable for family cruising.

With twin Yamaha F-350s, the Grady-White Express 330 topped out at 50.9 mph. Our test captain reports that her C. Raymond Hunt-designed SeaV2 hull tracks well through chop and was a comfortable ride even at maximum speed and trim. The hull design throws spray wide and low, according to our reviewer, helping keep water off the tall and broad windshield. When trolling or at anchor her generous beam adds stability. More...

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New Video Review

Mercury Verado 350:
Lightest 350-hp Outboard Available

Mercury Verado 350
Weighing in at 668 lbs. (303 kg), Mercury's muscular new Verado 350 4-stroke is nearly 100 lbs. (45 kg) lighter than its competition. It also has a narrower profile than competing engines, allowing for easier multiple installations.

Mercury's Verado 350 is built on a 2.6 liter in-line six-cylinder block. The powerhead is boosted by a water-cooled supercharger, and drives a 70-Amp alternator. A robust 5.44" diameter lower gear case enhances durability, and power steering and digital throttle and shift are standard. She comes in 3 shaft lengths. Mercury says she should burn 91 Octane for premium performance in all applications but it is nevertheless "89 Octane compatible". More...

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New Captain's Report

World Cat 320CC:
Twin-Hull Stability and Space

World Cat 320CC
The World Cat 320CC offers the classic stability and sea-keeping abilities of a catamaran in a package that's both handsome and well equipped for the angler.

With a draft of just 16'' (.41 m), the World Cat 320CC is one of the few boats of this size that can be inshore where others fear to tread. Yet, she's more than ready to take on anything a tough inlet or snotty conditions offshore can throw at her thanks to the fine entry of the twin hulls. And with three distinct entertainment areas, and standup head, she's far more than just a fishing boat. More...

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New Features Video

Maritimo M50:
Luxury Motoryacht

Maritimo M50
An opening skylight and sliding side windows bring fresh air into the fully-enclosed bridge of the Maritimo M50 when desired, while a fixed windshield and air conditioning keep water and humidity out when needed without sacrificing the visibility gained by driving from aloft.

According to our test captain, the Maritimo M50 motoryacht provides the room and entertaining space of a motoryacht with the sea-kindly rough water abilities of a convertible. The fully-enclosed and air-conditioned flying bridge gives the captain an excellent all-weather command post, and enclosed stairs make for safe access in rough weather. On the main deck, glass bi-fold doors open to connect the galley and salon with the cockpit. More...


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Sailfish 220CC:
Multi-Use Center Console Fisherman

Sailfish 220CC
Bow cushions and bolsters on the Sailfish 220CC create a comfortable seating arrangement when the twin insulated fishboxes are not in use, and a filler cushion makes the area into a large sun pad.

With an unusual, variable deep-V deadrise at the transom and lots of bow flair and freeboard, the Sailfish 220CC's hull provides a relatively comfortable, dry ride. And though her 18'' (45.72 cm) draft moves her out of the flats boat category, she can still operate comfortably in protected waters when the target is redfish and sea-trout rather than dolphin and sails. More...


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Carver C43:
New Twin Ensuite Stateroom Cruiser

Carver C43
Retro styling, a low, sleek coach profile and high freeboard combine to create a distinctive look for the new Carver C43.

At the Miami Boat Show, Carver unveiled its new C43. Like her three smaller siblings, the new C43 has the cockpit, salon, galley and helm on the same level. Below decks, there are two private staterooms with two heads. She has a large swim platform and a standard electric glass sunroof. The builder says her headroom is "best-in-class". More...

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Features Video

Manitou 25 Legacy SHP:
High Performance Luxury Pontoon

Manitou 25 Legacy SHP
The SRS Seating Group on the Manitou 25 Legacy SHP includes split rear seats, with both of them converting from luxurious loungers to booth-style seating.

The Manitou 25 Legacy SHP has color-matched, powder-coated rub rails, fencing panels and frames. This baked-on finish is much more durable and has a deeper color than a regular painted surface. Our test captain notes the upholstery is high-end furniture grade, with extra deep seats featuring double stitching with accented colors and welting. The triple pontoon system, with an oversized center tube, delivers exciting V-hull type performance. More...

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Product Video

PowerTech Acceleration Factors:
Geometry for Fast Hole Shots

PowerTech Acceleration Factors
PowerTech President Steve Powers offers tips on selecting a propeller that will jump a boat on plane quickly, as well as giving good mid-range acceleration and plenty of top end speed.

PowerTech stainless steel props are strong and durable thanks to one-piece casting in ceramic molds, according to the company. In addition to selecting the right pitch for the engine power, boat weight and design, the company also notes that ventilation holes drilled in the barrel of the propeller can help the engine to wind up rapidly, thereby delivering lots of horsepower to quickly put the boat on plane. More...

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Captain’s Report

Regal 53 Sport Coupe:
Premium Amenities at a Competitive Price

Regal 53 Sport Coupe
The Regal 53 Sport Coupe combines top-quality materials with an attractive design and functional layout, making her well suited for both entertaining and cruising.

One of many build features of the Regal 53 Sport Coupe is the quality of the joinery. Solid black cherry wood cabinets and bulkheads built by skilled furniture craftsmen gives a quality look and feel throughout, according to our test captain. Sliding doors convert the salon and cockpit into one large entertainment venue, and the power sunroof opens to brighten the interior when conditions permit. Her list of standard amenities, such as her powered helm seat is impressive. More...

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Test Video

Bayliner 160 BR:
Entry-Level, "Right-Sized" Bowrider

Bayliner 160 BR
The Bayliner 160 BR delivers a easily controllable ride at speed with the standard 60-horse Mercury outboard, making her a safe choice for beginning boaters and young people, according to our test captain.

Our test captain found the Bayliner 160 BR to be a docile, easy-to-drive runabout that would make a good entry-level boat for a small boating family on a budget. We think this 16'2"(4.93 m) bowrider would make an excellent first boat for young people after a bit of basic schooling. Her low-maintenance interior means she rarely needs attention and she's also the right size to fit most suburban garages. More...

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Captain's Report

Tiara 44 Coupe:
 Premium Build in a Versatile Coupe

Tiara 44 Coupe
The Tiara 44 Coupe has the master in the bow, which includes an en suite head with separate shower.

The Tiara 44 Coupe displays premium materials throughout: Standard decking in the salon/galley is solid teak. The L-shaped seating to port and the standard, hi-gloss teak, hi-lo pedestal table seats four adults. Our test captain also liked the solid surface transom which can function as a cocktail sideboard, food prep station or grill galley, adding utility to the stern platform. More...

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Features Video

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage:
Beamy, Blue Water Battlewagon

Boston Whaler 320 Outrage
With a beam stretching 10'2" (3.09 m), the Boston Whaler 320 Outrage is a spacious center console that should be exceptionally stable in most conditions.

Our test captain was impressed with the quality of Boston Whaler 320 Outrage's upholstery throughout, and particularly the twin console seats, which feature full buckets, bolsters, arm rests, ventilated backs and multiple-density foam to provide solid comfort on those long rides out to blue water. Like all Boston Whalers' she has the company's legendary build quality throughout. Thanks to her "unibody" construction she's one of the few boats of this size with guaranteed "level flotation" in the event she's ever swamped. More...

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Test Video

Prestige 620:
Capable Cruising Yacht w/ Twin IPS900s

Prestige 620
Our test captain reports the Prestige 620 is well-executed in virtually every detail, obviously the work of veteran cruisers who know how such a motoryacht is used.

Our test captain reports the Prestige 620 "feels" bigger than her 63'11" (19.50 m) LOA, handling seas with ease both at idle and at speed. She had a test weight of nearly 60,000 lbs. (27,216 kg), part of the reason for her comfortable ride in bumpy water. The twin 700-hp Volvo Penta IPS900 drives reached a top speed of 30.0 knots at 2350 rpm. Her best cruise was at 17.7 knots turning 1750 rpm, where she burned 39.4 gph/149 lph. We like her conservative, classic exterior lines that should keep her in style for decades. More...

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Tahoe 215 Xi:
High Performance 21'6" Deckboat

Tahoe 215 Xi
Whether the mission is tow-sports, day cruising, gunk-holing or a bit of angling, the Tahoe 215 Xi provides a cost-efficient boating platform that's easy on the eyes.

The Tahoe 215 Xi was powered by a 260-hp Mercury 5.0 MPI engine with an Alpha drive for our test runs. She reached a top speed of 51.2 mph at 5200 rpm, while burning 21.8 gph while giving us a range of 76 miles. Best cruise was at 2500 rpm and 24.1 mph, which reduced the fuel burn to 5.5 gph. More...

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