Grady-White 191 // Bennington 25' I/O // Maritimo 58 // 16 Reports - 04/08/2015
BoatTEST Newsletter April 8, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
15 year anniversary
- Cruisers Yachts 540 SC
- Jeanneau Velasco 43F
- Bennington 2552 QCW
- Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
- Bryant Boats Speranza
- Grady-White 191 CE
- Maritimo M58
- Four Winns H260 SS
- Formula 40 PC
- Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
- Prestige 550 Flybridge
- Regal 32 Express
- World Cat 295CC
- Tahoe Q7i
- Manitou 25 SES Flip SHP
- Bayliner 185 Bowrider
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Cruisers Yachts 540 SC:
Genteel Performance Coupe

Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe
The Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe is a capable express cruiser which our test captain found loaded with the amenities and materials expected in a top-level yacht.

The Cruisers Yachts 540 Sports Coupe is designed both for genteel cruising and superior performance in terms of speed and fuel economy at cruising speeds. The luxury materials used in the living areas, as well as the high headroom, large beds and plush reclining seats and settees make this 54-footer (16.5 m) one of the most desired boats in class. Hidden AC vents and nautical-style arched wood door frames add quality touches. More...

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New Captain's Report

Jeanneau Velasco 43F:
New Model with Sleek Styling

Jeanneau Velasco 43F
The Jeanneau Velasco 43F is an eye-catching 44'11" (13.69 m) LOA flybridge cruiser with a sedan styling profile.

The Velasco 43F differs from the original Velasco 43 in the rake of the forward windshield and the absence of skylights in the flybridge cowling. Also, the radar mast has been moved aft and minimized, and fins have been added to balance the overall look of the boat and to support the radar arch. Sweeping hullside windows bring lots of light into the living areas and also add a styling feature to the overall appearance. She features two heads with separate shower stalls, which is not always a given on a boat that’s less than 45’ (13.7 m) long. More...


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New Captain's Report

Bennington 2552 QCW I/O:
Sterndrive Power in a Premium Pontoon Boat

Bennington 2552 QCW
The Bennington 2552 QCW I/O delivers the quiet performance of sterndrive power in a high-performance triple-pontoon hull with lots of premium-level amenities.

Our test captain reports that the Bennington 2552 QCW I/O offers buyers a luxurious experience visible through her high-end materials, styling and the numerous high-quality standard features. The roomy interior lends itself toward a comfortable, relaxing day on the water with lots of guests. Our test captain also liked the clean transom and full-width swim platform made possible by the I/O configuration. More...

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New Test Video

Sea Ray 470 Sundancer:
Redesigned Classic with Two Staterooms

Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
The redesigned Sea Ray 470 Sundancer is a coupe, and the layout creates one continuous entertaining space from the cockpit to the interior salon and fore-and-aft settee adjacent to the two-person helm.

The sleek Sea Ray 470 Sundancer features a glass bulkhead with sliding door, transforming her into an all-weather vessel with a 12,000 BTU AC/heating system. Below, the builder has moved space from the settee and galley into the mid stateroom, enlarging it to a point where the 470 Sundancer now has what can only be considered two master staterooms, each with premium furnishings and yacht-grade fit-and-finish. More...

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New Captain's Report

Bryant Boats Speranza:
Upscale Bowrider for up to 11

Bryant Boats Speranza
The Bryant Boats Speranza has a LOA of 21’4” (6.5 m), a beam of 102” (259 cm) and a draft of 34” (86.4 cm).

She could be called the Calandra’s little sister, but make no mistake, the 11 passenger Speranza follows in no one’s wake. She’s a premium-level bowrider ensuring that small does not mean luxury needs to be compromised. Bryant also has a gift for utilizing every bit of space to maximize storage. But most importantly, she’s got the build of Bryant Boats behind her, a company that puts a large amount of pride into its workmanship and build quality that we think is on par or better than any of the larger competitors. More...

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New Features Video

Grady-White 191 CE:
Premium Fishing Boat with Extras

Grady-White 191 CE
The Grady-White 191 CE is a hard-core inshore fishing boat, but she can also double as a family dayboat thanks to the sun pad and chaise-lounge options.

The Grady-White 191 CE's most important feature behind the SeaV2 hull is the removable forward table, which extends the casting platform and forms a sun lounge in the down position, a lunch spot when up -- unusual on a sub-20' CC. The removable back on the helm bench makes it a comfortable spot from which to watch trolling rods, yet still keeps the captain in reach of the helm. More...

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New Features Video

Maritimo M58:
All-Weather Flybridge Cruiser

Maritimo M58
The fully-enclosed and air-conditioned flybridge gives the Maritimo M58 a sort of "wedding cake" appearance that's sure to turn heads on the water, and also sure to keep the captain comfortable in all kinds of weather.

The Maritimo M58's most obvious feature is her full-enclosed flybridge, but our test captain reports this area is much more than just another command post. Maritimo takes it to a new level with expert joinery work, décor and presentation. There's high-gloss teak throughout and full carpeting. Socializing areas offer two sofas as well as an aft balcony on the flying bridge. More...

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New Test Video

Four Winns H260 SS:
50+ MPH WOT with 350-hp V8

Four Winns H260
The good-looking Four Winns H260 SS comes with a long list of standard equipment, and our test runs delivered impressive performance with the Volvo Penta 350-hp V8 DP package.

The Four Winns H260 SS delivered top speeds over 50 mph during our test. Bow rise was just 7 degrees on the hole shot, and the hooked chines appeared to assist in holding the boat to near perfect tracking in high-speed turns. Though the windshield is low -- a style feature -- the test run produced no spray in the cockpit. More...

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New Features Video

Formula 40 PC:
Comfort and Convenience Afloat

Formula 40 PC
The port side of the cockpit in the Formula 40 PC includes a refreshment center with sink, an option for a pedestal TV and a refrigerator that can be swapped out for an icemaker.

The Formula 40 PC can function both as a luxury entertainment platform and as a weekender with cruising comfort for her owners and four guests. The owners' stateroom, with queen memory foam berth, can be closed off behind two solid doors. Two opening portlights to either side in conjunction with the overhead hatch provide light and ventilation. More...

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New Features Video

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage:
New, Fully-Loaded 42'6" Flagship CC

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
The Boston Whaler 420 Outrage is the flagship of the Boston Whaler fleet, and she comes fully-loaded with yacht-level comfort amenities as well as virtually every fishing feature imaginable.

The Boston Whaler 420 Outrage is the largest Boston Whaler ever built, and our test captain was impressed with the level of premium features available in this massive center console. Seating forward of the console is three across with flip-down arm rests, and the bow features a teak table that lowers at the touch of a button to make that entire area into a comfortable sun pad with top-grade upholstery. The cabin is equally luxurious, with a sliding sunroof and lots more. More...

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Features Video

Prestige 550 Flybridge:
Lots of Yacht for the Money

Prestige 550 Flybridge
Solid composite countertops, wall-to-wall carpeting and fiberglass overheads maximize interior utility in the spacious salon of the Prestige 550 Flybridge.

Each cabin in the Prestige 550 Flybridge benefits from large windows in the topsides; the master has essentially picture windows on either side. A convertible queen bed in the forward cabin can be split into twins, with each berth being moved to the hull sides. With a separate staircase to the master stateroom, Prestige provides not only privacy, but also more usable space for a walk-in closet and larger head. More...

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Test Video

Regal 32 Express:
Class in a 32' Express

Regal 32 Express
By creating expandable and movable seating both on deck and below, Regal has enhanced the entertaining possibilities of this handsome 32 Express.

The Regal 32 Express with twin Volvo Penta 300s topped out at 46.2 mph in our test runs. Among the many clever uses of space is the broad aft seat, which converts at the touch of a button from a forward-facing couch to an aft facing seat to a chaise lounge then to a sun pad. More...

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Captain's Report

World Cat 295CC:
Two Hulls Are Better Than One

World Cat 295CC
The twin hulls of the World Cat 295CC make her a spacious and impressive offshore machine capable of dealing with conditions that might keep most monohulls at the docks.

Seating in the broad bow interior of the World Cat 295CC literally spans the beam of the boat. As a result, it creates a gathering area that is on par with much larger boats. Upholstery is top-quality throughout, and all seats have pleated inserts that add a striking texture. Bolsters provide additional comfort for the full length of the boat, and those in the bow lift up to reveal locking rod storage. More...

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Test Video

Tahoe Q7i:
A Quick-on-the-Trigger Bowrider

Tahoe Q7i
Powered by a 260-hp 5.0 MPI MerCruiser, the Tahoe Q7i proved to be a handsome, high-performance package at an affordable price.

The Tahoe Q7i is quick out of the hole at just 2.9 seconds and fast throughout the power range all the way to a top speed of 53.7 mph. The PowerGlide Hull features lifting strakes to assist with quick planing, and the design also proved efficient in sharp turns, where our captain reports the boat tracks as if on rails. More...

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Test Video

Manitou 25 SES Flip SHP:
High-Performance Premium Pontoon Boat

Manitou 25 SES Flip SHP
The fully-loaded Manitou 25 SES Flip SHP is designed to provide the finest-in-class style and comfort among pontoon boats while entertaining, day-cruising or participating in watersports, according to the company.

The Manitou 25 SES Flip SHP, powered with a 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 turning a 19" pitch prop, leaped on plane in just 3.3 seconds in our test runs, and hit 30 in 7.5 seconds -- useful information for those who love tow sports. Top speed was 48.7 mph, and best cruise was at 3000 rpms, where she ran 20.7 mph and achieved 3.3 mpg. More...

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Test Video

Bayliner 185 Bowrider:
Easy-Handling Runabout Priced Right

Bayliner 185 Bowrider
The Bayliner 185 Bowrider is an entry-level, family-friendly runabout that our test captain found easy to handle both on plane and around the docks.

The Bayliner 185 Bowrider was quick out of the hole in our test runs -- just 3.8 seconds to plane powered by a 190-hp MerCruiser 4.7L with Alpha 1 Drive. Our test captain reports she trims out quickly with minimal bow rise and showed no tendency toward chine-walking at maximum speed and trim. With a 19-degree deadrise at the transom, the hull does a good job at dicing wakes. More...

Bayliner Design Details, New Interview Video Bayliner design details.

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Lesson of the Week

Preparing for an Emergency Situation

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Navigating safely in narrow channels.

This week Captain Steve goes over five lessons and guidelines on emergency situations and what to do to help preserve life while you wait to be rescued. Everyone aboard will have to act quickly, and that’s why drills and practicing emergency situations with your family is important. This means everyone must first put their life jackets on. While someone calls for help on the radio, other crew use whatever they can to try and stop or slow the flow of water into the boat. Do not abandon ship! Rather, keep working to save it. Stay with the boat and get as far on top of it as you can until help arrives. 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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