Bayliner Element XR7 // Scout Boats 350 LXF // Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius // 13 Reports - 04/22/2015
BoatTEST Newsletter April 22, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
15 year anniversary
- Scout Boats 350 LXF
- World Cat 295DC
- Bayliner Element XR7
- Mercury SmartCraft
- Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius
- Jeanneau MF 855 Marlin
- Manitou 23 Aurora RF VP
- Regal 30 Express
- Mako 214 CC
- Maritimo M65
- Prestige 750
- Sea Ray 370 Venture
- Grady-White Canyon 336
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Scout Boats 350 LXF:
High Performance Offshore Angler

Scout Boats 350 LXF
LED lighting makes a striking impression as the Scout Boats 350 LXF heads offshore at dawn--but even more striking is her amazing speed, approaching 60 mph with triple 300-hp Evinrude E-TECs.

The Scout 350 LXF functions both as a hard-hitting offshore fishing platform and comfortable cruiser that can tackle day trips with the same panache. The dual-stepped hull delivered impressive speed and good fuel economy in our test runs, and the closed transom adds offshore operational security. A teak swim platform with tuna door access to the cockpit will aid handling heavyweight catches. More...

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New Captain's Report

World Cat 295DC:
Sea-Kindly and Spacious Catamaran

World Cat 295 DC
The World Cat 295 DC is a fully-equipped and sea-kindly offshore fishing boat, but she readily reverts to serving as a roomy day boat for friends and family or a spacious watersports platform.

With a beam of 9'6" (2.90 m), the World Cat 295DC offers exceptional deck space for a hull of this length. The catamaran design means she remains broad almost all the way to the bow peak, increasing particularly the usable space forward of the console. Fold-away seats at the transom add to usable space aft, right where it's needed for those tending rods or dock lines. More...

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New Test Video

Bayliner Element XR7:
A Deckboat with Pontoon Boat Features

Bayliner Element XR7
The Bayliner Element XR7 combines a fiberglass deckboat hull with the topside space, layout and furnishings of a pontoon boat for the best of both worlds.

The Bayliner Element XR7 runs on a contoured "M" profile fiberglass hull that allows it to perform as a conventional cathedral-monohull, rather than like a two or three log pontoon boat. A raised bow platform transitions to attached gunwales that increase the boat’s freeboard and gives a drier ride. Layout and furnishings are pure pontoon, offering seating for up to 16 guests. More...

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New Review Video

Mercury SmartCraft:
Fingertip Command Center

Mercury SmartCraft
The Mercury SmartCraft system allows touch-screen access to all engine functions, and NMEA compliant hook-ups allow boaters to add on to their systems easily as their needs change.

The Mercury SmartCraft system gives operators instant digital access to engine and boat systems, permitting custom split-screen views of engine operations in any configuration the captain chooses. Unique features include the "Eco-Screen" system, which adjusts trim and rpms to achieve maximum fuel economy, saving 10 to 20% on fuel burn in some installations, according to Mercury. More...

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Updated Captain's Report

Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius:
New Modern Style in a U.S.-Built Yacht

Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius
Broad hullside windows function to brighten living areas aboard the new Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius, and are also a handsome overall styling feature.

The new Cruisers Yachts 59 Cantius offers a broad palette of interior materials, allowing a custom appearance in a production U.S.-built yacht that's destined to compete with European-styled boats both here and across the pond. Cherry, teak and wenge wood cabinetry are among the many options. Hull #1 is currently under construction and she should be finished in the summer. Get a sneak-peek here...


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New Captain's Report

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin:
All-Weather Compact Cruiser

Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin
The Merry Fisher 855 Marlin has the versatility to serve as both a fishing boat and a cruiser, with an adequate LOA and freeboard to handle less-than-ideal water conditions.

The enclosed pilothouse of the Jeanneau Merry Fisher 855 Marlin turns her into a compact all-weather cruiser. The snug galley and accommodations below for up to three make her a good sojourner for the ICW or the Great Lakes. Full walk-around space assures easy bow access for anchor-handling and docking. The cockpit converts easily for seating guests around a removable table. More...

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New Captain's Report

Manitou 23 Aurora RF VP:
Triple-Toon Couched for Comfort

Manitou 23 Aurora FR VP
A departure from typical pontoon-boat layouts, the Manitou 23 Aurora RF VP has four reclining chaise lounge-style seats in the bow and stern and open decks both bow and stern.

The Manitou 23 Aurora RF VP rides on the company's highly-successful triple pontoon system. The center log is 27'' (.69 m) in diameter and mounted lower than the 23''(.58 m)-toons on the sides to create a planing surface that also leans into turns much like a standard monohull. Center-line doors bow and stern make for easy line-handling around the docks, as well as providing access for swimming and watersports. More...

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New Captain's Report

Regal 30 Express:
A Lot of Punch in a Small Package

Regal 30 Express
The Regal 30 Express has a LOA of 29’5” (8.9 m), a beam of 9’6” (2.9 m), and a draft of 39” (99.1 cm). Power options range from twin 200-hp engines up to 225-hp, from MerCruiser or Volvo Penta.

For those longing to move up from a bowrider to a cruiser, Regal has an enticing model. The 30 Express will not only allay any uneasiness about being able to handle a larger boat, but she has enough seating to accommodate plenty of people for cruising, and two couples in private berths down below. On deck her convertible seating allows for enjoying the ride, the company or the sun. It’s all about choices and this boat offers plenty of them. More...


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New Captain's Report

Mako 214 CC:
Engineered for Fishing, Inshore or Off

Mako 214 CC
With an 18-degree deadrise, the Mako 214 CC can handle nearshore and offshore seas on most days, and with a draft of just 14'' (.36 m), she's a highly functional bayboat as well.

The Mako 214 CC is designed for fishing as the primary function, with plenty of rod holders and storage racks, dedicated fishboxes, an aerated livewell, and even a standard T-top. Nice touches include the gray non-skid on the dash -- cutting glare and keeping gear in place -- and the recessed trim tabs, tucked away so they won't snag lines when a fish is brought to the stern. More...

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Captain's Report

Maritimo M65:
Luxury Yacht with Sky Lounge

Maritimo M65
The spacious enclosed flying bridge of the Maritimo M65 includes comfortable seating for guests as well as a cocktail table and cabinet for a wet bar.

The Maritimo M65 includes the company's trademark enclosed flying bridge with inside stairway for safe all-weather access, plus a "sky lounge" that is truly amazing on a 65' (19.8 m) yacht. Luxury furnishings, an optional electric sunroof and a balcony overlooking the cockpit make this level a match for the sumptuous styling and materials found on the main deck and in the sleeping areas. More...

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Test Video

Prestige 750:
Private Entry Main Deck Master

Prestige 750
The master stateroom in the Prestige 750 is just a few steps down from the main deck and the helm, with access via a private entry; rarely seen in boats under 100' (30.5 m).

A full-beam master and VIP stateroom as well as two guest staterooms forward, both with twin berths and heads, make the Prestige 750 ideal for an extended family cruise or summer liveaboard. Crew quarters aft of the engine room allow a bit of privacy for the family -- and for the crew in off-duty hours. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray 370 Venture:
Hide-Away Outboard Power

Sea Ray 370 Venture
The Sea Ray 370 Venture appears to be a conventional inboard express cruiser -- but hidden under her aft structures are a pair of Mercury 300-hp Verado outboards.

The Sea Ray 370 Venture is a bold adventure into yacht engineering, coupling a pair of outboards to a boat that from all exterior styling hints is a standard inboard or I/O. The twin Mercury 300 Verados are tucked under sound-resistant hatches just ahead of the transom, reducing the noise level to a whisper-like 72 dBA at idle. More...

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Captain's Report

Grady-White Canyon 336:
Blue Water Beauty -- and a Beast

Grady-White Canyon 336
With lots of freeboard and lots of beam, plus outboard power options to 700-hp, the Grady-White Canyon 336 is an aptly-named canyon runner designed to chase big gamefish far offshore.

The Grady-White Canyon 336 delivers exceptional stability thanks to the 11'7" (3.53 m) beam, broadest in class, and she comes loaded with all of the usual top-grade Grady-White fishing features. The console offers three-across seating with deep-padded, bolstered captain's chairs with fold-down armrests for a comfortable ride in those long runs offshore. The full transom adds security in following seas, while the tuna door makes it easier to slide giant fish aboard -- or to easily slip back to the swim platform to cool off. More...

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Lesson of the Week

Inlet Running and Docking

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The seas will build up more as you approach an inlet so you’ll want to watch the waves closely and notice the pattern before heading in.

This week Captain Steve goes over seven lessons and guidelines on how to carefully approach an inlet in heavy waves. Captain Steve will also demonstrate some approaches that show how to dock going into the current, and he’ll explain how to dock with the tide behind the boat, and how to slowly drift into the dock with the tide. The videos presented this week are part of’s Smart Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on

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