Bayliner 195 // Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP // Prestige 620 // 11 Reports - 05/06/2015
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15 year anniversary
- Bayliner 195 Deck Boat
- Prestige 620
- Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP
- Sea Ray 510 Fly
- Volvo Penta D3-220
- Grady-White Freedom 192
- Four Winns H210
- Cruisers Yachts 390
- Robalo 246 Cayman
- Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
- Beneteau Oceanis 41
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Bayliner 195 Deck Boat:
Versatile Marine "People Mover"

Bayliner 195 Deck Boat
The Bayliner 195 Deck Boat is a versatile and affordable package for family watersports.

The Bayliner 195 Deck Boat makes good use of its compact dimensions to have a rated capacity of 11 people. The transom width lounge at the stern has a flip-up backrest that converts it into a chaise, and this section also acts to close off the swim platform from the cockpit, a safety feature when children are aboard. A pass-through and ladder at the bow makes boarding from a beach possible, and there are two storage compartments at the bow, one of which can be used for the anchor. More...

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Prestige 620:
Versatile Flybridge Motoryacht

Prestige 620
The well-equipped flybridge on the Prestige 620 is large and features a sporty helm design and plenty of comfortable seating in two distinct social areas.

The Prestige Yachts 620 is a performance motoryacht featuring exterior spaces designed with their own distinct style and function. One of her distinguishing features is the large flybridge with a spacious sun pad forward, L-shaped companion seating to port, and a separate seating and dining area aft. The helm seat is double wide, and the forward sun pad hides a storage locker and even storage for a life raft. More...

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Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP:
Triple-Pontoon Watersports Special

Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP
The Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP triple-toon has performance and handling characteristics similar to a fiberglass V-hull boat, with upscale interior furnishings and space to entertain up to 11 people.

The Manitou 23 X-Plode SHP got on plane in just 3.5 seconds powered by an Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 in our test runs, marking her as an excellent platform for getting skiers and boarders up on top in a hurry. She leans into turns like a vee-hull boat thanks in part to her over-sized center pontoon, making sporty maneuvers fun and safe at speed. More...

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Sea Ray 510 Fly:
Premium-Grade Sport Yacht

Sea Ray 510 Fly
The Sea Ray 510 Fly is easily identified on the water due to her stylish hullside windows, which bring lots of light below.

Upper and lower helm stations are standard on the Sea Ray 510 Fly, an upscale 50'10" (15.5 m) yacht featuring three staterooms, including a full beam mid-cabin master and two heads. The fly bridge is functional for entertaining, day-boating, and sunning, as well as giving the captain a bird's eye view of the waterways. Access from the aft deck is up a flight of stairs with treads that are wide and deep. More...

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Volvo Penta D3-220:
Light-Weight, High-Torque Diesel

Volvo Penta D3-220
Volvo Penta's new D3-220 is a five-cylinder, fuel-injected and turbocharged diesel that weighs just 880 lbs. (399 kgs) thanks in part to an aluminum block and head.

Remarkable fuel economy, up to three times that of a 250-hp outboard at trolling speed, is the key selling point of the Volvo Penta D3-220 as an option for fishing boats and other small craft. A variable-geometry turbocharger provides quick spool-up for faster hole shots than expected from diesel power. The engine should deliver the dependability and durability of all the company's diesels. More...

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Grady-White Freedom 192:
Marquis-Brand Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 192
The Grady-White Freedom 192 is a no-frills dual console with lots of usable space aft for fishing, gearing up for a dive, or for watersports.

The Grady-White Freedom 192 brings Grady-White's legendary build quality to a basic dual console that can be ridden hard and put away wet, literally. She's self-bailing, which means there are no concerns with leaving her in the water overnight and no smelly bilge after a washdown. Exceptionally tall windshields and the upswept Carolina-style sheer should make her dry. More...

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Test Video

Four Winns H210:
Classic Lines in a Contemporary Sportboat

Four Winns H210
L-shaped bench seating in the cockpit of the Four Winns H210 maximizes the utility of this 21-footer, and the extended side windows should keep guests dry in most conditions.

The Four Winns H210 has the exterior lines of a classic sportboat, with a reverse transom design and rounded stern quarters that make her look as if there's tumble home in the hull. Her interior, however, is as contemporary as anything on the market. The sunning pad atop the transom has a flip-up cushion to create a chaise lounge, or this portion can be removed for access to the swim platform. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe:
Luxury Family Cruising Yacht

Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe
The new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is a comfortable, spacious and stylish family cruising yacht with luxurious furnishings inside and out.

With a main deck living and entertaining space of 157 sq. ft. and a seating scheme that can be rearranged depending on the occasion, the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is well suited to partying as well as family cruising. A center passage provides easy access to the stern's full-width swim platform, but this entry can be closed off for more dining space as needed -- then the passageway is to port. There are few express cruisers like her at any size. More...

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Test Video

Robalo 246 Cayman:
A 5.38 MPH Bay Boat

Robalo 246 Cayman
With a 12'' (30 cm) draft and a 16-degree deadrise at the transom, the Robalo 246 Cayman is very capable of skipping across shallow flats where other boats would not dare to venture.

Powered by a 300-hp Yamaha XCA 4-stroke, the Robalo 246 Cayman turned in an impressive 53.8 mph top speed, and she was also very quick out of the hole, jumping on top in 3 seconds flat. These numbers not only make her very effective as a fishing boat, but also make her a sporty ride when she serves as a family watersports platform. More...

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Boston Whaler 420 Outrage:
Fisherman-Friendly Open Yacht

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage
With power options to quad 300-horse outboards and a 13' (3.96 m) beam, the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage is a 50-mph fishing machine capable of handling most fishable conditions worldwide.

The Boston Whaler 420 Outrage delivers the expected level of fit and finish, durability and fishing-friendly features that has made the brand an icon, but she also offers some extras that boost her into the "open yacht" category. An electric grill with solid surface counters in the cockpit, a wet head with rain-shower faucet, sweeping hullside windows and a lounge forward of the optional tower helm are among the distinguishing features. More...

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Beneteau Oceanis 41:
A Large Boat That's Not Too Big

Beneteau Oceanis 41
The Oceanis 41 has a beam of 13'9" (4.20 m) and a light displacement of 19,350 lbs. (8,777 kgs.) and is powered by a 40-hp engine when not under sail.

From bow to stern, the Oceanis 41 has been carefully designed to appeal to a wide range of boaters from rank beginners to veteran sailors. And, like most Beneteau sailboats, she has been designed for easy sail handling by a couple or even single-handed. By offering a layout option with three cabins and two heads she should appeal to families, couples, singles and even to entrepreneurs who want to put a boat into the charter trade. More...

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PWC Safe Operation Tips

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