Yamaha SX192 // Evinrude E-TEC 150 // Ocean Alexander 85 // 14 Reports - 07/08/2015
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- Bayliner Element
- Mercury Verado 350
- Grady-White Freedom 275
- Maritimo M58
- Boston Whaler 210
- Sun Tracker Party Barge 20
- Sea Ray 190 Sport
- Evinrude E-TEC 150 HP
- Beneteau Oceanis 38
- Cruisers Sport Series 258
- Ocean Alexander 85
- Yamaha SX192
- Chaparral 250 SunCoast
- Tiara 44 Coupe
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Bayliner Element:
An Affordable, Sporty Bowrider

Bayliner Element
Price is a big factor on the Bayliner Element, a sporty-looking 16'2" (4.9 m) bowrider, with a base price of just $12,359 including a 60-hp Mercury 4-stroke outboard and an easy-on trailer.

The Bayliner Element is an entry-level bowrider with some interesting engineering designed to make her both affordable and trouble-free. The molded-in seating is an example -- both the helm seats and transom seats are molded fiberglass, with no fittings to corrode or come loose and nothing to deteriorate from water intrusion. The "M" shape of the hull bottom adds stability, and also offers quick planing as well as an easy reloading on the made-to-fit trailer that's part of the package. More...

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New Captain's Report

Mercury Verado 350:
Powerful Outboard with Compact Footprint

Mercury Verado 350
Despite the power output of the new Mercury 350/400 outboard, the exterior dimensions of this 2.6L (159.0 CID) V6 are still relatively compact.

Mercury's supercharged Verado 350 and Racing Verado 400R are built on the same basic block as the Verado 300, which has a weight of just 668 lbs. (303 kg), a very impressive power-to-weight ratio. The company says improvements to the induction and cooling systems, as well as modifications of the ECU and increasing the size and air-handling capabilities of the injectors all work together to generate the added output from the relatively small 2.6 liter block. A 5.44'' diameter lower unit with heavy-duty gears cut in-house handles the torque, and the Sport Master gearcase, available on the 400R, delivers extreme performance on boats designed to run over 85 mph. Shaft lengths of 20", 25" and 30" are available. More...

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Captain's Report

Grady-White Freedom 275:
Loaded Up for Offshore Angling

Grady-White Freedom 275
The Grady-White Freedom 275 for 2015 features a 128-quart (121 L) insulated fishbox in the transom adjacent to the 32-quart (30 L) livewell on the port side. Having these fishing features at the stern helps keep much of the mess out of the cockpit.

The 2015 Grady-White Freedom 275 is clearly a serious fishing boat despite her dual console/bowrider amenities for the family. She includes pro-level fishboxes with overboard drains and an aerated baitwell aft, a transom door for sliding monster fish aboard on those exceptionally lucky days, and an aft fold-down seat to ease the long ride out to blue water on a bumpy day. Plenty of rod storage below the gunwales as well as four stainless steel trolling rod holders inset into the gunwales are also part of the angling package. More...

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Features Video

Maritimo M58:
Flybridge Yacht with Room to Party

Maritimo M58
The Maritimo M58's interior couples a fine fit-and-finish with a layout that welcomes entertaining lots of visitors.

With broad salons and open spaces both on the main deck and the bridge, the Maritimo M58 is a natural for dockside partying, while three cabins and two heads welcome weekenders. High-gloss teak cabinetry throughout the salon and cabin areas provides a look that combines modernity with tradition, and upholstery is leather in Sable or Panna finishes in both the upper and lower salons. Teak and leather wall finishes and headliner dress up the master. More...

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Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 210 Montauk:
Classic Center Console

Boston Whaler 210 Montauk
Six rod holders are mounted behind the back rest in front of the console on the Boston Whaler 210 Montauk, a classic center console fisherman.

With her 8'6" (2.59 m) beam carrying virtually all the way to the bow, the Boston Whaler 210 Montauk has plenty of fishing room forward as well as aft. She can be ordered with a trolling motor plug and panel at the bow along with dual battery boxes, plus freshwater washdown to improve her utility as an inshore fishing boat. Like all Boston Whalers she features the foam-filled, unsinkable construction that also produces a very solid hull. More...

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Captain's Report

Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX:
Compact Pontoon w/ Open Decks Fore & Aft

Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX
The Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX has open deck space both forward and aft, making it easier to get aboard from the water or from the dock, and easing anchoring and docking as well. Many pontoon boats do not have a bow platform, which can be a problem.

An unusual feature of the Sun Tracker Party Barge 20 DLX is the full-width swim platform at the transom, providing extra space for swimmers as well as making it easier to get at the outboard for maintenance checks. Though she's designed to be affordable, she has quality touches that most potential buyers will like, including pillow-top, multi-layer foam furniture finished with UV resistant, marine-grade 26-oz. vinyl and the carpet is 28-oz. marine-grade which is easy on bare feet. And she comes with a changing enclosure and Bimini top as standard. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray 190 Sport:
Entry-Level Bowrider That Sizzles

Sea Ray 190 Sport
The Sea Ray 190 Sport is a compact bowrider for those who seek a stylish, well-engineered and well-equipped runabout at a reasonable price.

The Sea Ray 190 Sport is available with three new graphics, gel-coat and vinyl color packages, two hull colors, and multiple canvas options for a wide range of customization opportunities. Upholstery materials and finish are well above normal entry-level standards, though this is how Sea Ray positions this sporty-looking bowrider. She's narrower than many in class at 7'3" (2.21 m), which means less weight (2,600 lbs. / 1,179 kg) and exceptional performance with moderate power -- she ran 53.2 mph with a MerCruiser 220-hp in our tests. More...

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Review Video

Evinrude E-TEC 150 HP:
Low-Maintenance, High-Output 150 Outboard

Evinrude E-TEC 150 HP
A magneto-driven high-output electrical system and high-pressure electronic fuel injectors are just part of the technology hidden under the cowl of the Evinrude E-TEC 150.

Evinrude's E-TEC 150 2-stroke outboard, in addition to being one of the lightest and most fuel-efficient in class, features user-friendly technology including no break-in period, an "instant winterization" oiling feature and 300 hours (or three years) of operation before the first required maintenance. An under-cowl fuel/water filter with a 10-micron element eliminates the need for an extra filter in the fuel line, even when ethanol fuels are used. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Oceanis 38:
Versatile Layout in a Mid-Sized Cruiser

Beneteau Oceanis 38
The Beneteau Oceanis 38 is designed for a growing family, the charter trade, or for two-couple cruising. Note her significant beam – 13’1” (3.99 m) – which gives her lots of form stability, deckspace, and a huge interior aft, making three sleeping cabins possible.

With optional layouts including one, two or three staterooms, the Beneteau Oceanis 38 is available as a roomy daysailer, a competent weekender, or even as a serious cruiser for a large family or two couples. She performed smartly in light winds during our test ride on Tampa Bay, and also behaved predictably under power, both in forward and reverse thanks to twin rudders. More...

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Test Video

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider:
Stylish Bowrider with a Good Ride

Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider
The sculptured hull sides of the Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider will make the boat stand out on any waterway. The quality of the interior fit-and-finish places her near the top of the class, according to our test crew.

From her attractive "styling lines" on the hull sides to her plush, multi-toned, sculptured upholstery, the Cruisers Sport Series 258 Bow Rider is ready to compete in the upscale market. The swim platform is an important feature -- it's far larger than most others in class, providing lots of space to gear up for watersports as well as plenty of room to carry along a large inflatable tow device. Most important, she is built with many of the same materials used in the Cruisers Yachts boats that range to 60' (18.3 m). More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht:
Ocean-Ranging Motoryacht with 20' Beam

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht
Tall windows provide lots of natural light below decks on the Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht, while standard Roman shades offer privacy.

The Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht combines true worldwide sea-going capabilities with the luxury and eye appeal of the finest yachts in class. The salon is entered from the aft deck via power sliding doors, and a "phantom screen" gives the option of keeping insects out while letting fresh air in. All lighting on the boat is provided by LEDs that the company says will last for more than 100,000 hours. Lots of broad windows both above decks and below, coupled with the 20' (6.1 m) beam, give a feel of bright, open spaciousness. Available granite flooring in the galley adds a classy touch. Best of all, she is designed for blue water, not the ICW. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha SX192:
Speedy Supercharged Jetboat

Yamaha SX192
The SX192 has a dry weight of 2,150 lbs. (975 kg) which makes her one of the lightest boats in class -- part of the secret of her impressive performance numbers.

Yamaha's SX192 is a strong performer thanks to her weight-to-power ratio as well as her hull design. The 19'2" (5.84 m) sportboat ran 50.6 mph in our tests, pushed by a single Yamaha 1.8 L supercharged SHO four-cylinder with jet drive. Hole shot time was just 3.5 seconds, and she reached 30 mph in 5.1 seconds. Though Yamaha designates her as an "entry-level" jetboat, she features useful standard features including Cruise Assist and No Wake Mode. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 250 SunCoast OB:
Premium-Grade, Outboard-Powered Deckboat

Chaparral 250 SunCoast OB
The Chaparral 250 SunCoast OB offers the seating and entertainment space of a large pontoon boat in a very stylish and fast premium-grade performance hull.

Broad use of highly-polished stainless steel fittings rather than aluminum or composite is among the features that mark the Chaparral 250 SunCoast OB as a premium-grade deckboat. Vinyl is thicker than what is found on many, 38-mm with a 10-mm topcoat, and the multi-density foam in the seats includes a mildew inhibitor. Our tests found the boat to run impressively as well, topping out at 51.5 mph pushed by a 300-hp Yamaha, and delivering best fuel efficiency at 23.8 mph, where she got 3.7 mpg. More...

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Captain's Report

Tiara 44 Coupe:
Yacht Grade Finishes
in a Bluewater-Tested Hull

Tiara 44 Coupe
The Tiara 44 Coupe is built on the company's proven 18-degree deadrise bluewater fishing hull, but has a level of interior fit-and-finish and furnishings both below and on the main deck that competes favorably with any yacht in class.

The quality level is apparent throughout the Tiara 44 Coupe. The master stateroom features a pillow-top innerspring mattress, upholstered headboard and bi-fold doors that allow the cabin to be opened to the atrium when desired, expanding the feel of the room considerably. A retractable sunroof and pocket sliding glass salon doors open her interior to the ocean air. A solid surface counter top on the transom, accessed via the broad, teak-surfaced swim platform, is a food prep area and can become a cooking area with the addition of the optional grill -- right where most would want it, outside the cockpit and downwind in an anchorage. More...

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Lesson of the Week

Basic Rules of the Road: Part 2:
Give-Way and Stand-On Vessels

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Stand-on versus give-way vessel. The boater must get this one right every time.

This week Captain Steve covers some basic rules of the road in these lessons and guidelines. One will learn about the right of way for stand-on vessels and corrective measures that give-way vessels must make in order to avoid collisions. These are basic procedures which all recreational boaters should be aware of. The videos presented this week are part of BoatTEST.com’s Boating Course which is USCG-approved. Watch these video boating lessons every week on BoatTEST.com

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