Bryant Boats Speranza // MJM 40 // Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius // 18 Reports - 07/15/2015
BoatTEST Newsletter July 15, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
15 year anniversary
- Regal FasTrac Hull
- MJM 40z
- Mako 19 CPX
- Ocean Alexander 72
- Ranger Boats 1850LS
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 250
- Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
- Four Winns H210
- Formula 330 Crossover
- Bryant Boats Speranza
- Jeanneau Sun Odyssey
- PowerTech! Science
- Grady-White 251 CE
- Prestige 750
- Sailfish 220CC
- Volvo Penta IPS600
- Sea Ray 19 SPX
- Robalo R305
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Regal FasTrac Hull Design:
It's A Concept That Works

Regal FasTrac Hull
With steps in the hull drawing air in from the sides, a blanket of bubbles is created under the hull. This serves to break the surface friction between the hull and the water resulting in better performance.

Virtually every builder claims that its hull is better, faster, more stable, easier to steer, softer riding, or more economical. For the skeptics among us these claims are usually given short shrift, mentally categorized as marketing hype and ignored. The captains at are as cynical as any consumer, but over the years we have found that – as hard to believe as it is – many of the claims actually pan out in our testing. One of those design concepts that actually works, if properly executed, is the stepped hull.

A number of builders offer them and most are slightly different, but virtually all work on the same basic concept. Sometime ago Regal Marine made a fascinating underwater video that showed what actually occurs as the boat speeds along. We have taken that video and dissected it to show precisely what makes this hull faster and more fuel efficient. We think the concept rocks. Roll 'em...

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Test Video

MJM 40z:
Modern Build in a Classic Design

MJM 40z
With classic Downeast lines, the MJM 40z looks like a blast from the past, but under her classic exterior is one of the most high-tech boats afloat.

Thanks to her light weight and relatively narrow beam at 12'0" (3.7 m), plus the highly-efficient twin Volvo Penta IPS power package, the MJM 40z proved to be one of the most fuel-stingy yachts in class during our test runs. She offers a broad range of economical cruising -- at 2000 rpms and 19.6 mph, she got 1.5 nmpg, while at 2700 rpms and 32.3 mph she got 1.3 nmpg. Her time-to-plane was a notable 4.4 seconds, as quick as some sportboats half her size. But all of this does not get to the real advantages of the MJM 40z. To discover on...

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New Test Video

Mako 19 CPX:
Compact Center Console

Mako 19 CPX
With the hull color option added, the Mako 19 CPX becomes an eye-catcher as well as a shallow water fisherman.

The Mako 19 CPX delivered impressive performance in our test runs, pushed by Mercury's fuel-efficient 4-stroke 150. Top speed was 50.9 mph, while best cruise was at 3000 rpms, where she ran 22.8 mph and got a very thrifty 6.4 mpg. With a 47 gallon (178 L) fuel tank, this gives her lots of fishing time between fill-ups. More...

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New Accommodations Video

Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse:
A 4-Stateroom 5-Star Motoryacht

Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse
The spacious full-beam master stateroom on the Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse is amidships with a private entrance and master bath, while three guest staterooms are forward.

The Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse offers three or four stateroom layouts, all with premium-grade materials custom-fitted throughout. Heads feature granite countertops and marble floors, and heated floors in the master head are optional. Cruisair AC systems throughout are robust and "over-built" to provide lots of cooling power for tropical climates where sea water temperatures are warm. Even though the 72 Pilothouse is an owner/operator boat, there is a crew cabin aft adjacent to the engine room, and even this area is fully-finished in dark woods and features a granite-topped vanity. For most owners it becomes a fifth stateroom, one that kids or anti-social friends will like. More...

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New Captain's Report

Ranger Boats 1850LS:
Multi-Purpose, Multi-Species Fishing Machine

Ranger Boats 1850LS
With lots of freeboard and a tall walkthrough windshield, the Ranger Boats 1850LS is ready to take on big northern lakes even on bumpy, wind-blown days.

With four folding and swiveling fishing seats, a 54''-shaft trolling motor at the bow and a Lowrance Mark 5X Pro sonar, the Ranger Boats 1850LS comes ready to chase northern pike and walleyes on big waters all across North America. But add the optional cushion seating in the bow and break out the standard ski tow pylon and she becomes a family-friendly runabout. The tall walkthrough windshield provides wind and spray protection, and power options to 175-hp should give a spirited ride, even with four aboard. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.:
Fuel-Efficient, User-Friendly 2-Stroke

Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O.
No one will mistake the Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. for any other outboard, particularly when the red cowling option is chosen: Five panel colors are available, along with numerous trim options.

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. outboard is built on a six-cylinder, 210 CID block, delivering lots of 2-stroke muscle for large pontoon boats and other heavy watercraft, as well as the quick wind-up necessary to power high-performance rigs including bass boats. Integrated hydraulic steering provides an exceptionally clean installation on the transom, and electronic shifting is standard. In virtually all ways, this Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 H.O. is a state-of-the-art outboard. More...

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Captain's Report

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius:
New Flagship Cantius Launches This Month

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
Scheduled for a launch in just two weeks, the new 60 Cantius will be the flagship of the Cruisers Yachts line, and judging from this concept drawing, she will be one of the sleekest large motoryachts on the water.

Hard as it may be to believe, but the 60 Cantius is the only production 60' (18.3 m) express currently being built in North America. Boats this size and type have been built in Europe for years, and now Cruisers Yachts is offering a Euro-style 60 express in a yacht with American ergonomics and practicality. She has striking exterior lines as well as lots of interior space spread over the salon and in two or three staterooms, depending on layout choices. Abundant windows both on the salon level and below decks promise a bright, airy interior. The boat's 16' (4.9 m) beam carries well forward, making her a bit more roomy below. She will be powered by twin 725-hp Volvo Penta IPS950s, which should give reasonable fuel efficiency as well as making docking chores very simple when a joystick is added. Cruisers Yachts is known for innovation so we can't wait to see what its designers have cooked up for the 60 Cantius. More...

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Test Video

Four Winns H210:
Classic Lines, Fuel-Efficient Performance

Four Winns H210
The Four Winns H210 has the lines of a classic sportboat, with the low windshield, reverse transom design and the rounded stern quarters adding to the impression.

The Four Winns H210, with a 20-degree deadrise at the transom, should do a good job of smoothing rough water at speed. Top speed reported with the MerCruiser 250-hp 4.5L turning a 16'' pitch Enertia prop was 46.6 mph, while the most economical cruise came at 3000 rpms and 24.7 mph, where she achieved 4.3 mpg. More...

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Features Video

Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider:
Bowrider with Overnighting Space

Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider
The blue LED lights (offered as an option) help to illuminate the cockpit table, the aft seats with reversible backs as well as the sun pad on the Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider.

Though the Formula 330 Crossover Bowrider has the sporty lines of a large runabout, tucked away below decks is a comfortable settee that converts into a berth. There’s even a private head and galley area, all built to Formula's well-known levels of fit-and-finish. Light Cherry or Baltic Birch wood grain-finish flooring throughout the cabin adds a quality touch, and the exterior is finished in the company's trademark special glossy treatment. More...

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Captain's Report

Bryant Boats Speranza:
22' Premium-Level Bowrider

Bryant Boats Speranza
Double-seam French stitching, multiple foam densities and a custom-build level of fit-and-finish mark the multi-toned upholstery throughout the Bryant Boats Speranza.

The Bryant Boats Speranza has upscale, multi-toned upholstery providing seats for up to 11. The helm seat has an extra touch, with Atwood Air Springs softening any bumps. The seat also swivels and slides. A Bimini top is standard, as is a digital depth finder. But the big news is that Bryant Boats now have some of the best fit-and-finish of any sportboat on the market. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS:
Easy Sailing, Bright Accommodations

Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS
Plenty of natural light below decks shows off the teak interior laminated panels and Alpi wood trim cabinetry aboard the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS.

A furling genoa with twin grooves and furling line led to the cockpit plus twin wheels and compasses makes for easy sailing shorthanded aboard the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 41DS. Lots of Alpi wood in the living areas provides a look of practical luxury -- the wood is harder than some cabinetry choices, more durable in the humid marine environment and holds its finish longer, according to the manufacturer. More...

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Review Video

PowerTech! Science Behind Props:
Pick the Right Propeller

PowerTech! Propeller The Science Behind Selecting Props
Matching the prop to the engine and hull combination, as well as the mission of the boat, makes a huge difference in owner satisfaction.

The right propeller can make all the difference in how a given boat/motor combination performs, and changing props to match the typical uses of the boat can greatly improve performance. If the owner wants a quicker hole shot, for example, he might choose a prop with a lower pitch, or go to a four-blade prop from a three. If top end is the concern, on the other hand, a three-blade prop with a higher pitch will be the solution in most cases. Cupped and raked blades can also add to performance, particularly in light, fast boats. Just ask the experts! More...

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Test Video

Grady-White 251 CE:
Coastal Explorer Quick on Her Feet

Grady-White 251 CE
The Grady-White 251 CE has relatively low freeboard compared to some others in the Grady-White lineup, but the Carolina bow flair keeps the cockpit dry.

The Grady-White 251 CE delivered impressive performance in our test runs, powered by a 300-hp 4-stroke Yamaha turning an 18'' pitch propeller. She leaped out of the hole in just 2.5 seconds, remarkable for a package topping 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg), and reached a top speed of 49.2 mph. Best cruise was at 3500 rpms, running 28.0 mph, where she got 3.0 mpg for a range of 210 statute miles, allowing a 10% fuel reserve. More...

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Features Video

Prestige Yachts 750:
Chic Elegance in a Modern Yacht

Prestige 750
This image says a lot about the livability of the Prestige Yachts 750 motoryacht. Because she is open from the aft galley to the lower helm, a couple can stay in touch even though they are occupied with different chores. Note that the dining table seats six.

The Prestige Yachts 750, like others in the company line, makes use of a huge in-house wood shop to custom fit all cabinetry and furniture. Solid oak, teak and birch parts are combined with engineered Alpi wood, finished in humidity-controlled facilities with UV-activated finishes that the company says are much more durable than conventional coatings. The result is durable furnishings that have the appearance and fit-and-finish expected in a yacht at this level. More...

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Captain's Report

Sailfish 220CC:
Fine-Tuned Bluewater Fisherman

Sailfish 220CC
This broad accessory rack/cutting board, with lots of slots for pre-built trolling rigs as well as knives and pliers, will be greatly appreciated by any offshore mate in charge of keeping the baits rigged and ready aboard the Sailfish 220CC.

A high-speed pickup for the 25-gallon (95 L) livewell in the port corner of the cockpit is just one feature that marks the Sailfish 220CC as a serious fishing boat. She has 12 rod holders, standard, allowing a full complement of tackle for everything from Spanish to tuna to be carried ready at hand, and the "dot matrix" non-skid on the deck should be exceptionally easy to wash down, as well as tacky enough to keep bare feet from slipping. Be sure to check her pricing. More...

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Test Video

Volvo Penta IPS600:
Dock-By-Wire Diesel Drive Systems

Volvo Penta IPS600
The Volvo Penta IPS600 drives place dual propellers ahead of the lower unit, allowing a better grip on "clean" water and thus improving performance and fuel economy, according to the company.

Volvo Penta's IPS600 package includes twin 435-hp diesel engines, though the drive systems can be linked to other Volvo Penta engines as well, either directly or via jackshafts. The company says the drive-by-wire systems, operated by "black box" computer systems that allow joystick control, improve fuel economy. Remarkable maneuverability and ease in docking is provided by the joystick. More...

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray 19 SPX:
Affordable Runabout w/ Style

Sea Ray 19 SPX
The Sea Ray 19 SPX has an edgy, sporty style with her hull graphics and sweeping sheer line aft.

Though the Sea Ray 19 SPX is the smallest in the company's new line of affordable runabouts, she still shows her heritage with quality touches like the power assisted tilt steering wheel, two-tone upholstery, and a stylish captain's chair with an embroidered Sea Ray logo and optional flip-up bolster. A trailer is also part of the base package. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R305:
Offshore Fisherman Sleeps Six

Robalo R305
The Robalo R305 comes well-equipped for bluewater fishing, but she's also ready for some casual cruising down the ICW, with compact, basic sleeping accommodations for up to six.

The below decks area in the Robalo R305 will accommodate overnighting for up to six people, provided they're all close friends or family. Teak and holly wood laminate flooring is standard, as is open-tread teak in the stairway. A VacuFlush porcelain marine head, plumbed to a 12 gallon (45.4 L) holding tank, comes standard, as does the hardtop, providing shade to the helm area. More...

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Rules of the Road:
Power Vessels vs. Sailing In Narrow Channels

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Navigating safely in narrow channels.

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