Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius // Hunt Surfhunter // Volvo Penta Forward Drive // 12 Reports - 09/09/2015
BoatTEST Newsletter September 9, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
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- Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
- Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29
- Volvo Penta Forward Drive
- Mako 284 CC
- Jeanneau Leader 40
- Sea Ray 290 Sundeck
- Bryant Boats Speranza
- Ocean Alexander 100
- PowerTech! Which is Better
- Prestige Yachts 750
- Sailfish 290CC
- Sun Tracker Bass Buggy
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD
- Capt. Steve's Lesson

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius:
Modern, Sleek and
Ready to Entertain

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
The sleek, sweeping lines of the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius will make her one of the most striking yachts in any harbor.

The new Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius' external lines were designed by Italian Patrizio Facheris and her interior was created by Luiz de Basto. While she was designed to look as modern as anything coming out of Italy, her ability to entertain guests for all sorts of purposes – swim parties, sunning, cocktails, BBQs, formal dinner parties, sightseeing excursions, etc. – is nothing short of spectacular, in our opinion. Our “Interior Décor Analyst”, Suzy Stewart, takes a close look at the entertaining possibilities in our latest video on this boat. More...

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New Captain's Report

Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29:
Downeaster Deep-V w/ Outboard Power

Hunt Yachts Surfhunter 29
The Hunt Yachts Surfhunter line incorporates Downeaster good looks with outboard power and a deep-V hull, making a versatile boat for both open sea and shallow bays.

The Hunt Yachts Surfhunter Series has a clear Downeaster heritage, plus the C. Raymond Hunt 24-degree deadrise hull ensures an exceptionally smooth ride in rough going. High chines forward sends water away from the boat and as they sweep aft, add lifting surface for better fuel economy. A wide flared topside forward reduces potential for burying the bow in heavier conditions which she is designed to encounter. That's why she's called "Surfthunter". More...

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Features Video

Volvo Penta Forward Drive:
Innovative Power for Wakesports

Volvo Penta Forward Drive
The Volvo Penta Forward Drive couples an I/O lower unit with forward facing props seen in the company's popular IPS pod system. In this way the props are moved forward, under the transom.

The Volvo Penta Forward Drive was intended to provide a safe sterndrive product for wake surfers. Volvo Penta tells us that this has effectively moved the spinning props over 26” forward from where they would have been with a conventional sterndrive. This makes the boat almost as safe as an inboard, as well as increasing maneuverability. More...

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Test Video

Mako 284 CC:
Well-Found Flagship Fisherman

Mako 284 CC
The Mako 284 CC is the largest vessel in the four-boat Mako Offshore Series, and as the flagship she comes fully loaded with fishing features.

Our test captain found many well-thought-out operational touches on the Mako 284 CC. For example, the electronics panel on the starboard side is angled so that a second display is more perpendicular to the captain's eyes. A mirror on the inside of the overhead hatch door makes it easy to see what's inside. The compass is centered to the helm as it should be, not to the console, assuring more accurate navigation. A spinner knob and power steering system made handling the large twin Mercury 300s easy in test runs. More...

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Test Video

Jeanneau Leader 40:
Contemporary Design with Proven Hull

Jeanneau Leader 40
The Jeanneau Leader 40 has a LOA of 40’5” (12.3 m), a beam of 12’5” (3.8 m) and a draft of 3’7” (1.1 m). She has two staterooms below and the galley and settee down.

The Jeanneau Leader 40 is a truly international design as she has a hull designed by American Michael Peters, an interior by the Italian Garroni Group, power by Swedish Volvo Penta (or American MerCruiser), and engineering and construction by the Jeanneau team in France. The result is a vessel that cruises at 28.5 mph getting 1.3 mpg powered by twin Volvo Penta 370-hp D6 diesels. She has a contemporary interior with soft tones and plenty of light. The boat comes both in an open and a “sportop” version. More...

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Captain's Report

Sea Ray 290 Sundeck:
Upscale Bowrider with Recliner Seats

Sea Ray 290 Sundeck
The squared-off bow of the Sea Ray 290 Sundeck provides extra seating space compared to most bowriders, and armrests and the padded bolster add extra comfort.

The most striking feature of the Sea Ray 290 Sundeck is the twin aft-facing stern lounges, which offer recliner-style comfort and keep beverages at hand with a centerline cooler. Marine-grade upholstery has UV protection. The company says it has tested its gelcoat for 48-month color-fast performance, especially important in the darker shades on boats stored outside. More...

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Captain's Report

Bryant Boats Speranza:
Euro-Flair in a Premium U.S. Bowrider

Bryant Boats Speranza
The distinctive lines of the 22'1" (6.73 m) Bryant Boats Speranza bring European styling flair to a premium-grade bowrider built in the U.S.A.

Stainless steel accents, multi-toned upholstery and plush carpeting all add to the sense that the Bryant Boats Speranza is a quality build. And she is. The manufacturer gives buyers exceptional product assurance with a lifetime structural warranty, a 5-year gelcoat blister warranty, and a 2-year stem-to-stern component warranty that covers everything but the engine, which falls under its own 2-year warranty. More...

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Captain's Test Report

Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht:
Test Report: 23 Kts WOT and "Easy to Handle"

Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht
The Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht weight 254,000 lbs. (115,212 kg) and is designed to handle virtually any sea condition. Not only that, but she has a good turn of speed.

After his test of the Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht, Captain Steve made a special note that handling the Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht "around the docks is easy for a yacht of her size". She has a 55-hp bow thruster and 40-hp stern thruster plus a pair of 9-sq.ft. (.84 sq. m) rudders. Performance was strong: With a pair of 1925-hp CAT 3-32 ACERTs turning 50 x 46 1/2 Nibral props, we reached a top speed of 23 kts at 2300 rpm in our test runs. At 16 knots she has a range of 594 nmiles and an endurance of over 36 hours with a 10% fuel reserve. He said that one reason for that is the builder did not skimp on the size of both the bow and stern thrusters or rudder size. More...

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Rerun Article

Which is Better: 4 or 3 Blades?
Advice on Props from Experts

PowerTech! Which is Better 4 or 3
Four-blade props, traditionally the choice for heavier boats with acceleration or handling problems, are becoming more popular as all-around props for a wide variety of boats thanks to improvements in design, engineering and stainless steel alloys.

Tech advisors at PowerTech! say that modern four-blade stainless steel propellers can be tailored to improve a boat’s performance envelope, in some cases even including top speed improvements. Greater blade area means more lift for quicker planing in most boats, and cupped and raked blades offer improved performance at higher speeds. More...

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Features Video

Prestige Yachts 750:
Luxury Summer Resort Afloat

Prestige Yachts 750
With a 17'10" (5.4 m) beam, lots of tall windows and top grade furnishings, the interior of the Prestige Yachts 750 gives the open, airy feel of a luxury shore-side villa.

The award-winning Garroni Designs styling of the Prestige Yachts 750 combines an abundance of windows with an ageless design to produce a functional and modern motoryacht. All cabinetry is custom-crafted in the company's humidity-controlled and dust-free factory, creating an attractive interior as well as providing long-term durability, thanks to Alpi wood. Three dining areas and two galleys welcome entertaining as well as extended cruising. There's plenty of space for sun worshipers, too, including a large sun pad at the bow and a 15' x 4' (4.57 m x 1.23 m) hydraulic "teak beach" on the transom. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 290CC:
Fully-Loaded, Attractive Fishboat

Sailfish 290CC
Available hull-side gel coat colors and heavy-gauge powder coated T-top stanchions and grab rails add eye appeal to the very well-equipped and seaworthy Sailfish 290CC.

The stylish Sailfish 290CC comes fully-loaded for angling. She has 16 rod holders, a 35-gallon (132 L) leaning post livewell, 30-gallon (114 L) transom livewell with high speed pickup, four fishboxes in the sole, and plenty of rod storage. Her deep hull and lots of forward flair keep her safe and dry, and speeds approaching 60 mph with maximum power give her a remarkable capability to reach distant fishing locations fast. Upscale upholstery marks her as a cut above conventional CCs, too. More...

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Captain's Report

Eco-Friendly Fishing Pontoon Boat

The SUN TRACKER BASS BUGGY 16 DLX ET is unique in offering an extremely quiet Torqeedo electric motor package as the primary propulsion.

The SUN TRACKER BASS BUGGY 16 DLX ET (Tracker Marine Group puts this boat's name in all caps for some reason) is a compact pontoon boat that offers an inexpensive but comfortable fishing platform for protected waters. The boat is one of the few currently available with an electric motor as the primary propulsion -- a Torqeedo electric powered by lightweight lithium batteries pushes the boat at 4 to 6 mph, according to the company. The boat comes rigged for fishing, with two swivel seats forward, a livewell and rod holders, plus space for an optional foot-control trolling motor up front. More...

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Lesson of the Week

How to Anchor a Boat

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Every boater should be proficient at anchoring. It is easy if one knows what to do.

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