Four Winns H440 // Tiara Q44 // Jeanneau Center Console // 15 Reports - 09/23/2015
BoatTEST Newsletter September 23, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
15 year anniversary
- Ocean Alexander 100
- Sailfish 220CC
- Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
- Volvo Penta Forward Drive
- Jeanneau Cap Camarat
- Tiara Q44
- Robalo R305
- Glastron GTS 187
- Beneteau Oceanis 38
- Bryant Boats 233X
- Prestige Yachts 680
- Regal 2800
- Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
- Mako 19 CPX
- Four Winns H440
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht:
Elegant Multi-Venue Entertainer

Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht
The luxurious Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht has been designed for serious, world-class entertaining both day and night. We take a close look at her functionality and amenities.

The Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht is all about entertaining, with lots of roomy venues for big gatherings. On the flybridge, a huge full service bar with sink and refrigerator and six bar stools adds to the best views on the yacht. The main deck is a single level from the aft deck to the galley. Get a woman's perspective in this new BoatTEST video. More...

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Captain's Report

Sailfish 220CC:
Variable Deadrise Adds Stability

Sailfish 220CC
Everything needed for angling is in easy reach at the transom of the Sailfish 220CC, including a deep, circular baitwell on the starboard corner.

The Variable Deadrise Stepped (VDS) hull of the Sailfish 220CC distinguishes her from the many other CCs in this size range. The hull design varies the deadrise from keel to chine over three separate panels, providing a combination of quick planing and stability at trolling speeds and at rest. The builder tells us that carbon fiber is used in the deck laminate and Kevlar in the keel to save weight and add strength. More...

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New Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius:
Performance Yacht with Luxury Finishes

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
The Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius is the flagship of the company's line, and she's surely one of the sleeker large motoryachts on the water.

Powered with twin 725-hp Volvo Penta IPS950s, the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius had an impressive top speed of 39.0 mph. Best cruise was at 2000 rpm and 26.0 mph, at which she delivers .60 mpg, giving her a cruising range of 350 miles with a 10% reserve, which is strong performance considering her 55,000 lb. (24,947 kg) tested weight. More...

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Features Video

Volvo Penta Forward Drive:
Designed for Wake Sports

Volvo Penta Forward Drive
The Volvo Penta Forward Drive couples an I/O lower unit with the concept seen in the company's popular IPS pod system to move the props forward, under the transom of wake sports boats.

We have now tested three boats with forward-facing running gear from Volvo Penta -- by three different captains. All have reported back the same observations. The boats turn crisply at speed, more so than with either an inboard or conventional sterndrive. Around the dock they back down with greater directional control. The forward-facing props themselves do not create wake, even when in the tilted down mode. Rather it is the size of the hole that is dug by the boat and the depth of the transom that makes the difference. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC:
New Center Console w/ Heart & Soul

Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC
The new Cap Camarat 8.5 CC has the hull of a New England offshore bass boat, a 9’6” beam, and two sleeping berths below with head and sink. It does all of this in just 27’5” and draws 2’.

The Jeanneau Cap Camarat 8.5 CC appears to be an upscale New England center console fishing boat at first glance, but a closer look reveals this boat is really more about classy entertaining, watersports or comfortable coastal cruising in style. She hides many surprises, including a large below deck cabin. As can be seen in the picture above this boat is wide and has a very deep cockpit in which to keep the crew dry and safe. More...

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New Captain's Report

Tiara Q44:
Innovations Add Convenience and Efficiency

Tiara Q44
With a top speed of 37 mph, the Tiara Q44 can get back to the docks relatively quickly for this size boat as the sun starts to set.

One of the interesting features on the Tiara Q44 is the optional toy rack on the coach roof, which makes it convenient to stow bicycles, kayaks, paddleboards and other gear safely atop the hardtop -- a big plus for action-oriented families who want to bring their toys along. A sliding power door adjacent to the helm makes it convenient for the captain to handle his own dock lines when necessary. Below decks, she has the shower in a stall to port and the toilet and sink in their own compartment to starboard. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R305:
Express Fisherman with Deep-V Hull

Robalo R305
The Robalo R305 has the makings of a good offshore boat with freeboard that measures 41” (104 cm) to the top of the caprail at the cockpit.

With a 21-degree deadrise and a sharp forward entry, the Robalo R305 is clearly a boat designed to take on rough water as needed. With a pair of 300-hp Yamaha 4-strokes powering our test boat, we reached a top speed at 5900 rpm of 52.8 mph. Once underway she settles into a 7.5-degree bow-high attitude, according to our test crew, and it only takes a couple of shots of up trim to get her into the cruising attitude. When turning, the R305 leans 12-1/2-degrees. As regular readers know, we like express fishboats for bluewater work because of their closed foredeck. More...

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Test Video

Glastron GTS 187:
Jetboat Performance, Reasonably Priced

Glastron GTS 187
The Glastron GTS 187 brings jetboat performance to the company's good-looking and reasonably-priced lineup of sportboats.

With available supercharged Rotax jet power up to 250-hp, the Glastron GTS 187 is predictably a rocket out of the hole, jumping on top in a stunning 1.7 seconds and blowing past 30 mph in 6.3 seconds. Top end was 46.2 mph in our test runs. The jet drive system means she can run in just a bit more depth than it takes to float her, 14'' (.35 m) although we wouldn't recommend that in anything except hard-bottom conditions. More...

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Features Video

Beneteau Oceanis 38:
Sailing à La Carte

Beneteau Oceanis 38
The Beneteau Oceanis 38 offers three layouts below to suit buyers with varying needs while maintaining an efficient, easy-to-sail cockpit above decks.

Beneteau offers the versatile Beneteau Oceanis 38 in three versions: The "Daysailer" is well-equipped above deck but sparsely so below, with few options. The "Cruiser" includes most enhancements as standard, while the "Weekender" falls between the two, open to customization to meet buyers' preferences. She accommodates short-handed sailing with primary winches aft, adjacent to the dual helms. She is also equally well suited to a crowded cockpit with the mainsheet well of the way atop an arch above the companionway. An optional self-tacking headsail makes either short-handed sailing or entertaining large parties aboard even easier. More...

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Test Video

Bryant Boats 233X:
Wakeboat with Forward Drive I/O

Bryant Boats 233X
The Bryant Boats 233X looks and performs like a dedicated wake-boat, but she's unique in being powered by a sterndrive system rather than an inboard.

The Bryant Boats 233X adds I/O maneuverability to her wakeboat layout, but gives up nothing in safety thanks to the Volvo Penta "Forward Drive" system which places the props well under the boat -- particularly for those who add the optional Sport Porch swim platform extension. The steering is 2.5 turns lock-to-lock, and with the fuel tank in the bow, bow-rise is minimal on hole shot. More...

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Captain's Report

Prestige Yachts 680:
Entertainment Venues
for All Seasons

Prestige Yachts 680
The Prestige Yachts 680 provides two different accommodation layouts. Buyers can select the model that will be most appropriate for their kind of cruising – with family and maybe grandchildren, or with other adult couples.

There are numerous entertainment venues on the Prestige Yachts 680, but the flying bridge is likely to be the most popular in good weather. An outdoor galley here has a sink, ample counter space, a grill, refrigerator and a separate icemaker. A large table aft can easily sit six comfortably, while a retractable soft-touch top provides shade. An optional hardtop is also available. At the bow, a forward facing bench seat can accommodate multiple people and a sun pad with an easily deployed retractable sunshade keeps things comfortable. More...

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Features Video

Regal 2800:
Day Yachting in a Fast Bowrider

Regal 2800
The Regal 2800's cockpit seating area offers an optional teak table, and the aft seat backs can be flipped forward to create chaise seating overlooking the swim platform.

The Regal 2800 offers yacht-level options like a power swim platform, bow thrusters and an electric helm seat to mark her as a cut above most other large bowriders. The PowerTower, standard, can be lowered at the touch of a button to pass under bridges or for dry stack storage. A sink and solid countertops in the head makes the boat family-friendly. More...

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Engine Room Review

Sea Ray 470 Sundancer:
Easy on the Owner-Operator

Sea Ray 470 Sundancer
Simple daily engine checks aboard the Sea Ray 470 Sundancer can be done via a hatch in the salon, while more intensive inspections can be done by electrically actuating the cockpit deck, exposing a much more expansive section of the engine room.

The engine room of the Sea Ray 470 Sundancer is compact, but smart location of access to fluid checks and filters makes it easy for the captain to keep tabs on the twin Cummins diesels. Both V-drive and Zeus pod drive systems are available, with engines producing up to 550-hp each. More...

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Test Video

Mako 19 CPX:
Durable Construction, Impressive Performance

Mako 19 CPX
A 28-gallon (106 L) livewell, lighted and aerated, is tucked into the aft casting platform in the Mako 19 CPX.

The Mako 19 CPX is engineered to be driven hard in protected water. The hull/deck joint is chemically sealed and bonded 360-degrees as well as mechanically fastened every 6'' (.15 m) for long term durability after years of bumping around large bays and nearshore waters. She's also quick on her feet, topping out at over 50 mph in our test runs. The 15-degree bottom makes her stable and efficient running. She draws just 12'' (.30 m). More...

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Captain's Report

Four Winns H440:
Bowrider with Salon, Mid-Cabin

Four Winns H440
The cleanly-finished and efficient salon of the Four Winns H440 belies the fact that she is also the largest production bowrider on the market. Yes, this picture was taken with a wide-angle lens.

The Four Winns H440 is a versatile amalgam of cruiser and dayboat. She can sleep six below in two cabins, plus she has a salon, mini-galley and head, as well as three entertaining venues on deck -- the bow, helm deck and cockpit. Luxury touches include the electro-hydraulic table at the bow, which can be lowered and covered with a standard filler cushion to make a sun-tanning pit. The interior styling is available in dark cherry or a light maple, and elimination of bulkheads where possible adds a roomy feel to the salon/mid-cabin area. More...

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