Maritimo M65 // Bayliner VR5 // Volvo Penta 5-Year Warranty // 16 Reports - 11/11/2015
BoatTEST Newsletter November 11, 2015 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
15 year anniversary
- Maritimo M65
- Volvo Penta Warranty
- Hatteras 45 Express
- Boston Whaler 330 Outrage
- Bayliner VR5
- Azimut 77S
- Mercury Reman 383 MAG
- Sunseeker Manhattan 65
- Yamaha VX Cruiser HO
- Hunt 80
- Scarab 195 HO
- Shurhold Rope Handle
- Formula 34 PC
- Mercury Marine 150
- PowerTech! Selecting Props
- Beneteau MC5
- Cruisers Yachts 48
- Grady-White Freedom 375
- Beneteau Oceanis 35
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Maritimo M65:
A Four-Stateroom Cruiser
w/ Enclosed Flybridge

Maritimo M65
Thanks to the abundant, large windows in the salon of the Maritimo M65, seated guests will be able to see out from the dining table or the sofa in all directions.

The Maritimo M65's standard layout offers four cabins including a full-beam master and three heads. She also includes an enclosed flying bridge with inside stairway, with furnishings designed to make this area another lounging and entertainment venue. Smoky Quartz carpeting in the salon is standard, and Amtico decking ($6,785) or genuine teak ($13,225) are optional. Furnishings are upholstered in an owner's choice of either Sable leather or Panna leather. More...

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Builder Video

Volvo Penta Sterndrive Engines:
“Entire Engine Package” -- 5-Year Warranty

Volvo Penta Sterndrive Engines
We don’t often publish commercial videos made by boat or engine makers, but this video exception proves the rule. It is a strictly promotional video singing the praises of Volvo Penta and some of the points deserve attention – such as the company’s 5-Year Warranty Factory Program.

This fall Volvo Penta introduced a new series of engine – the V8 5.3 L which comes in both 300-hp and 350-hp versions. These engines are built around a GM block and head made of aluminum alloy, not cast iron; they have direct in-cylinder fuel injection, not the old multi-port manifold system of injection; they have variable valve timing, not a fixed cam; they have a closed cooling system, instead of raw water… among other attributes. More...

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New Captain's Report

Hatteras 45 Express:
A New Cruiser w/ Sportfishing DNA

Hatteras 45 Express
The new Hatteras 45 Express combines the builder's renowned yacht building expertise with the sportfishing DNA from the Cabo Yachts design team.

The Hatteras 45 Express is a performance cruiser that has the solid build and handling of an offshore-capable yacht -- but also has the nimble handling of a fishboat. Two interior layouts are offered, depending on whether the 45 Express will be used more as a single-cabin couples cruiser or as an overnighter for four people. A cockpit mezzanine bench seat will be a popular place whether fishing or partying. More...

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New Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 330 Outrage:
A New Center Console w/ Handy Dive Door

Boston Whaler 330 Outrage
The new Boston Whaler 330 Outrage has a dive door on the port side, providing easy access for swimmers, as well as functioning as a tuna door when needed.

The Boston Whaler 330 Outrage features a variable-deadrise V-hull with 23-degrees of deadrise at the transom, plus full-length hard chines and lifting strakes for added lift and roll stability. The combination should provide a smooth ride and predictable handling. A multi-functional aft-facing fixture behind the console doubles as a leaning post, and converts to form a handy work surface. More...

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New Captain's Report

Bayliner VR5:
New Entry-Level Bowrider
w/ Lightning Hole Shots

Bayliner VR5
The Bayliner VR5 offers strong performance with the standard 200-hp MerCruiser, producing remarkable hole shots.

The Bayliner VR5 has somewhat more interior space than many entry-level runabouts of this class thanks to a beam carried further forward than most. A full-beam sun pad with an adjustable lounge backrest spans the top of the engine box, and a deck-level walkway makes for easy passage to the swim platform. A 20-degree deadrise at the transom should smooth the ride in choppy water. More...

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New Captain's Report

Azimut 77S:
New Triple-Engine Sport-Fly

Azimut 77S
The unmistakable Italian-designed profile of the new Azimut 77S will turn heads in any harbor in the world. She is much bigger than she appears in this picture.

The Azimut 77S express yacht combines a low-profile sporty flybridge, aft deck with table and bench, a fold-down teak-beach transom/swim platform, and U-shaped seating and sunning bow layout, providing lots of open-air gathering areas. Azimut calls the concept the “Sport-Fly”. The yacht fits a surprising number of luxurious accommodations into her 77'5" (23.6 m) LOA, with four guest cabins plus two crew cabins, along with five heads. An electric Bimini top extends to shade the cockpit when desired. More...

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New Test Video

Mercury Remanufacturing 383 MAG Stroker:
Renewed Power from a Classic Block

Mercury Reman 383 MAG Stroker
The Mercury Remanufacturing 383 MAG Stroker is a remanufactured version of the MerCruiser 377 MAG V8 that has been reengineered, repatterned and rebuilt to factory specs.

Mercury remanufacturing begins with a used MerCruiser 377 MAG V8 iron block core that gets bored, stroked, machined, and rebuilt with many new and improved parts. The finished engine has 383 CID, and produces 350 horsepower and 390 ft-lb. of torque at 3800 rpms. The engine weighs 932 lbs. (423 kg) in rebuilt form. It breathes through a long runner intake manifold with multi-port fuel injection, and is driven by the latest 555 ECM (electronic control module) with SmartCraft. More...

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New Captain's Report

Sunseeker Manhattan 65:
Sleek, British Motoryacht

Sunseeker 65
Her sweeping lines and wedge-shaped windows give the new Sunseeker Manhattan 65 a sleek appearance. She fits four comfortable cabins below decks.

The Sunseeker Manhattan 65 includes lots of onboard spaces for enjoying the sun, including two large seating areas and a forward flat sun pad next to the helm on the flying bridge, plus a doublewide sun pad on the bow. The flybridge includes a forward-angled windscreen to deflect wind and spray. She can be ordered with a crew cabin and separate head aft, or serve owner-operators, with an optional IPS-drive propulsion system and joystick controls. More...

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New Captain's Report

Yamaha VX Cruiser HO:
High Performance & Comfort
Meets Top Technology

Yamaha VX Cruiser HO
At 767 lbs. (348 kg), and with it’s 1.8L engine, the Yamaha VX Cruiser HO is a lightweight and powerful PWC, but she also has room for up to three riders.

The VX Series has long been among the most popular WaveRunners for Yamaha. The VX Cruiser HO is the newest addition to the line and exceeds the high standards already set by this series. A bigger engine, new technology and more comfort highlight this new model. It will seat up to three riders and is certified for tow sports. All these improvements come with a competitive price tag. More...

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New Captain's Report

Hunt Yachts Hunt 80:
Water Jet Powered Motoryacht

Hunt 80
The new Hunt 80 has a LOA of 88’1” (26.8 m), a beam of 19’6” (5.94 m) and a hull draft of only 4’ (1.22 m).

Hunt Yachts has long built boats from 25' to 36' in length at its Rhode Island yard, as well as 44-, 52- and 68-footers (13.4, 15.8 m and 20.7 m) at its Taiwan facility. Given the quality and market acceptance of these vessels, it was inevitable that the range would keep growing. While Hunt Yachts has a wide range of propulsion options available, this newest launch, now the flagship of the product line, is powered by HamiltonJet Water Jets. The advantages of jets are obvious. Let’s take a snapshot look at what we can expect from this new yacht. More...

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Captain's Report

Scarab 195 HO:
Supercharged Jet w/ Versatile Seating

Scarab 195 HO
Scarab’s “Versa Lounge” converts the stern seating from aft-facing seats to a flat sun lounge, and a walkthrough turns the seat backs into arm rests. This makes the stern seating the most versatile location on the boat.

The squared-off bow of the Scarab 195 HO adds seating space forward, while the U-shaped amidships seating includes cutouts to increase legroom. The hull design incorporates longitudinal tunnels and chine steps to reduce hull resistance and improve acceleration. Deadrise is 20-degrees at the transom. The HO model is powered by the 1.5 L supercharged Rotax 250 jet drive system, which the company says delivers a top end of around 43 mph. More...

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New Product

Shurhold Rope Handle Bucket:
Improving Basic Important Equipment

Shurhold Rope Handle Bucket
A 3/4" braided nylon rope eases handling of the Shurhold Rope Handle Bucket.
Black or white models are available.

Shurhold's Rope Handle Bucket adds some improvements to the 5-gallon bucket that is basic equipment aboard the boat of any experienced captain. A 3/4" braided nylon rope handle replaces the standard wire handle -- it won't corrode, deform or cut the user's hands. The ropes are attached to a molding outside the main cavity of the bucket, preventing leakage and chafing as well as allowing the buckets to stack cleanly for storage. More...

A special limited time offer for BoatTEST readers includes a 32-ounce bottle of Shurhold Brite Wash Boat Soap ($12.95 retail) with each bucket purchased. Automatically added to cart, use coupon code BTB. Exp. 11/22/15.

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Test Video

Formula 34 PC:
Easy-Handling Performance Cruiser

Formula 34 PC
The carefully-polished hull makes it hard to mistake a Formula like the 34 PC for any other brand.

Bravo III outdrives deliver nimble handling at speed in the Formula 34 PC. With an 18-degree deadrise at the transom, she comes on plane easily in about 4 seconds, a strong performance for a boat weighing over 17,000 lbs. (7,711 kg) when fully fueled. The sharp forward entry delivers a soft ride in a chop. Mercury's Axius joystick system makes for easy docking. More...

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Test Video

Mercury 150 4-Stroke:
Large Displacement & Lightest Weight

Mercury Marine 150 FourStroke
A smartphone-readable QR code icon is printed right on the engine maintenance plate of the Mercury 150 4-Stroke. When the proper app is downloaded, the QR code will call up maintenance instructions with more details.

The Mercury Marine 150 4-Stroke is engineered to pump out lots of low-end torque for quick hole shots. The 183 CID four-cylinder, in-line outboard has the largest displacement in class, as well as being the lightest 4-stroke 150 on the market. Electronic multi-port fuel injection helps deliver a quick windup under load. The 4.88'' diameter torpedo gear case is the same unit used on the 300-horse Mercury Verado, providing increased durability according to the company. The SOHC design has a single rocker arm with a "Roller Finger Follower" that was pioneered in Formula One racing engines. More...

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Prop Selection

PowerTech! Selecting Props:
Matching the Prop to the Purpose

PowerTech Selecting Props
Three-blade props are by far the most popular choice for recreational boats, but they're not best in all cases according to the propping experts at PowerTech!.

The performance pros at PowerTech! say choosing a prop depends on boat weight and design, as well as available horsepower. And just as important is the intended use of the boat -- a performance boat will usually deliver better speeds with a three-blade of maximum pitch, while a pontoon boat purposed to carry lots of people enjoying a day on the water might perform much better with a four-blade of moderate pitch. More...

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Design and Style Video

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5:
Luxury Materials and Striking Styling

Monte Carlo 5
Six-foot (1.83 m) sliding doors bring the outdoors into the salon of the Beneteau Monte Carlo 5, a three-stateroom, two-head cruiser with a flying bridge.

The Beneteau Monte Carlo 5 features the full galley aft of the main salon, plus two al fresco cooking areas -- a grill, refrigerator and sink on the flying bridge, and another grill accessed via the swim platform. A Bimini makes shade available on the bridge when desired, and a power sunshade extends to the transom and cools the cockpit. The interior features heavy use of solid wood, stitched leather and suede, and the sleeping areas are brightened by large windows. Most important is the distinctive Monte Carlo look. More...

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Layout and Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius:
Atrium Illuminates Galley Below

Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius
Looking up from the galley we can see the open, airy aspect of this design which brightens the galley and salon below.

The most striking feature of the Cruisers Yachts 48 Cantius is undoubtedly the loft or atrium design, with the bridge deck overlooking the galley and dinette below. With the sliding glass doors aft and the sunroof overhead, as well as large side windows and front windows with narrow mullions bringing in lots of natural light, the effect is to make the salon feel much larger than it is. More...

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New Features Video

Grady-White Freedom 375:
A Family-Friendly Fishboat
w/ Overnight Cabin

Grady-White Freedom 375
An adjustable-height, Corian-topped table at the bow adds utility when the Grady-White Freedom 375 is in her family day-cruiser mode.

The Grady-White Freedom 375 is a tournament-capable offshore fishing boat that easily converts to family day-cruising, swimming and watersports. The electrically adjustable helm seat with dual flip-up bolsters adds a touch of luxury, as does the retractable SureShade cockpit awning. The port side console houses an air conditioned cabin equipped with a settee that converts to a double berth at the push of a button. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Oceanis 35:
Versatile Racer/Cruiser w/ Twin Helms

Beneteau Oceanis 35
The new Beneteau Oceanis 35 is designed for the avid sailor who enjoys day sailing and weekending, as well as participating in club-sponsored races.

With two aft helms positioned well outboard, visibility for the captain of the new Beneteau Oceanis 35 is excellent, particularly convenient when maneuvering alongside a dock. She is designed to sail on her lines without an excessive amount of heel, a welcome design parameter for inexperienced guests who may be uncomfortable with a sailboat's natural heeling when going upwind. Sailing in 20 knots, our test crew reported windward leg speeds of 7 ½ knots, attaining 8 to 9 knots on the reaching legs. More...

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