Glastron GTS 225 // Aquila 48 // Key largo 3000 // 13 Reports - 09/07/2016
BoatTEST Newsletter September 7, 2016 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust
- Regal 26 Express
- World Cat 320CC
- Beneteau Oceanis 35
- Evinrude E-TEC G2 150
- Four Winns H350
- Boston Whaler 230
- Hatteras GT 63
- Glastron GTS 225
- Grady-White Freedom 235
- Formula 310 Bowrider
- Aquila 48
- Key Largo 3000 CC
- Cruisers Yachts 390
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Regal 26 Express:
Pocket Cruiser for Family and Friends

Regal 26 Express
The Regal 26 Express appeals to boaters who like to entertain family or guests with ample seating arrangements and a swim platform for launching watersports or water activities -- and who also want the option of spending weekends aboard.

With one of the largest cockpits in class, the Regal 26 Express utilizes the 8’6” (2.59 m) beam with bench seating, spanning the entire length of the cockpit and a flip seatback to create even more seating possibilities. A starboard seat provides dedicated storage, and an all-wood table can convert the lounge seating into a space for conversation or an on-the-water picnic. More...

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World Cat 320CC:
Fully-Equipped Luxury Fishing Cat

World Cat 320CC
The broad bow of the World Cat 320CC is made possible by the catamaran design, and the sharp forward entry of the hulls gives the boat an exceptional ride in choppy seas.

The twin-hull design of the World Cat 320CC plus a 10'6" (3.20 m) beam creates a very stable platform both for offshore angling and for day cruising and watersports. Stylish contemporary upholstery with hexagonal-stitched inserts adds a touch of class not often found in sport fishing boats of this size. There's seating space across the broad bow for up to six adults. A fiberglass hardtop with powdercoat frame is standard, as is a console head and an anchor windlass at the bow. More...

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Beneteau Oceanis 35:
Versatile Do-It-All Sailing Yacht

Beneteau Oceanis 35
With twin helms and a single mainsail winch, the Beneteau Oceanis 35 is well-designed for short-handed sailing, but she has plenty of room for lots of guests as well.

The Beneteau Oceanis 35 is designed for the avid sailor who enjoys day sailing, weekending, and seasonal club sponsored races, all in an easy to handle package with comfortable accommodations below. The boat is naturally suited for daysailing, weekending, and long-range cruising. The folding transom creates an 8’4” (2.54 m) wide platform for swimming and boarding from a dinghy or floating dock, and an aft compartment under the teak decking here is intended for liferaft storage. More...

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Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.:
It's All New and State-of-the-Art

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.
With seven side panel colors and 14 trim colors, there are over 400 color/trim combination with the new G2 Evinrude engines. Yes, second from the right is "camo."

The all-new Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O. features direct fuel-injection, internal hydraulic steering, digital shifting, an internal oil tank, a heavy duty gear case, and many other features that the company says confirms its spot as the most technically advanced 150 on the market. A dependable magneto provides up to 50 dedicated amps of charging power and allows operating the engine when the battery is dead, unlike most modern alternator-driven systems. The 150 H.O. version is tuned to put out up to 165 horsepower, according to the company. More...

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Four Winns H350:
Stylish Bowrider w/ Robust Seating

Four Winns H350
The standard sunroof on the Four Winns H350 is an unusual feature that adds a striking accent and utility to the bowrider.

The Four Winns H350 is a stylish bowrider that can accommodate up to four people facing forward on the helm deck, four people on the chaise-style seats in the bow, two people at the helm with two on the companion seat, as well as an L-shape and three-way transom seat in the aft cockpit. This noteworthy feature is due to her 10’10” (3.30 m) beam and thoughtful design. More...

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Boston Whaler 230 Outrage:
Versatile Bluewater Center Console

Boston Whaler 230 Outrage
With a 21-degree deadrise and lots of freeboard, the Boston Whaler 230 Outrage is a stylish offshore fishing platform that also offers all the amenities for a comfortable day of inshore family cruising and watersports.

The Boston Whaler 230 Outrage is a family-friendly center console ideal both for fishing large bays and lakes and for prowling coastal waters to many miles offshore. By pushing the padded coaming out and narrowing the caprails, Boston Whaler was able to maximize the deck space, legroom, and seating throughout the length of the boat and make the 8'6" (2.59 m) beam seem wider than its dimensions would indicate. A stainless-steel reinforced towpoint low on the bow marks her added capability as a stylish yacht tender. More...

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Hatteras GT63:
Largest Convertible in Class

Hatteras GT63
The Hatteras GT63 topped out at over 40 knots with twin 1900-hp CAT C32 ACERT engines in our test.

The Hatteras GT63 combines the comfort of a large cruising yacht with all the amenities needed for serious bluewater fishing. With a 20' 0'' (6.1 m) beam and a draft of just 5'0" (1.25 m), she has more interior room than any boat in class, and at the same time draws less water. She has the look, feel, and interior options of a custom convertible while still maintaining the peace of mind that can only come from a long-established production builder such as Hatteras. The enclosed flybridge option, which we tested, provides all weather comfort for the captain as well as an added venue for enjoying sea views for guests. An aft control station on the flybridge allows the captain a bird's eye view of the fishing action. More...

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Glastron GTS 225:
Sporty Bowrider w/ Panache

Glastron GTS 225
The Glastron GTS 225 is an interesting combination of classic styling with performance that's a match for anything with similar propulsion systems.

The Glastron GTS 225 features sporty retro styling, including a roadster-style windshield and gauges that look like they belong in a 1970s muscle car. Performance is impressively modern, however: powered with a 300-hp Mercury 6.2 L with Bravo 3 sterndrive and counter-rotating 24" pitch props, she planed in just 3.6 seconds and reached 48.6 mph at WOT. The twin counter-rotating prop system also makes her easy to handle around the docks. More...

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Grady-White Freedom 235:
New Family-Oriented Dual Console

Grady-White	Freedom 235
The trademark Rybovich sheer of the Grady-White Freedom 235 sets her apart from the typical bowrider designed for inland lakes.

The Grady-White Freedom 235 is part of the new generation lineup at Grady-White, which is as much about family cruising, day boating, and watersports as it is about fishing. She has a raw water livewell and large insulated fishbox in the transom, but she's also equipped with plush lounge-type seating at the bow, an optional sunpad and stowable luncheon table, and an optional pop-up tow pylon, among other family-friendly features. More...

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Formula 310 Bowrider:
Premium Quality Day Boat w/ 50 MPH WOT

Formula 310 Bowrider
The Formula 310 Bowrider, equipped with twin 300-hp MerCruiser 350 MAG MPIs, provided the performance expected of the brand, topping out at more than 50 mph.

The Formula 310 Bowrider is a premium quality day boat designed to provide high-capacity seating (12+), luxurious amenities, and exciting performance. Her seating areas are inventive; the dual helm seat features individually adjustable bolsters and back rests, and the rests also flip forward to provide added aft-facing seating when she's at anchor. The aft seat backs have a similar design and are also individually adjustable. A large trunk storage area adds versatility under the sun pad at the transom. With a 9'6" (2.90 m) beam, she offers more interior space than many in class. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Aquila 48:
Beamy Power Cat with 3 or 4 En Suites

Aquila 48
The Aquila 48 is a stable, commodious, fast, and efficient yacht with a 23'6" (7.17 m) beam.

With a beam that's just short of half her LOA, the Aquila 48 packs a lot of usable space into her twin hull design, as well as enjoying exceptional stability offshore. She's available in three-or-four-stateroom layouts with three or four heads, respectively. The forward salon extends outdoors with an unusual forward seating cockpit, which takes advantage of the views and cooling breezes. Stairs from the bow deck provide access to the flybridge. More...

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Key Largo 3000 CC:
Fast Center Console w/ 8'9" Beam

The Key Largo 3000 CC with two-tone gel coat makes a good match for the many optional colors available on the cowlings of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 series.

The Key Largo 3000 CC powered with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 outboards not only proved herself fast -- with a top speed of 56.3 mph -- but also economical for the genre while running 25.9 mph. Her 195-gallon (738 L) fuel tank gives a range of 352 statue miles at this speed, allowing for a 10% reserve. She comes well equipped for angling with both the fishbox and the bait well on the transom, right where most anglers prefer to have them. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe:
Moveable Cockpit Seating for All Reasons

Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe
Euro-styling and the huge sliding sunroof give the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe an eye-catching profile unlike anything on the U.S. market.

The most distinguishing feature of the new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is her moveable cockpit seating. The sliding seating makes her exceptionally versatile for dining, entertaining, and just generally enjoying time on the water. There's no visible track, and the furnishings lock in position until released and put into position B. The wet bar in the cockpit offers an optional grill and icemaker to keep the cook where the action is, but there's also a full galley below decks. More...

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