Evinrude 10-Year Coverage // Sea Ray SLX 350 OB // Ocean Alexander 70E // 17 Reports - 02/22/2017
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- Evinrude 10-Year Coverage
- Ocean Alexander 70E
- Jet Sportboats 21'-25'
- Sea Ray SLX 350 OB
- Nitro Z17
- Galeon 660 Fly
- Beneteau Oceanis 35.1
- Regal 22 FasDeck ESX
- Wellcraft 220 Sportsman
- Beneteau Swift Trawler 50
- Mercury 250 Verado OB
- Sea-Doo RXT-X 300
- Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
- Hatteras 45 Express
- Glastron GTS 187
- Tidewater 252 LXF
- Formula 34 Performance
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

10-Year Coverage on All
Evinrude E-TEC Engines

10-Year Coverage
From now until March 31, 2017, Evinrude is offering a promotional “boat show season” extended coverage the likes of which we have never before seen.

Recently, Evinrude announced the most remarkable outboard engine coverage we have ever seen: 10 years on all Evinrude E-TEC engines from the 15 H.O. to the 300. There is nothing more important on any boat than the engine. Should any problems arise with the engine, not having to worry about the financial consequences takes a tremendous burden off of any boat owner. It also speaks to Evinrude’s faith in the reliability of its engines. The company has quite literally put its money where its mouth is. Talk is cheap, extended coverage is not, and as the company points out in its ads for this promotion, if purchased, extending coverage an additional 7 years on top of the standard 3 year warranty would have a retail cost of up to $7,500, depending on the size of the engine. This is a special “boat show season” promotion and will end on March 31, 2017. More...

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New Features Video

Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution:
Entertainment Venues Inside & Out

Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution
The roomy and luxurious flying bridge of the Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution features a hardtop to provide shade and a Cambria stone bar and food prep area, along with a dining table and plenty of lounging space.

The flying bridge of the Ocean Alexander 70 Evolution includes a day galley with Cambria stone solid surface top, an Electra-Chef stainless steel grill, refrigerator, and ice box along with a 50" LCD retracting TV in the overhead above. The bar surface is also Cambria stone. The bow provides another exterior entertainment venue including a sun pad and lounge plus a settee and table, with an optional sun shade. She sleeps six guests and two crew, and also includes a laundry facility for extended cruising. More...

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Jet Sportboats 21'-25':
We Compare 6 Jet Boats For Boarders

Scarab 215 Impulse
Scarab 215 Impulse
Yamaha 212X running
Yamaha 212X
Chaparral 223 Vortex VRX running
Chaparral 223 Vortex VRX
Yamaha 242X E-Series running
Yamaha 242X E-Series
Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX running
Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX
Scarab 255 Impulse running
Scarab 255 Impulse

Some people would rather get wet on a wakeboard or surfboard than ride, dry and secure, in the cockpit. For them, boating is all about activity, and that's what this week's sextet of boats is about, too. Each can be rigged for serious watersports, with multiple ballast tanks to control the wake, a tower to elevate the towline (required for wakeboard acrobatics), twin waterjets that provide plenty of power, and no propeller to pose a risk to swimmers. Add cool sound systems and lots of plush seating for apres-boarding, and the result is a sportboat for folks who enjoy life both wet and dry. More...

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New Test Video

Sea Ray SLX 350 OB:
Stylish Triple Outboard w/ 10'6" Beam

Sea Ray SLX 350 OB
With an LOA of 34’6” (10.5 m) and a beam of 10’6” (3.2 m) the Sea Ray SLX 350 OB is one of the largest outboard-powered bowriders in the Sea Ray line-up.

The Sea Ray SLX 350 OB includes a hardtop with optional sliding sunroof and joystick steering as standard features. She's built to handle triple outboards up to 1050 horsepower total, assuring exciting performance. A small cabin is tucked under the starboard console, while a head with VacuFlush toilet is hidden in the port console. A mini galley encourages entertainment in the aft cockpit. More...

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Test Video

Fast, Fishy and Fuel-Efficient

Powered with only a 115 Mercury® Pro XS FourStroke, the lightweight NITRO Z17 reached an impressive top speed over 51 mph.

The NITRO® Z17 comes well equipped for bass fishing, with a custom-matched trailer, fishfinder, bow-mount trolling motor, deep cycle batteries, aerated livewell, locking rod box and lots more, all at a package price of $24,595. She comes standard with a fuel-efficient 115 Mercury Pro XS FourStroke, which gets an impressive 4.6 mpg at 51.3 mph WOT. (And she gets 7.5 mpg at 25.8 mph.) She gets on plane in 3.7 seconds. With a length on the trailer of 20'9" (6.33 m), she'll fit in most garages. More...

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Captain’s Report

Beneteau Oceanis 35.1:
Versatile Cabin Layouts, Twin Rudders

Beneteau Oceanis 35.1
A high ceiling and lots of windows and hatches make the cabin of the Beneteau Oceanis 35.1 a welcoming spot, and optional AC keeps things cool in summer.

A new L-shaped galley in the Beneteau Oceanis 35.1 will make cooking easier while underway. Buyers can opt for blond oak joinery or darker mahogany, and either "Essential" or "Exclusive" trim levels. The twin rudders aid control in a yacht with a 12'2" (3.72 m) beam, and hard chines add stability when heeled. Two and three cabin layouts are available. More...

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New Captain's Report

Galeon 660 Fly:
World-Class Fit-and-Finish

Galeon 660 Fly
The Galeon 660 Fly is powered by twin MAN 1200-hp diesels with ZF straight shaft drives, delivering 33.1 knots at WOT, according to the company.

A striking level of fit-and-finish distinguishes the interior of the Galeon 660 Fly. The salon table has a wood surface with inlaid compass rose design, while all upholstery is Ultraleather and has a diamond-patterned double stitched design. The overheads are upholstered in Alcantara suede much like the bulkheads and have LED lighting above. Solid wood doors close into rubber gaskets ensuring rattle-free performance. A bow thruster and joystick control are standard, and the helm seats adjust electrically like the seats in a luxury car. More...

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Test Video

Regal 22 FasDeck ESX:
Sportboat Style, Deckboat Space

Regal 22 FasDeck ESX
Bold graphics and a sweeping sheer line give the Regal 22 FasDeck ESX lots of eye appeal, and her broad bow provides more seating room than most in class.

The Regal 22 FasDeck ESX combines the company's FasTrac hull design with a deckboat cockpit layout, providing increased seating and dining space at the bow while still delivering classic deep-V runabout performance. She has more freeboard than many in class, helping to keep her dry in upwind runs, and the sharp forward entry combined with a 20-degree deadrise at the transom eases the ride in a chop. More...

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Captain’s Report

Wellcraft 220 Sportsman:
DC for Fishermen and Family

Wellcraft 220 Sportsman
A broad, open aft cockpit provides plenty of fishing space in the Wellcraft 220 Sportsman, while the high walkthrough windshield provides good wind and spray protection.

Though her basic mission is to be a seaworthy twin console fishing boat, the Wellcraft 220 Sportsman also sports family-friendly details including plenty of comfortable two-tone seating, console head, optional fold-down seating to port and a ski tow pylon. For anglers, she has under-gunwale rod storage, an aerated baitwell, insulated fishboxes with overboard drains, and trolling rod holders. She draws just 17” (.43 m), making her fit for a bit of backbay exploration. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50:
Practical and Fuel Friendly

Beneteau Swift Trawler 50
The aft cockpit of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 50 is shaded by the flybridge deck overhang above, and has a teak deck as well as an L-shaped seating along the transom on the port side.

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 50 offers speeds over 20 knots at full throttle and a range of 311 NM, but at more sedate speeds of 5.7 knots, she's a long ranger with a reach over 2000 NM. High bulwarks, broad walkways and railings make access to the bow lounging area easy and safe. Two staterooms are standard, but a third with a Pullman is an option. More...

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Captain’s Report

Mercury Verado 250 HP:
Supercharged Powerhouse

Mercury Verado 250 HP
The inline 6-cylinder design of the Mercury Verado 250 HP engine allows a sleek profile that lends itself to easy dual or triple engine installations.

The inline-6 Mercury Verado 250-hp engine is a supercharged outboard, which gives it robust low-end torque for snappy acceleration plus the ability to keep a boat on plane at a lower speed. Its unique overhead cam design means that the valve train does not need maintenance for life. The optional 5.44" gearcase offers increased durability in high-speed boats operated offshore. More...

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Test Video

Sea-Doo RXT-X 300:
Advanced Engineering in a High-Performance PWC

Sea-Doo RXT-X 300
Powered with a supercharged 300-hp Rotax ACE engine, the Sea Doo RXT-X 300 is very fast indeed, with a top speed over 67 mph in our test runs.

The innovative S3 hull of the Sea Doo RXT-X 300 has a deep-V center section to knife cleanly through chop, and has stepped sections on the wide outer surfaces to reduce friction and provide more nimble handling. It produces strong performance as well as riding comfort, according to our test rider. The Ergo-Lock seating system, which allows the rider to hold his position with leg strength in sharp high-speed maneuvers, is designed to make for an easier, more comfortable ride with less effort. More...

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Features Video

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46:
3 Sleeping Cabins/2 Heads

Beneteau Gran Turismo 46
The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 offers an optional electric/hydraulic swim platform, allowing ease in tender launch and retrieval as well as convenient and safe access for swimmers getting into and out of the water.

The Beneteau Gran Turismo 46 is versatile enough for comfortable intermediate-term cruising, weekend excursions or day trips for a family of four or two couples. A Pullman-type optional stateroom increases her sleeping capacity to six. Reclining seats at the aft end of the cockpit create a sunning area, and an optional grill accessed from the swim platform adds functionality. More...

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Test Video

Hatteras 45 Express:
Long-Range Fishing Cruiser

The Hatteras 45 Express is shown here with tuna tower, which turns her into a very serious blue-water fishing machine.

The Hatteras 45 Express is a high-speed offshore fishing machine that can comfortably function as a premium-grade family cruiser. She's built to the historic Hatteras' standards of classic style and long-term durability, and she's available in either single or two-stateroom layout. Most buyers opt for two cabins. With a top speed of 39.1 knots when equipped with the optional twin 1136-hp CAT C-18 Acerts she's got the speed to get offshore fast, while an 800-gallon (3,028 L) fuel capacity gives her plenty of range. More...

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Test Video

Glastron GTS 187:
Supercharged Jet Power in a Stylish Runabout

Glastron GTS 187
Because the Rotax jet propulsion system takes up so little space and has a low profile, the Glastron GTS 187 can provide three tier seating. The ladies above are sitting on the rumble seat which is an ideal place to put on skis or wakeboards.

The Glastron GTS 187 is the company's first -- and only -- entry into jet systems, with Rotax power to 250-hp. Our test runs showed it to be a good combination, with time-to-plane times, comparable to many PWCs, and a top speed of 46.2 mph. The system also combines the advantages of increased safety for swimmers as well as safe shallow-water operation inherent in jet drive boats. More...

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Test Video

Tidewater 252 LXF:
We Test Her w/ 2 x Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.s

Tidewater 252 LXF
There's 33.5" of interior depth both at the bow and amidships thanks to the arched sheer of the Tidewater 252 LXF, giving security for crew as well as making for a dry ride. This tapers to 27.5" aft.

Standard wrap-around bow seating distinguishes the Tidewater 252 LXF from many fishing consoles, as does the quality of the upholstery and the piping on the seams. The standard hardtop is integrated into the design of the console, improving appearance as well as creating a very solid, durable unit. With a 9'3" beam, she has plenty of space to move fore and aft around the helm station. Performance was strong with the twin 150 Evinrude E-TEC G2 H.O.'s, topping out at 51.0 mph. More...

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Updated Test Video

Formula 34 Performance Cruiser:
Weekender w/ Sportboat Performance

Formula 34 Performance Cruiser
The flawless, hand-sanded, painted hull of the Formula 34 Performance Cruiser is accented with Imron graphics.

The Formula 34 Performance Cruiser comes loaded with standard equipment, including an electric windlass, remote control search light, radar arch, Bennett tabs, fire suppression system and an 18,000 BTU cool/heating system. She sleeps six people in her accommodations. Powered with twin 380 MerCruiser 8.2 MAGs, our test boat reached 48.3 mph and planed in just over 4 seconds. More...

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