Ferretti 450 // Boston Whaler 380 // Galeon 660 // 18 Reports - 05/10/2017
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- Yamaha 212 Limited S
- Sailfish 236CC
- Galeon 660 Fly
- Grady-White Marlin 300
- Four Winns HD 220 OB
- Robalo R222 ES
- Ferretti 450
- Boston Whaler 380 Outrage
- Riviera 525 SUV
- Mercury Drifthook
- Formula 350 Sun Sport
- Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly
- Ocean Alexander 100
- Beneteau Swift Trawler 30
- Mako 414 CC
- Fortress Anchor FX-7
- 20'-21' Sportboats
- How to Drive a Fast Boat Safely
- Picture of the Week
- Boating Course On DVD

Yamaha 212 Limited S:
Agile Twin-Jet w/ 51.8 MPH Speed

Yamaha 212 Limited S
The Yamaha 212 Limited S carries much of her 8'6" (2.59 m) beam well forward.

The Yamaha 212 Limited S includes lots of upscale features, including a Connext touchscreen that provides the major instrumentation at a glance and a fold-down aluminum watersports tower. The Articulating Keel gives more precise steering at both low and high speeds, and the twin Yamaha marine 1.8 L H.O. four-stroke jet systems produced a top speed of 51.8 mph. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 236CC:
Versatile Family Fishing Boat

Sailfish 236CC
The Sailfish 236CC offers comfort in the bow seating area, which includes fold-out backrests as well as a removable cocktail table.

The Sailfish 236CC is positioned as a family fishing boat with an optional head and tow bar, plus comfortable seating spaces fore and aft. A flip-down transom seat should provide a good ride on long offshore runs, as well as a lounging spot for an end-of-trip cocktail. She ran 43.6 mph in our tests powered by a single 250-hp Yamaha four-stroke, and she comes fully-loaded for saltwater angling. More...

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Captain’s Report

Galeon 660 Fly:
Stylish 3 Stateroom Yacht

Galeon 660
The Galeon 660 Fly is powered by twin V8 1200 MAN engines, giving her plenty of power for swift crossings when desired.

The Galeon 660 Fly includes a hydraulically-actuated "teak beach" swim platform extending 5'6" (1.67 m) off the transom as standard equipment -- a useful spot for the ship's tender as well as for enjoying the water. She is distinguished by outstanding joinery, including solid wood doors and cabinetry, rather than veneers over plywood. Rubber seals around passage doors prevent rattling and A/C loss. The VIP stateroom at the bow includes skylights, while all accommodations below deck are well-lighted by large hullside windows. Galeon is known for its innovations and fine joiner work. More...

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New Test Video

Grady-White Marlin 300:
Walk-Around Cuddy Sleeps 4

Grady-White Marlin 300
The Grady-White Marlin 300 has all the makings of an offshore fisher with overnighting capabilities, and Grady-White’s walk-around design gives her a drier and safer ride in rough blue water.

The Grady-White Marlin 300 is a fully-equipped blue-water fishing vessel and she can accommodate up to four people for overnight excursions. The walk-around design adds safety for fishing far offshore in sloppy conditions, while the aft cockpit has plenty of space for trolling as well as for after-hours entertaining. Her 282-gallon (1,067 L) fuel capacity gives her a range of about 390 statute miles at 27.6 mph with the twin 300-hp Yamaha four-strokes provided for our tests. More...

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Features Video

Four Winns HD 220 OB:
Upscale Sportboat Designed for Outboards

Four Winns HD 220 OB
The Four Winns HD 220 OB has a stern designed to launch watersports. Note the swim platform, which provides a surface for walking in front of the engine.

Four Winns has taken aim at the luxury end of the 22’ (6.70 m) market segment, outfitting the HD 220 OB with upscale multi-density foam covered in rich upholstery with diamond patterns, and small design touches and amenities that put the HD 220 OB in the top tier. Because she is outboard powered, she is lighter and has more storage than her sterndrive sisters. More...

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New Test Video

Robalo R222 ES:
Fishing Platform w/ Family Seating

Robalo R222 ES
The Robalo 222 ES combines the practical features of a center console fishing vessel with the seating needed on a family excursion boat.

The Robalo R222 ES is a center console fishing boat first, and she has all of the necessities including an aerated livewell, 5-gallon (19 L) bucket storage, fishbox with overboard drain and plenty of rod holders. Add a few options and she's also a large and comfortable family day boat suitable for towsports, harbor hopping or picnicking. Top speed with a Yamaha 200 four-stroke was 43.4 mph in our test runs and best cruise was at 3500 rpm and 21.4 mph, where she got 4.1 mpg. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Ferretti 450:
Ready for Cruising & Sunning

Ferretti 450
The Ferretti 450 is large enough for extended cruising in style yet small enough for one couple to handle.

The Ferretti 450 includes a large sunning area on the flying bridge as well as a second large sunlounge on the bow. Below, a master suite, VIP suite and guest cabin accommodate up to six overnight, with hullside windows to illuminate each. A two-cabin layout is optional and two heads are standard. Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel engines with 480 Mhp or 550 Mhp provide the power for speeds in the upper 20-knot range, according to the builder. More...

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Captain's Report

Boston Whaler 380 Outrage:
Designed to Handle Blue Water

Boston Whaler 380 Outrage
With an 11'8" (3.56 m) beam and 23-degee deadrise at the transom, plus an equipped weight of over 20,000 lbs. (9,072 kg), the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage rides like a far larger boat in rough water.

The Boston Whaler 380 Outrage includes a “dynamic running surface” trim tab system. Large triangular planes integrated in the running surface increase lift compared to traditional transom-mounted tabs, reduce drag and allow a cleaner flow off the tabs. Her top speed with triple 350-hp Mercury Verados was 50 mph, while best cruise was at 4000 rpm and 29.3 mph, where she got 0.9 mpg for a safe range of 359 statute miles. More...

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New Captain’s Report

Riviera 525 SUV:
Versatile Sport Yacht Design

Riviera 525 SUV
The 16'5" (5.01 m) beam combined with a broad swim platform offers a roomy spot to wet a line or go for a swim on the Riviera 525 SUV.

The Riviera 525 SUV is a multi-mission yacht that can function as a blue-water fishing vessel, an extended-stay cruiser or an entertainment platform. An outdoor grill, sink and refrigerator welcome open-air cookouts, and an added joystick control in the cockpit eases docking chores. A pair of Webasto sun roofs fitted with Ocean Air screens and blackout shades bring sun and air into the salon. More...

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New Product Video

Mercury Drifthook:
Digital Drift Control for Anglers

Mercury Drifthook
Mercury's Drifthook feature allows fishermen to control their boats' heading while drift fishing with no input from the captain once the heading is set.

Mercury's new "Drifthook" downloadable feature allows anglers to keep their boats' heading while drifting with wind or current, thus preventing line tangles. The program operates via Mercury's VesselView and Joystick systems, kicking the motors in and out of gear as needed to maintain heading without moving the boat significantly off its drift-line. It should be especially useful when drifting live baits from kites or when fishing short-handed. More...

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New Test Video

Formula 350 Sun Sport:
2 x 480-hp Ilmor Engines at 57.7 MPH WOT

Formula 350 Sun Sport
Powered with the optional twin 480-hp Ilmor engine/drive systems, the Formula 350 Sun Sport is as fast as she looks, with a top speed approaching 60 mph.

The Formula 350 Sun Sport equipped with the optional 480-hp Ilmor engine/drive systems is clearly aimed at the performance-minded buyer. But like all Formulas, she also features the famed high-luster finish, the result of automotive-grade paints plus three applications of clear coat applied in dust-free booths. The aft cabin includes a full-size memory-foam berth, and cabin fabric packages from Ralph Lauren and Tommy Bahama are available. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly:
Joystick Handling and 3 Ensuites

Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly
The aft galley of the Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly flows out through a broad serving window (at left) into the cockpit area, where fixed bar stools welcome visitors to an evening drink.

The accommodations level of the Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly centers around a tall, open "atrium" that brings lots of light below and gives access to the three staterooms, as well as providing a wine cooler and food prep counter. All staterooms have 6'6" (1.98 m) headroom and abundant windows to bring in natural light. Twin 725-hp pod drives produced a consistent 0.5 NMPG in our test runs, providing range to a bit over 230 NM. More...

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Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht:
Sky Lounge and a 23' Beam

Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht
Gleaming polyurethane paint gives the luxurious Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht a flawless finish and also prevents gelcoat chalking in long service.

The Ocean Alexander 100 Motoryacht includes a sky lounge with bar, refrigerator, LCD television, settee with table and a day head. A bow lounge provides added entertainment space. She's powered with twin 1925-hp CAT C-32 ACERT engines which can deliver over 1700 NM of cruising between refuelings at 10-knot displacement speeds, and about 588 NM at 2000 rpms and 18.2 knots. Twin 53 kW Kohler generators are standard. More...

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Features Video

Beneteau Swift Trawler 30:
Clever Design and 23-Knot WOT

Beneteau Swift Trawler 30
There's seating for six on the flybridge of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 30, and a round table swivels to suit the needs of the moment on a side-mounted pedestal.

A clever swing-open transom of the Beneteau Swift Trawler 30 adds the swim platform square footage to the cockpit when at anchor, while the bridge stairs folds out of the way, considerably increasing lounging space. Headroom of 6'6" (1.98 m) in the salon plus large windows all around give the interior an open feel, and double-wide sliding doors connect this area to the cockpit. More...

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Test Video

MAKO® 414 CC:
New Offshore Flagship w/ 60.3 MPH WOT

Mako 414 CC
With an 11'11" (3.63 m) beam, the MAKO® 414 CC has plenty of seating space across the stern as well as room for four big V6 outboards on the transom.

The new MAKO® 414 CC is aimed at tournament anglers who want to make long runs to offshore fishing spots, put the winning fish on board and get back to the weigh-in before cutoff -- and it’s outfitted with plenty of creature comforts for the family as well. Powered with quad 350 Mercury Verados -- with a max horsepower capacity of 1,675 -- she's capable of speeds over 60 mph, and with a 24-degree deadrise she should provide a good ride even in the rough stuff. She's fully-equipped for bluewater fishing, but also includes lots of plush lounging space plus a cabin with bunk and head. More...

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Product Video

Fortress Anchor FX-7:
Aluminum Anchor Engineered
for Maximum Holding Power

Fortress Anchor FX-7
Fortress Anchors FX-7 is shaped from machined aluminum alloy that's 50% lighter than steel anchors of comparable size, yet a match in holding power.

Fortress Anchors FX-7 is made of high-tensile aluminum alloy that's completely corrosion and rust-proof, smooth to the hands, and very strong. The anchors have adjustable fluke angles for best holding in sand or mud and can be easily disassembled for storage. A ballistic nylon storage case keeps it out of the way when not needed. More...

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We Compare 20'-21' Sportboats:
4 Affordable Bowriders

Sea Ray SPX 210 OB
Sea Ray SPX 210 OB
Tahoe 550 TS
Tahoe 550 TS
Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport
Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport
Glastron GTS 205
Glastron GTS 205

Good things often come in small packages. Consider the four sportboats in this week's comparison: All are among the lowest-priced boats in their size range yet each one is from a recognized “name” brand. Each one has the performance it takes to keep younger boaters interested and to remind older boaters that age is just a number. But, since they are “value-oriented” models, the trick is to find the boat which has not skimped on the very thing you want to have. Each builder has taken a slightly different approach to creating an affordable boat. Find out what they are. More...

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New Consumer Report

How to Drive a Fast Boat Safely

How to Drive a Fast Boat Safely
After a long absence, Baja boats are now back in production and they go faster than ever. Find out how to handle them.

Handling a fast boat is not like driving a fast car -- boats are far more complicated. Not only do you often have two engines instead of one, but also engine trim and trim tab adjustments. The driver also must be prepared to throttle back instantly when being catapulted out of the water to keep the lower unit from being ruined. But once the art of driving a fast boat is mastered, many thrills await the intrepid few who dare. Find out how to drive a fast boat -- and do it safely. More...

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