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Horizon PC74 // Robalo 226 Cayman // Sea Ray SLX 280

BoatTEST Newsletter March 2, 2018


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Horizon PC74:

New Ultra-Stable Fly-Bridge Cat w/28'4" Beam


Horizon PC74

Horizon PC74

The all-new Horizon PC74 has a full-beam master suite on the main deck, plus more than enough space belowdecks for three spacious en suites as well as crew’s quarters. All the staterooms have private entries. She must be seen to be believed.

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Robalo 226 Cayman:

Ready to Fish Bay, Flats or Beach


Robalo 226 Cayman

Robalo 226 Cayman

The Robalo 226 Cayman has exceptionally sleek lines for a bayboat, thanks in part to her flush aft deck and a bit of tumblehome on the transom. She floats in just 12" (31 cm) of water, making her capable on the flats as well as broad bays or outside the inlet.

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Sea Ray SLX 280:

Spacious Luxury Bowrider with "QuietRide"


Sea Ray 280 SLX

Sea Ray SLX 280

With luxurious seating for up to 15, the Sea Ray SLX 280 is ready to party at speed – with engine noise mitigated thanks to Sea Ray’s tuned transom and Quiet Ride design. Our testing has revealed that the Quiet Ride design really does work and lowers engine noise noticeably.

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Mercury MerCruiser Diesel 3.0L:

Light-Weight Diesel for Wakesports


MerCruiser Diesel 3.0L

Mercury MerCruiser Diesel 3.0L

With its turbocharger, intercooler and high-pressure fuel system, the Mercury MerCruiser Diesel 3.0L has an advantage over gas engines because it won’t “load up” while running at the rpm required to hold a watersports boat at 10 or 11 mph — the favored speed for wake surfing — for hours on end. It also operated smoke-free in our tests, and is easy on fuel.

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Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300:

Advanced Technology in an All-New PWC


Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300

Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300

The Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 is loaded with innovations, including the LinQ accessory system that allows securely mounting an optional cooler, dry bag, extra fuel can or other items on a flat "swim platform" behind the seat. And, the rear of the three-person seat detaches and can be moved aft to create a mini dining area atop the cooler.

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Consumer News

Beneteau Introduces Private-Label Financial Services


Industry Update


Groupe Beneteau Financial Services may simplify the path for a buyer to purchase such boats as the Beneteau Gran Turismo 46.

Groupe Beneteau has partnered with marine lenders LH Finance to provide private-label financial services. Groupe Beneteau Financial Services will focus on providing customized financing solutions to dealers and customers of the Groupe Beneteau boat brands in North America.

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