Yamaha SX190 PWC | Beneteau Gran Turismo 50 | Ocean Alexander 70E - 05/09/2018
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Ocean Alexander 70E:
4-Stateroom Yacht for an Owner/Operator

Ocean Alexander 70 E
Ocean Alexander 70E

The Ocean Alexander 70E is a four-stateroom yacht designed for the owner/operator, with multiple joystick locations to control the Volvo Penta IPS1200 pod drives around the docks. She’s got other salty features, including a watertight door to the side deck at the lower helm. She can cruise at better than 20 knots, with a range of more than 360 NM. See what our test captain said about her handling here.

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Yamaha SX190:
Agile Entry-Level Jet w/Seats for 8

Yamaha SX190
Yamaha SX190

The Yamaha SX190 is a capable entry-level jet boat powered by a single Yamaha 1812 CC H.O. jet that provides impressive acceleration, 3.3-second hole shots, and a top speed of 43.2 mph. The usual jet-boat maneuverability is also present. Carrying the beam almost to the bow gives added seating and storage space up front -- she can seat a total of eight. See how she did on our test for tow-sports here.

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Beneteau Gran Turismo 50:
Next-Gen Design and Smart Use of Space

Beneteau GT 50
Beneteau Gran Turismo 50

The salon on the Beneteau Gran Turismo 50 uses huge windows, a high overhead, and opening windows, along with a large sunroof to create a bright, airy space. A scissors-style berth in the bow VIP fits together for couples and separates for singles. There’s a galley down and a small sitting area, which can be optioned to be a third stateroom. Check out the amidships master and the rest of the GT 50 here.

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Captain's Report

Horizon PC74:
Catamaran Stability with Large Decks

Horizon PC74
Horizon PC74

The Horizon PC74 has a 28'4" (8.63 m) beam, which yields more deck space than many monohulls of much longer LOA. That translates to the flying bridge as well, where there’s a five-seat bar and a large dining area beneath a wide hardtop (and we’re not even showing the sun pad, grilling station, day head, and space for a tender that are up there, too). Read more about the entire boat here.

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Test Video

Mercury MerCruiser Diesel 3.0 L:
Lightweight, Low-Emission Turbo V6

Mercury MerCruiser Diesel 3.0 L
Mercury MerCruiser Diesel 3.0 L

The Mercury Mercruiser Diesel 3.0 L is a lightweight, high-torque turbocharged V-6 with a small footprint that fits well into a small boat like the Epic 23V wakeboat we used in our test. It promises extended durability under load and exhibited excellent fuel efficiency. Learn more about the engine here.

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Why are New Boats so “Plumped Up?”

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The Four Winns H290 has high freeboard, a huge bow seating area, and a small cabin below – no wonder she looks so robust – she has remarkable accommodations.

A BoatTEST member asks, “Why are modern boats designed to have full or plumped-up shapes? Are these forms as seaworthy as traditional slender designs?” Our answer…

If YOU have a question about a boat, engine, or any aspect of boating, we'll try to answer it… click here.

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