Absolute 50 Fly | What Do CE Boat Ratings Mean? | Ranger VS1782 WT - 06/04/2018
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Absolute 50 Fly:
Tight Slips Made Easy

Absolute 50 Fly
Absolute 50 Fly

Our test captain looks for tight spots when he conducts his sea trial of a boat like the Absolute 50 Fly, and he found one on our test day. The Volvo Penta IPS system is dialed in on this boat, from three different control stations for easy shorthanding. See the entire test...

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Ranger VS1782 WT:
Extra-Strong All-Welded Multi-Species Angler

Ranger VS1782 WT
Ranger VS1782 WT

The Ranger VS1782 WT is a multi-species fishing platform with a molded fiberglass console and high windshields that should keep out spray and cold wind on rough days. She's an all-welded vee-hull built of .125 gauge aluminum, thicker than that used in some competitors of equal LOA and so considerably tougher when it comes to bouncing off stumps or sliding up on a gravel beach. More...

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Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht:
Equipped for World Cruising in Comfort

Ocean Alexander	90 Motoryacht
Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht

With 3,000-gallon fuel tankage, the Ocean Alexander 90 Motoryacht is clearly ready for extended cruising. She has a beam of 22'5" (6.83 m) and at 209,000 lbs. (94,800 kg) is the heaviest boat in class – two important reasons why she can handle bigger seas in more comfort than most other boats her size. But she’s got a softer side too. Have a look inside...

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What Does a Beneteau Boat’s
“CE” Certification Mean?

CE Certification

We still get questions about what “CE” ratings mean for boats. While virtually every product these days has a CE rating, and for appliances and small equipment everyone knows that it means they are built to European standards, much like UL used to assure consumers that electrical products were made to standards. But CE ratings on boats are much more complex. Find out what it means with our video...

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Boat Buying Tips

Advice for First-Time Buyers

Advice for First Time Buyers
When you are ready to move up to the real thing, following a few simple rules can make buying your first boat a pleasing success.

The biggest reason that many people never become boat owners is not because of the cost involved but, rather, because of fear of the unknown. These people fear that they will make a mistake, buy the wrong boat, pay too much, end up having an accident, or will simply be overwhelmed with boat maintenance or some other imagined problem. We all remember what FDR said about fear, and his sage words apply to this subject as well. Here’s our advice for the beginner on which boat to select...

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How Much Does the New Yamaha 425 Cost?

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Soundings Trade Only Senior Editor, Eric Colby, stands next to the new Yamaha 425-hp 5.6L 4-stroke V8 engine. (Photo: Courtesy of Soundings Trade Only)

The new Yamaha 425-hp engine pushes the envelope wider on the size of boats that can now use outboard power. Not surprisingly a number of our members have asked how much this engine costs and how much it weighs. Find out right here...

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