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Cruisers Yachts:
Made in America

Cruisers Yachts Made in America
The Cruisers Yachts plant in Oconto, Wisconsin has been building boats since the early 1950s. The company can trace its roots back to 1904, and for most of the company’s 114 years of existence it has been owned privately – one of the keys to its success and longevity.

Recently, a promotional video hit our desk from Cruisers Yachts that has a number of important themes that we rarely talk about. One of its messages is “Made in America.” The U.S. has a long tradition of building recreational boats going back to colonial days. But at the dawn of the 20th century, a fair share of recreational boat building was centered in the Midwest, with Chris-Craft and Thompson being among the early pioneers in production wood boat building.

Thompson – which later evolved into Cruisers Yachts – began building outboard-powered cabin cruisers in the early 1950s. In 1965, the company switched from wood to fiberglass and by the early 1980s it began to offer consumers larger, sleek-designed express cruisers. Today there are fewer than a dozen American production builders still in business in the 35’ to 50’ production “cabin cruiser” market. Cruisers Yachts is a survivor and is happily building more large boats today than ever before. Take a look at its unusual promotional video...

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RANGER® 2510 Bay:
Bay/Flats Boat w/300-hp Evinrude

RANGER 2510 Bay
RANGER® 2510 Bay

The RANGER® 2510 Bay is a premium-grade bay and flats fishing machine with a bit more topsides forward than many in class, thanks to her arced sheer. Our test boat was powered by a 2-stroke Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboard. Add the bow-mount trolling motor and a pair of Power-Pole shallow-water anchors and she's ready to sneak up on anything from redfish to tarpon. See how she ran here...

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Intrepid 410 Evolution:
Top Quality Build w/53.6 MPH WOT

Intrepid 410 Evolution
Intrepid 410 Evolution

Elegant high-gloss woodwork in the cabin mark the overall level of fit and finish on the Intrepid 410 Evolution, which is an outboard-powered performance cruiser with a top speed of 53.6 mph with triple Yamaha F350s. A fiberglass hardtop with sunshade is standard, as is an 8 kW generator, cabin AC, and even air-conditioning vents at the helm station. See all the details here...

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Absolute 50 Fly:
IPS & Bow Thruster/Belt & Suspenders

Absolute 50 Fly
Absolute 50 Fly

Joystick control of the Volvo Penta IPS drives plus a standard bow thruster allow easy docking in this comfortable 3-stateroom yacht in almost any condition. The Absolute 50 Fly has a fold-down Bimini that helps combine the advantages of an elevated helm and entertainment area with a relatively low profile, allowing passage under some bridges where other yachts cannot go – or must wait for a bridge tender. Have a look at all the operational features here...

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Chaparral 191 SunCoast:
Seating for 12

Chaparral 191 SunCoast
Chaparral 191 SunCoast

The Chaparral 191 SunCoast is an easy-to-trailer deckboat, but she can rival a pontoon boat for entertaining a crowd with seating for up to 12. She's also got more interior depth than many in class, adding security for all aboard. With a draft of just 14 inches with the motor up, she invites visits to remote beaches. See all the details...

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Have You Seen the
Latest Fishfinders?

Have a close look at the screen of the Raymarine Axiom Pro
9-S, and see what’s available for different views with various types of sonar.

The power to see deep below the surface has never been better than it is today with modern technology. Today’s fishfinders can give accurate depictions of what’s under the boat in traditional fishfinder and photo-realistic scanning sonar pictures, from schools of fish and bait in the water column to wrecks and reefs for diving to color-coded images of bottom composition to determine the best spot to anchor. Have a look at the systems here and compare choices to find your next upgrade. There’s a lot to see...

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Sometimes it's not what you know, but what you've forgotten. We have the perfect solution for you.

Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about BoatTEST.com's Video Boating Course it’s clearly not only for beginners, but also for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating course available… period. Order your 4-disc box set...

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