Yellowfin 24 CE w/New Mercury Verado 300 | Absolute 58 Fly | Tahoe 1950 - 08/09/2018
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New Captain's Report

Yellowfin 24 CE
w/300-hp Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8:
Fast and Fishy

Yellowfin 24 CE w/300-hp Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8
Yellowfin 24 CE w/300-hp Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8

The Yellowfin 24 CE uses cutting-edge materials in a high-tech build to get the best performance from a bay boat design, and likewise Mercury’s new 4.6L V-8 platform puts together a variety of technology in this naturally aspirated outboard to derive benefits in power and torque. Together, this hull-and-propulsion package combine to create a speed of 65.4 mph at WOT, but her design can do far more than that for a crew of anglers. See how else this boat and engine work together...

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Test Video

Absolute 58 Fly:
Luxury Build for 6 Plus Crew

Absolute 58 Fly
Absolute 58 Fly

With large windows both above and belowdecks, the Absolute 58 Fly offers open and airy interior spaces. She has large sunning areas both at the bow and on the flying bridge, and she accommodates six overnight in three staterooms. There's space for a single crewman aft, as well. Twin 600-hp Volvo Penta IPS800s give a brisk ride when desired, with a top speed of 29.6 knots in our tests. More...

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Test Video

TAHOE® 1950:
Turnkey Deckboat/Trailer/Outboard
Package for $27,995

TAHOE 1950
TAHOE® 1950

The TAHOE® 1950 carries much of her 102" (2.59 m) beam all the way to the bow, adding seating space forward as well as increasing the size of the bow swim-deck. The color-keyed Bimini top has a drop-down changing curtain. She's designed as a family deckboat, but a $2,400 Fishing Package adds a trolling motor and deep-cycle batteries, Lowrance fishfinder, aerated livewell, swivel seats, and rod holders. More...

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Captain's Report

Aquila 48:
Catamaran w/3 or 4 En Suites, 23'6" Beam

Aquila 48
Aquila 48

The Aquila 48 takes advantage of its twin hulls to fit four en suite staterooms belowdecks, or an optional three-stateroom layout offers a much larger owner's suite on the port side. Her 23'6" (7.17 m) beam gives far more usable space than many monohulls of comparable LOA. Between the hulls, a fold-down swim platform creates a private beach or lounging spot. More...

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Electronics Comparison

Have Handheld VHF Radios Improved
Since I Bought my Last One?

The IC-M93D from ICOM America has DSC capability, thanks to a
built-in GPS receiver, and many more features.

The power of a handheld VHF is in its portability. It’s right there, on a belt clip, at hand when it’s needed. Also, it can be handed from person to person with ease, so whoever needs to be able to communicate can do it. But today’s handheld VHFs are more than just walkie-talkies – some are loaded with features that save on battery or boost power, some can communicate their position and send a one-button DSC distress call, some can back up not just onboard communications but navigation should a ship’s system fail. There’s a lot to consider in handheld VHF radios. And it’s all in an easy-to-read table, complete with a compare function. Get a handle on them all here...

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Safety Tip

Great Balls of Fire! Learn the Safe Way to Fuel a Boat

safety tip
All boaters should know how to fuel their boats safely.

Many boaters don’t know what they’re doing at the fuel dock. We’ve heard stories of everything from fuel pumped into a caprail rod holder, bilge fumes igniting in a fiery explosion when the key is turned, and more. Learn to fuel a boat or PWC the right way here...

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Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about'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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