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The Cabo 41 is Coming Back!

Cabo 41
This is a CAD image of the new Cabo 41 that will make its debut next February. She is 42’10” (13.05 m) LOA, has a 15’9” (4.80 m) beam, a draft of 3’5” (1.04 m) and displaces 31,000 lbs. (14,061 kg).

Perhaps no boat brand took the offshore fishing world by storm quite the way that Cabo did in the 1990s. But, sadly, the aftermath of the economic devastation of 2008 forced the brand to go dormant several years later in order to fight another day. Well, that day has arrived. Cabo is now owned and built by Hatteras in New Bern, NC, and it has announced that the new Cabo 41 will be unveiled to the public at the Miami International Boat Show, in February of 2019. Get the whole story here and see the boat...

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Test Video

Fountaine Pajot MY 44:
Cat w/3 or 4 Stateroom Layout

Fountaine Pajot MY 44
Fountaine Pajot MY 44

The Fountaine Pajot MY 44 has a 21'7" (6.61 m) beam, equivalent to some monohull yachts with twice her LOA, adding an impressive amount of interior space. The owner's suite occupies the entire port hull, while there are two more staterooms and two heads in the starboard hull. A fourth cabin is optional on the main deck, or it can be outfitted as an office, sitting room, pantry or storage. The test boat was powered with twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s, giving her a range of 475 nautical miles at about 10 knots, while top speed was 23.8 knots. More...

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Captain's Report

Chris-Craft Launch 28 GT:
Rebirth of a Classic Runabout

Chris Craft Launch 28 GT
Chris-Craft Launch 28 GT

The new Chris-Craft Launch 28 GT offers plenty of choices: sterndrive or outboard propulsion, no fewer than 11 paint hues including metallic colors for the hull, and an optional sport arch with canvas top. She's dressed out with some impressive brightwork, including an option for bow caprails trimmed in dark varnished mahogany. The lower part of the dash and steering wheel trim is also varnished mahogany. Power options include 300-hp Mercury outboard or MerCruiser sterndrive. More...

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Test Video

EdgeWater 230CC:
Well-Built CC for Offshore or Inshore Fishing

EdgeWater 230CC
EdgeWater 230CC

The powder-coat T-top frame is incorporated into the center console of the Edgewater 230CC, creating a robust structure that also has a more finished look than add-on frames. Overall, we consider the Edgewater one of the best-built center consoles on the market. She will float level if swamped, and the company puts it in writing. More...

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#1 Viewed Engine Video:
V6 2-Stroke 150 vs. IL-4 4-Stroke 200

V6 2-Stroke 150 vs. IL-4 4-Stroke 200

Last year Dave East conducted an interesting test comparing a 6-cylinder Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O. 2-stroke outboard against a 4-stroke Yamaha 200 in-line 4 cylinder engine on the very same boat, within minutes of each other. The results explained some laws of physics, and not surprisingly, it was the most popular engine video that we have run in the last 12 months.

The high-torque of the 2-stroke V-6 Evinrude 150 H.O. got a 6,200 lb. (2,818 kg.) 25’ center console on plane, while the 4-stroke in-line 4 Yamaha 200-hp could only mush along, even though the Evinrude engine had 50 horsepower less. Not only does this have implications for single engine applications, but twins as well, since redundancy is one reason to have lower horsepower twins.

While this video was supported by Evinrude, we have verified the testing procedures, and they were fair. But, in fact, the same thing would have probably happened had the Evinrude 150 been replaced by a V6 2-stroke 150 made by Yamaha or anyone else. Trouble is – no company makes 2-stroke engines for the American market now except Evinrude. More...

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New Consumer Article

How to Dock Any Boat

new consumer article
When docking, the captain is responsible for his boat and for the other ones around him.

Docking a boat is one of the highest stress moments for many boat owners. But if a few simple rules are followed, and then practiced, docking can become a joy – even without a joystick! One of the counter-intuitive things about docking is that large boats are actually easier to dock than many small ones. But even small boats can be easily docked if a few techniques are followed. Read our tips and turn docking into a fun exercise in seamanship. More...

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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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