Evinrude Repower – EdgeWater 318 CC | Galeon 500 Fly | Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX - 09/12/2018
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Evinrude Repower – EdgeWater 318 CC:
Upgrading Outboards and Helm Systems
w/Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s

Evinrude EdgeWater 318 CC
Evinrude Repower – EdgeWater 318 CC

We had the opportunity recently to test an EdgeWater 318 center console before and after a repower, which mades sense to create an apples-to-apples comparison. In between, we learned about the ins and outs of rigging the new Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 outboards. The result is not only a clean installation with a boatload of added features and smart controls, it’s also an efficient and punchy propulsion system. Check out the start-to-finish project here.

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Captain's Report

Galeon 500 Fly:
Innovation in Engineering and Design

Galeon 500 Fly
Galeon 500 Fly

The Galeon 500 Fly brings innovation rarely seen in a sport yacht of this class, with the fold-out bulwarks among the more impressive features. The aft cockpit settee, which includes a telescoping teak table, rests on a rotating swivel, allowing the settee to rotate a full 360 degrees. When the table is lowered, the settee converts into a sun pad. The hydraulic swim platform forms a teak beach as well as an easy launching point for a dinghy. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX:
Dedicated Watersports Platform w/Twin Jet Power

Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX
Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX

The Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX is a dedicated watersports platform powered with twin 250-hp Rotax jets. She includes a tower and Bimini, along with a high tow point for wake boarders. The model we tested had the optional Surf Package which includes 1,350 lb. (612 kg) of ballast and the wake-shaping Aerial Surf Platform which redirects the thrust from jet pumps to create the ideal surfing wave. More...

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Sea Ray Sundancer 460:
Sport Yacht for Cruising Families, Couples

Sea Ray Sundancer 460
Sea Ray Sundancer 460

The helm seat on the Sea Ray Sundancer 460 is double-wide and can fit two, with adjustable armrests, flip-up bolsters, and high-quality upholstery. A Raymarine eS12 widescreen color GPS/chartplotter comes standard and it's integrated with HD closed-dome radar. Joystick control is also standard, as are twin Cummins QSB 6.7-liter diesels. More...

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Test Video

MAKO® 334 CC:
400 SM Cruising Range, 64.4 MPH WOT

Mako 334 CC
MAKO® 334 CC

There's a whole lot of storage below the deck in the MAKO® 334 CC. The Bluewater Family Edition option (not shown) adds bow lounges, a multi-position table and backrests for days when inshore beach-hopping is the venue, but mostly she's all about getting to the fish fast. Our test boat was powered with triple 350-hp Mercury Verados, and she topped out at 64.4 mph (56 knots) at 5600 rpm in our tests. At 29.8 mph, her range is over 400 SM. More...

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SUN TRACKER® Shootout:
Which of These 16’ to 24’ Pontoon Boats Is the Right Choice?

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Considering a pontoon boat? Best to think about how it will be used before pulling the trigger. Review the features of each of these SUN TRACKER® pontoon boats and see how they stack up against a usage profile to make the best pick: whether she will be used primarily for fishing, slow cruising around the lake, or entertaining large groups of swimming kids. Sometimes a frontrunner will emerge based on features that make sense. Have a closer look at each one here.

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