Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-HP | Ocean Alexander 85 | Formula 350 FX CBR - 09/13/2018
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Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-HP:
More Displacement, More Torque,
and Lower Weight

Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-HP
Mercury Verado 4.6L V-8 300-HP

Mercury's all-new 300-hp Verado 4.6-liter (279 cubic inch) V-8 outboard weighs 600 pounds (272 kg), 35 pounds (16 kg) lighter than the previous-generation Verado 300, which was an inline-6 configuration. It's naturally aspirated rather than supercharged like the previous version, and is the largest displacement outboard in class, boosting torque throughout the rpm curve. It includes electro-hydraulic steering, a 115-amp alternator, and SmartCraft Digital Throttle and Shift (DTS), which gives responsive control by wire. More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 85:
Excellent Fit and Finish in a High-Tech Build

Ocean Alexander 85
Ocean Alexander 85

The Ocean Alexander 85 is a four en suite yacht with interior décor to match the best afloat, while holding true to a heritage of rugged sea-going capabilities. Broad windows, sliding glass doors, high overheads, and fine woodwork give the salon the ambience of an ocean-side villa – while still feeling like a yacht and not a cruise ship. The hull is built via vacuum-infused resin, creating a relatively light but strong structure for maximum fuel efficiency. More...

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Formula 350 FX CBR:
56.0 MPH WOT and Overnights 2

Formula 350 FX CBR
Formula 350 FX CBR

Multiple coats of metallic paint and dozens of hours of buffed clearcoat produce the characteristic automotive-quality finish seen on the Formula 350 FX CBR. She's fast with the twin 430-hp 6.2L Ilmor/One Drive package we tested, topping out at 56.0 mph, and the One Touch Joystick aids in easy docking. Note her sharp forefoot which gives her a comfortable ride at speed. More...

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Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht:
Versatile Design for Comfortable Cruising

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht
Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The aft deck of the Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht welcomes a sundown cocktail, and it's just a few steps from the open-air grill across the transom, accessed from the swim platform. To port is an outdoor wet bar with a sink recessed into a solid-surface counter, a prep area, refrigerator, and ice maker. She has two staterooms and two heads below. More...

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Wellcraft 182 Fisherman:
Affordable Entry-Level Center Console

Wellcraft 182 Fisherman
Wellcraft 182 Fisherman

The Wellcraft 182 Fisherman is positioned as an entry-level center console, but she has a 19-degree deadrise and more freeboard than many in class, adding versatility: she's not only useful for fishing the edge of the flats and large bays, but for working outside the inlets in moderate weather. She's priced at $29,860 with a Yamaha F90 and single-axle trailer. A family package turns the bow casting deck into a sun lounge. More...

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Safety Tip

How to Prepare a Boat Trailer

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Boaters who trailer their vessels place a lot of faith in the trailer: Best to make sure it’s ready for the job.

A little preventive maintenance and regular visual inspections ensure that a boat trailer is ready to run down the highway at upwards of 60 mph, with a precious boat atop it. It really is just that important, so there’s little harm in taking a refresher on the best ways to make sure the boat is secure and the trailer is up to the task. Have a look at our tips here.



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