BoatTEST Newsletter October 1, 2018
New How-To Video
How to Drive a Power Cat
Test Captain Dave East provides some valuable tips for getting the most out of a twin-hull, twin-engine power cat no matter what the brand name is. Some of his advice is counter intuitive, so don’t be embarrassed to watch this video more than once. He also explains how to increase a cat’s fuel mileage, how to make sharp turns and get the boat to lean inside, how to dock, how to take waves and run nasty inlets. Some of it is a bit different than operating a monohull. Most of the rest of the world has learned how to handle power cats, so now it’s time for Americans to learn, too.
Intrepid Boats 475 Sport Yacht:
Outboard Powered Express Cruiser
Intrepid has been adding outboard power to express boats for longer than most builders, and it shows in the quad installation we tested on the 475 Sport Yacht. This is a boat for those who know about performance and want the attendant comforts to bring along family and friends to enjoy the ride.
Check out our test and see how she handled here...
Outboard Joystick for Just $5,999
Outboard joystick systems cost anywhere from $14,000 to $34,000 depending on the number of outboards involved and the brand. Boaters pay these amounts because they take the anxiety out of docking, and for most people they are worth the money. Evinrude has taken a different approach: it has priced its iDock joystick system reasonably. In fact, when the price of the joystick is added in, multi-engine Evinrude outboards, or even a single with a bow thruster, become the least costly rig on the market by nearly $10,000 or more. See how it works.
3 Stateroom Yacht For Multi-Missions
The Prestige 630 is ready for multiple missions on the water. Her hull is vacuum infusion and balsa cored and it is light and rigid, improving operating efficiency. The hydraulic swim platform has a fold-up ladder that pops up when it’s lowered to form a teak beach, as shown here. She has accommodations for six guests, two crew below.
Glastron GTD 180:
Entry-Level Deckboat w/Seating for 10
The Glastron GTD 180, priced at $31,820 including a Yamaha F115 and a single-axle trailer, is Glastron’s entry-level deck, with pontoon boat capacity but the handling and acceleration of a monohull – she got on plane in 3.4 seconds. At a dry weight of 2,475 lb. (1,123 kg), she’s easily trailerable with smaller tow vehicles, and her 18’ (5.48 m) LOA will fit into many garages, if the trailer has a swing-away tongue.
We Compare Four Mid-Size Beneteau Sailboats
Boaters looking to choose their next sailboat know there’s a lot in the market to like these days, mostly because of the boats brought to market by Beneteau. The French boatbuilder has been paying attention to the market, and builds boats to combine performance, onboard comfort, and ease of sailing. The degree that we see those three attributes is the true variation between models.
Check out how these four models stack up...
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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