How to Keep Your Battery Charged | Fountaine Pajot MY 37 Cat | Yamaha SX210 - 10/03/2018
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Mercury 4.6L V-8 Verado Series:
New V-8 Design Has Many Advantages

Mercury 4.6L V-8 Verado Series
Mercury 4.6L V-8 Verado Series

The Mercury 4.6L V8 Verado series outboards are a completely new, naturally aspirated design built on the largest displacement blocks in class. They’re lighter than the previous super-charged Verado, and have greater low and mid-range torque than before, according to the company. Digitally controlled tilt and steering are standard, and the 115-amp alternator produces the most net amps in class. More...

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Fountaine Pajot MY 37:
3 Staterooms, 2 Heads, and Room

Fountaine Pajot MY 37
Fountaine Pajot MY 37

The Fountaine Pajot MY 37 has a 16’8” (5.1 m) beam allowing her to fit three staterooms, two heads, and four gathering areas aboard -- all on three decks. The cat design also means she has a relatively shallow draft, 2’7” (0.8 m), making her a good choice for exploring backwater bays and going across the Bahamas Banks. Her twin 220-hp diesels are economical to operate at displacement speeds—she has a range exceeding 1,100 NM at 6.2 knots, with a 10% fuel reserve. More...

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Yamaha SX210:
Easy-Handling w/Twin Jet Drives

Yamaha SX210
Yamaha SX210

With twin Yamaha TR-1 jet-drive engines and an articulating keel, the Yamaha SX210 provides much-improved steering at low speeds when gearing up for tow sports or maneuvering around a dock, and she also delivers exciting handling on plane. The jets are much safer for those in the water, as well, and with just a 1’5” (0.43 m) running draft, the chances of bottom contact are minimal. More...

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Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S:
Retro Style w/Skydeck

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S
Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S

The tulip-shaped bow and round portlights deliver a distinctive retro look to the 49’6” (15.1 m) Beneteau Monte Carlo 5S, but she's fully loaded with modern engineering beneath her skin. She’s a sedan design, but on her coach roof is a private area for sunning and relaxation. Two staterooms belowdecks sleep four, and there’s also a cabin for a single crew member aft. More...

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Robalo R317:
Dual Console w/Twin
300-HP Outboards

Robalo R317
Robalo R317

Most Robalos are built for fishing first, but clearly the R317 is a different breed. She’s set up as a seaworthy bowrider, and the powered aft sunlounge can be laid flat, set up for forward-facing travel, aft for use when at anchor, or customized in several positions in between. The sturdy dive door is great for swimming as well as boarding amidships. She topped out at 55.4 mph with twin 300s in our test. More...

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Electronics

How to Keep Your Battery Charged

Equipment Upgrade
This Mastervolt charger will handle 3 banks, 50/60Hz is relatively small and is easy to install. West Marine sells them for about $300.

Batteries are a critical component of most any boat, but many boaters only pay attention to them when they fail. With a state-of-the-art battery charger, boaters can have the peace of mind that they’re doing the right thing to ensure their batteries have a long and productive life. Here’s how to keep your battery charged...



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