How Fast is Too Fast? | Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 | Hatteras 100 - 10/08/2018
BoatTEST Newsletter October 8, 2018 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust

New Test Video

Beneteau Swift Trawler 35:
Planing Trawler for Cruising Couples

Beneteau Swift Trawler 35
Beneteau Swift Trawler 35

True to her name, the Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 can get up on plane and run at speeds of better than 17 knots on her single 425-hp Cummins QSB 6.7. She’s designed primarily for couples cruising so features as a helm door to the side deck and a hullside door make shorthanding simple. She comes equipped with A/C and heat, generator, bow thruster, Bimini, windlass, and more, all standard. See how she handled in our test...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Test Video

Ilmor 483-HP MV8 7.4L w/One Drive:
Racing Sizzle w/5-Year, 500-Hour Warranty

Ilmor 483-HP MV8 7.4L w/One Drive
Ilmor 483-HP MV8 7.4L w/One Drive

Boaters who like a dose of racing heritage with their horsepower will appreciate the 483-hp Ilmor MV8 7.4L with One Drive. She’s built for sustained high-output, with Ilmor’s forged steel crankshaft, rods, and pistons as well as closed-loop cooling. The One Drive lower unit includes an electro-magnetic actuated clutch that’s quick and smooth, eliminating the clunk of cone clutches used by other sterndrive systems, and counter-rotating twin props for fast acceleration as well as positive handling around the docks. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Captain's Report

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse:
European Panache, American Practicality

Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse
Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse

The spacious galley of the Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse includes marble countertops, center island with seating for four, and full-size premium appliances. A smaller European-style galley hidden away on the port side is optional. Overall, the yacht combines European exterior styling with American practicality, ergonomics, build quality, and seaworthiness. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Test Video

Sea Ray SLX 350:
Twin V8 Power, Seats for 18

Sea Ray SLX 350
Sea Ray SLX 350

The Sea Ray SLX 350 is one of the largest bowriders on the market, with seating for 18 while underway, even more when it’s time to party. And, she’s got the power to push the load, with twin MerCruiser sterndrives to 380-hp each offering plenty of speed for towsports and for getting to the next stop down the ICW in a hurry. The hardtop with sliding sunroof is standard, and a compact cabin for overnights can be fitted into the starboard console. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Test Video

Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse:
All-Season Offshore Angler w/Twin 300 OBs

Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse
Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse

With the helm deck fully enclosed, the Boston Whaler 315 Conquest Pilothouse is ready for extended-season fishing in challenging conditions. Powered with twin 300-hp Mercury Verados, she had a top speed of 47.5 mph in our test runs, and best cruise was at 4500 rpm and 33.2 mph, at which she had a range of about 354 statute miles. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Safety Tip

How Fast Is Too Fast?

safety tip
Even boats designed to go fast can go too fast, as the Bluebird K7 proved.

The photo was taken before the fatal crash of Donald Campbell and his Bluebird K7, a boat designed to set the world speed record and hit 300 MPH, powered with a jet engine. The proper speed of a boat is a subjective topic: Some boaters like to go faster than others. But all responsible boaters know the load of the boat, as well as sea and weather conditions, should dictate the top acceptable speed. Learn more about the best speed for boats here...


Expert Boating

 BoatTEST.com’s
4-DVD Boating Course

Smart Boating
Sometimes it's not what you know, but what you've forgotten. We have the perfect solution for you.

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...

Watch the trailer...

BoatTEST.com, LLC
51 Bank Street, Suite 2A
Stamford, CT 06901
203-323-9900
editorial@boattest.com

All articles, Captain's Reports, video content or other material which appear on BoatTEST.com and in its newsletters are accurate and factual to the best knowledge of BoatTEST.com and its staff. All findings, beliefs, experiences, or endorsements presented are the honest opinions of BoatTEST.com or its contributors. In compliance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255 BoatTEST.com advises its readers that content that appears in its newsletter or on its website may have been produced for compensation or the prospect of future compensation. BoatTEST.com makes no claims for the veracity or motivation of reader comments, Owners’ Reports, and other contributions which are all clearly labeled as such.



======================================