4 Megayachts Compared | 60.2 MPH Nitro Z18 | Absolute 50 Fly - 10/09/2018
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Absolute 50 Fly:
A Solid, Dependable Build

Absolute 50 Fly
Absolute 50 Fly

The Absolute 50 packs a lot of living space and functionality into 50 feet. There are large dining settees on the flying bridge and in the main cabin, and three sleeping cabins with two heads below. Absolute’s long suite is attention to detail and a quality fit and finish that is more than skin deep. More...

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Priced Right w/Mercury 150 Pro XS


Powered with a fuel-efficient Mercury 150-hp Pro XS, the NITRO® Z18 had a top speed of 60.2 mph. She comes fully-rigged for bass fishing, with a Minn Kota trolling motor, Lowrance fishfinder, locking rod boxes, and aerated livewell. With an 18’8” (5.69 m) LOA and folding tongue on the included single-axle trailer, she will fit in most garages. More...

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Formula 350 FX CBR:
56 MPH WOT w/Twin Ilmor V8s

Formula 350 FX CBR
Formula 350 FX CBR

The command center of the Formula 350 FX CBR is all business, providing both digital and analog views of all boat functions. Note the Ilmor gauges on the left, and the joystick control to starboard. The twin 430-hp Ilmor Marine MV8 6.2Ls with Ilmor One Drives turning 26” prop-sets produced a top speed of 56.0 mph in our tests. More...

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Captain's Report

Intrepid 430 Sport Yacht:
Ready for Fishing, Diving, or a
Trip to the Bahamas

Intrepid 430 Sport Yacht
Intrepid 430 Sport Yacht

The open cockpit, outboard power, and deep-V stepped hull of the Intrepid 430 Sport Yacht make her a functional platform for fishing, scuba diving, or quickly dashing off across the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas for a day, if not a week of play. At 6,500 lb. (2,949 kg) she is light for a 43-footer and relatively easy for the outboards to push, giving her better range as well as impressive WOT speed. She can sleep four below. More...

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Catamaran Advantages:
Get Closer to the Beach

World Cat Catamaran Advantages
Shallow draft is another advantage some catamarans have over monohulls.

Catamarans have the advantage of stability but they also have the added benefit of buoyancy in those two hulls while still retaining a sharp entry. That translates to shallow draft with no negative impact on performance. Learn more about this and many other details about multihulls here...

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100'-120' Motoryachts: We Compare Four Megayachts

Four yachts ranging from 100 to 120 feet LOA each bring a host of features and levels of customization.

Boaters looking to make the leap into megayachts understand the appeal of putting a yacht in charter, just as much as they get the idea of keeping a yacht all to oneself. There are pros and cons to each arrangement, and here are four yachts – the Hargrave 116 Raised Pilothouse, the Ocean Alexander 120 Megayacht, the Monte Carlo Yachts 105, and the Hatteras 100 Raised Pilothouse – that may meet the needs of either assignment. Only the prospective owners know. See how they compare here...

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