BoatTEST Newsletter October 18, 2018
New Test Video
100 MPH Bass Boat!
As a demonstration of the amazing power available in their 300R (R for Racing) outboard, Mercury set up a 1,300-pound (589 kg) dry weight Bullet 21SST bass boat for maximum speed runs at their Florida Lake X test facility several months ago. She didn’t fail to produce: with a professional high-speed driver at the wheel (we would never run any boat that fast), the rig ran an amazing 103 mph, according to the techs at Mercury – in writing. The 300R has a 4.6-liter 4-stroke V-8 built by Mercury Racing. With shorter runners on the intake manifold, dual overhead cams with a more-aggressive grind, a SportMaster lower unit, a maximum rpm of 6400 RPM, which is about 200 more than the 300 Pro XS, plus a special water-skimming 32” cleaver prop, she broke the 100-mph barrier.
Sea Ray SLX 280:
A Glass Dash w/High Tech
An optional digital Dynamic Display adds a clean, high-tech touch to the command console of the Sea Ray SLX 280, while the upholstered, French-stitched dash gives the feel of a luxury automobile. The helm seat is a doublewide model with fold-up bolsters for the driver and a companion so either can travel in a seated or standing position. She has seating for 15 guests total.
Sirena Yachts 64:
Seaworthy Hull w/Impressive Fit and Finish
The Sirena Yachts 64 is a Turkish-built yacht, but the hull and exterior styling were all conceived by Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering. For those not familiar with German Frers, he has been one of the world’s leading sail and motoryacht designers for 40 years – and he knows how wealthy people like their amenities. She’s built to CE Class A standards for extended open sea operation in challenging conditions, says the builder. Our inspection revealed excellent fit and finish.
Intrepid Boats 410 Evolution:
Triple 350s, 53.6 MPH WOT, Sleeps 4
The single-stepped hull design of the Intrepid Boats 410 Evolution, powered by triple V8 Yamaha 350s, provided impressive performance in our tests, reaching a top speed of 53.6 mph, while at 38.7 mph she’s got a range of 316 statute miles. High-gloss veneered cabinetry adorns the cabin, along with teak decking and padded headliner. She can sleep four.
Beneteau Woodworking Process:
Computer Assisted Precision, Durable Wood Components
All Beneteau Group yachts receive all their interior woodwork and cabinetry from a modern, computerized plant in Saint Gilles, France. Computer-controlled cutting and cataloging of parts assures a perfect fit every time as well as prompt, on-time delivery for production. Beneteau’s best wood craftsmen/craftswomen are concentrated here for a better product. Sustainable, manufactured Alpi wood is used for most large parts, combining beauty with warp-resistance, durability, and strength. Trim parts are hand-milled out of solid wood and finished here.
15 Things You Need to Know Before Repowering Your Outboard
Thinking about new outboards? There’s plenty to consider before a boater takes the plunge. Even experienced boaters should have a look at our 15-item checklist to see what they may have forgotten to consider about this exciting project.
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