USCG-Required Safety Gear | Sea Ray ‘Dancer 350 Coupe | Intrepid 407 Panacea - 10/22/2018
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Hatteras Yachts:
Where Only Best Practices Survive

Hatteras Plumbing and Wiring
Plumbing, wiring, bonding straps, and hydraulic hoses can all be seen here in our video which takes you behind the bulkheads.

Many people forget that Hatteras was the first company to start building fiberglass motoryachts and convertibles in 1959. Building a top-quality yacht was always the company’s credo, and along the way Hatteras assembled the most knowledgeable staff of yacht engineers and craftsmen in the business. They had only one way of doing things – the best way. The “best way” has evolved over time as technology has improved, but the Hatteras culture is the same – now, it is called “best practices.” Hatteras yachts meet or exceed ABYC standards in all areas, and in many cases, they wrote the standards for the ABYC, in the first place. Today, we look at the right way to install plumbing and wiring on a multi-million-dollar yacht. More...

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Test Video

Intrepid Boats 407 Panacea:
Advanced Hull Design, Improved Ride

Intrepid Boats 407 Panacea
Intrepid Boats 407 Panacea

The Intrepid 407 Panacea rides on a single-step bottom that has a 22-degree deadrise at the transom. That’s a bit deeper than on many new boats this size we see coming out these days, and it means a more comfortable ride. Intrepid designs the bottom with a forward panel that is at a steeper longitudinal angle and cuts through waves rather than pounding into them. More...

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Features Video

Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe:
For Entertaining and Cruising -- Sleeps 6

Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe
Sea Ray Sundancer 350 Coupe

The central social space for the Sundancer 350 Coupe is the cockpit seating area, which wraps around from portside abaft the helm back along the transom. The retractable sunshade option adds comfort to the cockpit seating, and the optional transom gourmet center includes a grill, sink, and storage accessed from the swim platform. Overall, the ‘Dancer 350 Coupe has lots of utility for her size. More...

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Features Video

Grady-White Freedom 375:
For Anglers and Family

Grady White Freedom 375
Grady-White Freedom 375

The Grady-White Freedom 375 is a dual console with an 85-square-foot cockpit and an AV2 hardtop over the helm area that combines to ramp up features for both fishing and family. Anglers will like the tackle stowage, the 208-quart fishbox, and 32-gallon (121 L) livewell in the transom. Family and friends will enjoy the galley console, the protection of the hardtop and the high windshield, power sun shade, the plush seating throughout the boat, and the large private head. Take a look...

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Review Video

Ilmor One Drive:
Smooth, Quiet Digital Shifting

Ilmor One Drive
Ilmor One Drive

The Ilmor One Drive® system features an electro-magnetically actuated hydraulic clutch for exceptional smoothness and quiet operation – no “clunk.” The system quietly engages and disengages gears at an incredibly responsive rate of two shifts per second – try that on brand X. In twin engine operation it comes with a joystick. It is an extremely rugged lower unit built for the high torque of diesels, so hooking it up to a gas engine is a walk in the park. More...

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Compliance Article

Required Boat Safety Gear

safety article
A checklist of appropriate gear can vary from boat to boat, but there are some items all boats should always have on board.

USCG regulations require that a number of safety items be carried on every boat, according to size. It is the operator’s responsibility to make sure that all required equipment is aboard. The coast guard conducts random checks of recreational boats, and if the required equipment is not aboard, the vessel will have to return -- with the USCG vessel -- to the nearest port. It could ruin your whole day. Check out our general list of what boaters need to carry, use our link to the USCG website for more specifics for each boat size, and read our suggestions for additional gear. Start here...


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