How Much HP Does Your Boat Need? | Malibu M235 | Robalo R247 - 11/06/2018
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Malibu M235:
A Flagship of Tow-Sports Innovation

Malibu M235
Malibu M235

The Malibu M235 is engineered to offer a luxurious tow-sports package. From the Wake Plus hull to a hard-tank ballast system that combines with plug-and-play soft tanks to create the kind of water surfaces wakeboarders and surfers live for. She’s also got a 6.0-liter engine and a surf-gate and power-wedge underwater appendages controlled by a touchscreen at the helm. Have a look at how all these features fit together here...

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Test Video

Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge:
Long-Range Yacht Ready to Entertain

Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge
Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge

The Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge proved to be comfortable in a seaway during our test. At a setting of 80% load on the twin 2,600-hp MTU 16V 2000s, she ran 22.2 knots with a 200 gph fuel burn that produced a range of about 400 NM. At 1000 rpm, she went 10 knots, burning 21 gph for a range of 1706 NM. The enclosed skylounge design keeps the helmsman and guests protected in a climate-controlled environment, with easy access to indoor and outdoor seating and wet bars, as well as a dayhead. More...

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Review Video

Evinrude Clean Energy:
Fuel-Efficient and Low Emissions

Evinrude Clean Energy
Evinrude Clean Energy

Evinrude’s E-TEC G2 outboards have direct fuel injection into the cylinder via an electro-magnetic injector that can pulsate thousands of times a second, metering just the right amount of fuel into the firing chamber for the task at hand. The result is the most complete combustion in class and the lowest emissions. Lower emissions mean better fuel efficiency. A dome in the top of the combustion chamber permits stratified combustion at low rpms, a range where Evinrude G2 engines are untouchable by any outboard in class. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius:
Euro Interior in Classic Walnut

Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius

We’ve been around long enough to see flavors of the month come and go when it comes to interior décor and joiner work woods and colors. Light stain woods often seem like the right idea – and they are for certain types of boats – but classic walnut dark brown is always in style. Ralph Lauren capitalized on this concept with his men’s sport jackets in gray glen plaid, brown herring bone, and camel hair. Likewise, the 50 Cantius we tested was built with classic walnut veneers and hard woods and will never go out of style. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R247:
Dual Console w/Added Utility

Robalo R247
Robalo R247

Though the Robalo R247 is a full-on bluewater fishing platform, she also includes a movable table for drinks or lunch, fold-out couch seating on the transom, and an optional swiveling double-wide seat behind the port console. There’s also bowrider-type seating forward, giving total seating for 12, and a head and sink are tucked into the port console. More...

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Boat Buying Tips

How Much Horsepower Does
Your Outboard Boat Need?

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Because RIBs are lightweight, getting them on plane is not easy. That’s why the best outboards for them are 2-stroke with high-torque at the low end.

The only thing more wide-ranging than the types of boats out there is the number of different uses people come up with for each one. The way a boater will use a certain type of boat will have an impact on how that boat should be powered. Have a look at how to choose propulsion here...



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