New Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius | Ocean Alexander 85 | Sea Ray SDX 290 - 11/13/2018
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Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius:
European Style, American Ergonomics

Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius

The Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius offers an optional electric grill and refrigerator on the transom to take the cooking outside when the weather is right. The hydraulic swim platform is another useful option—it has both the power and the space to carry and launch a dinghy. A four-step boarding ladder deploys as the platform lowers. More...

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Barletta L25U:
Zesty Toon w/New Mercury 4.6L V-8

Barletta L25U
Barletta L25U

The Barletta L25U features top-quality upholstery and side rails, heavy-duty stainless-steel hardware and accessories like a power Bimini top, a fold-out table, and even slide out bowls for pet water and food. The new Mercury 300 CMS V-8 provides impressive performance, with 0-30 times of 6.5 seconds and a top speed of 47.2 mph. At a cruise of 17.1 mph, she got 3.3 mpg. More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht:
En Suite Accommodations for Nanny

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht
Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht

The Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht has four en suites, including an amidships master with separate his-and-hers heads with heated marble decks, plus a large VIP at the bow. The two guest cabins may have twins or double beds, or even pullman berths on the inside bulkheads which grandchildren will love. One cabin can be an office, or playroom for children and nanny. Crew quarters aft include a galley, washer and dryer, shared head and two cabins. If it is an owner/operator boat, put the nanny here – she’ll love it. More...

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Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless:
Versatile Family CC w/Unsinkable Construction

Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless
Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless

The Boston Whaler 210 Dauntless is right-sized for family adventures including diving and other water sports, and optional bow cushions add sunning areas. The company’s well-known foam-filled “Uni-Bond” construction makes her unsinkable. She’s fully-equipped for fishing, and her 2,600-pound (1,176 kg) dry weight makes her easily trailerable by mid-size vehicles. More...

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Sea Ray SDX 290:
Sportboat Performance, Seating for 17

Sea Ray SDX 290
Sea Ray SDX 290

The Sea Ray SDX 290 carries her 9’ (2.74 m) beam well forward, creating added seating space at the bow. She’s set up to carry a party—up to 17 can be seated aboard. The optional watersports tower includes a Bimini top mounted above the framing and provides an elevated tow point 6’8” (2.03 m) high for wakeboarding. Power options to a 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG with Digital Shift and Throttle (DTS) provide plenty of muscle. More...

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Recently, a BoatTEST.com member, Keith F. from North Carolina, asked, “Which manufacturer offers the fastest 24’ Bowrider? I am open to all power options, inboard, outboard or jet.” While there is a clear-cut winner, there is also more to the story. Going fast is simply a matter of building a boat with a flattish bottom, making it weigh as little as possible, and power it with the most horsepower that the USCG will allow. Thankfully, virtually all reputable sportboat builders today eschew uncomfortable and potentially dangerous designs in favor of relatively safe boats with at least a few creature comforts. And, so the question is, what 24’ bowrider is fastest among boats we have tested and is still in production? Have a look at what we found out here...


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