Stability: Cat vs. Monohull | Evinrude Fuel Efficiency | Night Vision Optics - 11/21/2018
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Evinrude E-TEC G2 Series:
Meeting or Exceeding 4-Stroke Efficiency

Evinrude Fuel Efficiency
Evinrude Fuel Efficiency

When we test a boat powered by an Evinrude E-TEC G2 2-stroke outboard, we look around for the same model we have tested with 4-stroke engines. With over 5,000 different model boats on the market, and BoatTEST testing just 150 boats a year, it is not often we find good apples-to-apples comparisons – but we have found a few. When comparing our tests, we found that the Evinrude 300-hp E-TEC G2 matched or exceeded Yamaha’s F300 four-stroke at nearly every rpm setting on a Ranger 2510 bay boat, a Premiere 290 Grand Entertainer twin-engine pontoon boat, and a Four Winns HD 270 sportboat. That’s three different types of boat, all with the same message. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Antares 23:
A Couple’s Mini Cruiser

Beneteau Antares 23
Beneteau Antares 23

You don’t have to be a multimillionaire to enjoy a beautiful day and evening on the water. That is the wonder of boating. The magic is in the sea, the fresh air and light playing across the water at sunset. The enjoyment is in the head of the person lucky enough to be on any size boat, not in his pocket book. For many of us, a boat like the Antares 23 is all that it will take to be enchanted on the water. More...

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Stuff We Crave

SiOnyx Aurora Night-Vision Camera/Monocular:
Don’t Fear the Dark... Embrace It

SiOnyx Aurora Night-vision Camera/Monocular
The new SiOnyx Aurora is a night-vision goggle in the palm of your hand that includes a camera, GPS, digital compass, and stabilization. This is a new product from an old company that has been making military-grade products for decades. Now, its most popular product is being offered to the public, at a price that’s hard to resist.

What do you get when you take Go-Pro portability and marry it with a military-grade night-vision goggle? The SiOnyx Aurora, that’s what. And it’s a game changer. Night vision isn’t a new concept, but the method that SiOnyx uses certainly is. With proprietary technology, this company has charted new waters by making its products available to the public for the first time. When discussing this little gem with fellow boaters – a 4 x 16 monocular, a 10-micron pixel 720p digital camera, night-vision capable, stabilized, including a GPS and digital compass – we always ask, "How much do you think it sells for?" The answer is always in the area of $1,500 - $2,000. Not even close... and the actual answer will surprise you. It sure surprised us...

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Features Video

Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge:
Entertain in High Style

Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge
Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge

The Ocean Alexander 100 Skylounge has a substantial amount of onboard space for family and friends to mingle and enjoy unparalleled views. She can entertain 100 people on an evening cruise in five different venues, or just a couple enjoying the fruit of a life well lived. See what other comforts this well-built yacht can provide here...

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Test Video

Sailfish 320 CC:
54.4 MPH Offshore Fishing Machine

Sailfish 320 CC
Sailfish 320 CC

The carbon-fiber reinforced Variable Deadrise Stepped (VDS) bottom design of the Sailfish 320 CC, with a deadrise of 22 degrees at the chines and 24 degrees at the keel, is built for stability plus a comfortable ride in choppy seas. It also delivers on performance. Powered with twin Mercury 350 Verados, our test boat topped out at 54.4 mph. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray SDX 270:
Lots of Seating, Space, and Comfort

Sea Ray SDX 270
Sea Ray SDX 270

Powered with a single 300-hp MerCruiser 6.2L, the Sea Ray SDX 270 had a top speed of 44.0 mph. For those who want to go faster, an upgrade to a single 380-hp MerCruiser is available. Three-across seating at the transom adjusts to form a contoured, full-width chaise. More...

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Boat Design

Why Power Cats
are More Stable

Boat Design
A catamaran looks as though it would be more stable than a monohull, but there’s more to it than that.

The wide stance of catamarans yields numerous benefits, but maybe the most important is stability in a seaway. After all, the way a boat handles in rolling seas has a direct impact on the comfort of the crew, including the operator. See how the buoyancy of a catamaran and its bow design contribute to stability of the boat. Learn all about it here...


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