Light or Heavy, Which is Best? | Formula 270 BR | Whaler 350 Outrage - 12/05/2018
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Fountaine Pajot MY 37:
Light is Right for Catamarans

Fountaine Pajot MY 37
Fountaine Pajot MY 37

It is important in catamarans to keep the build light. The lighter it is, the more weight-carrying capacity it has, the faster it can go, and seakeeping abilities are enhanced. The twin hulls of the Fountaine Pajot MY 37 are built with resin-infused, parquet-style balsa coring resulting in a hull that’s light but strong and rigid. End-grained balsa core is also more puncture-resistant than is PVC foam, which many builders use. More...

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Boston Whaler 350 Outrage:
Solid Build w/Observation Tower

Boston Whaler 350 Outrage
Boston Whaler 350 Outrage

Powered with triple 300-hp Mercury Verados, the Boston Whaler 350 Outrage is fast, with a top speed of 54.3 mph. She’s also solidly built, giving a running weight of over 14,000 pounds (6,350 kg), which should improve the ride in rough seas as well as making her more stable. The optional upper command station provides a good place to spot fish, weed lines, and coral heads. More...

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Prestige 460 Fly:
360° Sea Views and More

Prestige 460 Fly
Prestige 460 Fly

With 360° views, the outside is brought into the salon. The aft galley is the entertainment hub with fridge to port and prep area and sink to starboard. The salon features an L-shaped sofa, table, a moveable ottoman, and an adjacent love seat. At the helm, a double-wide seat provides room for a second pair of eyes looking forward while underway. More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht:
Ready for Elegant Dining

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht
Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht

The formal dining area of the Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht welcomes gracious dinners afloat while guests enjoy the passing waterways via the large windows. The area is separated from the galley by a mirrored bulkhead, and a pocket-door is optional. There’s lots more dining and partying space topside on the expansive flying bridge—which can be enclosed as a Skylounge—and on the aft deck. More...

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Formula 270 Bowrider:
Only for a Select Few

Formula 270 Bowrider
Formula 270 Bowrider

Our test skipper found the Formula 270 Bowrider delivers on high-speed handling: With 2 ½ turns on the steering wheel from lock-to-lock, she responds rapidly, and operators have the feel of the water and the boat, much like what drivers experience in a BMW. But, like a BMW, she is expensive, and not a boat for everyone. More...

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Consumer Report

Boat Buying Tips:
Go Light, or Go Heavy?

Consumer Report
Not just performance boats are made light to improve speed, but is it the right way to go in all applications?

Light, narrow boats go faster than wide, heavier ones. But which displacement and beam is best for your application? There is a lot more to boating than speed; but, on the other hand, there are times when it can pay off. Boaters should understand the equations involved, and how they apply to their boating needs. Get the full explanation here...


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