Boston Whaler 380 Outrage | Grand Banks 60 Skylounge | Formula 310 Bowrider - 12/31/2018
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Boston Whaler 380 Outrage:
Designed for Offshore Challenges

Boston Whaler 380 Outrage
Boston Whaler 380 Outrage

The redesigned Boston Whaler 380 Outrage has a dramatic increase in deadrise from the original, from 15-degrees to a whopping 23-degrees for a dramatic improvement in rough-water ride. The design extends the sharp deadrise well amidships to deliver a more comfortable ride at the helm. A running pad with minimal rocker angle helps the boat plane easily, minimizing bow rise, and increasing visibility at all speeds. The “dynamic running surface” trim tab system incorporates large triangular planes integrated in the running surface to increase lift and effectiveness compared to traditional transom-mounted tabs. More...

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Grand Banks 60 Skylounge:
Flying High in a Classic Design

Grand Banks 60 Skylounge
Grand Banks 60 Skylounge

The Skylounge of the Grand Banks 60 is reached from inside the main cabin and is a large space for entertaining when in day boat mode. Like the rest of the yacht, it’s fitted out with meticulous woodwork in real matched-grain teak – most of it solid. Power windows to port, starboard, and aft, and two hatches overhead, allow the crew to ventilate the space by natural means. Importantly, there is a day head here, as well. More...

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Formula 310 BR OB:
Test & Inspection Report

Formula 310 Bowrider
Formula 310 Bowrider

The Formula 310 Bowrider offers eight engine options including sterndrives and outboards. We tested the 310 with twin color-matched 400-hp metallic blue Mercury Racing engines. The electronically-steered engines connect seamlessly to Merc’s joystick control for effortless docking. Bracket-mounting the outboards allows for a full-beam swim platform, with water access to the sides. She planed in 4.6 seconds and had a top speed of 54.5 mph, and the 22-degree deadrise hull is very capable in choppy water. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius:
An Engine Room Well Done

Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius

Engine rooms in sub-50-foot yachts are notoriously cramped, dark and a tangle of hoses and equipment shoe-horned in, and key equipment is nearly impossible to reach. But that’s not the case with the Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius, which has the important things such as through hulls, sea strainers, fuel filters, engine water fills, and oil dipsticks within easy reach. There’s also adequate space to get at the standard Onan 13.5 kW generator, and the whole engine room is fully insulated to help reduce noise. More...

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2-Stroke and 4-Stroke Outboards Revisited

2-Stroke and 4-Stroke Outboards Revisited
2-Stroke and 4-Stroke Outboards Revisited

One of our most popular videos in 2019 was our animation on how 2-stroke and 4-stroke outboard engines work. Knowing the details of the engines’ designs can help put in perspective the basic differences in the two propulsion concepts. Until last year there were three brands of 2-strokes available in the U.S. – but now there is only one, Evinrude. In essence, the two biggest outboard engine makers threw in the towel, as the engineering and technology of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 2-stroke engines was demonstrably superior, among other reasons. See the video here...

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Safety

What You Need to Know
About Open Boats

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This picture is of the lone survivor of a 3-man fishing crew out for a day of fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Most fishing boats, in both offshore waters and in inland lakes and rivers, are open boats. They are easy to get around on when fighting fish, they are relatively lightweight, fast, and affordable. But most of them have some vulnerabilities, some have more than others, in any given condition. We take an in-depth look at what you should know about open boats, using them, and being prepared for the worst. More...



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