VHF Radios Compared | 65-MPH Bayboat | Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht - 01/02/2019
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Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC:
Portuguese Bridge/Excellent Foredeck

Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC
Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC

The Hampton Yachts Endurance 658 LRC is a classic long-range cruising yacht, with some extras like the Portuguese bridge and bulwarks all the way to the bow that make her particularly good for working the foredeck in challenging conditions. A Muir 3500 dual anchor winch with a 1,100 lb. (50 kg) Bruce polished stainless steel anchor and 350’ (107 m) of chain are standard. To both port and starboard the pilothouse is fitted with watertight pantograph doors leading to the sidedecks. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 230 SunCoast:
A Stern Designed for Watersports

Chaparral 230 SunCoast
Chaparral 230 SunCoast

The Chaparral 230 SunCoast employs an “Extended V-Plane” hull that elongates the running surface well past the mounting point of the outboard, improving planing, reducing bow rise, as well as providing a swim platform that extends aft of the outboard’s leg. There are also two seats, port and starboard, that make it easier for guests to put on boards or skis. More...

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Test Video

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht:
Standard Tender Garage w/Electric Winch

Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht
Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht

The wide hydraulic swim platform on the Riviera 5400 Sport Yacht has a lift capacity of 770 lbs. (350 kg). Just ahead is a tender garage designed to hold an optional tender with a 20-hp outboard attached. The door to the tender garage opens electrically and an electric winch is provided. The underwater LED lights are a cool option and attract fish. More...

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Test Video

Mercury 300 V-8 4.6L:
65 MPH at WOT on a Bayboat

Mercury 300 V-8 4.6L
Mercury 300 V-8 4.6L

Mercury’s new 300-hp Verado 4.6L V-8 turning an Enertia Eco 21” prop, hit an impressive 65.4 mph at WOT in a 24’ (7.32 m) Yellowfin bay boat. Just as importantly, the new V-8 is easy on fuel: at 4000 rpm the boat ran 44 mph and got 4.0 mpg. The outboard has 2 liters greater displacement than the inline 6 it replaced, yet it’s 35 lbs. (16 kg) lighter. It may also be quieter as Mercury claims, but we have not been able to do an apples-to-apples test on noise. More...

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How To Video

World Cat:
Tips for Operating a Catamaran

World Cat - Operating a Catamaran
World Cat - Operating a Catamaran

The widely separated outboards of a catamaran like the World Cat 2740 DC allow for easy maneuvering by simply using alternate throttles, with little need for cranking the wheel in many situations. The narrow twin hulls are also easily pushed through the water, allowing the boat to plane on a single engine, greatly cutting fuel use and extending range when desired. Another plus – there's plenty of space between the engines for a large reboarding ladder, as shown here. More...

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Electronics Comparison

Looking for a New
Handheld VHF Radio?

Electronics Comparison
The ICOM M73 uses a large, high-intensity LCD display and lithium ion battery to provide utility over a long cruising day.

Handheld VHF radios may be more important than a smart phone when it comes to communication. Why? Because a smartphone needs its huge infrastructure to provide the most basic service, while a VHF makes its own network – the boats within range. Now which would smart boaters want to rely on in an emergency at sea? That’s what we thought. Use this comparison chart to find the right handheld VHF...


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