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Monte Carlo Yachts 105:
Foredeck Fit for Cleopatra

Monte Carlo Yachts 105
Monte Carlo Yachts 105

About 10 years ago builders of large motoryachts started turning the “wasted” space of the foredeck into an entertainment venue. One of the best executions of the concept, we think, is the foredeck of the new Monte Carlo Yachts 105. It provides an enormous entertainment venue, safely accessed while underway – at displacement speeds – thanks to high bulwarks and railings guarding the side decks. At anchor, with the addition of a white diaphanous awning, the deck would be fit for Cleopatra. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX:
56.1 MPH WOT w/Twin Rotax Jets

Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX
Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX

With twin 250-hp Rotax 4-TEC jet drive systems, the Chaparral 243 Vortex VRX delivers on performance, with 2.6 second hole-shot times and a top speed of 56.1 mph in our tests. She was equipped with Bombardier’s Intelligent Shift and Throttle (iST), a $625 option that uses fly-by-wire technology to smoothly shift the jet drive and improve low-speed handling as well as braking. More...

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Palm Beach 55:
Downeast Design w/Teak Interior

Palm Beach 55
Palm Beach 55

Cabinets, windows, door treatments, tables, and even valences and bulkheads are solid Burmese teak carefully gloss-finished in the Palm Beach 55. The overhead teak soffit is 6’10” (2.08 m) off the custom carpeted deck. AC vents are hidden around the perimeter of the overhead, also trimmed in teak. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 270CC:
Stern Rigged for Fishing

Sailfish 270CC
Sailfish 270CC

The Sailfish 270CC has a business end ready for serious offshore anglers. The livewell, four rod holders, plus two rod holders/drink holders and a rack for tools puts everything needed close to hand. The deep outboard well allows the engines to tilt out of the water, and look carefully to see the hand-hold by the port transom door to help aboard swimmers. More...

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TRACKER® Targa™ V-20 WT:
Egg Crate Design for Strength

TRACKER Targa V-20 WT
TRACKER® Targa™ V-20 WT

The Targa V-20 WT has a substructure designed much like a 30-dozen cardboard egg crate which supports tremendous weight and keeps the contents unbroken. In this case, the all-welded design not only adds stiffness to the hull bottom, but it also supports the boat’s marine plywood deck. That means even portly anglers need not worry about deck deflection. More...

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Consumer Article

How Much Horsepower
Do You Really Need?

Consumer Article
We look at horsepower options by the type of boat being purchased and give guidance based on 18 years of testing.

Boaters looking to choose new outboards have plenty to think about. But of all of the questions, figuring out how much horsepower will do the job is the most important. And the reverse is also true – how much horsepower is too much, or a waste of money? Outboard engines are expensive things, so getting the answer to this question right will save the consumer big bucks, or a big disappointment. More...


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