Important New Safety Feature | 7 Boat Buying Tips | Whaler 240 - 01/09/2019
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Absolute 50 Fly:
High Style for the Chef

Absolute 50 Fly
Absolute 50 Fly

Who says the galley can’t be one of the more appealing parts of a yacht? The Absolute 50 Fly welcomes the chef with clean, modern design and a full complement of culinary necessities, including an induction cooktop with convection microwave below, hi-lo faucet, and a full-sized refrigerator, all in a compact space that infringes minimally on entertainment areas. Table and glassware are kept secure in dedicated spots within drawers with see-through fronts, to starboard. More...

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Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider:
Important Watersports Safety Feature

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider
Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Here’s a smart feature of the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider we think should be on all boats that might be used for swimming and watersports: On the transom is an LED light which comes on when the engines start and blinks clockwise when they are put in gear. It warns anyone in the water to be cautious of the whirling props. Given how quiet outboards have become, it’s a particularly useful feature on this package with the triple 350 Mercurys, which generated just 66 dB at idle in our test. More...

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Jeanneau NC 33:
Asymmetrical Layout Assists
Short-Handed Operation

Jeanneau NC 33
Jeanneau NC 33

Most of us are used to symmetrical layouts in boats of any size: the console, house, or other superstructure is centered on the main deck, with passageways of equal size on either side providing access to bow and stern. The Jeanneau NC 33 proves that there is another way to go. Her starboard sidedeck is several inches wider than the port sidedeck, and is directly adjacent to the helm and a sliding door that gives the captain quick access to the rail for a single-hand tie-up when necessary. The smaller passage on the port side also allows designers to squeeze a bit more usable interior space into this inventive express. More...

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New Updated Video

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless:
A Multi-Purpose Bow

Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless
Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless

The large casting deck/sun lounge at the bow of the Boston Whaler 240 Dauntless includes locking rod boxes. Note the stainless steel gas-assist struts. All hatches are back-gelled and the compartments are all lined with no unfinished surfaces. All hatches are gasketed and the perimeters are raised to prevent water intrusion. The anchor roller at the bow is standard, but can be replaced with a foot-control trolling motor option for those who will use the boat primarily for inshore angling. More...

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Horizon Power Catamarans PC74:
Fly Bridge Bar Plus Day Head

Horizon Power Catamarans PC74
Horizon Power Catamarans PC74

The large flying bridge takes full advantage of the Horizon Power Catamarans PC74’s 28’4” (8.63 m) beam with a curved five-stool bar. Behind the bar are twin freezers, a fridge, the requisite icemaker, a single basin stainless steel sink, and a TV. There’s also a day head just a step away, as well as an open-air grilling station. More...

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Consumer Report

7 Tips for Smart Boat Buying

Consumer Report
NMMA certification of ABYC boatbuilding standards is one tool boaters have when looking at a new boat, but there
are caveats, too.

When buying a boat, it’s easy for boaters to get excited about the prospect of taking family and friends to sea on their new rides, but forget to check important details. Boat-buyers need to protect themselves, and think about all of the angles, from a builder’s reputation to warranties to insurance to build details. Here are seven ways to be smart...



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