Yamaha VXR | Neptunus 650 Express | Tahoe 500 TS - 01/22/2019
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Yamaha VXR:
Improved Water Flow Equals More Thrust

Yamaha VXR
Yamaha VXR

The Yamaha VXR features a new race-inspired, top-loading intake grate that allows water to more readily enter the jet-drive, creating more thrust at the jet nozzle. Combined with a newly-designed ride plate, the jet system produced impressive performance in our test ride. Coupled to Yamaha’s largest naturally-aspirated engine – the 1.8-Liter, 4-Cylinder, 4-Stroke H.O. – it delivered hole shots of under 2 seconds, with top speeds well in excess of 60 mph. More...

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Neptunus 650 Express:
High Tech Kevlar-Reinforced Construction

Neptunus 650 Express
Neptunus 650 Express

The Neptunus 650 Express features extensive use of Kevlar, the yellow fabric seen here, in the layup, greatly adding strength and stiffness without excess weight. Stringers for the engine mounts are made from Corecell A500 foam (with a density of about 5 lbs./2.27 kg per cubic foot), and are positioned with laser precision – literally. Neptunus uses Corecell A300 stringers throughout the rest of the yacht, and they are also laid in via laser measurements. More...

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TAHOE® 500 TS:
Smart Use of Storage Space

TAHOE 500 TS
TAHOE® 500 TS

The 19’10” (6.05 m) TAHOE® 500 TS makes smart use of storage space throughout, as shown here in the slot for the 36-quart (34 L) cooler under the aft seat. Indents for the handles of the cooler secure it in place and also put the handles where they can easily be gripped for lift-out. The seat cushion is secured with snaps to prevent blow-outs while trailering, and the seat base is composite for long-term durability. Note the LED courtesy light to starboard next to the drink holder. More...

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Galeon 485 HTS:
Hideaway Sliding Glass Door

Galeon 485 HTS
Galeon 485 HTS

The Galeon 485 HTS has a number of inventive design features, not the least of which is the disappearing sliding glass door between the cockpit and the salon: at the touch of a button, the entire assembly drops straight down to tuck away inside the bulkhead between the engine room and belowdecks accommodations, completely opening the main deck area for entertainment. More...

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Grady-White Canyon 306:
SeaV² Hull for Stability and Ride

Grady-White Canyon 306
Grady-White Canyon 306

The Grady-White Canyon 306 has the company’s well-known SeaV² hull, with the vee continuously sharpening from the transom to the bow stem. The hull has 20-degrees of deadrise at the transom, 30-degrees amidships and even more at the bow. The deeper vee forward means a softer ride at sea. Less vee at the transom coupled with wide chines provide stability at rest and when trolling. Note the exceptional freeboard forward resulting from the arched sheer. More...

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