Fountaine Pajot MY 37 | Chaparral 347 SSX | Riviera 445 SUV - 01/25/2019
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Fountaine Pajot MY 37:
Light, Strong Cored Construction

Fountaine Pajot MY 37
Fountaine Pajot MY 37

Lightweight is a key to good catamaran performance. The Fountaine Pajot MY 37 features light but strong construction of her twin hulls, including parquet-style balsa coring that is then resin-infused via vacuum-bagging to create the most effective resin-to-glass ratio, and avoid excess weight. Balsa core is the preferred coring material below the waterline because it is more puncture-resistant than is PVC foam cores. Vinylester resin, which is used by virtually all builders in the skin coat, stops water migration so the balsa core is protected. More...

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Chaparral 347 SSX:
Glass Helm and Available Joystick Control

Chaparral 347 SSX
Chaparral 347 SSX

The helm of the Chaparral 347 SSX has twin 9” (23 cm) Simrad multi-function displays placed side by side on the dash. The displays are angled inward to reduce glare and simplify operation. Note the optional joystick docking control positioned ahead of the shift/throttle binnacle. The helm seat is wide enough for two, and the steering wheel tilts to suit any driver. More...

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Outboard Comparison

Which Outboard Engine Brand
Has the Greatest Tilt?

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The Evinrude E-TEC G2 250 tilts 81-degrees. Does your outboard tilt more? Find out here...

BoatTEST’s “Outboard Comparison Chart & Buyer’s Guide” compares 232 major outboard models giving 22 important data points for all outboard units. What is the tilt angle of your outboard motor? Which brand has the greatest tilt? If you don’t care about tilt, but do care about other aspects of outboard engines, chances are we compare that, too. More...

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MAKO® 21 LTS:
Shallow-Draft CC w/Stowage

MAKO® 21 LTS
MAKO® 21 LTS

The MAKO® 21 LTS has an impressive amount of stowage space for a bay/flats center console, including a locking rod box in the starboard bow, space for tackle and gear in boxes both bow and stern, and a hideaway anchor locker under the lift-out bait bucket at the bow. The bolster pad of the leaning post hinges up to reveal space for two Plano 3600 Series tackle boxes, while the seat-bottom cushion gives access to a 72-quart (68.1 L) removable cooler that straps in place. More...

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Yamaha FX Cruiser HO:
Easy Reboarding After a Spill

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO
Yamaha FX Cruiser HO

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO includes a very useful reboarding step on the transom, making it much easier to get back aboard after a spill or watersports activity. The step folds up clear of the water when not in use. Also, note that the step is wide, and is not just a bar which is hard on feet. The only thing that would make it better is two steps instead of one. More...

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Riviera 445 SUV:
A Well-Equipped Galley

Riviera 445 SUV
Riviera 445 SUV

When preparing food or drinks in the port-side galley of the Riviera 445 SUV, the chef has good contact with family and guests, both in the salon and the cockpit. A deep stainless steel sink, a two-burner electric cooktop with sea rails, a microwave/convection oven, and a pair of drawer-style refrigerators are standard. The cabinets above have dedicated holders for stemware and china. More...

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Electronics Comparison

10 Handheld VHF Radios
Do NOT Float

Electronics Comparison
The ICOM IC M25 Handheld VHF floats.

There are 36 major handheld VHF radios on the market but 10 of them don’t float. Do you know which ones float and which do not? Check our handy “Handheld VHF Radio Comparison” chart and find out. More...



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