Riviera 68 SMY | Regal 26 XO | Tracker Targa V-19 WT - 01/28/2019
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Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht:
Handy Mezzanine Bar

Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht
Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht

On her mezzanine overlooking the cockpit, is the Riviera 68 Sports Motor Yacht’s central bar with a large pass-through window that opens to the galley. Two swing-away bar stools mounted on heavy-duty stainless steel bases come standard. The built-in icemaker, which is a handy reach under the bar, is also standard. The bar is accented with a stainless-steel hand-rail. Under the solid surface bar counter is a storage compartment with space for several bottles and bar utensils. The stairs to a day head and crew’s quarters are to port. More...

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Regal 26 XO:
Improved Access to Foredeck

Regal 26 XO
Regal 26 XO

The companionway door of the Regal 26 XO features molded-in stairs allowing easy access to the foredeck for handling anchor and dock lines through the split windshield. The door slides to port to allow access to the cabin below on heavy-duty Harkin bearings, eliminating binding. This is an important detail because it solves an aggravating problem of hard-to-slide hatches. Note the stainless steel windshield supports. An optional bow sun pad adds another venue up front for relaxing. More...

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Beneteau Monte Carlo 5:
Wave Splitting Bow Smooths the Ride

Beneteau Monte Carlo 5
Beneteau Monte Carlo 5

The Beneteau Monte Carlo 5 has extremely narrow bow sections with nearly vertical deadrise angles to function as a "wave splitter," smoothing the ride in a wide variety of sea conditions. The pronounced flare and chines throw spray to the sides. Above the broad hard chines, the hull widens considerably to add space in the accommodations area forward. The functional design also adds a defining classic style. Note the open bow pulpit for bow-in mooring, popular in northern Europe. More...

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Shallow Sport 32 X3:
No External Steering on E-TEC G2 Outboards

Shallow Sport 32 X3
Shallow Sport 32 X3

The Shallow Sport 32 X3 we tested was powered by a pair of Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s mounted on the boat’s bracket. Because the digital steering and oil reservoir are all integrated into the engine, single-tube installation is possible with these advanced two-strokes, creating a very clean, uncluttered, and useful transom area. Note that there is no SeaStar control arm that is in the way or reducing tilt angle. More than 400 combinations of graphics and colors are available on these outboards. More...

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TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT:
Maximizing Storage for Anglers

TRACKER Targa V-19 WT
TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT

There’s never enough storage on a boat, particularly a fishing boat, but the TRACKER® Targa™ V-19 WT comes close by taking advantage of every space aboard—note the two-container lure storage in the front of the helm console. The port console also has this compartment, and there’s a third, with three boxes, at the bow. There’s also lots of storage in the inwales, including a locking rod box, and in the front and rear casting platforms. More...

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How to Avoid Towing Troubles

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Since most of us don’t tow boats as a profession, we are often rusty on all of the things that must be done to ensure a trouble-free, safe towing experience. So here is a quick refresher course on how to make trailering trouble free. More...


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