New MCY 70 | Sea Ray SLX 280 | Riviera 39 SMY - 01/31/2019
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First Peek

Monte Carlo Yachts:
New MCY 70 is Brighter, Better

Monte Carlo Yachts
The newly redesigned Monte Carlo Yachts made her debut at the Dusseldorf boat show which ended last week.

The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 was introduced in 2010 and won “boat of the year” at virtually every European boat show she attended. But that was eight years ago and in the meantime, MCY has introduced five new yachts into the market, all designed by Nuvolari and Lenard, and what was new then is old now. In the new MCY 70 virtually everything has been changed except her hull and deck. Her new basic themes are large windows and portlights, more open spaces, lacquered wood décor, and an orientation away from a crewed boat to one run by an owner/operator. See our photo report...

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Editor’s Report

Jupiter Marine 43 SF:
Large Offshore CC Rated for 1700 hp

Jupiter Marine 43 SF
Jupiter Marine 43 SF

The rise of large, high-efficiency outboards has prompted the design of ever-larger center consoles designed to get anglers offshore very fast while keeping the anglers reasonably dry and comfortable. The Jupiter Marine 43 SF, rated for up to 1700-hp, should do the job well, and her 24-degree deadrise ensures one of the softest rides possible. Her 12’6” (6.55 m) beam gives an impressive amount of fishing room, and there’s even space for two to overnight in a compact cabin below. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray SLX 280:
Premium Seating for a Premium Bowrider

Sea Ray SLX 280
Sea Ray SLX 280

The Sea Ray SLX 280’s helm seat is a doublewide model with fold-up bolsters for the driver and a companion so either can ride in a seated or leaning position. It adjusts fore and aft on a slider and there’s an angled footrest on the helm console. The seat is finished with an embroidered logo, leather highlights and textured two-tone upholstery. Notice the padded shelf in the gunwale for the driver’s throttling arm. More...

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Features Video

Prestige Yachts 630:
Well-Equipped Flybridge Galley

Prestige Yachts 630
Prestige Yachts 630

There’s no need to go below at mealtime with the well-equipped galley on the flybridge of the Prestige 630. There’s counter space for food prep, a sink, electric grill, refrigerator and trash receptacle. When the cover to the sink is opened and laid flat, the stainless steel beverage holders are accessible. From here, it’s just a couple steps to the dining/lounging area. More...

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Features Video

Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht:
A Real 39’ – No Flim-Flam

Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht
Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

The size of the Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht, unlike some in class, is accurately described by her name— she is 39’7” long from her stem on deck to her transom. However, some builders would call this the 436, adding in the swim platform and anchor pulpit as part of the LOA. While the full LOA is useful for calculating dockage fees, the more honest 39’ (11.9 m) hull designation describes the size of the yacht much more accurately. She takes full advantage of that footage, however, with two large cabins designed to sleep up to five and all the other amenities needed for extended cruises. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R207:
Fishboat Optioned for Towsports

Robalo R207
Robalo R207

The Robalo R207, designed to be a true family boat as well as a fishing rig, offers a powder-coated towing bit as part of the optional grab rail that spans the area between the swim platforms. The elevated tow pylon keeps the tow line well above the outboard. Note the optional pop-up cleats, preventing snagging of the tow line (or fishing lines) when in the down position. The three-step boarding ladder is under the hatch to starboard, and the seatbacks fold flat to allow easy access to the cockpit. More...

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MLF NEWS

Day 2 of the MLF Pro Bass Tour:
A Come-From-Behind Winner

Day 2
Marty Robinson shows the 4-6 largemouth that anchored his Round 2 winning catch of 53 pounds, 13 ounces in 33 bass, nearly all of which he caught in an amazing two hour flurry at the end of the day.

Let yesterday serve as a warning to all 80 anglers competing on the MLF Bass Pro Tour: No lead is ever safe in the made-for-TV format of this big money competition. Second round winner of the Major Fishing League’s kick-off tournament, Marty Robinson happily proved – it’s not over until it’s over. Propelled by one of the most frenetic fish-catching displays Robinson rocketed from near the bottom of the 40-man field competing in Group B on day two of the six-day event, to become the day’s winner in the last two hours of the seven and-a-half hour competition on Lake Toho, near Kissimmee, Florida. More...

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Electronics Comparison

Garmin Striker Plus 7cv

Electronics Comparison
Garmin Striker Plus 7cv

The Garmin Striker Plus 7cv fishfinder includes Garmin CHIRP technology combined with Garmin ClearVü™ scanning sonar for nearly photographic images of what passes below the transducer. The screen paints clear pictures of structures, submerged objects, and fish. The system should help anglers catch more fish. Compare it to others here...



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