New Boston Whaler 380 Realm | Fixing Props | Tahoe 500 TF - 02/04/2019
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New Test Video

Boston Whaler 380 Realm:
New Crossover for Weekending

Boston Whaler 380 Realm
Boston Whaler 380 Realm

A new and growing category of boats is called “crossover.” This kind of boat can be a center console like the Boston Whaler 380 Realm that mixes the center console concept with accommodations below, or they can be express boats that mix cruising accommodations with attributes of an open dayboat. The Boston Whaler 350 Realm introduced over a year ago is the most popular “Crossover” on BoatTEST, and now Whaler has introduced her big sister. The 380 Realm is set up for weekending and dayboating, and that means the “outdoor kitchen”, seen above, is likely to see lots of use. There is an electric grill, and slide-out refrigerator/ice maker. Below there are comfortable accommodations. More...

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MLF Tournament

1st MLF Tournament Won by
The Come-From-Behind Kid

MLF Tournament
Alabama pro Jordon Lee will be taking home the 43-pound trophy—and the $100,000 first place check—for his efforts in the inaugural Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour event in Central Florida this past week.

Jordon Lee, the 27-year old Alabama whiz kid who has taken professional bass fishing by storm in recent years, put another $100,000 notch on his belt Sunday, winning the inaugural Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour event with a virtuoso performance on Florida’s Lake Garcia. The venue for the final day of the event moved the top 10 finishers from the Kissimmee Chain to Garcia, a 3,000-acre impoundment west of Vero Beach, to give the anglers a shot at less-pressured water. Find out how he did it.

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***Special Invitation***
To See Neptunus Yachts at the Miami Yacht Show

Neptunus 650 Flybridge
Neptunus 650 Flybridge
Neptunus 650 Express
Neptunus 650 Express

Avoid the crowds at the Miami Yacht Show by requesting a “Special Showing” of the Neptunus 650 Flybridge or the 650 Express – Exclusively for BoatTEST Members.

Neptunus Yachts will be at the show’s brand new location on Biscayne Bay, at One Herald Plaza. Neptunus Yachts will be on the south side between the Venetian and MacArthur Causeways, Ramp “B”, Slips 91 and 92. Neptunus Yachts has asked us to extend an invitation to BoatTEST members for a special showing of the 650 Flybridge and the 650 Express that are on display. To reserve your VIP showing in advance, click here.

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Test Video

Ocean Craft 9.5 M:
Builder-Specified Evinrude E-TEC G2s for Dependability

Ocean Craft 9.5 M
Ocean Craft 9.5 M

The Ocean Craft 9.5 M is designed for military and first-responder use, which means everything going into these specialized boats must meet high standards of strength and reliability. For that reason, the builder specified twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s. These engines have over 100 fewer parts than conventional 4-stroke outboards, the internal steering and gear shift are impervious to the elements, the magneto electrical system is not vulnerable to slipping and breaking belts, and the internal lube reservoir is protected from supply damage, making them highly reliable. More...

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Factory Video

Monte Carlo Yachts' Factory:
New and State-of-the-Art

BOAT NAME
Monte Carlo Yachts

The beautifully-finished interiors of Monte Carlo yachts originate in the state-of-the-art factory, where every piece of wood is cut, shaped, sanded, finished, and installed as a piece of a larger, more complex creation. Every bulkhead receives its own special coverings as well. Furniture is custom built from one-off designs and covered with custom-selected upholstery. And every cabinet is designed and built for a specific purpose and to hold designated articles. More...

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Features Video

Riviera 395 SUV:
“Writing Desk” on Functional Platform

BOAT NAME
Riviera 395 SUV

We tested a Riviera 395 SUV with an optional fiberglass “writing desk” bolted onto the aft safety rail on the stern platform. It has a flip up lid to store tools and gloves, and the top can be used as a cutting board when cleaning fish. There are rod holders on the sides and cup holders on the aft ledge. It appears to be a fun place to fish from when trolling for small fish in quiet waters. The transom platform of the Riviera 395 SUV is functional, with a fold out bin for lines and fenders, and a BBQ grill and sink facing aft. More...

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Captain's Report

TAHOE® 500 TF:
Turnkey Bowrider w/Removable Trolling Motor

BOAT NAME
TAHOE® 500 TF

The TAHOE® 500 TF is a turnkey 19’10” (6.05 m) bowrider that’s also fully equipped for fishing, including a Minn Kota PowerDrive 12V, 55-lb. thrust 54” (1.37 m) trolling motor with a remote key fob control. The motor has a built-in power connection at the bow that connects to an Interstate Series 27 deep-cycle battery found behind the portside lounge backrest. A quick-connect charging system is also part of the package. The trolling motor is removable for days when the rods are left at home. More...

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Boating Tips

Damaged Prop: Repair or Replace?

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Can this prop be repaired?

Even the most careful of navigators occasionally ding their props. But sometimes it’s a little more than a ding, yet all of the blades are still there, more or less. Many boaters wonder if it is worth trying to repair the prop, or if replacement is the necessary solution. Here's how to figure it out.



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