Yamaha GP1800R | Galeon 500 Fly | Hatteras M90 Panacera - 02/06/2019
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New Test Video

Yamaha GP1800R:
Lightweight Compression-Molded Hull

Yamaha GP1800R
Yamaha GP1800R

The Yamaha GP1800R hull is molded via the NanoXCel hull process for reduced weight. The composite hull is composed of glass micro bubbles in exfoliated clay encapsulated in resin, according to Yamaha. The mixture is molded in steel high-pressure compression molds. The result is a hull and deck lighter than conventional fiberglass and resin, and apparently just as strong, or stronger. Empty weight is 769 lbs. (349 kg), about 90 lbs. (41 kg) lighter than most PWCs of similar size, promising better acceleration and fuel efficiency. More...

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New Features Video

Galeon 500 Fly:
Fold-Away Bow Seating

Galeon 500 Fly
Galeon 500 Fly

Yacht designers are increasingly taking advantage of the bow as an added entertainment venue, but the Galeon 500 Fly has a particularly practical design, with flip-up seat backs that turn the area into a sort of bowrider habitat, complete with table. When the yacht is underway and the skipper is operating from the main deck helm, the seats fold flat, giving an unobstructed foredeck for best visibility. More...

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***Special Invitation***
Hatteras M90 Panacera
at the Miami Yacht Show

Hatteras M90 Panacera
Hatteras M90 Panacera

Hatteras Yachts has asked us to extend a special VIP invitation to BoatTEST.com Members to see the new Hatteras M90 Panacera at the Miami Yacht Show February 14 – 18, 2019. The Hatteras M90 is one of the largest motoryachts built in America and incorporates both stylish and functional features. Hatteras is know world-wide for its quality and rugged construction. See her for yourself at your own VIP showing at the Miami Yacht Show. To RSVP for your personal tour, click here.

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Monte Carlo Yachts 70 Mk II:
A 360-Degree Look at the New MCY 70

MCY 70 Mk
The trademark round portlight shapes have been made even larger in the new version of the MCY 70 which features a brighter interior master stateroom, part of which is shown here.

Hull #1 of the new MCY 70 Mk II was on display at the Düsseldorf Boat Show last month and it will be months until another one can be built and sent to the U.S. We like 70’ (21 m) motoryachts because they are an ideal size for an owner/operator. Virtually all boats in this size range now have bow thrusters. Many have stern thrusters, too, making docking easy, even for a new owner. A number of our readers have asked for pictures, so today, we take a 360-degree look at the aft deck, salon and galley of the MCY 70, and a peak below at the master. More...

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Test Video

Neptunus 650 Express:
Well-Designed Engine Room

Neptunus 650 Express
Neptunus 650 Express

The engine room of the Neptunus 650 Express houses the optional twin 1,136-hp Caterpillar C18s in a well-laid-out space with good lighting and 6’4” (1.93 m) headroom. Good headroom and easy accessibility are critically important, in our opinion, for an owner/operator vessel. When it is comfortable and easy to get around, more engine room checks will be made. We always give this aspect of a motoryacht extra weight when making our short list. This boat has a 26” (66 cm) wide center walkway between the engines, all service points are easily accessible, including the raw-water pickups and sea strainers, the oil check, and the filters. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 245DC:
Carbon and Kevlar Layup Adds Strength

Sailfish 245DC
Sailfish 245DC

The layup of the Sailfish 245 DC starts with the usual gelcoat spray into the mold as seen at the factory here, but the build also includes carbon fiber and Kevlar reinforcement in the hull and deck, resulting in greater strength and stiffness as well as long-term durability. Kevlar is also used in the transom corners and other places where the builder wants to inhibit flexing. The entire boat is wood-free, and the hull includes a 10-year warranty. More...

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Features Video

Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX:
Advantages of the Rotax Jet System

Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX
Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX

The positioning of the BRP Rotax jet pump unit in the Chaparral 203 Vortex VRX provides a thrust point just above the bottom of the hull, not below it as with sterndrive, outboard, or inboard-powered boats, thus maximizing the energy transfer, as well as greatly reducing the running draft. The positioning combined with the steering “thrust vectoring” of the jet pump nozzle provides responsive turning capabilities. Like all jet systems, it’s also much safer for swimmers around the boat. More...

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Boating Tips

What to Do with Old Flares?

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One productive way to use expired flares is to use them for training boaters who have never had caused to light one in an emergency.

Boaters who have owned their boats for a few seasons may have accumulated expired distress flares. We’ve seen some older boats that have had more than just a few on board — not a great idea when we remember they’re pyrotechnics. Here are some ideas of what to do with expired flares. More...



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