Most Popular Boats of the Week - 02/02/2019
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Most Popular Boats of the Week

Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
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Monday #1

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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Tuesday #1

Neptunus 650 Flybridge:
Excellent Main Helm Design

Neptunus 650 Flybridge Motoryacht
Neptunus 650 Flybridge, lower helm.

As we have noted before, we think that the Neptunus 650 Fly is like a breath of fresh air, and the total feel is the sum of her parts. For example, the helm of the Neptunus 650 Fly can be pretty much whatever the buyer wants thanks to the company’s ability to custom build the interior spaces. We like the practical lower helm design because the screens and their brow are kept low to maximize forward visibility – not high as we see on many motoryachts that partially obscure the windshield. Likewise, the steering wheel hub is at the height of the control dash for handy reaching whether standing or sitting. This is more of the kind of layout that we see on commercial vessels where visibility comes first, and gadgets second. More...

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Wednesday #1

Jeanneau Leader 33:
Galley Design w/Atrium-type Lighting

Jeanneau Leader 33
Jeanneau Leader 33

The galley of the Jeanneau Leader 33 comes standard with a cooktop, sink with faucet, refrigerator, and the option to include a microwave. Just above the galley is a large smoked glass panel to port of the helm on the main deck which brings natural light below. The opening port-light helps vent the cooking area. A sliding door separates the galley from the sitting area, which becomes part of the master for overnights, creating double use for the same space. More...

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Thursday #1

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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Friday #1

Renaissance Prowler 42:
Evinrude Quad 300s on a Catamaran

Renaissance Prowler 42
Renaissance Prowler 42

The Renaissance Prowler 42 is a different kind of center console offshore machine. First she has a catamaran hull. The resulting reduced wetted surface and two narrow hulls allow her to go over 70 mph, according to the builder. Her transom is low, but because of the Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines which have a tilt up angle of 81-degrees she can keep her props and skeg out of the water when at rest. The Prowler is a cat with a 12’ (3.66 m) beam, thus the wide separation between these two pairs of engines, and the leverage provided makes this boat easy to dock. More...

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MLF Day 4, Kissimmee 2019:
Pro Anglers Play the Numbers Game at Kissimmee

MLF Day 4
Anthony Gagliardi added an impressive 29 pounds, 10 ounces to his Day 1 catch, finishing as the daily leader with a total of 71-8 over the two competition days. Like many of the leaders, he’s concentrating on lots of smaller fish offshore.

Florida is noted for producing huge bass—in fact, hatchery-reared Florida-strain largemouth have been introduced in other states across the southeast and all the way to California to produce larger fish. But the secret to staying in the hunt at the MLF Bass Pro Tour on the Kissimmee Chain thus far has been to seek lots of smaller fish, rather than a few lunkers. More...

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