Most Popular Boats of the Week - 02/09/2019
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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

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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Tuesday #1

Formula 34 Performance Cruiser:
Overnights for Six in a Performance Cruiser

Formula 34 Performance Cruiser
Formula 34 Performance Cruiser

There’s a surprising amount of living area below decks in the Formula 34 Performance Cruiser, emphasized by the vessel’s 6’8” (2.03 m) headroom. The three salon tables lower to make a berth. Between the main salon, single stateroom forward, and mid-cabin lounge (not shown), she can sleep six. Note the finishes on the woodwork throughout, available in Bourbon Cherry, Ash, and Wenge. The head, with separate shower and VacuFlush head, is behind the door to port. More...

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Wednesday #1

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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Thursday #1

Four Winns Horizon 350 OB:
Practical Swim Platform Design

Four Winns Horizon 350 OB
Four Winns Horizon 350 OB

Outboard power is becoming increasingly popular on sportboats and bowriders, but in many, the transom-mounted engines leave only small platforms port and starboard and little more than a catwalk between them. That’s not the case with the Four Winns Horizon 350 OB, where the swim platform has 3’5” (1.04 m) of space for hanging out and launching watersports on each side of the outboards. Three adults can sit on the electronically-adjustable aft bench seat, which has adjacent audio controls and cup holders. More...

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Friday #1

Beneteau Swift Trawler 47:
26 Knots WOT w/2x 425 Cummins Diesels

Beneteau Swift Trawler 47
Beneteau Swift Trawler 47

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 47 is propelled by twin 425-hp QSB Cummins diesels with shaft drive. Her top speed was 26 knots, and best cruise was 17.5 knots where she had a range of 378 nautical miles. At 8.1 knots she has a range of 970 nautical miles, all with a 10% fuel reserve. Owners that we know who have Cummins diesels tell us that they are reliable, and by avoiding pods 10% of the purchase price is saved. At best cruise she got .8 nmpg. More...

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