An Anchor for All Bottoms | Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly | Yamaha SX210 - 02/18/2019
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ULTRA Anchors:
Find Out Why We Like This Anchor

ULTRA Anchors
ULTRA Anchors

For the last several years we have been seeing ULTRA anchors on more and more boats. We have inquired to both the owners of the boats and the boat builders which are putting them on as standard equipment, and we have gotten the same answer from all – a tremendous anchor. Last summer a BoatTEST staff member used one in Alaska anchoring in sand, rock and mud, and he reports it set every time on the first try. Then, we did more research. The ULTRA anchor is a highly-engineered and an impressively-functional piece of equipment. The cast stainless-steel shaft is hollow, while the base is lead-filled. It has a clever self-righting design, this causes the anchor to land right side up and in the “attack” position every time. The anchors are available in weights from 11 lb. (5 kg) to 771 lb. (350 kg), and include a lifetime warranty. BoatTEST recommends them. See how they work. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R247:
Robalo Rigs Evinrude Outboards

Robalo R247
Robalo R247

Taken together, Mercury and Yamaha have locked up a high percent of center console boat builders so they are restricted from giving their customers a choice of outboard brand. But, Robalo has remained independent, and gives its customers a choice of Evinrude, Yamaha or Mercury. We have tested the boat with a Evinrude, and found that it has excellent performance. The Robalo R247 has a beam of 8’9”, more than wide enough to fit twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 150-hp outboards on the transom, giving the redundancy that’s always a plus in a boat likely to be run offshore. We recorded a top speed of 45.1 mph at 5700 rpm. It took 3.2 seconds to plane, 4.8 seconds to 20 mph, and 6.9 seconds to 30 mph. Our best cruise came in at 26.8 mph at 3500 rpm, which yielded 2.68 mpg and a 325-statute mile range from the 135-gallon tank, with a 10% reserve. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly:
Open and Airy Upper Salon

Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly
Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly

The Cruisers Yachts 54 Fly offers 360-degree views from the upper salon. Minimal obstruction of the horizon provides a new experience for many boaters. Retractable windows around the galley, salon and helm bring the outside in while being protected indoors. An L-shaped settee space surrounds the dining table facing starboard. The table can fold down to provide more room when it is not in use. More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 90R:
A Flybridge Deck Spa

Ocean Alexander 90R
Ocean Alexander 90R

Accessible from a staircase in the aft cockpit or from another forward in the salon, the Ocean Alexander 90R Motoryacht’s upper deck is laid out to entertain a crowd. The aft section has lounges that wrap around tables at the stern—or around a hot tub, as shown in this model. A full wet bar with four stools, a grill, sink, and refrigerator are forward to starboard—optionally it can be positioned to port. Triple-wide stainless-steel framed glass doors slide open to bring the outside into the Skylounge, forward. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha SX210:
Practical Engineering Plus Twin Jet Power

Yamaha SX210
Yamaha SX210

The design of the bow peak compartment on the Yamaha SX 210 gives an indication of the smart, practical engineering seen throughout. It contains a rack for the anchor, line stowage, and the four-step telescoping bow ladder. The hatch is held open with a gas-assist support strut… and we appreciate the lift and lock latch over the turn and lock latch that never seems to be turned in the right direction. The composite reinforcing bracket on the aft side of the cover fits into the slots on the anchor rack, securing it in place and preventing rattling while underway. More...

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Boating Tips

Is Your Boat Infected with Mold Spores?

Mold Spores
Mold can do more than reduce a boat’s resale value — it can make boaters sick.

Mold has long been a problem on boats and getting rid of it has never been easy. But since inclement weather has become more common across the country in the last few years, several new products have come out to combat the scourge of mold in flooded homes, and they work on boats just as well. See the best ways to rid a boat of this eyesore here.


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