Leopard 51 Cat | Beneteau Barracuda 27 | Four Winns 350 OB - 02/21/2019
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Leopard 51 PC:
Broad-Beamed Power Cat w/Layout Options

Leopard 51 PC
Leopard 51 PC

The three-stateroom edition of the Leopard 51 PC takes full advantage of her 25’1” beam and twin hulls in providing accommodations for up to six guests, plus two crew in the small bunks in the bow forepeaks. The master suite takes up most of the starboard hull, with head and enclosed shower forward, a sofa and vanity/desk amidships and bed aft. Note that the doors closing off the suites in the port hull create en suite heads for each, or the door can be left open to provide access as twin day-heads. A four-cabin layout is also available. More...

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Beneteau Barracuda 27:
All-Weather "Adventure Cruiser" Sleeps 4

Beneteau Barracuda 27
Beneteau Barracuda 27

The Beneteau Barracuda 27 is an outboard-powered “adventure cruiser.” The boat’s versatile design lends itself to multiple water activities and a “SUV of the Sea” type distinction. She can sleep up to four in her comfortable cabin, which also includes a mini-galley and a dinette table that drops down from the top of the enclosed pilothouse. Sliding glass doors adjacent to the helm and an amidships boarding door make for easy short-handed tie-ups. She’s wider than some in class at 9’8”, providing more living space below decks as well as broader walkways bow to stern. More...

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Four Winns Horizon 350 OB:
Premium 4-Way Power Captain’s Seat

Four Winns Horizon 350 OB
Four Winns Horizon 350 OB

The helm seating of the Four Winns Horizon 350 OB is among the best in class in the opinion of our test captain. The captain’s seat has a four-way power seat with bolster. The matching companion seat with diamond-stitched, multi-tone upholstery and bolster that swivels aft to add party seating when the boat is docked. At the port console are two matching seats, both on a single pedestal that can also be swiveled to face the cockpit for cocktails or to function for observers doing tow-sports fun. This premium seating design is versatile and adds utility. More...

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Hatteras HattCON:
Touch Screen Control/Monitoring for All Systems

Hatteras HattCON
Hatteras HattCON

The Hatteras HattCON system provides full touch-screen control and monitoring for all Hatteras Yacht systems. The operator can see the RPM and other critical engine systems in a choice of formats. The system also allows monitoring fuel use, “boost” (Arrow C in the image above) levels on the engines, transmission data and more. The same data can be shown in bar-graph configuration just by clicking the “engine bar-graph” (Arrow A), depending on how the operator likes to use the system. At a touch, the skipper can check tank levels, generator function, battery levels, door and fire alarms, nav lights, HVAC and lots more, as well as the usual navigational inputs. More...

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Sailfish 325 DC:
High-Tech Materials for Lightweight and Greater Strength

Sailfish 325 DC
Sailfish 325 DC

Our test captain says the ride of the Sailfish 325 DC, is comfortable and did not pound in the conditions encountered. Her deck has carbon-fiber strengthening critical areas, plus lightweight Prisma composite supports are bonded in place beneath the deck to make it stronger and keep it from flexing. Kevlar reinforces the hull in the chines and in the stern quarters to reduce flex. All of this helps keep the deck and hull stiff and rigid. The transom is 100% composite and the stringers are foam-filled. More...

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Boating Tips

Tips for Safe Fueling

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It’s critical for safety that boaters pay attention when fueling their boats.

Avoiding accidents and mishaps around the fuel dock is a key part of safe boating. Boaters should know how to fuel their boats properly, go through the steps methodically, and be sure to keep a watchful eye for anything that goes wrong. Owners of older boats must pay particular attention because hoses, hose clamps and fittings may be past their prime. More...


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