Absolute Navetta 73 | Jeanneau Leader 10.5 | World Cat 280 DC - 02/22/2019
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Absolute Navetta 73:
All-Glass, All-Function Command Bridge

Absolute Navetta 73
Absolute Navetta 73

Beam us up, Scotty—the dramatic helm of the Absolute Navetta 73 would look right at home on the command bridge of the U.S.S. Enterprise, with huge expanses of glass screens giving the operator a close-up look at every function of the ship and her navigation. The three 22” (55.9 cm) Garmin displays are well-situated and provide a wealth of selectable information without impinging on the view forward. An additional 24” (61 cm) unit is mounted to the lower panel. The vast windshield, kept clean with four pantographic wipers, keeps the captain in touch with the real world beyond the screens. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 10.5:
Michael Peters Double-Stepped Hull

Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Jeanneau Leader 10.5

Designed by renowned naval architect Michael Peters, the Jeanneau Leader 10.5 has a double-stepped hull to improve fuel efficiency at planing speeds and top speed. The aft step, which is deeper than the forward one, sucks in air and directs it to what Peters calls a “tunnel”, a relief in the middle of the bottom with vertical side walls which contain and possibly compress the air in the center section of the bottom to the transom. Note how the bottom steps up at the transom, giving the prop a bite on “clean” water. More...

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Captain's Report

Riviera 525 SUV:
For Entertainment, Angling and Watersports

Riviera 525 SUV
Riviera 525 SUV

With the swim platform of the Riviera 525 SUV on the same level as the aft deck, this entire area becomes one large open-air entertainment and watersports venue. Movable stainless-steel railings can be placed on the sides or on the aft end of the platform for added security when it’s used for fishing or relaxing. Access is available through swing-out transom doors on either side. Shaded mezzanine seating is a step up, giving a good view of the fun, and a “barbie” is to starboard. More...

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Bluewater 2550:
Bracket Mount Evinrudes for Performance

Bluewater 2550
Bluewater 2550

Our test Bluewater 2550 was equipped with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 200’s, on an extended metal bracket. It doubles as a swim platform thanks to the clean, single-tube rigging of these digital outboards which have internal steering and no SeaStar arm and hydraulics in the way. The bracket sets the engines further from the transom, which allows for a higher mounting height. This lessens the drag of the lower units. Top speed for the package was 52.0 mph (83.7 kph), burning 39.9 gallons per hour (gph) or 151.02 liters per hour (lph). Best cruise was 33.0 mph (53.1 kph), and the boat gets 2.3 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.98 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving a cruising range of 376 miles (326 nautical miles). More...

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Test Video

World Cat 280DC-X:
Easy-Access Console Head

World Cat 280DC-X
World Cat 280DC-X

Console heads are notoriously hard to get into, especially for larger adults, but the World Cat 280 DC-X avoids the issue with a 90-degree door that opens the back, side and part of the top of the console, providing much easier access. The deep hull of the cat design allows a step-down, creating more headroom. The stainless-steel sink and pull up shower connect to a 16.5-gallon freshwater tank. The freshwater toilet has a 9-gallon (34 L) holding tank. More...

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Stringers Are the Key to Hull Strength

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While Formula is a reliable builder and this 37 PC has a hull structure that’s built to last, many older boats built by other brands on the used boat market, may require a little research.

Inside fiberglass boats, stringers and athwartships crossmembers provide the hulls with their strength and rigidity. Thankfully, boat hull failures are pretty much a think of the past. But with old used boats, there can be issues. When buying an old boat, the substructure of the boat must be closely inspected. Unsupported hull panels, if they are too large, will flex which can cause problems. Find out more...



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