Trailering Made Easy | Boston Whaler 380 Realm | Sirena 64 - 03/07/2019
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Boston Whaler 380 Realm:
Enclosed Helm for Extended Season Boating

Boston Whaler 380 Realm
Boston Whaler 380 Realm

We tested the Boston Whaler 380 Realm on a rough and windy day in open water and found her more than equal to the conditions. Her hardtop and full windshield create what is in effect a pilothouse design, assuring the operator and those within stay dry. With a sharp forward entry and a 23-degree deadrise aft, the ride remains smooth even in less than optimal conditions. And, while some pilothouse models become greenhouses in warm climates, the Realm evades the problem with an opening window and walkway through to the bow, a sliding sunroof and side windows, and if all that is not enough, dual A/C vents facing the helm. More...

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Sirena 64:
Canoe-Shaped Hull for Minimal Drag

Sirena 64
Sirena 64

The Sirena 64 has a carefully-engineered hull designed with what the company calls a canoe-shaped running surface with minimal drag and minimal deadrise, capable of planing at high speed, but also very efficient for semi-displacement cruising when in low fuel consumption mode. The flat chines extend forward and sweep upward towards the bow to effectively deflect spray while underway at speed, and the sharp plumb bow slices the waves and softens the ride. She has a relatively low center of gravity due to the extensive use of Kevlar® in the superstructure and flybridge, which should contribute to stability in beam seas. More...

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Formula 430 All Sport Crossover:
All-In Offshore Fishing Platform

Formula 430 All Sport Crossover
Formula 430 All Sport Crossover

Possibly the most innovative sportfishing boat that has come along recently is the Formula 430 All Sport Crossover. Powered with quad Mercury Racing 400-hp outboards, she’s predictably fast, running 59.0 mph in company tests, while at a 5000-rpm cruise of 41.5, her range is better than 250 miles. Anglers will like the seamless, no steps transition from cockpit to swim platform, the enormous 52-gallon livewell, and the rigging table to starboard, complete with cutting board, freshwater sink, paper towel rack, tackle storage and a dedicated compartment for the ubiquitous 5-gallon bucket. Like all Formula’s, she gets the flawless luxury-automotive grade painted finish, extended even to the outboard cowlings. More...

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Prestige 590:
Equipped and Designed for Any Operator

Prestige 590
Prestige 590

The helm on the flybridge of the Prestige Yachts 590 is to port, while the main deck helm, shown here, is to starboard, giving the operator a useful option when docking to one side or the other. Just to the right of the steering wheel are the joysticks for the thrusters and Zeus pod drives. Taken together, the boat has been designed to make piloting and docking as easy as possible for any owner/operator. More...

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Shurhold Combo Deck Brush:
Two Boat Brushes in One

Shurhold Combo Deck Brush
Shurhold Combo Deck Brush

There’s always something that needs to be scrubbed down aboard a boat, but finding a brush that will do the job right—and without scratching gelcoat or painted surfaces—can be a challenge. The Shurhold Combo Deck Brush is two brushes in one, to handle anything from cleaning delicate finishes to scrubbing hard to get stain off non-skid. A ring of long, soft bristles cleans the smooth fiberglass while a core of short, tough fibers rests in the center. Engage these stiffer bristles by pressing down on the brush. The brush easily snaps into any Shurhold handle and features a solid wood block and rubber wraparound bumper to avoid leaving marks. More...

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Hatteras Cup

$115,000 Prize Money in 2nd Hatteras Cup

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At left, is a 448 lb. (203 kg.) tuna caught from the Hatteras GT60 Miss Wilder last year. At right, is a 615 lb. (279 kg.) blue marlin caught by the team on the Hatteras GT70 Notorious last July out of Port O’Conner, TX. And they ended up being the top boat in the Blue Marlin category.

The Second Annual Hatteras Cup tournament series will be starting this May, and now is time to make plans to join in on the fun and excitement. The series has seven different categories including one that is catch and release. The prize for the heaviest blue marlin is $50,000, and total prize money is $115,000. If anyone breaks the world’s record for the heaviest blue marlin, they will win $1 million. To find out the dates of the individual tournaments and places and to sign up… click here.


Boating Tips

Tips for Trailering a Boat Safely

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Boaters who follow these guidelines will avoid mistakes and enjoy years of trouble-free trailering.

Boaters who trailer their boats have a lot to think about, from choosing the right vehicle and equipping it properly to following a set procedure to hook up, launch, retrieve, and store the boat. With a few tips and some friendly advice, boaters will find trailering can be another satisfying aspect of boat ownership. See what goes into a successful day of boating that starts and ends with a ride on a trailer here. More...


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