Lumishore Boat Lighting | Chaparral Jet Boat | Jeanneau NC 1095 - 03/12/2019
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Lumishore Boat Lighting:
Let There Be Light--
Both Under and Over the Boat

Under a full moon, this offshore big game fishing vessel lets everyone know that she is not only beautiful, but an exciting place to be.

Underwater LED lights have become a staple for vessels ranging from center consoles to superyachts. Whether sitting at anchor or on a dock, those onboard can see the wonders of the ocean swim by, while suffering the envious stares of those not invited to the party. A company called Lumishore, headquartered in the UK, is lighting up boats as small as tenders all the way to superyachts – but this time on deck, as well as underwater. They focus on the entire experience of lighting while on the water. Their LEDs are brighter and provide the richest color available. Thanks to new technology, Lumishore is also giving boat owners an infinite palette of colors and complete control of color changes, moods and themes. More...

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Boston Whaler:
10 New Models in Two Years

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Boston Whaler 285 Conquest Pilothouse

It is not often that a boat builder introduces 10 new models in two years. The cost of engineering, designing and making the tools for new boats is remarkably expensive – and the process is made all the more daunting because these costs have to be amortized over relatively few units. This is why some builders keep models going as long as they can and only introduce one or two new boats a year – if any at all. In the last two years, Boston Whaler has introduced 10 new models, ranging from the Montauk 170 to the 350 Outrage. To celebrate the accomplishment, the company made a short video commercial on the 10 boats which is fun to watch. See it now...

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Sneak Peek

Axopar 28 Cabin Tested

Axopar 28 Cabin

Recently, we tested the Axopar 28 Cabin in 5’ to 7’ (1.52 to 2.13 m) seas in one of the roughest conditions we have ever tested a boat in, much less a one this size with an open bow. The Axopar line of open day and cabin boats are built in Finland, a country known for building rugged sailboats and powerboats. Axopar has combined the pilothouse and open commuter/patrol boat concept popular in Northern Europe with the hull shape and styling that we have seen coming out of Southern Europe. These blunt-bow, slab-sided, open-transom, mostly day boats are being built all over Europe now. They range from the super-luxury Pardo brand (which we have tested), to the Axopar brand with models which are far more economical to buy. The Axopar brand is now available in the U.S. Our test video and Captain’s Report are still in production, but today we have a few pictures to show what our test day was like and how the Axopar 28 Cabin handled herself. More...

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Features Video

Jeanneau NC 1095:
New Pocket Cruiser w/Twin Yamaha Power

Jeanneau NC 1095
Jeanneau NC 1095

The new 34’5” (10.49 m) Jeanneau NC 1095 is outboard-powered, freeing up living and storage space otherwise taken up by the engines in boats of this size, and also improving performance. Twin 300-hp Yamaha’s gave her hole shots of 3.9 seconds in our tests, and top speed was 40.2 mph. Cruising at 26.1 mph produced a range of 222 SM. Sound levels are minimal with the twin four-strokes, just 81 dB at cruise. Draft is only 2’3”, allowing safe gunkholing as well as exploring shallow bays and beaches. More...

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Features Video

Hampton Yachts 650:
Customizable Interior, Fine Joinery Throughout

Hampton Yachts 650
Hampton Yachts 650

The Hampton Yachts 650 has an excellent level of fit and finish, with lavish use of matched-grain cherry throughout, including the galley and dinette area. Overhead design comes in cherry wood and Ultrasuede, and is flanked on all sides by recessed LED lighting. The windows are frameless and Hunter Douglas blinds come standard to offer privacy when desired. Note the granite decks in the galley -- these are heated by the Hampton 650’s diesel heating system. More...

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Test Video

Chaparral 223 VRX:
Twin Engine Jet Boat w/2.1 Second Hole-Shots

Chaparral 223 VRX
Chaparral 223 VRX

The Chaparral 223 VRX offers an assortment of twin engine-jet packages including the twin Rotax 4-TEC 205-hp versions seen here. These engines have closed-loop cooling, a big plus in saltwater use – the running pad is actually a heat exchanger. A hose runs to the thermostat and water pump cooling the engine. The battery switch is to the right, also accessed from the aft seat at the transom. The package delivers plenty of punch. Our test team reports hole-shot times of 2.1 seconds and a top speed of 52.9 mph. More...

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Boating Tips

New Radars for All Boats

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Simrad’s Broadband 4G radar plugs into a multifunction display and provides radar functionality with multiple ranges and many features that boaters need.

Radar has long been the final piece of the electronics puzzle for boaters looking to set up a boat for going offshore – or for nighttime boating. Boaters want to make the most of their cruising and fishing time, and today’s radar units can help. Good news: Radar is now simpler to use (and install and set up) than ever. Have a look at our comparison of available systems and see what may be the key to offshore adventures. Check out the new radars here...

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