Save Your Old Boat w/New Long Block and Crate Engines | Intrepid 475 Panacea | Leopard 51 PC - 03/15/2019
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Intrepid 475 Panacea:
60.7 MPH WOT in Comfort
Thanks to Special Seat Shocks

Intrepid 475 Panacea
Intrepid 475 Panacea

Anglers who head out beyond the edge of the continental shelf sometimes spend more time running (in spine-jarring conditions) than fishing — but that won’t be the case with the new Intrepid 475 Panacea powered with quad Yamaha 425 XTO outboards. She comes equipped with six Stidd Slimline Low Back Admiral Helm Seats with bolsters, arm rests and integrated footrests, plus Shockwave S5 marine shock-absorbing systems under the seats for a cushy ride despite high speeds and rough water. Freeboard of 5’10” (1.78 m) forward should keep all aboard dry in most conditions. More...

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New Review Video

Quicksilver Long Block and Crate Engines:
Repowering at a Reasonable Cost

Quicksilver Long Block and Crate Engines
Quicksilver Long Block and Crate Engines

If you have an old inboard or sterndrive boat powered by GM gas engines marinized by any brand, including Volvo Penta, Crusader, Mercury and many others, you don’t have to consign your boat to the bone yard or be hit with an expensive repower bill to install the new generation engines that may not fit in the space. Now, Mercury’s Quicksilver division offers a better option for many boat owners with its new 3.0, 5.7- and 8.1-liter engines that it is building from scratch. They are not remanufactured engines. This means that they will fit in the old boat, and not require a rebuild workaround, which can be expensive.

Long Block and Crate Engines. Making repower even less expensive for engines with a damaged block, is a new Long Block (essentially the block, pistons, crankshaft, and everything in the block needed) that requires 12 major parts from the old engine. A Crate Engine is also available, and it is a mid-range option between a Long Block and a Fully Dressed Engine ready to go. It requires just six major parts from the old engine. See our video where we explain it all and list exactly what is needed for each repower option. With the high price of new boats and engines, this may be the best way to save your boating investment, and get back on the water. More...

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Flybridge Safety Rail/Seat Heights

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Flying bridges, such as this example on the Regal 42 Fly, have their own safety standards for rails and seat backs.

A flybridge is a wonderful place to enjoy a day on the water with family and friends. From the fresh air of the upper deck to the views on a nice day, it’s an altogether more enjoyable experience knowing that safety standards exist to help prevent accidents. Learn about the ABYC standards for the height of safety rails and seatbacks outboard on flying bridges. More...

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Test Video

Leopard 51 PC:
Power Cat w/722 NM Range at 9.2 Knots

Leopard 51 PC
Leopard 51 PC

With a 25’1” (7.65 m) beam and very sharp forward entry on the twin hulls, the Leopard 51 PC is more than ready for open water operation. In fact, the South African builder offers to deliver her to the U.S. on her own bottom if the buyer chooses. She also has the displacement speed range for this sort of offer: at 5.7 knots, the twin 370-hp Yanmars can push her better than 2250 NM, allowing a 10 percent reserve on the 396-gallon (1,499 L) fuel capacity. At 9.2 knots, range is 722 NM. She tops out at 23.2 knots, at which range drops to about 221 NM. More...

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Test Video

Regal 2800:
New Bowrider w/Power Swim Platform

Regal 2800
Regal 2800

The Regal 2800 is a large, upscale bowrider with some particularly useful options, including the Power Platform, a submersible swim step that deploys from under the standard swim platform at the touch of a button. The PowerTower offers a high tow point for board sports and can support a hardtop with sun shade for keeping the cockpit cooler. Note the aft-facing lounge seats and the speakers with a stereo remote built into the transom. More...

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Features Video

Beneteau Gran Turismo 50:
Innovative Cockpit for Entertaining

Beneteau Gran Turismo 50
Beneteau Gran Turismo 50

One of the standout features of the Beneteau Gran Turismo 50 is the continued sofa seating that spans the indoor and outdoor spaces, once the cockpit door is opened. (See above image.) Below decks, the 50 is available in two layouts on the accommodations level: one with a master/VIP setup that also has a large sitting area and galley down between the staterooms. The other layout replaces the lower seating area with two single berths in a third cabin. More...

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Factory Video

Hatteras Factory:
No Expense Spared in Quality Build

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Hatteras Factory Video

Hatteras spares no expense when it comes to building the strongest hulls possible. One of the techniques they rely on is resin infused vacuum molding. As shown here, workers swarm over the hulls to make sure that every resin feed tube is perfectly positioned before the huge vacuum bag is drawn down and the resin is added. The process ensures an excellent resin-to-glass ratio throughout, as well as forcing resin into even the tiniest crevices in composites above the waterline. After the process is complete, samples of the hull go to a lab to verify the resin-to-glass ratio. But that is just the beginning. See the rest of the story in our construction video. More...

Expert Boating’s
4-DVD Boating Course

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Sometimes it's not what you know, but what you've forgotten. We have the perfect solution for you.

Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about's Video Boating Course it’s clearly not only for beginners, but also for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating course available… period. Order your 4-disc box set...

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