BoatTEST Newsletter March 19, 2019
New Features Video
Luxury Dayboat w/Hydraulic Swim Platform Option
The aft sun pad on the Pardo 43, a luxury dayboat with Italian style, is 7’2” (2.18 m) wide and 6’11” (2.11 m) long. The backrests for the bench seat at the forward end of the pad flip and fold over independently, transforming into pillows. The standard swim platform extends 2’ (0.6 m) from the transom, but an optional model is more than 4’ (1.2 m) long and can be hydraulically powered. The hydraulic version can lift 800 lbs. (362.87 kg.) and can be fitted with chocks to launch a tender or personal watercraft. Note the teak planking, used even on the gunwale tops.
Standard Oversized Tower w/Extras
The standard oversized fiberglass hardtop on the Robalo R272 has a strong powder-coated tubular aluminum frame that allows easy movement from bow to stern while chasing a fish or handling a line and is equipped with handholds for when seas get rough. Four rod holders, a pre-wired electronics box and LED spreader lights are also included. A three-sided safety-glass windshield set into the frame gives a distortion-free view for the skipper, and also keeps the helm positions dry.
Dedicated Wake Boat w/Hydraulic Hydrofoil
The Malibu M235 is a dedicated tow/wake-surf boat with a suite of specialized features — including the Quad Ballast System, which adds up to 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg) of water ballast into hard-tank containers to help shape the perfect wake. If that’s not enough, an auxiliary “Plug n’ Play” bag system can hold an added 1,500 lbs. (680.38 kg). The Power Wedge III, new for 2019, is a hydraulically actuated hydrofoil that brings an extra five degrees of lift over the previous Power Wedge II. It also gives the effect of adding another 1,500 lbs. (680.38 kg) of ballast. The Surf Gate system allows the driver to adjust settings on port and starboard hydraulic tabs for wave creation, while the high-visibility Surf Band wearable control allows a rider on the water to adjust the Power Wedge, Surf Gate, music volume, and boat speed.
Riviera Belize 54 Daybridge:
Australian Design for Efficiency, Comfort and Ease of Handling
Running surfaces of the semi-custom Riviera Belize 54 Daybridge were designed by Oceanic Design & Survey, a leading accredited Australian marine-design firm that has worked with virtually all of that country’s major boat builders. Her hull was tank-tested at the Australian Maritime College in Tasmania. The forefoot is sharp with a rounded profile, and there’s a keel for good tracking in a seaway. Equipped with twin Volvo Penta IPS 950s, she had a speed of 24 knots at 1750 rpm in our tests, and a range around 370 NM. Top speed at 2450 rpm was 33 knots.
Getting the Most from a Power Cat
Anybody can drive a power catamaran, but getting the most out of these seaworthy hulls — like those from World Cat — takes a bit of know-how. Check out this video from boat builder and BoatTEST.com captain Dave East for tips that will have any boater handling twin-hull boats like a pro. He covers everything from docking to running rough seas and inlets, offshore trolling, making sharp turns and even anchoring —
see the video here.
In Search of the Perfect Boat
Boaters who understand the way to look for their next boat will look first at their family and friends. Then they will overlay the boating goals of the entire group, giving proper weight to the needs of the family as it grows and changes, as well as friends.
See how to look at each type of boat here.
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