Most Popular Boats of the Week - 03/16/2019
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Most Popular Boats of the Week

Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
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Monday #1

Aviara AV32:
Luxury Day Boat w/54.9 mph WOT

Aviara AV32
Aviara AV32

The new Aviara 32 looks very European in style with the partial plumb bow, slab sides, open transom, and luxurious day boat interior. She is the first of a new line of boats built by MasterCraft in Vonore, Tennessee. Like MasterCraft boats, luxury and a quality build are part of her DNA. Powered with twin Ilmor 380-hp 6.0 MPI V8’s turning Yanmar sterndrives, she planed in 4.1 seconds and ran 54.9 mph at WOT — note that she is a 13,400-pound boat. She comes standard with lots of premium amenities, including two Bonglovi 1600-watt amplifiers and a Klipsch Audio system with eight speakers and two 11” woofers. The list of options is impressive: heated seats, refrigerated drink holders, cockpit heater and lots more. See the test...

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Tuesday #1

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 roughest conditions we have ever tested a boat, 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 blut-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 Axopar brand with models which are far more economical. 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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Wednesday #1

Sirena 58:
Semi-Displacement Cruiser w/Bow for Sundowners

Sirena 58
Sirena 58

The bow area of the Sirena 58 is clearly a great place for sundowning. It has a forward-facing sofa-style lounge with a walkway between it and a sunlounge that is 78” (1.98 m) wide and 100” (2.54 m) at its longest point. There are grabrails and cupholders in reach of the lounge. Hatches for fender lockers open on twin stainless-steel gas struts. If the boat is ordered with two staterooms below decks, the forward fender locker would open to stairs to a bow cabin. Passageways to the bow are 21" (0.5 m) wide and the bulwarks are 21" (0.5 m) tall, with teak cap rail and railing providing added security. More...

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Thursday #1

Palm Beach 50 Fly:
Easy Rider w/Classic Design, Premium Features

Palm Beach 50 Fly
Palm Beach 50 Fly

Our BoatTEST captains actually look forward to a day like this for testing because rough water brings out the character of yachts like the Palm Beach 50 Fly. Conventional wisdom is that deep V-hulls provide the smoothest ride in choppy water, but the 6-degree deadrise of this yacht combined with her sharp forward entry resulted in an impressively comfortable test run—even though the topsides obviously needed a freshwater washdown afterwards. The boat’s level ride at full speed is the result of careful weight distribution; from a modest five percent to seven percent bow rise on acceleration to a nearly flat, level ride with trim tabs engaged. This level ride extends waterline length and contributes to excellent handling. More...

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Friday #1

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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