Absolute Navetta 48 | Used Boat Buying Tips | Schaefer 510 - 03/25/2019
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Absolute Navetta 48:
Innovative Bow Master w/Trawler Legs

Absolute Navetta 48
Absolute Navetta 48

The Absolute Navetta 48 combines trawler-type practicality with an eye-catching dose of European styling and a smart layout. Note how the master stateroom (seen above), set into the bow, has the bed offset to the starboard side rather than in the bow peak as in most yachts of this size. This makes the bed far easier to get into from either side as well as easier to make up. The huge windows are unusual in the bow, but Absolute builds them strong enough that the yacht earns a CE “B” designation for offshore travel. Headroom here is 6’4” (1.9 m) throughout. More...

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Rinker Q3 OB:
23' BR w/Seating for 12

Rinker Q3 OB
Rinker Q3 OB

The Rinker Q3 OB is a 23’2” (7.06 m) bowrider with seats for 12. The portside console seating converts to a rear-facing lounger, a comfortable spot for a tow-sports observer. There’s a walk-through between the two L-shaped seats aft, and the added “Stow-n-Step” seat acts as a filler between them for an extra seating position while underway. As usual, add-on cushions convert this area to a sizeable sun lounge. Note the soft-mat flooring, two-tone upholstery and blue LED style lights throughout. More...

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How 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke Outboards Work

How 2-Stroke and 4-Stroke Outboards Work

Check out this animated video that takes a look inside two-stroke and four-stroke engines and reminds us that one of the reasons two-strokes wind up so fast is that they make power on every revolution of the crankshaft, rather than on every second revolution like four-strokes. Lacking camshaft and valves, two-strokes also have fewer parts to wear and get out of adjustment as well as adding weight to the engine. More...

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Schaefer Yachts 510 Pininfarina:
Luxury Vessel Built for Entertaining

Schaefer Yachts 510 Pininfarina
Schaefer Yachts 510 Pininfarina

With a 17-degree deadrise, sharp forward entry and plenty of freeboard forward, the Schaefer Yachts 510 Pininfarina is more than ready to head out to the inlet and motor toward distant islands and cruising grounds. The 42,424-lb. (19,243 kg) hull is powered by twin 550-hp Volvo Penta IPS700s and standard joystick control made docking a non-issue in our tests. The helm of the flying bridge is a high perch for the operator, providing excellent 360-degree visibility. More...

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Boston Whaler 270 Vantage:
Asymmetrical Design Provides an Important Difference

Boston Whaler 270 Vantage
Boston Whaler 270 Vantage

The Boston Whaler 270 Vantage is a large dual console with an important difference: The walk-through between the consoles is offset to starboard so that the port console can be made considerably larger. This allows a larger entry door to the head and much easier access as well as space for a sink and storage below. The double-wide port console seat, which converts to an aft-facing chaise, also matches the wider console. Also note the broad bow of this design, giving added seating space forward as well as creating a casting platform for anglers. The sink and countertop just abaft the helm seat can be converted to a summer kitchen with the optional electric grill and refrigerator. More...

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MJM Behind the Scenes:
Advanced Materials, High-Tech Construction

MJM Behind the Scenes

MJM Yachts, built by Boston Boat Works, have a construction that’s a cut above most. The hulls are a Kevlar/E-Glass hybrid in tri-axial cloth, and the company uses more expensive — and much tougher — epoxy resin rather than conventional polyester resin used by most builders. Engineered foam in various densities keyed to the area and the usage, cores the super-structure and decks, building in stiffness while keeping weight minimized. Layup with bi-axial glass includes the fabric being fed through an epoxy bath for thorough saturation, then run through rollers to ensure a precise 40-to-60 ratio of resin-to-glass for maximum strength, minimum weight. The entire hull is vacuum bagged and resin infused. Curing is done in a temperature-controlled enclosure for consistent strength and durability. This is a remarkable building process and should be seen. More...

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Tips for Buying a Used Boat

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The hull is a critical inspection point for used-boat buyers. What they don’t see can hurt them.

Boaters who are looking to buy a used boat must understand: There’s some risk involved. But when one compares the potential risks with the instant devaluation experienced upon the purchase of a new boat, a preowned boat can be quite tempting. While used-boat prices are subject to the market, boaters do have to consider the dangers involved: Getting a boat with a bum engine, taking ownership of a hull or deck with structural problems, or discovering an electrical system with a few gremlins in residence. And that’s a pared-down list. Read on to get the tips here...

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