Chaparral 21 H2O OB | Grady-White Freedom 235 | Alaskan Flotilla - 03/26/2019
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Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport:
Stylish Bowrider w/Outboard Power

Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport
Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport

There is a growing trend to outboard power in sportboats and the Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport capitalizes on that. The outboard engine is lighter than the typical sterndrive and most have a faster wind-up, which gives the boat potentially better performance. The outboard design also opens up gear space because the engine box becomes a huge storage area. And because there are fewer fuel-line connections inside the boat and no enclosed engine box to trap fumes, outboard designs are inherently safer. See the package we tested here: with a single 150-hp Yamaha four-stroke, she got on plane in just 3.0 seconds, had a top speed of 48.4 mph, and got better than 4 mpg at a cruise of 4000 rpm and 29.9 mph. More...

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Grady-White Freedom 235:
Multi-Function Dual Console w/ 20” Draft

Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 235

The Grady-White Freedom 235 is ready for fishing, while her dual console design welcomes the family aboard as well. She has a 20” (0.5 m) draft with the engine trimmed up, allowing a safe approach to the beach as well as fishing on the edge of the flats. Her distinctive Carolina bow flare and SeaV2© hull give her the softest and driest ride than any other boat in her category. An optional spring-loaded ski pylon is on the transom, and she planes in 3.8 seconds with the Yamaha F300 outboard, adding tow-sports to her multi-function capabilities. More...

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NW Explorations:
Charter Flotilla to Alaska Has Availability

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Most of the vessels in the NW Explorations flotilla are classic Grand Banks yachts that are in excellent condition.

Time is drawing short to sign-up for a leg of NW Explorations’ annual cruising in company flotilla from Bellingham, Washington, to Skagway, Alaska, and back. The first leg of the cruise starts in May and the last one is in August. This is absolutely the best time to cruise up the Inside Passage through some of the most pristine cruising grounds anywhere on the planet. BoatTEST can attest to the professionalism of the NW Expeditions’ staff, five of whom accompany the flotilla.

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Regency Yachts P65:
Pilothouse Motoryacht w/Trawler Livability

Regency Yachts P65
Regency Yachts P65

The Regency Yachts P65 is a pilothouse motoryacht with the livability, range and user-friendliness of a well-designed trawler. Her 18’3” (5.56 m) beam, up to one foot (0.3 m) wider than some in class, provides added living space below as well as improving beam stability in open water. Her twin 900-hp Volvo Penta diesels with ZF shaft drives provide a range of more than 730 NM at 10.3 knots. She has four control stations, one in the wheelhouse, one on the flying bridge, and two on the aft wing stations, making for easy handling at the docks for the cruising couple. She has both diesel and electric heating systems, chilled-water cooling, two large generators, satellite TV and a watermaker, all standard, along with one of the more complete standard electronics packages in the industry. See the impressive full list of her operational features here...

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Formula 37 Performance Cruiser:
Swim Platform Welcomes a Party

Formula 37 Performance Cruiser
Formula 37 Performance Cruiser

The Formula 37 Performance Cruiser offers an extended water sports swim platform option with an under-mount swim seat and boarding step. The optional aft-facing sunlounge has multi-position backrests and the trunk storage underneath opens on pneumatic lifts. A gate closes off the port-side passageway to the cockpit. Utility plug-ins and the shore-power cord are to the lower right on the transom. Note the included aft-facing waterproof speakers—she’s definitely ready for a swim party. More...

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Shurhold NEW 217 Towel:
Synthetic Chamois for Spotless Marine Finishes

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Shurhold NEW 217 Towel

Water spots on gelcoat, windshields, or hardware are an aggravation to many boat owners, especially around salt or brackish water. The new Shurhold 217 Water Sprite Towel, an absorbent PVA cloth, comes in an extra-large size of 23.25" x 31" (59 cm x 78 cm) – about five square feet. It has the look and feel of chamois as well as the legendary absorbency, but is less expensive and also less prone to develop mold and mildew during storage aboard, according to Shurhold. It’s also great for wiping up spills around the galley. It’s machine-washable and should last for years. More...

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Yamaha Behind the Scenes:
Robotic Technology for an Excellent Finish

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Yamaha Behind the Scenes

Robotic technology is used extensively in building Yamaha’s jet boats. Computer-controlled robotic arms control many aspects of construction, starting with spraying the gelcoat—the machines not only lay down three controlled coats in minutes, they also adjust the spray mix for temperature and humidity, and spray added thicknesses in areas where needed to prevent cracking. Two five-axis robots also handle all the hole drilling and cutting on each hull—a total of 300 holes in each—in just 25 minutes. The time saved and the accuracy of the machines allow Yamaha to build high-quality boats at very competitive prices. More...


Standards for Fuel Lines on
Gasoline-Powered Boats

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The fuel system on the NITRO® Z20 has accessible fuel lines and connections.

The hoses used for fuel lines on gasoline-powered boats must meet a high standard to contain the fuel and its volatile vapors to keep everyone safe. ABYC spells out what standards the hose must meet, and also pays attention to the installation requirements for NMMA Certification. Have a look at the strict standards here…

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