Most Popular Boats and Engines of the Week - 03/23/2019
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Most Popular Boats and Engines of the Week

Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats and engines. 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

Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe:
Ready for Rough Water Running

Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe
Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe

The Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe is ready to take on open water or jumbo yacht wakes with assurance thanks to her sharp forward entry, high freeboard and abundant flair. Our test captain reports that she felt solid when slamming through wakes as shown here, with no rattling hatches or other unusual noises, and the one-piece windshield stayed dry. She has a 16-degree deadrise aft, which gives her better stability in beam seas than boats with greater vee in the bottom. More...

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Tuesday #1

Pardo 43:
Luxury Dayboat With Hydraulic Swim Platform Option

Pardo 43
Pardo 43

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 extends over 4’ (1.2 m) and can be hydraulically powered. The hydraulic version can hoist 800 lbs. (362.87 kg.) and can be fitted with chocks to launch a tender or personal watercraft. Note the teak planking, extended even to the gunwale tops. More...

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Wednesday #1

Sea Ray SLX 310 OB:
Quick, Quiet and Comfortable Day Boat

Sea Ray SLX 310 OB
Sea Ray SLX 310 OB

The Sea Ray SLX 310 OB weighs in at better than 11,000 lbs. (4,989.5 kg) fueled up, but powered by twin 300-hp Mercury Verados, she got on plane in 4.8 seconds and had a top speed of 50.8 mph. With the company’s “Quiet Ride” technology absorbing vibrations and quieting rattles, our instrumentation recorded only 58 dBA at idle, and just 84 dBA at full speed. Sea Ray’s Dynamic Running Surface consists of large, triangular planes set into the aft edge of the hull. They can be controlled manually or with presets to improve acceleration, reduce bow rise and keep the boat at optimal trim. The premium-grade day cruiser can seat up to 17, and the PowerTower with articulating Bimini, seen here, is a standard feature. More...

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Thursday #1

Quicksilver Repower Engines:
100% New 3.0L, 350, 383 & 496 Engines

Quicksilver Repower Engines
Quicksilver repower engines are completely new and will fit in the old boat without expensive modifications, in most cases.

Owners of old boats with tired or worn-out GM sterndrive or inboard engines can now replace them with completely new engines tooled and built by Quicksilver, a division of Mercury Marine. Sterndrive and inboard engines that were marinized by any brand – including Volvo Penta, MerCruiser, Crusader, PCM, and many others – can now be replaced with engines that are better than the old ones because all of the improvements made to those engines over three decades of production have been baked into the new Quicksilver engines. For example, they are built with exclusive “Black-X” valve technology that reduces valve wear by 42 percent, even when using modern alcohol fuel. They’re also more fuel efficient, and in most cases the engines fit into the existing engine boxes, avoiding costly structural changes. They’re available in 3.0 L, the small block V-8 350 and 383 versions, and big block 496 V-8. All have a three-year warranty.

We think that this is a very important new product introduction because it can literally save the investment that a family has in an old boat. Now, old engines ready for the graveyard don’t have to take the boat with them. Just replace them with a new Quicksilver engine and preserve the boat and investment for the next generation. See our video and report that explains it all. More...

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Friday #1

Riviera Belize 66 Sedan:
Layouts to Suit the Buyer and Guests

Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
Riviera Belize 66 Sedan with the "Classic Layout"

One size does not fit all when it comes to cruising yachts, of course, and the Riviera Belize 66 Sedan takes this into account with three optional layouts. The “Classic”, a four-stateroom layout with amidships master, places a down-sized master head to starboard but allows for more guests. The “Presidential” three-stateroom layout increases the size of the master to full beam and has a larger master bath to starboard as well as crew’s quarters aft. The “Grand Presidential”, also a three-stateroom version, increases the size of the master yet again and makes the master bath full beam as well, eliminating the crew’s quarters. Note that each version finds a place to tuck away laundry facilities, a plus on a yacht intended for extended cruising. See this premium-grade Australian build at the Palm Beach International Boat Show March 28-31. More...

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