Formula 45 Yacht:
Class, Speed, Comfort and
Range (with IPS)
We test the 45 Formula with the IPS and diesel
The 45 is pictured here
in the Bahamas. With 320-mile range take her “Down Island.”
With an 18-degree deadrise at the transom and a fine
entry, the Formula 45 not only lives up to her name as a performance cruiser, but
can do it in conditions that would slow other boats down. The fit and finish, details,
and list of standard equipment is extensive. What we like most of all is “Formula
Guard” – the company’s standard “Stem-to-Stern” 5-year warranty program.
See Capt. Smith’s full test and video…
We have tested the 45 with both the IPS 600 and a conventional V-Drive with twin
575-hp Volvo Penta diesels-- the difference is dramatic. Compare the performance data on the 435-hp IPS diesels vs. 575-hp V-drive
Selection Can Save 20-30% + on Your Fuel Bill
We compared two gas engines and two diesels and
found some surprising data
Tests of Formula 40 Super Sport (top)
and the 40 PC yield some surprising results.
We are all more fuel conscious these days, and that
is a good thing, because it forces us to take a good look at engine performance
numbers. Just like every boat, so, too, is every engine a compromise-- they are set
up to perform best at a certain RPM and load, among other things. Decide what is
more important to you (we recommend you consider optimum cruising speed), and see
how the engine options perform there.
Here, we look at two Formula 40 Super Sports powered by 525-hp and 415-hp MerCruiser
gas engines, and two Formula 40 PCs powered by 370-hp Volvo Penta diesels and 440-hp
Yanmar diesels. There are some surprises. See the
Affordable World Cruiser
Displacement speeds mean long range, dependability
and low cost
This 2 stateroom vessel
is for world cruising.
Nordhavn says that it did not set out to design a 43-foot model to fit a marketing
strategy, but instead built-in the successful features of their popular 40 and 47-foot
models to make an affordable 2 stateroom LRC. We like the Nordhavn concept of go anywhere cruisers at affordable prices and operating costs. Keep-it-simple,
no fru-fru, single-engine diesel and built-in reliability. See what Capt. Robert
Smith has to say in his video review…
Advice from an
Boat Depreciation and Trade
1st Time Buyer Advice
Baby Boomer Boat Buying
Convertible From Australia
With an emphasis on range and reliability,
this 3-stateroom boat has a lot to offer
Maritimo builds three convertibles with sky lounges: 48’, 52’ and 60’.
Founded by Bill Barry-Cotter who has been building
boats since 1968, the mission of the Australian Gold Coast company is to build distinctive
long range cruisers. Unlike the American concept of displacement hulls going 9 knots,
Maritimo makes convertibles into long range cruisers with the addition of a sky
lounge, smaller engines, and by keeping them very lightweight. In this way one can
cruise at 26 knots, according to Maritimo, or motor along slowly for range. As alert
readers of BoatTEST know, we think that convertibles make fine cruising boats because
of their low CG.
See Capt. Robert Smith’s video review…
on Westerbeke Gas Generators
The company says they eliminate 99%
This 3 kw gasoline generator
will power a small boat. Other gas units go up to 25 kw.
Gasoline engines produce carbon monoxide which can
be hazardous to your health and now Westerbeke is fitting their full line of gas
generators with catalytic converters, which they say reduces toxic emissions by
99%. Westerbeke also has introduced a new electronic panel for its diesel gen sets.
See Capt. Smith’s video report on Westerbeke’s new products…
Give the Perfect Nautical Gift!!!
A Barometer for that Special Someone.
Pots and Pans
For Your Boat
9-Piece Stainless Steel "Nesting" Cookware!!
Designed Specifically for Boats!
quality and value you've come to expect from Magma products now in an 18-10 stainless
steel cookware set that nests for storage in less than 1/2 cubic foot of cabinet
space. The set includes three saucepans (1-1/2 qt., 2 qt., and 3 qt.), a lid that
fits all three saucepans, a 5 qt. stock pot, a 9-1/2 inch diameter saute pan (also
serves as a lid for the stock pot), 2 removable handles, and a convenient "bungee"
storage cord. All have triple clad bottoms (stainless steel, aluminum, stainless
steel) and perfectly flat bottoms for even heat distribution on gas, electric or
ceramic cooktops. All the cookware is oven safe and dishwasher friendly. Yacht quality
cookware at a value price.
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New 3500 Tiara Sovran for
With a range of 311 miles at cruise,
Tiara has designed
this 35 for the IPS
This twin-cabin hard top
has a cruise speed of 28.5 mph and gets 1.38 mpg.
The 3500 Sovran is built with Tiara’s famous high-quality
with a very specific mission in mind. She is equipped for exciting blue water
cruising for one or two couples, or a small family. Powered by twin 300-hp IPS diesels
from Volvo Penta, Tiara takes advantage of the latest power technology to reduce
fuel consumption and increase range. With a draft of only 30”, this boat can be
a dream in the Bahamas, or anywhere else with skinny water.
See Capt Ron Svoboda’s recent test and video…
Rugged Offshore Fish Boat
This express was designed for the Atlantic canyons
has good fishability
The Henriques 35 with
Henriques has been in business since 1977 and has built
rugged express fish boats designed for canyon running. The Henriques 35 Tournament
Sportfisherman is derived from the time-tested and successful Henriques 38. We are
impressed with the company’s attention to detail and the fishability of the boat.
Her 100 sq.-ft. cockpit is huge for this size boat, yet she still has comfortable
accommodations below. She is powered by twin diesels and comes with AC, generator
and other features as standard. Best of all, she is semi-custom, which means you
have a choice of accommodation plans.
full test and video…
Windsor Craft 36:
For those yachtsmen who will only settle for the elegance
of wood and the charm of yesteryear
A cold molded mahogany
long life and easy maintenance.
Windsor Craft aspires to recreate for discerning yachtsmen
the elegance and grace of an era gone by. By recreating the classic lines of wooden
boats built in the U.S. and Europe in the 1920s, then artfully placing below the mahogany and burl
wood skin all of the important technology of our age, the company
has truly captured the
best of both worlds. The Windsor Craft is built in Turkey
and sold world-wide for about half the price of quality picnic boats built in Maine
with fiberglass hulls. Most important of all it comes with a promise of incomparable
customer service, personally guaranteed by the owner of Genmar, Irwin Jacobs.
See Capt. Robert Smith’s video review of the 36…it is a visual treat.
Inboard Gas Engine
Water Ingestion Explained
Crusader Engine’s Pres. Chuck Thurman
describes 3 major causes of water ingestion
Pres. Thurman says quest
for power exacerbated water reversion problem.
Water ingestion in gasoline inboard engines is no red
herring. And as Detroit downsizes its blocks, the problem could get worse as marine
engine marinizers struggle to squeeze more power out of smaller blocks. Crusader
Engine's President Chuck Thurman says that his company has found solutions to the
problem and is so confident that it offers a two year warranty on all of their
To see a video of Chuck explaining the problem and Crusader’s solutions…
Luhrs 35 Fish Boat Has
Wide, recessed side decks, molded
in steps and an open salon layout show good design thinking
Luhrs is working hard
to give the customer a lot of boat for the money.
Luhrs is all about affordable offshore fishing and
the 35 is a prime example of that. The builder has incorporated many design features
that make the boat easier – and safer -- to get around on in a seaway and has opened
up the salon to maximize space. See Capt. Smith’s video review…
Aluminum panels with LED lights are yacht quality
Bass control panels are
handsome and top quality, but Bass Products don’t stop there.
B.T.S. (Bow To
Stern) is Bass Products’ premier line of single source switchgear and comprehensive
monitoring and control system for
yachts and commercial vessels. Design and engineering
services are available to naval architects and builders for complete project electrical
from Bow to Stern. The 9200 Series of Modular
Panels is the first complete panel line in the industry that is designed
to be fully ABYC and Coast Guard Subchapter T compliant. All panels feature a
2-year limited warranty.
See Capt. Smith’s video review of Bass Products…
Gaskets and Tapes Eliminate Silicone Mess
For both thru-deck
thru-hull hardware these water-proof seals make
Kelcom seals allow hardware
to be removed without destroying gelcoat.
Kelcom, Inc. is a leading fabricator and distributor
of a wide variety of pressure sensitive tapes, sealant and gasket products for many
industries, including marine. Replacing traditional “pumpable” silicones, their
gaskets allow for a watertight seal with the performance, flexibility, and finish
owners of boats expect. No little beads of silicone oozing out, no dirty smear where
someone tried to clean off the excess. Kelcom gaskets are designed for all hardware
pieces--both above and below the water line, and the company will make any shapes
See Capt. Smith’s video of Kelcom’s other marine products…
Fishing Tips 2 DVD Set
This set includes 100 Saltwater Fishing Mistakes
and Inshore Saltwater Fishing.
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common and not so common mistakes to avoid and become a better angler.
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Tuna Tips 3 DVD Set
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The Restoration Handbook
by Enric Rosello
An essential guide to yacht restoration and repair with sequential photographs for
• How to restore a cruising yacht
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• Restoration is a key topic in the sailing world
• Covers every aspect of restoration in detail, e.g. deck repair, the galley, electrics,
engine, the bow
• Highly illustrated with more than 1000 sequential photographs to show each stage
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Boat's Diesel Engine by Andrew Simpson
Just what you need to keep your engines running trouble-free and your vessel on
the water. Boating expert Andrew Simpson shows you how marine diesels work, and
explains operating, maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair procedures. Illustrated
with detailed full-color drawings and photos, the book includes “How to Do It” and
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