Tiara Sport 38 LS Sneak Peek | Hatteras M60 | Pardo 43 - 04/01/2019
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Seven Marine 527 x2:
Putting this Engine to the Test
On a Tiara Sport 38 LS

Tiara Sport 38 LS
Seven Marine and Tiara Sport 38 LS

The Tiara Sport 38 LS is the brand’s latest launch and she’s powered with a pair of 527-horsepower Seven Marine outboards, which is owned by Volvo Penta. Tiara and Volvo Penta have a long partnership integrating hulls and engines, and we’ll see how they did on this when we do a full performance test and features review. Here is a sneak peek...

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Test Video

Hatteras M60:
Designed for the Owner-Operator

Hatteras M60
Hatteras M60

The Hatteras M60 is a big step up for a lot of boat owners, both in terms of size and function. With Hatteras, there are no worries about weather in all but named storms, and the company’s systems' reliability is legendary. We tested her with the optional twin 1136-hp CAT ACERTs, which pushed her to a top speed of 31.4 knots. At 1600 rpm, she ran 18.6 knots and had a range of 427 NM, allowing a 10 percent reserve of her 1,200-gallon (4,542 L) fuel capacity. The bow thruster and the large wheels will make a joystick unnecessary for most experienced skippers, though one is available as an option. Engine room headroom is 6’7” (2.01 m) and the space is well lighted with a walkway between the engines for daily checks. More...

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Pardo 43:
Luxury Day Boat w/Intelligent Engineering

Pardo 43
Pardo 43

The axe bow of the innovative Pardo 43 gives her a distinctive look. But below the waterline, her hull has a versatile running surface with a sharp forefoot where the deadrise is more than 50-degrees. The bottom flattens out to 16-degrees at the transom, far from a deep vee, but enough to deliver a smooth ride in our test runs. With the twin 435-hp Volvo Penta IPS600s powering our test boat, we reached a top speed of 35.7 knots (66.1 kmph) at 3630 rpm. Most economic cruise came in at 2200 rpm and 17.6 knots (32.6 kmph). Engine noise from the twin diesels is well-isolated – we recorded only 79 dBA at cruising speed at the helm. More...

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Formula 240 Bowrider:
Trailerable Bowrider Ready for Towsports & Dayboating

Formula 240 Bowrider
Formula 240 Bowrider

The Formula 240 Bowrider predictably has plenty of performance with the maximum 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MAG High Output ECT engine turning counter-rotating props on a Bravo III X drive. She got on plane in just 3.6 seconds in our test runs — a plus for those who love tow sports — and had a top speed of 53.6 mph. Several smaller but less expensive engine packages are also available from MerCruiser and Volvo Penta. Handling is sporty, with just 2.5 turns of the wheel lock-to-lock. With an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and a dry weight of 5,000 lbs. (2,268 kg), she’s easily trailerable behind mid-size and larger tow vehicles. More...

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Yamaha EXR:
PWC Thrills for Minimal Investment

Yamaha EXR
Yamaha EXR

Combining a high-output engine and jet system with minimal weight, the Yamaha EXR is aimed at performance-oriented riders, yet base price is under $10,000. Thanks to the NanoXcel molded composite hull, weight is just 540 lbs. (245 kg) dry. She’s powered with the TR-1 High Output (HO) engine – which is a 1049cc, 3-stroke, 4-cylinder motor that’s lighter, more compact, and more powerful by 13 horses than the MR-1 jet system used in earlier Yamaha PWCs. The test machine planed almost instantly and had a top speed of 54 mph. See the full test here...

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TRACKER® Pro Guide™ V-165 WT:
Designed for Rivers and Lakes

TRACKER® Pro Guide™ V-165 WT
TRACKER® Pro Guide™ V-165 WT

The TRACKER® Pro Guide™ V-165 WT is designed to get anglers out on lakes and rivers in pursuit of walleyes, pike and perhaps lake trout in a boat that’s easily towed and that won’t break the bank. The all-welded aluminum hull has reasonable depth and freeboard. Check out the height of the walk-through windshields which knock down spray and cut chilly winds. The bottom has a 20-degree deadrise at the transom, far more than we see on most aluminum boats. All spaces below the decks not used for storage are pumped full of foam to provide flotation as well as stiffening and quieting the hull. Because she is under 20’ (6.0 m), she will float level if swamped. More...

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St. Vincent & the Grenadines

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St. Vincent is among the more beautiful islands to add to a tourist destination, especially for boaters.

Need to broaden the cruising horizons? Look no further than the Eastern Caribbean, where a string of gem-like islands extends between St. Vincent and Grenada. Technically a part of the same country as the island of St. Vincent, the Grenadines stretch along 40 miles (64.37 km) in a northeast-southwest direction and although that doesn’t sound like much territory to cover on a week-long charter, cruisers may find themselves planning their next visit even before the boat is back in its slip. Learn all about these intriguing islands here.



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