World Cat 255DC | Monte Carlo Yachts 96 | Tahoe 550 TS - 04/04/2019
BoatTEST Newsletter April 4, 2019 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust

Design Video

World Cat 255DC:
Dual Mission Dual Console

World Cat 255DC
World Cat 255DC

The World Cat 255DC is well laid out for its dual missions of fishing and family fun, with the bow area particularly useful for both. Full cushion backrests angle back to provide a reclined feel here. There's plenty of lounging space, and if the owner inserts the optional bow table, six people can enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres. She is also ready for fishing by adding a couple of options. The cat concept is catching on in America and this is one of the reasons why. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Can You See Where You're Going?

BOAT NAME
A BoatTEST captain is standing at the helm of an express coupe with perfect sight lines as prescribed by ABYC standards.

NMMA certification of boats means the helmsman is assured of good lines of sight that meet specific ABYC standards for the height of the eye from a standing and seated position. This is an important requirement, and one that is not met by some boats on the market. Read the standards…

“NMMA

cross ruler

Test Video

Intrepid 475 Panacea:
1700 Outboard Horses, 60.7 MPH WOT

Intrepid 475 Panacea
Intrepid 475 Panacea

The Intrepid 475 Panacea is the company’s largest-ever center console. She comes equipped with plenty of power to push her 13’8” (4.17 m) wide hull with quad Yamaha 425 V8 XTO outboards—a total of 1700-hp. Not surprisingly, she was strong on performance in our test runs with a top speed of 60.7 mph. For an all-out tournament boat, that sort of speed means you can get to the best spots sooner and stay longer while still making it back to weigh-in before cutoff—a real advantage. At a 7-mph trolling speed, she got 1 mpg. While at a cruise of 4000 rpm and 37.3 mph, she got 0.6 mpg for a range of better than 345 statute miles. More...

cross ruler

Test Video

Monte Carlo Yachts 96:
Pilothouse Yacht Fit for a Captain

Monte Carlo Yachts 96
Monte Carlo Yachts 96

The pilothouse on the Monte Carlo Yachts 96 is designed for a professional captain: There’s a cushioned lounge space to starboard that can serve as companion seating but is also a pilot berth for long cruising legs, when a mate takes over the helm. All the controls are placed on flats to either side of the wheel just as found on commercial vessels. There is actually better visibility forward than it appears here because of the low angle of the camera. The captain’s chair is fully automatic. Remove the cushions for better side visibility. More...

cross ruler

Test Video

TAHOE® 550 TS:
Economical to Buy and Operate

TAHOE® 550 TS
TAHOE® 550 TS

We tested the 19’10” (6.05 m) TAHOE® 550 TS with the optional 150 Mercury XL FourStroke, a $3,500 upgrade to the $27,595 base price with Mercury 115 EXLPT FourStroke and a tandem trailer. She planed in 4.5 seconds and had a top speed of 48.8 mph with three adults and a full load of fuel on board. At 3000 rpm and 24.0 mph, she delivered an impressive 6.1 mpg, giving her a range of over 180 miles on the 33-gallon (125 L) fuel tank. We think this is a good entry level because of the economics involved as well as the boat’s utility. We would opt for the 150-hp engine as it will make the boat easier to sell at trade-in time. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Test Video

MJM 35Z:
Premium OB Build w/Impressive Performance

MJM 35Z
MJM 35Z

MJM is well-known for building quality cruising boats. We tested the new MJM 35Z with a pair of Mercury Verado 350s, the maximum horsepower package, and found she pushed the 13,279-lb. (6,023 kg) hull to 47.0 mph at 5900 rpm. At that speed, our sound level meter picked up only 81 dBa at the helm, low enough that conversation is easily possible without shouting. She planed in about four seconds. Just as important, at 4000 rpm and 28.2 mph, she got 1.4 mpg for a range of 310 statute miles. More...

cross ruler

Factory Video

Cruisers Yachts Behind the Scenes:
Computer-Controlled Upholstery Shop

uscg report
Cruisers Yachts Behind the Scenes

Cruisers Yachts builds virtually every part that goes into their boats in-house, including the premium-class upholstery. All coverings are controlled by a computerized system and robotic cutting machines as seen here, ensuring rapid, perfect production of all the necessary components. Dry-Fast foam is used in all exterior seating, while interior seats are all made of multi-density foam, again with all parts computer-cut. While vinyls, foam and leathers are robotically cut, seats are stitched by hand with some help from Singer, and made one at a time. See it all. More...



Expert Boating

 BoatTEST.com’s
4-DVD Boating Course

Smart Boating
Sometimes it's not what you know, but what you've forgotten. We have the perfect solution for you.


Based on the feedback we’ve been getting about BoatTEST.com's Video Boating Course it’s clearly not only for beginners, but also for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating course available… period. Order your 4-disc box set...

Watch the trailer...
cross ruler

BoatTEST.com, LLC
51 Bank Street, Suite 2A
Stamford, CT 06901
203-323-9900
editorial@boattest.com

All articles, Captain's Reports, video content or other material which appear on BoatTEST.com and in its newsletters are accurate and factual to the best knowledge of BoatTEST.com and its staff. All findings, beliefs, experiences, or endorsements presented are the honest opinions of BoatTEST.com or its contributors. In compliance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255 BoatTEST.com advises its readers that content that appears in its newsletter or on its website may have been produced for compensation or the prospect of future compensation. BoatTEST.com makes no claims for the veracity or motivation of reader comments, Owners’ Reports, and other contributions which are all clearly labeled as such.



======================================