Irwin Jacobs Retrospective | Four Winns 350 OB | Robalo 206 Cayman S - 04/12/2019
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Four Winns Horizon 350 OB:
Large Bowrider w/700 Outboard Horses

Four Winns Horizon 350 OB
Four Winns Horizon 350 OB

The Four Winns Horizon 350 OB weighs over 13,000 lbs. (5,896 kg) and is rated to carry up to 16 guests, which explains why it makes sense to clamp a pair of 350-hp Mercury Verado outboards on the transom. In fact, twin 400-R Mercs are an available option for those who want to crack the 50-mph barrier – with the 350s we recorded a top speed of 46.6 mph. The package includes joystick control and trim tabs with indicators, standard. Yamaha F350s are also available factory-rigged. More...

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Beneteau Swift Trawler 35:
Easy-Handling Single Screw

Beneteau Swift Trawler 35
Beneteau Swift Trawler 35

The Beneteau Swift Trawler 35 is powered by a single 425-hp Cummins QSB 6.7 diesel, which makes her lower cost as well as economical to operate. At 5.2 knots she gets better than 5 NMPG for a range exceeding 1000 NM on her modest 211-gallon (798.7 L) fuel tank with a 10% fuel reserve, while still capable of achieving planing speeds. Of course, the caveat for single-screw trawlers is that they can be a handful around the docks, particularly if wind and currents do not cooperate. Beneteau solves the problem with standard bow and stern thrusters. More...

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Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge:
One Helm Can Be Better Than Two

Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge
Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge

The Riviera 57 Enclosed Flybridge adds the comfort of a climate-controlled upper helm to the widely-appreciated sea-keeping ability of the Riviera sportfishing cruiser hull design. The bridge includes large flip-up windows and a sliding sunroof to let the breezes blow through in comfortable weather. There’s a sink, refrigerator, settee, and dinette table so the family can join the skipper topside. Enclosing the flybridge eliminates the need for a main deck helm, freeing up more space in the salon and also making it possible to stow the dinghy on the bow, since it will not obstruct the operator’s view — note the hydraulic davit forward. More...

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Robalo 206 Cayman S:
Ready for Fishing, Watersports

Robalo 206 Cayman S
Robalo 206 Cayman S

The stern of the Robalo 206 Cayman S defines its multiple missions — with the jumpseats down, the nonskid decking provides good footing as a casting platform to match the one at the bow and the 15-gallon (56 L) livewell is within easy reach for fresh bait. A second livewell is at the bow as is a 45-gallon (170 L) fishbox with overboard drain. But snap in the included two-tone bow cushions, insert the optional backrests, flip up the jumpseats, plug in the optional ski tow pylon, and she’s ready for a day of tow sports and family dayboating fun. More...

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SUN TRACKER® PARTY BARGE® 22 XP3:
Tri-Toon w/Family & Fishing Features

SUN TRACKER® PARTY BARGE® 22 XP3
SUN TRACKER® PARTY BARGE® 22 XP3

The SUN TRACKER® PARTY BARGE® 22 XP3 is a pontoon boat, sure, but with the optional Mercury FourStroke 150, she has some get-up-and-go. She has a top speed of 35.8 mph, plenty fast enough for tow sports as well as getting back to the docks by cocktail time. The three pontoon logs are SUN TRACKER® 26" (66.04 cm) diameter XP3 high-performance multi-chambered models with welded-on lifting strakes, wave deflectors, and internal bracing for additional strength. She’s very economical to operate, particularly at a cruising speed of 15.6 mph, where she gets 4.3 mpg for a range of around 200 miles. More...

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How to Operate a Power Cat

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World Cat Operating a Catamaran

Captain Dave East, who builds catamarans as well as testing them for BoatTEST, says the sharp twin entries of the hulls are a big reason that keeping the power on allows a twin outboard model like the World Cat 280DC-X to run level and smooth in rough water at speeds that would be hard to endure in many monohulls. The separation of the hulls also makes the boats more stable in beam seas, and makes them easier to handle around the docks. Check out his other tips for getting the most out of these boats here. More...


Irwin L. Jacobs Dies:
Major U.S. Boat Builder
for 40 Years

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Irwin Jacobs at one time or another owned over a dozen boat brands.

It was announced on Wednesday that Irwin L. Jacobs, 77, and his wife, Alexandra, of 57 years, died at their home outside Minneapolis, MN. He had a lifelong love of fishing and boats that drove him to not only buy numerous boat companies, but also to take an active interest in running them. Jacobs also started the FLW tournament series and many related businesses that promoted fishing and boating. More...


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