OptiMax is Back | New Hatteras GT59 | Boston Whaler 350 Realm - 04/22/2019
BoatTEST Newsletter April 22, 2019 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
Boattest.com: Tests You Can Trust

New Test Video

Hatteras GT59:
Sportfishing Cruiser w/40 Knot WOT

Hatteras GT59
Hatteras GT59

Hatteras convertibles are known for delivering speed when necessary and the GT59 does not disappoint. Powered with twin 1900-hp CAT C-32As, our test boat reached 40 knots at WOT. Of course, range is not extensive at that speed, a bit over 300 NM even with her 1,750-gallon (6,624 L) fuel capacity and a 10% fuel reserve. For those who want to take advantage of her cruising comforts and three en suites on an extended leisure voyage at 8 knots, the range expands to 1575 NM. But that is just part of the story as her wide beam, low draft, fit-and-finish, and creative accommodations make her tough to beat in class. More...

cross ruler

Review Video

Quicksilver Outboard Reman:
Upgrade to a 300-hp OptiMax at Reman Prices

Quicksilver Reman Powerheads
Quicksilver Reman Powerheads

Though Mercury no longer builds the 2-stroke OptiMax outboards, owners can give new life to their old engines with a remanufactured powerhead from the Quicksilver Reman division. The process replaces the old powerhead with what is essentially a brand-new engine, blueprinted to factory specifications and with all parts either refurbished or replaced so that the engine is as good as new — but at a considerable cost saving. For those who want to give their old rig a big boost in performance, all the OptiMax reman powerheads will fit the three-liter lower unit — a 200 can become a 300, provided the boat’s rating is adequate. Replacement time? Just two to three hours! A one-year warranty is included. More...

cross ruler

Test Video

Boston Whaler 350 Realm:
Multi-Purpose Seats for Entertainment

Boston Whaler 350 Realm
Boston Whaler 350 Realm

The Boston Whaler 350 Realm is dedicated to cruising and entertainment on the water. Among the central features is a helm seat that rotates to face a second forward-facing seat just behind. Add the table into the receptacle and this becomes the spot for an al fresco breakfast or a sundown cocktail. A sink and grill are just a step away. This area is protected from the sun by the large standard hardtop and it can be enclosed with the addition of optional curtains. The aft seatback can be flipped forward so that it can face the cockpit – useful when the boat is used for tow sports or trolling. More...

cross ruler

Electronics

ICOM America IC-M605
Manages Onboard Communications

BOAT NAME
The IC-M605 from ICOM America can have integrated AIS functionality and monitoring.

The IC-M605 from ICOM America has a 4.3” (11 cm) color LCD display to share information with the user at a glance, including available AIS function with an intuitive icon-driven user interface. An integrated GNSS receiver (utilizing signals from GPS, Glonass, and SBAS), active noise-canceling, and last-call voice recording are just some of the features. With the ability to power up to three stations, including an additional remote display, the IC-M605 can serve as a boat’s full radio system, though we always recommend having a backup on board. More...

cross ruler

Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius:
Speed or Range When Needed

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius

The twin 725-hp IPS 950 drives powering the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius produce a very level fuel consumption of about .6 NMPG from 1500 rpm up to full speed, allowing the skipper to choose the best pace based on sea conditions and comfort of those aboard. At 2000 rpm, she ran 22.6 knots in our test and the 650-gallon (2,460 L) fuel capacity gives her a range of just over 304 NM. Cut back to 9.2 knots at 1000 rpm, as you might to reach a distant island without refueling, and she’s good for better than 680 NM. At WOT, she reached 33.9 knots. More...

cross ruler

Test Video

Formula 290 Bowrider:
Twin V8s Produce 53.0 MPH WOT

Formula 290 Bowrider
Formula 290 Bowrider

The Formula 290 Bowrider, powered with twin 320-hp MerCruiser 377 MAG V8s with Bravo 3 drives, delivers on performance as well as appearance with a top speed of 53.0 mph in our test runs. If that’s not enough, power options to twin 430-hp Volvo Pentas are available. Her sharp forward entry, tapering to a 22-degree deadrise at the transom, promises a smooth ride in choppy water. Plenty of freeboard and flair forward should keep spray off the windshield and out of the cockpit in most conditions. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Charter a Voyage into Greek History

uscg report
Charter a Voyage into Greek History

Experienced sailors can enjoy a bareboat charter through the Cyclades Islands and get a look at some 5,000 years of history completely on their own schedule. With some 200 islands in 1,000 square miles of water and endless fascinating destinations, including some that date to 1500 BC, this portion of the southern Aegean Sea is a sailing paradise — and the winds are usually friendly. 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...

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.



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