EdgeWater 230CC | Chaparral 230 SunCoast | Gran Turismo 50 - 04/24/2019
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Stamford Boat Show
***Invitation ONLY***
Friday, May 3 - Saturday, May 4

The green arrow points to the Stamford train station and the white arrow points to I-95. The red arrow points to the site of the Harbor Point Boat Show, which will be on both sides of the channel – with a ferry service.

The Harbor Point Boat Show is located just five blocks south of I-95 and the Stamford train station, where Amtrak stops. Three local airports also serve Stamford including Westchester Airport, which is one of the largest general aviation hubs in the country. Exotic cars will be on display in addition to boats. Each night there is a live concert. We guarantee no crowds and light traffic. Hours are civilized: 12 noon to 10 pm.

The show is by invitation only – and all BoatTEST Members are eligible. To request a FREE invitation for your whole family, just click the button below. BoatTEST is a co-sponsor of the show and our staff looks forward to meeting our Members. Capt. Steve will be posing for pictures and signing autographs.

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Test Video

Chaparral 230 SunCoast:
Extended V-Plane Hull Produces Quick Hole Shots

Chaparral 230 SunCoast
Chaparral 230 SunCoast

The Chaparral 230 SunCoast is a deckboat design, carrying much of her beam all the way to the bow to provide added seating. She’s rated to carry 12 adults, though of course a load of four to six will give a much better performance in a boat of this size and power. Equipped with a Yamaha F200 outboard, she delivered snappy hole shots of just 3.7 seconds turning a 15” (38 cm) pitch 3-blade prop, a plus for tow sports. The rapid takeoff may in part be the result of the “Extended V-Plane Hull”, which extends the planing surface slightly aft of the engine mount. Top speed was 44.7 mph. More...

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Test Video

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.:
Robust Gearcase w/Quiet Digital Shifting

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.
Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O.

The Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 H.O. comes with Evinrude’s SLX gearcase designed to house more robust gears yet streamlined to improve hydrodynamic efficiency. The leading-edge slices cleanly through the water, keeping weeds off the two low-water pickups on each side of the lower unit. A larger anti-ventilation plate helps improve planing times. Evinrude designed the skeg with a camber that eliminates the need for an adjustable trim tab. The gearcase is the same one used on the Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp engines, which means it can take lots of abuse. The digital shifting system at the front of the housing provides near-silent, “clunk-free” shifting. More...

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Test Video

EdgeWater 230CC:
Premium Quality w/a Key Family Feature

EdgeWater 230CC
EdgeWater 230CC

The EdgeWater 230CC is ready for serious meat fishermen with a 28-gallon (106 L) aerated and lighted baitwell in the port quarter, and another “ready well” of 12 gallons (45 L) beneath the port quarter seat. This is a boat with rod holders everywhere from bow to stern, 17 in all. For weekending with the kids, the two-tone upholstery throughout provides plenty of comfortable seating and a ski tow pylon pops right out of the transom to elevate the tow rope well above the outboard. Most important of all, and something that truly makes this boat “family-friendly,” is the fact that the boat floats level if swamped because the hull is foam filled. Not many boats will do that, and that fact alone moves her ahead of many brands on the market in our book. More...

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Test Video

Beneteau Gran Turismo 50:
Airstep 2 Hull Designed for Pod Drives

Beneteau GT50
Beneteau Gran Turismo 50

The new Airstep 2 hull designed to function with pod drives is part of the reworking of the Beneteau Gran Turismo 50’s bottom. The concept is to introduce air under the aft portion of the hull at the step, reducing friction and improving efficiency. We tested her with twin Volvo Penta IPS 600s and found she got on plane in just over 7 seconds and had a top speed of 27.2 knots. Fuel economy remains at 0.6 NMPG from 2600 rpm and 16.7 knots all the way to WOT, allowing the skipper to choose speed based on sea conditions without excessive concern for range. Drop her back to the displacement speed of 6.7 knots and her range extends to better than 1000 NM. More...

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Boating Tips

Four Ways to Add Seats to a Boat

Boats sometimes need additional seats, such as these beanbag seats, though the fixed, aft-facing seat shown here would work too.

Any boater who has stepped off a boat with an aching back knows poor boat seating may be the reason. Boaters get bounced, banged, bumped and bruised, especially if on long cruises with substandard seats, and that can translate into long-term back pain. Anglers in particular may be subject to posterior problems, since they tend to shoot off over choppy bays at highway speeds regardless of the conditions. Here are four kinds of seats boaters can add to boats to improve the ride for family, friends, or fishing buddies. Check them out here.

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Pre-Owned Boat -- 360 View

2010 Maritimo M56:
17’ Beam w/ Three Staterooms & Two Heads

Maritimo M56
Maritimo M56 motoryacht “Willa Gin”

Powered by twin 775-hp Volvo Penta D12 inboard engines, the Maritimo M56 “Willa Gin” has 1,000 hours. She has three cabins and two heads as well as a large salon and aft galley. Today, we take a 360 view of the M56, exploring her staterooms, salon, galley, aft and bow deck. See our 360-degree images and the price here...

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Boat-Owner Education

15 Basic Boating Safety Tips

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Read these boating safety tips to ensure a great summer on the water.

Every year about 650 Americans die in boating related accidents – and virtually every one of them was avoidable. We think boating is the greatest way to have fun, but that does not mean being careless or irresponsible. Remember: the operator of every boat is responsible for the people in the boat and those around it. Read all 15 tips here...

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