10 Boat-Buying Mistakes | Robalo 246 Cayman w/Tower | Seakeeper Gyro for Small Boats - 04/26/2019
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Seakeeper Gyro Stabilization
For Smaller Boats

Above is the Seakeeper 2 Gyro for boats from 27’ to 32’ (8.2 to 9.75 m). It weighs 414 lbs. (188 kg) and costs $22,700, plus installation. Many builders are now building dedicated locations for the Seakeeper and are strengthening the stringer accordingly.

It has been over 10 years since we first tested the Seakeeper in Baltimore Harbor aboard a lightweight, narrow 50’ (15 m) express cruiser. The unit involved did the job as we reported and it was not long until boat builders started installing them for their own tests. As they say, the rest is history. Over time, the company made smaller and smaller units – and large ones, too – and now they have applications from 27’ (8.2 m) boats all the way up to boats over 85’ (26 m). For those interested in retrofitting their current boat with one of the units, or want to know which builders offer them, we can help. Click here for a brief primer and contact information...

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Test Video

Robalo 246 Cayman SD:
Bay/Flats Boat with Tower

Robalo 246 Cayman SD
Robalo 246 Cayman SD

The Robalo 246 Cayman SD equipped with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300-hp outboard makes a solid package for anglers who fish open bays as well as the flats for bone fish and other species. The high-tech, fuel-efficient 2-stroke produced the best cruise at 3500 rpm, at which she ran 28.3 mph and got 3.6 mpg. With her standard 75-gallon (284 L) tank, she gave a safe range of 246 miles, enough to fish several days on most trips. Top speed with a four-blade 15 1/8" (38.42 cm) prop was 46.5 mph. The 81-degree tilt range of the integrated digital tilt and trim system allows raising the lower unit completely clear of the surface, a big plus for boats stored at a dock in saltwater. More...

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Product Promo

Imtra Anchoring Systems:
How to Choose the Right Anchor Windlass

Imtra Windlasses
Imtra Anchoring Systems

Imtra’s detailed guide to choosing the right windlass for a boat is both interesting and instructional, and it can be an asset whether you’re setting up a 25’ (7.62 m) center console or a 105’ (32 m) motoryacht. The illustrated guide reviews windlass types and power range, whether a chain or rope system – or a combination – might be best for your needs; vertical vs. horizontal windlasses; and even choosing and mounting a bow roller. Check it out before you buy, learn more...

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Test Video

Prestige 520:
Dry Ride at Sea, Easy Docking in the Harbor

Prestige 520
Prestige 520

The Prestige 520 carries her 14’9” (4.5 m) beam well forward. That combined with plenty of flair and sharp chines extending all the way to the bow, help to keep her windshield dry. Carrying the hull volume forward also opens up interior space, which is used to advantage in the full-beam VIP. A third joystick control station on the aft deck makes docking easy. More...

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Review Video

Hargrave 95 Freedom:
Passage Maker Ready for World Cruising

Hargrave 95 Freedom
Hargrave 95 Freedom

With a 3,600-gallon (13,627 L) fuel capacity, the Hargrave 95 Freedom is ready to travel the world’s oceans at displacement speeds. Throttle up to meet a deadline or beat a storm and she’s capable of speeds around 24 knots with the optional 1925-hp twin CAT C32 ACERT diesels. She’s also equipped with a 600-gallon (2,271 L) water tank, enough to allow half a dozen guests to live in relative comfort for several days. She has two 38 kW generators for full redundancy in remote locations as well as extra electric power when it’s needed. And there’s a full waste treatment system and 100-gallon (378 L) holding tank so those who are enjoying the pristine waters can help to keep them that way. More...

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Boating Tips

10 Common Boat-Buying Mistakes

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This family may not have looked far enough ahead of that bow seating area…

Buying a boat is a big decision and not one to be entered into lightly — just like a marriage. Also like that solemn union, boat ownership has its pitfalls, but knowing them is half the battle — knowledge is boat-buying power. Read a list of 10 mistakes for boat buyers to avoid here.

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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...

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