Azimut Atlantis 51 | 4-Blade Props | Riviera 72 SMY - 04/29/2019
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Azimut Atlantis 51:
Sportboat Style, Yacht Grade Comforts

Azimut Atlantis 51
Azimut Atlantis 51

The Azimut Atlantis 51 is a large sportboat that also provides the comforts and space of a cruising yacht. She combines a vertical bow with a sharp forward entry, sweeping hullside windows, and an arched roofline to give the impression of making 30 knots when she’s not yet underway. Despite her sleek, low-slung appearance, she fits three cabins including an en suite master at the bow, dinette and full galley plus guest head below. She’s fitted with premium Miele appliances and a washer-dryer is available for those who will enjoy her in extended cruises. More...

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Lumishore Boat Lighting:
Let There Be Light – and Color

Lumishore Boat Lighting
Lumishore Boat Lighting

Lighting systems from Lumishore make a nighttime swim a whole new experience, as well as adding safety for all in the water. The dependable LED systems are easy to install, use minimal power, and are highly durable. They’re affordable with packages for smaller boats starting at about $400. For anglers, and those who just like to watch fish and other marine life, the lights are highly attractive to everything from swordfish to stripers, snook, and tarpon. A lot of Lumishore’s product features are just about style and fun. With the right package, you can use your smart device to create an underwater light show that pulses and changes color in time with the music. An underwater camera linked to the boat’s electronic screens is also available. More...

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Ranger Boats Z519L:
Storage Galore Plus Tournament-Class Speed

Ranger Boats Z519L
Ranger Boats Z519L

The Ranger Z519L is loaded with storage, including a 97.5” (247.65 cm) center rod locker and a second rod locker to port, both with tubes to protect tips. A power venting system prevents mildew in these compartments, an unusual feature in bass boats. There are bungee-type tie-downs on deck so that anglers can strap down their working rods, those they’re actively fishing, while running from spot to spot at 70 mph—which this boat can do, thanks to power from a Mercury 225 FourStroke V8. All storage compartments have locking latches, and all hatch lids have gas struts to keep them up when desired. More...

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Electronics

VHF Communication & AIS Functionality
in One Box:
B&G V60 VHF

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The B&G V60 VHF helps boaters communicate with surrounding ship traffic seamlessly.

B&G is looking out for sailors on midsize cruising sailboats with the V60 VHF in several ways. First, it’s a powerful fixed-mount VHF with an ergonomic design that allows for smart installation: Because the wired mic can be connected via a remotely mounted plug, the control head can be positioned out of the way, yet communications can be kept within reach. Second, a built-in dual-channel AIS helps identify targets in the shipping channel with ease. Third, the V60 can support a base station to power a pair of wireless mics (sold separately), integrating comms for the entire crew. Check out where it stands among the other fixed-mount VHF units on the BoatTEST.com comparison grid here.

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Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht:
Multi-Mission Cruiser w/Extended Range

Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht
Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht

The mission of the Riviera 72 Sports Motor Yacht is to be a no-compromise vessel for several major missions: Sportfishing, casual coastal cruising, watersports such as scuba diving, world cruising, and entertaining day-boat style. Because of her generous standard fuel tankage of 2,378 gallons (9,002 L) with 396 gallons (1,499 L) extra available as an option, the total of 2,774 gallons (10,501 L) gives her over 3,000 nm range at displacement speeds with a 10% reserve. Her top speed of 33.7 knots can bring her to port rapidly when bad weather threatens. Her robust build makes her a world cruiser that is a match for specialty designs intended for just that specific purpose. More...

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Glastron GTD 180:
Entry Level Deck w/Solid Warranty Program

Glastron GTD 180
Glastron GTD 180

The Glastron GTD 180 is a competitively-priced deckboat that includes power options from Evinrude, Mercury or Yamaha plus a single-axle trailer in a turnkey package. Though she’s relatively affordable, the company provides a solid warranty program. There’s a three-year warranty on most of the boat’s components and a lifetime warranty on the hull, transferrable to a second owner. She also has a prorated five-year warranty against osmotic hull blistering. Glastron uses a barrier coat of vinyl ester resin, so hull blistering should be rare. The trailer has a one-year warranty and the outboard engine warranty depends on the maker’s policy – most offer three years, Evinrude offers five. More...

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Boating Tips

4-Blades for Towing Power

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More is better when it comes to prop blades for stern-drive-powered boats used for tow sports.

Is blade area the key to the equation? What are the downsides of picking a four-blade propeller over a three-blade wheel? Many boaters want to understand more about the science of propellers, and how the shape of those blades and the engine to which they’re attached all play a role in the resulting performance. Read all about it here.



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