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BoatTEST Newsletter May 13, 2019


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Outer Reef 700:

Equipped for Long-Range Voyaging


Outer Reef 700

Outer Reef 700

From her Portuguese bridge to her heavily sound-insulated engine room with a full stand-up headroom, the Outer Reef 700 is a long-range cruiser designed to cruise the world's oceans in the hands of an experienced cruising couple. Her twin 750-hp John Deere 6135s are easy on fuel at displacement speeds, consuming just over 20 gph at 10.5 knots for a range of better than 1130 NM with her 2,400-gallon (9,085 L) fuel capacity. Drop her back to 8.4 knots and the range jumps to over 2270 NM. She's laid up with solid glass below the waterline for maximum durability with PVC coring above the water line for reduced weight and improved insulation. Although she is a production boat, full custom designing is possible for most interior layouts and all decor features.

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Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius:

Lots of Freeboard & Interior Space


Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius

Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius

The Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius has lots of freeboard not only forward, where there's a full 8’ (2.4 m), but aft, where there's 6’ (1.8 m) - as seen here. This means she keeps topsides dry in most sea conditions and is also ready to take on some gnarly inlets when necessary. The added height translates into lots of headroom belowdecks, all the way from the VIP at the bow through the salon and amidships master and even aft into the engine room, where the headroom is 6'2" (1.9 m). She can be optioned with a third cabin below as well.

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Yamaha SX190:

Entry-Level Jet with PWC Performance


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Yamaha SX190

The Yamaha SX190 is an entry-level jet-powered bowrider that delivers PWC-level acceleration and handling but also has seating space for up to eight. She is compact at 19’ (5.8 m) long with a beam of 8’ (2.4 m), easily towed and the right size to fit in most garages. Powered with the 1812cc Yamaha High Output engine, she delivered 3.3-second holeshots in our tests and hit 30 mph in 6.8 seconds. Top speed was 43.2 mph.

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MAKO 414 CC:

Big, Fast & Very Fishy


MAKO 414 CC

MAKO 414 CC

The MAKO 414 CC has what it takes to get lots of anglers offshore very fast. Equipped with quad 350 Mercury Verados, she had a top speed of better than 60 mph in our test runs. With a deadrise maxing out at 24-degrees at the transom, she can do the job while delivering a reasonably comfortable ride in most sea conditions. At a cruise of 35.0 mph, range with the 464-gallon (1,756 L) fuel tankage extends to over 360 SM. We think she is of good value.

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The Canals of France: You Only Live Once


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Taking in France along its many canals and rivers while enjoying the food, wine, and song along the way is hard to beat.

Touring a region of France by canal is a charming way to explore this beguiling country. However, the pace of life on the canals takes some getting used to. Don’t expect to zip along from city to city. The 5-knot pace and abundance of locks makes traveling a study of learning to relax and enjoy the present. What makes up for the tranquil pace is absorbing the incredible beauty, opportunities to encounter interesting people and chances to explore fascinating places all while taking control of your own experience.

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