Most Popular Boats of the Week - 05/11/2019
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Most Popular Boats of the Week

Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
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Monday #1

Renaissance Prowler 42:
66.7 WOT MPH w/4x Evinrude 300s

Renaissance Prowler 42
Renaissance Prowler 42

The Renaissance Prowler 42 is a high-performance catamaran CC that proved an ideal platform for the high-torque 2-stroke power provided by quad Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s. The single-tube rigging made possible by these all-digital engines keeps the transom area clean, well-organized and provides all the advantages of built-in digital steering, throttle, and tilt-and-trim functions. Though we've not yet tested the boat for maximum performance, Evinrude's tech staff has and they recorded a top speed of 66.7 mph with 26" (66 cm) pitch 4-blade propellers. More...

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Tuesday #1

Axopar 28 Cabin:
Enclosed Cabin Center Console

Axopar 28 Cabin
Axopar 28 Cabin

The Axopar 28 Cabin is an innovative, enclosed cabin center console design that features an ax bow and extremely sharp forward entry tapering to a double-stepped hull aft. She delivered a very impressive ride in our test runs, leaping through 4' to 6' (1.2 to 1.8 m) seas on full plane with no problems. The oversized wraparound windshield gives a wide-open view forward for the helmsman. Standard wipers and a brow overhang help to handle spray. Smart use of space fits a sink under the flip-up helm seats and storage into every inch of room behind bulwarks, in the console and under the decking. Cabin seating can convert to a double bunk for overnights and there's an aft cabin extension option that creates even more space for weekending, camper style. More...

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Wednesday #1

Riviera Belize 66 Sedan:
Innovation Maximizes Living Space

Riviera Belize 66 Sedan
Riviera Belize 66 Sedan

An unusual engineering feature on the Riviera Belize 66 Sedan is the offset of the twin 1000-hp Volvo Penta IPS1350s that is made possible by the use of jackshafts. This gives more space to the master bath which has stylish his and her wash basins and a large shower stall. A 29 kW Cummins Onan generator is placed between the engines and flanked by battery boxes. The vessel has three en suite staterooms. There are four entry points to the engine room, a plus for the owner/operator, with the easiest access via a walk-in door from the master head. This yacht has remarkably fine interior detailing and amenities. More...

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Thursday #1

Aviara AV32:
Twin Ilmors Power Lux Dayboat

Aviara AV32
Aviara AV32

Captain Steve gets cozy with the twin Ilmor 380-hp MPIs powering the Aviara AV32, a U.S.-built luxury dayboat with European style. She has the hatchet bow and open-transom stern with a large swim platform that have become hallmarks of the new breed, as well as the upscale interior appointments. The standup head, uncommon in even a large bowrider, will be appreciated — especially by XL guests. The Ilmors deliver on performance — top speed in our tests was 54.9 mph. The engines have a five-year warranty. More...

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Friday #1

Schaefer Yachts 580 Fly:
1st Production Yacht Sans Steering Wheel

Schaefer Yachts 580 Fly
Schaefer Yachts 580 Fly

The Schaefer Yachts 580 Fly is the world's first production yacht without a steering wheel on the main deck helm. We tested the full joystick control system on this Brazilian yacht and found that it is remarkably easy to get used to. With the throttles on the left armrest of the captain's chair and the joystick on the right armrest, it all felt natural after an hour of driving. Pushing a button on the base of the joystick converts control from slow-speed docking to high-speed running mode. There's a conventional steering wheel on the flying bridge and one can be ordered as an option on the main deck helm – but it’s not really needed. More...

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