5 Basic Safety Videos | 5 Top Boats of the Week - 05/25/2019
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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

Boston Whaler 280 Outrage:
Redesigned to Suit the Customers

Boston Whaler 280 Outrage
Boston Whaler 280 Outrage

Boston Whaler is noted for paying special attention to the requests and suggestions from their customers and the 280 Outrage is an example of some of the improvements that have come from this process. The 280 has been redesigned from the keel up with a re-engineered hull that includes a flat running pad aft to provide quicker times to plane and less bow rise on acceleration. It works - time to plane with the twin Mercury 300 Verados supplied on our test boat was 4.1 seconds. Above the waterline, the interior has been completely redesigned to provide more comfort, functionality, and simplicity of operation. More...

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Tuesday #1

Formula 400SS FX:
Space Below to Continue the Party

Formula 400SS FX
Formula 400SS FX

Finding space to party or have dinner for a larger group belowdecks in air-conditioned comfort on a sportboat in the 40' (12 m) range is welcome. The wraparound lounge is Ultraleather and the overhead trim is carbon-fiber. The table is height-adjustable for conversion to a berth and is available in high-gloss Wenge or Charcoal Metallic finish, both complementing the gray wall cover and carpet trim. Additional tables can be added to expand both the dining and conversion to a berth. Natural light comes from four overhead hatches and four opening portlights. Aft and to starboard is a 28" (71 cm) flatscreen TV. More...

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Wednesday #1

Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport:
Open-Air Option in a Sporty Cruiser

Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport
Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport

There are sunroofs and then there are sunroofs, like the giant slider that's integrated into the top of the Schaefer Yachts 510 Sport. With the roof closed, the helm and salon areas are cozy and protected from the elements. With it open, she has the feel of an open-air sportboat where the operator can enjoy a wide-open view of the sea ahead. The double-wide helm seat is elevated to give the driver a clear view. The lacquer-finished bar to starboard has a flip-up top that reveals a sink and electric cooktop. (A galley-down arrangement is optional.) More...

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Thursday #1

Fleming 55:
Extended Boat Deck Adds Utility

Fleming 58
Fleming 55

The Fleming Yachts 55 has the striking lines of a classic long-range cruiser. However, her interiors and mechanical features incorporate hundreds of improvements resulting from years of experience at sea, not only from founder Tony Fleming himself but also from the suggestions of many owners and Fleming fans. She is built to CE Classification "A" standards, which means she is truly ready to take on the world's oceans and she has the range to do it. At 7.4 knots, her twin Cummins QSC 8.3s burned only 2.4 gph for a projected range of better than 2780 NM in our tests. The extended boat deck on the bridge allows enclosing the entire aft deck below to make her a three-season cruiser. More...

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Friday #1

Intrepid 345 Nomad:
Offshore Fisherman, Lux Dayboat w/62.9 MPH WOT

Intrepid 345 Nomad
Intrepid 345 Nomad

With twin 425-hp Yamaha XTOs, the Intrepid 345 Nomad is predictably fast with a WOT of 62.9 mph in our test runs. At a 3500-rpm cruise, she ran 31.8 mph and got 1.4 mpg for a range of about 350 SM with the 350-gallon (1,325 L) fuel capacity. She comes standard with the fiberglass T-top and full height wraparound glass, providing wind and spray protection at the helm. Heavily-padded bolsters for both the captain and a companion help ease the ride at speed. More...

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5 Basic Safety Videos

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Capt. Keith Lake and MarineMax have made five short videos covering the basic safety necessities, and good seamanship.

All boat operators should remember that they are responsible for the safety of the people aboard the boat they are driving, as well as the vessel itself. When something goes wrong and the proper gear is not aboard, or the vessel is not well found, it is no one’s fault except the skipper’s. So, while driving a boat is fun, a tremendous responsibility goes with it. The five videos below, will give you the most basic foundation covering the safety equipment required, as well as a good seamanship tip—

1. Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)

2. “Pre-Flight” Vessel Inspection

3. How to Use Flares Safely

4. A Complete Boating Safety Kit

5. Passing Under Bridges Safely

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4-DVD Boating Course

Smart Boating
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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