High-Speed Boat Handling | Aviara AV32 | New Ranger VX1888WT - 06/04/2019
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Ranger VX1888WT:
Ranger Quality & Features in an Aluminum Boat

Ranger VX1888WT
Ranger VX1888WT

The Ranger VX1888WT brings the well-known Ranger quality to aluminum fishing boats with the same sort of upscale seats and the abundance of fishing features found in the company’s fiberglass boats. But she comes at a lower price - about $42,695 with a 225 Mercury XL FourStroke and tandem axle trailer. The high-gloss painted exterior finish is baked on for long-term durability while heavy-gauge non-slip vinyl covers the aluminum decks, ensuring easy washdown after a day of hauling in walleyes or other gamefish. She’s available with power to 225-hp from Mercury, Evinrude or Yamaha. More...

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Aviara AV32:
Euro-Style Luxury in an American-Built Dayboat

Aviara AV32
Aviara AV32

The Aviara AV32 is a luxury-grade Euro-style dayboat/yacht tender, but she is built by Mastercraft in the USA. She sports a distinctive hatchet bow that is not only a styling element but also helps soften the ride in a chop. She has the walk-through transom that’s common on new European designs and an oversized swim platform that welcomes lounging - plus a large electrically-actuated swimstep that folds out from underneath to allow easy reboarding. SeaDek matting is standard throughout, which is easy on bare feet, easy to wash down and it provides good footing. Power options up to twin 380-hp Ilmors deliver sporty performance. More...

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Below the Deck Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe:
Weekender for 4 or 6

Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe
Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe

The Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe takes full advantage of her 12'8" (3.9 m) beam with this comfortable master suite amidships. In the test model, the master suite was given privacy by a bulkhead, but it can be ordered without the bulkhead to add a more open feeling below. The salon-dinette is at the bow, which is large enough to seat five or more, and it converts to sleep two or four with a Pullman option. Large hullside windows bring plenty of light to this level – take a closer look here...

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Galeon 500 Fly:
Welcome Home Afloat for Guests

Galeon 500 Fly
Galeon 500 Fly

The spacious VIP of the Galeon 500 Fly takes full advantage of the volume of the bow design to provide a feeling of space that’s not common in yachts of this size. Large hullside windows plus horizontal windows on the foredeck and a high overhead also make this a welcoming accommodation. The guest head, just a step away, is shared with the guest cabin, while the amidships master is an en suite. Accent lighting, sconce reading lamps on either side of the headboard and overhead lighting also make this area bright and airy. More...

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Aquila 32:
Broad-Beamed Cat Ready to Party

Aquila 32
Aquila 32

As with all catamarans, the outboard-powered Aquila 32 is all about packing loads of space into minimal LOA - her 12'8" (3.9 m) beam allows up to 16 guests for a day on the water. She includes many quality touches as standard features, including teak-looking non-slip composite decking, diamond-stitched upholstery and carbon fiber drink holders throughout. And though she’s a boat built for partying, she also includes a double bunk and a head below decks forward for weekending. More...

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Boating Tips

High-Speed Boat Handling

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You like to drive your boat fast? Of course you do, but do you know how to stay in control?

For many people, speed is part of the thrill of owning a boat. However, controlling a boat at high speed is a learned skill that requires a cautious approach. There’s more to going fast in a boat than shoving the throttle down. More...


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