Palm Beach 50 Fly | Formula 40 Performance Cruiser | Yamaha AR195 - 06/05/2019
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Palm Beach 50 Fly:
Classic Beauty Plus a Smooth, Quiet Ride

Palm Beach 50 Fly
Palm Beach 50 Fly

With the twin Volvo Penta IPS600 engines positioned near amidships, the Palm Beach 50 Fly displays a major advantage in balance compared to yachts with engines and drive gear at the transom. She planes in just 4.5 seconds, far quicker than most hulls of this size and weight. She can stay on plane at lower power - at 2000 rpm, she ran 14 knots in our tests while burning just 10 gph. Running nearly level keeps her sharp forward entry at work in rough water, smoothing the ride despite a deadrise at the transom of just 6-degrees. Heavy sound-proofing around the engine room keeps noise levels low, only 78 dBA at the helm at 3000 rpm. More...

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Formula 40 Performance Cruiser:
Multi-Function Lounging at the Transom

Formula 40 Performance Cruiser
Formula 40 Performance Cruiser

The Formula 40 Performance Cruiser has a multi-position aft seat that can face forward towards the cockpit, where it converts to a sun lounge, or aft toward the swim platform, where it also converts to a chaise or sun lounge. The hatch here lifts on gas shocks to access a large storage area specifically designed for the cockpit tables and sun pad cushions, as well as four custom fenders. With the hydraulic swim platform option, the platform readily stores and launches a PWC or dinghy. More...

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Trans-Atlantic Voyage & Big Game Trip
in a Hatteras GT63

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Trans-Atlantic Voyage & Big Game Trip in a Hatteras GT63: Part Two

In the summer of 2018, the Hatteras GT63 Post One made not one but two trans-Atlantic voyages on her own bottom in the company of her 147’ (44.8 m) mothership, the Dorothea III, making her one of the few sportfishers to make such a journey. Here’s the story of the second leg of her journey, from Mindelo Marina, Cape Verde to Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. This second crossing was 3,600 nautical miles – twice the distance of her original voyage. Here’s the tale from the logbook of Captain John Crupi of the Dorothea III, including some exciting fish stories! More...

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ULTRA Anchors:
Engineered Beauty in Function and Style

Ultra Anchors
ULTRA Anchors

The ULTRA Anchor is an impressive piece of engineering and a great-looking anchor. With a hollow shank and a lead-filled tip, it’s designed to land right side up and rotate to the attack position as soon as a strain is put on the line. The tip is curved so it digs in and stays set even when rotating from a tide swing, thanks to the side swing plates that prevent it from being pulled sideways. An anti-fouling bar ensures that the chain can’t wrap around the shank and it provides a location to attach a trip line. More...

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Yamaha AR195:
More LOA, More Beam, Improved Handling

Yamaha AR195
Yamaha AR195

The Yamaha AR195 is an update of the popular 19’5” (5.9 m) single jet bowrider, with 3” (7.6 cm) added to the LOA and 2” (5 cm) to the beam, resulting in enough space to provide a considerable increase in seating room in the cockpit. The bottom is also redesigned, resulting in less bow rise on take-off and a hole shot of 3.3 seconds with the supercharged 1.8-liter Yamaha Super Vortex High Output jet system. Captain Steve reports she also has less tendency to spin out in hard turns than some jet boats of equal proportions and power. The articulating keel and thrust bucket ease low speed control. More...

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Robalo R272:
Integrated Standard Hardtop Keeps Crew Dry

Robalo R272
Robalo R272

Hardtops are premium features on most center consoles, but the oversized hardtop on the Robalo R272 is a standard feature, as evidenced by the way the supports are integrated neatly into the console. There’s 22” (55.87 cm) clearance on either side of the structure, allowing easy passage when chasing a fish. The three-pane wraparound safety glass windshield is also standard, as is the power vent at the top and the windshield wiper. This design not only provides full wind and spray protection for those at the helm and directly behind, but it also keeps saltwater off the helm switches and controls. More...

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