Nitro Z20 | SiOnyx Aurora | Formula SS Crossover - 06/11/2019
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NITRO Z20:
Lower Price, Higher Speed

NITRO Z20
NITRO Z20

The NITRO Z20 is a fully-equipped and tournament-ready bass boat with front-of-the-pack performance at a price that is thousands less than many competitive boats. With a jackplate-mounted Mercury V8 250 FourStroke turning a 24” three-blade Fury stainless prop, she produced a top speed of 76.6 mph, several mph faster than most similar rigs with the same power. The bottom design includes NITRO's “Rapid Planing System”, which seems to work very well — she planed in 3.8 seconds. Like all performance bass boats, she rides on a keel pad at speed, but six full-length strakes assist with planing and high-speed turns. More...

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New Captain's Report

SiOnyx Aurora Night-Vision Camera:
Water-Resistant Color Night-Vision Action Camera

SiOnyx Aurora Night-Vision Camera
SiOnyx Aurora Night-Vision Camera

For those who love to record the fun on the water, the day doesn’t stop at sundown. The SiOnyx Aurora is billed as the world’s first water-resistant day/night camera. It’s a hi-definition action camera that includes night imaging — color night imaging, not that weird green sniper-scope imaging of most night vision devices. It can store up to 32 GB of imagery on a microSD card and runs on a rechargeable lithium ion battery that gives up to two hours of continuous use. It also includes Wi-Fi and an app to link to smartphones. It’s rated as waterproof for up to 30 minutes at depths up to 1 meter.

And right now, you can get it in a Father’s Day Special for $100 off the price of the camera or the Explorer’s pack, which includes the camera, case, a spare battery, SD card and lots more...

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Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover:
Smart Design & Engineering, Quad OB Power

Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover
Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover

One of the many interesting features on the Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover is the cockpit table. It can be dropped down flush with the seating to become part of a large sun lounge or lowered all the way down to become part of the deck. The open-air grill is to port, and the sink and food prep area is just ahead. Another useful feature is the sliding windshield section and acrylic air dam on the port side, providing easy access to the bow seating area but also blocking wind and spray as necessary. Quad 350 Mercury Verados give her mile-a-minute speeds. See the full report here...

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Pardo 43:
Clean, Modernistic Lines in an Easy-Riding Dayboat

Pardo 43
Pardo 43

The plumb bow of the Pardo 43 has a 50-degree deadrise with the bottom tapering to 16-degrees at the transom - a good combination for stability and rapid planing as well as for easing the ride in a chop. Note the broad, upswept hard chines running all the way to the bow, a big plus in keeping all aboard dry in an open dayboat like this one. The concealed, automated anchor pulpit inset into the bow was an option on our test boat ($11,446). The package includes a 33 lb. (15 kg) trefoil anchor, 164’ (50 m) of chain, and a video camera positioned to show the anchor on the helm multifunction display for remote operation. More...

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Imtra Lighting:
Everything You Need to Know about Switches

Imtra Lighting
Imtra Lighting

There are a lot of electrical switches on even small boats—yachts have dozens of them. Here’s a handy guide to wiring and switch setups that will help boaters buy the right replacement switches and handle basic wiring on their own. You can also take a look at Vimar switches from Imtra here. Designed and manufactured in Italy, Vimar switching includes three exclusive collections: Idea, Eikon World (including Chrome, Total Look, and EVO ranges), and Arke. Each Vimar range boasts over two hundred functions (switches, dimmers, outlets, sockets, etc.) with dozens of cover plate choices in a variety of configurations including vertical, horizontal, single or multiple modules. More...

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Test Video

Cheoy Lee Bravo 72:
Engine Room Welcomes the Owner/Operator

Cheoy Lee Bravo 72
Cheoy Lee Bravo 72

“Open and airy” are terms usually reserved for luxury accommodations aboard, but the engine room of the Cheoy Lee Bravo 72 has so much overhead space and brilliant lighting that it also earns the compliment from Captain Steve. Broad walkways and high safety rails all around make access to the twin Volvo Penta IPS1050s safe and easy for daily checks. Twin Kohler 23 kW generators provide all the power she needs when away from the docks. Stand-up access is via a water-tight door on the transom or through the crew’s quarters. The 1,050-gallon (3,975 L) fuel tank is under the floor, keeping the CG low. More...

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Yamaha Diving Safety:
Stay Safe in the Water this Summer

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Stay Safe in the Water this Summer

Yamaha Marine reminds divers to stay safe in the water this summer by following these basic rules. Never forget the dive flag, avoid high current areas, never dive in active navigation channels, and always dive with a buddy—or several. More...



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