Eastward Horizon 3000 | Tips on Trailering | Hatteras GT70 - 06/12/2019
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Eastward Horizon 3000:
Broad-Beamed Cat w/50.6 MPH WOT

Eastward Horizon 3000
Eastward Horizon 3000

The Eastward Horizon 3000 delivered strong performance on twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250s, despite a weight of 7,255 lbs. (3,291 kg) loaded, with a top speed of 50.6 mph in rolling seas offshore. This is particularly impressive in a twin-hull fishing cat with a 9’3” (2.83 m) beam. These designs usually deliver a wonderful ride but some are a bit slower at full throttle. The high-tech direct-injected 2-strokes also proved their mettle in efficiency, delivering 2.0 mpg at 23.3 mph for an impressive safe range of about 537 SM with the 300-gallon (1,135 L) fuel capacity. The bracket-mounted outboards put the boat on plane in just 3.1 seconds. More...

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Hatteras GT70:
Big, Fishy and Fast Convertible

Hatteras GT70
Hatteras GT70

The Hatteras GT70 is big and fast with a top speed of 41 knots in our tests, powered with the optional twin 2600-hp MTUs — and that was in 3’ to 5’ (0.9 to 1.5 m) swells. She’s built to take it, too, with a solid fiberglass bottom. Lightweight cored materials above the waterline keep her agile — dry weight is 120,000 lbs. (54,431 kg). Her 2,140-gallon (8,101 L) fuel tankage gives adequate range to make a long run offshore, troll all day and return several days in a row without refueling. At 2000 rpm, she runs 33 knots and has a range of about 500 NM. Or, slow her down to displacement speed and cruise along at 7.2 knots for over 2100 NM. More...

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Axopar 28 Cabin:
Rough Water Performer w/55.9 MPH WOT

Axopar 28 Cabin
Axopar 28 Cabin

The Axopar 28 Cabin, built for the rough, cold waters of the Baltic Sea, is more than at home offshore. Her sharp bow and 22-degree deadrise aft deliver a remarkably smooth ride in rough water, and the cabin version ensures that all aboard can stay dry. Captain Steve shows what she’s got in 5' to 7’ (1.5 to 2.1 m) seas in this video. The double-stepped hull is fast with twin Mercury V8 200s, with a top speed of better than 55 mph. She’s a competitively-priced utilitarian build designed for fishing, on-water commuting or marine business, but she also offers comfortable seating and a broad sliding sunroof to make things enjoyable for family outings. More...

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Regal 29 OBX:
2x Stepped Hull for Performance

Regal 29 OBX
Regal 29 OBX

The Regal 29 OBX rides on a hull designed for outboard power with two steps amidships to reduce wetted surface and increase speed and fuel efficiency. The large swim platform wraps around the outboard motors and includes a shower, ladder, and easy access to the stereo controls. The elevated mount for the twin outboards is integral to the hull, improving hole shot and ensuring strength. She delivers on performance — with twin 200-hp Yamaha 4-strokes, time to plane was 4.3 seconds and top speed was 52.6 mph. More...

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Monte Carlo Yachts 70:
Designed for the Owner/Operator

Monte Carlo Yachts 70
Monte Carlo Yachts 70

The Monte Carlo Yachts 70 offers crew quarters aft, but she’s well set up to be operated by an experienced owner. Check out the brightly-lighted engine room with 6’4” (1.93 m) of headroom, walk-in doors from the transom and the crew’s quarters as well as plenty of space between the twin 1200-hp MAN V8s for daily maintenance. Both V-Drive and ZF pod drive options are available. A one-button, station-keeping function greatly eases the captain’s chores when it’s necessary to hold position as a drawbridge opens and joystick low speed control makes docking a non-issue. More...

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Boating Tips

Don’t Forget Trailer Maintenance

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Going down the road is the easy part. Maintaining your boat trailer is a key to longevity as well as safety on the road.

Trailer maintenance is a key factor in trailering without incidents. Every time they hit the water, there's a trip down the road both before and after. And while a break-down on land isn’t nearly as inconvenient as it is on the water, it can ruin a planned day of boating. More...



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