Hell’s Bay Boatworks Estero | Does Propspeed Work? | Center Console Deck Boat - 06/14/2019
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Hell’s Bay Boatworks Estero:
54.5 MPH WOT w/Evinrude G2 300

Hell’s Bay Boatworks Estero
Hell’s Bay Boatworks Estero

Here’s a look at the Hell’s Bay Boatworks Estero, a specialized flats and bay boat designed for hardcore inshore anglers. We tested her with an Evinrude E-TEC G2 300 turning a 22” pitch four-blade, which produced a WOT of 54.5 and best fuel economy of 3.64 mpg at 27.7 mph. The integral power steering and trim and integrated oil tank of this 2-stroke make clean, single-tube rigging easy, which is a big plus on a serious fishing boat like this one. The internal tilt mechanism allows tilting the lower unit up to 81-degrees, putting the running gear completely out of the water - a big plus for boats that will be stored at the dock in saltwater on occasion. More...

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Does Propspeed Really Work?
Help Us Find Out!

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The image above appears on the Propspeed website with the caption: “One propeller coated in Propspeed foul release coating, the other uncoated. Spot the difference.”

We have been hearing remarkable stories about the effectiveness of a product called “Propspeed” for several years. Just like most boat owners, we’ve wondered does it really work? The company and its sales agents say it delivers impressive results, but we can find Internet forum trolls who are not so enthusiastic. What to think?

Thanks to the folks at Oceanmax - the manufacturer of Propspeed - we are all going to find out the answer to the question. And, we are going to do it with the help of one of our BoatTEST members in South Florida! We are inviting a BoatTEST member who has a 40’ to 45’ (12 to 13.7 m) straight-shaft twin inboard boat that will be in the water for the next 12 months in Florida - south of Orlando - to be our test boat. Propspeed will be applied for free and haul-outs will be paid for by the company so we can check on the coating’s effectiveness quarter by quarter. If you are interested in being part of this test administered by BoatTEST, then please click here...

If you are interested in knowing more about Propspeed and how it is described by its manufacturer, click here...

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TAHOE 2150 CC:
Deck Boat Meets Center Console Angler

TAHOE 2150 CC
TAHOE 2150 CC

The TAHOE 2150 CC has the squared off bow and abundant seating (for up to 10) expected in a deck boat, but her helm is a center console, which allows passage on both sides bow to stern. Some of her features include a beach ladder in the bow, a swim ladder in the stern, a Bimini, and board storage in the floor. But, she’s also fully ready to do some fishing with a 17-gallon (64 L) livewell, rod racks and a trolling motor wiring standard. Some options are a bow-mount troller, Lowrance sonar, and a pair of swiveling fishing seats. The package includes a tandem trailer. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius:
Amidships Master Welcomes Lounging

Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius

The Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius has the en suite master moved to amidships, adding space and comfort while taking full advantage of the widest part of her 14’6” (4.4 m) beam. Broad hullside windows with opening lower sections bring plenty of light and ventilation here. A lounge provides a good spot to sit and read as the ICW goes by on days when one does not want to be topside. The VIP at the bow has direct access to the day head, making it en suite in effect as well, while the dinette on the main deck also converts to a double. More...

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Intrepid 407 Cuddy:
Loaded w/Premium Features + 3x 400s

Intrepid 407 Cuddy
Intrepid 407 Cuddy

The Intrepid 407 Cuddy is available with outboard power options to multiple Seven Marine 627s, but we tested her with three 400-hp Mercury Racing Engines. She’s loaded with premium features, including a hydraulic platform in front of the helm seat that raises 4” (10.16 cm) at the touch of a button to adapt to the height of any skipper, a hullside dive door with a lift up/rotate design that saves cockpit space when open, a slide-out refrigerator door behind the helm seat and plush diamond-stitched upholstery throughout the on-deck seating areas. Note the hullside windows letting light into the forward cabin. More...

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BENETEAU Monte Carlo 5:
Distinctive Look Plus a Soft Ride

BENETEAU Monte Carlo 5
BENETEAU Monte Carlo 5

The BENETEAU Monte Carlo 5 has a distinctive look thanks to her hatchet bow and round hullside portlights, but that sharp bow is about much more than styling. It stays in the water, even at full speed of 30 knots, to slice choppy seas and keep the ride smooth for all aboard. She comes standard with twin Volvo Penta IPS600 435-hp engines. This design not only increases accommodation space below but also gives her a longer waterline. More...

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