New Donzi 41 GT | Everglades Sales Event | Chaparral 347 SSX - 06/20/2019
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Donzi 41 GT:
3x Mercury 400Rs, 81.0 MPH WOT

Donzi 41 GT
Donzi 41 GT

Donzi has a storied history of building very fast offshore racing boats first designed by legendary powerboat builder Don Aronow, and the Donzi 41 GT clearly links to that heritage. She also taps into the trend of premium lux-class day boats that take advantage of the current crop of giant outboards. The double-stepped hull is factory-equipped for maximum speeds with Mercury K-Plane tabs and hydraulic jackplates. She did not disappoint in performance. Powered with triple Mercury 400Rs turning 26” Mercury Bravo1 FS 4-blade props, she ran an impressive 81.0 mph -- which is much faster than most of us are used to handling a boat. But Captain Steve reports that she is steady and predictable even at maximum speed. More...

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Boat-Buying Tip

Everglades 253CC:
Summer Sales Incentive Program

Everglades 253 CC
Everglades 253CC

A few days ago, the folks at Everglades called us to give us a heads-up on a terrific buying opportunity for our BoatTEST Members on their 253CC and on several other models. This situation reminds us of when blue-chip stock prices dip far below their average price range, something that in normal times only happens every two years or so. Buying the stock at that price is usually a no-brainer. Likewise, that’s the way we feel about this opportunity on the blue-chip Everglades 253CC. The current sales incentive is a terrific buying opportunity because the price of this boat can only go up in the fall. The sales incentive program ends on July 31. More...

Sales Incentive Info
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Features Video

Fleming Yachts 58:
Practical, Elegant Living Afloat

Fleming Yachts 58
Fleming Yachts 58

The Fleming Yachts 58 is designed for the cruising couple who may wish to spend several months aboard -- or much longer -- at a time. She provides a level of features, outside venues, mobility, and cozy spaces inside that even the most expensive waterfront home can’t match. A large galley, full-sized appliances and loads of storage -- both pantry-style and in the closets belowdecks -- welcome long-term stays aboard. (Of course, no boat, no matter how large, has enough storage space.) Like all Fleming Yachts, the 58 displays lavish use of beautifully-finished teak throughout the interior areas and all fabrics can be custom-ordered. Check out the full inspection and features review here...

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Imtra Side-Power Thrusters:
How to Choose the Right Bow Thruster

Imtra SidePower Thrusters
Imtra Side-Power Thrusters

Thrusters can greatly ease handling around the docks, and they can save owners tens of thousands of dollars because they eliminate the need for costly pod drives and a joystick. But, choosing the right one for your boat takes a bit of research. You’ll find everything you need to know in this feature from the Imtra Learning Center, from selecting the right system for your boating environment to fitting a thruster to your hull design, size and weight -- as well as your budget. The experts from Imtra also take a look at many different styles of thrusters to meet the available space inside your hull and lots more...

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Test Video

Chaparral 347 SSX:
Sporty Bowrider Overnights 2

Chaparral 347 SSX
Chaparral 347 SSX

The 2019 version of the Chaparral 347 SSX has upgraded tri-tone upholstery with diamond stitching and embroidery, a redesigned helm with space for two large monitors and a new hardtop with a sliding sunroof and blackout screen. An extendable awning provides added shade to the cockpit, while a new sound bar provides plenty of amperage to keep the party happening. She has loads of seating space and below there’s a small galley, wet head, and a dinette with a V-lounge that converts to a berth for two. More...

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Features Video

BENETEAU Gran Turismo 50:
Garage Fitted to a Jet Tender

BENETEAU Gran Turismo 50
BENETEAU Gran Turismo 50

With both a tender garage in the transom and built-in pop-up PWC cradles on the available hydraulic swim platform, the BENETEAU Gran Turismo 50 is well equipped for enjoying watersports as well as exploring hidden beaches or visiting destinations ashore while anchored out. The tender garage is built to perfectly fit a Williams MiniJet, a little over 9' (2.74 m) long, with a 50-hp Rotax jet power system. The transom also includes an open-air grill, protected by a cover when not in use. More...

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Which Type of Charter Vacation is Best?

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Which Type of Charter Vacation is Best?

A sailing vacation can be one of the most rewarding getaway adventures a person can experience. But which type of charter is best for you and your family or friends? A crewed sailing charter gives those aboard a more relaxed encounter since the crew will attend to the planning, provisioning, navigating, and service your every need -- but they are expensive. Chartering with a company that offers flotillas provides planning, kumbaya dinners and cocktail parties, a boat with a mechanic (usually), and a tour guide. Of course, the expense of the amenities is built in. A bareboat can be the most fun for a lot of people who want to be piloting, navigating and anchoring themselves -- getting the full satisfaction of a hands-on adventure. And, it is the least expensive of the three. Here are some considerations for each. More...

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