New SeaVee 340Z | Jeanneau NC 37 | Understanding Stabilization - 06/25/2019
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SeaVee 340Z:
Triple Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s, 57.9 MPH WOT

SeaVee 340Z
SeaVee 340Z

The SeaVee 340Z, powered with triple Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s, produced strong performance numbers despite the nearly six-ton weight of the package. The high-torque 2-strokes planed the hull in 4.8 seconds and pushed her to a top speed of nearly 58 mph, faster than most anglers are willing to drive a boat offshore. At a 35.8 mph cruise, she got 1.2 mpg. Dropping down to a 1000 rpm trolling speed and 6.2 mph, she got 2.9 mpg. The double-stepped hull proved agile and easy to handle -- see our full report here...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau NC 37:
Inventive Engineering Adds Utility

Jeanneau NC 37
Jeanneau NC 37

The Jeanneau NC 37 blends the salon seamlessly into the cockpit like an open express. The middle and port-side sections look like a standard slider when they’re closed. However, rather than having one fixed panel that sits behind a sliding panel, the two sections work like a bi-fold door. The starboard third of the glass wall is a half panel bar window that can be raised and latched below the hardtop, as seen here. This maximizes entertaining possibilities and provides good flow. More...

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Test Video

Axopar 37 Sun Top:
Axe Bow Design, 57.1 MPH WOT

Axopar 37 Sun Top
Axopar 37 Sun Top

The Axopar 37 Sun Top is a versatile Polish-built dayboat dedicated to harbor cruising, picnicking afloat and general watersports. She also has a compact cabin below for weekending. Note the unusual dining table arrangement behind the console, featuring a fold-out table and helm seats that swivel aft. Her wedge-shaped hull is about 40 percent lighter than many center consoles of similar length, which contributes to her impressive performance. With twin Mercury 350s, she planed in 4.9 seconds and had a top speed of 57.1 mph. The double-stepped hull has an “axe bow,” a sharp forward entry, and a 20-degree deadrise aft, producing a smooth ride in a chop. More...

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Captain's Report

Grand Banks 60 Skylounge:
Keeping the Skipper Company Topside

Grand Banks 60 Skylounge
Grand Banks 60 Skylounge

The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge maintains the legendary status of the brand as the ideal choice for the cruising couple intending to stay aboard for months rather than days, but adds many luxury features that will make time aboard even more enjoyable. The Skylounge is a focal point. It puts the only command station on the yacht at the ideal position for viewing the sea ahead and includes a companion seat plus a dinette table and lounge area so guests can join the captain while underway. There’s also a day head here, finished with the same beautiful level of woodworking found throughout. Power windows on both sides and aft provide plenty of air flow when desired. More...

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Test Video

World Cat 280DC-X:
Sea-Kindly High-Freeboard Cat w/14” Draft

World Cat 280DC-X
World Cat 280DC-X

The World Cat 280DC-X is a cut above many power cats in class with plush multi-tone upholstery throughout, a large standard hardtop, four-position backrest for the port cockpit lounge and a standup head in the port console. The heavy-gauge boarding ladder swings down between the twin Yamaha 200-hp 4-strokes and there’s a transom shower just to port. A SureShade retractable awning is optional, shading the entire boat behind the dual consoles. Note the freeboard at the bow in the photo -- yet she draws just 14” (35.6 cm) with the motors up. More...

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Boating Tips

Understanding Stabilization for Boats & Yachts

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Efforts to control water have been largely unsuccessful on this side of the New Testament. Instead, builders have chosen to adapt and modify our boats to accommodate the rolling seas.

Boats are a series of compromises, and so are onboard stabilization systems. While today’s stabilizing technologies are better than ever and fit on a wider range of boats, there are still some downsides. However, there are some effective ways to reduce the roll of almost any boat and enjoy long days on the water. Learn more here...



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