New Fountain 43NX | Beneteau Monte Carlo 6 | Trailering Tips - 06/26/2019
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Fountain 43NX:
High-Performance Fisherman Hits 73.4 MPH

Fountain 43NX
Fountain 43NX

Here’s a boat that should have performance fans chomping at the bit -- the Fountain 43NX. With the Reggie Fountain racing heritage, she is sure to be at the front of the pack when the flag drops to start an offshore fishing tournament anywhere around the coast. But there is a lot more to this new Fountain 43NX than speed. Her fine fit-and-finish ushers in a new era for this iconic name because now she has more than mere speed going for her. Her luxurious amenities speak for themselves. She’s rated to handle up to quad 400-hp Mercury outboards and weighs just 15,800 lbs. (7,167 kg). Our test confirmed that she has the speed and ride that made this brand famous for nearly 40 years. She features upscale upholstery and bowrider-type seating up front, fishing amenities including a rigging station and livewell aft, and a large hardtop to shade the triple-wide helm station. More...

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BENETEAU Monte Carlo 6:
Added Entertainment Venue Up Front

BENETEAU Monte Carlo 6
BENETEAU Monte Carlo 6

The Monte Carlo 6 takes advantage of all the flat teak decking on the bow as an added entertainment venue when she’s in the harbor. When it’s time for a bit of sunning and relaxing, electric actuators raise a pair of chaise lounges into position for the snap-in cushions. A pair of pop-up lights illuminate this area after sundown, and the smoked Lexan down the center provides natural light to the VIP below. A pass-through in the railings at the bow welcome bow-in docking. More...

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Yamaha FX Limited SVHO:
Premium Features & Performance

Yamaha FX Limited SVHO
Yamaha FX Limited SVHO

The Yamaha FX Limited SVHO is Yamaha’s top-of-the-line PWC and it comes loaded with features, including the TDE system. The “Thrust Directional Enhancer” allows the machine to spin almost within its own length at low speed, which is unheard of in PWCs because they are notoriously difficult to steer off plane. It includes the RiDE System for quick and safe stops as well as full reverse steering. She’s powered with a supercharged Yamaha 1.8-liter Super Vortex High Output (SVHO) jet system, producing blazing acceleration. She went 0 to 30 mph in 1.5 seconds in our test ride and top speed is a match for any consumer PWC on the water. More...

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Features and Layout Video

Cruisers Yachts 35 Express:
Dayboat with Class and Taste

Cruisers Yachts 35 Express
Cruisers Yachts 35 Express

The Cruisers Yachts 35 Express has no side decks. Instead, she has a walk-through windshield to provide safe and easy access to the bow lounging pad. This maximizes her cockpit entertaining space -- for that is what she is intended to do. The cockpit features a wraparound lounge with a headrest and the optional fold-down multi-position sun lounge at the transom, as seen here. The premium upholstery is diamond-stitched and has contrasting trim. While the colors and design patterns are up to the owner, we are partial to the classy-look decor seen in the photo above. A convenient wet bar features solid-surface countertops and the stainless-steel sink matches the cockpit refrigerator and icemaker. More...

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Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport:
Well-Equipped but Affordable

Chaparral H2O OB Sport
Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport

Though the Chaparral 21 H2O OB Sport is part of Chaparral’s more affordable line, it has a number of features not expected outside premium models -- including two-tone double-stitched upholstery, a convertible sun pad/chaise lounge aft, a bucket-style helm seat with flip-up bolster, four stereo speakers, a dual-axle aluminum trailer with LED lights and more. The optional deluxe package includes a tower with a Bimini to provide a high tow point for watersports as well as a cockpit shade and Yamaha Command Link instruments linking to the standard Yamaha 150 4-stroke. More...

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Boating Tips

Trailering a Boat Safely

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Trailering a Boat Safely

Trailering your boat opens up a whole new world of boating access to distant locations. But there are a few basic cautions necessary to have a safe, trouble-free trip to the ramp. This video from Tracker Marine offers the reminders you need -- from checking the hitch and ball to the tail-light wiring, bearing lube, tire pressure, tie downs and lots more. And of course, it emphasizes that you avoid forgetting the drain plug... and your boat’s ignition key! More...



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