New Boston Whaler 160 SS | Greenline 39 Solar | Danger at the Dam - 06/27/2019
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Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport:
Modernized w/Improved Performance

Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport
Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport

The 160 Super Sport is an update of one of Boston Whaler’s entry-level skiffs. She has the same utility, durability, and level of unsinkability but she has an upgrade in eye appeal plus new features that add to her functionality. She has the classic bench seat but now a pair of comfortably-padded bucket seats are an option for the driver and the companion seat swivels to become a spotter’s seat. The deadrise at the transom is 15-degrees -- more than what is found on many boats of this genre, which makes her ride better. She comes with a galvanized trailer. With the swing-away tongue, this package fits into a space that's just 20’10” (6.35 m) long, making her a good fit for most garages. And, she comes in several attractive colors. More...

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Boat-Buying Tip

Everglades 355CC:
Big Summer Sales Event

Everglades 355CC
Everglades 355CC

The folks at Everglades called us several days ago to let us know they were running a Summer Sales Incentive program on their 355CC as well as several other models. We are passing that information on to our members because opportunities to get deep discounts on high-quality new boats do not come along often. The big Everglades summer sales event lasts from now until July 31. The half tower seen above is optional, but we think it’s required equipment for serious offshore anglers. More...

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Features Video

Greenline 39 Solar:
Emissions-Free Coastal Cruiser

Greenline 39 Solar
Greenline 39 Solar

The Greenline 39 Solar that we tested had four 300-watt solar cells on her roof, providing enough power to run every electrical system aboard -- including A/C -- without the main engine or a generator running and with excess charge going into large storage batteries. The transom folds out, as in some sailing vessels, to form a swim platform. She includes clever touches with a fold-up window and fold-out bar that provides easy access from the galley to the cockpit. An asymmetrical layout on deck creates added living space in the interior with the walkway to the bow on the starboard side of the house. Below, both the master and the guest staterooms feature sliding single bunks that can become doubles when desired. More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 90R Motoryacht:
Intimate "Beach Club" Hideaway

Ocean Alexander 90R
Ocean Alexander 90R Motoryacht

The most unusual feature of the Ocean Alexander 90R Motoryacht is the intimate and very private “Beach Club” hideaway looking out on the swim platform and the scenery beyond. Skylights let in plenty of light when desired. To starboard, there is a cabinet with a wet bar, refrigerator, and icemaker. The Dometic chilled-water air conditioning system is rated for extreme tropical climates and has reverse-cycle heating, ensuring comfort in every part of the yacht. Like the rest of the yacht, the area is built to exceptional safety standards. The sliding glass doors have an inflated gasket to ensure that water stays out and to meet Sea State V structural requirements. More...

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Test Video

Robalo R242 EX:
Dayboat Welcomes Family Outings

Robalo R242 EX
Robalo R242 EX

The Robalo R242 EX is a family-oriented version of the popular 24’ (7.32 m) center console. She has added features including multi-tone, double-stitched and embroidered upholstery, bolsters on the helm seats, removable seat backs to form dual chaises at the bow, a wraparound transom seat, a portable table, console head and more. She also includes all the usual Robalo fishing features, such as the aerated baitwell, multiple rod holders, rod racks and large, insulated fishboxes. The tabletop can become part of the forward casting platform or the base for a sun pad, depending on the mission of the day. Otherwise, it stows in a dedicated compartment. More...

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Danger at the Dam

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Danger at the Dam: Narrow Escape for a Bass Boat

A boat around dams is dangerous business -- both at the top and the bottom of the dam. Most people understand the danger at the top, but not so many boaters understand the potential problems at the bottom. Take a look at this old video with commentary from B.A.S.S. pundit Dave Mercer. More...

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