How to Dock Any Boat | Fairline Targa 43 Open | Vicem Classic 58 - 06/28/2019
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Fairline Targa 43 Open:
Express Cruiser Re-imagined

Fairline Targa 43 Open
The Targa 43 Open by Fairline is an Express Cruiser taken to a high level of luxury.

When Fairline refers to a yacht as “open” it really means it. The Targa 43 Open is an Express Cruiser style with no aft bulkhead to the main cabin. This creates a yacht that is a fresh-air lover’s dream. Open the sunroof and side windows to further enhance the outdoor feel of the yacht’s interior. Choose from either a “master forward” or “master midship” design. Take a look at this peek of luxury yacht at work… and at play. More...

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Test Video

Vicem Classic 58:
Timeless Style and Rugged Construction

Vicem 58
Vicem Classic 58

The Vicem Classic 58 is a trunk cabin cruiser that features both classic Downeast lines and a cold-molded construction method that has proven to be one of the strongest and most puncture-resistant bottoms on the market. Her hull is laid up from multiple layers of cold-molded mahogany and glued together with epoxy and covered in layers of fiberglass. The company says the technique provides the natural sound-deadening and insulation of wood -- and it is certainly much stronger than fiberglass alone, to say nothing of cored bottoms. There’s a remarkable level of mahogany trim and joiner work, all beautifully-fitted and finished, throughout the yacht. This is old-world craftsmanship that has pretty much been priced out of reality in most of the world’s yards. However, both the craftsmen and the economics in Turkey make this exquisite yacht possible. Like a lot of things in life these days, this situation won’t last forever. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 242 CC:
For Serious Anglers and Families

Sailfish 242 CC
Sailfish 242 CC

The Sailfish 242 CC is a no-compromise offshore fisherman that is fully loaded with all of the necessary equipment. She has a high freeboard, 40” (101.6 cm) at the bow, and plenty of flair to keep all aboard as dry as possible in a CC design. She is also ready to slide up on a sandbar -- draft is 18” (45.72 cm) -- and let the family off for some beach-combing, swimming, and picnicking. Comfortable chaise-type seating with removable backrests at the bow and jump seats at the stern are included in the options packages. A bow awning and table are also available. She carries 14 gallons (53 L) of fresh water to allow a quick rinse after a salty swim or some time on the tow line. More...

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Monte Carlo Yachts 105:
International Style, Limitless Layout Choices

Monte Carlo Yachts 105
Monte Carlo Yachts 105

Sweeping, iconic lines from the internationally-known marine architects Nuvolari and Lenard distinguish the Monte Carlo Yachts 105. Monocoque construction allows near limitless layout options belowdecks, with four luxurious en suites for more welcoming overnights. Her aerospace construction method also permits a relatively quick build. The massive flying bridge shaded by a carbon fiber top with a sunroof and a broad Portuguese bridge forward add entertainment areas. The main deck social area takes full advantage of her 23’5” (7.14 m) beam and floor-to-overhead windows in the dining room to give an al fresco feel even when she’s buttoned up and making full use of the two 32 kW generators. More...

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Captain's Report

SUN TRACKER BASS BUGGY 16 DLX ET:
Earth-Friendly Fishing Pontoon

SUN TRACKER BASS BUGGY 16 DLX ET
SUN TRACKER BASS BUGGY 16 DLX ET

The SUN TRACKER BASS BUGGY 16 DLX ET is one of the few production pontoon boats with electric propulsion. She comes equipped with an eco-friendly Torqeedo Cruise 2.0 R electric motor and fast-charging lithium battery, allowing her to be launched in horsepower-limited lakes and waterways or in the ones where internal combustion outboards are not allowed. She’s not only economical to run but easy to buy -- at $15,295, including the Torqeedo and battery. Speeds of about 4 to 6 mph are the max, but she’s quiet, clean, and should be pretty much trouble-free. Serious anglers will probably want to add the optional bow mount troller as well, but otherwise she’s ready to go fishing. More...

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Features Video

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider:
A Dayboat for People in a Hurry

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider
Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

Though multiple big outboards provide a performance boost compared to sterndrives in many sportboats, they often make the swim platform nearly unusable due to rigging tubes and linkages. That’s not the case with the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider, which hangs three Mercury 350s on a bracket aft of the swim platform and runs the rigging through the transom below. The swim platform is left completely functional, with passage on and off at the sides instead of the rear. The setup also delivers a surprisingly quiet ride -- just 80 dBA at the helm at a top speed of 58.2 mph. This is a noteworthy data point. And, the cowlings’ can be factory-matched to the legendary Formula paint job. More...

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Boating Tips

How to Dock Any Boat

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At some point during a day on the water, there will be a need to pull up to a dock. So, knowing how to maneuver the boat into the proper position is a must.

Most boaters have heard the adage on docking a boat: Never approach the slip or pier faster than you’re willing to hit it. It is sound advice that should be heeded. Docking can be stressful, especially when dealing with wind and current. Here is some sage advice from the experienced captains at BoatTEST.com on what any boat operator should know about how to dock a boat. More...



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