Boston Whaler 210 Montauk | Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 | Donzi 41 GT - 06/22/2019
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Most Popular Boats and Engines of the Week

Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats and engines. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
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Monday #1

Boston Whaler 210 Montauk:
All-New Version of a Classic Design

Boston Whaler 210 Montauk
Boston Whaler 210 Montauk

The Boston Whaler 210 Montauk is an all-new version of the classic center console design. Most important, her bottom shape has been vastly improved and she can now take choppy conditions at speed. Her seating has also been improved and is more versatile than before, as has virtually everything else about the boat. One thing has not changed: she has foam flotation and will float level if swamped. This important detail sets her apart from most boats on the market because there is no USCG rule that boats over 20' (6.1 m) float level if swamped. The bow casting deck quickly converts to a pair of chaise-type lounges with the optional removable backrests. Aft, a pair of flip-up jump seats is positioned beneath the rear casting deck. A hardtop or a canvas top, each with rocket launchers and lights, is optional. More...

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Tuesday #1

TAHOE T16:
Comfortable Entry-Level Boat

TAHOE T16
TAHOE T16

The TAHOE T16 is an entry-level, turnkey runabout with a competitive price of just $15,995 including the 60-hp Mercury ELPT FourStroke and single-axle trailer. She's less expensive than other entry-level boats on the market, but that’s not the only advantage of this 16-footer. Perhaps most important is that she has a V-bottom and will not jar your teeth out like some low-cost entry-level boats. This detail makes all the difference between a boat for a large pond and one that can be used in harbors, shallow bays, inland lakes and rivers. The hull has a draft of just 12.5” (31.75 cm), allowing safe and easy visits to picnic beaches. With a weight of only 1,250 lbs. (567 kg), she’s easily trailered with even a smaller tow vehicle. More...

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Wednesday #1

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150:
All-New 3-Cylinder Evinrude 150 2-Stroke

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150
Color-coordinated Evinrude E-TEC G2 150

Last week, Evinrude introduced a new engine platform that addresses the mid-range of boats from 14’ to 21’ (4.26 to 6.40 m). Of all powerboats sold, 56% of the aluminum and 45% of the fiberglass boats, fall into this 7’ (2.13 m) range. It is here that the torque of 2-stroke engines is vitally important in order to get boats on plane fast. Fuel economy and annual maintenance costs are also important in order to keep boating at an affordable level in this size range.

The new Evinrude engine platform (115, 140 and 150-hp) addresses those primary concerns and many others as well. First, Evinrude has taken a page from automakers who are now building 3-cylinder engines and has done the same, reaping fuel-efficiency gains and weight savings as a result. Second, the engine is 2-stroke, which provides the torque at the low and mid-range that boats in this size range desperately need to get on plane quickly and not struggle.

Evinrude E-TEC G2 150

The chart above was supplied to us by Evinrude’s Emissions Compliance Lab. The protocols used to determine emissions are based on ICOMIA standards (an international boat-building association with technical committees) which all of the engine makers follow. In other words, the data presented above indicates that the power output of the five engines tested should be about the same no matter which company tests the engines. As can be seen, the new 1.9 L 3-cylinder 2-stroke Evinrude outboard platform has greater power (torque) in the low and mid-range than the 115 and 115-hp Pro XS engines from Mercury and the 115 from Yamaha. What is obvious from this is that the all-new 3-cylinder 2-stroke 1.9 L engine is not hampered in power by not having a fourth cylinder. It is made up for because every stroke is a power stroke in 2-cycle engines, in addition to other factors.

Today, we are going to look at the Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 and learn some of its secrets and see how it performs.

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Thursday #1

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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Friday #1

Leopard 51 PC:
Fuel-Friendly Cruising Cat Sleeps 8

Leopard 51 PC
Leopard 51 PC

An unusual feature of the Leopard 51 PC is the absence of a wheel at the lower helm. She’s designed to be operated from the upper helm for the most part, except when well offshore under auto-pilot control, thus the omission of the main-deck steering. The wide separation of the props due to the twin hulls -- beam is 25’1” (7.65 m) -- also eases throttle-only control around the docks. Twin 370-hp Yanmars make her very easy on fuel, with a range of over 1,000 NM at 8.2 knots. Three or four cabins can be fitted below, allowing overnights for up to eight. More...

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