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NITRO ZV19 Sport:
Hardcore Fishboat Adaptable for the Family

NITRO ZV19 Sport
NITRO ZV19 Sport

You don’t expect chaise lounges on a hardcore fishing boat with a big flush forward casting deck, but the designers of the NITRO ZV19 Sport asked “Why not?” and added lounge-type cushioning and backrests to the options list. This, along with two flip-up aft jump seats, improves the utility for anglers who expect to have the family along regularly on the water. She’s also loaded with fishing features, including a 24-volt Minn Kota trolling motor on the bow, a Lowrance HOOK2 5 sonar/GPS on the console, room for a second panel display, locking rod storage, and aerated livewells forward and aft. She’s a turnkey package with a tandem axle trailer that is priced at $39,995 with the standard Mercury 150 FourStroke. More...

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For people who enjoy cruising, a bicycle is a natural addition to the list of gear to have on board. The new QuietKat Voyager Electric Bike seems particularly appropriate since it not only provides pedal-free, silent propulsion at up to 20 mph for many miles, but it also folds down neatly into an available case for storage aboard. An 11-amp hour, Panasonic lithium-ion battery provides power and a handlebar monitor screen lets the rider keep tabs on remaining charge. Fat tires allow it to roll easily over uneven ground and optional saddlebags make it handy to run into town for a bottle of wine or a gallon of milk. Use the special code BOATTEST15 to get a 15 percent discount on QuietKat bikes and most accessories, plus a 10% payment on any purchases to BoatTEST that utilize the code. More...

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Test Video

Grady-White Freedom 275:
Fishboat w/ Dual Console Comforts

Grady-White Freedom 275
Grady-White Freedom 275

The Grady-White Freedom 275 delivers luxury comfort and seating space in a boat that’s ready to take on a lot rougher water than most dual consoles. The arched sheer and high freeboard were designed for offshore as well as weekending with the family. The decks are self-bailing, taking away concerns of leaving her at the docks or a mooring for weeks at a time. She’s solidly built and fully equipped for sportfishing. More...

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Test Video

Palm Beach 55:
All About the Details

Palm Beach 55
Palm Beach 55

It’s all about the details in the Palm Beach 55 and no effort is spared to mark her as a premium yacht. Hardware is custom-designed and fitted precisely into the varnished caprails. The gentle curves of the aft tumblehome are emphasized by gleaming multi-coat high-gloss paint. A polished stainless Ultra Anchor decorates the bow peak. Even the antenna mast is a sleek, stylish addition to the cabin roof. There are teak decks in the engine room where twin Volvo Penta IPS950s are mounted well forward for perfect balance and they're connected to the pods via jackshafts. More...

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Four Winns Horizon 350 OB:
Outboard Advantages in a Large Bowrider

Four Winns Horizon 350 OB
Four Winns Horizon 350 OB

The Four Winns Horizon 350 OB is an outboard version of the company’s large sterndrive-powered 35’ (10.67 m) bowrider. She provides the benefits of easy engine access and the possibility of trimming the drives completely out of the water for overnights. This power option allows for a cavernous storage space in what was the engine room on the I/O version. The design provides plenty of space for swimming and watersports on platforms to either side of the engines. Our test boat was equipped with twin Mercury 350 Verados and had the joystick package, ensuring effortless low-speed handling. More...

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Galeon 500 Fly:
Smartly Engineered, Boldly Styled

Galeon 500 Fly
Galeon 500 Fly

There’s a lot more than what first meets the eye to the Galeon 500 Fly. Here she is with her broad teak-decked side balconies deployed and the transom garage is open to welcome a dinghy. The aft cockpit settee -- which includes a telescoping teak table -- rests on a swivel, allowing the settee to rotate a full 360-degrees so that it can face forward toward the swim platform or any angle in between. When the table is lowered, the settee converts into a sun pad. See the rest of her clever engineering here...

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Boating Tips

How to Operate an Outboard Engine

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How to Operate an Outboard Engine

Once you’re at the ramp or dock, there are a few basic steps to take before getting underway. Take a look at this short video from Tracker Marine that covers all of the basics. It includes making sure that the water intake is in the water and clear of obstructions, the fuel line is hooked up and primed, the emergency-stop switch is in place and attached to your belt or PFD, and that the engine is in neutral and ready to start. And, just to be sure, check that fuel level one more time. More...


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