New Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport | Prestige 520 | Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht - 07/03/2019
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Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport:
Easily-Trailered, Easily-Operated

Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport
Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport

The Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport is a fully-updated version of the first boat of thousands of avid boaters. She still has the classic panache of Boston Whaler but now she rides on an improved bottom with a 13-degree deadrise that promises a smoother ride while still providing an extremely shallow draft of 9” (0.23 cm). At a weight of just 1,005 lbs. (456 kg) including the engine and fuel, she is easily trailered behind even smaller vehicles. Her overall length on the included galvanized trailer is just 18’2” (5.54 m), an easy fit for nearly all garages. Like all Boston Whalers, she has full upright foam flotation -- the company says she will stay afloat swamped with up to 1,525 lbs. (691.73 kg) aboard. But the real story is the fun ride. More...

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Prestige 520:
Roomy, Stable and Easy to Handle

Prestige 520
Prestige 520

The Prestige 520 carries much of her 14’9” (4.5 m) beam well forward, not only adding accommodation space belowdecks but also making her a very stable boat in beam seas. Captain Steve reports that she delivers a dry ride, pushing water out and down in head seas and keeping spray off the windshields. A sliding door on the starboard side of the salon gives the captain easy side deck access for docking. An available second control station in the aft cockpit makes the process even simpler. More...

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Review Video

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht:
Flying Bridge Made for Parties

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht
Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht

The Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht welcomes entertainment for lots of guests with large venues both on the main deck and on the 40’ (12 m) long flying bridge, which is one of the largest in class and is mostly shaded by the hardtop. A U-shaped settee can seat eight, while the granite bar to port seats up to five more on fixed barstools. The boat deck aft easily accommodates the standard 14’ (4.27 m) tender with davit. With the boat removed, this area can be shaded by a Bimini for additional lounging or partying space. An enclosed optional Skylounge ($248,000) is available instead of the open flybridge for all-weather cruising. More...

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Features Video

Aquila 44:
Spacious, Broad-Beamed Cat

Aquila 44
Aquila 44

Like most power catamarans, the Aquila 44 has a very broad beam, 21’6” (6.56 m) in this case. Her full-beam master at the bow has the expanse found only on much larger mono-hull yachts. There’s 6’4” (1.93 m) headroom and lots of storage, including two closets. A desk/vanity sits in a stepdown into the starboard hull and the en suite head is down a step to port. The two guest staterooms, each en suite, are accessed via separate stairs from the salon. More...

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Test Video

Ranger Z521L Comanche:
Tournament-Level Bass Machine

Ranger Z521L Comanche
Ranger Z521L Comanche

The Ranger Z521L Comanche is a fully-loaded tournament bass boat from the industry’s best-known builder. The 50th Anniversary Edition includes everything a bass angler would need, including a 36-volt, 112-pound-thrust (50.80 kg) Minn Kota trolling motor at the bow, a forward Lowrance HDS7T Carbon sonar/GPS at the bow, HDS9T Carbon at the console and power rod box ventilation to prevent mildew. The bow and stern casting decks are carpeted and deeply padded to ease stand-all-day tournament angling, and plush swiveling seats or leaning posts allow more leisurely casting. More...

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How-To Video

Dinner on a Stick

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Dinner on a Stick

The pole spear is one of the oldest but most dependable fish spearing devices. In some places, it’s among the few legal tools for divvying up a fish dinner. Here are some basic tips from Yamaha Marine’s Captain Danny Hampson on arming, aiming, and scoring with these simple but deadly accurate tools. More...


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