Monte Carlo Yachts 96 | Donzi 41 GT | SiriusXM Weather - 07/11/2019
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Monte Carlo Yachts 96:
Keep Your Captain Happy

Monte Carlo Yachts 96
Monte Carlo Yachts 96

Fortunate is the crew of any Monte Carlo Yachts 96 -- check out the captain’s “office” in the pilothouse, complete with a comfortable bunk for the off-duty relief on long overnight runs. He also gets his own en suite below, adjacent full crew’s quarters with a separate galley, dining area with a full-sized refrigerator/freezer and lounging area that rivals the owner’s facilities on some smaller yachts. There are also bunks for four additional crew in two staterooms. Another touch that the crew will like -- electrical panels and many operational controls are located in a separate compartment from the engine room, avoiding the noise and heat of working next to the big MAN diesels. See the full video here...

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Donzi 41 GT:
Very Fast Dayboat w/Compact Cabin

Donzi 41 GT
Donzi 41 GT

With the Donzi nameplate, you know the 41 GT is going to be fast, and she did not disappoint in our tests. Powered with triple Mercury 400 Rs, she had a top speed of 81.0 mph! She also provides plenty of comfortable seating so feel free to bring along friends to enjoy the thrilling ride, with chaise type lounges both in the cockpit and at the bow as well as added seating overlooking the transom. There’s a refrigerated drawer amidships. She tucks a compact cabin below, including a settee, table and a hideaway flushing head. She’s clearly a dayboat, but she could handle an overnight for two if desired. More...

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Formula 270 Bowrider:
Ilmor Muscle, 51.0 MPH WOT

Formula 270 Bowrider
Formula 270 Bowrider

We tested the Formula 270 Bowrider with the optional 430-hp Ilmor MV8 6.2L engine, which is the same aluminum block V8 that was used in the Corvette and some Indy cars but it’s fully marinized for durability. The engine has a five-year, 500-hour warranty -- something that’s almost unheard of with racing engines. Performance was strong per company tests with a top speed of 51.0 mph. Fuel economy, though not a strong consideration in sportboats like this one, was also impressive. At a cruise of 27.8 mph, she got 2.3 mpg. The OneDrive outdrive has a hydraulic clutch that delivers exceptionally smooth, "clunk-free" shifting. Like all Formula models, she is available with a wide variety of flawless, custom paint finishes. More...

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Azimut Atlantis 51:
Sporty Express Overnights 6

Azimut Atlantis 51
Azimut Atlantis 51

The Azimut Atlantis 51 has the lines of a sporty express, including a partial axe bow -- a nod to the vertical bows that are currently popular with distance cruisers. However, her living spaces below decks are a cut above what we often see in class, with a well-lighted salon/dining area for six or more, a galley with full-sized Miele appliances, an en-suite master at the bow and two added cabins amidships -- one with sliding bunks that form a double and the other with over-under bunks. The shared head here is also the day head. See Captain Steve’s walk-through here...

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Boston Whaler 210 Montauk:
New Hull Design, More Interior Options

Boston Whaler 210 Montauk
Boston Whaler 210 Montauk

The Boston Whaler 210 Montauk is a redesigned version of one of the company’s uber-popular CC lineup, with a completely new hull design to provide a smoother, drier ride as well as a number of interior options to add comfort and utility. The 16-degree deadrise at the transom is a good compromise between easy planing and a smooth ride at speed. Powered with a 150-hp Mercury FourStroke, she planed in 3.6 seconds and had a top speed of 40.1 mph. The broad reversed chines, extended all the way to the bow, keep down spray. See the full test here...

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SiriusXM Weather:
Marine Weather at Your Fingertips

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SiriusXM Weather

Weather is a critical component in boating. It not only helps us make the go/no go decision, it can also help us avoid the pop-up storms that catch thousands of boaters off guard. As a professional captain, one of the best tools in Captain Steve’s arsenal is the SiriusXM weather subscription. It’s available for most of the major displays on the market, but in this video, he explains how it is used with a Garmin interface, and why weather apps on your phone just aren’t enough. Give yourself the same advantage in trip planning and safety as the pros, and see his full review here...

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Boating Tips

Night Moves

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There are many precautions a boat operator should follow to keep safe during the daytime. Boating at night takes much more attention and preparation.

When boating in daylight there are important rules to know and follow to safeguard all onboard. Boating at night requires a whole lot more attention and safety measures involving all your major senses. Sight, hearing, feel, even smell. Want to go out after dark, here are some common sense rules you can follow to stay safer. More...



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