New Bluewater 2850 | Jeanneau Leader 10.5 | Knowing Your Boat - 07/12/2019
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New Captain's Report

Bluewater 2850:
Bracket-Mounted Evinrude E-TEC 300s, ICON Touch Monitoring

Bluewater 2850
Bluewater 2850

Check out this test report on the Bluewater 2850 with a pair of Evinrude E-TEC G2 300s mounted on an Armstrong bracket on the back. The high-torque direct-injected 2-strokes pushed the 8,251 lb. (3,743 kg) package up on plane in 5.0 seconds and top speed was 46.8 mph with 19” (48 cm) propellers. Single-tube rigging made possible by the all-digital outboards with integrated steering and tilt and trim keeps the transom area clean, which is a big plus in a fishing boat like this one where a lot of action takes place aft. The ICON Touch engine panel allows customization of information displayed and handling inputs. It includes the homepage with general cruising and performance information, a fuel/fluids page, engine page, vessel page, trip page and lots more. More...

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Captain’s Report

Jeanneau Leader 10.5:
Stepped Hull Engineered for Efficiency

Jeanneau Leader 10.5
Jeanneau Leader 10.5

The Jeanneau Leader 10.5 is designed as a day boat for one to two couples or a family of four to enjoy a raft up with friends or a weekend in a quiet harbor. At 34’5” (10.5 m), this boat sleeps four and can seat up to 10 in the cockpit for day boat entertaining. She is also designed for offshore conditions. The Michael Peters-designed hull is a “Stepped-Vee Ventilated Tunnel” with two deep steps, which at planing speeds create a vacuum that sucks air into athwartships troughs to help improve hull efficiency. With twin 300 outboards, she ran 36 knots (41.4 mph) in company tests. More...

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Features Video

Absolute Navetta 73:
Take the Party Topside

Absolute Navetta 73
Absolute Navetta 73

The flying bridge of the Absolute Navetta 73, like the rest of the yacht, is impressive in scope as well as in the level of fit-and-finish. With her width that extends over the side decks and length that continues past the windshields, the flybridge has four separate seating areas and an outdoor galley. The decking is all teak, as well as the rest of the exterior decks. There’s seating for up to 19 guests here, with a lot of it under the protection of the extended hardtop. An electrically-actuated sunroof adds sunshine when desired. The center-mounted helm is fully forward, giving the captain a good view of the sea ahead. More...

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Test Video

Galeon 485 HTS:
Bringing the Outside In

Galeon 485 HTS
Galeon 485 HTS

We’ve seen several yachts with flip-up windows between the aft deck and the interior spaces in recent years, but the Galeon 485 HTS takes the outside-inside concept a step further. Not only does the large glass window separating the aft deck and the salon drop into the separating bulkhead, the sliding glass door goes with it. The result is a seamless flow from the transom all the way to the helm area. A large sliding sunroof adds to the open-air feel here, as well. Note the size of the sun pad, converted from U-shaped cockpit seating. More...

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Test Video

TRACKER Pro Team 175 TXW:
Right-Sized for Inland Angling

TRACKER Pro Team 175 TXW
TRACKER Pro Team 175 TXW

The TRACKER Pro Team 175 TXW is TRACKER’s most popular boat, and that’s saying a lot about this giant of the industry. She’s the right size (and the right price at $17,995) to take a couple of anglers bass fishing or panfishing on almost any inland lake or river in the country on the single-axle trailer included in the package. She includes a Minn Kota Edge 12V, 45-lb. (20 kg) trolling motor up front and a Lowrance® HOOK2-5 Combo swivel color fishfinder on the console. The Mercury 60-hp FourStroke is also standard, with a 75-hp optional. The Diamond Coat finish is baked on and covered in clear coat to keep her looking new far longer than most in class, and the all-welded .100 gauge aluminum hull promises long-term durability. More...

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Boating Tips

Knowing Your Boat

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Knowing Your Boat

Here are all the basics on operating your new boat safely from the experts at Tracker Marine. The video covers running lights and night operation, bilge pumps, trolling motor safety, battery charging, maintenance and safety, livewells and steering. It also reminds boaters to use extra care in checking regularly for fuel spills, cracks and leaks in connections and hoses, and lots more...



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