New Ranger 2300LS | Beneteau Flyer 23 SPACEdeck | Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius - 07/15/2019
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Ranger 2300LS:
Premium Pontoon w/Glass Dash, Power Bimini

Ranger 2300LS
Ranger 2300LS

You probably haven’t seen a glass dash on a pontoon boat -- unless you’ve been aboard the new Ranger 2300LS, which takes the genre to new levels with premium features including a full-function touch-screen glass dash with a rear-view camera. It’s the only pontoon that we’re aware of with a power-lift Bimini top. The plush seats are as comfortable, if not more so, than we’ve seen on high-end yachts. Teak-look woven vinyl flooring keeps feet cool, plus the pontoons and railings are all powder-coated for long-lasting durability and good looks. Powered with a 250-hp Mercury Verado, she went 0 to 20 mph in 4.4 seconds and top speed was 42.3 mph. More...

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Sneak Peek

BENETEAU Flyer 23 SPACEdeck:
Social Zones Meets Superb Handling

BENETEAU Flyer 23 SPACEdeck
The BENETEAU Flyer 23 SPACEdeck brings a new realm to day-boating fun.

Probably the most notable feature that we came away with during our recent test of the Flyer 23 SPACEdeck is the impressive running surface of the AirStep hull. She has handling characteristics that took us by surprise as this was such a comfortable and easy driving boat. As for her exterior layout, some might say “Spacious” … we say smart. Smart in design, and social in seating. With available horsepower from 300 to 350, she has gentle handling qualities, but she can still head offshore with the big boys. Our full test is coming soon but until then, take a look at our sneak peek here...

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Features Video

Ocean Alexander 70E:
Added Entertainment Venue at the Bow

Ocean Alexander 70E
Ocean Alexander 70E

The foredeck of the Ocean Alexander 70E provides yet another entertainment venue to the many that are found throughout the yacht. It is also a great spot to see and be seen on a grand entry to a harbor. The side decks have 16” (40.64 cm) of walkway between the cabin side and the 30” (76.2 cm) high bulwark, providing secure passage to this forward dining and lounging spot. The backrest on the forward seating is reversible, turning this entire area into a large sun pad. A watertight door on the port side leads directly into the salon. More...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius:
Al Fresco Salon and Dining Area

Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius
Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius

Designers of the Cruisers Yachts 54 Cantius have merged the aft deck with the open-concept galley and salon -- which makes one large seamless entertainment area on the main deck. A drop-down sliding window opens the two-seat bar to the galley for easy pass-through of food and conversations. The large sliding sunroof gives an al fresco feel to the salon and dining area. All decking is made up of durable, low-maintenance Amtico composite. Note how the designers have managed to fit adequate cabinet space above the galley counters that complement the broad expanses of glass. More...

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Sailfish 325 DC:
Dual Mission DC Welcomes a Party

Sailfish 325 DC
Sailfish 325 DC

These days, most dual-mission DCs have at least some entertainment space in the cockpit, but check out the Sailfish 325 DC. She has seats for at least seven guests, a grill, refrigerator and a wet bar that welcomes a party whether at the dock or out on the water. An optional shade extends from the hardtop to provide sun protection when desired. The table is removable and several of the seats are fold-away, which allows anglers to clear the decks when fishing is the mission. The transom seat assembly lifts at the touch of a button to provide easy access to pumps and mechanical components in the transom. More...

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Test Video

Yamaha GP1800R:
Meeting the Need for Speed

Yamaha GP1800R
Yamaha GP1800R

For experienced PWC riders with the need for speed, the Yamaha GP1800R may be the answer. She is powered with Yamaha’s most powerful propulsion system -- the supercharged and inter-cooled 1812 CC 4-cylinder, 4-stroke, Super Vortex High Output engine coupled to a 160MM, eight-vane jet pump stator for maximum thrust volume. She weighs just 769 lbs. (349 kg) thanks to weight-shaving NanoXcel 2 molded construction, a composite composed of glass microbubbles in exfoliated clay encapsulated in resin -- making her about 90 lbs. (40.82 kg) lighter than comparable models built of fiberglass. As you might expect, she is a rocket on the water. Top speed is faster than most will want to ride. Suffice to say she has never been beaten in stock PWC competition, according to Yamaha. More...

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Hatteras GT63 Post One Crosses the Atlantic:
27 Days Underway Without Issues

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Hatteras GT63 Post One Crosses the Atlantic: 27 Days Underway Without Issues

The Hatteras GT63 Post One traveled from St. George's Harbor in Bermuda to Horta Marina in Faial, Azores. It was a nine-day, 1,800 nautical mile run across the Atlantic Ocean. She is one of the first sportfishing boats to complete the journey on her own bottom, with assistance and refuelings from 147' (44.8 m) mothership Dorothea III. The GT63 spent 27 days underway in a 33-day time span without a single issue. Check out the details of this epic voyage and the Post One's flawless performance from the logbook of Captain John Crupi. More...


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