Four Winns Vista 255 | Absolute Navetta 48 | Cheoy Lee Global 104 - 07/19/2019
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America's Boating Club Offers Hands-On Powerboat Training Courses at
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America's Boating Club Offers Hands-On Powerboat Training Courses

America's Boating Club (by United States Power Squadrons) is a nonprofit, educational organization dedicated to making boating safer by offering classes in seamanship and navigation. Beginning in July, you can attend an eight-hour training session that combines classroom learning with on-the-water coaching. More...

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Captain's Report

Four Winns Vista 255:
Trailerable Weekender w/Extra Headroom

Four Winns Vista 255
Four Winns Vista 255

Note the depth and volume of the hull on the Four Winns Vista 255. Her high freeboard and arched sheer allow increased space in the cabin, making her more comfortable for weekending than some in class. The cabin is illuminated by a total of seven windows, including those in the folding companionway hatch. She has bunks for four. There’s a compact galley with a microwave below as well as a dining area for four, plus a standup head and shower. The wet bar in the cockpit can be optioned with a cooktop and refrigerator to keep cooking odors outside in good weather. More...

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Features Video

Absolute Navetta 48:
Maximized Entertainment Space in 48'

Absolute Navetta 48
Absolute Navetta 48

The Absolute Navetta 48 has a lot of space for relaxing and entertaining. The aft deck is roomy and fully covered by the overhead. There's a sun shade option that completely blocks sun from aft, where sundowns and sunrises can create lots of glare. This entire area can be enclosed in isinglass for three-season boating. The deck is teak, and all clearances have been carefully calculated to allow three folding chairs to face the table, thus serving six guests for al fresco dining at the solid teak table. Note the space for the fenders under the seat to starboard, and for a life-raft to port. Walkways from here to the bow entertainment area are weather-protected by the overhang. More...

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Test Video

Eastward Boats Horizon 3000:
Economical 2-Stroke Power on a Broad-Beamed Cat

Eastward Boats Horizon 3000

The Eastward Boats Horizon 3000 is a catamaran with an impressive amount of usable space, thanks to her 9’3” (2.83 m) beam that extends all the way to the squared-off bow. She is notable in fuel efficiency when equipped with twin Evinrude E-TEC G2 250s. In our test runs, she got 2.0 mpg at a 23.3 mph cruise. This gave her a maximum safe range well in excess of 500 SM with the 300-gallon (1,135 L) fuel capacity -- which is more than enough to go to the Bahamas, troll and dive all weekend and then return without ever visiting the fuel docks. At trolling speeds, the advanced 2-stroke motors are even more thrifty, getting 3.9 mpg at 5.9 mph. More...

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Review Video

Cheoy Lee Global 104:
World-Ranging Yacht with the “Wow” Factor

Cheoy Lee Global 104

Even for those who spend lots of time evaluating yachts, some models just have the “wow” factor, and the Cheoy Lee Global 104 definitely falls into this category. Check out the huge main deck master stateroom, taking advantage of her 22’ (6.71 m) beam. The mirrored door on the right opens to reveal a curving stairway to a huge walk-in closet, which includes a stacked washer/dryer. To port is a desk that doubles as a vanity, and there are separate “his” and “her” heads. There are four en suites below and full crew’s quarters aft of the engine room. More...

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Test Video

76.6 MPH WOT w/Mercury 250 Pro XS


The NITRO Z20 hits the sweet spot in size for tournament bass anglers -- small enough to be easily trailered and light enough to be very fast and nimble but with enough space and equipment aboard to fish in even the top levels of competition anywhere in the country. We tested her with Mercury’s new V8 250 Pro XS FourStroke and she delivered. She got on plane in 3.8 seconds with a 24” pitch Mercury Fury three-blade and topped out at 76.6 mph. In tournaments, that added speed can mean getting to the fish faster and also fishing longer before heading in to beat the cutoff time. More...

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Boating Tips

Tips for Safe Fueling

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When explosions happen, serious injuries can occur. Most problems most often happen after fueling.

Each year, the U.S.C.G. records a number of accidents that occur while fueling and many of them result in serious injury or worse. With the boating season in full swing, the experienced captains at offer these timely tips on being safe while fueling your boat. There is only one way to do it right. More...

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