New Sea Ray 310 OB | Mako 284 CC | Ocean Alex 90R - 07/29/2019
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Test Video

Sea Ray SLX 310 OB:
Fast & Quiet w/2x Mercury 300 V8s

BOAT NAME
Sea Ray SLX 310 OB with large side swim platforms for launching watersports.

The Sea Ray SLX 310 OB impressed our test team with her soft, dry ride running at speed in rolling seas offshore. With a 10’2” (3.10 m) beam, lots of flair and freeboard up front, and a 21-degree deadrise at the transom, she readily handled sloppy conditions that would keep many bowriders tied to the docks. In calmer water, the twin 300-hp Mercury 4.6 L V8s pushed her to 50.8 mph. The noise level was remarkably low at 84 dBa at full speed, something we rarely see with any outboard. We attribute that to innovations in the new Mercury 4.6 L engine, vibration dampening, and Sea Ray’s “Quiet Ride” sound insulation systems, which were originally made for sterndrive units but demonstrably works by reducing boat harmonics for this outboard rig as well. More...

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Captain's Report

Lumishore Underwater Lighting:
Special Lighting for Any Occasion

BOAT NAME
Lumishore Underwater Lighting

Thanks to new technology, Lumishore is giving boat owners an infinite palette of colors as well as complete control of color changes, moods and themes in LED lighting. The Lumishore Configurator makes it possible to see how various underwater lighting choices would look on different boats, from an 18’ (5.48 m) bass boat to a superyacht. Shoppers can select the number of lights, locations and colors and get an instant computer-generated rendering of the selected lights and their effects. More...

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Captain's Report

Ocean Alexander 90R Motoryacht:
Bold Styling, Innovative Design

BOAT NAME
Ocean Alexander 90R Motoryacht

The Ocean Alexander 90R Motoryacht is the first model in the company’s new Revolution series, which is a stylish and modern departure from the manufacturer’s more traditional models. She has a plumb bow and an aggressive, futuristic design that will make her easily identifiable worldwide. She displays some new concepts that are likely to see imitation from other builders, including the “Beach Club”, a secluded sitting area just above water level that overlooks the swim platform. There’s a large entertainment venue topside, including luxurious seating for 10 or more within the climate-controlled Skylounge. More...

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Test Video

MAKO 284 CC:
367 NMile Range w/Merc’s New ARO Feature

BOAT NAME
MAKO 284 CC

The MAKO 284 CC, powered with twin 300-hp Mercury V8s, was an impressive performer during our tests on at least three counts. She planed in 2.8 seconds, which is unusually quick for a boat of this size. She reached a top speed of 55.9 mph and got 2.1 mpg at best cruise, which was 28.8 mph. That, along with the MAKO’s 228 gallon (863 L) fuel capacity, gave her a range of better than 420 SM (367 NM). Part of this is a result of Mercury’s Advanced Range Optimization (ARO) feature, which automatically leans out the fuel mixture when the boat is in the groove in cruising mode. The boat is fully-equipped for offshore fishing. More...

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Features Video

Galeon 420 Fly:
Versatile Seat Choices on the Aft Deck

BOAT NAME
Galeon 420 Fly

The Galeon 420 Fly maximizes the utility of the aft deck with some clever engineering. The salon seating converts from a C-shaped bench seating to an L-shape extended into the cockpit. Or, by flip-flopping the backrest of the aft-most section forward, it converts to an aft-facing bench seat. Another option is created by sliding the opposing port side bench seating bases to the center of the salon to create more table seating. The transom settee slides fore and aft on tracks to create more space as needed, or to fold out into a forward-facing lounge. More...

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Test Video

World Cat 255DC:
Easy-Rider in Rough Weather

BOAT NAME
World Cat 255DC

With exceptionally high freeboard at the bow and very sharp forward entries for the twin catamaran hulls, the World Cat 255DC is made to handle plenty of rough water without the need for cutting speed significantly, which is usually a must in monohull designs. The widely-separated outboards made for easy maneuvering around the docks in our tests. The twin 150-hp Yamahas proved to be a fuel-efficient package, getting 1.9 mpg at 20.3 mph for a range of over 400 SM. Top speed was 44.8 mph. More...

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Safety Tips

It’s the Law: So, Lay it Down

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It is important that children under 12 years of age keep their Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) on whenever they are on a boat or on a dock.

Children are cute and loveable, but they often don’t like eating their spinach or wearing Personal Flotation Devices. Spinach doesn’t mean the difference between life and death, but PFDs do. Today’s kids are often used to getting their own way and can be cranky and contrary. That’s why parents must have “Zero Tolerance” for not wearing life jackets for kids aged 12 and under. We offer some strategies for success. More...


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