New Tiara Sport 38 LS | Donzi 41 GT | Monte Carlo Yachts 80 - 07/30/2019
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Tiara Sport 38 LS:
High Freeboard, High Performance
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Tiara Sport 38 LS
Tiara Sport 38 LS

The Tiara Sport 38 LS, powered with twin Seven Marine 527s, is a fuel-efficient package for the genre with a cruising speed of 29.4 mph, producing 0.9 mpg. She stays on plane at speeds as low as 13.5 mph, a big plus in rough seas. Her top speed was 54.6 mph. The large DuoProp counter-rotating propellers coupled with Volvo Penta’s joystick system made docking a non-issue, despite winds up to 25 knots during our tests. Now, find out more about the world-class Tiara Sport 38 LS. More...

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Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP:
New 3-Cylinder Outboard is Mighty

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Evinrude E-TEC G2 150 HP

The all-new Evinrude 3-cylinder E-TEC G2 150 weighs only 397 lbs. (180 kg), but just because it has 3-cylinders doesn’t mean it has one cylinder tied behind its back. Evinrude engineers have capitalized on all of the mechanics at its command to produce a 150-hp engine that can go toe-to-toe with other 150s on the market -- and with lower fuel consumption. In a nutshell, here’s how it has managed this feat:

1) It’s a 2-cycle engine with every stroke a power stroke,
2) Direct in-the-cylinder fuel injection,
3) Its injectors are actually a high-pressure pump that can spray fuel up to 800 psi,
4) “Stratified” combustion,
5) RAVE (Rotax Adjustable Valve Exhaust) that packs more air into the cylinder.

To find out more about this remarkable new engine, watch our video and read our full report. More...

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BENETEAU Gran Turismo 50:
Intuitive Graphical Interface For All Ship Systems

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BENETEAU Gran Turismo 50

The BENETEAU Gran Turismo 50 uses an innovative system called BENETEAU Ship Control to control many of the ship's systems directly from the chart plotter. This intuitive graphical interface can also be controlled from an iPad. This system works in conjunction with the Scheiber touchscreen to control lights, air conditioning, generator, stereo functions and much more. Note the joystick control to the left of the throttle/shift and the bow thruster control is laid out for ideal visibility directly centerline of the boat -- docking should be a non-issue. More...

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Ranger VX1888WT:
Premium-Class Welded Aluminum
Dual Console

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Ranger VX1888WT

The Ranger VX1888WT is an all-aluminum dual console designed for northern anglers chasing walleyes, pike, smallmouth and other species where rough water and plenty of wind are common conditions. She has high windshields and more freeboard than many fishing boats in this LOA. A Minn Kota 70PD 60" BT trolling motor is standard up front, while anglers have a choice of Mercury, Evinrude or Yamaha outboards to 225-hp on the transom. More...

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Donzi 41 GT:
A Rocket Ride on Water

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Donzi 41 GT

If your other car is a fighter jet then you might be a candidate for ownership of the Donzi 41 GT, a very, very fast sport boat that lives up to the Donzi heritage of wide-open speed on the water. Powered with triple 400R Mercury Racing outboards turning 26” Bravo-1 four-blade props, the double-stepped hull ran 81.0 mph, among the highest speeds ever recorded in one of our tests. It’s also impressive that she gets on plane with props pitched that high in just 3.4 seconds. Standard Mercury 380 K Plane racing trim tabs keep the boat at the perfect running attitude throughout the speed range. Deep bucket seats with bolsters keep the driver and a companion at the port console secure and comfortable at speed. More...

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Monte Carlo Yachts 80:
Command Station Welcomes Company

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Monte Carlo Yachts 80

Thanks to a curved settee to starboard, three or four companions can hang out at the lower helm with the captain. Large pantographic wipers keep the huge single-piece windshield clear, and a pair of 20" (50.8 cm) multi-function touch screens on the leather-wrapped dash feed the ship’s information to the command post. The leather-covered helm seat, which has a bolster and armrests, swivels and adjusts electrically fore and aft as well as up and down. More...

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3,600 Miles at Sea in a
Hatteras GT63

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3,600 Miles at Sea in a Hatteras GT63

Here’s a look at an epic trans-Atlantic voyage -- Cape Verde to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil -- in the Hatteras GT63 Post One traveling on her own bottom -- a rare crossing for a yacht of this size and genre. The 20-plus day journey covered 3,600 miles of open ocean, with refuelings at sea from the mother-ship Dorothea III, a 147' (44.8 m) superyacht to which Post One serves as a fishing tender. See it here...


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