Hatteras GT59 | Axopar 28 Cabin | Tahoe 1950 - 08/02/2019
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BENETEAU Oceanis 38.1:
Easy Short-Handed Sailing,
Versatile Layouts Below

BENETEAU Oceanis 38.1

BENETEAU's Oceanis 38.1 combines strong sailing performance and a roomy cockpit with versatile below deck accommodation choices. Her modern lines produce excellent performance under sail. Twin rudders and steering wheels maintain precise control. Her wide beam is carried well aft, providing not only speed off the wind but a large and comfortable cockpit that is suitable for both sailing and entertaining at anchor. The Oceanis 38.1 can easily be sailed solo, as the winches and rigging are led aft adjacent to the dual helms for simple trim adjustments. This sailboat is equally well-suited to a crowd with the mainsheet out of the way, sitting atop an optional arch above the companionway. An optional self-tacking headsail makes short-handed sailing even easier. More...

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Features Video

Hatteras GT59:
Fast, Tough Sportfishing Convertible

Hatteras GT59

The Hatteras GT59 is right at home busting through four-foot waves at 40 knots, as Captain Steve discovered in our test run of this new sportfishing convertible. The twin 1900-hp CAT C-32As provide the push to reach that 40-knot mark. Note the bow flair and the absence of a windshield, insurance against stuffing the bow at speed in large seas. Hull tunnels cut her draft to just 4’9” (1.45 m), a plus when exploring island country as well as docking at waterfront homes. More...

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Test Video

TAHOE 1950:
PowerGlide Hull Delivers on Efficiency

TAHOE 1950

The PowerGlide hull of the TAHOE 1950 rides on plane with the hard chines completely clear of the surface all the way to the transom, cutting friction and increasing efficiency. Six strakes plus the chines provide the lift to help the boat plane quickly. She got on plane in 3.5 seconds with the 150-hp Mercury OptiMax turning an 18” pitch three-blade propeller. The design holds her solidly in sharp turns at speed, and her flared bow should keep the deck dry in most conditions. Top speed was 49.6 mph in our test runs. More...

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Test Video

Axopar 28 Cabin:
Utilitarian Luxury in a Fast Dayboat

Axopar 28 Cabin

The Axopar 28 Cabin features a sort of post-modern design look that is almost utilitarian. She combines the pilothouse and open commuter/patrol boat concept that is popular in northern Europe with the hull shape and styling that is currently coming out of southern Europe. She has all of the necessary features to function as a comfortable and exceptionally-seaworthy dayboat, with occasional overnights possible. More...

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Features Video

Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht:
Ready for Open Ocean Runs

Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht

The Riviera 39 Sports Motor Yacht makes use of a large Bimini to shade almost the entire flying bridge, keeping cost under control and also avoiding added weight topside where it might affect stability in beam seas. The foldable top also allows sunbathing on all of the lounges here when desired -- the port lounge converts to a sun pad. The helm seat flips fore and aft, allowing it to function as part of the settee at lunch time. The bridge also has a wet bar, food prep area, and a refrigerator. More...

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Boating Equipment

Autopilots are Essential on Most Boats

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This center console has an autopilot, something that isn't seen often.

Autopilots tend to be standard equipment on most big boats these days, and for good reason. Center consoles tend to not have them, but they work just as well there. We like them because they are like having an extra hand on board. They are not all alike, and some are easier to use than others, so we are giving some advice on what to look for. They also can make your boat more fuel efficient on long hauls. This report may tell you some things you didn’t know about autopilots. More...

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