New Jeanneau Leader 10.5 | Schaefer Yachts 400 | Vicem Classic 58 - 08/05/2019
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Jeanneau Leader 10.5:
Maximized Spaces for Entertaining
& Overnighting

Jeanneau Leader 10.5

The Jeanneau Leader 10.5 packs a lot of entertaining and living space into its 34’5” (10.5 m) LOA. The cockpit has a large L-shaped settee plus two flip-down seats around a large table. There’s another sizeable table in the cabin, allowing dining for up to 10. The cockpit settee also converts into a sun lounge and the outdoor galley, with a cooktop, refrigerator and sink, is just a step away. There’s a second galley with a microwave and cooktop below, as well. She sleeps four -- two in a double berth amidships and two more in the convertible seating/dining area at the bow. More...

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Features Video

Schaefer Yachts 400:
Welcoming Guests for Sundowning

Schaefer Yachts 400

A circular conversation pit adds a welcoming feeling to the aft deck of the Schaefer Yachts 400. We think it is a terrific design and wonder why someone hasn’t done it before. The company goes the extra mile on upholstery -- with multi-textured coverings, dimpled vinyl, and diamond stitching. A manual shade (or an optional power shade) extends out from the top to protect this area when desired. Under the cover on the transom, there’s a grill and sink. Below, two staterooms and two heads welcome overnights. More...

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Test Video

World Cat 280CC-X:
Stable and Smooth Riding

World Cat 280CC-X

The World Cat 280CC-X is a redesign of the company’s 28-footer, designed to make her lighter and a better performer on less power. Power catamarans are very spacious and smooth-riding, but because of the twin hull design they tend to be heavier than monohulls of similar dimensions. The latest version had an estimated weight of about 8,380 lbs. (3,801 kg) with the twin 200-hp Yamaha 4-stroke engines. She was very quick to plane -- just 3.1 seconds. She also had good speed for the power, topping out at 48.7 mph. Fuel-efficiency was also strong, 2.2 mpg at 25.6 mph for a range of about 497 sm. Note the very sharp forward entry of the twin hulls, assisting in the smooth catamaran ride. More...

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Vicem Classic 58:
Let There Be Wood & Lots of It

Vicem Classic 58

For boat owners who are traditionalists, and feel like they’re in a refrigerator in some modern boats, there is really no substitute for the well-crafted woodwork in a yacht. For those people, we have a suggestion: take a look at the Vicem Classic 58. She has a Downeast style and craftsmanship, particularly in the mahogany woodworking. She is built in Turkey by old world shipwrights who take personal pride in their work. The boat is built in a boatyard, not in a factory. Both the local cost of labor and the local currency make buying there advantageous for the consumer right now. And, her hull is cold molded. That means that multiple strips of wood have been bent over a jig, laminated together with resin, covered in a layer of fiberglass and epoxy, and sanded smooth. Its bottom is more puncture-resistant than most fiberglass boats on the market. More...

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Everglades 273CC:
Premium-Class and Well-Equipped

Everglades 273CC

The Everglades 273CC is a premium-class offshore center console with a lot of extras that are not found on many other boats of this type. A power windshield can be dropped vertically into the console at the touch of a switch on hot days or raised up and cleared by the standard wiper. Ground tackle, including a through-the-stem stainless anchor and power winch, are also standard, as is a porcelain head and woven vinyl snap-out flooring in the console head. The dash is big enough to hold twin 16” displays. All hatches are RTM finished inside and out, and there are racks for 16 rods in the bow storage boxes. More...

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When it comes to spending a day on the water, most boaters already know where they want to go and what they want to do. However, when it comes to buying insurance for a boat, it isn't that simple. When compared to buying other types of insurance, some of the differences lie in the expensive equipment and devices, the need to trailer the boat, or occasionally enter a fishing tournament or poker run. The captains at BoatTEST have some advice that may help. More...

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