How to Handle Following Seas | Leopard 43 PC | Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius - 08/06/2019
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Leopard 43 PC:
Quiet-Running, Long-Range Cruiser

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Leopard 43 PC

With the 320-hp Yanmar 8LV320s throttled back to 1000 rpm and 6 knots, the Leopard 43 PC will travel better than 1400 NM between fuel stops. Boaters will hardly know the engines are running. We recorded just 67 dBa at this speed. How seaworthy is she? The South African builder has long made a habit of delivering these boats on their own bottom from Cape Town to the Caribbean and beyond. When the need arises, she can hustle to the next port. Top speed in our tests was 24 knots. More...

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Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport:
Improved, User-Friendly Classic

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Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport

The latest version of the Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport clearly displays the classic lines of the first boat used as kids by thousands of now veteran boaters, including a couple of staffers at BoatTEST. The new version comes with lots of improvements that make her much more user-friendly. The optional heavily-cushioned, reversible bucket seats are mounted on a fiberglass bench rather than the original wood board. She is now available with four hullside colors plus the original Boston Whaler white. The bottom design now has 13 degrees of deadrise at the transom, which is enough to soften the ride a bit even in this LOA. She weighs 695 lbs. (315 kg) dry and draws a scant 9” (23 cm). More...

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Hatteras M75 Panacera:
American Build w/Italian Flair

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Hatteras M75 Panacera

The flybridge helm of the Hatteras M75 Panacera gives the captain a gull’s eye view of the sea all around. Joystick control and bow thrusters make it easy to harness the power of the optional twin 1800-hp 12V 2000 MTU diesels at the docks. Additional joysticks can be added in the aft cockpit as desired. Adjustable Stidd helm seats keep the captain and a companion comfortable, and the entire bridge area can be enclosed in isinglass for three-season voyaging. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius:
Designed for Al Fresco Socializing

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Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius

There’s a lot to like about the transom and swim platform of the Cruisers Yachts 50 Cantius, which is likely to become an added socializing/entertainment area as well as a place to carry a dinghy or PWC. Tracks in the deck hold a removable cradle. The submersible platform has telescoping stairs that rise from the non-skid decking as the platform is lowered, providing easy access to the aft cockpit. A grill and a food prep area are under the fiberglass cover in the center. More...

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Sailfish 275 DC:
8 Hull Colors Are Available

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Sailfish 275 DC

The Sailfish 275 DC is available with eight hull colors, including white. Six colors, including white, are standard. Deep Blue, seen above, and black are premium colors and cost extra. We’d go for Deep Blue, anyway, because it just looks nautical to our eye. The other colors are pastels which all look classy and will not show salt like the Deep Blue and Black. We’re partial to dual consoles because they are so good for entertaining. The 275 DC has a large cockpit with fold-up bench seats both from the transom and the port gunwale. Plus, there is an optional galley to starboard. More...

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How to Handle Following Seas

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Following seas are difficult and boaters making long offshore passages should know how to handle them.

Perhaps the most difficult sea condition to handle offshore for a powerboat is a following sea. Both stuffing the bow and being pooped are the most obvious concerns, but even more likely is rolling, which can be even more problematical. We investigate why boats roll in following seas and what can be done to avoid it. More...



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