New SeaVee 340Z | Schaefer Yachts 580 | Formula 310 Day Boat - 08/13/2019
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SeaVee 340Z:
57.9 MPH WOT w/3x 300 Evinrudes

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SeaVee 340Z

The SeaVee 340Z, powered with three 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 engines, is a high-performance package that would make it possible to run to Bimini, fish or dive for lobster much of the day and still return well before sundown, among other long-range, short-duration trips. She topped out at 57.9 mph in our test runs. Best cruise was at 4500 rpm and 43.7 mph, at which the 2-stroke engines got 1.0 mpg. More...

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Schaefer Yachts 580:
Brazilian Style, Practical Cruising Comforts

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Schaefer Yachts 580

The Schaefer Yachts 580, built by Brazil’s largest boat builder, features a salon that is elevated and forward to take advantage of the large windshield as well as the large, arched side windows. Here, guests get a great view of the waterway passing by while relaxing in air-conditioned comfort. The inserts in the windows rotate to provide fresh air as desired. See Captain Steve’s full inspection of this yacht here...

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Hatteras GT45X:
Ready for Rough Water and Big Fish

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Hatteras GT45X

With 5’2” (1.57 m) of freeboard at the bow, the Hatteras GT45X Tower is right at home in seas that might give some boaters pause. Like all Hatteras sportfish models, she is amply equipped in the engine room, with a pair of 1136-hp CAT C-18 Acert engines among the options. These engines did the job in our tests, propelling her to just under 40 knots at full throttle. At a 29.9 knot cruise, they used 72 gph for a range around 300 NM. She is available in one- or two-cabin layouts. More...

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Formula 310 Bowrider:
Fast Lux Day Boat Ready for Offshore

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Formula 310 Bowrider

The Formula 310 Bowrider has color-matched Mercury Racing 400-hp engines, and produce strong performance. Turning 17” (43 cm) pitch four-blade propellers, she went from 0 to 20 mph in 6 seconds and had a top speed of 54.5 mph. She features plush, high-capacity seating for 12 or more, luxurious amenities inside and out, and the capability to handle rough seas at high speeds without excessive discomfort to those aboard, thanks to a 22-degree deadrise. The engines are mounted on Armstrong brackets and include the Mercury Joystick system for easy handling around the docks. More...

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Horizon Power Catamarans PC74:
Four En Suites, 28'4" Beam

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Horizon Power Catamarans PC74

The Horizon Power Catamarans PC74 has a beam of 28’4” (8.6 m), equivalent to monohulls of 100’ (30.48 m) LOA and more, or about 10' (3.048 m) more than the beam of most single-hull boats of equivalent length. All that beam means a whole lot more living space on board and great stability in beam seas. The well-known catamaran fuel efficiency means good performance on less power than what would be required for a boat of equivalent accommodations, and thus less fuel cost. More...

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The Sea of Abaco:
So Much to See and Do

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The Sea of Abaco

Protected anchorages abound in the Bahama’s Sea of Abaco, a chartering paradise 200 miles off Florida’s southeast coast. This “sea” is 60 miles long and no more than five miles wide, providing waters sheltered from the big swells of the open Atlantic, yet there are numerous quaint waterfront towns as well as an unlimited supply of secluded anchorages, all surrounded by warm, clear waters that welcome swimming, snorkeling and fishing. It’s a great place to charter for a week—or to stay on your own boat for a season. More...


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