New Yamaha Watercraft | Is A Deep-V Best? | Azimut 40 - 08/15/2019
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Yamaha Announces 2020 Lineup:
See the New 195S...
Plus Some Surprises

Yamaha 195S

Yamaha has just announced its latest release of boats and accessories headed for the new model year lineup. We’ve already got testing scheduled for the new boats right after they launch, and we’ll also be reviewing the accessories. But until then, take a look at what’s coming. More...

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Features Video

Azimut Verve 40:
Express Cruiser for Dayboating & Entertaining

Azimut Verve 40

The Azimut Verve 40 is a family weekender that is built on an express cruiser hull but with a center console style command post. The three seats at the helm have bolsters, with the center captain’s chair electrically-adjustable. Behind these seats is an adjustable sliding seat that can be snugged against the helm seats, or slid back to form a U-shaped seating venue for dining at the high-gloss pedestal table. The table can be lowered to become a sun lounge when the optional SureShade canvas sunshade overhead is in the closed position. More...

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Accommodations Video

BENETEAU Oceanis 41.1:
Choose 2 or 3 Staterooms

BENETEAU Oceanis 41.1

Having enough room for “stuff” is usually a problem on a mid-sized cruising sailboat, but the BENETEAU Oceanis 41.1 makes use of both versatile layout choices and smart engineering to provide an amazing amount of easily accessible storage below decks. Select the two-cabin version and there’s not only a large sail locker but also an additional port quarter storage locker with lots of cabinetry. Check out Captain Jim Marshall’s inspection of this beautiful yacht here...

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Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 338 OB:
Bowrider w/Overnight Potential

Cruisers Yachts 338 OB

The Cruisers Yachts 338 OB South Beach Edition is a combination of a large bowrider and overnighter, with the added performance resulting from twin 350-hp Mercury Verado outboards. The ochre upholstery combined with the jet-black gel coat and gray non-slip decking of the South Beach Edition are a match for the black version of the Mercury engines. The forward-raked sport arch has a Bimini option and can also be equipped with a power shade extending from the aft edge. The aft seating assembly converts to chaise lounges facing fore or aft at the touch of a button, or can be lowered flat to create a large sun lounge. More...

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Test Video

Boston Whaler 350 Realm:
Weekender Built w/Quality, Safety & Durability

Boston Whaler 350 Realm

The Boston Whaler 350 Realm combines the company’s reputation for quality, safety and durability into a versatile weekender design. There are two dining areas and an outdoor galley on deck, while the cabin includes an inventive sliding seat system that converts at a touch to a large double for overnighting -- no need for lowered tables or filler cushions. The cabin also includes a wet head. More...

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Review Video

Hargrave 95 Freedom:
Plenty of Space to Party

Hargrave 95 Freedom

There’s plenty of space to party on the Hargrave 95 Freedom, particularly on the large flying bridge. There’s a dining table for eight plus a marble-topped bar with three stools all under the shade of the standard hardtop. Just aft is a hot tub and sun lounge, an open deck for sunning in moveable chaise lounges, and the boat deck is complete with a 17' (5.18 m) tender. Isinglass curtains are available to enclose the entire area under the hardtop, and AC/heat vents keep it comfortable no matter the season. More...

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Boating Tips

To Deep-V, or Not to Deep-V?

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To Deep-V, or, Not to Deep-V, that is the question:
Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer
The slams and pounds of Outrageous Designs
Or to take arms against a sea of troubles...
And by opposing them, soften the
The back ache and the thousand natural shocks
That flesh is heir to; -- W.S.

We sometimes wonder if old Bill was a boater, because it sure sounds like it. You’ve probably read “Its deep-V hull has a smooth, dry ride” a thousand times over in brochures and marketing materials. The biggest problem with this marketing-talk is that virtually every boat out there except a catamaran are marketed and sold as deep-Vs -- even when they most assuredly are not. So, what exactly makes a hull a deep-V? Learn more...

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