Sea Ray SLX 350 | Azimut Verve 40 | Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht - 08/17/2019
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Most Popular Boats of the Week

Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
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Monday #1

Sea Ray SLX 350:
Style & Substance in a Redesigned Bowrider

Sea Ray SLX 350

The redesigned Sea Ray SLX 350 has a new look and some major design changes -- starting at the transom, where the center section of the swim platform can be adjusted to multiple positions to form an easy-access swim-out when the boat is at anchor. There are also tie-downs for water toys here, while just ahead a cover flips up to reveal a large aft-facing “rumble seat” complete with tiltable back and leg rests to make it into a double-wide chaise. A Fusion stereo remote is in the center of this seat, with speakers to both sides as well as forward in the cockpit and bow seating areas. Underway, she backs up her sporty looks with performance thanks to the optional twin 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2L MAG SeaCore engines, which pushed our test boat to a top speed of 50.8 mph. More...

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Tuesday #1

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

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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Wednesday #1

MJM 35z:
Designed by Cruisers, for Cruisers

MJM 35z

The rigging and labeling job on the MJM 35z, an outboard-powered couple’s day boat for entertaining and a couple’s cruiser, is clearly built with the owner/operator in mind. Our test boat had both a bow thruster and Mercury’s joystick system for the twin 350-hp Verado outboards. The windshield is broad and equipped with wipers, but they can be opened upward to provide air flow at the touch of a switch. Not surprisingly, she meets ABYC standards and has been certified by the NMMA inspectors. More...

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Thursday #1

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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Friday #1

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht:
Practical w/Accommodations for 5

Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht

The Riviera 4800 Sport Yacht combines practical utility with modern styling in a yacht that welcomes extended cruising as well as a fast run down the shore to the next watering hole, or a bit of partying while in harbor. The port side helm includes seats that would look at home on a 100-footer (30.48 m), and the sliding side window and sunroof offer natural ventilation, while two vents on the dash provide heat and air as needed. More...

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Based on the feedback we've been getting about's Video Boating Course, it's clearly not only for beginners but for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating course available... period. Order your 4-disc box set...

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