New Scarab 255 ID | Absolute 50 Fly | A Commitment to Technology - 08/19/2019
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New Captain's Report

Scarab 255 ID:
Jet-Drive Performance, Seats for 13

Scarab 255 ID

Powered with twin Rotax 250 JPS super-charged jet systems, the Scarab 255 ID gets out of the hole in just 1.9 seconds. Top speed was 54.5 mph. If that’s not quite enough, then a special-order of twin 300 PT/ST 1.6Ls is possible. Added to the performance is seating capacity -- she can haul up to 13 guests. The “Wake Edition Package” on the test boat (+$2,373) adds three large water ballast tanks. The jet systems add an element of safety for those in the water. See the details here...

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Features Video

Absolute 50 Fly:
Practical from Bow to Stern

Absolute 50 Fly

Many 50’-plus cruisers have a lounging area at the bow these days. The Absolute 50 Fly also has a large couch just ahead of the windshield, as well as a broad sun lounge with three adjustable chaise-type backs forward. This area has safe approaches on both sides thanks to the bulwarks and 28” (71 cm) railings. Teak decks all around provide secure footing. She has three staterooms below. More...

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Test Video

Sailfish 360 CC:
Fully-Equipped for Offshore Adventure

Sailfish 360 CC

The Sailfish 360 CC is all about offshore fishing. She is exceptionally well-equipped for carrying lots of live bait, which is essential for many serious tournament anglers. There’s not only a 42-gallon (159 L) aerated and lighted well on the port side of the transom, but also a second 32-gallon (121 L) well under the aft-facing seating behind the helm chairs. There’s also an extra fishfinder screen positioned in the backrest of one of these seats so that those in the cockpit can keep an eye on it, a big plus for reef fishing. More...

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Hatteras M60:
A Galley Designed by a Chef

Hatteras M60

The large amidships galley of the Hatteras M60 is a departure from what we normally see among boats in this class. First, it was designed by a chef, who knows how people use kitchens. For example, the microwave oven is up high, not just off the deck as we often see it. The dishwasher is next to the deep sink. The woodgrain floor is manufactured for easy maintenance. The granite counters are expansive for serious food prep and plating for a large dinner party. The galley is on a raised deck opposite an L-shaped dining area with large windows on three sides, and it overlooks the salon. Best of all, this is all accomplished with understated elegance, which is a Hatteras hallmark. More...

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Test Video

Formula 34 Performance Cruiser:
Simple Maintenance Made Easy

Formula 34 Performance Cruiser

Engine access can be a challenge in some performance boats due to limited elbow room in the compartment, but the Formula 34 Performance Cruiser makes it easy on the operator with a power-lift hatch that completely opens access for daily checks on the twin MerCruiser 380-hp 8.2 MAGs. (Volvo Penta DP V8 twins are also available.) The standard generator is found in a separate compartment, also easily accessed, just ahead. A plus for those who boat in saltwater, there are quick-connects for a freshwater hose on the transom, allowing an easy flush of the engines after a day on the coast. More...

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Boating Tips Article

High Tech Has Changed Boating Forever
But, Mr. Murphy Still
Lurks Around

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Having a backup to technology is key to operating at sea.

We live in a world where our lives are governed by technology. Smartphones, tablets, computers and cars are our own personal world of technology. But, almost everything we do or get involved in these days is governed by technology of one sort or another. When we look at our boats, technology is increasingly taking over. Where we used to rely on seamanship to find solutions, we are relying more and more on technology to keep us and the boat going. More...

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