New Sea Ray SPX 230 | Eastward 3000 Cat | Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius - 08/20/2019
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Sea Ray SPX 230:
Right-Sized for Towing, Seating for 13

Sea Ray SPX 230

The Sea Ray SPX 230 is part of the company’s upscale stable with options including snap-in grass vinyl or other non-slip decking, a tow package including a tower and sound package and several Simrad instrument options for the dash. Multi-density foam seating covered in multi-tone, double-stitched heavy-gauge vinyl is standard throughout, as is a head in the port console. At a weight of 4,370 lbs. (1,982 kg.), including the standard MerCruiser® 4.5L MPI ECT Alpha, she is sized right for towing behind mid-size vehicles, yet she has seating for up to 13. “SPX” is Sea Ray’s deluxe line. See the details here...

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Entertaining Features Video

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius:
Ready for Al Fresco Entertaining

Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius

The sliding sunroof and large arching windows give an al fresco appeal to the upper salon on the Cruisers Yachts 60 Cantius -- whether it’s being used for dining, cocktail parties or day-trip entertaining. Being 60’ (18 m), she is certainly comfortable on cruises for two adult couples or a family of six. Just aft, the galley is equipped with a convection oven, microwave, wine steward, bottle storage, icemaker, dishwasher, and more. A swing-up window and sliding glass doors connect the salon, galley and aft deck into one large, entertainment area, complete with a two-stool bar. More...

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Test Video

Eastward Boats Horizon 3000:
36 MPH on 1 Evinrude G2 250
50.6 MPH on 2 Evinrude G2 250s

Eastward Boats Horizon 3000

Powered with twin 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, the Eastward Horizon 3000 produced an impressive performance on a moderate amount of horsepower. The 7,255-lb. (3,291 kg.) catamaran got on plane in 3.1 seconds and had a top speed of 50.6 mph. The fact that she goes 36 mph on a single-engine at 5100 rpm was the most impressive. The reason is because of the prodigious torque of a 2-stroke engine. At 3500 rpm and 29.3 mph, she got 1.9 mpg for a range of 514 SM (446 NM) -- which is enough for extended island fishing trips. This boat is Spartan, basic and inexpensive, but she is a proven design built by a veteran at the rate of one a month. More...

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Test Video

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage:
Multi-Mission Weekender w/4x Mercury 300s

Boston Whaler 420 Outrage

The new version of the Boston Whaler 420 Outrage is the largest Whaler to date. She is fully equipped and fully capable for every imaginable bluewater fishing mission. But she is also ready to act as a comfortable weekender for a family of four, a dayboat for a bit of harbor hopping and entertaining, or a diving, swimming and tow-sports platform. Equipped with quad Mercury Verado 300s, she is ready to make a trip to the islands with a top speed of 48.2 mph. Cut her back to 4500 rpm and 31.8 mph and she has a range of about 330 SM between refills. We like the mini flying bridge shown here which makes her a battlewagon without hassle or expense of a $4 million boat. More...

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Test Video

BENETEAU Barracuda 27:
Designed for Practicality

BENETEAU Barracuda 27

The BENETEAU Barracuda 27 is a pilothouse fishing/cruising boat with some clever engineering aboard to take advantage of space. A table hides away in the overhead of the cabin when not needed, then slides down the chrome support into place when it’s time for lunch, as seen in the photo. A opening hatch on the hardtop keeps the captain cool, while pilothouse doors on either side of the helm station allow easy tie-ups when short-handed. A bulkhead door provides an easy way to come aboard. She’s designed for outboard power, and with the twin 200-hp Mercury V8s provided for the test, she was quick out of the hole -- just 3.7 seconds. More...

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Boating Tips

5 Tricks All Seasoned
Captains Know

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If you own a boat, you can legitimately call yourself the captain. But that doesn’t mean you’re a particularly good captain. Although there’s no substitute for years of experience at the helm, a little bit of knowledge never hurts. Combining the two is how a good captain becomes a great one. So, if you’re not already familiar with these five boat-handling tricks and tactics, study up. Then afterwards, hit the water for some hands-on experience. More...

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