Malibu M235 | Nitro Z17 | Jeanneau Leader 36 - 08/21/2019
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Captain's Report

Malibu M235:
Ultra-Premium Wakeboat w/All the Candy

Malibu M235

Malibu bills their M235 as the “ultra-premium” wakeboat. Looking at the list of standard equipment, we have to agree with the designation. She comes equipped with pretty much everything the wake surfer could want, including even a wearable surf band that remotely controls the wake and wave generating systems as well as the sound and boat speed. The included Gx tower comes with RGB lighting and Rev 10 speakers as well as integrated clamping racks and Bimini options. The high-definition wakeview backup camera offers live video capture and provides a safety factor for surfers and swimmers. More...

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Captain's Report

Jeanneau Leader 36:
Compact Cruiser Overnights Four

Jeanneau Leader 36

The Jeanneau Leader 36 is a compact cruiser, but she has more than adequate space below for two couples or a family of four to overnight thanks to the mid-cabin design, which has a sliding door to provide privacy at night. Belowdecks also includes a galley, L-shaped convertible settee, and a dining table, as well as a standup head and shower. There’s more space for dining and entertaining in the cockpit, making her a good day boat. More...

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Test Video

Fully-Equipped Entry-Level Fiberglass Bassboat


At $24,995 with a trailer and 115-hp Mercury ELPT FourStroke engine, the NITRO Z17 is the company’s entry-level fiberglass bass boat, but she comes fully rigged with all of the necessities for weekend fishing or tournament competition. There’s a Minn Kota Edge 12-volt trolling motor up front, a Lowrance HOOK-2 4X sonar flush-mounted in the console, an aerated 23-gallon (87 L) livewell, a lockable bow locker with lift assist and an organizer for rods up to 7'6" (2.3 m), a two-bank, 8-amp battery charger with exterior receptacle and lots more. She delivers on performance, with a top speed of 51.3 mph in our tests. With a 115 Mercury, the Z17 got 7.5 mpg at 25.8 mph. More...

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Review Video

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht:
Elegant Dining w/Superior Views

Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht

The Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht offers elegant dining for eight with broad views of the surrounding waterways, separated from the full galley just ahead by a mirrored bulkhead. A pocket door can be inserted here to close off the galley. The U-shaped galley is adjacent to a dinette, which also has great views, welcoming conversation with the owner/operator at the port-side lower helm. Granite or marble counter tops are available throughout, and the day head is just a step away. More...

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Test Video

Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300:
Versatile, Family-Friendly PWC
w/Cargo Capabilities

Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300

The 2019 Sea-Doo GTX Limited 300 is wider than the previous version and also has a lower center of gravity, making it a more suitable platform for family riding. Trim tabs help level the ride, and a boarding step on the stern makes it easy to climb on from the water. The LinQ System allows easy mounting of the ice chest, auxiliary gas can or dry bag on the cargo deck aft of the seating. The aft seat is movable, and it can be affixed aft of the cooler to create a miniature dining spot aboard, which is a new idea in PWCs. More...

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Factory Video

Hatteras Factory:
Premium Build
For a Premium Brand

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Hatteras Factory

Hatteras Yachts are known as premium boats, and they come with a premium price tag. But as in most things, you get what you pay for. From the painted hull to the bottom of the bilge and the solid fiberglass bottom, no expense is spared in the construction. Vacuum bagging for resin-infused parts is a time and labor-intensive operation, but it results in great strength with minimal weight, and it’s used on just about every fiberglass part. See how it’s done here...

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