Riviera 395 SUV | World Cat 230CC | Aviara AV32 - 08/22/2019
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Riviera 395 SUV:
All-Purpose Express Sleeps 6

Riviera 395 SUV

Riviera’s 395 SUV is a sleek express cruiser that exemplifies the company’s creative use of space. Everywhere we look, seats convert, tables are on electric lifts, windows open to the fresh air, and even the aft window blends the inside with the outside. She sleeps five in her two-cabin layout, but two more can still be added in the convertible dinette on the main deck. For entertaining, her multiple social zones give her the ability to morph from a fishing vessel, to a day tripper, to hosting elegant parties. And this doesn’t even scratch the surface of what this yacht is capable of. More...

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World Cat 230CC:
Shallow Draft Cat w/Offshore Capabilities

World Cat 230CC

The World Cat 230CC is a combination of an extreme shallow draft – 9” (22.86 cm) with lots of freeboard – 41” (101.6 cm) at the bow thanks to her modest weight, upswept bow and catamaran design. The result is a versatile boat that can cross the flats, and run out the inlet safely on most days when others stay tied to the dock. With twin 115-Yamaha 4-strokes, she proved to be a fuel-efficient package, getting 3.4 mpg at a 24.1 mph cruise and giving her a range of 290 SM with the 89-gallon (337 L) fuel capacity. The sharp forward entry of the twin hulls makes for a soft ride, and the squared off bow gives her deckboat-level seating capacity as she is rated to carry up to 10. More...

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Aviara AV32:
Euro-Style Dayboat Built in the USA

Aviara AV32

The Aviara AV32 is a dayboat with eye-catching styling that matches the latest from European stables with the hatchet bow and open transom, but it’s a premium-class U.S. build. One feature that all who boat in the summer will love is the CoolFeel vinyl seat coverings, which dissipate heat far more rapidly than standard vinyl, even in direct sun. In cold weather, Aviara offers heated seating as an option. She also delivers on performance. Powered with twin 380-hp Ilmor 6.0L MPIs, she planed in 4.1 seconds and had a top speed of 54.9 mph. More...

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Galeon 500 Fly:
Take It All Outside

Galeon 500 Fly

The Galeon 500 Fly includes fold-down bulwarks that become broad side decks to take maximum advantage of enjoying al fresco water views while at anchor. The salon sofa converts into either a sun pad or lounge extending onto the starboard side deck. On the port side, two bar stools can be affixed outboard of the galley countertop to create an outdoor bar. There’s also a rotating stern couch overlooking the hydraulic swim platform, and the cocktail table, which rotates along with the assembly and drops to form the base for a sun lounge. Overall, she is impressively designed and engineered. More...

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MAKO 414 CC:
Fully-Loaded Game Fisher w/60.3 MPH WOT


The MAKO 414 CC is a large center console directed at hardcore bluewater anglers, perhaps stepping down from a battlewagon, who want all the same angling capabilities and a whole lot more speed than is available in a sportfisher. With quad Mercury 350s, she topped out at 60.3 mph in our tests. That kind of speed makes a wahoo trip to the Bahamas out of Palm Beach a one-day possibility, and she carries the fuel to do it if you opt for the auxiliary fuel tanks. Range is over 200 SM at WOT. Or, drop back to 4500 rpm and 41.1 mph and she runs nearly 350 miles between refills. As for her long list of standard features, well… see for yourself. More...

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Driving Boats in Rough Seas - Head Seas

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Rough seas are those generally caused by winds of 25 knots or more.

Most of us go out to sea for pleasure, which means avoiding rough seas because there is not much pleasure when the going gets rough. However, you have to be prepared as there is always the chance of being caught out by short term changes in the weather. More...

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