New Tidewater 198 CC | Cruisers Yachts 338 BR | Pardo 43 - 08/26/2019
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Tidewater 198 CC Adventure:
All-New Evinrude 3-Cylinder 2-Stroke

Tidewater 198 CC Adventure

The all-new 140-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 is a three-cylinder engine weighing just 415 lbs. (188 kg), but it delivers performance that is more powerful than other 140s on the market. The Tidewater 198 CC Adventure is notably fuel efficient with the Evinrude 140. At a 1000-rpm trolling speed on this 3,100-lb. (1,406 kg) package, she consumed just 0.4 gph and got 13.0 mpg. Turning a 14.5 x 19 RX3 prop, she planed the hull in 4.2 seconds and had a top speed of 41.8 mph. The outboard also has standard iTrim and full digital control. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider:
Distinctive Styling Plus Space for Overnights

Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider

The South Beach Edition of the Cruisers Yachts 338 Bow Rider features a distinctive battleship gray gelcoat, a standard arch with extendable sunshade, honeycomb aluminum companionway doors and many other styling touches. She has all the space for dayboating that is expected in an XL bowrider, as well as a large mid cabin suitable for overnighting by a couple without having to resort to crawl space. More...

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Pardo 43:
Distinctive Dayboat w/Overnight Capabilities

Pardo 43

The Pardo 43 is a distinctive and elegant dayboat that will be mistaken for no other thanks to her axe bow, vertical topsides, carbon-fiber T-top, steeply raked windshield and a grand al fresco dining table aft. The walk-through transom makes for easy boarding and access to the swim platform. The three-across sun lounge provides plenty of space to soak up the rays. She sleeps two in a double berth at the bow, two more in an optional guest cabin amidships, and she hides a standup head and shower below. More...

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Sailfish 320 Express Walk Around:
Family-Oriented Express
w/Offshore Capabilities

Sailfish 320 Express Walk Around

Sailfish, well-known for building solid, well-equipped fishing boats at a reasonable price, takes a different tack with the 320 Express Walk Around. Though she has the basics for fishing -- an aerated baitwell, rod rocks and holders, tackle storage and an insulated fishbox -- she is more about family comfort, cockpit seating, overnighting, and the kind of sea-keeping capabilities that only a closed bow boat with high windshield can provide. With the optional hardtop with a pilothouse wrap-around windshield and back curtain, she becomes a three-season vessel that the whole family can enjoy rain or shine. Express fishboats, like this one, are much safer to take offshore than open bow boats of any type. More...

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Ocean Alexander 118 Tri-Level Motor Yacht:
Multi-Level Luxury & Entertainment

Ocean Alexander 118 Tri-Level Motor Yacht

The Ocean Alexander 118 Tri-Level Motor Yacht is all about luxury-level entertaining for large groups of guests, and the broad boat deck, just abaft the skylounge, is ideal for this function. The teak table here seats up to eight, while the granite-topped bar offers four swiveling stools. The oversized electric grill is just a few steps away to port, as are the refrigerator and icemaker. There’s plenty of space for lounge chairs aft, and the 3,000-lb. (1,360 kg) crane can make quick work of bringing the ship’s boat back aboard. More...

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Boating Tips

Hatches -
A Window to a Boat's Soul

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How well the hatches are built can be an indication of the quality of the whole boat.

Hatches are a very interesting part of a boat, because they provide a huge amount of insight into how a builder thinks. A hatch tells you whether that builder is most concerned with keeping cost down, or whether they spend a lot of time and money on fit-and-finish. You can tell how advanced their construction techniques are. You can sometimes spot major flaws or major technology that speaks volumes about a boat builder’s experience level. The next time you go to look at a boat, will you know what to look for when you swing up that hatch? More...

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