New Fairline Targa 65 GT | Monterey 335 SY | Robalo 246 Cayman SD - 08/29/2019
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Fairline Targa 65 GT:
Italian Design w/Fine Fit-and-Finish

Fairline Targa 65 GT

When a new yacht is launched from a well-known 56-year-old builder that breaks with its previous styling, she is bound to turns heads. Such is the case with the latest launch from Fairline, the Targa 65 GT. Her design signals a whole new direction for Fairline, and clearly a positive one. Our test boat was powered by twin 1150-hp CAT C18s but an option for twin 1200-hp MAN V8s is available, both turning straight shafts. We found her to be exceptionally well-mannered both underway and around the dock. Her top speed? See for yourself. More...

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Robalo 246 Cayman SD:
Evinrude 2-Stroke Windup for Fast Planing

Robalo 246 Cayman SD

The Robalo 246 Cayman SD, a shallow-draft bay and flats boat, makes a good package when equipped with the 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboard. Equipped with a 20” (50.8 cm) by 15 1/8” (38.42 cm) 4-blade stainless-steel propeller, the 4,480-lb. (2,032 kg) rig went from 0 to 20 mph in 4.6 seconds with minimal “squat” in the hole shot, thanks to the fast windup of the advanced Evinrude E-TEC G2 2-stroke V6. This is a big plus in a boat regularly used on the flats, allowing her to get on plane even in exceptionally shallow areas. More...

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Monterey 335 SY:
Welcoming Party Time & Family Time

Monterey 335 SY

The cockpit of the Monterey 335 SY welcomes party-time as well as relaxed meals with the family. Wrap-around seating to starboard circles a removable table with four drink holders, while the optional refrigerator and standard sink are just to starboard. A full galley is found belowdecks, complete right down to the Keurig coffee maker. The large settee across the transom has a reversible back to let this area become an aft-facing chaise, or folds flat to form a sun pad. Monterey gives consumers a choice between twin MerCruiser or Volvo Penta power options. More...

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Scarab 195 Open ID:
Rotax Jet Power for Safe Surfing

Scarab 195 Open ID

A Rotax machined aluminum reverse bucket, separate from the jet nozzle, allows the Scarab 195 Open ID to be far more maneuverable at low speeds and in reverse than many jet-powered boats, without adding to the minimal draft at all. She floats -- and runs -- in just 12" (30.48 cm) of water with no concern for damage to the hull or impeller. Of course, the jet system also makes the boat safer for tow sports and when swimmers are in the water. More...

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Yamaha EX:
Stable Ride, Competitive Pricing,
Performance to Spare

Yamaha EX

The three models of the Yamaha EX WaveRunner all ride on a new hull with improved stability over previous models, making it easier for young or inexperienced riders to get their start. The base EX model is one of the most affordable PWCs in Yamaha’s lineup, starting at $6,899. But she is powered with the updated TR-1 Yamaha 3-cylinder, 4-stroke that is lighter and smaller than the engine it replaces, yet also more powerful. It’s also a lightweight at 577 lbs. (262 kg), which means easy handling when beached or on the trailer, and easy towing behind even compact vehicles. More...

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U.S.C.G. 2018
Boating Accident Report

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U.S. Coast Guard personnel practice air-sea rescue, which is needed all too often.

The U.S. Coast Guard released its 2018 Recreational Boating Statistics Report on Tuesday. According to the report, there were 633 boating fatalities in the U.S. last year -- a 3.8 percent decrease from 2017. The report said that recreational boating injuries were down 4.5 percent (2,629 to 2,511) in 2018 compared to the previous year. More...

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