BoatTEST Newsletter August 24, 2019
Most Popular Boats of the Week
Every week BoatTEST publishes news items on about 25 boats. Readers have asked which ones are the more popular each day, so below you can find the answer – by day.
Scarab 255 ID:
Jet-Drive Performance, Seats for 13
Powered with twin Rotax 250 JPS super-charged jet systems, the Scarab 255 ID gets out of the hole in just 1.9 seconds. Top speed was 54.5 mph. If that’s not quite enough, then a special-order of twin 300 PT/ST 1.6Ls is possible. Added to the performance is seating capacity -- she can haul up to 13 guests. The “Wake Edition Package” on the test boat (+$2,373) adds three large water ballast tanks. The jet systems add an element of safety for those in the water.
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Sea Ray SPX 230:
Right-Sized for Towing, Seating for 13
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.
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Ultra-Premium Wakeboat w/All the Candy
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.
Riviera 395 SUV:
All-Purpose Express Sleeps 6
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.
1700-HP, 60.0 MPH WOT & Space for Overnights
With 1700 horsepower hanging on the transom, the Everglades 435CC is very fast, hitting 60.0 mph in our test runs. To harness all that power, the company adds a heavy aluminum plate to the all-composite transom. Despite the weight of these big V8s, she is unsinkable -- like all in the Everglades lineup. Her 25-degree transom deadrise should make her one of the smoothest riding center consoles on the water. With a 12-foot (3.66 m) beam and hard chines to provide stability, she’s at home in beam seas as well. Below decks, she fits a galley, seating that converts to a double bunk and a standup head and shower, which are all cooled by standard air-conditioning.
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