New Carver C52 Command Bridge | Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport | Riviera 445 SUV - 09/03/2019
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Carver C52 Command Bridge:
Euro-Designed Hull in a U.S. Build

Carver C52 Command Bridge

The Carver C52 Command Bridge has a 14-degree deadrise at the transom, which gives her stability and fuel efficiency. The nearly plumb bow maximizes room inside, and hard chines with a knockdown rail keep her topsides dry. Her forefoot is particularly sharp and should cut through waves without pounding. The bow gives her a European look, though she is built in Wisconsin. She has a fully-equipped helm topside as well as on the main deck, with virtually all the same monitors and controls -- including AC/heat vents positioned below the wheel. More...

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Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport:
Durability, Safety & Eye-Appeal

Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport

The new edition of the Boston Whaler 160 Super Sport maintains all the traditions of durability and safety that made her one of the best-selling small boats of all time while adding eye appeal, comfort, and convenience features. The classic cathedral hull design is gone, but the topside still includes the rectangular bow -- adding usable space forward. With a 15-degree deadrise at the stern, the new version retains much of its former stability but now provides a softer ride. Sweeping style lines and a choice of hull colors add pizzazz. More...

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Riviera 445 SUV:
Any Sport & Lots of Utility in this Vessel

Riviera 445 SUV

The Riviera 445 SUV is designed as a multi-mission cruiser that works as well for diving, fishing and gunkholing as for extended cruising, or for an evening of entertaining friends at the docks. The removable rail on the swim platform adds considerable utility, making it an easy spot to stow a kayak or SUP (stand up paddleboard) as well as to lean while trying to reel up a few snappers for dinner. The low-profile design should be at home where bridges are low, but a fly-bridge version is available for those who will use her more for offshore fishing. She can overnight five to seven guests. More...

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Sailfish 290 CC:
58.0 MPH WOT w/2x Merc 300s

Sailfish 290 CC

The Sailfish 290 CC we tested produced an impressive speed in our test run, equipped with twin 300-hp Mercury Verados turning 19" propellers. The 9,541 lb. (4,328 kg) package went from 0 to 30 mph in 5.8 seconds, and top speed was 58.0 mph. The 225-gallon (852 L) fuel capacity gave her lots of range at cruise -- at 36.2 mph, she got 1.8 mpg for a range of 370 SM. More...

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Sea-Doo Fish Pro:
Family PWC/Fishboat Combo

Sea-Doo Fish Pro

Combine a PWC with a fishing boat? The Sea-Doo Fish Pro does just that, adding an extended aft deck where a cooler with racks for rods and plenty of tackle can be secured. The cooler can be removed to create a stand-up fishing platform, and there's also space to sit facing aft here for still-fishing. A Garmin 7" sonar/GPS up front helps find fish. The 856-lb. (388 kg) hull with a jet drive will run in extremely shallow water, providing access to many shallow flats that can't be reached by other powerboats. More...

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Boating Entrepreneur
Orin Edson Dies at 87

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Boating Entrepreneur Orin Edson dies at age 87.

The boating industry mourns the loss of Bayliner Boats founder J. Orin Edson, who died on Aug. 27 at the age of 87 in Seattle. The cause of death was reported to be Lewes Body Dementia. Edson was one of the first to see the mass appeal of affordable boating and grew the Bayliner brand before selling it to the Brunswick Corporation. More...

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