What Tahiti is Really Like | Fountain 43NX | Outer Reef 700 - 09/04/2019
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Fountain 43NX:
Center Console Crossover w/73.4 MPH WOT

Fountain 43NX

Go big, go fast, go in style is the mantra of the Fountain 43NX. The double-stepped hull, pushed by quad Mercury 400Rs turning 24” Merc propellers, reached a top speed of 73.4 mph in our test runs. Though she’s equipped for fishing, she is more of a high-performance sport boat. She sleeps two below and has a compact galley with a microwave and refrigerator, as well as a standup head and shower. More...

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Yamaha FX Cruiser HO:
NanoXcel Hull Cuts Weight,
Improves Performance

Yamaha FX Cruiser HO

The Yamaha FX Cruiser HO is a three-seat, premium-class PWC with Yamaha’s NanoXcel molded hull and deck, which the company says is about 25 percent lighter than fiberglass yet also very strong and durable. Less weight means better performance, and the FX delivers. The 1812cc 4-stroke pushed her from 0 to 30 mph in 2.0 seconds in our tests, with top speeds over a mile a minute. Among other premium features, she includes the RiDE system with intuitive dual throttle control. More...

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Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius:
Comfortable Cruiser for Two Couples

Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius

The amidships master of the redesigned Cruisers Yachts 46 Cantius takes full advantage of her 14’6” (4.42 m) beam with lots of storage, high overheads, abundant hullside windows that open easily for through-ventilation and a chaise-type lounge to port. A sizeable closet is also included, and a washer-dryer combo tucks away behind the walnut grain paneling. (Other interior finishes are optional.) The VIP at the bow has en suite access to the day head, making her just right for two cruising couples to enjoy long weekends. More...

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Outer Reef 700:
Comfortable Engine Room
for an Owner/Operator

Outer Reef 700

The clean, well-lighted space in the belly of the Outer Reef 700 was designed for an owner/operator. For example, full rails inboard of the engines are welcome in a seaway and gives the skipper easy access to the twin 750-hp John Deere 6135 diesels for daily maintenance checks. The engines are impressively efficient -- she has a cruising range of over 2200 NM at 8.4 knots. There are also stainless-steel work/gear tables here to allow a bit of basic “fixing” and a stainless-steel wash basin to keep the worst of the mess out of the crew quarters and the accommodation areas. More...

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Formula 240 Bowrider:
Formula Boats Don’t Come Cheap

Formula 240 Bowrider

For those who have always wanted to own a Formula but found the price tags of her bigger boats beyond reach, may we suggest the 240 Bowrider -- Formula’s smallest boat. She is built with the same high-quality materials that go into every other Formula. Her bottom design is a smaller version of what naval architect John Adams has created in the larger boats, and her performance depends on the power specified. We tested her with a single 430-hp Merc engine and she went over 53 mph, but most people don’t want to go that fast. Standard power is a single 260 engine. Her helm is just as cool as the larger Formulas. Dollar for dollar, we think she’s a good buy for someone who wants the bragging rights of owning a Formula. More...

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This Island Paradise
Just Can't Take a Bad Picture

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Tahiti has been a welcoming island since the days of Munity on the Bounty.

Technically speaking, if you find yourself on a charter boat in Tahiti, you’re actually in one of the five island groups of French Polynesia and you’re probably sipping a cold Hinano beer in the Society Islands – more specifically, the Leeward Islands. Tahiti: the word itself elicits images of turquoise waters, swaying palm trees and more than any other tropical paradise, dramatic vistas that are so camera-friendly, they’re always ready for their close-up. More...

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