BoatTEST Newsletter September 6, 2019
Galeon 560 Skydeck:
An Express with Higher Aspirations
The most eye-catching feature of the Galeon 560 Skydeck is the sliding clamshell fiberglass top that covers the sunning bridge when it is not in use. This design feature not only gives the yacht a sleek express cruiser eye-appeal, but also completely protects the mini-helm and seating located there from rain, spray, and UV degradation. Far forward on the main deck, there’s a large sliding sunroof that opens just abaft the windshield and over the lower helm, opening up the cabin to sea breezes.
Well-Equipped, Fast (76.6 MPH) Bass Boat
The NITRO Z20 is a competition-level fiberglass bass boat with a price well below most of the premium competition, at $46,175 with the optional 250-hp Mercury Pro XS FourStroke. She has a Hummingbird® HELIX™ 9 GPS/sonar at the bow, a HELIX 10 at the console, two Talon shallow-water anchors on the transom and a Minn Kota Ultrex 36-volt trolling motor up front. There’s even a power-adjust pneumatic lumbar support for the driver’s seat and a factory-matched tandem axle trailer. Performance is near top-in-class, with a WOT of 76.6 mph in our tests.
Jeanneau Leader 10.5:
Cockpit Maximizes Seating
The aft deck of the 34’ 5” (10.5 m) Jeanneau Leader 10.5 is designed to take full advantage of the available space for entertaining. With an L-shaped settee at the transom and a pair of fold-up seats on port and starboard sides, seating for guests is maximized. The table drops to form part of a large sun pad. Though there’s rarely enough storage aboard a boat of any size, there’s a cavernous storage compartment beneath the settee, accessed by a power lift at the touch of a button. This is the space where the engines fit on sterndrive models. Note the large optional grill and sink, just a step away from the table. She sleeps four.
Rinker 270 EX:
Trailerable Weekender Sleeps 4
We have gotten some reader mail asking us to review the Rinker 270 EX. With an 8’6” (2.59 m) beam and a weight around 7,000 lbs. (3,217 kg) dry, the Rinker 270 EX is a trailerable weekend cruiser with a pocket cruiser cabin that’s easily converted for overnights. The cabin provides added sleeping space for two more guests, and it includes a flat screen TV. Single V8 power from 300 to 350-hp in MerCruiser with Bravo III or Volvo Penta with DuoProp drive systems is available, which should give plenty of acceleration for tow sports. We haven’t done an on-water test, so we can’t say much more other than the brand has a reputation for being value-oriented.
World Cat 320DC:
Buttoned-Up Protection in a Dual Console Catamaran
The huge dual windscreens and high side windows that reach all the way to the standard hardtop of the World Cat 320DC give almost pilothouse-level wind and spray protection to those at the dual consoles. A center-top vent can be opened to provide ventilation when needed. Or, as in all walk-throughs, the entire center section of the windshield and the air dam swing open to provide passage forward and full air flow. There’s a standup head in the port console and a compact cabin including a TV, microwave and convertible seating in the starboard console.
Schaefer Yachts: In-House Design Means Fast & Efficient Customization
Join Captain Steve for a walk-through of the Schaefer Yachts factory in Florianópolis, Brazil, where on-site designers and engineers work together to create new models and improve existing models, all in-house. This makes the process of updating or adding new models much easier, more rapid and more cost effective. Schaefer Yachts also has their own 5-axis C-n-C machine, producing their own molds. Teak fittings and decking are cut and shaped from solid teak planks, which is just one of the quality items to be found on these yachts.
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