Donzi 41 GT | Fairline Targa 65 GT | Chaparral 277 SSX - 08/31/2019
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Most Popular Boats of the Week

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.
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Monday #1

Tidewater 198 CC Adventure:
All-New Evinrude 3-Cylinder 2-Stroke

Tidewater 198 CC Adventure

The all-new 140-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 is a three-cylinder engine weighing just 415 lbs. (188 kg), but it delivers performance that is more powerful than other 140s on the market. The Tidewater 198 CC Adventure is notably fuel efficient with the Evinrude 140. At a 1000-rpm trolling speed on this 3,100-lb. (1,406 kg) package, she consumed just 0.4 gph and got 13.0 mpg. Turning a 14.5 x 19 RX3 prop, she planed the hull in 4.2 seconds and had a top speed of 41.8 mph. The outboard also has standard iTrim and full digital control. More...

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Tuesday #1

Fountaine Pajot MY 37:
Lots of Yacht in 37’

Fountaine Pajot MY 37

Three staterooms, two heads and four entertainment areas all in under 37' (11.3 m) LOA? It’s not only possible but adroitly done in the Fountaine Pajot MY 37, thanks to her 16’8” (5.1 m) beam and twin hull design. She not only has the features, gear and storage necessary for extended cruising, but she also has the range. Powered with twin Volvo Penta D3 220s, she had a reach of better than 1100 NM at 6.2 knots, and this is on fuel tankage of just 316 gallons (1,196 L). More...

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Wednesday #1

Donzi 41 GT:
Triple Engine Sportboat w/80 MPH WOT

Donzi 41 GT

Powered with triple supercharged Mercury Verado 400Rs, the Donzi 41 GT has a top speed of over 80 mph, which is a whole different world from the speeds most of us are used to on the water. Though she is a boat that’s over 10,000 lb. (4,720 kg) fully-loaded, she’s quick out of the hole -- getting on top in 3.4 seconds in our tests with the big outboards turning 26” Bravo 1 four-blade props. The double-stepped hull is equipped with Mercury 380 K-Planes, standard to assist in leveling the ride and staying on plane at lower speeds when needed. More...

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Thursday #1

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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Friday #1

Chaparral 277 SSX:
Bolder Redesign of a Large Bowrider

Chaparral 277 SSX
Chaparral 277 SSX

The Chaparral 277 SSX is an update and restyle of the company’s 27’ (8.22 m) bowrider, with a sleeker line, redesigned tower and bolder graphics. The transom lounge/seat is one of the best in class in our test captain’s judgment, easily converting from fore and aft upright seating to a chaise facing aft or a flat sun pad large that's enough for several to soak up the rays. The lounge and seating throughout have a premium feel thanks to tri-tone covering, embroidered logos, diamond stitching and multi-density foam padding. Twin bucket seats at the consoles swivel to face the cockpit at cocktail time. In virtually every way, she is a premium bowrider, without the high price tag. More...

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