New Manitou 23 Encore SHP | Triton 206 | 5 Safety Blunders - 09/09/2019
BoatTEST Newsletter September 9, 2019 Click here if you cannot view the newsletter. Tests You Can Trust

New Test Video

Manitou 23 Encore SHP 575 Dual Engine:
53.0 MPH WOT w/2x Evinrude E-TEC G2 200s

Manitou 23 Encore SHP 575 Dual Engine

Those who love the space and seating capacity of pontoon boats but hate going slow on the water will love the Manitou 23 Encore SHP 575, powered with twin 200-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards. Thanks to the windup and torque of the direct-injected 2-strokes, the 4,829-lb. (2,190 kg) package planed in 3.2 seconds and had a top speed of 53.0 mph. An interesting feature of the Manitou with the SHP package is the oversized 27” (68.58 cm) center pontoon, which allows the boat to lean in when turning at high speed. Evinrude’s iDock joystick is a relatively low-cost option, compared to other engine brands. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Features Video

Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover:
Multiple Entertainment Venues

Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover

With quad Mercury 350-hp outboards, the Formula 400 Super Sport Crossover has the power and speed to deliver sportboat thrills (61.1 mph at WOT in our test runs) but she is also all about entertaining. One of the more inventive features is the powered deck section surrounded by the U-shaped cockpit lounge, which rises partially to form the base for a large sun pad or rises higher to become a table. The walk-through transom provides easy, wide-open access to the swim platform, which is considerably larger than what is found on many outboard models. More...

cross ruler

Test Video

Triton 206 Allure:
Ready for Fishing or Family

Triton 206 Allure

Triton is known for building premium bass boats, so it’s no surprise that the Triton 206 Allure is more about fishing than skiing. She has a Minn Kota 112 foot-control trolling motor up front, a locking rod locker, bungees to secure ready-rods on deck, a tool rack and a 30-gallon (114 L) divided livewell aft. However, she also has family-friendly features including a large walk-through windshield that will greatly cut down on spray and wind on chilly mornings, jump seats that flip out of the aft casting deck and swiveling seats for four, including two movable fishing seats that can be mounted on the bow and stern platforms. More...

Schedule A Test Drive Dealer Contact Request Pricing Request
cross ruler

Test Video

Cruisers Yachts 35 Express:
Luxe-Class Helm in a Luxe-Class Express

Cruisers Yachts 35 Express

Lots of multi-tone faux leather and polished stainless-steel give the helm of the Cruisers Yachts 35 Express a distinctive and upscale feel while putting every function of the boat within easy reach for the operator. The dark tones and the brow over the instrument panel cut reflection, and the base electronics package includes large-screen displays for all nav and operational functions. The Axius joystick mounted on the console is optional, providing intuitive control of the twin V8 outdrive systems from MerCruiser or Volvo Penta. The helm seat is double-wide and includes separate flip-up bolsters. More...

cross ruler

Test Video

Hampton Yachts 650:
Fine Fit-and-Finish, Smartly Equipped

Hampton Yachts 650

The pilothouse helm in the Hampton Yachts 650 is finished in the same grain-matched cherry paneling that’s found throughout the yacht, including even the facing on the waterproof door to starboard as well as in all living areas. Note the cherry and stainless-steel wheel. The large display screens are set low enough that they don’t interfere with vision through the windshield, but still provide ample room to display all the yacht’s functions. A Garmin rear-view camera is installed in the cockpit hardtop and viewed from this helm, valuable when maneuvering in reverse. More...

cross ruler

Boating Tips

5 Common Safety Blunders

uscg report
One blunder is thinking that a rinky-dink first aid kit that is sold in many places will really have what you need for anything more serious than a scratch.

Statistically speaking, boating is a shockingly safe activity, yet there’s always a danger to being out on the water and safety should always be foremost on our minds. Plus, as captain of your boat you personally are responsible for every crewmember aboard. So, it’s incumbent on you to watch out for these five safety blunders that many boaters make. More...

Expert Boating's
4-DVD Boating Course

Smart Boating
Sometimes it's not what you know, but what you've forgotten. We have the perfect solution for you.

Based on the feedback we've been getting about's Video Boating Course, it's clearly not only for beginners but for veteran boaters as well. Perhaps that is why the NMMA started promoting the course after just one look. It's the most complete boating course available... period. Order your 4-disc box set...

Watch the trailer..., LLC
51 Bank Street, Suite 2A
Stamford, CT 06901

All articles, Captain's Reports, video content or other material which appear on and in its newsletters are accurate and factual to the best knowledge of and its staff. All findings, beliefs, experiences or endorsements presented are the honest opinions of or its contributors. In compliance with FTC 16 CFR Part 255, advises its readers that the content which appears in its newsletter or on its website may have been produced for compensation or the prospect of future compensation. makes no claims for the veracity or motivation of reader comments, Owners' Reports and other contributions which are all clearly labeled as such.