Grady-White Freedom 275 | Tiara Sport 38 LS | The Ultimate Livewell - 09/11/2019
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Grady-White Freedom 275:
Dual Purpose Dual Console

Grady-White Freedom 275

From family fishing to water sports, the Grady-White Freedom 275 can be optioned with 200-hp Yamaha 4-strokes, as our test boat was. Best cruising speed was 31.5 mph (50.69 kph) at which she got 2.2 mpg (0.93 kpl) for a range of 365 SM (317 NM). Top speed was 48.9 mph (80.14 kph). During the test, she ran 1.6 gph (6.05 lph) at a trolling speed of 5.6 mph (4.8 kts) -- getting over 3 mpg (2.6 nmpg). Her V-bottom delivered a smooth, dry ride in our tests, and is one of the most important attributes of this vessel. More...

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Grand Banks 60 Skylounge:
Fine Fit-and-Finish, Practical in Design

Grand Banks 60 Skylounge

The Grand Banks 60 Skylounge displays the fit-and-finish for which the brand is famed, but she’s also a very practical and efficient design. Thanks to her hull design and lightweight construction with extensive use of carbon fiber, she achieves surprising speeds and fuel economy. Powered with twin 900-hp Volvo Penta diesels with shaft drive, top speed was 31 knots, while she burns 8 gph at 10-knot displacement speed for a range of 1,721 NM, per company tests. More...

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Tiara Sport 38 LS:
2x 527-HP 7 Marine Power/ 54.6 MPH WOT

Tiara Sport 38 LS

Our test captain recently tested the Tiara Sport 38 LS with a pair of Seven Marine 527-hp DuoProp outboards on the transom. The big V8s feature closed loop cooling, the only outboards in the industry with this feature. The engines have both an engine oil cooler and a transmission oil cooler ensuring durability. A supercharger boosts the horsepower output on this 6.2-liter engine, producing considerable torque to quickly get the boat out of the hole and keep her on plane at relatively low speeds. These engines aren’t for everyone, since they are the most sophisticated and most expensive outboards on the planet. More...

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Features Video

Aquila 36:
Cat Comfort w/Seating Galore

Aquila 36

Many boaters are aware of the amount of space aboard the Aquila 36, thanks to the broad 14'7" (4.45 m) beam. But, there’s also a level of eye-appeal in this brand -- as evidenced by touches like the multi-toned, diamond stitched upholstery and heavy gauge polished stainless-steel hinges on the flip-up bolsters of the double-wide helm seat. There’s seating space for up to 20 aboard, all in similarly-upholstered furnishings. Fore and aft lounges fold out to form extra-large sun pads. More...

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BENETEAU Antares 23:
Compact Cruiser Sleeps 4

Antares 23

The Antares 23 is actually 27’ (8.2 m) long, including the swim platform, and she packs a lot of living space into that LOA. There’s a compact dinette that can convert into an optional berth. A galley just abaft of the helm seat includes a sink, an optional refrigerator and a gas cooker. Below, she sleeps two in a V-berth, and also includes an enclosed head with an optional shower. There’s a larger dining area in the cockpit, and this area can be protected with an optional aft Bimini, which we recommend. She’s outboard-powered with options to 200-hp. A bow thruster is available. More...

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Boating Tips

The Ultimate Livewell

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Many factors go into the construction of a quality livewell.

Livewells are tricky to get right. One design flaw can be ruinous, and very few livewells out there have all of the different features that add up to the ideal. For a live bait angler, this can be of paramount importance. So, how can you tell if the livewell in a boat you’re looking at makes the grade? Here are some of the critical items to look for, if you want to have the ultimate livewell. More...

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