Formula 350 Crossover | Aquila 32 | Boston Whaler 270 - 09/19/2019
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New Product Review

Simrad BoatConnect:
Inexpensive Real-Time Boat Monitoring

Simrad BoatConnect

This new product from Simrad is a no-brainer. Its BoatConnect system is a state-of-the-art remote monitoring system that provides direct insight into a boat's critical information. It is comprised of a waterproof hub and the app. The Simrad BoatConnect will send GSM data over a 3 or 4G network direct to the user's cell phone. The system is particularly useful for theft prevention and boat relocation. It tracks a boat’s location in real-time and uses what Simrad calls a “geo-fence” to define where the boat should be located. If external power is lost, the hub has an internal power supply that will continue sending updates for up to five days. All boat clubs should equip their fleet with them. See the full details here...

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Features Video

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider:
Lux Watersports Day Boat w/Cabin

Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider

With the triple Mercury 350s mounted on an Armstrong bracket, there’s no motor well in the Formula 350 Crossover Bowrider, which provides an uncluttered and highly usable swim platform. By pushing the outboards further aft, Formula has created access to the water in front of the engines, rather than beside them. The platform is 9' (2.74 m) wide and 2'6" (0.76 m) fore and aft. It gives plenty of space for taking a swim or gearing up for watersports. But that’s just part of the story for this highly functional, premium day boat. More...

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Test Video

Absolute Navetta 73:
An Emphasis on Visibility & Room

Absolute Navetta 73

The Absolute Navetta 73 has a well-equipped helm, plus a second seat for an observer and a companion seat to port. The impressive glass cockpit is a collaboration between Volvo and Garmin. Most important is the nearly unobstructed 180-degree visibility from the helm. A control is found on the arm of the captain’s chair for three 22” (55.9 cm) displays and an additional 24” (61 cm) unit is mounted to the lower panel. Views out are equally as good from the salon and master stateroom. More...

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Captain's Report

Hatteras GT65 Carolina:
Engineered to the Purpose

Hatteras GT65 Carolina

The Hatteras GT65 Carolina is all about big-game fishing far offshore. The four-stateroom, three-head interior layout maximizes the boat’s volume in both living and storage space. All of the staterooms are crafted with lots of satin-finished teak. (The tackle room shown here takes the place of the fourth stateroom.) The 194-square-foot (18 sq. m) cockpit is fully equipped for fishing and includes mezzanine seating with A/C vents overhead to keep line-watching anglers cool even in the tropics. More...

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Test Video

Aquila 32:
Smart Design, Maximum Versatility

Aquila 32

The swim platform of the Aquila 32 catamaran provides far more usable space than what's normally found on outboard-powered boats. The standard hydraulic platform extends fully around the powerheads, acting as an extension of the cockpit complete with EVA foam decking in the up position, or as a teak beach or a place to launch water toys when down. Rub strips mounted atop the Mercury Verado 250s allow the engines to trim fully up, pushing the lounge seats slightly forward and getting the lower units completely out of the water. The folding stairs provide easy access. More...

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Test Video

Boston Whaler 270 Dauntless:
Coastal CC for Work & Play

Boston Whaler 270 Dauntless

The Boston Whaler 270 Dauntless moves through seas at speed while keeping the captain dry behind the console windshield. The broad, upswept chines are carried to the bow which is sharp in the forefoot but wide on deck for added seating. Combined with lots of bow flair, this vessel stays dry in choppy conditions. Like all Whalers, she not only has foam flotation, but she is guaranteed to float level if swamped. A Porta-Pottie or flush toilet are available. More...

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Boating Tips

How to Handle a
Power Catamaran

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Power catamarans have advantages and disadvantages when compared to monohulled boats.

Powercats and their brethren tunnel boats are all over the place today. These twin-hull boats offer many advantages over monohulls, though they offer some disadvantages as well. The cat-versus-mono debate has been driven into the ground through years of discourse. We explain the important differences, and how to drive a powercat. More...

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4-DVD Boating Course

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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...

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