Can You Rely on GPS? | Aviara AV32 | Outer Reef 820 - 09/20/2019
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New Factory Video

Schaefer Yachts:
State-of-the-Art Industrial Design and
Efficient Yacht Construction

BOAT NAME
Schaefer Yachts Uses Modern Techniques

Schaefer Yachts are all designed and engineered at the facility in southern Brazil on the coast. This allows for quick and convenient testing of new ideas, as well as boats before they are shipped to customers around the world. The yachts are designed with state-of-the-art CAD systems. The factory operates with the Kanban Japanese smartsheet system to process work requests, product roadmaps, workflow management, goal tracking, and project planning. The folks at Schaefer tell us that this software system, combined with a well-trained work force, frequently has the company ahead of schedule in delivering yachts to their customers. See the process here...

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Test Video

Renaissance Prowler 42:
66.7 MPH w/Quad Evinrude G2 300s

BOAT NAME
Renaissance Prowler 42

The Renaissance Prowler 42 rides on a racing catamaran hull but provides all of the necessities for serious offshore fishing in the cockpit. The sponsons have twin steps, 26-degrees of deadrise at the stern, a 55-degree entry at the bow and strakes placed to provide lift. She’s powered with quad 300-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards, with a WOT of 66.7 mph in Evinrude tests with four aboard and over 200 gallons (757 L) of fuel in the tanks. More...

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Captain's Report

Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht:
Ready for Challenges at Sea

BOAT NAME
Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht

Constructed to open Ocean Category "A", the Outer Reef 820 Cockpit Motoryacht is every bit the long-range cruiser she appears to be. She’s designed to endure wave heights of 18’ to 20’ (5.48 to 6.0 m) and winds of over 40 knots. A full-length keel extends below the running gear to protect it in the event of grounding. The rudders and struts are stainless steel with two Seatorque enclosed drive shaft systems. All deck and hull hardware attachments are finished with solid lamination, no coring, and the salon windows are 3/8" tempered safety glass. See all of her operational and guest features here...

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Test Video

Aviara AV32:
Progressive Euro-Style in an American Build

BOAT NAME
Aviara AV32

Progressive European styling makes the Aviara AV32 attractive, though she is an upscale American build. Premium features include Cool-Feel heavy-gauge vinyl upholstery, an optional MakeFast electric sunshade, and an option for individually heated seats. Bimini extensions for both the cockpit and the bow seating are available. A head and sink are found in the port console. She’s available with twin Ilmor 380-hp MPIs with closed cooling, or in an outboard version with Mercury 300 or 350-hp Verados. More...

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Features Video

Carver C52 Command Bridge:
Express Style in a Flybridge Yacht

BOAT NAME
Carver C52 Command Bridge

The Carver C52 Command Bridge integrates a flying bridge control station and entertainment area topside without interrupting the smooth lines of the yacht. Note the slanted roof line of the house flowing into the bridge area. (Our test boat had the optional hard top, and isinglass curtains are available to convert the area for three-season use.) The seating at the bow is convertible to multiple positions. There’s a waterproof stereo control and speakers between the seats, an amenity rarely seen up front. Below, she has a private entrance to the master, which is rare in this size range. More...

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Everglades Extends Its
“Summer Sales Event” on the 340DC

BOAT NAME
Everglades 340DC

In the Everglades 340DC, each and every clamp has a bright red guard secured over the sharp edges to help prevent injury and there are two clamps on every hose. While this is a small feature, it’s just one indication of the care, experience and thought that go into building Everglades’ premium-class boats. Also, in the bilge area is a sea chest, a single secure opening in the hull to provide all the needed raw water for baitwell and washdown, similar to the arrangement found in large yachts. More...

Link to the Summer Sales Event See BoatTEST's Video & Report
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Take a Survey

Dual Consoles:
Which Model is Your Favorite?

Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
Boston Whaler 230 Vantage
Grady-White Freedom 235
Grady-White Freedom 235
Pursuit DC 235
Pursuit DC 235
Robalo R247
Robalo R247
Sailfish 275 DC
Sailfish 275 DC
Scout 235 Dorado
Scout 235 Dorado
hat

Today, we’re conducting a survey of BoatTEST members to find out what Dual Console boat brand and model they prefer among the 6 candidates shown above. Names of members making their preference known will be put in a fish bowl and a lucky winner will be picked out. The prize is a highly-coveted – and extremely rare – Capt. Steve autographed BoatTEST hat. (See above.) This is certainly a collector’s item, and we’re told that it might fetch a handsome price on eBay someday. Take the survey here...

Click here to take the survey.
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Boating Tips

Can You Trust Your GPS?

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GPS navigation systems are accurate but... could something go wrong?

Most boomers who are veteran yachtsmen were brought up to navigate using a compass, a watch and an RDF in combination with a chart. Sailors used a sextant and were proud of it. Most of the time we coped. In those days, you had to coax position information out of the system but at least, in the main you were not dependent on contraptions flying around in outer space. Now that all of that has changed, the question begs: What would we do without GPS? And, can it go wrong? More...



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