New Maritimo X50 | Emergency Preparations | Chaparral 347 SSX - 09/23/2019
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Maritimo X50:
Designed for Entertaining and Performance

Maritimo X50

The Maritimo X50 is engineered with more of her weight forward than we often see in yachts in this class, with the twin Volvo Penta D11 670-hp engines and the fuel tanks located near amidships to balance the hull and minimize shaft angle. This results in increased efficiency from the 5-blade Nibral propellers. It also allows her to plane more quickly and stay on plane at lower rpm. She planed in just 6.2 seconds in our tests and had a best cruise of 28.7 knots, at which her range exceeds 360 NM. This arrangement also leaves space aft, where an added en suite stateroom or a tender garage are options. Her aft stateroom/beach club spa is a must see. More...

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Chaparral 347 SSX:
Updated Bowrider w/Standard Hardtop

Chaparral 347 SSX

The 2020 version of the Chaparral 347 SSX has a stylish new tower with a hardtop that includes a sliding sunroof, speaker bar and slide-out sunshade for the cockpit. There’s new two-tone diamond-stitched upholstery, and the dash has been completely redesigned to provide a dual-screen “glass helm” that lets the operator keep tabs on all of the boat’s functions as well as navigation. She has two double-wide seats at the consoles, allowing four to ride behind the windshields, a plus on chilly mornings. Below is her head, seating and sleeping quarters. More...

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Sea-Doo RXT-X 300:
Faster, Safer & More Comfortable PWC

Sea-Doo RXT-X 300

A lot of thought has clearly gone into the ergonomics of the Sea-Doo RXT-X 300, evidenced in the rider’s seating position among other features. The “Ergo-Lock” seat takes advantage of the strength in the legs to ease the ride. The seat is narrower than conventional PWC seats and has deep knee pockets. This, along with inward-angled footwells, allows the rider to lock into position with knees and thighs and ease the strain on arms and shoulders. The system is designed to allow faster and safer cornering as well as to reduce upper body fatigue during a long day of riding. Handlebar width and grip angle are adjustable, and palm rests add comfort at the grips as well. More...

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Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC:
Comfortable Layout w/World-Class Joinery

Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC

The opulent level of stunning Makore cherry woodwork throughout the Hampton Yachts Endurance 720 Skylounge LRC is displayed even in the galley -- which is also impressive for its view, thanks to the forward location. Note how the cabinetry is carried out even on the mullions and the pantographic door to starboard. The stonework is also impossible to ignore -- the granite countertops are matched by granite decking. In cool weather, that deck can be heated by a separate diesel hydronic furnace that also heats the marble decks in all of the heads. Access to the pilothouse is just up the stairs to starboard. More...

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MAKO Pro Skiff 19 CC:
Skiff w/9" Draft Priced Right

Mako Pro Skiff 19 CC

Truly shallow-draft flats boats have gotten extremely expensive over the last decade as builders mold the hulls of Kevlar and carbon fiber, shaving the last ounces of unneeded weight to get them into bonefish country. But the Pro Skiff 19 CC, which floats in just 9" (23 cm) of water, is priced at $24,390 -- including the Mercury 115 FourStroke and a galvanized single axle trailer. The twin-sponson fiberglass hull weighs more than a dedicated ultra-shallow skiff, at 1,350 lbs. (612 kg) not including motor and gear. But it draws little water due to the “Advanced Inverted Vee” bottom design. It’s also more stable and has more fishing room. See it here...

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Safety Tips

How to Prepare for Emergencies

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Single-side band radios are designed for communicating over great distances. If on an ocean-going passage, everyone should be trained in its use. For coastal work, the VHF is sufficient.

In the event of a true emergency on the water, calmer heads need to prevail. Creating a course of action in advance will make all the difference. Have a plan for various scenarios prior to departure and discuss it with all aboard. Once you’ve practiced, it will be easier to take the right steps and avoid panic setting in. Here are some things you need to know. More...

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