Get the Right Prop | Schaefer Yachts 580 | Tahoe 2150 - 09/26/2019
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Schaefer Yachts 580:
Designed for Entertaining Friends & Family

Schaefer Yachts 580

The Schaefer 580 is a strongly-built boat that is intended as a fast entertainment platform for day boating as well as for overnight cruising, with accommodations for six. With a 30-knot WOT potential, she appeals to boaters interested in day boating with room for up to 17 aboard. More...

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TAHOE 2150 CC:
Center Console Meets Deckboat

Tahoe 2150 CC

The 2150 CC combines the attributes of a well-equipped center console fishing boat with those of a roomy and comfortable deckboat in a package that should please both serious anglers and boating-oriented families. The bow has a mount for the optional 24-volt trolling motor and a broad casting deck with non-skid, but it also has a beach ladder tucked under the starboard hatch. Just a step away is the large U-shaped bow seating area, finished in tri-tone upholstery. See the full details here...

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Tiburon ZX-25:
Shallow-Water Performance for Flats Anglers

Tiburon ZX-25

The Tiburon ZX-25 is a highly specialized flats boat designed for ultra-shallow water. Her draft is a scant 6" (15 cm) and we found her to be a good match for the Evinrude 300 E-TEC G2 2-stroke. The prop and skeg can run completely above the planing surface on the Tiburon, thanks to the tunnel design and a jackplate to elevate the engine vertically, making it safe to zip across shallows where other boats simply can't go. Dual low-water pickups on the Evinrude make it possible to run the motor in this elevated position safely, and note how the cowl trim package on the outboard matches that of the boat. More...

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Formula 370 Super Sport:
Ilmor Package with 5-Year Warranty

Formula 370 Super Sport

Ilmor is a Roger Penske company that custom-builds high performance engines for Formula 1 and NASCAR auto racing, but also for performance boats. The Formula 370 Super Sport we tested had a pair of 483-hp 7.4-liter Ilmors equipped with Ilmor One Drive lower units with counter-rotating props. The engine/drive systems, like the boat itself, have a five-year/500-hour warranty, which is not common in performance packages. Closed cooling systems prevent corrosion, and custom-machined pistons, rods and crank ensure long-term durability. The package topped out at 53.0 mph in our test runs. Note how the valve covers and the lower unit finishes match that of the hull because. . . Formula, that's why. More...

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Horizon PC74:
Cat Design Maximizes Living Space

Horizon PC74

The twin hull design and 28'4" (8.6 m) beam of the Horizon PC74 allows interior spaces that would credit a much larger yacht. Check out the enormous 150-square-foot (14 sq. m.) salon and dining area, complete with a four-stool bar and a large galley. Note the high overhead, adding to the feeling of spaciousness. There's an added dining area for 10 on the aft deck. The main deck master forward is also much larger than expected in this LOA, with outstanding views. Below are two en suite VIPs at the bow, plus a guest en suite for two, and the option of crew's quarters for three. More...

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Boating Tips

Choosing the Right Propeller

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The purpose of a boat can determine what type of propeller is needed.

Propellers seem like a pretty simple part of your boat, right? They spin, you go. But there's a lot more to props than what meets the eye. In fact, having the best prop for your boat will improve handling, maximize speed and efficiency, and put your powerplant under minimum stress. Run with the wrong prop and you'll burn more fuel while going slower, and possibly even trash your motor. More...

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