New Maritimo X50 | Absolute 58 Fly | Everglades 335CC

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Maritimo X50:
Creative Options Including
a Hideaway Cabana Bar


Maritimo X50

A creative option in the Maritimo X50 is the cabana bar facing the swim platform, providing a shaded, open-air hideaway for enjoying an intimate drink as the sun sinks into the sea. The bar converts into a cozy bed for two, and there’s a head just a step away, useful as a day head for swimmers. The area can be optioned as an en suite cabin with two bunks, or as a tender garage large enough to hold a 10’6” (3.20 m) RIB. The swim platform is hydraulic, allowing easy launch of the dink or a PWC. Note the lights in the stairs and in the overhead for the cabana. An outdoor sink, grill, and refrigerator are just up the stairs on the starboard side of the aft deck. More...

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Test Video

Eastward Boats Horizon 3000:
50.6 MPH WOT w/Evinrude G2 250 Engines


Eastward Boats Horizon 3000

The Eastward Boats Horizon 3000 is a seaworthy power cat with a full transom, making her exceptionally capable offshore compared to boats with a motor-well cutout. We tested her with twin 250-hp Evinrude E-TEC G2s on an Armstrong aluminum bracket. The clean, single-tube rigging of the all-digital controls leaves plenty of space on the bracket so that it can act as a swim platform with the addition of a ladder between the engines. The Evinrude outboards put the 7,255 lb. (3,291 kg) package on plane in just 3.1 seconds, while top speed was 50.6 mph. At a trolling speed of 5.9 mph, the engines got a combined 4.5 mpg, while noise level was just 74 dBa. More...

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Test Video

Absolute 58 Fly:
Control at the Skipper’s Fingertips


Absolute 58 Fly

The main deck helm of the Absolute 58 Fly puts everything at the skipper’s fingertips in a clean glass dash with an exceptional view forward. Note the pantographic door for easy single-hand tie-ups and ventilation. This area also includes a power window to port. The ship’s main electrical panel is on the port side console under a glass cover, a convenient location neatly designed for both utility and appearance. While this helm is on the starboard side, the flybridge helm is on the port side, giving the operator good views no matter which way a dock is approached. More...

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Test Video

Sea Ray SLX 310 Outboard:
Upscale Dayboat w/ Seats for 17


Sea Ray SLX 310 Outboard

The Sea Ray SLX 310 Outboard is designed to be an upscale dayboat featuring noticeable quality in the multi-toned, diamond-stitched and embroidered upholstery. Note how the port side console seat swivels to face aft. Standard grass mat decking is easy on the feet. There’s soft faux-teak on the swim platform. Overall, she has seating for 17 while underway, or more while at anchor including the large aft convertible seat/sun lounge. The Power Tower is standard, and the full hardtop with a sliding sun roof is an option. A wet bar in the cockpit with an optional grill welcomes entertaining. More...

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Test Video

Everglades 335CC:
Integrated Hardtop, Premium Upholstery


Everglades 335CC

Check out the seamless integration of the hardtop supports with the console on the Everglades 335CC. The massive powder-coated aluminum structure is strong enough to support a control station and seating for two topside, yet it’s completely unobtrusive and won’t snag fishing gear. The large windshield includes both a washer and a wiper, and it can be lowered at a touch to provide ventilation. The quality of the seat upholstery throughout offers a level of comfort usually only seen in much larger yachts. More...

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Boating Tips

Why Are Most Helms
on the Right?

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Because I said so, that’s why!

Why do we, in North America anyway, have our steering wheels in the car on the left, but on the boat it’s on the right? There are several schools of thought on the matter, and they range from outlandish to “well that makes sense!” One thing is for sure, the standard answers your mother gave when she couldn’t think of another answer, is not gonna fly here. More...


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