Sirena Yachts 58 | Jeanneau NC 37 | How to Go Green

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Sirena Yachts 58:
Smooth Ride, Distinctive Styling


Sirena Yachts 58

The Sirena Yachts 58 has an almost post-modern exterior style by Frers Naval Architecture & Engineering that is highly distinctive but also practical. The sharp plumb bow is designed to slice the waves cleanly at the semi-displacement speeds for which she's designed, while the standard Seakeeper 9 gyroscopic stabilizer steadies the ride in beam seas. High bulwarks run almost the length of the yacht, adding security while underway. With twin 650-hp CAT 8.7 diesels, her reach is long -- over 960 NM at 1000 rpm and 9 knots. If the need for speed ever arises, she tops out at 24.4 knots. More...

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Boston Whaler 380 Realm:
Do-Anything Vessel w/Solid, Salty Build


Boston Whaler 380 Realm

The Boston Whaler 380 Realm is one of the most popular large boats that the company builds. The reason is that she is so versatile: day boating, long weekending, fishing, scuba diving, cruising, watersports and almost anything one can think of. She's a "crossover" meaning she has a convertible banquette/berth below for two, plus an enclosed wet head and mini galley. She has plush seating for 16 topside, two fold-away cocktail tables, an available power awning to shade the cockpit and a reversible helm seat to form a dining area for four to six on deck. The "summer kitchen" in the cockpit has an electric grill, sink and refrigerator that are all made for entertaining. A powered pedestal table in the bow lowers at a touch to form a large sun pad, or this area can be fully shaded with an optional Bimini. See more here...

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Fountain 43 NX:
Leisure Sportboat w/73.4 MPH WOT


Fountain 43NX

It’s hard to ignore the four Mercury 400-R outboards on the transom of the Fountain 43 NX. But beyond her go-fast capabilities (73.4 mph at WOT), she has an impressive level of comforts for those who might want to spend a weekend of leisure cruising aboard. The cabin is larger than what's usually seen in center console designs. It includes a double bed at the bow, a galley sink and microwave, and a stand-up head and shower. There’s also a grill, sink and refrigerator in the cockpit. Plush diamond-stitched and embroidered seating is forward and aft for more guests than anyone is ever likely to invite aboard a 43-footer (13 m). More...

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All-Welded Fishing Platform


Tracker Targa V-19 WT

Note the height of the gunwales at the bow casting platform on the Targa V-19 WT, clearly distinguishing the mission of this all-welded aluminum dual console compared to nearly flush-deck bass boats. She’s made to handle the frequently rough waters of northern lakes where sitting is a safer option than standing up front. She has three movable swiveling fishing seats that can be fitted into the cockpit for running or trolling, and one goes up front for casting. The high windshields are also a plus for chilly mornings or days when some spray comes over the bow. More...

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Jeanneau NC 37:
Dual-Use Features Galore


Jeanneau NC 37

When folded down into sun pad configuration, the transom seat of the Jeanneau NC 37 actually extends out over the swim platform, effectively increasing the usable size of the aft deck. Just ahead, folding glass doors that are the width of the house blend this area seamlessly into the interior. Another inventive arrangement is the stowage in the transom sized right to hold a liferaft, as required by CE regulations. In the U.S., there are no such requirements, so it becomes a good place to store fenders. More...

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Boating Tips

How to Go Green

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A variety of technologies are now available for eco-sustainable or “green” yachts.

Every boat show -- particularly in Europe -- sees new powerboats coming onto the market claiming to have green credentials. The variety of concepts being promoted emphasizes the many different ways there are to go "green." There are a lot of alternative technologies out there that point the way to greener yachting. Let’s take a look at the concept. More...


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