BoatTEST Newsletter October 8, 2019Click here if you cannot view the newsletter.
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Sundeck Yachts 580:
Fuel-Efficient Engine Choices
The Sundeck 580 has an eye-catching post-modern design with a squared off house, rectangular windows both on the salon and hullsides, ax bow and stark vertical pipe radar mast. Among her engine choices, she features twin FPT 570 diesels, built by FPT Fiat in Turin, Italy. The 6.7-liter electronically-injected engines proved to be fuel-efficient at displacement speeds in our tests, getting 1.6 nmpg at 8.6 knots for a range approaching 950 NM, while top speed was 23.8 knots. The shaft-drive engines are positioned well forward, giving the yacht good balance at all rpms, and leaving space aft for crew quarters. More...
Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe:
Open & Airy Salon in an Express Design
The belowdecks salon of the Cruisers Yachts 39 Express Coupe is remarkable for the open and airy feel it generates, unusual in an express design of this LOA. A large skylight and forward hatch as well as four large in-hull windows bring the outside into this attractive area. Six can be seated around the table, and optional Pullman style berths fold up to add sleeping accommodations for a total of four here, plus two more in the full beam master amidships. A shared head serves both areas, and there’s a galley with an electric range, microwave, refrigerator drawer, sink and plenty of storage. More...
MAKO 214 CC:
Traditional CC w/Multiple Upgrades
The 214 CC is a prototypical center console fisherman, with White River Marine still maintaining the salty tradition of a brand founded in 1966, but with many upgrades in durability, function and family friendliness that wasn’t an issue 50 years ago. The optional casting platform can be covered with large cushions and backrests (also optional) for sun bathing. There are no exposed cleats on the cockpit caprail. Instead, there are hawse pipes with cleats below, the same no-snag arrangement that works well on big sportfishers. Rear seats are standard in the port and starboard quarters with the central folding seat available as an option. More...
Sea Ray SLX 350:
Eye-Catching Styling, Seating for 18
The sleek lines of the Sea Ray SLX 350 belie the fact that she has seating for 18 on deck, plus an air-conditioned cabin with a convertible bunk and flat screen below in the port console. Note the hullside windows. The head is in the starboard console and the fiberglass hardtop is standard. She is powered with twin Mercury 6.2 MPIs with Axius joystick control, or optionally with twin 380-hp MerCruiser 8.2 MPIs. Fold-away loungers at the transom preserve the clean lines when the extra lounge space is not needed. More...
Leopard 43 PC:
Space, Storage, Comfort & Range
The roomy galley of the Leopard 43 PC gives the chef one of the best views in the house because it’s positioned up front. There’s plenty of work space thanks to this power cat’s incredibly wide 22’1” (6.73 m) beam. That's not a typo, she's actually more than half as wide as she is long. Opening windows and sliding doors provide plenty of ventilation here when needed, and the stainless-steel fiddles on the propane range allow cooking to safely continue when making an offshore passage. Just to port is a small interior operating station, sans wheel. It’s designed primarily for operation in inclement weather while on autopilot, or for backing into a slip. More...
Keeping the Water
on the Outside
Every through-hull fitting in a boat is a hole through which water can enter if the fitting or the hose that is clamped on fails. It’s no wonder there are exacting ABYC standards for these fittings. Here’s a look at what it takes for certification, including the requirement for those all-important sea cocks for fittings below the waterline. More...
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